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Christie Griffin

Thank You, Internet, for The Best Olympics Coverage Ever

Written on August 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm , by

For the past couple of weeks, you could say there were two groups of people: Those who watched the Olympics and those who followed the Olympics. Not all watchers were followers, but it’s safe to say most followers were probably watchers as well. And while some of the followers may have been bored (or irate) by the tape delays that aired on NBC prime time, they still had front row seats to some unprecedented online action. Even if you weren’t on nbcolympics.com trying to catch the live streams, it was impossible to miss the amazing shenanigans happening all over the web.

Just a few favorites:

Bolting

Dangleboris

The Gifs! 

McKayla is Not Impressed


And then there was Twitter. If you’re like us and wanted to truly participate in the play-by-plays, it was probably your go-to spot. There were more than 150 million (!) Twitter conversations about the Olympics since the Opening Ceremonies. There were more than 2 million tweets about Gabby Douglas, as well as Ryan Lochte, and it wasn’t uncommon to see celebrities tweeting at Olympians or about them:

 

 

So. While it’s lovely that NBC broke their ratings – averaging 31+ million watchers each night — we kinda expected that, especially if you’re getting a ton of free, user-generated promotion around one of the most beloved events in the world. What’s genuinely exciting is that this year’s overall activity by outlets, spectators, and athletes was just a taste of what’s to come. By 2016, there will be even more followers instead of basic watchers, and coverage of the Olympics will be more integrated (rather than trying to straddle both old school TV practices and new media trends). As a digital director at a fitness magazine, I’m pretty pumped for 2016. I’m thinking 2012 was just a warm-up!

But until then: Thank you, Internet, for making these Olympic Games so ridiculously fun.

Body Confidence Tips from Olympic Weight Lifter Sarah Robles

Written on August 1, 2012 at 10:27 am , by

Sarah Robles Olympic Weightlifter

Photo by Mitchell Haaseth / NBC Olympics.

“Faster, Higher, Stronger.” “Faster, Higher, Sarah Robles.” Because if you want a synonym for “stronger,” look no farther than the 23 year-old U.S. weightlifter.

It’s not just that she’s technically the strongest woman in our country—Robles will compete for her place on the international podium on August 5th—but it’s the other challenges that have shown the world just how mentally tough this girl is. In the weeks leading up the Games, many of us learned about her financial struggles…and were thrilled to see the online community cheer her on.

But no amount of money, medals, or media attention changes the fact that the 5’10”, 275-pound, 23 year-old has had to overcome a few body issues. On behalf of every woman in America, I’m just gonna go ahead and say that’s where I think her most enduring, admirable strength truly lies. Here, a few questions and answers with the Olympian.

FITNESS: How did your life change when you began accepting your shape and body type?

SARAH ROBLES: My life changed for the better when I decided to be okay with who I am. I knew I wasn’t going to change, nor really could do much about it anyway. I cared more about being the best athlete. It didn’t matter what my body looked like, it mattered more to me how it performed.

FITNESS: What are your best confidence-boosting tips for other women?

SARAH ROBLES: First, stop caring about what other people think. They probably aren’t thinking what you think they are, and most likely, you’ll never see them again.

Next, surround yourself with positive people. Negativity is sticky. It sticks to you and is hard to get rid of. Once you do (find those positive people), you will feel clean, happy, and free!

Lastly, do things you really love or try new things. You never know what you can be good at unless you try. When you learn new skills or further develop the ones you have, you will be more confident.

FITNESS: Which athletes or celebrities do you relate to the most? On a related note, who are your role models? Read more

5 Questions with Nastia Liukin

Written on July 24, 2012 at 9:15 am , by

Next Tuesday, the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team will go for the gold in the Team Finals. (Yes, we’re already counting down.) And while Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin may have recently retired from gymnastics, she’s as busy as ever! We caught up with her for a few minutes to find out her predictions for the upcoming Games, her future plans, and more.

