• Reebok ZQUICK Launch Event {& Giveaway}

    February 6, 2014

    Yesterday, I attended the ZQUICK Launch Event at the Classic Car Club Manhattan in New York City. I was invited on behalf of Reebok and Fitfluential, who covered the cost of my travel to and from the event.

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    Before the event started, we had about an hour to mix and mingle and enjoy some snacks and fresh juice. And, of course, I was all about the juice!

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    Around 10:00, everyone gathered to learn all about ZQUICK and its unique technology.

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    ZQUICK features technology inspired by high-performance, Z-rated tires. I didn’t know this until yesterday, but tires have speed ratings, which are rated from A-Z with Z being the highest performance.

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    Here’s Reebok’s Head of Advanced Innovation (and former NASA engineer), Bill McInnis, talking more about the inspiration for the ZQUICK technology:

    Cool, right? These shoes will make you UNNATURALLY QUICK!

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    After that, we watched Johny Hendricks, MMA top welterweight contender, Aly Raisman, gold medal-winning gymnast, and Jamie Chung, action star, test out the ZQUICK on a number of different obstacles.

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    The obstacle course activities tested things like raw speed, turning on a dime, agility, and street handling on a surface that was purposely a little slick.

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    And then it was time for each of us to put the shoes to the test!

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    Go, pregnant lady, go!

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    I really enjoyed getting a feel for the ZQUICK and trying it out in so many different facets. They definitely move well, and I could see them becoming my go-to shoe for when I travel. I never know what shoe to pack with me, so this one would be perfect as an all-around sneaker. Obviously, I could wear them for running, but they’d also be great for walking, hiking, or even a CrossFit-style workout. Additionally, the ZQUICK is super comfy. I wore them home from the event last night, so I did a good amount of walking in them, and I really liked how they felt on my feet—stable, especially in the heel, but light and flexible.

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    During the event, Julie actually had the chance to race Aly. How cool is that?! It’s not like you have the opportunity to compete against an Olympic champion everyday!

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    As you can see, Aly is wicked fast. But, Julie did come in second place!

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    Speaking of Aly, I had the opportunity to chat with her for quite awhile after the event. If you don’t know who she is, she was captain of the gold medal-winning US women’s gymnastics team at the Olympics in the summer of 2012. She also individually won a gold medal on the floor and a bronze medal on the balance beam. And Aly appeared on Dancing with the Stars last year!

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    Here are some fun tidbits that I learned about Aly yesterday:

    • Her workout regimen: Most days of the week, she trains twice a day (8:30 – 11:00 am + 5:00 – 9:00 pm). Her morning workout is usually more focused on cardio-endurance with tumbling and CrossFit-style exercises, like plyometrics and box jumps. In the evening, she typically works more on skills and specific events. (Beam and floor are her favorites.) On Sundays, Aly likes to run, which she says helps her relax.
    • Her diet: Aly said she eats “really healthy,” and her meals are a balance of protein, vegetables, and fruit. She also loves dessert and will typically have a couple of bites of dark chocolate or froyo on occasion.
    • Her experience on Dancing With the Stars: She said Dancing With the Stars was a ton of fun, but a lot of hard work. They’d practice for 7-10 hours each day!
    • Her free time: Aly doesn’t have much free time nowadays. She’s taking classes at Babson, so when she’s not working out, she’s in class or doing homework.

    Before I knew it, the event was over. Everyone was saying goodbye and packing up for the day. The ZQUICK launch event was a ton of fun and totally flew by. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to attend. Thank you, Reebok and Fitfluential!

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    The ZQUICK are awesome, and I would love for you to try them for yourself, so here’s your chance to win a pair! One lucky reader will win a pair in the color of their choice!

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    To enter: Click over to Reebok, check out the ZQUICK, and leave a comment on this post about why you’d love to try out these sneakers. I’ll randomly pick a winner on Monday.

    Good luck!

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    Nicole Rogers February 9, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I WOULD LOVE A PAIR! I do Crossfit WOD’s and then my own regimen daily! My free runs have a hole in the toe :( aspiring fitness trainer studying with NASM right now! Also, my cutting season started yesterday, so my cardio is being bumped up! LOVE the new commercial.

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    Kaitlyn February 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

    My goal is 8 races in 2014 and the ZQuick shoes will help me achieve that goal!

