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Hot Topic Tuesday: Are Kids’ Pole Dancing Classes OK or Too Risque?

Written on September 11, 2012 at 11:50 am , by

Don't try this at home?

If Toddlers and Tiaras makes you uncomfortable, wait until you read this. A dance and fitness studio in Canada has announced that it is offering pole dancing classes for kids. Duncan’s Twisted Grip Dance and Fitness Studio on Vancouver Island in British Columbia says that these Little Spinners classes are about fitness, not sexuality, and that kids’ sessions will not involve provocative moves.

While we’ll admit that pole dancing is one heck of a workout (and a fun one, too!) and that kids today do need to get more exercise, we’re not sure if we want girls (and boys) as young as 5 learning dances that originally had sexual connotations. What happened to the good old jungle gym or soccer camp?

Tell us: What do you think? Is Little Spinners a good idea, or should the pole be limited to adults only?

Fit Links: Wacky and Inspiring Videos and Labor Day Weekend Tips

Written on August 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm , by

This week’s fit links from around the web:

Hot Topic Tuesday: Too Heavy for Treatment?

Written on August 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm , by

Is this doc giving the right Rx?

We might need to step on our scales before setting up the next doctor’s visit. A Massachusetts primary care physician has implemented a policy of refusing patients who are over 200 pounds, citing concern for her employees. Dr.  Helen Carter of Shrewsbury, MA says that she decided to stop seeing overweight patients after her staff suffered injuries trying to accommodate people over 250 pounds. We didn’t think this was legal, but according to the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs, doctors have the freedom to determine what kind of patient-physician relationships to pursue, as this WCVB.com story points out. One of her former patients, Ida Davidson, who was turned away because of her weight, thinks this policy is just the doctor’s way of avoiding “too much work.”

Tell us: Whose side are you on? Do you think Dr. Carter is being fair or discriminatory?

Music Monday: Silver and Gold Playlist from Fitterati Iowa Girl Eats

Written on August 27, 2012 at 9:25 am , by

Variety makes things, including workouts, fun and interesting, so to keep our music playlists fresh we asked our Fitterati bloggers for their get-sweaty mixes. This week, we have Iowa Girl Eats‘ Kristin’s list, which she describes as “a fun mix of new faves and oldies but goodies that always get me excited to hear what’s coming next!”

Tell us: What are your favorite workout songs?

Low-Calorie Cocktails to Make Summer Last

Written on August 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm , by

We’re still in denial that summer is almost at an end. To make the most of the last few weeks of warm weather, beach trips and barbecues, we’re sipping on these fruity cocktails made with Voli Light Mango Coconut vodka–each with under 100 calories. Cheers!

Miami Mojito (Photo courtesy of Voli Light Vodka)

Miami Mojito


  • 1 1/2 oz Voli Mango Coconut vodka
  • 3 lime wedges
  • Mango chunks
  • 1 pack Stevia sweetener
  • 6 mint leaves
  • Soda water

Pour ingredients into a highball glass over ice and garnish with mint leaves and mango chunks.

Approximately 85 calories.


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Announcing Our Pinterest Contest Winners!

Written on August 16, 2012 at 9:57 am , by

It was a tough (but fun!) time judging the entries for our Skinny Pins Pinterest Contest, but we’ve finally chosen our top five boards. Looking through your go-to exercises, gear, recipes and motivational quotes gave us an inspiration boost!  Here are winning boards and some notable pins:

Stacey Sanchez:

FITNESS eds all said “Aww” when we saw Stacey’s pins about her family and fitness motivation.

 Eve McGee-Malone:

We didn’t anticipate seeing Miss Piggy in these boards, but Eve’s story behind her weight loss caught our attention.

 Read on for more winners. Read more

Looking Forward to the Winter Olympics With Pro Snowboarder Torah Bright

Written on August 10, 2012 at 8:33 am , by

Snowboarder Torah Bright (Photo courtesy of Roxy)

Summer may be Olympic Snowboarder Torah Bright’s downtime, but she already has the 2014 Winter Games on her mind. This summer, when she’s not on the beach, she’s doing something active like bike riding, tennis, yoga or doing some plyometric work on her own, then it’s off to New Zealand for training to qualify for the next winter Olympics. She talked to us about preparing for the Games, her favorite Olympic moments and designing her line of snowboarding gear for Roxy, the Roxy Bright Edition.

How do you gear up for a winter competition?

“I practice on the snow and ride a bike and do yoga to work off the lactic acid that builds up throughout the day. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but three hours of working on tricks and hiking up the pike is draining.”

