Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Telus & Samsung Canada Gear Up Clinic & A Telus Giveaway!

Hey loveys,

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of being invited to Telus to take part in their Gear Up Clinic which featured the Samsung Galaxy S5 & the new Samsung Gear Fit and take part in a workout lead by Celebrity Trainer Tracy Anderson! You may have heard the name Tracy Anderson before because she's super famous for training Gwyneth Paltrow, Molly Sims and Kim Kardashian. I have to admit, I did know who she was but I didn't know much about her workouts or her "method" as she refers to it as.

Her website describes the Tracy Anderson Method as this:
Based on over a decade of research on different muscular structure groups, Tracy Anderson has created a fitness method that can transform any problem area or body type. Tracy has created and patented over 3,000 varying fitness movements that target every muscle in your body. The sequences strategically exhaust the muscles in a way that does not create bulk, but strengthens the connection to the body. This program is designed for anyone wanting to achieve a perfect body naturally.  
The workout is a danced based cardio workout that includes hand weights and slide movements with a towel. I was a bit weary in the beginning because I'm tall and not coordinated at all but once I got into it, the class was actually REALLY fun and my behind was twitching at the end from all of the butt exercises we did! We only participated in a 30 minute class, and normally Tracy's classes are 2 hours in length at her studios in LA and NYC, I don't know if I would be able to survive a 2 hour class. Here is a YouTube video of her doing her thaaaang. It's 29 minutes long, but you get the idea (she has videos on YouTube if you want to take part at home and try it out!). 


We got a chance to snap a few photos with Tracy after the workout a Q&A session was over.. it was so nice to listen to her speak about nutrition and her method. She really believes in the theory that every single person is different and diet should be based strictly around what YOUR body is sensitive to, and how the only way to know that is to get a blood test. I love that theory because I totally believe the same.



Part of the clinic that Telus was holding was providing us with the new Samsung S5 Phone and the new Galaxy Gear Fit Watch to test out during out workout. Telus is really actively trying to get customers to use technology to help them live a healthier lifestyle and I think that's SO COOL of them to do. The new Samsung Galaxy S5 is enhanced with S Health Software and it's so cool. It's a pedometer, heart rate monitor, food tracker and exercise log all in one.


The phone is so cool because it literally has a heart rate monitor built into the back of it so you can check your heart rate anytime you want!! 


The camera on the phone is unreal, 16MP, and the world's fastest auto-focus! The phone is dust and water resistant (1 meter up to 30 minutes) and has a ultra-battery saving mode which allows a person to use the phone for 24-hours with only 10% battery life. HOW COOL IS THAT!?!? 


The phone is so incredibly high-tech that Telus offers customers Learning Centre Sessions so you can go in, and sit with someone one-on-one and learn the ins and outs of the entire phone. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available through Telus for $229 on a two-year term contract or for $730 on a month-to-month contract. 
The Galaxy Fit Gear is something SO COOOLLL!!! It's a watch and it has a full colour touch screen on it. It links to the S5 Phone via Blue Tooth and is kind of like your new bestie.

You can set a run or walk distance and it will tell you how far you've ran/walked and how close to your goal you are! You can also set it up so that it connects with your phone so you can see your e-mails, messages and BBMs right on the screen! The watch itself has 4G of space so you can upload music to it, and listen with blue tooth ear phones while on your run. No wires - HOW COOL IS THAT??? I cannot WAIT to take this bad boy out for a run! The Galaxy Gear Fit retails for $219 in select Telus stores and online.

Now clearly I'm obsessed with Samsung Canada and Telus - but they are about to rock your world as well!! 

They want to give 1 VERY lucky reader their own Samsung Galaxy S5 Phone and Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit to check out for their very own!! You must be a resident in Canada to enter, but you can use the Rafflecopter below and get in on the action!!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Telus and Samsung Canada for involving me in this amazing event. I loved every minute of it, even if I looked silly trying to keep up with Tracy! Their staff are spectacular at helping us learn the ins and outs of the phone and answering any questions we had about their products and services. World class service at Telus!! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Sarah

129 comments:

  1. that looks like such a fun event - and she's so wee! oh my goodness. i am in constant competition with myself to do better and be better than my last adventure. the phone/fit gear would be awesome to track along my mountain hikes.