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    Charli Ward February 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    These shoes would be perfect for all of the random and spontaneous work outs I always do!

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    Jenny February 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I would love to use them for long walks this spring!

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    Asma February 9, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I’d like to try the ZQUICK shoes because of both what you and the website say about it being stable while allowing for quick moves- that sounds great because I need to work on my balance, so these can help in the mean time.

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    Courtney F. February 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I love these and would love to take them out for a run!!!

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    Cristina February 9, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I Love the look, and the fact that they can improve my performance is an added bonus :)

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    Tina February 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Look great for long days on my feet!

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    Hillary February 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I would like them as an alternative to my running shoes for long walks.

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    erica February 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    these look awesome! I’d love to try the sleek, new design

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    Nancy February 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I want!

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    Brandy February 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I’d love to try a more versatile shoe like these! Really cute too! .

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    Ashley February 9, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I’ve been looking for a new shoe or shoes so that I can complete different activities, the versatility of these looks like I will only need one!

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    kelsey February 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    These shoes look very similar to my beloved Nike Free 2s… I’d love to try out the Reebok version! As well as how they are good for everything from WODs to running to walking around!

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    Daniella February 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I love reeboks real flex sneakers and would love to give these a shot for my cross training and strength training workouts.

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    Taylor February 9, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I would love to try a pair. I am in desperate need of a new pair of shoes and have recently started doing more cross training vs. just running!

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    Kaitlin February 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I’d like to test these out for my first half marathon this spring in Boston :)

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    Jenny February 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I love trying new shoes & the new Zquick sound like they would be awesome for speed work days. And they look super cool too!

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    Jen Fuller February 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve never bought a real pair of running shoes because I didn’t think they were worth it…I’m pretty sure I couldn’t be more wrong. I’d love to have a pair of these and support my feet properly!

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    Mimi February 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I would love a new pair of shoes to train in! Especially for a upcoming trek up mt. Kilimanjaro! Extra motivation!

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    Fulvia G February 9, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I love Reebok! Would love to try these out during my Zumba class!

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    Jessie H February 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Well the sole of my last pair of sneakers actually wore off, so I’d love a new pair of good sneakers! The extra traction would be great for Crossfit workouts – we usually run around the block at our gym, and it’s not a smooth surface, so I think the traction would be really helpful!

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    Jessica Bender February 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I would love to try the new Reeboks. I have had more trouble finding good comfortable shoes every since I injured myself a few years ago. I had surgery for a torn tendon, and now most shoes just aren’t comfortable. These look flexible and cushy.

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    Elise February 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I’ve never tried a Reebok shoe, but I’ve been dying to! This shoe seems like a great fit as well because I do all types of working out – running, weights, cross, etc.

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    Kelly February 9, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I love to workout and anything that would make me faster, I’m game for! Also, they look pretty darn neat too.

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    Cassie Johnson February 10, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I’d love to win these for speed work since they’re so lightweight!

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    Cara February 10, 2014 at 1:04 am

    I haven’t purchased new sneakers in years so I’d love a new pair!

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    Jenni February 10, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Would love to try them because I’ve never tried any reebok shoe besides Nanos!

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    tara February 10, 2014 at 8:05 am

    These would be great for my HIIT workouts. Right now I just wear my old running sneakers.

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    Kay Marie February 10, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I’ve worn Brooks running shoes for awhile now…I’m really interested in trying out a pair of the lighter weight/less structured shoes!

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    Ashlee February 10, 2014 at 8:24 am

    My brother and I are training for the Warrior Dash in here southern Maryland in May and I want to run my first 10K in April so I’m looking to change up my workouts and do some speed work outside, and these shoes look like they’d really help with that.

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    sandra February 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I like the Neon Yellow/Punch Pink/Black/White. I need new running shoes…my current ones are worn down

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    Cheryl Gleason February 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I’d love to try a pair of these sneakers, especially for my step classes and for walking our new puppy! Thanks.

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    Megan February 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I need new sneakers to get back into shape after my 3rd baby!

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    Jenn February 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I love the dreamy blue and white combo. What a great giveaway!

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    Cait Byrnes February 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    This came at JUST the right time! My shoes are totally on their way out, and I was looking for something that would be good for a variety of workouts. Also love the orange/coral color!

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