Written on September 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
Ruth Zukerman, a leading fitness instructor for over 25 years, values health and wellness in her personal life but loves to share it with others even more. In 2006, she co-founded the popular indoor cycling studio Flywheel, which now has 24 locations nationwide and is rapidly growing. Her latest adventure: teaming up with the classic skincare brand Olay to spread the word about beauty and wellness to the fitness world. We stole a few minutes with her to chat about two of our favorite things: Spinning and beauty.
What interested you in teaming up with Olay?
“Basically, I was introduced to several of their products, particularly the Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash ($6, olay.com). It’s an amazing product for anyone in fitness because it’s so moisturizing and there’s a longterm effect. There are a lot of days where I shower two to three times and I always worry, especially as I get older, about dry skin and the toll it takes on your skin when you take a lot of showers. I use it now exclusively and it’s just kept my skin looking great. It makes my skin glow and it smells amazing.”
How do you incorporate wellness into your life through beauty?
“Well, I would say first and foremost, I’m pretty simple when it comes to that and it’s about looking healthy, feeling clean and not wearing a lot of makeup in class. I wear waterproof mascara and some lip-gloss and once in a while, maybe in the winter, an oil-free foundation. That much is fine when you sweat because you do sweat so much in class. And I just really like to keep the look natural.”
Do you have any tips for getting out of the locker room fast post-workout?
“If you can shower quickly, I would recommend using the Ultra Moisture Body Wash because it’s a two-in-one thing since you don’t have to take the time to apply moisturizer afterwards. Aside from that, maybe spray in some dry shampoo to give hair a fresh look. During the workout, most of our riders wear either a bandana or we have sparkly headbands that we sell at our studios that look great and keep the hair away from your face. What I always recommend in terms of low maintenance is putting your hair back so it’s out of your face and then after class, taking your hair down and you can sort of blow dry around the hair line and it really preserves your hair.”
What beauty trends are you seeing all the active women rock in your studios?
“The ponytail is probably the most popular style and as I said, it looks great with those glittery headbands or sparkly bands. Braids are pretty big right now and I notice that a lot of our Boca and Miami instructors wear their hair in braids with a bandana and it looks amazing. It’s a great way to keep the hair away from your neck when you’re sweating so much.”
Do you have any post-workout must-haves?
“I would have to say the Olay 4-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths ($7, olay.com) because they’re so quick and easy, especially if I don’t have time to shower, I just head to the bathroom and give my face a quick wipe down and I feel good.”
Written on June 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
You might not recognize Bobby Holland Hanton by name, but if you’ve seen big time blockbusters like Inception, 007 Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises and the final two Harry Potter movies, then you’ve seen his work. As one of Hollywood’s top stuntmen, he transforms his body to mirror the major stars he’s stunting for (think: Daniel Craig, Christian Bale and Chris Hemsworth to name a few). His latest adventure is teaming up with Dove Men+Care to help shed some light on the “face torture” most men put their skin through, including poor grooming routines and razor burn. With Father’s Day quickly approaching, we chatted with Hanton to get his top training secrets, as well as, some solid skin-care advice and recommendations so you can share them with the special men in your life.
Some guys disregard skin-care. Why is it important to you and what do you love about Dove Men+Care?
“A lot of guys—over half of my friends—don’t use any face care whatsoever, and that includes the guys I work with, so hopefully that’s the reason I’m getting the jobs and they’re not. At the moment, I’m using the Dove Men+Care. The new body wash, Odor Guard ($6, drugstore.com), is fantastic because I don’t want to be going on set and smelling bad so that helps remove and control odor. They also have a new face range out at the moment that I’m using as well. The face wash hydrates my skin but doesn’t irritate it so I don’t have to worry about that when I get to work, and the same goes for the face lotion, which is great to use after shaving. And if you’re looking for gifts, they have cool Father’s Day Gift Sets available at Wal-mart.”
As a stunt double for a ton of Hollywood stars, what do you do to prepare for a role?
“Preparing for a role really depends on the actor I’m preparing to double on that movie. If it’s action movie like Thor with Chris Hemsworth, he’s a huge, huge guy naturally, let alone when he’s training and working out to get to the size of Thor, so I’ll generally work out the training program myself or work with a trainer and a nutrition program to match what Chris is eating throughout the whole movie and we try and work out together as much as possible when we get time. Also, it’s up to me to get into that kind of physical shape as soon as I know that I’ve been chosen for that job. So if I’m doubling with Daniel Craig on a Bond movie, he’s a lot slimmer and slender, so it’s more about eating well and not training quite as much. So it just depends, but the training programs and the nutrition programs change massively.”
You’re obviously an expert in transforming your body. What are the key things that someone should focus on if they want to see big results?
