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Superstar Athletes Lolo Jones and Alex Morgan Push Their Limits for Degree’s Do:More Campaign

Written on April 1, 2013 at 11:01 am , by

You probably know Lolo Jones and Alex Morgan from the 2012 Summer Olympics—Jones is a track & field star in the 100 meter hurdles and Morgan, an Olympic gold medalist in soccer. If those accolades aren’t enough, these women are pushing their boundaries and challenging themselves for Degree’s Do:More Campaign. Hoping to inspire people everywhere to pursue their passions, Jones is going after one of her own by training to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in bobsledding and Morgan is taking a (temporary) break from the soccer field and indulging in one of her favorite hobbies—stand up paddleboarding. I chatted with them about their crazy training schedules, diet and makeup faves.

So tell me why you wanted to get involved with the Do:More Campaign.
AM: “I got involved because I love soccer but I found a new passion in paddle boarding, and I think both of us want to inspire other people to do more of what they love.”

LJ: “Yea, never in my life would I have imaged that I’d be jumping in a sled going 90 miles per hour and doing something so adrenaline-seeking. So I just wanted to get out of the comfort zone I had with track. I feel like sometimes when you pursue a goal for so long, it can become repetitive and you want to know how you can get stronger for that but at the same time, not give up on the goal you had. So I felt like getting into bobsledding would refresh me and just give me a new outlook and that’s what is has done.”

How did you get interested in bobsledding?
LJ: “Just watching a lot of Cool Runnings. (laughs) No, actually I met one of the drivers a few years ago at a charity event and she just said, ‘I think you’d be good at it.’ And it kind of stuck in my brain and after the Olympics, I just felt like it was a good time to try something new.”

And Alex, how did you get interested in stand up paddleboarding?
AM: “Paddleboarding is just a hobby of mine that I picked up when I was vacationing in Hawaii. I hung up the cleats for two weeks after the Olympics because I haven’t had a break in over two years.  And of course as a professional athlete you feel like you always have to be doing something. You can never be content with just relaxing, so I just rented a paddleboard one time and went out there and loved it right away. It’s more of a release and get away from soccer. It’s nice to have something completely different that you love and can get your mind off of everything.”

Do you always look for different activities that you can do to complement how you train? 
AM: “Yeah! I think there’s always something that I’m looking for and I’m never a 50% type of person—it’s either all or nothing. So with paddleboarding, once I started, I loved it. I got a paddleboard. I live at the beach in LA so I went out all the time. I taught my sisters and my mom how to do it. A year ago, I got really into Spin classes, so I think you just find something that you love and for me, getting away from soccer is what I need sometimes because it is mentally and physically straining so it’s nice to switch it up on your body and mind and get a fresh outlook.”

How active are you guys on a daily basis? Are you working out all the time? 
AM: “For me, it’s training six days a week at least and at least one to two sessions so whether that’s in the gym or the field, on the track and in the pool. The sessions are about four to five hours, but that includes getting ready. It really depends on the type of day it is. You have to have a couple of hard days so on those hard days you have to mentally prepare yourself.”

LJ: “I’m training six days, not everyday because I’m doing two sports. With track, it’s such a mundane sport; it’s not like a team sport so sometimes it gets very repetitive. So piggy backing on what Alex said, I have to find other ways to get out there. She said she got involved in Spin one year; I was the same way. One year it was yoga; one year was Pilates. I think the main challenge people have when working out is they get tired of doing the same thing over and over again. And so for me, this whole campaign of Do More is perfect because you have to step outside of your comfort zone every now and then. And sometimes, doing that will refresh you for your original goal. Doing bobsledding has refreshed and renewed me to go back to track and running. I’m just amped up to return. I definitely just want to encourage people to get out there and try new things.”

What are your diets like when you’re training this hard? What kinds of things are you eating?
AM: “I think for me, it’s not a strict diet. But it’s knowing the time to have something and getting enough in because when you’re training so vigorously, you’re eating a lot, at least 4 meals a day for me. Obviously, you want to get in protein and greens and enough carbs but I feel like for desert, I’m fine with having something after dinner because I know I’ve worked hard enough and my body actually craves it.”

