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Trainer Trials: Amelia & Julie Glove Up And Box

Trainer Trials: Amelia & Julie Glove Up For A Little Boxing
KNOCKOUT!
Trainer Trails: Zumba!
Trainer Trials: Watch Amelia & Jessica Shake Their Tail Feathers At Zumba!
Jess and Amelia shake, shake, shake it! Read More »
Trainer Trials: Spin!
Trainer Trials: Amelia & Ami Pedal It Out At Flywheel Sports
Watch Amelia and Ami pedal -- and sweat -- it out at FlyWheel Sports. Read More »

I gotta admit, I was especially excited for this episode of Trainer Trials. My grandfather — shout out to Frank Joseph Parry, whut whut! — was a boxer and won the Golden Gloves for all of Pennsylvania way back in the day. So, you know, boxing is in my blood. Plus, I have a lot of untapped aggression (sometimes you’ll see it come out when I lose my fifth Candy Crush life), so I was psyched to channel some of that energy into boxing. The amazing Albert Russo, an instructor with Real Fitness NYC and a Training Manager with Hype Gym, stopped by The Frisky video studio to show Julie and I some beginner boxing footwork, punches, combinations and drills. I gotta tell you guys, of all the various workouts I’ve tried over the years, boxing was by far the most fun and challenging. Like, I’m obsessed. (And my forearms were sore the next day.) Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, bitches! Check out our workout above — and if you’re in the NYC area, give Albert a shout to set up your own training session.

How Not To Fall For The Next Fitness Fad

In the fitness and weight-loss industry, serpent lubrication sells like hotcakes. It’s capitalism run amok, and it is not helping. Billions of dollars are at stake to perpetuate the myth of “quick and easy” when it comes to building muscle and/or dropping fat from your frame. If you believe in quick-fix miracle cures for getting in shape, you’re not alone. In 2011, the Federal Trade Commission launched a massive survey of consumer fraud in the U.S. and found people were more likely to be taken in by a weight-loss scam than any other type of fraud. It’s not all “bank inspectors” and pyramid schemes; fraudsters scammed millions of Americans wanting to lose weight by selling pills, powders, machines, wraps, creams and even “weight-loss earrings.”

Are people who believe such things stupid? Not necessarily. Read more at Ask Men…

Trainer Trials: Watch Amelia & Jessica Shake Their Tail Feathers At Zumba!

Trainer Trials: Watch Amelia & Jessica Shake Their Tail Feathers At Zumba!
WTF Are We Doing? We're DANCING!

It’s time for another episode of “Trainer Trials,” our new video series in which I try out various fitness activities in hopes of finding one or more that I don’t hate. (That sounds negative. I’m just really good at finding excuses not to work out, so in order to keep the ol’ ticker healthy, I need a semi-regular fitness routine that is at least half as enjoyable and fun as, say, drinking wine and organizing my sea shell collection.) The amazing Zuta Gilchriest from Crunch Gym came by The Frisky video studio to give me and Jessica some private Zumba tutelage, and, well, booties were poppin’. (Watch above!) Zumba combines dance styles like salsa, merengue and soca, with standard workout moves like lunges and squats, all to the tune of various Latin and world beats. I know, I know, we’re making it look easy – but it’s not. Embodying the spirit of Sasha Fierce works up a sweat, you guys. I don’t know that I feel confident enough yet in my skills, but perhaps after a few more classes, I’ll be bustin’ out that towel move at the clurb. Look out!

Types Of Dancers
You'll always see these people shakin' it at the club. Read More »
Trainer Trials: Spin!
Trainer Trials: Amelia & Ami Pedal It Out At Flywheel Sports
Watch Amelia and Ami pedal -- and sweat -- it out at FlyWheel Sports. Read More »
Take A Dance Class
Six reasons to take a dance class. Read More »

5 Very Necessary Lessons I’ve Learned From My Personal Trainer

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Workout Advice!
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5 Lessons Ive learned From My Personal Trainer

For the past three weeks, I’ve been going to a personal trainer. I realize that’s not very long, but according to my muscles, it’s nigh near forever. I am not entirely averse to exercise. In certain contexts I like it — like when I’m playing soccer or dancing all up in the clurb. But when given the choice between working out and eating a taco, well, tacos win every time.

