We Tried It: Physiclo Weighted Workout Pants

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

What It Is: Physiclo Compression Tights with Built-In Resistance

Who Tried It: Stephanie Emma Pfeffer,  PEOPLE Bodies writer

Level of Difficulty: 5/10

I was skeptical when I first heard about Physiclo compression tights and the company’s promise of amping up a workout just by wearing special gear. But it sort of made sense, the idea of built-in resistance making a workout harder and more efficient. And since I’m always trying to squeeze the best workout in the fewest minutes possible (who isn’t?), I ordered a pair and decided to take them for a trial run. Literally.

The first thing I noticed was how difficult they were to get on. I mean, these babies were tight! And at $110 for capris and $125 for full-length tights, I was a little annoyed at feeling like I was being stuffed into a sausage casing. Once they were on, though, things felt better — and each time I wore them they were easier to pull on.

The site says Physiclo’s technology uses elastic bands and panels stretching over different muscle groups to generate resistance. My legs definitely felt heavier wearing them.

To test the company’s claim of an increased heart rate and caloric burn, I did the same routine wearing the Physiclo tights one day and my regular workout pants another day, comparing my Fitbit stats both days.

I ran on the treadmill for 15 minutes at a pace of 6.0 and a barely noticeable 1.0 incline. Even with the added weight, the tights didn’t restrict my movement at all, although I imagined it might be hard to do my usual speed work.

Wearing the Physiclo tights I had an average heart rate of 158 (max 170), and I burned 158 calories. In regular pants my heart rate was 154 (max 164) and I burned 133 calories.

So according to my completely unscientific experiment, wearing the Physiclo pants produced not only a higher heart rate but more of a calorie burn! I was sold.

Over the next few weeks I wore them for some other activities. I jumped rope in them one day.  I wore them to the playground to do body weight exercises while my kids ran around. I tried the leg-day workout on the Physiclo site designed by Olympian Stephen Lambdin.

By this time I was starting to dig them and feel a lot more comfortable. I was able to run 5 miles on the treadmill with no problem achieving my usual speed. (Not sure if my legs were getting stronger or what, but I felt great!)

When I most felt the effects was while doing exercises like squats or the Stair Master. I did 15 minutes at level 10 and really felt it in my thighs and butt.  I felt as sore as if I had done a full hour of barre! I wondered if I would grow an awesome peach booty if I wore these consistently.

After a few weeks of wearing Physiclo sporadically, I noticed that my legs felt stronger, tighter and more toned. Not sure if that was the pants or because I was working out a lot more in general.

The one thing I didn’t love was how they looked. Yes, I am a little vain about what I wear to the gym — I find it motivating to look good. And even though I am in shape, these pants squeezed me in ways I felt were slightly unflattering. That’s not to say everyone would have this problem — it’s possible that other body types would be fine. I dealt with the issue by wearing longer-than-usual tops. But this was really my only complaint, and it was not enough to keep me from wearing the pants.

Verdict: At $110, these pants are not cheap, but they run the same amount as some other luxe  brands. If you work out a lot and are looking to add something new or take your routine to the next level,  you should give these a shot! Just don’t size down when you order.

Italian Speaking Customer Service Consultant (Cape Town)

Remuneration: Market related 
Location: Cape Town
Type: Permanent
Reference: #AR
Company: AKA Recruitment International

Our client, a well-known company in the outsource industry has current vacancies for Italian speaking customer services and sales representatives within their contact centre. The right candidate is working in a vibrant office environment with growth opportunities, will service passengers abroad and will be responsible for their airline reservations and associated duties. If you want to be part of the customer’s journeys to their dream destinations than this is the right position for you!