LJ: “With bobsledding, I can eat whatever because the weight is good [the heavier the sled is, the faster it goes] but for track, I have to eat very strict. So it’s hard, but I think everything with balance. Even when I have super strict days, I allow myself to have a cheat day because I work for that cheat day. So I think when people are trying to lose weight they shouldn’t just go über strict to the point you’re not allowing yourself to enjoy life because at the end of the day, that’s what you’re trying to do. You’re tying to work out, but at the same time you want to do it in a good way and find balance.”

What’s your favorite thing to cheat with?
LJ: “Well, since I live in Louisiana, I’d have to say anything down there. It’s like the worst place for a professional athlete to live. I don’t think any athletes train there.”

AM: “I love that type of food but since I’m from California, Mexican food is my go-to. Burritos with sour cream and guac—so good. Even the Cali burrito, it has French fries in it.”

You both travel a lot for your sports, so how do you stick to your diet on the road? 
AM: “It’s honestly really hard because I’ll go into a training camp and we’ll have our nutritionist set out our meals for two weeks. We have food in front of us three times a day. It’s very healthy. And then you go home, you don’t have food in the fridge. You’re only home for five days; you’re not going to go out grocery shopping. So, it’s difficult but I find that just trying to eat two out of three healthy meals a day is good enough for me.”

LJ: “I’d say packing protein is my number one key for traveling because that can always hold you off from the cravings of airport food. You can smell it, you see people scarfing it down. Actually, when people travel nowadays it’s like a movie experience. They get their snack and they’re crunching away. So I always make sure I have protein powder with me which will help curb my appetite for a little bit and then that will give me time to make the proper decision. There are always options; it’s just really hard to find those options in an airport.”

Do you have any favorite beauty products that you love to have in your bag when traveling?
AM: “I love Degree Motion Sense Deodorant ($8, drugstore.com). On top of that, I need mascara. And I’m in the sun sometimes six hours a day so definitely sunscreen all the time.”

LJ: “I like YSL Touche Èclat ($40, sephora.com). I use it for dark circles, as an eye shadow base, I’ve used it to clean up my eye brows—it’s like a miracle pen.”

Do you wear makeup when you’re practicing or competing?  
LJ: “A warm up takes quite a bit, so we just have to have something that will last for a warm up but look fresh when we go out there in front of the camera for 12 seconds so I like a cream-based eye shadow and a good waterproof mascara.”

AM: “Yeah, I will say it depends on if you have a televised game or a closed-door practice where no one is going to see you. Mostly all the time, at a closed practice, I’ll wear absolutely nothing but then during a game, I might wear a tinted moisturizer.”

LJ: “Even if I’m going to a gym I’m not trying to look all rough. The chances of meeting a hot guy at a gym are increased!”

Olympians’ Look-Great Secrets, Continued

Written on July 9, 2012 at 11:58 am , by

Our “Play On!” feature in the July/August issue (pg. 44 – 50) is packed with beauty must-haves and tips from Olympians and Olympic hopefuls like Lolo Jones, Kerri Walsh, Natalie Coughlin and Hope Solo. Here’s a bonus selection of tricks these super athletes shared with us:

Sarah Groff, 30, a world-class triathlete, Hanover, New Hampshire

Eat clean. “When I’m eating better—less processed, more whole foods—I break out less,” says Groff. Her good-skin staples include whole grains, fruits and vegetables, a little soy, fish and animal protein.

Lolo Jones, 30, a world champion hurdler, New Orleans, Louisiana

Play up eyes. On race days, Jones skips the pore-clogging face makeup and focuses on her eyes with soft-colored cream shadows. She says Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadows hold up well in heat. “Even after three hours of non-stop sweating, my eyes still look good.”

Natasha Hastings, 26, an Olympic gold medalist and track and field sprinter, Atlanta, Georgia

Be gentle. “Between color and relaxers, my hair is just over-processed,” Hastings says. “My stylist put me on to Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. I put it on before I shampoo and I’ve seen a drastic change in the health of my hair.”