A few months ago, I got on the scale for the first time in years and it was traumatizing. I’m one of those people who goes to the doctor and specifically tells the nurse not to tell  how much I weigh, because I’m super neurotic and will just fixate on it. That’s how much this crap bothers me. But this time I looked and discovered I’d gained an undisclosed but alarming amount of weight in the six years that I’ve lived in New York. What’s worse: I felt soft and mushy and lazy and just not comfortable in my own body. (And yeah, I know that’s not a ton, but it is kind of a lot when you’re only 5 feet tall. Oh, how I envy you tall ladies who can evenly distribute weight all over your lanky frames. There is no place for it to go on me.) Keep reading »

Trainer Trials: Amelia & Ami Pedal It Out At Flywheel Sports

Trainer Trials: Amelia & Ami Pedal It Out At Flywheel Sports
Faster! Faster! Faster!

Ready to sweat? For the first episode of Trainer Trials (sponsored by Champion The Show-Off Sports Bra), in which I attempt to discover what there is to love about physical fitness, I dragged Ami along to Flywheel Sports for a little indoor cycling (spinning, if you’re nasty). What I learned: My legs are much stronger than I realized, I should probably wear my bangs back next time, and WOW, I look like I’m giving birth when I’m working out! Also, this was fun! Weird. Watch the episode above and be sure to check back next week, when Jess and I tackle Zumba…

Introducing Trainer Trials!

People At The Gym
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Awesome '80s Workouts
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Workout Advice!
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Introducing Trainer Trials

Working out has never really been my thing. I’ve belonged to a few gyms (some of which I never frequented, not even once), I’ve taking a spinning class here and there, I went on a brief — very brief — Bikram yoga kick and then blamed quitting on “the smell.” Nothing has ever stuck. Sometimes I throw on workout clothes with the intention of doing something physical, but end up walking to go pick up a burrito instead. I don’t want it to be this way. I want to be one of those people who actually gets excited about taking a new class at the gym! I want muscles! I want to be able to walk up four flights of stairs without losing my breath! So, I’m challenging myself. Over the next few weeks, three different trainers will be coaching me through different fitness options — FlyWheel Sports, Zumba, and boxing — for a three-part video series sponsored by Champion The Show-Off Sports Bra. (I’ll be dragging along a fellow Frisky editor to sweat it out with me.) Keep an eye out for our first video in the “Trainer Trials” series this Friday! Wish me luck!

Yoga Gets The “Bro” Treatment

Yoga Pants-Gate
Dudes, women wear yoga pants because they're comfy, not to turn you on. Read More »
My Hot Yoga Teacher
Ami pens a love letter to her hot yoga teacher. Read More »
Annoying Yogis
You'll find at least one in every yoga class. Read More »

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 »

5 Ways Yoga Can Improve Your Sex Life

Yoga Pants-Gate
Dudes, women wear yoga pants because they're comfy, not to turn you on. Read More »
Amelia Does Yoga
Watch Amelia tackle anti-gravity yoga. Watch »
My Hot Yoga Teacher
Ami pens a love letter to her hot yoga teacher. Read More »
Woman sitting in a seated meditation position.

People tend to fixate on very specific mental images when it comes to yoga and sex. They hear Yoga Sutra and think Kama Sutra. They remember that story they once read about the Orgasmic Meditation (OM) movement or naked yoga or yogasms. They picture the cheesy movie scenes where men watch a sex video and one of them drools, “wow, she must do yoga!” They envision Sting and Tantric sex…couples having intercourse while staring deeply into each other’s eyes, achieving levitation right before they experience multiple, simultaneous, universe-altering orgasms.

Or something like that.

I have never experienced simultaneous orgasm. And the closest I’ve ever come to levitation is that time I went into a headstand in yoga class, fell over, and magically landed in king pigeon pose. But I can share with you five ways in which yoga can improve your sex life. Keep reading »

Learn The Art Of Prancercise

Horse Yoga
It's exactly what it sounds like. Read More »
Awesome '80s Workouts
These work out videos from the '80s will make you sweat. Read More »
Unicorn, Horse or Dolphin?
Which one did you prefer when you were a girl? Read More »
A fitness workout!
prancercise
Prancercise is ideally induced by elation!

As a person born in the Year of the Horse, the art of prancercise appeals to every level of my being. My new fitness guru, Joanna Rohrback (who just so happens to be from the great state of Florida), demonstrates how to prancercise in this instructional video. It’s a fitness workout, yes. But it’s more than that.

Joanna describes prancercise as “a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and ideally induced by elation.” I always called it “unbridling my inner pony spirit.” It was something I did to annoy my brother. 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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