Lisa Hannam
Lisa Hannam

I Whitened My Teeth While I Worked Out

I never really thought about whitening my teeth while working out. Normally I would wear the strips or trays on a low-key night that I could dedicate to some me time, like watching Friends reruns or catching up on my reading (read: fashion mags). But when Crest invited me to work out with top-notch trainer Alicia Bell at CrossFit YKV while wearing Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe with Flex Fit, I decided to give it a go.

It kind of reminds me of that joke from Blossom about how tampon packaging states all the things women can do when wearing them. Six comforts Blossom about getting her first period: “You can hike, swim, horseback ride. It’s better than camp!” I can now work out with my Whitestrips!

Kidding aside, Crest did this to announce their partnership with Canadian Olympian heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton. I did wonder, though, are people that busy nowadays that they can’t even have an hour to not talk? I’ve often heard from the people at Crest over the years that they’ve improved the “technology” so that the strips won’t budge or slip, they will stretch to get all visible teeth covered and that the product won’t seep out from under the strips into the mouth, so we can still talk and drink. So this “challenge” to work out while whitening my teeth only suggests to me that their product focus groups are now saying they don’t have time to whiten their teeth. They can’t find that evening when they indulge in gossip magazines or Netflix. I guess it would suit a busy bride a week before her wedding. I obviously have a different lifestyle and different priorities.

But in the name of consumer journalism, I tore open the package and started my warm-up hurdles.

The workout:


Part 1 – 15 minutes

Do this circuit three times: Hurdle-hops (60 seconds), pop-ups (60 seconds), medicine ball slams (60 seconds), high-knee runs (60 seconds), plank (60 seconds).

Part 2 – 15 minutes

Do this circuit three times: Long jump the length of a mat and shuffle back (60 seconds), thrusters (60 seconds), mountain climbers with hands on medicine ball (60 seconds), single-leg glute bridges on medicine ball (60 seconds), slow bicycles (60 seconds).

The Verdict: I did make it through the entire workout without the Whitestrips slipping or getting in the way. For the most part I would say the strips weren’t distracting, except I felt more thirsty than usual. Just like with gum or food in the mouth, I found I salivated more and reached for my water bottle more often than I usually do. Would I do it again? Probably not. I’m still the girl who doesn’t mind sitting on the floor in my living room flipping through this month’s fashion magazines while I whiten my teeth.