absolute beginners

Absolute Beginners: Absolute Bye-ginners

It occurred to me last week that the only exercise I’m getting right now is the exercise I get while I’m out doing stuff for Absolute Beginners.

That’s…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | June 12, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Absolute Beginners: Gymnastics And What Makes Embarrassment Worth It

Turns out I suck at gymnastics, but it was 100 percent worth trying.

Rebecca Vipond Brink | June 5, 2015 - 11:00 am

Absolute Beginners: Germs At The Gym

Here are some tips on how to avoid gym-related infections.

Rebecca Vipond Brink | May 29, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Absolute Beginners: SoulCycle And What “Community” Means

There’s a SoulCycle-licensed tank top you can buy that describes the phenomenon thusly: “Pack, tribe, crew, posse, cult, gang, community, SoulCycle.” I was told, specifically, that it would be a…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | May 22, 2015 - 9:45 am

Absolute Beginners: 5 Things I Learned Doing Aerial Fitness

I’ve been out on medical for the last two weeks, which means two things: First, that I haven’t been going to the gym much, and second, that Absolute Beginners took…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | May 15, 2015 - 10:00 am

Absolute Beginners: Exercise Motivation For The Extremely Anxious

So, big question for people who are getting into fitness and are coping with anxiety over it: How do you find exercise motivation when you really, really, really just want…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | April 24, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Absolute Beginners: Know When To Stop

Right now, I have tendonitis in my left ankle, tenosynovitis in both of my feet (it’s an inflammation of the sheaths that protect tendons), hammer toes, and my marathon-induced avascular…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | April 17, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Absolute Beginners: A Place For Workout Videos In My Heart

The more I do for Absolute Beginners — the more I try new things — the more I have to re-evaluate my past with sports and fitness. This week, for…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | April 10, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Absolute Beginners: When I Fall In Love

As soon as I got down from my second climb and untied myself from the rope, during my second visit to Brooklyn Boulders, I texted my fiancé, Michael. “I really…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | April 3, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Absolute Beginners: Productive Pain

A few weeks ago, I got my hands on a copy of a stretch workout DVD called Lastics (yeah, I still use DVDs, I’m a rube). I’m not super-inflexible -…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | March 30, 2015 - 9:00 am

Absolute Beginners: Gym Etiquette 101

After the first installment of Absolute Beginners was posted, I got a few really awesome suggestions for future posts. This one is from reader Cedra, who brought up the point…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | March 19, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Absolute Beginners: What The Hell Do You Do With A Foam Roller, Anyway?

Hello, Beginners! Have you ever seen people at the gym rolling their legs over tubes and thought, “What the hell?” Or alternatively, have you ever seen it and thought, “Boy,…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | March 13, 2015 - 12:00 pm
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