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1 Million Fans Giveaway Rules

Written on October 15, 2012 at 10:19 am , by

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Void outside the 50 United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, at the time of entry. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this sweepstakes.


SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The 1 Million Fans Giveaway (“Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“E.T.”) on January 15, 2014, and ends at 11:59 p.m., E.T. on January 15, 2014 (“Sweepstakes Period”).

SPONSOR:  Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa (“Sponsor”).

HOW TO ENTER: During the Sweepstakes Period, visit http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/blogs/fitstop/ and follow the instructions for entry. There is no cost to enter. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the entry process will be void. Comments that are obscene, crude, offensive or not in keeping with the Sponsor’s image, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, will be removed and all associated entries will be void. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., E.T. on January 16, 2014 to be eligible. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

By submitting an entry, entrant hereby grants permission for the comment entrant submitted to be posted on http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/blogs/fitstop/. Entrant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of any comments by third parties.

LIMIT: One (1) entry per person and per email address. Entries received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limitation will be void. You may only use one (1) email address to enter this Sweepstakes.

ELIGIBILITY: This Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older. Employees of Sponsor, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Sweepstakes and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (regardless of where they reside) or household members, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” shall mean spouses, parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, and their respective spouses. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year.

WINNER SELECTION/DRAWING: On or about January 17, 2014, Sponsor will conduct a random drawing from among all eligible entries received to select one (1) potential winner for one (1) potential prize. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential winners will be notified via email and/or mail and may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, IRS W9 form, and Release of Liability/Publicity within ten (10) days of date of notification or an alternate winner may be selected in a random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact a potential winner or a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate winner may be selected.

PRIZES (1): Three (3) Sparkly Soul Thin Headbands; Three (3) Sparkly Soul Wide Headbands; One (1) Chicbuds Arts Earbuds; One (1) TruEnergy In-Ear Inspired Headphones; One (1) Zumba Fitness World Party Game; One (1) Sexy Abs Cardio Sculpt with Kelly Rowland and Hollywood Trainer Jeanette Jenkins DVD; One (1) The Biggest Loser 8-Minute Body Blasters DVD; One (1) New Balance Elite Track Jacket. Total ARV: $286.

Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. Winners may not substitute, assign or transfer prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Winners are responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes, if any, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided.  All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

PRIVACY:  When you enter the Sweepstakes, we collect personally identifying information about you, including your name and email address.  Your email address will not be sold or rented to third parties. For more information about how Sponsor uses the information you provide, see Sponsor’s privacy policy at www.fitnessmagazine.com. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS SWEEPSTAKES.

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that:  (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at a AAA regional office in New York, NY; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages including attorney’s fees or any other damages, other than for entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Sweepstakes), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

RELEASES:  By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to release Sponsor, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Sweepstakes and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Sweepstakes and/or acceptance, use or misuse of any prize.

OTHER: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, undelivered, garbled or misdirected entries or comments; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries or comments, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Sweepstakes-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading materials from or use of the website.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this Sweepstakes if the Sweepstakes is compromised by virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention, or any other causes which, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, proper play or integrity of the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it believes has tampered with the entry process.  In the event of cancellation or termination, Sponsor reserves the right to select the potential winners in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to date of cancellation or termination. In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account associated with the entry and he/she must comply with these Official Rules.  The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE  LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Except where prohibited by law, entry constitutes permission to use each entrant’s name, hometown (city and state), voice, biographical information, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Sweepstakes in all media now known or hereafter discovered, for any purpose, including without limitation, in connection with, and to promote, market or advertise, the Sweepstakes, in whole or in part, without review, approval, credit or attribution, notification or payment from or to entrant or any person or entity, worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winner’s list, if applicable. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Winner may be issued an IRS 1099 tax form in the amount of the prize retail value as stated herein.

WINNERS’ NAMES: For the name of the winner, available after January 17, 2014, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Winner’s List, FitnessMagazine.com Sweepstakes, 805 Third Ave., Floor 25, New York, NY 10022.

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Why You Should Shop a Little Smarter This Month

Written on October 10, 2012 at 10:34 am , by

Look for this seal when you shop for the Fair Trade stamp of approval. (Photo courtesy Fair Trade USA)

Written by Ashley Koff, R.D. FITNESS advisory board member and founder of Ashley Koff Approved

October is a unique time of year.  As summer ends and winter approaches, we make changes to adjust our bodies and minds.  The changing of seasons is a great time to think about our health and power – individually and globally. It’s an important time to learn about women’s empowerment and health issues (such as breast cancer awareness), but also another issue that affects women and sustainable food production directly–Fair Trade Month. It’s a time to think about how everyday purchases affect the lives of millions of families who produce the food that feeds us.

You may think of Fair Trade as a label for your daily cup of coffee, but do you know what’s behind it? Fair Trade certification helps to improve the lives of women and their families across the globe, as well as protect the environment. This really hit home for me when I heard is the story of Maria Filha de Jesus, a coffee farm worker in Brazil who has needed eyeglasses for many years but could not afford them (she is 60!); it was getting harder and harder to do her job and see at home. Now that Maria works on a Fair Trade farm, she receives a wealth of benefits and finally got her long overdue pair of glasses that will allow her to continue working with the ability to pick the best beans possible.

Everyone can help women like Maria with the power of their dollar. Buying Fair Trade Certified products like tea, coffee, chocolate and produce (among others) not only guarantees that you are getting quality products, it means mothers, children and communities worldwide get paid fairly which translates into better healthcare, social care, environmental care and so much more.

That’s why this month is the perfect time to celebrate women’s health and empowerment through your everyday choices. Creating big impact is easy. For example, simply swap one of your staple grocery items with a Fair Trade Certified product. Why not upgrade your morning caffeine routine by switching your typical brew for a cup of Fair Trade Certified coffee paired with a Fair Trade Certified banana? It’s that simple, and makes a bigger difference than you think.

Read on for a Fair Trade recipe perfect for fall from Koff. Read more

The 7-Year Breast Cancer Survivor: One Woman’s Story

Written on October 5, 2012 at 10:00 am , by

Eloise is using her experiences from battling breast cancer to help others going through the same diagnosis. (Photo courtesy of Avon Walk for Breast Cancer)

Eloise Caggiano is the program director for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and a 7-year breast cancer survivor herself. Below, she shares her story as well as what to say and do if someone you know has been diagnosed.

I was a 33-year-old woman living in New York City with great friends, an active social life, a successful career in public relations, two marathons under my belt and a gym membership card tattered from overuse. All was well in my world. Then I received my breast cancer diagnosis and everything changed. My life was consumed with fighting breast cancer–five surgeries, four months of chemotherapy, shedding my long hair and definitely some tears.

Once I was diagnosed and going through treatments, I could have easily wallowed in my misery, complained, and stayed home feeling sorry for myself. Instead, I chose to get up every day like a “normal” person, get dressed, pop on my wig, and go to work. It wasn’t always easy and I had to adjust my workload because I didn’t always feel well and was pretty tired, but I knew if I went to work it would make the day go faster, I’d feel more productive and chances are, at some point during the day someone would make me laugh. None of that would happen if I stayed home on my couch by myself. It was important to me to keep as many things as “normal” as possible — I wanted to feel like I still had some normalcy in my life, like going to work, going to the gym, spending time with friends.

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Best Bodies at the 2012 Emmy Awards

Written on September 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm , by

We’ve got biceps-envy. (Copyright © 2012 ABC, Inc. / Matt Brown)

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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Victoria Azarenka Talks That U.S. Open Talk

Written on August 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm , by

Tennis champ Vika Azarenka (Photo courtesy of vikaazarenkatennis.com)

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.

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Music Monday: Girl Power Playlist

Written on August 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm , by

Who run the world? Girls! (Photo by Cheyenne Ellis)

– 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.

Fun, Fit, Fab: A Miami Getaway

Written on August 3, 2012 at 10:14 am , by

At Turnberry much of the cuisine is prepared with seasonally fresh ingredients from the hotel chef’s garden.

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

Surprise Giveaway!

Written on July 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm , by

It’s Friday!

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.

Good luck!

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Title IX Talk at the Olympic Trials: What the Athletes Are Thankful For

Written on July 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm , by

Thank you Title IX for letting us run. (Photo courtesy Laura Doss)

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.”

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Our (Yummy, Guilt-Free) Lunch With Jillian Michaels

Written on May 4, 2012 at 10:44 am , by

Guest post written by Kelly Mickle

Nutritious meals with a tight schedule? Michaels says it is possible.

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.

Yes, dessert is on the menu!

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!”