Two busy Philadelphia area moms, seeking to stay fit during their task-filled days, invent a new way to add resistance training to each and every day - but in high fashion. Wearing stylish weighted bracelets, anklets and resistance slips during daily activities helps to minimize the natural loss of lean muscle mass that comes with age. This loss of muscle leads to increased body fat, but these innovative products help users maintain that muscle and look good while they're doing it.
Do you ever find yourself thinking, "I need to exercise more, but I just don't have the time. I wish there was an easy, effortless way to fit more exercise into my day when I can't get to the gym?" Well, a couple of busy, fitness and fashion conscious moms had those same thoughts and have developed a line of unique, affordable muscle toning products to help busy adults and kids fit more exercise into their daily lives.
Functional Training Meets High Fashion
Annie Ulichney and Kim Koelle are the Philadelphia co-creators of SimplyWeights, LLC "exer-wear" products. Their Banglz are comfortable, stylish wrist and ankle weight bands that come in several different weights. You simply wrap them on in the morning and wear them throughout your day. With a variety of fun fabric covers, Banglz are worn like jewelry, but actually provide added muscle resistance for your upper body as you go about your daily activities. Banglz can also be worn during regular low-impact workouts on the days you want to turn it up a notch. Their SmartSlip is a shapely ultra-slimming resistance slip that can be worn under a skirt or over leggings. The resistance provided by this fitted slip will tone and strengthen your hips, legs and glutes. You can add some style to your SmartSlip by wearing a Simple Skirt over it. The Simple Skirt comes in a variety of fashionable patterns and colors that can be worn to work or during your workout. Why not wear something hip as you tone your muscles and burn extra calories? No one needs to know that you're actually working out!
Keep the Muscle, Lose the Fat
The inspiration for these innovative fitness products came when Annie and Kim became time-crunched moms with young children. Like many of us, they knew they needed to workout, but they simply didn't have enough time to go to the gym every day. In addition, they knew that medical research has shown that without consistent physical exercise, specifically resistance training, our muscles are replaced by fat as we age. This naturally occurring condition is known medically as sarcopenia. Beginning as early as age 25, a half-pound of muscle is replaced by fat every year. By age 50 this amount increases to one pound a year. In addition, strong muscles help to improve our strength, balance, bone density, heart function and metabolism. They also keep blood sugar levels stable, protect joints, decrease stress levels, and alleviate depression.
With this in mind, these bright women started searching for easy, affordable ways to safely add resistance training to their ordinary daily activities. After months of experimenting in their laundry rooms and basements, trying to find the appropriate materials and the optimum weight and resistance levels, Annie and Kim came up with their Banglz and SmartSlip products. Not content with just keeping themselves fit, and realizing that the amount of daily physical activity that children engage was declining, these health conscious moms have recently added a line of children's products. Their new line includes Banglz appropriate for ages 6 to 18, Simple Skirts for ages 3 to 18, and stylish Headbands in fun and funky fabrics that will delight fashionistas of all ages.
Great Gift Idea
We are all looking for simple, stylish solutions for those days when our regular workout just isn't going to happen. Annie and Kim note that many customers buy these fashionable products as gifts. Why not give yourself, or someone you love, the gift of health and fashion with these fun, affordable fitness products!
The Buzz on Banglz from Users, Physicians, and Fitness Professionals
By now you may be thinking, "OK, these products sounds great, but do they REALLY work?" Yes, they REALLY DO! Here is what some happy (and fit!) users have to say:
"It occurred to me this could be a love letter to my Banglz... "Dear Banglz, You have changed my life (and my quads and my hamstrings, etc.)." It is hard to imagine that wearing a 1-pound weight on each ankle could be much of a workout, but when I take them off at the end of the day I certainly can tell that I have been doing some work. My legs feel tired, but in a good way. Let's face it, as a mom of two young kids, I don't have many opportunities during the week to exercise the way I would like to. Having my Banglz on for the days I can't exercise helps me feel like I have done something for myself. As a physician I am also aware of the many benefits that low weight resistance training has for our bodies. It is an excellent opportunity to tone the muscle that you already have. An increase in muscle tone leads to greater calorie burning, which we all seem to be looking for a way to do. Strengthening muscles also leads to healthier joints overall and, especially for women, can help to reduce our risk of osteoporosis. Banglz are a great addition to anyone's routine. They have certainly found a place in my day. It is from the heart, I love these things."
~ Dr. Kimberly S. (Physician and mom)
Banglz appeal to more than busy women (and kids) on the go. Read what this Master personal trainer says: "Banglz are comfortable, stylish and effective for adding slight resistance throughout your normal, everyday activities. In my opinion, Banglz are an excellent substitute to use in order to maintain a consistent routine when you can't make it to the gym."
~Judea B. (Master Trainer in Pennsylvania)
SmartSlip Winning Praise from Fashion Consultants
And this from someone who really appreciates the fitness AND fashion benefits of the SmartSlip:
"Why do I love my SmartSlip? So many reasons! I wear it every time I wear a skirt, and I get a fantastic muscle workout just by doing my everyday things. In fact, I was giving a presentation yesterday that had me walking around the room, up and down steps, and by lunchtime I thought, "Wow, I can really feel this working!" which I greatly appreciated since I had missed my "official" morning workout. (Which, by the way, would have also included the SmartSlip! When I go out for my morning walk I put it on over my yoga pants and it increases the resistance.) Another key point about the SmartSlip is that it also acts as shape wear - it smoothes your stomach, hips, butt and thighs, so there is a smooth line under your dresses and skirts! This is a huge added bonus for me, and because I own a wardrobe consulting business, I have started recommending it to my clients as well. There are a lot of shapewear options out there, but only the SmartSlip gives you the added benefit of a workout for your muscles!"
~Samantha B. (Wardrobe consultant)
About SimplyWeights, LLC
SimplyWeights is the inventor and distributor of Banglz and SmartSlip. Two greater Philadelphia area entrepreneurs, Annie Ulichney and Kim Koelle, founded the company. Banglz and SmartSlips are wearable fitness products that help users keep lean muscle mass and avoid fat gain as they age. For more information about the company and to view their online catalog, visit www.banglz.com.