What body parts are important for snowboarding?

“It’s whole body. You don’t use your upper body per se but it’s part of your motions. You can hurt your shoulders so it’s important to keep that strong. The main focus is on the legs, butt, abs for sure. But you can hurt your shoulders and arms easily, too. When you’re stronger overall, the less harmful your injuries are.” Read more

5 Olympic Moments with Ryan Hall

Written on August 7, 2012 at 10:42 am , by

Marathoner Ryan Hall (Photo Courtesy of NBC Olympics)

With a less than a week away from the Men’s Marathon in the 2012 London Olympics, Marathoner Ryan Hall took the time to answer our questions about his Olympic moments. Get a glimpse into the life of  the American Half Marathon and Olympic Trials record holder:

1) Tell us about your first “Holy sh*t, I’m an Olympian!” moment, in regards to the 2012 Games.

We were lucky to get our qualify out of the way back in January so I’ve had a long time to soak in the fact that I’ll be returning to the Olympics.  I don’t think it hit me that I was going to qualify for the London Olympics till I came down the final 100 meters to the finish line in Houston.  In the marathon anything can happen so I was just trying not to pass out and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  I think it was the longest last mile of my life.
2) During the Trials or Games, what was your most challenging moment to get through?

I was having some stomach problems in the race because I was taking Aleve to take the edge off some foot problems I had been battling with leading up to the Trials.  As a result of the stomach problems I wasn’t able to take in my usual calories or fluids which  lead to an out of body experience around mile 23.  The last 3 miles of a marathon is always hard but this was like I was outside of my body watching as my body was trying to tell me it was out of energy and strength.  I was in second at the time but I wasn’t sure I was even going to make it to the finish line let alone finish in the top 3 and earn my spot on the Olympic Team.  I prayed for strength and thought of my wife waiting for me at the finish line and somehow, by the grace of God, I made it.

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Fit Links: Olympics Mania!

Written on July 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm , by

Hey there, Ryan Lochte. (Photo by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Olympics)

This week’s fit links from around the web, 2012 Olympics edition:



Now tell us: Which Olympic event are you looking forward to the most?

Olympic Moments With Heather O’Reilly…and an adidas Giveaway!

Written on July 27, 2012 at 9:00 am , by

You can win this adidas adizero gift box, with sneakers autographed by the Olympian herself!

We’re only hours away from kicking off the 2012 Olympics! What better way to start the Games than with some insider information from an Olympian herself…and free workout gear? We asked U.S. Soccer Midfielder Heather O’Reilly about her top Olympic moments and how you can win an adidas gift box including the running shoes she wears to train and cleats signed by O’Reilly herself.

Tell us about your first “Holy sh*t, I’m an Olympian!” moment, in regards to the 2012 Games.

“It was when we ran out for warm ups for a preparation game versus China last month. The Olympic team was just announced a couple a days before, and that was the first time we took the field for a game knowing the Olympic roster. It was like ‘Ok, this is us. This is the group that is going to be on this amazing journey together.’”

During the Trials or Games, what was your most challenging moment to get through?

“We had a really difficult training camp in Florida in April. It was our fitness camp, when we grinded the hardest. We pretty much had two training sessions a day for two weeks, and it was really hot. It was tough to get through some sessions.”

During the Trials or Games, what was your most personally satisfying moment?

“Our Olympic qualifying tournament. I scored a lot of goals and had a bunch of assists in that tournament and came away feeling confident personally and like our team had fire in us. We were on a mission.”

Tell us about your favorite moment from meeting another athlete/celebrity?

“In the 2008 Olympics, we met Ronaldinho, the famous Brazilian soccer player. Our teams were staying at the same hotel. They were crazy and so much fun. They were always dancing and playing the drums, even inside the hotel. We exchanged some jerseys with them, (ok, mostly they just gave us theirs) and hung out for a bit.”

Now, here’s how you can feel like an Olympian too: We’re giving away one adidas adizero Feather 2 gift box, which includes one pair of adizero Feather 2 lightweight running shoes, the adizero f50 soccer shoe signed by Heather O’Reilly, and one adizero “Light You Up” tee. Official rules here. O’Reilly trains with the adizero Feather 2 shoes herself. “Wearing these for my training helps because they are the lightest footwear around,” she says.

How you can enter to win: Simply leave a comment on this post. Let the games begin!

8/16 UPDATE: Congratulations to Lyndall Mae for winning this giveaway! We hope you enjoy your prize!