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Madonna’s Newest Project: Hard Candy Fitness Centers

Madonna‘s arm muscles are still a thing of wonder. So her newest venture sort of almost makes sense. Madonna is opening up a chain of gyms called Hard Candy Fitness Centers, named for her last album, natch. The first gym is opening in Mexico City and branches will also be heading to Russia, Brazil, Argentina, as well as multiple locations in Europe and Asia. What, no US of A? Keep reading »

Blogger Tries To Go To The Gym For A Year—For Free

Columbia University law student Julia Neyman, 24, launched the blog “Buns of Steal” so she could write about her quest to score free gym passes at fitness centers all over New York City for an entire year. She uses a variety of tactics to weasel her way into gyms. She uses free passes that trainers give out in an effort to get more clients. She makes it seem like she’s actually interested in joining when, in fact, she has no intention of doing so. When push comes to shove, the 24-year-old is even willing to flirt. These methods have gotten her into everything from yoga and pole dancing classes to karate and kickboxing. While fast-thinking NYC gyms may be catching on—Neyman has recently been booted from both Equinox and David Barton gyms—she’s getting a lot of bang for her buck in the media world. The New York Daily News did a profile of her and she’s getting coverage on the local news. We’re pretty sure the gig is up now. For her. But hey, we might try this tactic. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Why Make Saudi Women’s Waistlines Suffer?

Gotta love that Saudi Arabia. Not only do ladies have to fully cover up, now they have to let their bodies go, too. With religious clerics holding so much sway over the government, Saudi gyms are legally segregated by gender—male gyms get licenses from the government, but there is no authority to grant licenses to women’s fitness hubs. Now, female gyms operating as “beauty salons” (wink, wink) are being shut down. Hey, don’t deprive a woman of her hand weights! [Reuters via Yahoo!]

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Bad Date Hall Of Fame: Donald Duck, The Swim Instructor

Bad dates suck. But let’s face it, after a certain length of time, they can be pretty funny in retrospect. In honor of the grand tradition of laughing uproariously at disastrous dates, we’re taking submissions for The Bad Date Hall Of Fame. Send yours to tips@thefrisky.com – and if we publish yours, we’ll send you a pair of Frisky underpants. After the jump, a bad date needs a ride, forgets his wallet, and does his best duck impression. Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Love Leave, Women Working Out, And Gray Hair

  • Next week, the Finnish Parliament will discuss whether to grant working adults one week of “love leave” a year. This proposal is aimed at helping to reduce the number of divorces (half of all Finnish marriages end in divorce — like the U.S.!) and the number of people suffering from depression. Research there has shown that Finns want more time with loved ones than higher wages. [Reuters]
  • Harvard has banned men from one of its gyms for a few hours each week to allow Muslim women to exercise without having to be completely covered. When in public, Muslim women must cover their hair and most of their skin, which probably makes exercising an especially sweaty, uncomfortable affair. [AP]
  • A 50-year-old writer posted a profile on Match.com with a photo of herself with gray hair. She monitored the number of “winks” and e-mails she received, and then she removed that profile and put up the same profile three months later with a different photo, this one of her with brown hair. She repeated this experiment in different geographic areas. All three times she received more “winks” with her gray-haired picture than the one that showed her with brown hair. We have no idea what this means for those of us under 50, but we might have to keep this in mind and skip the hair dye in a few years. [More]
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