Key performance areas:

  • Servicing passengers abroad and being responsible for their airline reservations and associated duties
  • Responding to incoming inquiries and questions of customers regarding their flights, etc.
  • Handling complaints via the integrated telephone or computer system
  • Communicating information effectively in a friendly and supportive manner
  • Providing relevant information as an independent team member
  • Identify customers’ needs and offer personalised service
  • Maintain high standard of knowledge on all products

Qualifications and experiences:

  • Matric qualification
  • Previous customer service and sales experience required

Competencies required:

  • Native level fluency in Italian
  • Excellent language skills in English
  • Computer literate (MS Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Problem-solving ability and attention to detail
  • Positive attitude
  • Open to shift work; hours dependant on department
  • Ability to work independently, yet also be a team player
  • Stress tolerance – calm and methodical
  • Understands and values the commercial impact of decisions
  • Clear credit and criminal record
  • Valid driver’s license and own transport required

The company offers a competitive remuneration package and assistance with work permits for foreigners.

If you meet the above requirements and if you are interested in the position, please send your CV to

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Marketing Graduate (Johannesburg)

Remuneration: Basic salary 
Location: Johannesburg, Craighall
Education level: Degree
Job level: Student
Job policy: Employment Equity position
Type: Contract
Reference: #Marketing graduate
Company: Caxton

Job description

We’re looking for an intern to join our marketing team in Johannesburg Northern Suburbs. You’ll work closely with our writers and website content managers to help us promote the work we do.

You’ll be helping with managing and selecting campaigns for our websites, social media and newspapers, and your primary role will be to help us launch a host of new products. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on our various client campaigns and take part in our ongoing internal sales & marketing training sessions.

Advantageous 

Experience with Adobe Creative Suite 

Please attach the following documents CV, Motivational Letter, ID, Grade 12 and full Academic record/ Transcripts or Qualification. 

Must reside in Joburg North Area 

Must have drivers licence and own reliable car

Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Degree in marketing or equivalent qualification completed 2017
  • Fluent in English, spoken and written
  • Enthusiastic about digital and print marketing and keen to gain some experience
  • Strong writing skills
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Reliable, efficient, self-reliant and flexible
  • Own reliable vehicle and drivers licence is an advantage

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MS SQL DBA – Database Administrator (Cape Town)

Remuneration: Basic salary 
Location: Cape Town
Type: Permanent
Company: EOH Recruitment Solutions

A new opportunity exists within a large listed company. This role will present the successful candidate with an opportunity to expand their knowledge and career growth rapidly as the role may move the DBA to new technical environments as their skills grow. The DBA will be responsible for providing technical support for the database environment including overseeing the implementation and organisation of the databases, as well as assessment and implementation of new technologies.

Duties:

  • Responsible for the deployment and maintenance of the MS SQL environment
  • Responsible for ensuring availability and performance of the Database that support the system
  • Responsible for the implementation and release of Database changes according to agreed timescales
  • Responsible for improvement and maintenance of the database to include rollout and upgrades
  • Work to ensure that the necessary resources are allocated to the servers, clusters and databases to ensure high resilience and performance tuning
  • To proactively monitor the database systems to ensure secure services within minimum downtime
  • Responsible for providing trend analysis to management team to enable them to make informed decisions regarding resource management
  • Responsible for working with application owners, such as SharePoint, CRM and Lync to tune databases to best practices and optimise performance
  • Responsible for troubleshooting and assisting Software Development perform solving of MS SQL development related issues
  • Responsible for the documentation of the processes and procedures
  • Work as part of a team and provide support where required

Requirements:

  • Relevant Tertiary
  • Minimum five years’ experience in IT
  • Minimum two years of DBA related experience
  • Should have a comprehensive level of technical skills on multiple IT systems and platforms
  • Experience3 in performance testing, Tuning, Query Optimatization, using Performance Monitor, SQL Profiler and other related monitoring and troubleshooting tools
  • Experience in troubleshooting and resolving database integrity issues, performance issues, blocking and deadlocking issues, replication issues, log shipping issues, connectivity issues, security issues etc.
  • Strong Knowledge of backups, restores, recovery models, database shrink operations, DBCC commands, clustering, database mirroring, replication
  • Solid acquaintance with windows server, security delegation, SPNs, storage components
  • Ability to problem solve using deductive Reasoning in a timely manner.

Contact:

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Finance Operations Manager (Johannesburg)

Remuneration: R40000 per month negotiable Basic salary 
Location: Johannesburg
Type: Permanent
Company: EOH Recruitment Solutions

An exciting opportunity for a Finance Operations Manager exists with one of the leading global law firms for an individual who is enthusiastic about their career and development therein.

The Finance Operations Manager will be responsible for working with the Senior Finance Operations Manager in London in expanding and developing an operational Finance team in Johannesburg. Initially they will manage a team responsible for the delivery of billing, e-billing and first stage credit control support. They will be responsible for motivating and developing the operational Finance team in the GBSC to provide a high quality service to the business. They will monitor the associated metrics to assess how effectively the processes support the needs of the business through developing a culture of continuous improvement. It is anticipated that in the next 18 months other Finance processes will move to GBSC and the Finance Operations Manager will play a key part in the recruitment, training and development of the staff required to carry out these additional processes.

Key Responsibilities:

Management of the Finance Operations Team

  • Manage the team ‘hands-on’ support
  • Report on and analyse data
  • Support the Senior Finance Operations Manager
  • Establish development and training plans for each member of the team
  • Responsibility for the on-boarding of additional Finance processes

Client Service

  • To be an advocate for customer service excellence
  • To build and maintain relationships with internal and external customers
  • To strive for service excellence, working with the Finance management team and other key stakeholders to identify and implement service improvements across the whole of Finance.
  • Establish regular meetings with the Senior Finance Operations Manager and other London Finance managers
  • To provide information and recommendations to develop and implement new services, policies and procedures for Finance Operations.

Finance Policy and Correspondence

  • Develop a good working knowledge of UK VAT regulations and SRA Accounts Rules
  • Develop a good understanding of the firm’s Finance policies and procedures

Skills/Experience Required:

  • Finance management experience with at least three years in a shared services environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Goal oriented
  • Commerciality
  • Excellent all round computer skills (MS Office suite excel)

Educational Requirements:

Please click the “apply” button and you will be redirected to EOH Recruitment Solutions

For further information you can contact Charmain on 010 590 4000

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IT Internal Sales Representative (Port Elizabeth)

Remuneration: negotiable Basic plus commission 
Benefits: Medical Aid
Location: Port Elizabeth
Education level: Matric
Job level: Mid
Own transport required: Yes
Travel requirement: Occasional
Type: Permanent
Reference: #ITinteral-MGFX
Company: Micrographics

Job description and duties

  • Maintain and develop existing and new IT customers
  • Sales and Telesales for HP Plotters / Consumables; PCs; Networking hardware
  • Account Management
  • Sending out of quotations
  • Manage sales process
  • Secure customer orders
  • Follow up sales enquiries by email and telephone
  • Monitor and report on activity and submit feedback to management

Minimum requirements:

  • Matric
  • At least two years’ relevant IT sales experience
  • Strong interest in IT and Technology
  • Knowledge of computer hardware components
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • A charming and persuasive personality
  • An ambitious self-starter with an eye for detail
  • A high level of computer literacy

This position is highly rewarding for a real ‘go-getter’ personality. Good Basic salary, Commission structure, Medical Aid, etc.

No ceiling on earning potential!

Please do not respond unless you meet the mminimum requirements.

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Maple-Glazed Salmon with Pickled Cucumber

Salmon filets topped with fresh lemon wedges or marinated in a lemon juice-based mixture are classic ways to serve the hearty fish. But this recipe for maple-glazed salmon transforms the cooked salmon into a meal chock full of fall flavors.

Packed with omega-3s, the protein, fat, and nutrients in salmon can help lower blood pressure, boost good cholesterol, and prevent the formation of blood clots—while serving as a healthier alternative to saturated fat–filled red meats. Paired with pickled cucumber and onion for a bit of tang, this dish is equal parts sweet and sour.

