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Sweat Like a Celebrity—For Pennies

Written on November 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm , by

Stone’s bootcamp app is available beginning on December 1. (Image courtesy of Lacey Stone)

“If only I could afford a personal trainer and chef to work with me every day, maybe I’d have a body like Halle Berry.” Sound familiar? With legions of new fitness apps being released by celebrity trainers, you can train like a star in you own home or gym.

One recent release that caught our eye: Lacey Stone’s Extreme Bootcamp. Nicole Kidman, Amanda Seyfried, Brooke Shields and more have called Stone, a former college basketball and tennis player, their trainer. “I had many people tell me, ‘I wish I could take you with me in my pocket.’ I thought creating an app would be the easiest way to help everyone get fit,” Stone says. So that’s why she developed her new bootcamp app, available in app stores starting December 1 (just in time to help you squeeze in some quick workouts during the hectic holiday season). Click for video previews of the segments, which range from Abs & Arms to Medicine Ball & Cones.

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Fit Blogger We Love: A Nutritionist Eats

Written on November 29, 2012 at 11:57 am , by

Emily has been sharing recipes on her blog for nearly four years.

Thanksgiving may be over, but we’re still in the middle of prime food celebration season. Luckily, we can all learn some tasty tips from Emily at A Nutritionist Eats about how to find a healthy balance. (She aims to eat mostly fruits, vegetables, lean protein and “good” fats with the occasional cookie or plate of nachos). We asked Emily to share how she strikes that balance, what she likes to do to stay active and how she uses up Thanksgiving leftovers (recipe included!).

Favorite way to exercise: Spinning! I belong to a cycling and yoga studio and try to go three to four times a week. Yoga comes in at a close second, although I don’t do it nearly as much as I should.

Go-to fit snack: Lately my afternoon snack is an apple and string cheese. It satisfies my sweet and salty craving and contains protein and fiber to keep me satisfied until dinner.

Gym Bag Must-Have: I have a huge, stuffed gym bag. I really only use my bag if I’m working out in the morning which means I’ve gotten up early so I definitely need my under-eye cream!

5 things I can’t live without: Coffee, kale, cheese, the Internet and restaurants.

My biggest indulgence: Cheeseburger and fries—I love them!

For a simple recipe from Emily, click below.

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Hot Topic Tuesday: Do You Size Up Others at the Gym?

Written on November 20, 2012 at 9:18 am , by

Do you team up with—or size up—fellow gym-goers? (Photo by Sarah Kehoe)

What’s your first thought when you step foot in a gym? Perhaps you make a mental note to refill your water bottle. Or maybe you’re selecting what playlist will be your soundtrack today.

According to one recent study, many young women think about the other women in the room—in particular, their size. College undergrads were more likely to use a piece of equipment near a fit woman when she was wearing baggy clothing and padding to appear larger compared to when that same woman was wearing fitted apparel without padding. Researchers believe that body image-conscious young women might feel more comfortable and fitter when compared to their less athletic-looking neighbor.

We like to focus on our own goals, abilities and accomplishments, and think of others at the gym as potential workout buddies! No matter what shape or size you—or they—are, the greatest feeling is when you improve upon your personal best. But we want to hear from you…

Now tell us: Are you in your own world the minute you step foot in the gym, or do you size up those who are exercising nearby? Can you “judge a book by its cover” in terms of fitness anyway?

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The Quirky Way A “Vampire Diaries” Star Stays Fit

Written on November 6, 2012 at 9:00 am , by

You may also recognize 28-year-old DeVitto from “One Tree Hill.” (Photo by Marc Cartwright)

Often, when you read interviews with celebrities about their fitness routines, you hear about their frequent appointments with trainers. Some even travel with their workout gurus!

That’s why it was refreshing to speak Torrey DeVitto of “The Vampire Diaries” and “Pretty Little Liars,” who prefers to sweat at home and with the masses at the gym. Keep reading to find out what else DeVitto does to stay healthy with a busy filming schedule.

