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I have been wanting to try cryotherapy for awhile now and when my friends over at CryoStretch gave me the opportunity to come check out their Knoxville location, I jumped at the chance. CryoStretch doesn't just offer Cryotherapy, but several other services! I wanted to share a brief overview of all of them as there's a little bit of something for everyone.


Cryotherapy can have many benefits for most healthy individuals, especially if they are active! Adding in Cryotherapy to your fitness and wellness routine can help reduce inflammation and swelling, help speed up recovery for sore muscles, and even help aid in better sleep.


I'll admit I was a little nervous getting into the CryoStretch Cryotherapy chamber, but Madison, one of the CryoStretch team members, had explained everything beforehand and made me feel so comfortable!


I was able to change in a private room and put on a big, fluffy robe, socks, slippers, and gloves. After changing, Madison helped me into the chamber and made sure I was comfortable (they put risers into the machine so you can stand see out) before starting the session. I removed the robe, but kept my socks and gloves on. Clients can keep shorts/sports bra on or go au natural - their choice!



My session was 2 minutes and I rotated every 30ish seconds to make sure the cold was evenly being distributed on my body. Honestly, it felt SO invigorating! The team gave me a few pointers at the beginning of my visit and they reminded me a lot of it can be mental (just like I tell my clients - the mental battle can be the hardest!) so I tried to remember to slow down my thoughts and take deep breaths. I didn't start feeling prickly cold chills until the last 30 seconds of my session. Once I stepped out and put my robe back on, I immediately started to warm back up.


In addition to full body Cryotherapy, CryoStretch offers localized cryo treatment which means they use a small, handled laser that treats smaller areas like elbows, knees, shoulders, etc. It's a great treatment for tennis elbow!


CryoSkin Facial

CryoStretch also has a very unique services that adds the benefits of a facial with the icy treatment of cryotherapy in their CryoSkin Facial! I love that you can truly get a full body experience in one spot.


NormaTec

Another recovery service CryoStretch offers is NormaTec PULSE Recovery. The benefits of this compression rehab is helping muscles recover faster from strenuous workouts, reduce swelling, increase circulation, and even aid in minimizing soreness. The team told me clients often feel very relaxed during a NormaTec treatment and it's a great way to sneak in a nap + recovery!


Now, to the Stretch part! CryoStretch is home to full service physical therapy. They offer assisted stretching sessions which can help clients achieve greater range of motion, less pain, and achieve the most out of their active lifestyle. With additional services like dry-needling, cupping, and rock taping, CryoStretch has options to help each client feel their best.


For FITSTYLE readers, CryoStretch is offering a limited offer of 3 recovery services (Cryotherapy, NormaTec, Assisted Stretching, etc) for only $35...a value of $105! Talk about an amazing deal. This offer is only valid until November 1st, 2020 so call (865) 766-2796 or email Info@cryostretchusa.com today to book your appointments! Tell them FitStyle Knox sent you!


xoxo,

patty lauren




This is one of my favorite meals that is Gluten Free! Since becoming completely GF at the beginning of this year (except for the occasional craft beer and pasta date night), it's been a challenge sometimes to find a variety of meals that are gluten free and also something my husband will enjoy! This is one of those meals - it's filling, healthful, and best of all - easy to make!

Turkey Meatball Zoodle Pasta

Serves 2-3

Meat:

Organic ground turkey

Produce:

1-1.5 containers of zucchini noodles (or, if you have a spiralizer, you can make your own! I like this meal to be heavier on the noodle side, so I get two cartons of zoodles)

Dairy:

1 egg

Other:

• 1 Jar of organic, no sugar marinara sauce

• 1 cup of Gluten Free bread crumbs


Oils & Spices:

1 tbsp olive oil or 1tbsp grass fed butter

2 tsp Cumin

1-2 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

1-2 tsp Pepper


Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add ground turkey, seasoning, and egg into a bowl. Mix (I like to use my hands to incorporate all the ingredients) Add bread crumbs and gently fold mixture together. Use a spoon to scoop out the turkey mixture to form into a ball. Add to baking sheet. Place into oven for 25-30 minutes or until fully cooked.


Add olive oil/butter to a skillet and turn to low heat. Wash zoodles and gently pat dry to soak up excess water. Add zoodles to skillet and season with salt and pepper. Stir occasionally until zoodles are darker green and softened. After zoodles are cooked through, set to the side and prepare marinara sauce in a small saucepan, heating through by medium heat.