A Fitterati Rising Star: Danielle Lullie

Written on May 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm , by

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Danielle Lullie, 16, is a star blogger and cross-country runner from Cartersville, Georgia. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Lullie)

Inspiration can come in all sorts of packages, but the judges for the Fitterati Blogger Awards were still a bit floored when we discovered that one of the blogs leading the pack was maintained by a 16 year-old runner from Georgia. While the official rules prevented us from naming Danielle Lullie, creator of the Pinterest-like Tumblr blog Just Do It Then Do It Again, as an official Fitterati winner, we were more than happy give her an Honorable Mention…and get to know her a little bit better.

Brace yourself, FITNESS readers. You’re about to remember what it’s like to have raw motivation and a fresh belief in yourself.

Q: What’s your blog about?

DL: Just Do It Then Do It Again is full of motivational quotes and pictures for everyone. It represents hard work, not giving up, reaching your goals, running faster and a lot more.

Q: How do you think your blog stands out from other blogs?

DL: I think my fitness blog stands out from other blogs because it doesn’t focus on my life and my accomplishments. It’s there solely to motivate other people and myself.

Q: What is your fitness mantra/motto?

DL: My favorite one would have to be “I’m gonna show you how great I am,” by the true definition of a champion, Muhammad Ali. I also love how Lance Armstrong says we have two choices in life: Give up or fight like hell. Read more

Toast to Mom With These Cocktails

Written on May 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm , by

Whether you’re hosting a big family brunch or just gabbing with mom, why not celebrate her with a little imbibing? These low-cal and gourmet drink recipes, thanks to Patrón Spirits, sound delicious, don’t you think…?

patron cocktail mint and cucumber

Photo courtesy of Patrón Spirits.

The Good Wife - Low-Calorie

  • 2 ounces Patrón Silver
  • 1/2 ounces Ginger simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounces Lime juice
  • Seltzer or mineral water
  • 3 to 4 mint leaves
  • 2 to 3 peeled fresh cucumber rounds, skins removed

In a highball or collins glass, muddle cucumber, lime juice, and mint. Add Patrón Silver and fill with ice. Cover with seltzer and stir well. Garnish with a mint sprig and cucumber rounds.

 

low calorie patron cocktail

Photo courtesy of Patrón Spirits.

Mother’s Little Helper – Low-Calorie

  • 1 3/4 ounces Patrón Silver
  • 1/4 ounces Elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 ounces Fresh lime juice
  • 3 slices Cucumber
  • 2 whole fresh sage leaves
  • Ginger ale

Smack sage to open up aromas. Tear in two and muddle well with cucumber and elderflower liqueur. In a mixing glass, add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and strain over ice in a highball glass. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with cucumber and sage leaf.

 

patron mother's day martini

Photo courtesy of Patrón Spirits.

I Said So Martini – Gourmet

  • 2 ounces Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
  • 0.5 ounces Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 ounces Cream
  • Almond shavings for garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with almond shavings.

 

 

coffee patron cocoa espresso cocktail

Photo courtesy of Patrón Spirits.

Sealed with an XO – Gourmet

  • 3 ounces Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
  • 1 ounces. Espresso
  • 1 large scoop coffee-flavored gelato
  • Coffee grinds for garnish

Blend all ingredients in a blender and pour into a hurricane-style glass. Garnish with coffee grinds.

For more drink recipes and ideas, visit patronspirits.com.

World Lupus Day: One Woman’s Story

Written on May 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm , by

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This was NOT a "bad face day" for Lauren! (Photo by Jennifer Steele)

Aspiring to work at a major fashion magazine since she was a child, Lauren Finney saw her dreams almost crumble when she was devastated by the diagnosis of lupus about five years ago.

Within weeks of her moving to New York and pursuing a career in the fashion industry, Lauren developed a hard, painful, red and growing rash all over her neck and face—a horror for someone trying to excel in a field so focused on appearances! This first warning sign was followed by extreme fatigue, hair loss and a multitude of doctor’s visits.  But, after multiple opinions and doctors, two hospitalizations, a strict medicine plan, and—thankfully—the enduring support of her fashion colleagues, Lauren was finally diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that impacts the skin, joints, kidneys and other organs.

