Why am I so excited?
I've been waiting for a week now to share with you an incredible product and host my first giveaway! Yes, you read that right, "Life As I Know It" is giving away an amazing fitness product today!
What is this incredible product?
It's the sQoosh Band!
It's kind of a funny sounding name for a fitness product, right? That's exactly what I thought when I first heard of it. I actually stumbled upon it one day when I was on my husband's Facebook account. I was browsing his news feed when I saw that a former co-worker of his had posted something about a sQoosh Band. So, being the nosy person that I am, I clicked on the name and read more. I quickly became interested in the product because I had just started The Couch to 5K training. It was the middle of May and down here in South Louisiana, it's pretty hot by that time already. I was frustrated every day on my runs because of sweat constantly dripping in my eyes. If you've never experienced this, trust me when I say that it's the same as getting ocean water in your eyes...it burns! I had been pondering what I should do about the situation and then all of a sudden, there was sQoosh. See, it does pay to be nosy sometimes!
My husband's friend and former co-worker's name is John Fournier and he is the genius behind the sQoosh Band. I quickly ordered a sQoosh after "liking" the page on Facebook. John was kind enough to send me the one I ordered and another to give to a friend. My mom was signing up for the 5K with me at the end of my training so I thought it was only fair to give the other to her. We both loved them! The sQoosh was my lifesaver. There was no more being blinded by sweat and no more burning eyes. The sQoosh is light weight and comfortable to wear. I not only use it when I run, I use it at the gym. It sure beats carrying a towel around!
But, WHAT is it?
OK. OK. I'm getting there.
sQoosh meets the need of many runners/athletes that are carrying towels, shirts, bandannas, even sponges to keep sweat out of the eyes. We say why run holding that cumbersome stuff? Why not run Hands-Free? We have the answer! Read on...
sQoosh Bands are MORE THAN A SWEATBAND! These are unique because unlike sweatbands, you wear them ON your HANDS for easy/accurate face wiping, then when it fills with moisture you form a fist to "sQoosh" out the moisture and the band is ready to go again!
Great for winter runs! Keeps knuckles from chapping and you can tuck your fingers in the terry band to warm finger tips. It's amazing!
These bands are: lightweight, aerodynamic, and moisture wicking.
Yours truly sporting the sQoosh:
|FYI: I've lost 13 pounds since this picture was taken|
While running in the Atlantic Coast Triathlon (a half Ironman event) here in Fernandina in 2009. I was wearing a headband wrapped around my hand (as I've done for years) to accurately, wipe sweat and crud from my face/lips/eyes. Halfway through the run portion I thought, why not turn this contraption into a workable product? " Necessity is the mother of invention"... and looking around me I saw runners with all kinds of strange sweat wipe contraptions revealing a true need!
After the race I went home and for the next year and half diligently plugged away at developing a prototype that has the modern wick dry property exterior and ultra-absorbent palm interior. A few friends joined me in this creation and its name sQoosh was given after the sound it makes when you "squish" the moisture from the band. After miles and miles of testing and sweating, it is amazing how well this works! Nice thing is, it really lives up to its name, when the sQoosh fills with moisture you can dispense by simply forming a fist and boom it's light again and ready to absorb more! The bands also have a nice safety feature in that they incorporate a stylish, reflective strip for higher visibility in the dark.
sQoosh Bands are getting great reviews. They are currently sold in several stores in Northeast Florida and online at Ilene's Gator Store. John broke a bit of good news for his company to me in a message the other day where we were discussing this blog post and giveaway. He is proud to announce that sQoosh Bands are now being sold in the Ritz Carlton-Amelia Island Fitness Center! Congrats John!
Today, you have the chance to win your very own sQoosh Band! The rules are simple. You must be a follower of this blog (not just by email) and you must leave a comment below. The contest will close Friday at midnight, the winner will be chosen at random, and will be announced on Saturday morning. Good luck!
You can find out more about sQoosh Bands at www.sqoosh.info and on the sQoosh Bands Facebook page. Be sure to like the page and tell him that Jessica from "Life As I Know It" sent you!
Peace, Love, and Healthy Living,
*For the giveaway, the order in which you comment will be your number. I will be using a website that will randomize the numbers to determine the winner.