Remove meatballs from oven and let rest. Plate zoodles, add meatballs, and top with marinara sauce - option to add cheese. Enjoy!


If you try it, make sure to tag me on social media so I can see your variation!


xoxo,

patty lauren

It's that time again - the annual Nordy sale. It's the sale where some of the best selling, tried-and-true favorites go on sale, and some at a very deep discount! Over the next week, I am going to be sharing my favorite Nordstrom sale items ranging from athletic wear to beauty products.


The details: If you are a Nordstrom card holder, you can have access as early as August 4th for select members or August 13th for all cardmembers. If you're like me and do not have a Nordy card, you'll have access starting August 19th. You will see a lot of bloggers push you to become a cardholder to get this early access, but I will never do that here. I do not use credit cards and don't believe going into debt over a clothing/accessory sale. So, with that said... let's get started!


Athletic Wear Sale Items



ON Cloudflow Running Shoe

I'm going to start with my favorite items because if you don't purchase anything else from this sale, these are a must! The ON Cloudflow Running Shoe is on major sale - ya'll, I have NEVER seen these sneaks on sale. I bought my first pair this summer and quickly bought another one. They are Swiss made and as cliche as it sounds, feel like you're walking/running on little puffballs of clouds. They have really changed my running game and I've never had pain or any discomfort - even on my longest runs! They usually retail for $139.95 and are on sale for $83.90!




ON Cloud X Running Shoe

There's not just one pair of ON shoes for sale, but TWO. These Cloud X are my favorite pair of shoes for running errands and training clients, but they can also crossover for HIIT workouts, runs, a strength training session! They usually retail for $139.95 and are on sale for $99.90








Easy, Breezy Tanks

Honestly, you can't go wrong with summer tanks anytime because you will always wear need tanks and this is a great time to snag some great ones on sale! I'm a little picky about my workout tops - I don't like them to be too long so they don't hang down during workouts and get tangled in equipment or in my way. That's why my two favorite Nordy sale picks are slightly cropped!


Sweaty Beatty Cropped Tank

Can you guys tell my favorite color right now is the eye popping chartreuse? How cute would this Sweaty Beatty cropped tank look with the ON shoes?! I love that the tank is barely cropped in the front and a little longer in the back. This tank retails for $48, but is on sale for $32.90












Free People Love Tie Dye Tank



This cute Free People tank is meant to be a little more loose and flowy -

perfect for a hot yoga session or a long run! This tank usually retails for $58, but is on sale for $37.90.















Legs for Days

Leggings are usually a hard sell for me - they have to be high quality, don't ride down, and keep me feeling good from coaching to running to lounging! These are my top 3 picks from the Nordstrom sale for legging must haves.


  1. Sweaty Beatty High Shine Sculpt Leggings

Aside from coming in this gorgeous steele blue called "Beetle Blue", these Sweaty Beatty leggings are high rise and have stellar reviews from people who have purchased them. I am really excited about getting a pair of these and breaking them in! One of the things I love about the high shine leggings is they are great transition pieces from daytime to evening - you can toss on a cute oversized crop sweater and sandals and easily make this a drinks on the patio look. They normally retail for $94, but are on sale for $59.90.


2. Alo High Waist Moto Leggings


I hope ya'll aren't surprised this is another pair of high waisted leggings - high waisted is life! I have these Alo High Waist Moto Leggings in Gray, but I am loving this deep blue Midnight color. They are soft and comfortable - they don't have the most compression so I love wearing these to coach/train and for workouts like yoga and Lagree! They have mesh panels to help keep you cool while the moto design gives these leggings a bit of an edge - they're one of my most complimented pairs of leggings I own. They normally retail for $114, but are on sale $75.90.


3. Alo Airlift High Waist Leggings


Oh, guess what - another pair of high waisted leggings!! These Alo Airlift High Waist Leggings are a versatile pair of high waiters as you can fold over the top to make them more of a mid-rise fit. The Limestone color is a perfect shade for fall and the leggings have a "second-skin fit feature smooth flatlock seams" which is flattering to all shapes. Their close fit makes them a perfect option for more high intensity work, cycling, or hot yoga! They normally retail for $118 and are on sale for $78.90.


Okay, ya'll! That concludes my favorite athletic wear items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!! I hope you find some great deals or maybe try a brand you haven't gotten to try before. When you shop with me using my links, I will receive a small commission and know that I greatly appreciate it! I wanted to pick things I truly love or like and items that will not break the bank while still being high quality and fashionable as we navigate new ways to workout!


xoxo,

patty lauren