Written on February 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm , by Christie Griffin
Talk about an impressive guy: Olympian silver medalist hurdler Kerron Clement also holds the indoor world record for the 400-meter sprint, is ridiculously handsome (what? we’re all mostly girls here), and is even nice enough to share his personal playlist with us! He’s also combines some spirituality in his sports too: “Sometimes listening to gospel music for me puts me ‘in a zone’ before training or competing,” Kerron says. Interesting!
Bonus: After the songs, we reveal a little more inside dish on 26 year-old Trinidadian-born Kerron.
5 songs you love to warm-up to:
- “Rain on Us,” Earnest Pugh
- “Make me Over,” Tonex
- “Thats Why I Praise You,” John P Kee
- “Fantasy,” Mariah Carey
- “Always be My Baby,” Mariah Carey
5 songs that get you really motivated:
- “Dance (A*$),” Big Sean
- “Rack City,” Tyga
- “Fireball,” Willow, featuring Nicki Minaj
- “Ayy Ladies,” Travis Porter, featuring Tyga
- “Man Down,” Rihanna
Interesting Notes Kerron Told Us:
Q: Off the topic of playlists…what do you think makes you such a successful athlete?
KC: My will to overcome many obstacles in my sport truly fuels me to be the best. I’m determined to excel at everything that I do.
Q: Do you have a mantra and if so, what is it?
KC: “Make it happen.”
Q: What is your immediate goal in your sports career? What about down the road?
KC: My goal is to be both the Olympic Champion in the 400-meter hurdles and world record holder in that event. Down the road, I’ll take it one step at a time.
Q: Are you single? If yes, do you prefer girls who run?
KC: I’m single, but I don’t prefer a girl who runs—just someone who loves to stay in shape. Fitness is key to a healthy lifestyle.
Written on February 21, 2012 at 11:25 am , by Christie Griffin
We all love a good deal…except when we trampled by the mad rush and miss out on the goodies, right?! That’s why we’re psyched to have secured early access to SpaFinder’s “Wellness Week” deals! (Which means YOU get in, too! Yesss.)
The deets: You have until next Tuesday (2/28) to enjoy early access booking for appointments during SpaFinder’s Wellness Week, which is March 19-25. (Woohoo, something to look forward to!) It’s your chance to look and feel your best with exclusive spa treatments, private training sessions, and more–all at either $50 prices or 50% discounts. Mariel Hemingway, Wellness Week’s spokesperson, is leading the charge to helping women discover how they can take charge of their health without sacrificing their budgets. (Bonus: There are even some free events across the U.S.)
To sign up for your exclusive early booking, visit spafinder.com/fitnessmag.
Written on February 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm , by Christie Griffin
McDonald’s announced yesterday that—for the first time in its history—their annual Shamrock Shake will be available nationwide. Other than meaning that its cult-like following no longer has to track which of the locations offers the green concoction, this also means we’re all suddenly faced with yet another easily-accessible temptation! (Not that you should be frequenting fast food restaurants…)
Let’s break down what you’re in for if you consume the seasonal shake:
For a 16 oz. Shamrock Shake…
- 550 calories
- 16 grams of fat (8 of which are saturated, and 1 that’s trans fat)
- 96 grams of carbohydrates
- 72 grams of sugar
- 13 grams of protein (from the milk)
- 190 mg of sodium
- 3 oz. of leprechaun blood
- And then these ingredients for the special Shamrock Shake syrup: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, sugar, natural plant flavoring (plant source), xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), yellow 5, blue 1.
Our recommendation: Make a low-calorie vanilla shake at home by using low-fat ice cream and skim milk, add a dash of peppermint extract, and then a couple drops of green food coloring.
Written on February 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm , by Christie Griffin
The debate around whether or not consumers should be taxed more for soda continues to spread, as the journal Nature recently published additional expert opinions. A few of their points, which are in line with numerous other reports:
- More and more scientific evidence suggests chronic sugar consumption has a slow-moving, complex—but devastating—role in metabolic syndromes, such as hypertension and diabetes.
- This class of diseases cost the U.S. $65 billion a year in lost productivity and $150 billion in medical care.
- A levy on added sugars would help meet the growing costs of sugar-related health problems and discourage consumption.
Tobacco and alcohol are both already taxed differently, and we can’t help but understand why scientists (and the government) feel that soda might be the “new” cigarette or scotch.
Should there be a tax on soda? Tell us what you think, below!
Written on January 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm , by Christie Griffin
In case any of you watched the premiere of “The Bachelor” on Monday night and kept thinking the gorgeous model, Courtney, looked familiar…you were right. The 28 year-old brunette stunner was on the cover of our April 2011 issue!