Lauren may have broken into the competitive fashion world, but not without simultaneously enduring a diagnosis that felt confusing, frightening and dream-destroying. But she is hardly alone; 1.5 million Americans suffer from lupus, 90 percent of whom are young women. Lauren’s work with the SLE Lupus Foundation  has allowed her to help others cope and find hope through research that’s taking place. Here, she answers a few questions about her experience:

Q: Why do you think more people don’t know about lupus?

LF: Lupus is such a weird topic. Every time I told someone I have it, they say,” Oh, I know someone who has it…what is that?” People know it’s out there, but what manifests as symptoms and issues in one person is not necessarily the same for someone else. This makes lupus hard to spot, hard to diagnose, hard to treat and hard to understand.

Q: Is the difficulty you had in getting diagnosed with lupus typical?

LF: Yes, it’s entirely common for someone to have trouble getting diagnosed. The symptoms one sees with lupus are often symptoms of other disorders and diseases. It takes on average three years for someone to get fully diagnosed. I feel lucky it only took a year for me.

Q: In your experience, what did you find to be the most common misconception about the disease and how did you overcome it?

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A Gourmet Cinco de Mayo: Recipes From Julian Medina

Written on April 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm , by

Our May issue (on stands now!) features a lightened-up version of enchiladas, along with tips from Julian Medina, Chef/Owner Toloache, Yerba Buena and Coppelia restaurants in NYC. And with Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, we were psyched to score a few more online-only recipes from the inventive chef! Combine the gourmet recipes below with the guilt-free one in the mag and you’ll have a flavorful fiesta ready to go!

toloache guacamole recipe

Photo courtesy of Toloache Restaurants.

Guacamole de Frutas (serves 4)

  • 2 Mexican Hass avocados
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Vidalia onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons mango, diced
  • 2 tablespoons peach, diced
  • 2 tablespoons apple, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon habanero pepper, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Thai basil, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
  • Kosher salt to taste

1. Scoop the pulp out of the ripe avocados into a bowl.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and a pinch of salt.  Mash the ingredients together, leaving it chunky and check the seasoning.

3. Serve with warm corn tortillas or chips.

 

julian medina toloache margarita

Photo courtesy of Toloache Restaurants.

Toloache Margarita (serves 1)

For the Hibiscus Puree:

  • 1 cup of hibiscus flower
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 ounce sugar

Combine ingredients into a blender, or food processor and puree until smooth. Let cool.

For the Virgin Mix:

  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce lime juice

In a separate container combine the Cointreau and lime juice, stir well.

For the Toloache Margarita:

  • ½  bar spoon of blueberries
  • 2 ounces hibiscus puree
  • 2 ounces Herradura Blanco
  • 1 ounce virgin mix
  • Splash of simple syrup

1. In a cocktail shaker muddle the ½ bar spoon of blueberries, then add the hibiscus puree. Pour in the Herradura Blanco, virgin mix and simple syrup. Add ice and shake well.

2. Pour the margarita into a chilled rocks glass and garnish with a hibiscus flower and lime wedge.

Keep reading for an ambitious chicken quesadilla…!

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Models Who Score Points: A Look at the 2012 MBVT

Written on April 17, 2012 at 8:42 am , by

There are modeling competitions…and then there are models who compete.

We prefer focusing on the latter, and the athletic, crazy-cool Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament in South Beach a few short weeks ago is a prime example of model behavior that may motivate you to start getting summer-ready! Pictures worth being jealous of:

There were eight modeling agencies that participated, each with about 12 players. Here, a few MC2 models set the mood for the tournament.

There were eight modeling agencies that participated, each with about 12 players. Here, a few MC2 models set the mood for the tournament. Photo by WorldRedEye.com.

Wilhelmenia and Runway face off!

Wilhelmenia and Runway face off! Photo by WorldRedEye.com.

There were three reality TV shows filming during the tournament! Here, a cast member from the CW's upcoming "The Catalina" gets carried away.

There were three reality TV shows filming during the tournament! Here, a cast member from the CW's upcoming "The Catalina" gets carried away. Photo by WorldRedEye.com.

There were two courts and more than a thousand spectators each day. Photo by WorldRedEye.com.

