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Yoga Gets The “Bro” Treatment

Yoga Pants-Gate
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I was groaning while reading Boston.com’s feature on “Broga,” yoga geared toward bros (although women are welcome … GEE THANKS!). “This is not a dumbed down version of yoga. There’s a lot of movement linking the postures, but adding push-ups and variations of squats. People see the name ‘Broga’ and they think it’s just a bunch of idiots. But there’s integrity,” explained “Brogi” and co-creator of the Broga movement, Robert Sidoti.

“Broga offers a much more palatable introduction to yoga at a much more familiar level. There aren’t a lot of esoteric yoga terms that are used,’’ added Adam O’Neill, Sidoti’s Broga partner. “I was thinking ‘Why isn’t yoga more attractive to guys? Why isn’t there a program that’s guy-oriented?’ The issue is that yoga has primarily been marketed to middle-age housewives.”

You get the idea. Yoga is too female-centric and therefore not palatable to men. So, these bros want to make men less “self conscious walking into a room filled with women who are all dressed perfectly in Lululemon” and get more of them in the door. They want to dial down the off-putting OMing and amp up the squats. Keep reading »

8 Celebs In Really Awkward Workout Poses

Celebrities and their bikini bodies and their trainers and their ridiculous workouts are constantly being shoved in our faces. We get it, your appearance is your business, and while our soft asses are sitting in front of computers hoping to have time to trek to the gym someday, Hilary Duff is Instagramming a picture of herself doing a reverse belly flop on a Pilates reformer. How did she even get into that position!? Maybe we’re just jealous. Nah, that looks like it would be awfully uncomfortable on the lower abdominal region. Here are a few more celebs who managed to contort their bodies into some terribly awkward workout positions.  Good for them. [WOW]

 

Amanda's Workout
Amanda Bynes wears sunglasses and flails her arms at the gym. Read More »

The Soapbox: On Black Women, Exercise And Our Hair

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The ladies of Madame Noire chat with The Frisky about hair. Read More »
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bad hair days

One day in college, during track practice, I wore a bandanna to my work out. I was having a spectacularly bad hair day and that thin piece of printed cloth made me feel safe from criticism. My coach, who was a hard ass, wasn’t having it and ordered me to take it off immediately. I ran back to the locker room, did my best to make my mane look presentable but still, I cringed as I walked back to the track, embarrassed of what my teammates would think.

Like many black women I know, I have always had a tumultuous relationship with my hair. If it didn’t look good, I didn’t feel good and often it dictated whether I would have a good or bad day. But my own criticism of my hair wasn’t something I could have ever controlled; it was something that started with my ancestors, long before I was born. Keep reading »

The 9 Most Totally Awesome ’80s Workout Videos

"I wonder if this is how Michael Jackson got started!"

Let’s travel back to a time when aerobics was a lifestyle and spandex was a religion. When there was no shame in wearing a fashion belt as an exercising accoutrement, and there was a fine line between working out and making a soft core porn. Man, the ’80s were awesome. We’ve collected of our favorite 80s workout videos to get you pumped for your health! First up, Alysssa Milano’s classic 1988 teen workout vid, “Teen Steam,” wherein Alyssa and a couple of her gal pals de-stress from parents and boys with a little bedroom workout. I’m pretty sure I used to have the VHS of this.

Plus, eight more vintage vids after the jump!

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Workout Paul Ryan
Nice biceps, bro. Read More »
Workout Music
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Girl Talk: Why I Love MMA Fighting

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MMA fighting

The first MMA fight that I saw was by accident. I was visiting a friend at her apartment and her boyfriend and his friends were watching the last battle in a trio of fights between Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, two notable MMA fighters. I’d always had a healthy respect for the craft of boxing but this was unlike anything I’d ever seen. The extreme violence of it paired with the variety of fighting styles in the ring was especially jarring.

It was awhile before I saw my next fight. But this time it was between two women: Cristiane Santos and Gina Carano. I watched with a couple girlfriends of mine. All three of us were interested in fitness. We wanted to not only tone our bodies but also incorporate some kind of self-defense into our weekly workouts. The fight between Carano and Santos piqued our interest in not only learning how to fight in self-defense, but also in taking our fitness regime to the next level. Keep reading »

Eye Roll: Parents Sue Over Yoga In Public Schools Because It “Promotes Eastern Religions”

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... who will annoy you in yoga class. Read More »
Nightmare In Yoga Class
This writer's pants ripped at the worst time. Read More »
My Hot Yoga Teacher
Ami pens a love letter to her hot yoga teacher. Read More »
child yoga

Sometimes I do not have anything deeper to say other than “Shut up.”

And those are my choice words for the California parents who are suing their children’s school district over yoga classes being taught in a class.  That’s not very Zen, is it?  Keep reading »

Exercises To Enhance Your Sex Life

Sex and sports: what do they two have in common?  For starters, both require good performance in order to succeed.

You’ve seen the TV advertisements, you’ve browsed the vitamin/pill aisle for a quick fix, and you’ve been subscribing to Cosmo for years. But there still seems to be something missing from your sex life. The answer: exercise.

I think we can all agree on one thing: sex is great. But what if it could be better? What if a few pelvic-thrusts on the MAT could really improve your pelvic-thrusts on the MATress? Well, they can. Read more…

Weekend Playlist: Let’s Get Physical!

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We’re not huge fans of working out, but it definitely helps if you have a good mix on while you’re going through your fitness routine. So we created this mix, which will take you straight from warm up to ramp up and cool down. Hope you like it, and hope it makes your workout bananas!

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Reasons Why Saying You’re Going To The Gym Is Far More Fun Than Actually Going

Going to the gym or taking any sort of yoga class is a great way to stay in shape and keep healthy. This is a fact. You can’t argue this, because science has no room for arguments; science is that badass. While there are those who love to workout and actually thrive on it, there are those who consider it to be the downfall of society so they just don’t do it. These are those who buck the system and will not give into anyone else’s idea of how one should act when it comes to maintaining a healthy brain and body.

Then there’s the crowd who play the “I’m going to the gym” game, even though they’re really not.

At the end of the work day there’s this big production as this particular breed loudly announces they’re going to workout. They’ll even go so far as to have a gym bag packed, but by the time they’re out the door they’re either gunning it home to lounge on the couch or meeting friends for cocktails. Sometimes it’s actually more fun to say you’re going to the gym than to actually go. Why? Because white lies and dramatic displays of untruths are usually a good time. Hence the reason we do them. Read more…

5 Hidden Benefits Of Exercise

With more than a third of Americans classified as obese, everyone from first lady Michelle Obama to TV news anchor Katie Couric is advocating exercise to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s great, says Dr. Eudene Harry, author of “Live Younger in 8 Simple Steps,” but the benefits of exercise go far beyond fitting into those skinny jeans. In fact, they extend to everything from your complexion to your mood to your digestive health.

To get you motivated to break a sweat, Dr. Harry has revealed five major (but less publicized) benefits of exercise. Read more…

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