Tell us about your fitness routine.

I used to be really into Pilates and hot yoga. I have a friend whose fiance is really into CrossFit, and right around the time when I learned that, I had watched the movie Warrior. I was inspired to try CrossFit myself! I’ve been going three times a week for the past month and love it. It’s so much fun, almost like a relay, and is always different. I’m so much stronger already.

My other fitness hobby is hula hoop dancing! After seeing a photo of a friend doing it on Facebook, I asked my mom for a Hoopnotica kit for Christmas. The hoop came with a DVD and I learned every move. I’d say I do it for an hour a day. Sometimes I just hoop along to music on YouTube, other times I take it to the park. I’d never been as sore in my life as I was when I was learning how to use the hoop.

Wow! It sounds like you’re very active. What do you eat to fuel all of your exercise?

I try so hard to eat well, but have to admit that I eat like crap sometimes. I’m such a sucker for bagels and barbecue chips. I don’t count calories, but try to eat the way my body wants me to eat most of the time. I love to grab cranberry tuna salads and kale salads from Whole Foods.

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Chef Danny Boome Takes Your Comfort Food Menu to “Recipe Rehab”

Written on October 30, 2012 at 10:30 am , by

Host Danny Boome eats well to fuel his active lifestyle–he recently started CrossFit! (Photo by Vanessa Stump)

Take one easy-on-the-eyes English chef, mix in a selection of all of our favorite comfort food meals, add two all-star cooks with an eye towards health and stir.

That’s the formula for Recipe Rehab, a new TV show airing on ABC stations. Each episode of the show, hosted by Danny Boome (left), features one dish that traditionally is a calorie bomb (spaghetti with meatballs or macaroni and cheese, for example). Two accomplished gourmets duke it out in the kitchen to see who can create the most flavorful—and healthful—makeover.

We caught up with Boome to find out what makes this program stand out among all of the cooking shows on air and to learn how we can lighten up any of our favorite meals.

What do you think most home cooks do wrong in terms of the health factor of their meals?

Why do we always have to buy full-fat or full-sodium products? Swap in reduced-sodium and low-fat and use your spice rack frequently. It also helps if you buy seasonally. Butternut squash tastes so much better—and is way more affordable—now rather than during summer.

Great advice! There are a lot of food shows on TV. What convinced you to sign on to the Recipe Rehab team?

It’s much fresher than the “stand and stir” shows. The competition adds energy, but it’s still educational. We’re not lecturing. You don’t have to cut everything out, but we show viewers how to make good choices

Keep reading for Boome’s greatest lessons learned on set, plus a winning “unfried” chicken recipe from the show.

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Music Monday: A Playlist to Pace Your Home Workout

Written on October 22, 2012 at 9:35 am , by

Listen up! (Photo courtesy of Bryan McCay)

We’ve all been there: It’s an “off” day at the gym. Your workout feels more challenging than usual and the clock can’t move fast enough. Then the right song comes pumping through your earbuds (cue Kanye West with “Stronger”) and everything falls into place. Your feet start stepping to the beat, you forget about your worries and are finally happy to be exercising.

Matt Basso, president of Iron Lotus Personal Training, is a strong believer that the right playlist can transform a sweat session. So much so that he’s produced all of the music for each of the workouts in his new DBX3 program so that the pace lines up perfectly with the routines for an extra motivation boost. Read on for his dance and pop music picks, and a workout tailor-made for this Music Monday mix.