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  2. This is an amazing giveaway. GOod luck everyone! And good luck to me

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  3. whhha? this is crazy awesome; especially the improved battery. I have the S3 and that thing eats battery life. I get hella red working out and would love to use the heart rate monitor to determine if I need to bring my heart rate down or if it's my skin pigment/blood cells that make me resemble a beet.

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  4. Wow! I can't believe the phone has a HR monitor built in! Technology these days is amazing!

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  5. Wow, what a cool day and to meet Tracy would be so flipping cool! I'm not training for any races, but I'm always pushing myself and keeping tabs on my heart rate and performance. I'd love to try this out!

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  6. I am going to climb the CN Tower this weekend!

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  7. So jealous you go to do this!

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  8. I'd love to have it for running (I have a half marathon in a few weeks!) it sounds like it would take the place of both my ipod and fitbit during a run which would be AWESOME! I hate carrying around so much extra stuff!

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  9. I am not training for anything right now but I am trying to increase my amount of exercise and I am going to be starting to cycle again within the next week. I find I need something to make me accountable so maybe this would help! (Judy Cowan)

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  10. Wow! Great give-away Sarah! This would be perfect for all my workouts done outside of the gym, bike rides and run's with the pooch!

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  11. I have never been much of a runner but would really use the gear fit as motivation to sttr hitting the pavement!

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  12. I am not training for anything, but with summer coming i do a lot of walking with kids and this would be great motivaton to get me out more.

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  13. I injured my back about 1 year ago - It took (and is taking) me a long time to recovery - so far I've done swimming and some yoga. I can't wait to see my progression back into things like running and beach volleyball. And for fun, I'll do the Color my Rad run again this year

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  14. I guess I'll have to start working out if I win this.

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  15. I am training for some races, as I have just started running, and am also in my second round of Insanity! This would be perfect for me! I also want a new phone!!

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  16. I haven't been physically active in a while (a few years). When I came back recently from my European adventure with my long distance boyfriend, I realized how much exercising has changed my energy, my mood, and my stress level. I've been looking for an excuse (I know, sounds awful) to get into shape, especially since he works in Miami and I in Toronto. It'd be awesome to have the handy SG Gear Fit to help me achieve my goals!

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  17. I am physically active on a regular basis but I like finding new ways to challenge myself. I'd love to challenge myself by seeing how far I can run so I can build myself up to one day entering myself into a marathon!

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  18. I'm doing some jogging right now so I'd like to monitor my heart rate.

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  19. GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I need to be a Canadian!!!!!
    Good luck to all who enter, this prize is soo badass!!

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  20. Idk if I can enter cause I'm American.. but I love doing Crossfit, obviously! :)

    That pic of you two together is too funny with the height difference!

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  21. Not training though I like to keep active always! :)

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  22. Sweeeeeeeeeeet giveaway friend! Fun fact: Bill has the previous version of the Samsung watch so if I win he'll be crazy jealous! :)

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  23. As horrible it is to say...can't seem to find the time to actually commit to my daily workout - even if its 30 minutes a day. I think this will most definitely push me to keep on track since I'm always hand-in-hand with my Samsung phone, why not add something extra that'll keep my attention to stay motivated (:

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  24. I just joined a gym...in general I'm just trying to stay fit. This prize would help make it fun!

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  25. Not training. working on improving my heath. Running more.

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  26. This would be fun to try out during my workouts for sure!

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  27. this would help me with motivation and my workouts!

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  28. I'm not training for anything in particular, just going for biking, hiking and swimming this summer. This prize pack will help me to stay fit (with the S Health Software) and have fun, all at the same time. The phone is dust and water resistant which means I won't have to worry about sweating on it when exercising!

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  29. I am taking the Summer off training but this would be an awesome addition to my gear box!

