The first time I put a barbell across my back, I was in love.
It wasn’t like I had never lifted weights before; I had, but never like this. Thanks to the myth that I needed to do high reps with light weights to get “toned” arms and legs (because, of course, as a woman, I wouldn’t want to get too “bulky”), I had dutifully curled my tiny hand weights a million times. I never got strong or toned. All I got was bored. So I always quit. Keep reading »
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]
Last week, while contemplating the tattered, limp tangle of spandex and bent underwires that composed my current sports bra collection, I knew it was time to bite the bullet and go shopping for a new one. I have DD boobs, recently started jogging again, and these worn out bras just weren’t cutting it anymore.
For the past few years, I’d been pretty happy with my Moving Comfort Maia bra, which has an underwire and is very supportive. But somewhere along the way, the underwire got tweaked or my boobs changed shape or something, because the wires started digging into my skin on long runs. Like, sometimes I would take it off and have puncture wounds on my boobs. Totally traumatizing. I decided to explore some different styles from the Moving Comfort brand, hoping to find an equally supportive style with no underwire, and I found it: the Fiona sports bra. Here’s why it’s awesome. 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 »
Last week, I wrote about Jen Selter, a 20-year-old Long Island woman who supposedly has the “best butt on Instagram.” While Jen does indeed have a fantastic derriere, I was more interested in what she told the New York Post about her booty pics: they are inspiring. I quote: “If [my Instagram account] motivates people to get their butts up and go to the gym, why not?” Jen Selter’s mom echoed the same sentiment. “I’m very proud of her because this is a girl who didn’t want to go to college, and she was able to build up this social media in such a way that she has become famous and she is an inspiration and motivation for so many people,” her mom said.
There are a few other fitness buffs who’ve called themselves inspirational to other women. A few months ago, Lea-Ann Ellison drew the Internet’s ire for posing for photos doing Crossfit training while eight months pregnant, specifically lifting heavy weights. In a post on Facebook, she wrote:
I can’t believe this photo has caused this much stir but it makes me hopeful that it will inspire other strong healthy moms to continue on doing what they love. Pregnancy is not an illness! Get it Moms!
Then, of course, there is Maria Kang, a mother of three young children who posted a picture of herself in a bikini alongside her kids with the tag line, ‘What’s your excuse?’ “I wanted to inspire people,” Maria told Yahoo Shine. “I wanted to say, ‘I know you think you don’t have time if you have kids. But if I can do it, you can do it, too.’” Keep reading »