Written on September 4, 2013 at 11:19 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Kristen Haney, editorial intern
It’s no secret that surfers look great in a bikini, but balancing on the board isn’t the only thing that keeps them in killer shape. To keep in top competition form, pro surfer Carissa Moore relies on a winning combo of hitting the gym with a personal trainer and relaxing with her family, and her work-life balance has definitely paid off. The laidback Hawaii native scored a Target sponsorship in 2009 after becoming the youngest surfer to win a Vans Triple Crown, was the first woman to grace the cover of Surfer magazine in 14 years, and is the top contender for the ASP Women’s World Tour Champion title this year after winning the U.S. Open with two events left. Oh, and did we mention she accomplished all this before turning 21? Before she jetted off to France and Portugal to compete, Moore spilled on Hawaii’s down-under equivalent, the workout equipment that even throws off her stability, and her surprisingly laid back plans for a milestone birthday.
How did you first get involved with surfing?
I started when I was four or five years old, and it was actually my dad who got me into it. We still surf together almost every day, which is really cool.
It sounds like you’re very close with your family. How do you balance those relationships with your busy competition schedule?
I just have a really good support team. Everyone around me makes time for me and they want to be there when they can, and I’m very fortunate that I can bring both my dad and my boyfriend on tour with me. It just keeps me really happy on the road. I have fun balancing it all.
What’s been your favorite place to visit?
New Zealand is beautiful. If I had to live anyplace else it would probably be there because the people are really close to the type of people in Hawaii, where they’re just really warm and welcoming and easy to talk to.
How do you prepare for something like the U.S. Open? What different workouts do you do on land?
Of course, I think the best training for surfing is surfing, but I do have a personal trainer that I work with about three times a week when I’m at home. I do most of my training when I’m home, and then when I go on the road it’s more of just maintaining and being healthy, happy and surfing really well.
Yankees’ Relief Pitcher David Robertson Talks Baseball, Charity Work and What He Loves Most About Fit Women
Written on August 20, 2013 at 10:50 am , by Samantha Shelton
Going to the Home Run Derby is one of those things you can bet your guy has on his “To Do Before I Die” bucket list. And since the famous fundraising event moves from city to city each summer, it’s that much harder to land a ticket. Lucky for us, this year’s Derby landed right here in New York City at Citi Field. Announcing their new status as an official MLB sponsor, Lipton graciously hosted this major baseball fan to watch hit after hit (along with a mini concert from Pit Bull – “Feel This Moment” is just as good live, FYI), then introduced me to Yankees’ relief pitcher David Robertson. Read on to see how our chat went – trust me, you want to: He let us in on the most attractive look fit women rock.
Lipton is now an official MLB sponsor. Are you excited to be partnering with them?
I am! I’m really excited because these guys sent me like five or six cases of tea, and I drink the green tea all the time. I love it. I buy it all the time anyway, so now that they sent me some, my fridge is stocked. It’s become my morning routine to just grab one of the green teas with citrus and suck it down. I feel like I get my little caffeine boost and I’m hydrated; ready for the day.
Every home run tonight equals a donation to a few select charities. If you could choose any charity yourself, which would be your pick?
Well, I have my own charity. It’s High Socks for Hope, and we do disaster relief. Right now we’re helping Hurricane Sandy victims. We started the charity because my hometown, Tuscaloosa, AL, was hit by a tornado and it destroyed over 15 percent of the town. I knew friends and people that lost everything, so we kind of made it our off-the-field job to help regroup, bringing out goodie bags and figuring out how to take the next step in the rebuilding process. We do a lot of furnishing homes and work with Habitat for Humanity. So I’d say give it to us because we will use that money. We’ve helped thousands of families and we’ll help thousands more.
I’m from upstate New York, and my hometown recently experienced a ton of flooding. It’s the same thing: People I grew up with had their homes destroyed.
And no one realizes that when it’s a year later, not everything’s been fixed. That’s where we can step in and help. We know people who, just to get their houses cleaned up, it takes nine or ten months. They don’t have any money left to buy furniture. So we buy them furniture, mattresses, beds, sofas, anything. Anything we can give them, we do.
Written on August 14, 2013 at 10:48 am , by Samantha Shelton
You know her as a U.S. Olympic softball player, but in the last few years, Jennie Finch has proven to be quite the well-rounded athlete. After hanging up her glove and settling into motherhood, Finch has taken the fitness world by storm, tackling major events like the New York City Marathon. This summer, she did it again and dominated a completely new-to-her sport: the triathlon. After swimming, biking and running in the New York City Triathlon – finishing in 2:51:15 – we caught up with the supermom to find out how she felt on race day, and whether we’ll see her back in the Hudson River any time soon.
You conquered the New York City Marathon in 2011, and now the triathlon. What made you want to do it?
Actually, my coach and a girl who ran the marathon with me are both triathletes and they wanted me to do it. And then Aquaphor wanted to know if I was interested, and it’s a brand that’s been in my house since my [softball] playing days. Now that I’m a mom, I use it on my kiddos. It looked like a fun challenge, so I figured why not?
