The big winners at last night’s Emmy awards were the stars who looked sexy, gorgeous and body-confident. FITNESS picks the 10 stunners who stole the spotlight.
Best Revenge Body: Amy Poehler. Her plunging neckline and curve-hugging dress made this hot, soon-to-be-single mama look sizzling from every angle.
Best Legs: Heidi Klum. Her seafoam dress with a slit-up-to-there showed off her super-toned stems.
Best Arms: Julie Bowen. The devoted runner, who hits the jogging trail 5 to 6 times a week, has clearly also been doing biceps curls. Her amazingly defined arms deserve an Emmy of their own.
Best Cleavage: Kathy Griffith. Her beautiful black halter-style dress made this funny lady look super-sexy.
Best Abs: Jessica Pare. The Mad Men star accented her elegant white column dress with a black belt that showcased her tiny waist and flat abs.
Best Butt: Padma Lakshmi. Her orange fishtail gown hugged in all the right places and gave her a gorgeous rear view.
Best Curves: Julianne Hough, who runs, dances and lifts weights to stay in shape, looked va-va voom in a corset-style, mermaid dress.
Best Back: Sofia Vergara. It may not be the body part the Modern Family star is best known for, but the cut-out on the back of her gown drew all eyes to her beautifully toned lower back.
Best Baby Bump: Mom-to-be Claire Danes was glowing, gorgeous and healthy in her bright yellow gown.
Ultimate Age-Defier: Edie Falco looked fit and fabulous—and way younger than her 49 years—in a stunning navy and white Stella McCartney gown.
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Written by Lauren Cardarelli, Freelance Editorial Assistant
The U.S. Open begins on Monday and we were rally—really—excited to chat with the top seed for the women’s tournament, Victoria “Vika” Azarenka. Here’s what we learned about the 23-year-old reigning Australian Open champion, her pre-match rituals and more.
Ritual for Return Aces. Athletes have all kinds of crazy pre-game routines they follow to get the ball rolling for the competition. Although Vika isn’t nearly as superstitious as her rival Serena Williams, she does like to shake her hips and dance during warm-up with an amped playlist. Her go-to beat? “Talk That Talk” by Rihanna.
Beat the Sun. Sun exposure on the court can be rough on both your game and skin. Vika’s gym bag essentials include a hat and a bottle of SPF to keep her glowing complexion protected from any damage.
– By Lauren Cardarelli, freelance editorial assistant
Next Sunday is Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 19th Amendment’s passage in 1920 and recognizing women’s rights. To celebrate (and remind ourselves to keep kicking major butt!) we put together our favorite girl power beats that we hope will inspire you to keep moving forward—both on and off the treadmill.
Written by Nichole D’Auria, Art Director
It wasn’t more than a week after I began craving a spa getaway that I was invited to spend five indulgent days at two of Miami’s best resorts. My itinerary, courtesy of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor Bureau, included golf and tennis lessons, rock climbing, paddle boarding, a DJ dance class, breakfast with a nutritionist, a massage and shopping. And spa treatments, of course. What more could I ask for?
My journey began at the Turnberry Isle resort in Aventura, just north of Miami. Renowned for its world-class championship golf courses, which are good enough for Michael Jordan (yes, I actually spotted him there!), and tennis facilities, this luxe hotel boasts a three-story spa and fitness center. While you’re there, treat yourself to a magical reflexology foot massage. Request Pilar, who has over 15 years experience with the hotel. Believe me, after hours of pavement pounding (did I mention that South Florida’s leading shopping destination—Aventura Mall—with more than 300 stores is conveniently located across the street?), your feet will thank you.
Be sure to also sign up for the golf and tennis lessons. The ones I took were among the best I ever had, and I’ve taken a lot of golf lessons. Thanks to my instructor Gary Knapp, I’ve already knocked a few strokes off my game! Read more
To kick off your weekend right and get you motivated to sweat out the past week’s troubles, we have a surprise giveaway that’s exclusive to our Fit Stop readers!
Enter to win this stylish MPG Glitter purple workout tank (retail value: $50) simply by entering here.
The sporty performance tank is lightweight, has a built-in Coolmax bra liner, a little pocket in the back of the tank, and reflective dots on the back. For more info, visit the mpgsport.com site.
Written by Lindsey Emery, freelance writer
It’s hard to imagine growing up in a world where you couldn’t run as far or as fast as you wanted. But before June 23, 1972, when Title IX was created, women were nowhere near being placed on an equal playing field with men in sports, and people seriously thought that if you were a girl you couldn’t safely complete a mile, let alone 13.1 or 26.2. Some people even thought your uterus might drop out if you did—true story.
Though Title IX’s birthday has passed, we got the chance to catch up with some of the fastest, strongest, most competitive women at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, OR, to see how it has changed their lives for the better.
