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Men And Women Run For Different Reasons

Before I started training for the New York City marathon a couple years ago, I didn’t like running. I hated it. In fact, I didn’t even sign myself up to run the marathon — my mom, who counts exercising as a favorite hobby, thought it would be fun to do the race together, so she sent in the paperwork for me. But after dutifully following along with a training schedule, I came to enjoy my thrice-weekly runs. It took me a while, but eventually, running made me feel good. I ran the race for me, and just tried to finish, rather than worrying about getting a specific time. This puts me in the same boat as many women who participated in a newly published study. According to research presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference Friday, women were more likely to choose to run a marathon for the first time because of reasons like wanting to improving their mood or feel at peace with the world, while men ran for the chance to compete and improve upon personal bests. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My First Pole Dancing Class

I am not sexy.

That could be the takeaway if you’d been a fly on the pole — er, the wall — at my first pole dancing class this weekend. There are a great many talents I have in this world. But strutting sexy and swirling around a pole are not some of those gifts. Keep reading »

Metabolic Gym Gives You A Workout Without Moving. Also: We Have A Bridge To Sell You.

Living in France has caused me to be constantly flummoxed by the whole “French Women Don’t Get Fat” situation. They don’t! And even though exercise has become increasingly à la mode, I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen a Parisian woman running by the Seine (sans sports bra, I might add). Perhaps their hidden secret is this: the gym métabolique or “metabolic gym,” a sort of UV pod that you lie still on and magically burn 800-1,000 calories in a half hour. Supposedly, 30 minutes in this thing is equal to an hour and a half of gym time. Uh. Right.

Otherwise, the only other thing I can think of is the power plate machine, which is by no means new, but perhaps now considered chic because Kenzo has designed one. Check it out after the jump. [JalouGallery.com] Keep reading »

The New Old Fitness Craze Is Hula-Hooping

Every Monday, I rush to Crunch gym in order to sign up for one of the coveted 24 spots in my favorite gym class ever, Urban Rebounding. It’s like a race to make sure I’m there on time to score a position in class. For an hour, I bounce up and down on a mini trampoline, mixing dance moves and choreography into an aerobic workout. It’s not as easy as it sounds, and, in fact, you’ll find this is a full cardio workout. Once you’ve experienced Urban Rebounding you’ll understand. But that’s not the only child-like pastime making exercise waves these days: Hula-hooping is quickly catching up. Keep reading »

How Stars Starve Themselves For The Oscars

Ever wonder how celebs look so svelte for major red carpet events? Thanks to a revealing new interview with nutritionist to the stahs Oz Garcia, we now know the answer: They stop eating solid foods! Duh. Keep reading »

What To Ask Your Personal Trainer Before Sweating It Out?

You have roughly three and a half months before swimsuit season. And if you’re the type of person that needs someone on your behind to get motivated to exercise, then a personal trainer is probably for you. But before you hand over your hard-earned money, you have to make sure your trainer is qualified and that the two of you will get along. No one wants to dread their trainer even more than they dread crunches. So find out what to ask after the jump. Keep reading »

Blogger Tries To Go To The Gym For A Year—For Free

Columbia University law student Julia Neyman, 24, launched the blog “Buns of Steal” so she could write about her quest to score free gym passes at fitness centers all over New York City for an entire year. She uses a variety of tactics to weasel her way into gyms. She uses free passes that trainers give out in an effort to get more clients. She makes it seem like she’s actually interested in joining when, in fact, she has no intention of doing so. When push comes to shove, the 24-year-old is even willing to flirt. These methods have gotten her into everything from yoga and pole dancing classes to karate and kickboxing. While fast-thinking NYC gyms may be catching on—Neyman has recently been booted from both Equinox and David Barton gyms—she’s getting a lot of bang for her buck in the media world. The New York Daily News did a profile of her and she’s getting coverage on the local news. We’re pretty sure the gig is up now. For her. But hey, we might try this tactic. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Shop ‘Til You Drop (Weight)

Turns out, a little (or a lot of) shopping could actually be good for you. Well, for your body, not your closet, that is. A new study from the folks at The Skinny Cow (yes, the low-fat flying saucer makers!) says the average woman burns off approximately 48,000 calories a year shopping—shopping for clothes, food, etc. And, FYI, your credit card needn’t get a workout at the same time, either—buying doesn’t up your calories burned. Here’s the thing: women make up to 132 shopping trips each year, which equals an annual total of 159 hours and 56 minutes walking at a decently fast pace. And if shoppers burn about five calories a minute, that’s 47,700 calories in a year. The fact that shopping burns calories isn’t all that new to me (it’s a lot of walking, after all), but the sheer amount of calories burned is completely astounding! Maybe I should window-shop more often—er, if I could battle all that pretty dress and shoe temptation. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

You Won’t Believe How Much Beyonce Works Out For That Body!

If you tell me I can look like Beyonce, I’m going to listen. The lady has an amazing body and certainly shows it off — strutting around in her music videos and on stage in itty-bitty outfits and curve-hugging dresses. Just who does she have to thank for those perfectly toned curves? Trainer Marco Borges and his Power Moves system, which focuses on multiple muscle groups — think jumping lunges and reverse lunge presses. Already I’m tired. Click through to check out her (seriously intense) tour workout plan! Keep reading »

An Underwire Sports Bra Could End Your Workout Woes

I am a busty lady, and what might suck most about it is never finding a supportive sports bra—I’ve always had to wear two to make sure the Boobsey Twins stay in place when I’m on a run or working out. While there are solutions out there for C, D, and larger cupped ladies, I find a lot of these bras are either made for women who also have larger bodies or they’re simply so freakin’ ugly that I just can’t bring myself to wear what looks like some t-shirt flotation device. My latest discovery is this Adidas “Simia” sports bra with underwire (underwire—thank you!). It also has all the makings of a sturdy workout garment—molded cups, wide straps and a hooked back closure. How about that. [$40, ShopAdidas.com] Keep reading »

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