Be More Human – My Reebok Review

Be More Human

Be More Human – My Reebok Review
“When we test our physical limitations, we transform our entire lives.” That’s the opening quote on Reebok’s BE MORE HUMAN opening page. I should start by disclosing I received product from Reebok for this review and these are merely my own opinions. If you click on any of the Reebok Links <-like that one, I will be compensated if you make a purchase. If you don’t buy anything well that does nothing for me and leaves you without some nifty new Reebok gear.

get outsideStepping outside into the snow.  Reebok CrossFit Speedwick Pant are super comfortable.

What does “Be More Human” mean to you? For me it meant logging off the computer, putting down the smart phone and getting outside. Getting outdoors for my morning workout and taking a minute to appreciate mother nature’s gym. When I stepped outside of my Jeep and saw the snow on the ground, I thought ah piss this may not be such a good idea. I mean it’s Spring time and there’s still snow on the ground? Come on Mother Nature, work with me here! It reminded me though that there’s no time for excuses if you want to transform your life. If you want to put yourself to the test you have to over come obstacles. Life isn’t always going to be perfect and neither is the weather. I looked down, turned on some music and said to myself let’s do this sh*t. Yes, the apparel says Reebok Crossfit but that doesn’t mean you need to go to a Box to wear them.

I proceeded to run 3 miles outside and take in the scenery. It was relaxing for the most part. I could have done without the car nearly clipping me but it made me feel alive. Getting outdoors made me feel human. Corny? Maybe but try it. Get off the treadmill or stairclimber and take your workout outdoors. See what the change does for your state of mind.

new reebok shoes

After my run, well I’d call it more of a steady jog over any actual running, my lungs were on fire. I felt like I was going to collapse from exhaustion. It reminded me not only that I was out of shape but that I needed to do this more often. Leave the convenient and get uncomfortable. I’d encourage you to do the same.

The Speedwick pants from Reebok are super comfortable. They are lightweight and perfectly fine to run in. The one thing that kinda of bugged me was the cut of the pockets, if your sitting down and the zipper isn’t zipped your phone/ipod may fall out. This was a good reminder to get off my ass though. The Reebok zquick dash shoes look hella cool and stylish. I have a wider foot so they were a little snug for me. You might want to go up a 1/2 size from what you normally wear when buying Reebok.

new reebok shoesNew kicks will bring out the kid in anyone. These are the Reebok zquick dash. 

It was my first time ever wearing a pair of Reebok’s and getting them in the mail reminded me of going back to school as a kid. Every summer I’d get a new pair of shoes to wear for the school year and it was a big deal. I couldn’t wait to rock them once school started. It kinda felt like that again. A new pair of shoes and I couldn’t wait to wear them.

I encourage you to leave the convenient and get uncomfortable. It’s up to you to transform your life and “be more human”.

reebok shoesI dig the detail on the Reebok shoes.

Hardbody Product Review: Perky Jerky

It’s amazing what can transpire from a twitter exchange. While some people are slow to embrace new technology and like to complain about how dumb it is, I like to run with it. I recently made mention of the key words “perky” and “jerky” on twitter and I surprisingly received a tweet back from a company called PERKY JERKY. How funny, right? Turns out the company is based in Denver, Colorado and their office is not far from where the madness of takes place. The company and I exchanged a few tweets and they offered to send samples of their product. I happily accepted, especially with a name like PERKY JERKY.


When the meat snack arrived, I knew this was my kinda jerky. The packaging was a shiny foil – yes, I am distracted by shiny objects but that’s a blog for another time. There was a sticker on the front that read, “If you’re holding this, you’re one of the lucky ones.” A little attitude and sass – right up my ally. Inside were samples of Turkey Perky Jerky and the original Perky Jerky made from sliced beef. The individual packaging is pretty cool and would be something that stood out to me on store shelves. In fact, since my tweet exchange I’ve seen the Perky Jerky in TARGET and at 7-11.
I tried the original first and it was tasty. The thing that stood out to me was that it wasn’t as salty as most jerky and the meat wasn’t dry. If you’ve eaten jerky you know it can be a battle to tear a bite off and then becomes a workout just to chew it. The Perky Jerky isn’t anything remotely close to that. The meat almost melts in your mouth and there’s a slight hint of brown sugar in the flavoring. I then tore into the turkey bag and sweet momma if it was love at first bite. The turkey was equally as moist and tasted great. Those of you who eat turkey know how easy it is to have dry bird, not this stuff.

I know, I know you’re on a fitness web site and jerky isn’t exactly at the top of the list for health and fitness however if you look at the ingredients and sodium content in PERKY JERKY it’s significantly lower than their competitors. There are no preservatives, no nitrates and no MSG added to this bag of jerkiness.

If all this wasn’t enough to make you want to snag a bag, there’s more. A portion of the company’s earnings are devoted to muscular dystrophy and down syndrome research. Their web site says, “The Perky Jerks are doing this for a great cause. We decided to take the Paul Newman route and devote a significant amount of the proceeds from Perky Jerky to charity. We strongly support The Foundation For Their Sake, which is devoted to research and care for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Down Syndrome.” Mad props to the peeps for doing this.

How did the product come about?
Our story — like most good stories — begins with two Jerks in a ski lodge. After a long, hard night of energy-drink-cocktail-fueled libation, these jerks settled in while the winter storm raged outside. The next morning they awoke, loaded up their gear, and headed out to the mountain. Amongst this gear was an open bag of peppered beef jerky, which had, unfortunately became drenched in some of the energy drink that had been carelessly spilled the night before. On the first lift up, it made no difference. To these jerks, jerky was the only breakfast they needed, altered or not. Much to their delight, the jerky had retained its original flavor, but was more tender by the accident. What’s more, as they floated their way down the mountain through bottomless powder, they realized they’d been given an extra boost – the jerky had taken on some of the pep of the energy drink. On the next lift ride up, the greatest innovation in jerky since cracked pepper was born.

If you order PERKY JERKY from their online store and enter the code “hardbody” you will 20% OFF the entire purchase until August 15th, limit one per customer. We’re also doing a fun little giveaway with the jerks on their facebook page. All you have to do is “like” their page ( and post the following…


I’m a hardbody and everyone wants my meat because ________________.

Just fill in the blank and post it on their wall. Let’s show those Jerkies what’s up HARDBODY NATION!

A huge shout out to Dafne and all the jerks for donating product to our first CAMP HARDBODY. It was a huge hit and we’ll be partnering them for more things in the future. In fact, this weekend I’ll be packing some meat with me at the NPC USA Championships. Find me and say, “HEY HARDBODY JERK – Where’s My Meat?” I’ll give you a sample of PERKY JERKY, while supplies last.

I was not paid to share this product review. Just a Jerk who loves his meat PERKY style.



Disclaimer: Reader discretion advised, please consult your physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.