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 »
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]
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 to go to the gym or a spinning class, and when I do manage to go, it’s hard for my brain to get in that “workout zone” I’ve heard other people crow about because my mind is going crazy unless I’m multitasking. Back when I did go to the gym, however, I found that watching TV while I was on the elliptical (my favorite gym machine by far) was the one thing I could stand to do for any real length of time. “When I’m rich, I’m going to put an elliptical machine in my home theater room so I can work out while I watch TV and then I’ll be caught up on all my shows and have great legs,” I have been known to say. Well, now I don’t have to wait until I’m incredibly wealthy and have a huge estate because I just stumbled upon a $130 home elliptical machine that’s small enough to store in a closet or under the bed. I’m not promising I would love using Joyous’s At-Home Elliptical Trainer every day while I watch my stories, but I do think I could totally tolerate it. I certainly wouldn’t be able to justify NOT using it. That’s really the best possible selling point for me when it comes to workout technology. In other words, I would totally not be mad if the PR people for Joyous sent me their In-Home Elliptical Trainer to test out, ahem ahem ahem. [Joyous via People]
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 I’m at now. As someone who was always the slowest runner in gym class, whose favorite workout has always been “anything but running,” learning to enjoy my almost-daily jogs has been something of a revelation. The craziest part? Realizing that the cliche about running being 90 percent mental is totally true. As I slowly build up my mileage on the treadmill, it’s the mental obstacles, not the physical ones, that intimidate me most. Self-doubt, insecurity, body image issues: these challenges are invisible to everyone but me, but they’re real, and finding ways to conquer them has been one of the most rewarding parts of my running journey so far. Here are five invisible obstacles I have to overcome every single time I run. Keep reading »
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 (yeah, their names are really that similar), who started their exercise business together a few years ago. Yes, they are both model-gorgeous and do things like hold board meetings at the beach. But there’s a whole lot more to the women than that. Anyway, I’d certainly rather watch fitness gurus goof off on TV than angry housewives!
Here are just few reasons “Toned Up” is actually great: Keep reading »
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’s big boobs or lack of arm strength, but that pose has always been SO uncomfortable for me). Recently, though, I’ve been yearning to give yoga another go and see if my adult self enjoys it more than my teenage self did. There are tons of great studios in my neighborhood. Right now, the only thing holding me back from packing up my yoga mat and actually going to class are a series of “what ifs”: What if everyone in the class is better than me? What if my outfit is dumb? What if I can’t hold the pose?
Luckily for me, my coworker and friend Ami just completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training, and is scheduled to teach her first class next month. She seemed like the perfect person to field my most pressing and ridiculous yoga questions without judgment. Here’s what she had to say about downward dog, baggy Weird Al t-shirts, and, yes, farting during class… Keep reading »