Shalane Flanagan, 31, an Olympic bronze medalist and 10,000-meter runner, Portland, Oregon

Treat your feet. Flanagan gets a pro pedi before every major race. “I’ve heard from podiatrists that they are really good for runners’ feet and can prevent toenail damage,” she says. Flanagan likes fun, bright polish shades, but is also known to match her polish to her team uniform.

Olympic Silver Medal-Winning Swimmer Maritza Correia “Makes a Splash” and Dishes Her Look-Fab Secrets

Written on May 21, 2012 at 11:09 am , by

As the first African American woman to earn a place on the U.S Olympic Swim Team, Maritza Correia knows a lot about staying fit, accomplishing your goals, and of course, how to stay gorgeous in harsh, wet elements. Here are her secrets— and why she’s signed on with the USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make a Splash” initiative.

FITNESS: How did you get involved with the “Make a Splash” program?
Maritza Correia: I actually just signed on with “Make a Splash” in March. As a competitor and the first African American woman on the U.S Olympics Swim Team, I want to get kids, especially minorities, involved in swimming and teach them the importance of water safety.

FITNESS: You’re constantly in the water. How do you keep your hair from drying out and protected?
MC: I really take care of it. I only wash it two to three times a week because shampoo can really dry out your hair. I condition it often, using the Pantene Pro-V line.

FITNESS: What’s your haircare, makeup and skincare routine like on a typical day?
MC: After practice, as I mentioned, I condition my hair. I use a lot of lotion for my body: I love Jergens Shea Butter. I don’t use the same lotion on my face because it’s more sensitive, so I stick with Aveeno for that. I have to admit, I’m a total girly-girl and I love makeup. I always wear MAC products. After practice my hair tends to be a bit frizzy, so I apply my favorite gel, L.A. Looks.

FITNESS: What does your training consist of?
MC: I am currently not training full time, but I do like to engage in a lot of clinics. I’m actually hosting one at the YMCA in Mount Vernon, New York on May 26th from 10AM to 4PM, “Make a Splash: Mount Vernon”, to kick off Memorial Day weekend. I’ll be speaking to elementary school kids on the benefits of swimming to stay fit, water safety education and about the learn-to-swim programs.

FITNESS: What’s your biggest beauty indulgence? 
MC: Being such a girly-girl I have a routine of getting a manicure and pedicure every two weeks. I’ll leave the kid with my husband and take that time for myself. It’s actually really relaxing and I love that I can be creative and change the color of my nails every two weeks.

FITNESS: What are the beauty products you can’t live without?
MC: I’m addicted to lip gloss and Lip Smackers. You can probably find purple, pink and beige tubes all over the house!

FITNESS: What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
MC: Making the Olympic team in 2004. The first time I had ever seen the games was in 1996, when they were in Atlanta. Then I became an Olympian in 2004.

FITNESS: How can readers get involved with “Make a Splash” and its lifesaving programs?
MC: They can log onto  Swimtoday.org to get information on free or discounted swim lessons. Also, If you’re more competitive, you can find a team to join, or you can just a find a pool near you to have fun, stay healthy and be fit.

—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Talking Breakouts & Bobsledding with Olympic Hopeful Megan Hilll

Written on November 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm , by

Although U.S. National Bobsled Team Member and Olympic hopeful Megan Hill has rocketed to the top of the athletics world, there was still something standing in the way of her confidence: acne. Determined to find a solution, Hill started using Proactiv and through her success with the line, became their newest spokesperson. We chatted with Megan about her battle with acne, her beauty routine and training for the 2012 Olympics.

FITNESS: What made you want to team up with Proactiv?
Megan Hill: Acne is something I’ve really struggled with. When I found Proactiv, not only did my skin begin to clear up, but my confidence was boosted, and I started to step out of my comfort zone and grow as a person as well as an athlete. Not very many people talk about it because, well, its acne and it’s embarrassing, but I know there are so many other girls out there who struggle the way I did.
FITNESS: What’s your beauty routine before a competition? In everyday life?
MH: I begin by washing my face with the Proactiv 3 Step System and then I apply sunscreen. Sometimes I will put on a little bit up of makeup, usually Bare Escentuals, mascara and lip-gloss. For competition, I pull my hair back into a low ponytail or bun so my helmet fits nicely. My beauty routine for everyday life is pretty much the same.
FITNESS: What are your go-to beauty products for post-workout and when you’re on the go?
MH: After a workout, my go-to product is Proactiv Clear Zone Body Pads. They’re perfect for when I have somewhere to be right after my workout and they fit in my gym bag.
FITNESS: Since your skin is constantly exposed to the elements, how do you care for it, both to prevent and repair damage?
MH: When it’s bobsled season I am in very dry and cold climates so moisturizer is a must!  My favorite is Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer. I also wear sunscreen every day to help prevent damage from the sun.
FITNESS: What types of workouts do you do to prepare for competition?
MH: My pre-competition workouts involve intense and explosive movements to get the neuromuscular pathways firing. I do sprints, plyometrics, medicine ball throws, squats and power cleans.

FITNESS: Where is your favorite track to do runs? What is your favorite aspect of doing runs?
MH: I am still trying to figure out which track is my favorite.  The only tracks I have driven so far are Lake Placid and Park City.  They are so different and I enjoy them both. I can’t wait to learn other tracks. My next stop is Calgary in Alberta, Canada. As a brakeman my favorite track was St. Moritz, Switzerland. The best part of doing a run is the feeling you get when you’re at top speed on the track. It’s like time stops for a minute and you are so in the moment. There’s nothing out there like it!
FITNESS: What’s your proudest fitness-related achievement? Why?
MH: Each year we do a combine test at the beginning of the season. The events on the combine are sprints, a standing long jump, shot put toss, squats, and a power clean. My proudest fitness-related achievement was the personal records I set on the combine this year. All of the hard work I did over the offseason paid off.  Improving my speed and strength motivated me to keep training as hard as I did and continue to improve.

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Olympic Swimmer Summer Sanders Chats with FITNESS

Written on June 21, 2011 at 10:56 am , by

Coppertone Event

Gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer, TV host, and mom of two Summer Sanders is busy supporting Coppertone’s World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, but recently took the time to chat with FITNESS. Here’s what she had to say about swimming, sunscreen, and beauty must-haves:

-FITNESS: What made you want to get involved with Merck/Coppertone’s World’s Largest Swimming Lesson?
Summer Sanders: “As a mom of two little kids, swim and sun safety are a priority and the opportunity to share that info was the main reason. I’ve worn Coppertone Sport forever and it’s what I put on my kids everyday.”

-FITNESS: What do you love most about swimming?
SS: “Being outside and getting a chance to see my kids push their boundaries, have fun with friends, and enjoy the water. It makes me feel like a kid myself!”

-FITNESS: What are your top tips for fellow swimmers?
SS: “For a swim workout, choose the non-peak sun hours in the morning or evening. If you are playing in the pool, remember to always put on sunscreen and don’t forget your sensitive areas, feet, ears and scalp. I highly recommend checking out the Coppertone MyUVAlert app.”

-FITNESS: What’s your proudest fitness-related achievement? Why?
SS: “The New York Marathon in 2002 because I soaked up every ounce of energy from my fellow competitors and the thousands of people who came out to cheer us on.”

-FITNESS: What’s your best beauty advice for fellow swimmers?
SS: “Sunscreen! And moisturizer post-swim.”

-FITNESS: What beauty products can’t you live without?
SS: Coppertone Sport sunscreen. I put it on under my makeup every day. My Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and Kiehl’s lip balm.”

Beauty Talk with Olympic Skier Shannon Bahrke

Written on December 1, 2010 at 9:31 am , by

Silver and bronze medal-winning Olympic skier Shannon Bahrke took a break from the slopes to sit down with FITNESS at the Paul Mitchell Red Carpet Pre-Styling even. Listen in as she shares her on-the-go beauty tips:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Paralympic Athlete Alana Nichols Talks Beauty

Written on November 18, 2010 at 6:57 am , by

We asked Alana Nichols, the first female Paralympic adaptive alpine skier and basketball player, (talk about inspiring!) for her on-the-go beauty secrets and must-have products as she got glamorized at the Paul Mitchell Red Carpet Pre-Styling Event. Here are a few of this gold medalist’s tips:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern