Posts tagged "fitness"

You Might Want To Do Cardio Before Strength (Or Not)

Today in research not achieving very much: The American Council on Exercise sponsored a study to see what order of workouts is most effective when you’re doing both cardio and strength training in one go. I’m going to skip to the very very conclusion of their findings and then fill you in on the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 27, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: 100-Year-Old Gladys Misiewicz Is Training For Her First 5K

Gladys Misiewicz of Grand Rapids, Michigan almost never goes a day without exercise. She and 16 other residents of Villa Maria Retirement Community, where she lives, are training for a 5K -- her very first! At age 100, she credits her long life with years of focus on activity and nutrition, and growing up without…
By: Claire Hannum / September 21, 2014

8 Lessons I’ve Learned During Marathon Training

In March, I signed up for a 5k called Bacon Chase that took place in June (the lure being that you got unlimited bacon at the end). I figured by the time it rolled around, I’d be ready for it. So, of course, I proceeded to not prepare at all and then run it anyway…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 12, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Krystal Cantu Rocks At CrossFit Even After Losing Her Arm

Krystal Cantu, a 25-year-old Texan and member of Ballistic CrossFit, was just a few days away from participating in a competition last summer when she and her boyfriend got into a car accident that forced her to amputate her right arm. Up until that day, CrossFit had been Krystal's outlet for de-stressing and building confidence, and…
By: Claire Hannum / September 11, 2014

New Study Says Yoga Sharpens Your Mind

Yoga already has lots of known benefits, like better posture, flexibility and physical health, but now we can add something new to the list: increased brain function. According to new research through the University of Illinois, practicing hatha yoga three times a week helps you think more clearly, especially compared to stretching…
By: Claire Hannum / August 22, 2014

What Are You Really Running From?

I have to admit that I'm somewhat of a runner myself, so maybe I'm not supposed to find this video funny, but this Onion ad for a fake fitness tracker is such a perfect joke. For those who run from any form of angst, whether it's a disappointed father, constant shame or a lack of…
By: Claire Hannum / August 13, 2014

This App Will Send Beauty And Fitness Pros Right To Your Door

If you live in Manhattan, a new app called PRIV will send beauty, fitness, or wellness pros right to your apartment within an hour. Through PRIV, you can request a personal trainer, yoga instructor, masseuse, hairstylist, manicurist or aspray-tanning pro to pay a house call (or even visit your office). Essentially, it's like…
By: Claire Hannum / July 29, 2014

Pumping Iron: What To Look For In A Lifting Gym

Back in May, I wrote about my complete and total infatuation with power lifting. I was happy to see that there were so many positive reactions to it, and so much agreement among women who also love to power-lift -- but I was dismayed to see that some of you have had a hard…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 7, 2014

Let’s Watch The President Of The United States Pump Some Iron, Mmkay?

Can't the President of a powerful nation get a little private beefcake-ing time? Apparently not! President Obama was in Poland recently for, like, work or something, and decided to squeeze in a little fitness time at the hotel gym -- and some sneaky bastard filmed him the whole time. The main thing I learned from watching a…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 4, 2014

Want: This $130 Home Elliptical Machine Is Perfect For Gym-Phobic Hermits With ADHD (Like Me!)

Three things to know about me: 1) I really do not enjoy working out, 2) I'm not really inclined to leave my apartment if I don't have to and 3) I have ADHD.  Therefore, it takes an enormous amount of will power to get myself to leave my apartment in order…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 1, 2014

5 Invisible Obstacles I Conquer Every Time I Run

I started running regularly about six months ago, moving slowly from the "Oh My God I Hate This So Much" stage to the "Hey This Is Kind Of Cool" stage to the "If I Go More Than 2 Days In A Row Without Running I Miss It And Get Really Aggro" stage, which is where…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 18, 2014

9 Reasons That The Workout Reality Show “Toned Up” Is Actually Kind Of Great

I have a confession to make: "Toned Up" is my new "guilty" pleasure -- but I am unashamed. My friend/workout buddy Kate introduced me to the show, which follows the lives of the ladies behind the Tone It Up fitness empire, and I've secretly gotten totally hooked. The show follows best friends Karena and Katrina…
By: Claire Hannum / January 16, 2014

Ask A Yoga Teacher: 6 “What If” Questions From A Yoga Newbie

The last time I did yoga was more than a decade ago, when a couple friends and I took a weekly class at the gym for a few months. Even then, I was kind of a slacker who lurked in the back of class muttering obscenities about downward dog (not sure if it'…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 14, 2014

Here’s A Resolution: Stop Complaining About People Taking Over Your Gym, And Encourage Them Instead

It’s safe to say that if you’re a human between the ages of 18 to 65 with a Facebook account, your friends’ New Years Resolutions have been popping up on your news feed from the moment the ball dropped. Some hope to cut back on their…
By: Katie Oldenburg / January 3, 2014

True Story: My Big, Fat, Finished Marathon

About 20 weeks ago, I decided to train to do the Seattle Marathon.  Sunday was the Seattle Marathon.  When I woke up at 5am I told my partner Julianne “It’s going to be a long day.”  I was not wrong.  I’ve been training for the last 20 weeks, 370 training miles in all, for…
By: Ragen Chastain / December 9, 2013

PC Nation Much? “Just Move” Stamps Are On Hold Because They Display “Unsafe Behavior”

Somebody call the PC Police: the Michelle Obama-inspired "Just Move!" stamp series, which encourages kids to lead more active lifestyles, has been put on hold because it depicts children participating in "unsafe activities." You know, like skateboarding without kneepads and headstands without a helmet. Yes, really. Abstract, faceless cartoon images doing "unsafe" cannonballs in a…
By: Claire Hannum / October 17, 2013

Those Before/After Fitness Pictures Are A Big, Fat Lie

You might have already expected as much, but those before/after picture for the supplements that claim to help you drop 30 pounds in 30 days or give you an overnight six-pack or whatever insane thing they say they'll do are all a bunch of hogwash. Aussie personal trainer and fitness blogger MelVFitne…
By: Ami Angelowicz / August 23, 2013

Trainer Trials: Amelia & Julie Glove Up And Box

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…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 16, 2013

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…
By: Ask Men / August 15, 2013

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

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…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 12, 2013