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 to get my money’s worth — and I did OK! I managed not to stop running the whole time, and I ran at my normal 12:00 pace.
What happened next is what’s kind of messed in the head: I thought, OK, now I’m gonna do a 10k. The next day I thought, Oh, fuck it all, I’m doing the marathon. Yes, I have poor impulse control and I self-aggrandize about my capabilities. But it’s turned out all right. I was able to get registered on the Advocate Hospitals charity team to raise money for one of their city-based behavioral health centers (they serve the underserved and they need it, please donate!), so far I’ve stuck pretty well to the plan, and to my complete and utter surprise it is no longer a big deal for me to run 10 miles in a day anymore.
Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned during my marathon training so far… Keep reading »
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 »
For some fitness-conscious submissives in Australia, working out is synonymous with getting off thanks to dominatrix/personal trainer Mistress Anna. The Sydney dom coaches kinksters who work out in collars and gimp masks, ordering pushups to kiss her black latex high heels and administering a spank when necessary. She even finds ways to incorporate kinky toys into the workout for these BDSM-loving blokes. As seen in this video for SBS, Mistress Anna’s clients include a crossdresser, a “little” (an adult who enjoys infantile play), and a variety of subs. Nipples clamps on the row machine might not be everyone’s idea of a workout, but for these “pain sluts,” it kills two birds with one stone. Count me among the reluctant exercisers who hate going to the gym — perhaps I just need stricter disciplinary regimen, wink wink. [Images depicted in this video might not be everyone's taste!] [SBS.com. AU]
I feel like it’s a complete and total cliché to say things like “We all know your workout routine can get repetitive and boring, so here’s some ways to spice it up!” – So I’m not going to say that. What I am going to say is this: On top of activities you do to train, a fit lifestyle should ideally include physically challenging activities you do not because you’re intending to work out, but just because they’re fun and they make you happy.
I am a big ol’ gigantic fan of anything that puts me in the air, and I don’t mean up in the air like climbing rocks, but up in the air like flying. Suspension is amazing in terms of a full-body resistance workout, but it’s also just a really cool physical sensation. Here are three activities that get your endorphins running while also getting you up in the air and smiling: 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]
There are some people who seem to be physically incapable of sitting still, whose idea of a great Saturday morning is waking up early, running 10 miles, and pumping some iron. There are other people who seem to be physically incapable of leaving the couch, whose idea of a great Saturday is sleeping in til noon and ordering brunch delivery. It’s always seemed like there was a fundamental difference between these people, hasn’t it? And now science has an intriguing explanation, which comes to life in this charming animated video. Don’t worry, if you’re a member of the latter group, you don’t have to leave the couch to watch it. Just push play. [YouTube via Laughing Squid]