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Ride It Out! Celebrate National Bike to Work Day in Style

Written on May 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm , by

Written by Jordan Clifford, editorial intern

Dust off those handlebars and get ready to put your pedals to the metal, err road, to celebrate National Bike to Work Day tomorrow. We’re super stoked to get our wheels spinning—biking is great for the environment and your bod. (You blast about 540 calories per hour commuting on two wheels!) To get you in gear, we’ve got some great rides, deals and steals. Saddle up!

Ride In Style Look sleek and chic as you ride through town on Electra’s Amsterdam Forget Me Not 3i ($959, select retailers). This brightly colored stunner is made of lightweight aluminum and comes with both front and rear lights. Plus there’s a matching bell–ding, ding!

Lighten Your Load Dreaming of biking to work but lug too much back and forth? Novara’s Barrow Bike ($749.00, rei.com) was made for you. With its built-in basket and rear-rack you’ll have plenty of places to stash your stuff! And better yet, the basket is attached with Novara’s exclusive “N-dock” system, which keeps the basket aligned and steady–even through turns. So there’s no need to worry about an epically embarrassing spill (phew!).

Go Retro Perfect for a casual cruise down the beach or city streets, The Langdon ($399-$499, purecitycycles.com) has a retro-inspired frame that will have you racking up the compliments. The single-speed or three-speed models are offered in two sizes. Customizable for a great ride!

Get The Perks EveryMove, a free online and mobile app, rewards users for healthy activities like working out, gardening and, yes, biking, by linking to your favorite fitness trackers. In honor of National Bike Month, they are teaming up with Spinlister, Kaidel Sportswear and Orange Mud to help you cash in on your healthy habits and earn some great deals! Learn more here.

Win Your Own Don’t have a bike? Join our #MakeFitHappen Contest on Pinterest and you could score a Willow 3 beach cruiser from Brooklyn Bicycle Co! Entering is super easy – get the low down here. You have until Sunday, May 25th at 11:59pm to join in.

Photos courtesy of Electra, Novara and Pure City Cycles

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Muck It Up: Win a Mudderella Ticket for You and Your BFF!

Written on March 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm , by

Spring has sprung—finally!—so it’s time to shed some layers and get down and dirty with your training. Need some fun-spiration? Get your rear in gear with a mud run, like a Mudderella. (Hey, grunge is always in style) Each location’s 5- to 7-mile long obstacle course—the race will host seven U.S. and two U.K. venues this year—strives to empower its female participants to take pride in their strength by putting their daily gym routine to work. Girl power!

“It’s a very social event,” CEO Cristina Devito told us this week. “It’s team-based and not timed. We like to think of it as the new girlfriend getaway!” Check out “Play Dirty!” in our April issue for a training plan, goo-approved gear and more. In need of some mud 101? FITNESS editor Bethany Gumper has the must-know tips and tricks for first-timers. So what are you waiting for? Take the plunge! Win a chance for you and a friend to race in an upcoming Mudderella (plus an Essentials Bundle for each of y’all to sport) by ENTERING HERE.

Photo courtesy of Mudderella.

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Why We’re Totally Hooked on Mud Runs (And You Should Be, Too)

Written on August 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm , by

Fashion Assistant Marla Horenbein and Editorial Assistant,Lauren Cardarelli ran the Rugged Maniac in New Jersey with a few friends!

It’s no surprise that the editors at FITNESS are race junkies. We’ve tackled marathons, gotten our Color Run on, and killed a few triathlons. One thing we hadn’t mastered though – until last month, that is – was mud runs. They’re a bit daunting, totally hardcore and um, hello, dirty! But since we’re not ones to shy away from a challenge, or a little mud, we decided to dive head first into a pit of muddy water (seriously, though), and take on a Rugged Manic course.