“Due to much of my life doing this, I would say that probably 85% of the success in achieving your goals is nutrition. If you can really restrict and focus on exactly the right times to eat during the day and what you should eat, then the training actually comes secondary. But also I would say that sticking to a very strict routine for a period of time is important. For example, if I’m not that strict on a movie, then I might train five days a week, and have two days off where I kind of take it easy on my diet. It really depends on the goals you want to achieve. Try to be as regimental as possible, not just about your food and training but about everything, down to waking up in the morning and sticking to a certain routine. And that’s the way I find it easiest to control, and I mean that. I would really say that’s the most important thing.”
You mentioned eating at the right times. Are you an advocate of eating smaller meals more often throughout the day or does it all depend on what you are preparing for?
“Yes, I am the master of eating small amounts regularly. What I try to do generally is eat every two hours, small amounts. But it is really a part of your daily routine, being able to do that and taking the right snacks to work or to train with you. I mean, for me, my routine is that I literally wake up in the morning and I’ll shower, go to work and have my first meal of the day, which will be a protein meal: like chicken, turkey, spinach, natural nuts in the morning. Trying to do that, I must say, is very difficult because it’s tough to eat the same kind of stuff everyday so you try and change up as much as possible. And then after small portions of that, another protein snack and then lunch time, I’ll introduce my first set of carbs—clean, good carbs, meaning sweet potatoes, brown rice, etc. And I’ll eat small amounts again all the way up until I go to bed. A lot of people believe you shouldn’t eat carbs after a certain time, but I don’t believe that. It certainly doesn’t work for me. I eat small amounts, including carbs, all the way up until bedtime.”
I imagine your body and muscles take a beating when training and filming so how do you recover from soreness or small injuries?
“You know, that’s a great point, as my job is mostly physical, one of the most physical out there. So I do get little bumps and stuff like that a lot, and sore muscles, so it’s really important to stretch. I stretch in the mornings, before we start anything—that’s when you’re going to be your stiffest. So sometimes we spend a half hour stretching in the morning before we do anything physical and also before we train, we have a stretch and a jog on the running machine to keep our muscles warmed up. It’s very, very important.”
What was one of the craziest stunts you’ve ever attempted and how did you get past that fear of doing something that intimidated you?
“I think I got thrown into the deep end on my first job, which was on the Bond movie where I was the stunt double for Daniel Craig. I was twenty-three and new to the stunt world in movies. So I had to do a balcony jump in Panama, which was the last shot of the night at two o’clock in the morning. It was dark and there were a lot of elements; it wasn’t just the jump from one balcony to another, it was down a narrow corridor where I couldn’t see my take off or landing point, and I had no safety and no wires. We rehearsed it back on the stage with safety mats and boxes and it all measured out to exactly how the set was in Panama. So I knew I could do it, it was just trying to overcome the nerves. So I tried to turn the nerve side and the fear side of it into adrenaline, which helps me massively. I think I perform slightly better a bit under pressure and high intensity. So it actually worked out perfect. I managed to get it in two takes, we went home and everyone was happy.”
Written on May 31, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
While the majority of New Yorkers are getting a little cranky due to the 90-degree temps, I’m loving the recent heat wave. Though it does make me wish I was jetting off to a tropical island in the middle of nowhere. And while no such vacation exists on my summer calendar (wah!), I made my own quiet little escape—in my shower. It’s not as glamorous, I know, but I grabbed Softsoap’s Limited Edition Maui Coconut Splash Moisturizing Body Wash ($3, drugstores) from the beauty closet and scrubbed up after the gym. The formula is luxurious with a rich, hydrating lather, but the scent is what’ll really get you. The bright floral notes mixed with a hint of sweet coconut intoxicate you like your favorite fruity, umbrella-on-the-side cocktail. This might sound a bit dramatic, but seriously, the experience is so relaxing it might just be enough to hold me over until I can finally get to that white-sanded slice of paradise.
Written on July 13, 2012 at 10:34 am , by Fitness Magazine
The ledges of our showers are lined with delectably-scented body washes and scrubs. We love a yummy aroma to help us wind down after a long day, but sometimes our aromatic body products compete with our favorite perfumes. When we want our eau de parfum to be the star scent, we suds up with better-than-basic Cetaphil RestoraDerm Skin Restoring Body Wash. The unscented cleanser has a creamy, luxurious texture that works into a bubbly lather. Gentle ingredients like shea butter, glycerin and vitamin E ensure that even sensitive skin is left clean and hydrated, not parched—the perfect canvas for a few spritzes of perfume.
