AR fitness game – Run an Empire iphone app {kickstarter}

16ec35f0900f854ebbbe8d165d3946a0_largeI’m geeking out on you a little here – AR stands for Alternative Reality or Augmented Reality. And the “Run an Empire” app is a fitness game you play by running or walking around an area to secure it. It’s an app that will get more fun as more people join in and you have to defend your areas by running or walking around them even more.

Think Zombies Run! and Ingress a bit together here. No idea what I’m talking about? Don’t worry. Just watch the video below.

They’ve already reached their funding goal so I went ahead and just did the lowest level to get beta access which was £6 or $10. Need some extra motivation? Make your run/walk more fun and join me: 🙂


Lucy Perfect Core Women’s X-Training Pant

Lucy Activewear Free Shipping on $125+ (pnls photo)

Full disclosure: This is NOT a paid post (nor were the pants sent to me) but the ad to the left is an affiliate link. The pants were purchased via which I will also be reviewing in this post.

Lucy Fit guide:,default,pg.html

Sizing: I bought the Large short and they fit as expected. Make sure you measure your inseam to decide whether you need the regular or short. I was on the fence about sizes so I ordered up because of the compression (I sometimes wear a medium, sometimes a large.)

Fabric: The material is amazingly soft while not being too loose or see through. The quality is impressive. The seams are done such that they won’t rub or chafe. The material after the first wash still looks new; no pilling, no fuzz. These are not your average yoga pants. But for almost $90 (more on that in a minute) they should be better and they do meet that expectation.

Where I personally have a problem is the “strategically-placed mesh insets on the abdominals and lower back.” While this is intended to “remind you to keep your core engaged while it smoothes and shapes,” because I have some chronic lower back problems, it irritated my back. Not while simply wearing them but after a workout I felt like that area of my body had been worked out a little too much too quickly. I don’t want to get into exact medical details on this blog but let’s just say I’ve had problems and I’ve seen chiropractors.

This means it will be excellent for most people but if tight things near your lower back make your back hurt, you might want to pass on these pants.

Since I have had some pretty scary situations with my lower back, I’m actually going to sell these pants on ebay. Honestly I was really disappointed that my lower back was going to make me give these up so I will probably research and buy something else from Lucy soon because I really like the quality – if not pants then maybe a top.

I don’t need to be on top of trends when it comes to exercise wear so I will probably buy again through just in respect to discounts and because they often will have at least a few clearance Lucy items.

So on to a quick review of

  • You do have to sign up and create an account in order to be able to even shop.
  • You do NOT have to buy anything or deal with any monthly charges like birchbox or deal with “skip month” options like jewelmint.
  • This is considered a flash sale site but it tends to be made up of clearance items from top brands. That said, it’s still top brands and they are heavily discounted.
  • They do send several enewsletters per week. Usually announcing new products or a featured product category.

I was able to get the Lucy Perfect Core X-trainer yoga pants for $39.98 plus $7.98 S&H. That may still be the most I’ve ever spent on a pair of yoga pants but that is a DEEP discount from their original $89 price tag. The newer Perfect Core pants are $98!

Shipping both times I’ve ordered from them has been fairly prompt. I’m not sure I would schedule a vacation around an order arriving at an exact date and time but I would say they are fairly quick and timely. The packaging was good and there were no hassles.

If you love good deals on fitness gear, definitely go check them out:

Signed up:
KlutchClub October 2012

So I signed back up for KlutchClub. And I’m really looking forward to getting this box. I’ll do a review when I get it in.

They’ve made a few changes since I gave them a try in April. When you sign up for one month, it’s auto-renewing like birchbox so you’ll be charged $18/month but you can cancel any time. 

But I saw what they plan on sending out in the October box and they had me at the Yurbuds, a brand I wanted to try and been hearing good things about. And the Devita Natural Eyeliner because I’m on the lookout for natural and organic cosmetics brands to try. The supplements don’t hurt either since I’ve really started focusing on doing protein shakes more. I’ve also been looking for a vegi protein that is NOT soy which is also part of this box.

  • You can check out my past reviews for the April box or the May & June boxes.
  • Sign up for KlutchClub and support this blog (referral link):
  • Or check out the list of items that come with the October box below:

Full disclosure: KlutchClub’s May & June boxes were sent to me by the company. These are my honest opinions however, not a paid sponsorship and I AM paying for my October box (and did pay for my April box.)

KlutchClub May & June 2012

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May KLUTCHclub box June KLUTCHclub box

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What’s inside the MAY Box:

  • Hydroxatone’s Instant Effect 90 Second Wrinkle Reducer
  • ONE coconut water
  • Moving Comfort sports bras
  • Yoga Download classes
  • Think Thin bars
  • KLUTCHclub water bottle

What’s inside the JUNE Box:

  • Saavy-Boheme African Black Hand Soap
  • Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
  • Body Language Sportswear $25 Gift Card
  • Journey Bar
  • OG Sacks $30 Gift Card (Premium grocery and yoga bags with washable liners.)
  • mybarre3 Free Month of Workout Downloads
  • Crum Creek Soy Nut Mix