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Exclusive Interview with U.S. Beach Volleyball Pair Jenn Kessy and April Ross!

Written on March 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm , by

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Photo by Marc Serota for the National Volleyball League.

One of the most thrilling, coolest, and—yeah, we’ll say it—sexiest Olympic sports is Women’s Beach Volleyball.

That’s why we were pretty psyched to chat with Jennifer Kessy and April Ross, the U.S. women’s pair currently ranked fourth in the world. The duo is just a few months away from a berth to the Olympic Games in London and are preparing to dive into their competitive season. But remember how we told you about that Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament in Miami this weekend? Yep, Kessy and Ross will be there.  (Gah! Let’s all go!)

“We train really hard Monday through Friday and try to have a regular life on the weekends,” says Kessy. “So, we’ll be back to work on Monday. But in the meantime, the event gives us the chance to support the NVL (National Volleyball League). Plus, it’s in Miami and we like to enjoy the ride!”

And enjoy the ride they do. But it’s well-deserved: After just missing out on the 2008 Games in Beijing—only two teams per gender per country can go—Kessy and Ross have been preparing for years to represent the U.S., with Olympic veterans Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. Here, Kessy and Ross reveal a few of their essentials while they’re on-the-go…plus, we find out exactly why those volleyball bikini bottoms are so itty bitty.

FITNESS: What do you have to have when you’re traveling?

Ross: “The number one thing I have to have is a big water bottle. If I go half an hour without water, I tend to freak out.”

Kessy: “I have to have my pillow. My neck can’t take different hotels pillows every week, especially after you spend your days diving for the ball. Sleep is really important to us, being on the road a lot, so I also have a sleeping mask and earplugs.”

FITNESS: Are there any beauty products you can’t live without, other than SPF?

Ross: “I hate the grimy buildup from the sweat and sand, so I bring exfoliating cleansers on the road to get the layers off. I also have some sun damage, so I use Kieh’s Spot Corrector. I usually carry Eucerin hand cream, too.”

Kessy: “I just got the Clarisonic (Skin Cleansing System), and talk about getting grime off your face!” Read more

Spring Break-Inspired Cocktails from a Fit-Focused Bartender!

Written on March 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm , by

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When Bryan's not running up hills (some as high as 14,110 feet!), he's inspiring people to imbibe. (Photo courtesy of OAK at Fourteenth)

Between the warm(er than usual) weather and March Madness, we’re feeling a little nostalgic for Spring Break in college! So we scored a couple cocktail recipes from Bryan Dayton, the owner and Beverage Director at OAK at Fourteenth in Boulder, Colorado…including a non-alcoholic one, for those of you who gave up booze for Lent/New Year’s/Who Knows Why.

Before we hand over the happy hour inspiration, you should know whom it’s coming from. Bryan hasn’t just been a mixologist for 15 years—he’s also a trail runner (the higher the altitude, the better) with an incredible race resume. Nice!

My Little Honey

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .5 oz honey syrup (1:1 honey to hot water)
  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Soda water

To make: Pour all ingredients over crushed ice, give a quick stir and garnish with a lemon.

Cucumber Smash

  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • 2 quarter wedges of lime
  • 1.5 oz gin or vodka
  • .25 oz honey syrup

To make: Muddle all of the above together in a mixing tin and then add ice. Shake. Fine-strain over crushed ice and then garnish with a slice of cucumber. Idea: Substitute berries for the cucumber, if you want something fruity!

The Summer Smash (Non Alcoholic)

  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 mint sprig
  • .5 oz lime
  • .25 oz honey syrup
  • 3 oz soda water

To make: Muddle mint and cucumber in a mixing tin. Add all the ingredients, except for the soda water. Add ice, shake and strain into a highball glass with ice. Finally, pour in soda water and give it a quick stir. Garnish with mint sprig.

Traditional Margarita on the Rocks

  • 1.5 oz Reposado tequila
  • .75 oz orange liqueur
  • .75 oz fresh lime juice

To make: Put all ingredients into a shaker, add ice and shake. Pour over fresh ice in a short tumbler and garnish with lime. Salt is optional.