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

What's Your Excuse?

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 she wasn’t about to give up such a big lifeline. Only one month after the accident, Krystal was back to CrossFit and working with a coach. Three months later, she was competing in the Working Wounded Games. Now, she can lift heavier weights than she did before her accident and looks forward to competing as an Adaptive CrossFit Athlete. She’s also inspired countless fans to drop the excuses and work towards their goals.

She told Refinery 29, “I went back because I didn’t die … and my pride and competitive nature didn’t die, either. I’m a human, I’m scared of a lot of things — lightning storms, the world ending, and flying in planes — but, I’ve never been scared to go after something I love.”

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New Study Says Yoga Sharpens Your Mind

Yoga

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 or toning exercises. The study examined a group of 100 people aged 55-79, and found that the 61 of them who practiced hatha yoga at least three times a week for eight weeks showed major improvement in ability to recall information, mental flexibility, and task-switching. The members of the group who did stretching and toning exercises for eight weeks instead of yoga showed no significant change in their cognitive abilities. The researchers controlled for other factors like gender, age or other demographic circumstances, so it’s pretty clear that yoga is the direct cause of the improvements. Keep reading »

What Are You Really Running From?

No Matter How Far You Run, It's Not Enough!

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 real friends, the +Runlogic is here to help point out your every flaw. [Gizmodo]

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

PRIV App

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 the Uber of beauty and fitness. Where was this service during all my high school sleepovers? Considering how far ahead I have to call to get a hair appointment in New York, this app is a potential lifesaver. I keep daydreaming about how nice it would be to ring up a manicurist and have my nails done while I sit on the couch watching Netflix, or have a yoga instructor pay me a visit when I’m in a funk. Scrolling through the app is like looking at a shopping list of available certified professionals in your vicinity. The pros have profiles posted that share their work history and talents, and service is available 24/7. The app itself is free, and each service has a set price listed when you choose it, including tip, which is a far cry from that awkward moment at the end of a salon appointment when you find out a surprise fee has been tacked onto your bill. PRIV intends to expand beyond Manhattan to the rest of New York City shortly (come visit me in Brooklyn, PRIV!), and services will be available in San Francisco, LA and Miami by 2015. Sounds like a sweet deal to me. New Yorkers, have any of you tried it? [PRIV]

Pumping Iron: What To Look For In A Lifting Gym

Pumping Iron: What To Look For In A Lifting Gym
Soapbox: Powerlifting
The Soapbox: Powerlifting Is For Women Too
Power lifting is for women too. Read More »

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 time finding a great gym. Over the past two years that I’ve been lifting, I’ve been to three or four different gyms, and in April was finally was able to find one that checked off all the important boxes. Here’s what you should look for to have a quality gym-going experience if you’re looking to power-lift: Keep reading »

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 supercut of the President’s free weight routine is that shoulder presses make him pissed. Look at that mad face! I can relate. [NY Post]

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