Did you have any kind of experience in swimming and biking before signing on?
Other than riding my beach cruiser in high school and playing marco polo in the pool, I didn’t do anything. I didn’t know how to breathe properly or even freestyle properly in the swim. It was all so new and I was just tapping into a new community. It’s been fun to get in and figure it out.
Which part of the tri was your favorite?
I thought running would be my favorite leg, but running after swimming and biking is a whole different ball game. I’ve grown to love swimming, which I was most nervous about. It’s less stress on your body. Biking just took a long time to get the training miles in, but swimming was never more than an hour, which was refreshing and a nice change-up.
Written on August 9, 2013 at 9:57 am , by Samantha Shelton
Landon Donovan, David Beckham and, of course, the soon-to-be Bachelor, Juan Pablo – soccer players have the sleek physique we love to look at. But one thing all that hard work in the sun is doing (besides giving them chiseled abs)? Wrecking their skin. So Donovan, one of the top pro players for the LA Galaxy, teamed up with The Skin Cancer Foundation to help spread the word and prevent the red (Seriously, his pose to the right is cute, but we prefer less color). After years of sweating on the field all day without protection, one close-to-home diagnosis became a critical wake-up call. Find out what it is, and how he suggests getting the special guy in your life to slather on the sunscreen without being a nag.
Tell us a little bit about why you got involved with this initiative.
A few years back, my dad developed skin cancer. That was a little bit of a wake-up call for me, considering being out in the sun is something I do every day. When it all happened, my girlfriend at the time asked me bluntly, “You wear sunscreen every day, right?” And I hadn’t been. My whole life I had been outside playing in the sun and I had neglected something so important. So after my dad’s diagnosis, I became someone on the team who wore sunscreen regularly. There are a lot of people who are not educated and if we can help even just a few, it’s worth it.
Recent statistics say that 70 percent of men don’t know what skin cancer signs to look for, and half don’t wear sunscreen. Why do you think that is?
It’s a macho thing, an unaware thing. I don’t think people fully understand the dangers. It’s one thing if you go out once a week and you’re in a little bit of sunshine. But for me and many of the people I know, we’re out in the sun playing soccer every day, and it’s constant. It only takes a couple minutes to apply sunscreen and it can save your life.
Do the numbers surprise you?
On the surface, it’s a surprising number. But when I think about people I know and guys I play with, it’s not all that surprising. I think for the most part it’s an ignorance thing where people don’t really understand the danger involved. And for some people, I don’t know if it’s a lazy thing, or if they just really don’t think anything can happen to them. Like, “Oh, I don’t need it, I’m not going to be outside that long.” It’s a lack of action, so bringing up awareness will hopefully move them so that next time they go outside, maybe they’ll spend two minutes and put sunscreen on.
As a soccer player, you have to be out on the field a lot. What’s your sunscreen regimen?
I put sunscreen on about a half hour before I go out. For people that sweat a lot, it’s necessary to find sunscreen that is water resistant because if you put it on too late, it’s dripping in your eyes and that doesn’t feel good. If I’m not going to be outside for a long time, then I at least put on a hat and sunglasses and make sure I’m covered so that I’m not exposing myself directly.
Do you have a favorite brand you find works really well while you’re out being active?
I’m pretty easy as far as that stuff goes, so as long as it doesn’t go in my eyes, I’m good. I prefer the spray, but it’s easier to get the lotion in the locker room. The spray is nice because you don’t get it on your hand and it’s not greasy. I don’t want it to be greasy.
How can women help the men in their lives get more educated about skin safety?
Continue to push it so that they understand. I don’t know, by nature, men are just not as concerned or aware. Women are a lot more nurturing, I think, and want to take care of people, and understand inherently the dangers involved. So use that and make them be informed. I know it can be difficult, but I think being really blunt and letting them know that you care about them and you don’t want to see something bad happen to them would work. There are plenty of stories about people who get skin cancer and it goes undetected and you can die from it. If men can see that that’s a real possibility, it might get them to stop and think about it. Just continue to nag them because in the end, that part doesn’t matter. Saving their life does.
To get a little more sunscreen 411, we checked in with Joshua Zeichner, M.D., spokesperson for The Skin Cancer Foundation. More skin-saving advice:
Written on August 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Chloe Metzger, editorial intern
The FITNESS office has come down with a case of race-fever. It seems like every staffer and her brother/mother/significant other has either signed up for one and is in training, or they just kicked major asphalt. Granted, we are a little passionate over here—we recently crossed the happiest 5K and the New York City triathlon off our lists—but with fun races and Ironman events happening every weekend around the globe, how could you not get bitten by the fitness bug?
Of course, being excited about racing doesn’t necessarily make us seasoned experts. So we chatted with two of the most experienced triathlon pros, Jessica Jacobs, three-time Ironman winner, and Linsey Corbin, third-place winner at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and Kamut International spokesperson, and nabbed their top tips to help you train harder, race smarter and reach your ultimate goal. Away we go!