Thank you Title IX for never making us choose. “I entered high school in 1971, and we didn’t have a girls’ cross country or track team. We had a track club, and the longest distance women could race at the time was 800 meters (1/2 mile),” says running legend Joan Benoit Samuelson, 55, who won a gold medal in the first-ever women’s Olympic marathon in 1984, just 28 years ago. “By my junior and senior year, women could run the mile, but if they did, they couldn’t participate in any other events, for fear they might overexert themselves.”
“I can’t even imagine what that must have been like,” says Alissa McKaig, 26, who placed 8th in the Olympic Marathon Trials and 11th in the 10,000-meter Trials. “We grew up in a time when you were supposed to be active. In fact, I wasn’t willing to choose between soccer and running in high school, so I did both. I would compete in a track meet, and then go play a soccer game—that never would’ve happened before Title IX.”
Guest post written by Kelly Mickle
Ever wish you had a personal chef to deliver diet-friendly meals right to your home? Us too! That’s why we had to catch up with Jillian Michaels at her recent event at the W Residences in Hollywood to get the skinny on her new partnership with Freshology, a food delivery program that brings gourmet, calorie-controlled meals straight to your door.
“I’ve been wanting to get involved with something like this for a long time, but either the food sucked or it was packed with unhealthy preservatives,” says Michaels. “It’s not just calories, the quality of the food matters when it comes to health and weight loss—which is why I really clicked with the Freshology’s commitment to fresh, clean food.”
Teaming up with Freshology’s five-star chef, Michaels used her nutrition principles to create a total weight loss plan that delivers healthy, wholesome and delicious food with no preservatives, no hormones, no artificial sweeteners and no trans fats. On the program, you’ll receive a twice weekly delivery stocked with daily meals totaling 1,400 to 1,800 calories: breakfast (240-475 calories), lunch (230-470 calories), dinner (303-536 calories) and a dessert. The 28-day rotation ensures you’ll never experience taste bud boredom. And all the food is pre-cooked, chilled and ready to go, so at the very most all you have to do is zap it in the microwave. For added thinspiration, you’ll also get Michaels’s fitness DVDs, texts to keep you motivated and a copy of her book, Master Your Metabolism.
We got to sample the menu and must say we were impressed! From blueberry pancakes and a chicken salad sandwich to steak and chocolate cheesecake, we licked our plates—definitely not like diet food. It’s no wonder the fancy food delivery program is a celeb favorite and has become the diet of choice for the contestants on Dancing with the Stars. “It eliminates all the guesswork—no more journaling or calorie counting—so all you have to do is stick to the meals and the pounds will come off,” says Michaels.
The Jillian Michaels Freshology Gold program starts at $48 a day, and can be modified for vegetarians and picky eaters. It’s not cheap, but worth the investment according to Michaels: “It sounds expensive but in the grand scheme of things it’s a bargain—you want to know what’s expensive? Obesity!”
Show us your go-to moves, recipes, inspiration and gear, and you could win a $100 American Express gift card!
When it comes to staying in shape, one great way to keep your eye on the prize is through visual reminders. That’s why we’re obsessed with Pinterest, the free social-networking site that lets you create your own virtual inspiration boards, instantly.
But it’s also fun to share what works for you! So in the spirit of good health, we’re inviting you to pin the stuff that keeps you strong and healthy: The exercise moves, recipes, motivating quotes, fitness gear, and more. A panel of FITNESS judges will check out the submitted boards and five winners will score a $100 American Express gift card.
Here’s How to Enter:
- Follow FitnessMagazine on Pinterest.
- Create a new Pinterest board entitled “The Skinny Pins Contest – Fitness Mag.”
- Fill that board with at least 10 pins. Of those 10 pins, at least 5 of them must be items (recipes, exercises, etc.) pinned from FitnessMagazine.com.
- Each pin’s description must explain why or how the pinned content keeps you in shape. Are tricep kickbacks your never-miss move at the gym? Do you keep the weight off with Greek yogurt? Tell us! This step is very important with the judging.
- Once your pinboard is complete, enter the contest by submitting the board’s exact url here.
Pinboards will be judged on effectiveness and believability of the pinned content, originality, adherence to the contest rules, and understanding of the FITNESS lifestyle and voice. The contest is open from May 1 through May 31.
Disclaimer: You must be a member of Pinterest.com to enter and you must follow Fitness Magazine on Pinterest. If you do not have a Pinterest account, you can sign up here.
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Just a reminder for FITNESS readers who live close to Miami…swing on by the MBVT on Saturday and Sunday! Click the image for more info.
As some of you may remember, FITNESS teamed up with SpaFinder to score you early-access to their Wellness Week bookings. We have more good news: Now we’re giving away five $50 SpaFinder gift certificates! Woohoo!
To enter, just go here and fill out the easy-peasy form.
And then, why not pop on over to SpaFinder and check out their $50 and 50% deals? (Organic facials, hydrating body wraps, airbrush tans, and more…) Wellness Week is March 19-25, so book soon!
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