Even though we’re still scrubbing mud off of our bodies, trust us when we tell you it was a blast. We scaled nine-foot walls, crawled under barbed wire and hurdled some serious flames. And if that doesn’t sound like enough of a challenge for you, there were 17 other obstacles that totally tested our limits. If we thought we were finishing that race unscathed, we were wrong (we had a few minor cuts, bumps and bruises). But we did come out faster, stronger and just a tad muddier.

Throwing away your clothes and sneaks after a race like that is pretty much a given, so when planning our race day attire, we kind of panicked. Can you blame us for being attached to our spandex?!

Fashion Assistant, Marla Horenbein, hurdling fire!

Our solution? Buy super cheap pieces that we’d be okay tossing after the finish line. We turned to our trusty pals at Forever21 (C9 by Champion for Target is another great, affordable option!) and picked out pieces that would make us look fierce on the course: a white tank so we could see how muddy we got (take before and after pics!); a camouflage bra to channel our inner tough girls; and some black booty shorts because if you’ve got it, why not flaunt it?

As for your treasured sneaks? Leave the good pair at home and wear old ones. Some race organizations (Rugged Maniac is one of them!) will even clean up and donate the sneakers that people get rid of, which we think is totally awesome!

Now that we’ve tested the (muddy) waters, we’re completely hooked on getting our dirty-girl on. With mud runs taking the country by storm, there are tons to choose from, and we’ve already got one in the line-up for the fall. Call us crazy, but mud can totally be sexy.

If you’re as mud run-crazed as we are, tell us about your favorite courses. We’d love to check them out!

Why The Color Run Really is the Happiest 5K on the Planet

Written on July 30, 2013 at 9:54 am , by

Bright and early and ready to do this.

Running sometimes feels like the bread and butter to getting fit. Oftentimes, people put one foot in front of the other to start their weight-loss journey. Others use running as a way to de-stress or bond with friends. And sometimes, people accomplish crazy running feats to test their strength. For instance, Robin Azron, a corporate lawyer turned ultra-marathoner, freelance writer and running coach, ran five marathons in five days for MS Run The US for her mom, who battles the disease every day. Or there’s Zoe Romano, 26, who just ran the entire Tour de France course—yes, I said ran—over nine weeks, averaging 30 miles every. single. day. (For those of you counting, or know the TDF, that’s a total of 2,000 miles.) She did this to raise money for the World Pediatric Project, which provides medical care to children in Central America and the Caribbean, aiming for a $150,000 goal. Running is not only the basis of so many of our workouts, it’s what motivates people, like Robin and Zoe, to get out there every day and accomplish BIG things.

However, if you’re just taking baby steps, and maybe like me, dreaming of a 100-mile race stays at that just that…that’s okay. There are plenty of ways to get into the sport or even spice up your daily runs with fun events like The Color Run or the Electric Run and even the Mudderella 10K.

Before picking up training again for my second marathon this Fall, I finally checked off the Happiest 5k on the Planet (The Color Run, as it’s otherwise known) on my bucket list and headed out to Brooklyn to have some fun. I really didn’t know what to expect as I entered the party zone (really, this race is one big party). But lining up for the race, which over two days 10,000 people came out to run, was surely the ideal way to kick-off what is going to become a long summer of logging miles. Here’s what I learned at my first Color Run:

My best friend Emily couldn’t resist a morning of painting by my side.

1) It’s a family affair. Running really has become a way for families to bond. I saw so many parents with their small kids dressed up in white and ready to get blasted with paint. Some kiddies enjoyed the fun from their mom’s running stroller, and I constantly nudged my husband to remind him that when our time comes, we’d be taking our little ones along, too.

2) Paint is your friend. If you want to cross the finish line a different shade of color than the clean canvas you started with, tell your paint buddies at each mile marker to color you up! I really embraced the yellow, red, green and blue color stations—and secretly wished for a pink one. (Hint, hint.) I think I accomplished my goal of getting as messy as possible.