Argy Koutsothanasis, our Fashion Director, remembers Courtney’s photo shoot well, which took place nearly a year ago at the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico. Courtney was a last-minute fill-in for the cover photo shoot and was booked just days before flying out.
“It was her first-ever magazine cover shoot and she seemed more nervous than the other two girls who were being considered,” Argy says. “But even though she hadn’t quite found her groove as a model yet, you couldn’t tell once the final photos came in.”
The Oakley bikini Courtney wore for the cover was chosen by the stylists because it complimented her athletic figure. Argy also revealed that Courtney “had a hard time doing ‘sexy,’ at the time.”
She must’ve worked on it, because she certainly has some smoldering looks on the hit reality TV show! As for her flattering figure, Courtney reportedly ate healthier than some models do, and was “definitely into working out.”
A few more pics of the model who is turning Ben Flajnik’s head and (probably) making other contestants jealous:
Written on December 22, 2011 at 8:30 am , by Christie Griffin
My Christmas cards finally went out, complete with a list of 11 things I learned in 2011. Among the lessons? “Sometimes you have to peel shrimp before you eat them. —Dewey Destin’s, Emerald Coast, Florida”
(I also learned Yoloboarding in Florida, but I wanted to keep my destinations diversified!)
My point: As the year wraps up, we can’t help but think about the memories we made in the past twelve months and the trips we took. Our Fit Stop readers have heard about staff adventures like Karla’s in Colorado and Marla’s in Mexico, and I’m going to throw another log on the inspiration fire: When you’re thinking about your affordable options in 2012 and looking to get a little sand in your soul and in between your toes, I’d head toward the “Emerald Coast” (Destin area) in Florida. Because I like lists, here’s why:
*It’s where YOLO/paddle boarding really took off! You can rent a board for $20 from lifeguards and don’t need any special lessons. I scored mine right outside the Inn at Crystal Beach, which is where I was lucky enough to stay.
*Locals call it the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and just look!
*There are a lot of family-friendly things to do, like parasailing, jet-skiing, the “Gulfarium” (sooo fun!), dolphin watching, and more!
*There are grown-up things to do, too: golfing, wine and cheese cruises, and even the top level of AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar turns into quite the party later at night!
For more on the Emerald Coast, visit emeraldcoastfl.com or check out this cool video.
Written on October 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm , by Christie Griffin
Update 10/17/11: We have a winner! Congrats to Elizabeth from Walnut Creek, California! Thanks to everyone who entered!
In the October issue of FITNESS, there’s a delicious, slimmed-down version of French Onion Soup that clocks in at just 266 calories per serving. In case you missed it,
we’re defriending you. you can still get your hands on the recipe created by Meg Galvin, World Master Chef and Healthy Cooking Expert at SparkPeople.com, in the brand-new book, The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight. SparkRecipes.com Editor Stepfanie Romie worked with Meg and the rest of the Spark team to pull together a thick collection of light-and-healthy recipes, like:
- Skinny Eggs Florentine
- Lifesaving Lentil Soup
- Bluegrass Jambalaya
- Spicy Turkey Mini Meatloaves
- Key Lime Tartlets
- And more!
That’s all good news, right? Now for the great news: We’re giving away one of the cookbooks to a lucky reader this weekend! All you have to do is click here to answer a quick question and enter your contact info. We won’t use your info for anything else and we’ll announce on Monday morning who the lucky cookbook recipient is!
Written on August 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm , by Christie Griffin
Even though the FITNESS staff is made up of a bunch of sweatsetters—we love trying the latest classes!—we’re going to reveal a little secret: A few of us totally got our butts kicked from “om” to “namaste” at Pure Yoga last week. The web team had signed up for “a little field trip,” aka a hot power yoga class during lunch. And even though the Pure Yoga staff could’ve mopped the floors with our drenched workout clothes afterward, we still loved it! Read on for the editors’ reactions:
Colleen Moody, Web Editor
Hot Power Yoga made me feel: A little nervous at first, but then super energized when I left the class. I skipped my 3 p.m. coffee without even thinking about it!
During class, I learned: You have to give your body time to adjust. During a tricky bridge pose the instructor sat down next to me and told me he used to be a mountain biker and spent most of his time hunched over riding. After practicing and stretching regularly, his muscles eventually loosened up to yoga. Being a runner, this gave me hope that with a little practice my limbs could loosen up enough to master a bridge one day as well.
Karla Walsh, Editorial Assistant
Hot Power Yoga made me feel: Sweaty, flexible and strong. The poses were challenging enough that the class was never boring.
During class, I learned: Hot yoga can be fun from time to time, but I’d probably opt for traditional power yoga. It’s fun to mix it up, but I think I am better able to focus on the poses rather than the sweat dripping into my eyes!
Marianne Magno, Associate Web Editor
Hot Power Yoga made me feel: More flexible and ready to stretch into deeper poses.
During class, I learned: I had to work on my posture more. Our instructor helped me adjust my form for a few poses and reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve gotten a good yoga class into my workout routine. I’ll be back for more!
Christie Griffin, Digital Director
Hot Power Yoga made me feel: Detoxed. It was great because if I’m sweating that much, it’s probably because I’m overdoing it with cardio. I liked getting the toxins out without feeling nearly nauseated!
During class, I learned: Some really cool poses. It was a lot of fun!
More fun yoga stuff:
- Yoga 101: Poses for Beginners
- Quiz: Which Yoga Pose Are You?
- The Best Mats for Every Type of Yogi
- Quiz: Which Yoga Style Should You Try?
Written on July 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm , by Christie Griffin
In the current issue of FITNESS (July/August, with Jillian Michaels on the cover!), our Editor in Chief writes about the rewards of having an adventure and going out of your comfort zone. When she was writing her note, Betty asked some of the other staffers about their summer adventures. And at the time, I had no idea exactly how far out of my safe space I was going to go…
For me, the thought of learning to surf was on the same level as me becoming an astronaut. I just assumed it would never happen because I’m like a cat when it comes to water; I get very frazzled when submerged in the stuff. But as I was getting ready to go on vacation, I felt more and more inspired to try something totally new. The truth is that I had often fantasized about riding the waves and pretending to be a chilled-out beach babe, instead of a high-strung New Yorker. So I scheduled a lesson with Baja Outback in San Jose del Cabo, and before I knew it, I was wearing a rash guard and looking out at the ocean.
My instructors had taught me the basics (in the sand, of course!) and one pro, Jorge, was going to stick by my side the whole time. I told him I was nervous, but I left out just how nervous…and decided to go with the flow, literally. “You have to challenge yourself, see what you can do! It’s the only way to live,” one of the Baja Outback people had said. So that’s what I did.
And would you believe it? I actually managed to get up on my surf board!
Sure it took a little bit of courage, but it also helped that the folks at Baja Outback were so supportive and talented…oh, and that the water was nice and warm! If you’ve never been surfing before and are thinking about it, take it from me: You can totally do it! A few tips I learned:
1. If you think you’re bending your knees enough, go lower. As a beginner, you’re never as low as you think you are, and my (unpublished) pictures prove it!
2. Keep your cool. You’re going to fall and you might swallow a gallon of water in the process. It’s okay.
3. Don’t think twice about who’s watching you from the shore. “It’s not about your ego,” Instructor Denise had said. “It’s just about you doing your best.”
4. Consider wearing board shorts or boy-short bikini bottoms. You are not starring in “Blue Crush” and a string bikini will not hold up when you crash into the water.
5. Don’t try to stay on your board until you get to shore; that’s where there are usually the most rocks. Go ahead and fall off about 15-20 feet out!
Any other surfing tips out there? What’s your summer adventure?
More from FITNESS: The Best 2011 Surf Gear
Written on July 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm , by Christie Griffin
As some of you may remember, we had a very exciting online competition going on just before summer hit: The Face of Fitness cover contest! After you selected the Readers’ Choice Winner, Lauren, the judges went on to select four more inspiring finalists. Since then, the finalists have flown to NYC, had a photoshoot, and we’re now in the process of choosing our cover girl! So exciting!
And while we can’t reveal all the finalists, we can tell you all about their trip to NYC! How it went down:
- As soon as they checked into their swanky hotel, each finalist had a car waiting for her to whisk her off to the FITNESS office for a fitting. A fitting is when the fashion editors see how the apparel they’ve selected actually fits on the model…and if anything needs to be adjusted or tailored.
- The Photoshoot Day was a loooong day: Our FOF finalists had to rise and shine by 7 a.m., and didn’t finish until early evening. Since each finalist had her own shoot, it was like five photoshoots in one.
- The next day, the finalists joined some of the FITNESS editors for a tasty-but-healthy lunch. After they explored New York for a few more hours, the women were then treated to a private, rooftop yoga session by Emilie Smith at The Sports Club/LA, a luxurious fitness center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. “After yesterday, this is exactly what we needed!” one of the finalists commented.
What then? Well, we don’t officially know. But we’re pretty sure the five new friends took a big bite out of the New York nightlife…and undoubtedly turned a few heads while they were at it!
Next up: The Grand Prize Winner and Face of Fitness cover girl will be revealed on our November/December issue, which hits stands in October. Be sure to check for more info online, too: We’ll reveal some behind-the-scenes photos, finalists’ profiles, and feature other submissions we loved.
Advice for looking cover-worthy: