Posts tagged "fitness"

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 cult, and I’m glad that the company is itself embracing that term, because there is something at least a little bit cult-like about sweating your…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 22, 2015

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 a two-week hiatus with me. Of course, me being an all-in sort of gal, I scheduled an aerial fitness class for the very first day…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 15, 2015

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 to stay in bed or on the couch or safe at home?

I know how this goes; every few weeks I seem to…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 24, 2015

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 necrosis still hasn’t quite healed. I have a vertebra that’s still healing from being cracked when I fell backward down a flight of stairs last…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 17, 2015

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 example, I had to admit to myself that actually, my fitness habit didn’t begin with a barbell in 2012, even if that’s when I met…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 10, 2015

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 need to join this gym,” I told him. “I like this so much, it’s the same feeling as when I started lifting.”

Generally,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 3, 2015

Deck Yourself Out For Running: 9 Ways To Spoil Yourself This Spring

It’s spring! That means it’s the time of year when running wusses like me get out of the gym and onto the streets where all the much braver running nutsos have been running on ice and snow all winter. It also means it’s time to do some spring cleaning for your running wardrobe!

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 31, 2015

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 – I’ve done my fair share of yoga, I can touch the floor with straight legs, and I’ve always wanted to be more human-pretzel-y. But oh…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 30, 2015

Crossfit Couple Does Crossfit Engagement Photo Shoot, Internet Loves It, Writer Pukes

Here’s a story that takes two things I hate and mashes them together: Crossfit and wacky engagement photos! Joe Marttila and Ili Buenrosto, two Crossfit enthusiasts from Florida, decided to do their engagement photos at the gym. Their photographer, Cricket Whitman (HIS FUCKING NAME IS CRICKET) said that they weren’t trying to show off what…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 27, 2015

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Rebecca Zamolo Trains For A Half-Marathon After Losing Her Colon

When Rebecca Zamolo, a vibrant actress, YouTube star and athlete, began experiencing stomach pain after eating along with other unusual symptoms, she knew something wasn’t quite right. She got the shock of her life when she was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease — in particular, ulcerative colitis, which inflames the large intestine. Her colon was pre-cancerous, so she had it…

By: Claire Hannum / March 24, 2015

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 that a lot of total fitness newbies are intimidated by the gym because they simply don’t know exactly how they’re supposed to act there. So…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 19, 2015

Managing Diet And Exercise With My ADHD Brain

I have pretty severe ADHD. That dictates a lot of the way that my life, brain, body, and relationships function, but it’s not something I talk about a lot because – well, I don’t know, I’ve known about it and been living with it for fifteen years. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But it’s been coming u…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 19, 2015

Lena Dunham Is Having To Defend Her Workouts As “Not Anti-Feminist”

According to Marie Claire (because I don’t watch Letterman), Lena Dunham is having to defend herself as a feminist … because she’s working out.

Let me say from the outset, because I’m going to say it at some point, that I really do not like Lena Dunham (The Public Figure). I don’t think…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 18, 2015

All The Bicycle-Related Knowledge I Have, In Q&A Form

It was 70 degrees out yesterday in Chicago. Seventy, people! That means, of course, that I’ve been riding my bike for the last few weeks, because really, once you hit about 35 it’s pretty safe to bike.

That being said, I know so many people who are afraid either to use their bicycle…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 18, 2015

Joe Biden Doing Bicep Curls Makes Me Feel Things In My Chonies

Nobody panic, but here is a Vine of Vice President of my heart Joe Biden doing a few of his million daily bicep curls, and with a 30-pounder, no less.

By: Beejoli Shah / March 13, 2015

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, that looks great, I wish I knew how to do that”? Good news! I’m here to help. Short version: Foam rollers are self-massage tools that…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 13, 2015

Absolute Beginners: Quitters Win

Hi there! Welcome to Absolute Beginners, our new fitness column. I’d tell you to sit down and make yourself comfortable, but that’d really go against the whole modus operandi of what I’m trying to do, here. Instead, I don’t know, go do some jumping jacks, then come back and read this.

So, I…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 6, 2015

Who Wouldn’t Want To Run A Disney Marathon?

Uhhhh … why did no one tell me until now that Disney hosts themed running events? Racked posted a very informational article about Disney’s Princess Run and other Disney-themed running events today, and honestly, I feel deprived. You have all been remiss. What the hell.

So, the rundown: Disney hosts a marathon and…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 4, 2015

“That’s Not ‘Arm Flab,’ That’s Your Tricep”: On Knowing Your Own Body

I was hanging out with my friend Em last night. Em is a petite woman, a little shorter than average and naturally slender. She was asking me about weight-lifting and telling me that she liked to do tricep extensions because, in her words, as she held up her right arm to demonstrate by moving the…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 26, 2015

Beyonce’s Workout Routine Is Now On Instagram

To celebrate the anniversary of her “Let’s Move” health and fitness campaign, Michelle Obama has asked social media users to partake in her #GimmeFive challenge by sharing five tips for being healthy. Beyonce took this as an opportunity to grace us peasants with a peek into her fitness routine, which involves crunches, some kind of kickboxing situation,…

By: Claire Hannum / February 26, 2015
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