3) Every age, size, height and weight are welcome. This was really a race for all. I was inspired by all the people who came out to have a little fun and work up a sweat, too. Some runners may have taken the race a bit seriously and sprinted it out, while others had a good time jogging with their friends or even walking the entire way. Regardless, everyone there logged 3.1 miles with a big smile on their face.

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All-American, Bikini-Friendly Spirits (4 Cocktails for the Fourth!)

Written on July 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm , by

The Fourth of July is full of fireworks, food, friends and patriotic festivities—all best accompanied by a cold alcoholic beverage in hand, right? That’s if we can drink without the guilt. We want the fun frills of a cocktail, not a cheeseburger’s-worth of calories! That’s why we compiled four of our favorite recipes to sip in the sun (fingers crossed!) this Thursday and toast to the good ol’ U.S. of A.

This flavorful red, white and blue accessory pairs nicely with any patriotic ensemble. Mmm—berry refreshing and packed with antioxidants! (Photo courtesy of Milagro Tequila)

Independence Day Pucker

  • 1 lemon
  • ⅓ ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • 1 ⅓ ounces ZICO natural
  • ½ teaspoon sugar substitute
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Add 1 tbsp blue caracao and garnish with maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Halve the lemons, dip them in the sugar and roast in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the lemon’s edges begin to take on a caramel color. Remove the lemons and allow to cool. Run the liquid from the roasting pan through a strainer. Roughly chop the lemons and strain, as well. In a separate pan heat your ZICO Natural and sugar substitute until melted and allow to cool. Combine the roasted lemon juice, orange liqueur, gin and ZICO “simple syrup” in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into martini glass.

Recipe courtesy of ZICO
Calories: 220

Berry Explosive Raspado

  • 4 ounces Milagro Silver Tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces agave nectar
  • 8 raspberries
  • 12 blueberries
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • 6 dashes peach bitters

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Fill two glasses with crushed or shaved ice and pour over. Garnish with fresh raspberries and blueberries. 

Recipe courtesy of Milagro Tequila
Calories per serving: 250


Skinnygirl® The Firecracker

  • 2 parts Skinnygirl™ Cucumber Vodka
  • 2 parts low-sodium tomato juice
  • Splash of fresh lemon juice
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Sprinkle of celery salt

Mix ingredients together and pour over ice. Garnish with lime, cucumber, celery salt and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Skinnygirl®
Calories: 134


Berry Peach Lemonade

  • 1 bottle Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
  • 1 ⅓ cups chilled, unsweetened iced tea
  • 20 blackberries or raspberries
  • 1 ⅓ cups lemonade

In a large pitcher, muddle the berries. Add remaining ingredients with ice and stir a bit to dilute and chill. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve over ice into rocks glass and garnish with a lemon wheel. Serves 15-20.

Recipe courtesy of Van Gogh Vodka
Calories per serving: 131

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Slimmed-Down Cinco de Mayo Cocktails (Including that Margarita!)

Written on May 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm , by

Indulge without the bulge. (Photo courtesy of Tequila Herradura)

Written by Carrie Stevens, editorial intern

Plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Sunday?  Even though its signature cocktail is a potential diet disaster—one frozen margarita can contain tons of sugar and sodium, not to mention upwards of 500 calories—you can indulge without the bulge.  We enlisted Tequila Herradura to slim down some of our favorite drinks that pack the same taste for 200 calories or less.  Bottoms up!

Pineapple Serrano Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Herradura Silver
  • 3 cubic inches pineapple, diced
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 3 slices Serrano chili with seeds

Crush pineapple and chili slices in the base of a shaker with a muddler. Add cubed ice and remaining ingredients; shake hard. Strain over ice. Garnish with a chili and star Anise pod (optional).

Calories: 169

Apricot Cooler Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Herradura Silver Tequila
  • Large bar spoon of apricot jam
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 kumquat

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass.  Garnish with kumquats, apricots and a mint sprig (optional).