  • “Too Long/Steam Machine” The consistent pulse builds, and since it’s live, “it’s like they’re cheering you to get started,” says Basso.
  • “Don’t Wake Me Up” The intro allows you enough time to grab a kettlebell and swing along to the driving beat, Basso suggests.
  • “Cry (Just a Little)” Do jumping jacks during this tune with 120 beats per minute (BPMs), the ideal tempo for cardio and dance.
  • “The Way You Make Me Feel” “Do I even need to explain how hard Michael Jackson grooves? This song is ideal for some seated rows and push-ups,” Basso says.
  • “The Night Out (Madeon Remix)” Get inspired by the 17-year-old DJ who created this remix (“he could make you happy doing the hardest exercises,” Basso says) and knock out burpees for as long as you can for the duration of this 120 BPM song.
  • “Electric Feel (Justice Remix)” The tempo slows a bit, so pick the kettlebell back up and swing again.
  • “Right Round” and “Da Funk” Freestyle! Try something new or your favorite moves from above through the hip-hop and dance beats.

Fit Blogger We Love: Spa Bettie

Written on October 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm , by

True, her name’s Kristina, but you can find her on her blog, Spa Bettie!

Ah, the spa lifestyle. Waking up and playing a low-stress tennis match, sneaking off for a massage and wrapping up the day with a nutritious meal. It’s vacation for most, but for spa director Kristina, these are events that she thinks about daily, and she tries to infuse these ideals into her own lifestyle. It’s a treat to follow along on her blog, Spa Bettie, as Kristina lives according to her personal philosophy: “Clean eating and fun movement balanced with the right amount of indulgence.”

So what is Kristina’s favorite way to start her day and how does she make eating clean feel indulgent (besides with these irresistible chocolate peanut butter pancakes)? Read on to find out.

My favorite way to work out: It’s an unappreciated workout—I love my treadmill! I know the value of a good weight workout and I also love tennis and rollerskating!

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: “Brandy” by Looking Glass. Yep, I like the oldies. An upbeat song I can sing to gives me energy and that’s all I need. It’s also my favorite karaoke song…

My fitness mantra: “I never regret a workout.” When I am running, I am chasing that runner’s high. When I am playing tennis, it’s to get that perfect shot. Skiing down a hill, to have fun and go fast! Fitness to me is about motivation. It’s fun and goal-oriented.

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Hot Topic Tuesday: Who’s Your Pick For Fittest President?

Written on October 16, 2012 at 10:15 am , by

This time of year, politicians are known for throwing verbal jabs during heated debates (like the second presidential one taking place tonight). But how do the candidates’ jab-cross kickboxing combos stack up?

Gold’s Gym recently surveyed 4,000 Americans to “exercise their right to vote” for the nation’s fittest president. Click here to learn more about the top 12 nominees, and keep reading to find which five were selected as fittest:

President Harry Truman, voted 12th fittest president, was known for leaving his Secret Service in the dust during daily speed walks! (Image courtesy of Gold’s Gym)

  1. Barack Obama: Our country’s current leader is an avid basketball player who frequently plays pick-up games on the White House tennis court, which he had converted into a half basketball court.
  2. George W. Bush: The second Bush in office is the first president who completed a marathon (he ran one in less than four hours!). He also enjoys cycling.
  3. George Washington: You might not guess that this strong military man was also a stellar dancer!
  4. Theodore Roosevelt: While on a 1,500-mile expedition to help map a South American river, this adventurer challenged his fitness and lost 57 pounds.
  5. Gerald Ford: He could have been a Green Bay Packer or Chicago Bear had politics not been in the picture—he was offered contracts to play with both after playing football on a scholarship at the University of Michigan.

Now tell us: Which commander in chief do you think is/was our country’s best fitness role model? And do you take a candidate’s health habits into account when heading to the voting booth?

Fit Links: A Destination Race To-Do List and Low-Calorie Comfort Food

Written on October 12, 2012 at 9:15 am , by

If you’re doing a race on the road, don’t forget to pack some comfy travel clothes for after the event! (Photo by Bert Meadows)

This week’s fit links from around the web:

Fit Links: 6 Must-Do Office Stretches and a Delicious Fall Dessert

Written on October 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm , by

We found a peanut butter cup recipe that isn’t just shaped like a pumpkin—it’s filled with some too! (Photo by Amy Haskell)

This week’s fit links from around the web: