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.
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!
Around 10:00, everyone gathered to learn all about ZQUICK and its unique technology.
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.
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!
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.
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.
And then it was time for each of us to put the shoes to the test!
Go, pregnant lady, go!
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.
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!
As you can see, Aly is wicked fast. But, Julie did come in second place!
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!
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!
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!