Calories: 156

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3 Skinny Summer Cocktails to Pair with Our Bikini Body Boot Camp

Written on April 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm , by

Talk about a perfect post-workout treat! (Photo courtesy of Voli Vodka)

By now, you’ve been revving up your workouts at the gym with our Trim and Tone Circuit Workout  but as they say, a girl needs to unwind a little too, right? (At least we sure do!) To make sure you don’t completely blow all your hard work, Voli Light Vodka has given three super slim, super summery cocktail recipes that you can sip without guilt. Bonus: If you’re a morning smoothie lover, you probably have most of the ingredients already! Get the recipes below and tell us your favorite in the comments!

Island Oasis

1.5 ounces Voli Mango Coconut
6 blueberries
2 strawberries
1 ounce Sweet and Sour Lite Mix
1 ounce light orange juice

Directions: Muddle fruit, add all ingredients together and stir. Garnish with skewered blueberries and strawberries. (Approximately 94 calories) Read more

Reebok and Spartan Race Partner Up

Written on January 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm , by

Brooklyn Decker’s not afraid to get a little dirty for a good workout! (Photo courtesy Reebok)

Obstacle races are hot to trot for lately, and among one of the most popular is the Spartan Race, which will have you rolling, crawling and climbing your way to the finish line. Now, one of the trendiest races has teamed up with Reebok, one of the trendiest brands, announcing a multi-year partnership with Spartan Race yesterday in NYC.

The partnership will start with the January 26 Spartan Race at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, CA. Reebok will be the official footwear, apparel and accessories supplier for the race series, including a line of products specifically for Spartan Race athletes to help them train better, faster and stronger.

To kick off the partnership, Reebok hosted the Reebok Spartan Race Times Square Challenge, a traffic-stopping race. Celebs like model Brooklyn Decker, former Giants football player Tiki Barber and 2012 winner of the obstacle course of the Reebok CrossFit Games Spencer Hendel climbed a 7 foot wall, mud crawled under barb wire and carried 75 pound sandbags through the heart of NYC to put their fitness limits to the test.

Look out for the obstacle race to be featured in Reebok’s next campaign, and set a date for your 2013 Spartan Race at www.spartanrace.com.

Now tell us: Have you ever done a Spartan Race?

Fit Links: 2013′s Top Food Trends and Fit Gift Picks

Written on December 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm , by

Beat the crowd! Start cooking with these foods now to wrap up 2012 in a healthy way. (Photo by Sarah Kehoe)

This week’s fit links from around the web:

4 Calorie-Conscious Holiday Cocktails

Written on December 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm , by

Tasty sips without the unwanted calories. Happy holidays, indeed. (Photo courtesy of Cascade Ice.)

Written by Jennifer Fiorentino, editorial intern

Go ahead and have a cocktail at your holiday soiree. We found a little something that may make our waistlines a smidge happier this season (hint: sparkling water) and something that will spice up your festive drinks! Meet your new favorite guilt-free holiday cocktails.

The first comes from Cascade Ice, a sugar- and calorie-free sparkling water that takes out the heavy mixers without losing bursts of flavor. After being taste-tested and approved by our own staffers (we couldn’t give you a good recommendation without trying it for ourselves, right?), we were quick to grab a few festive recipes from the company. Try one (or all!) and feel free to indulge without worrying about tossing in an extra-intense run as part of your next workout.

The second just might establish your holiday party as one of the best – something we’re all striving for, right? New for this holiday season comes a limited-edition cognac from the House of Marnier-Lapostolle: Grand Marnier Cherry. Impress your guests with these easy-to-make recipes.

Passion Pucker-Up Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 3 oz Cascade Ice Raspberry Black Currant
  • Juice of 1 lime wedge
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Orange wedge, for garnish

Place tequila and sparkling water into a blender over crushed ice. Add juice from a lemon wedge and a handful of raspberries mix and blend until smooth. Garnish with orange wedge and serve.

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