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  30. I'm not training for anything. I just think it's important to work out for my health and my sanity! I certainly need a phone upgrade but I'm really excited about the Galaxy Gear Fit as I can use it to monitor my heart rate during workouts and use the history function to help me track my progress. (Soph Y)

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  31. I am really struggling with staying on track as I am going through some unfortunate hormone issues. This would help me stay focused on the positive things I am doing for body, even if it isn't reciprocating :)

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  32. Im spending some time running but definitely will look into training

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  33. I am training for my first full marathon. I would love to use the heart rate monitor. I have never used one in training.

    Amy
    <a href="http://missadventuresinrunning.wordpress.com>Miss Adventures in Running</a>

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  34. I feel working out with all this technology would make any goal easily achievable.

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  35. Yes I am doing Tough Mudder in June. This could help me see how long my runs are and my heart rate.

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  36. My son wants me to run a 5k with him this summer. I'm not really a runner but this gear could really help motivate me.

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  37. I am currently training for the San Francisco Marathon and starting to incorporate more cross training into my workouts. It's so awesome that you were able to meet Tracy Anderson. I do her arms workout all the time. I love any kind of gadget that can help me track my workouts and help me to my fitness goals.

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  38. I'm bad at keeping track of my fitness goals and I think this would be super helpful to keep myself accountable!

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  39. Not training for anything particular, just trying to get more exercise and get myself healthier!

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  40. Not training for anything particular, just trying to get more exercise and get myself healthier! I would love to be able to keep track and have some goals!

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  41. I'm going to start training soon for a trail race in the summer. I haven't run a race in a while and could use all the help I could get.

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  42. I need to start training for a 5k in July (my first!) and a 6K in August. I'm not a runner and have NO idea where to start so this would be a giant help in my journey.

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  43. I am trying to become more physically active and would love to run a marathon one day for charity but I'm finding it difficult to get motivated. Having this Samsung smartphone will enable me to download apps and keep track of my training, eating habits and also boost my motivation.

    Rafflecopter name: Sarah S.

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  44. I am coming off a serious neck/shoulder/upper back injury that left me unable to work out for 5 months...it would be an understatement to say I was a) shocked at how much muscle I lost/weight gained and b) surprised at how hard it was to get back in a routine and not feel disheartened with a lack of/slow progress. It has been a truly humbling experience! This would be a great tool for me to set small goals and track progress. I also desperately need a new cell phone as mine is literally on its last leg but a new one is not in the budget right now! Thanks for a great giveaway opportunity!

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  45. It will help me reach my goals and motivate me to push my self harder. Great giveaway!

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  46. training for the Run For The Cure in October. I currently have a fitbit flex which I love. I am currently in a love/hate relationship with my iphone... been looking to switch to a samsung. I love telus because they have great customer service unlike my current provider. With these two devices I can track my progress more properly and it's easier to view it on the touch screen (now that's a neat feature)

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  47. i'm training for a half marathon in june - this would be great for me to monitor my heart rate.
    (stacey h)

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  48. I am training for races and this would be so great to help me monitor my progress. It sounds awesome, and would have me leave my iPhone in the dust!!

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  49. this would help me and my family become more active. With our hectic lifestyle I believe that this monitor would make us more aware to get out and be active. With a 2 1/2 year old he needs all of hte running around he can get.

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  50. Would love to win this as I need to lose weight for my upcoming wedding

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  51. Good luck to me. Just what I need
    This is an amazing giveaway.

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  52. I'm training to go to circus school without embarrassing myself!

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  53. Awesome phone!

    smiller36(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. This looks awesome. I had no idea it had the heath software!

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  55. I am training myself to get back into my excercise routine! I used to work out a lot more and now I have to fight to get off the couch. This could help motivate me by helping me keep track of my goals. Thank you.

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  56. Im actually not training for a fitness adventure but Ive always wanted to do a try a tri. So maybe this will motivate me to start

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  57. Not training for anything but have decided to loose weight and get in shape. These devices would help me track and keep motivated to reach my goals.

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  58. I could use this when I walk to help me keep track of my goal!

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  59. What an awesome event, review, and giveaway!!! I am currently training (31 days away!) for the Calgary Half Marathon. I am ready to kick-it-up a notch and begin planning for my fall races. I have always wanted to try training while tracking heart rate...so I think these gadgets would be AWESOME!

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  60. I am in training to walk up the Castle stairs in Europe and beautiful bicycle tours

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  61. I tried commenting before, but not sure if it went through.
    I try to exercise and be fit, but I need some sort of motivation.
    The Samsung Gear Fit will be really helpful:)

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  62. I am training by walking daily to lose weight and be a fit person.I am using hiking trails and dont have a cell phone so it is always on my mind that something will happen and I wont have any contact. The Gear fit would be a great tool to monitor my hear rate and help me lower my weight so my hypertension can be controlled.

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  63. I work part time and as the weather warms up would like to spend some time walking and getting fit. This would definitely help in my new planned routine. Thanks for the chance.

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  64. I am anxious to get out this Spring, I use the gym's treadmill in the winter and am able to track my progress but love to hit the trails with my dog in the nicer weather. his is perfect to track my workout on the run!

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  65. Not training for anything in particular, but would love this gadget to ramp up my fitness after a long harsh winter.

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  66. Not training for anything, but I do workout 5-6 days a week and this would be perfect to help track my workouts.

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  67. I could use it as a motivational tool to keep me on track

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  68. I could use this when I walk to help me keep track of my goal!

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  69. Chris StockfordMay 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    I could use this when I walk to help me keep track of my goal!

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  70. I`m not at the moment, but I would love something to help get me out and walking again. I like setting goals and being about to see how many steps and how far I`ve walked would be amazing!

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  71. I'm not training for anything at the moment, but this would help when I going jogging to monitor my heart rate.

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  72. Yes I'm training for a 10k. The electronic duo would help keep me on pace and on track

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  73. I am currently in recovery from a knee injury so I am just trying to get back into shape, and this device would be SO helpful!

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  74. I am wanting to get back in to my training. It will help me figure out how best to keep training and keep track of how I am doing. Don't want to over do it, but don't want to under do it.

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  75. I am not training for a specific event but I walk all over the place with my almost 2-year old son and I would love to see how many kilometres we cover in a week.

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  76. This would be great, just in time for soccer season!

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  77. I'm trying to get back into running after having two kids. Would be great to help ease back the training!

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  78. I'm hopeful to win the GS5 in order to help upgrade my friend's GS3 as it's on its last legs.

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  79. i;m always running with my phone. this looks great!

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  80. It would help me by showing me how far I need to walk each day to help with my weight loss program.

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  81. I'd love something that would help me motivate myself to get more exercise!

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  82. I just starting with a walk/run interval training program and this would help me keep on track!

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  83. I'm not training for a specific event right now but I'm trying to get back into shape after having a baby. I'm using the treadmill at home and walking and hiking outdoors at least 3 times a week as well as bike riding several times a month. My goal is to be back at my usual mountain hikes by August. I love the different features of the Gear Fit -- it would be so cool to keep track of how far I've walked/hiked!

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  84. I do not have a specific event to train for but am interested in just being more fit overall. I am looking forward to doing more jogging and cycling. We are having more and more sedentary lives by sitting in front of the computer all day, so it is important to be more active whenever possible. I would use the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit to make sure I am achieving the target heart rate.

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  85. I'm trying to work on my cardio lately and would love to use the Gear Fit to track my walking distance!

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  86. I am reading a book call Running Like A Girl which is about training and preparing for a 5-10 run. It has been years since I have done any running and I am hoping to incorporate that and a regular exercise program into my schedule. The pedometer and heart rate features would definitely help with this.

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  87. I've been trying to increase my workouts lately, this would sure help to keep me on track :)

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  88. This is so exciting, I am due for a new phone as my Blackberry is at the end of its life and the photo taking ability is not the best. Loving the wrist fitness gadget as well. Tracey Anderson...WOW, fabulous!!!

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  89. I just recently last a ton of weight, so no marathons yet for me, I do work out and go walking tho. The samsung and gear would help me enjoy those walks and work outs even more and making sure I continue on with my 'get fit program'

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  90. Hey Sarah! Hope all is well with you :) I'm training for my first half marathon and would loooove a cool little gadget like this to help me along the way!

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  91. I'm not training for anything, but I sure could use some help in losing some weight this summer and I'm a telus mobility customer! Thanks for the chance :)

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  92. This would be great to monitor the running.

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  93. I'm not training for anything in particular but Its been a long winter & the winter weight has piled on. I would use this to get active and fit this summer for shizzle, the goal is to lose all the weight and back to a healthy BMI

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  94. Amazing Giveaway Sarah! I was jealous of iphone users & their nike fuelband but now Telus is offering something for galaxy users! YES! Would love to win :)

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  95. Great phone and tool, would be a great way to track activity while I start my wedding diet

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  96. Im training for my company's dragon boat race later this year! :)

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  97. I would loive to be able to keep track of my heartbeat, pulse etc.

    Lori R Jackson

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  98. Hoping to get into better summer shape.

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  99. No I'm not training for any fitness adventures,but I am doing some back and knee strengthening exercises. I would love to feel healthy and stronger than I've ever been. I hope to achieve this goal sooner than later then take a awesome hiking adventure soon:). The Samsung Galaxy S5 & Galaxy Gear Fit can help me achieve my fitness goals because it will allow me to track my weight loss, keep up with my goals interactively, and help me move forward with all of my fitness goals

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  100. Keeping track of my fitness training would help me in my journey towards my next lifting competition!

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  101. I am trying to fit exercise in to get rid of my baby weight. Winning this will help me to track my workouts and distances outside this summer.

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  102. I'm trying to get into running but overall just get moving, the galaxy will remind me to get going!

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  103. I have been attempting to increase my running. We have a zombie run and a dye run that happens every year and I really want to participate this time. Winning would help me keep track of my progress towards achieving this goal.

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  104. I'm not training, but need help getting in shape. This would help in keeping track of my workout and pregress.

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  105. I'm not a runner but I'm always interested in eating healthy and making sure that my body is in the best shape it can be. I'd love to track my progress.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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  106. I just found out that my thyroid is not working after years of being overweight and now with that knowledge I am starting my weight loss journey.

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  107. I've just started running and sounds like the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Gear Fit have such awesome features to help track towards my goals!

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  108. This would be awesome. Its time for me to get a new phone

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  109. Great phone. Better giveaway. Thanks.

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  110. Can't wait to get my hands on the phone...

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  111. The screen looks pretty good.

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  112. Trying to improve my running, improving flexibility and endurance are my goals. The HR monitor would greatly help keep me in my best zone.

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  113. by giving me metrics i can keep track of if i am improving or not, and that iwll give me additional motivation.
    @dclub20

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  114. My husband had a heart attack in November and we have starting a walking routine. What a fantastic phone and prize pack. I always love Samsung!

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  115. This would be great for me, I am trying to lose weight and get into shape. :)

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  116. I am working towards the beaches jazz fest walk/run. I have never ran in my life and so I dont plan on running so to speak but my heart is set on this 5k and so I will walk it. Right now I am using the nike app to track my walks and even have some friends on my friends list.... walking I have beat some of there records for time for 1k! I figure I must be a pretty quick walker if I can beat the time of a runner! I would love to be able to track better not only the run but my heart rate and such. This would be a perfect addition to help me achieve my goal this summer. Beaches Jazz fest run/walk 5k here I come ! BTW I love that your a Canadian blogger ... I know they are out there but are very hard for me to find.

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  117. I am training for a triathalon SO this would be AMAZING!

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  118. I want to get in shape. the samsung phone and galaxy gear fit could monitor my progress.

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  119. As a family we love to go on hikes together,It would be awesome to be able to track our progress.

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  120. it would help me start my running routine this summer!

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  121. Not training but I walk everywhere

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  122. I am training to complete a marathon by the end of the summer. This will definitely help me keep track of my progress!

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  123. I have 25 lbs of baby weight to lose. This watch would be awesome to get me on track with going for daily runs!

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  124. Don't keep us guessing! Dying to know who the winner is!

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