We’ve made our list, checked it twice, and now we’re bringing it to you! It’s time for the 2018 edition of our 12 Days of Fitmas Gift Guide filled with fabulous gift ideas for the fitness fanatics on your list.

The best part? Many of these gifts are available at a special discount just for BA readers from now through Dec 25. Because it’s fun to give—but receiving is pretty great too! Merry Christmas!


When you run and cycle as much as we do, you can get some pretty sore feet. Last summer Wes tried the OOFOS sandals (see his review here) and raved about them so much that he got me hooked on them too. But as cute and comfy as my pink sandals are, they don’t make much sense when it gets this cold outside. But then I stumbled into Fleet Feet Sports at the Quarry earlier this week and discovered OOFOS newest style—and OOMG! No really, it’s called...


Whether it’s a buffet of sweets and treats at your office party, your mom’s famous tamales at your family gathering, or cocktails at your girl’s night out, the holidays are filled with about a million ways to find yourself on the naughty list when it comes to eating healthy. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Don’t destroy in a month what you’ve worked hard for all year. Here are a few of our strategies for staying on track and enjoying happy, healthier holidays.

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If there's one thing I've learned about fitness clothing and accessories it's that paying the premium for higher quality is always better. My obsession with high end workout gear started six years ago when my partner introduced me to Lululemon---four bags and countless shorts and shirts later it's still one of my favorite brands.

Between teaching fitness classes, personal training, and my own workouts, I pretty much carry one or two gym bags with me at all times, which means they get thrown around in and out of my truck on a daily basis. One bag usually houses my work...

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If you’ve been following us long enough, you know that we have been fans of Rise Up Acai Bowls since they were in a tiny airstream trailer on Broadway. We knew then that they wouldn’t be there for long—and we were right! Rise Up moved on up Broadway into Alamo Heights, with a spacious, simple restaurant where you can find us post cycle class at least once a week enjoying one of their delicious bowls (the AB is my fave) or smoothies.

Now they are growing again, bring their goodness into North San Antonio with a second location at 18730...

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What do you get when science meets sweat? You get a line of products designed for an active lifestyle that aim to prepare, support, and enhance not only your performance, but your cool down and recovery time as well. The formulas contain anti-inflammatory ingredients, time-released cooling and refreshing properties, and even electrolytes--all things an active individual needs.

We put a few of them to the test recently and our favorites included the no-rinse Power Shower, the Lip Quench Electrolyte Balm with SPF 25, and the Hydra Drench Refreshing Facial Mist for a post workout glow...


When I was a kid, I had a lot of irrational fears. For starters, I was convinced that my stuffed animals came to life at night while I slept. I was also terrified of witches (thanks to the The Wizard of Oz), ghosts, clowns, spiders, tornados (again, thanks Wizard of Oz)…the list goes on and on. Maybe because I was an only child with an overactive imagination, but I could freak myself out on a pretty regular basis.

Today, I still avoid clowns and spiders, but my other childhood fears have given way to bigger, more grown up concerns. Fear of failure is a huge...

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Queso, guacamole and salsa were staples at every family gathering I had growing up. These dips not only taste amazing, but so many of my favorite conversations originated around the dip bowls. So you can imagine how things changed when I became lactose intolerant shortly after my 30th birthday.

For the past five years I've dealt with the repercussions of eating queso, until two weeks ago when my partner brought home the solution---cashew queso "Mild Nacho" by Siete.

Not only does this...


We don't know about you, but we'd never sit down and eat an entire candy bar----yet somehow we have no problem eating enough "minis" this time of year to equate to a full size and then some.

The struggle is real when it comes to the "fun" sized treats that go hand-in-hand with Halloween.

But before you treat yourself, take a look below and make sure you aren't being tricked into thinking that those "mini" calories don't count.

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So tell us what you want, what you really, really want...for breakfast. After one bite of these Ginger Pumpkin Spice Pancakes we're pretty sure you won't want anything else!

Get ready to spice up your mornings with this protein packed breakfast that's filled with all the flavors of fall. Easy to make with Kodiak Cakes Pumpkin Flax Flapjack Mix, milk, eggs, pumpkin puree and spices. Delicious!

Get the recipe HERE.


I should preface this post with the fact that I am the person those “As Seen On TV” products and middle of the night infomercials are geared towards. I am a total sucker for the latest and greatest product on the Gram or my Facebook Feed. If it promises to make my eyelashes longer, my lips fuller, my neck firmer…..or turn out a perfectly hard boiled egg in the microwave-- I’m sold. Sadly, most of these impulse purchases wind up in my cosmetic graveyard or kitchen junk drawer because they didn’t live up to the hype. So when I saw this...

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We love S'well bottles for their easy to handle design and the way they keep our water ice cold during a workout.

But we've never been able to use them on our outdoor activities due to the fact that it is REALLY inconvenient to unscrew that cap in the middle of run, and nearly impossible on an outdoor bike ride.

That's why we are SUPER excited about the new S'well Sports line that features a "soft touch" texture, cool ombre designs and yes, FINALLY an easy to pop top for instant hydration on...