—By Cody Marick, beauty intern
Written on March 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm , by April Franzino
We’d always been indifferent to shaving creams— until we found one that could double as body wash: Eco-Armour Shaving Foam & Body Wash in Soothing Citrus. The fluffy, light as air formula comes in an easy-to-use pump bottle, rather than a bulky can, and is based on a cocktail of natural ingredients like coconut oil, glycerin and aloe that leave skin smooth. And we can’t get enough of the refreshing bergamot and grapefruit essential oil-derived scent.
Tell us: Do you use a shaving foam, cream or gel? If so, what’s your go-to?
Written on September 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm , by Fitness Magazine
After a long, hard week, there’s nothing better than a relaxing hot shower. To make your experience more like the a spa treatment, try lathering up with Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash. This cleanser contains nine percent glycolic acid to exfoliate rather than beads or granules, so it leaves your skin feeling as smooth and your tub clean— and also helps to even out discolored patches.
Tell us: What’s your favorite “treatment” body wash?
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
Written on February 25, 2011 at 10:51 am , by April Franzino
We’re suckers for a big bottle of drugstore body wash, but every once in a while we treat ourselves to a post-workout rinse with Jurlique Jasmine Shower Gel. The honey-like formula and warm, rich floral scent make a humdrum shower feel like a luxurious spa experience. Plus, the softening suds contain a laundry list of skin-coddling natural extracts, like chamomile, grapefruit and rosemary. What’s your favorite beauty indulgence?
Written on January 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm , by Eleanor Langston
Congrats to Kim Cattrall, who is now the face of Olay’s new Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash and Lotion that will be launching this spring. Recently, I had the chance to interview her over the phone. Here are some fun tidbits I learned about her:
- She has very dry skin on her body. “I take a ton of showers and baths, which I really enjoy as a way to decompress. My skin always felt tight and dry, and I would even scratch it so hard that I would break blood vessels. This Olay body lotion leaves it incredibly moisturized, and I apply it two times a day. I love that it’s lightweight, and I don’t have to wait to get dressed after I slather it on.”
- She squeezes in quick workouts every day. “Even when I’m working, I try to do something active for about 20 minutes a day, such as biking at the gym or taking a vigorous walk through Central park with my iPod.”
- She exfoliates her skin daily. “I buff my skin by putting a little bit of lotion on a mitt and rubbing it over my body gently when I’m in the shower. I always do this when my skin is damp, and it makes my skin feel supple and luxurious.”
Written on November 5, 2010 at 11:24 am , by April Franzino
It’s been a crazy week here at the office—which leaves us longing for some TLC. This weekend, we’ll be winding down with Johnson’s Melt Away Stress Lavender & Chamomile Body Wash: The creamy lilac liquid smells of soothing lavender, warm milk and chamomile, and the hydrating glycerin-based formula leaves our skin soft. Best of all, it comes in a hefty 20 oz. bottle that lasts forever (and costs less than $6)! What’s your can’t-live-without-it body cleanser?
Written on June 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm , by Fitness Magazine
Somewhere between pressing snooze and drudging through the bathroom door, I reach for my favorite body wash to start my day. Once my nose fills with that fresh, lemon scent, I’m up and at ‘em, ready to hop on the subway. But replace it with a warm vanilla or soothing lavender aroma and I’m crawling right back into bed. What gives?
According to Dr. Alan Hirsch, a neurologist and psychiatrist at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, there’s a reason why my morning ritual changes depending on which body wash I use.
“Smell is the quickest way to alter someone’s mood or behavior,” Hirsch says.
Mint, jasmine and citrus are the best morning stimulants. For a calming shower, try something infused with vanilla, green apple, cucumber or baby powder aromas.
“It makes people feel like they’re in a safe and secure place,” says Hirsch. “When you feel less anxious, you’re more likely to fall asleep.”
Here are my top picks for waking up or winding down in the shower.
Favorite: Dove Body Wash Go Fresh Revive, $5.47 at Walmart
This lemon verbena scent will have you screaming carpe diem! The luxurious lather smooths over your body while the scent energizes you for the day ahead.
Runner-Up: Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash Pink Grapefruit, $6.99 at Target
You’ll love the clean scent and your clear skin! This wash smells great and with a touch of acne medication, handles those frustrating body breakouts.
Favorite: Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash, $4.99 at Walgreens
Talk about sweet dreams! This body wash smells so delicious, you’ll practically float into bed. It gently exfoliates and moisturizes for an even tone, leaving you relaxed and pampered for a good night’s sleep.
Runner-up: Johnson & Johnson Melt Away Stress Relaxing Body Wash, $5.99 at Walgreens
Want to sleep like a baby? Trust the experts! This comforting formula is enriched with chamomile and their own AROMASOOTHE™ fragrance. Work the product into a rich lather to wash away the stressful workday.
—Catherine Q. O’Neill, beauty intern