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To make maple-glazed salmon, combine maple syrup, mustard, cumin, salt, pepper, olive oil, and minced garlic to make the maple glaze you’ll use to coat each salmon fillet. After arranging your salmon on a olive oil–coated baking sheet, coat each piece of fish with the maple glaze and stick in the broiler for six minutes, or until the fish is cooked through. This recipe makes four servings, so you’ll have enough for your family or for a tasty leftover lunch.

To make the pickled vegetables, combine sugar and vinegar in a saucepan, simmering until the sugar completely dissolves. Add chopped veggies and let the mixture cool to room temperature, stirring often. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper after removing them from the vinegar mixture.

Recipe Is:

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine vinegar and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Add cucumber and onion. Cool to room temperature, stirring, 25 minutes.

Step 2

Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon; place in a bowl. Add fennel and olive oil, tossing to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Preheat broiler. Line a shallow baking pan with foil; coat lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Arrange the salmon in a single layer on the pan. Combine the maple syrup and remaining ingredients; spread onto salmon. Broil salmon for 6 minutes or until just cooked through. Portion into 4 servings. Divide the salad among 4 plates; top with salmon.

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Cape Town – Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says scathing allegations against her, which became public after a confidential special council meeting on Tuesday, are a malicious attempt to attack her as a whistleblower.

On Tuesday, it emerged that Craig Kesson, the executive director in her office, had made various allegations against De Lille, including that she planned to publicly discredit a senior City staffer, who questioned alleged tender irregularities, and asked that a report into a possible R43m loss regarding another tender be made to “go away”.

These allegations are contained in a 42-page affidavit by Kesson.

It is among a set of documents, relating to the special council meeting, which the City has made public in the interest of transparency.

READ: ‘Bullying’ De Lille wanted alleged tender irregularity report to ‘go away’ – executive director

On Thursday, De Lille issued a statement saying several stories had appeared in the media based on the documents made public.

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“As it pertains to the affidavit, this is a malicious attempt to attack my integrity and track record as a whistleblower and corruption fighter in South Africa,” she said.

“This is sensation.”

On Tuesday, the council held a special confidential meeting and unanimously resolved that the City’s audit and performance audit committee be instructed to appoint an independent investigator to probe allegations against Kesson, City manager Achmat Ebrahim and Melissa Whitehead,  the commissioner of the transport and urban development authority. 

Documents relating to this meeting were uploaded to the City’s website later on Tuesday.

Kesson’s affidavit was among these and it contains allegations mainly against De Lille.

De Lille said her lawyers were compiling a comprehensive response to the allegations against he, which would be made public once complete.

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“I challenge those who seek to attack my track record to bring any proof that I benefited personally from any corruption or tenders,” she said.

De Lille said she wanted to remind South Africans that, under her leadership, the City of Cape Town had received four consecutive clean audits. She added that the City was the only municipality in the country to have done so.

“In the meantime, I stand resolute in my commitment to serve the people of Cape Town and I will not be distracted by these attempts to discredit my reputation as a corruption fighter,” De Lille said.

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Her reaction on Thursday to the allegations against her has again highlighted deep-rooted mistrust and infighting among some of the City’s most senior officials.

READ: More info leaks and unauthorised investigation claims rock City of Cape Town

In September, tensions surfaced between De Lille and mayoral committee member for safety, security and social services JP Smith.

It emerged that De Lille had ordered the shutting down of the City of Cape Town’s special investigations unit (SIU).

Smith oversees the unit, which now has a new mandate.

Claims relating to the unit and against De Lille had been contained in a submission, dated August 20, which Smith made.

READ: EXCLUSIVE: Murder, irregularity claims surface after De Lille ‘shuts down’ City of Cape Town investigative unit

In it, Smith did not directly make accusations against De Lille, but said claims and rumours from others had been heard – the claims included that some City councillors may have been involved in a murder and that building done at her home may not have been legal.

In October, the DA placed both De Lille and Smith on special leave from party activities in the Cape metropole because of the spat.

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