When training for the race…
Find a support group. “Having a group of people to train with is great because it promotes both healthy and social aspects,” says Corbin. “On days when you’re not that motivated, you have people who are holding you accountable, while still giving you a fun, social outlet.” (No friends nearby to form a group? Don’t sweat it! You can find a local running club at Running in the USA.)
Set small goals. “Sometimes your ultimate, long-term goal can be pretty daunting, especially if it’s to run a marathon or complete the Ironman,” says Corbin. “Having lots of small goals that act as stepping stones will help you stay motivated while you reach that major milestone.” For a step-by-step guide to get you started, follow one of our 5K, 10K, or half-marathon training schedules. Want to step it up to three sports? Check out our tri guide.
Have an inspiration. “When I don’t feel like training, I tell myself, ‘I don’t have to do this, I get to do this,’” says Jacobs, a former U.S. Army officer. “I see military veterans who have wounds and scars that prevent them from being able to do what they would otherwise be capable of doing. On my low motivation days, I suck it up and tell myself to do it for those people. They’re the ones inspiring me; it’s my honor to get to do what so many of them have fought for.”
Be consistent. Consistency is key to shaving big time off your triathlon, according to Corbin, who recently ran a half marathon in only 1:20:16. “Rather than be a superhero and try to fit in just one amazing workout of the week, you’re better off having really consistent training every day of the week, regardless of intensity level,” says Corbin. “By setting up that week-to-week foundation, you can build up to consistent month-to-month training. When your training has a purpose, you’ll start to see big fitness gains.”
Written on July 19, 2013 at 11:04 am , by Lauren Cardarelli
Jennie Garth is the definition of a supermom: She’s a mother of three and manages to juggle her career as an actress and director with family time. And don’t think a swamped schedule ever stands in this gal’s way of a good sweat—it’s obviously not a problem! The 40-year-old, notoriously known for her role as Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, has been flaunting a slim bod this summer and (holy teeny bikini) she’s never looked better. Sneaking in jogs and maintaining a healthy cuisine regime is key, Jennie told us this week when we chatted about her new passion project, Eye Saw Good. Read on to find out how you can donate and help kids’ eye care without ever whipping out your checkbook—plus Jennie’s must-do move for those six-pack abs!
What inspired you to connect with Alcon and Eye Saw Good?
I have three girls. Two of them are in glasses already and one of them wants glasses! It was startling to me to find out that one in four kids in America need vision correction and they don’t have access to it. So this is an opportunity for me to bring awareness to a campaign called Eye Saw Good. It’s a really interactive, fun way for everybody out there to get involved and feel good about something that they’re doing: Just take photos of something you consider to be good and positive and share them on Twitter with #eyesawgood. The hashtag triggers a donation to Kids Vision for Life, an organization that provides kids in need with glasses, eye care and exams. It’s a cool, sort of artistic, way for people to be a part of something. They just have to share their pictures; they don’t have to share their money!
Staying fit as a busy, working mom must be tough. How do you make time to keep up with fitness and a balanced diet?
It’s definitely challenging—I’ve been traveling so much lately. I do what I can wherever I am. I love running outside or just fast walking. All you need are sneakers! That’s how I do it—just mindful eating and continuing to stay active.
OK, spill. What’s your bikini body secret? Your abs are fab!
I like this ab move: Hold something behind your head (we suggest a weight, ball or your buddy’s ankles) and lift your legs up and down, like a straight pike. Just keep your abs tight the whole time! My other favorite is a handstand. Against a tree, a wall, or a person. It comes from yoga—I used to do yoga but haven’t been lately because I just can’t commit to a class schedule. It is one of my favorite yoga moves because it’s an arm wonder, too.
You rocked Dancing with the Stars a few seasons back. Do you still dance?
I don’t! I recently danced at a wedding and it was clear that I lost all my moves. I need a dancing partner; that’s my problem. Those are hard to find.
Best pump-up song on your workout playlist?
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Macklemore, and Dubstep is something that keeps me going. It’s funny to think that I’m running up the canyon listening to Dubstep!
What’s a healthy dish you whip up for a family dinner?
I’ve converted my kids to brown rice now, which I think is a great start if they’re going to eat a complex carb or starch. We drink a lot of coconut water at our house, and for oils, we love light olive or coconut oil.
Want to get involved with Jennie’s project? Do good with what you see. Simply “donate” a dollar by uploading your picture on Instagram or Twitter with #eyesawgood and help make a difference in children’s vision services, provided by Alcon’s The EyeSolution program and the Kids Vision for Life charity. Curious about what else Jennie has in the works? Be on the lookout for a forthcoming book and television show!
Written on July 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Chloe Metzger, editorial intern
Let’s be honest—summer isn’t really summer without a few awesome barbeques. Lucky for you, National BBQ day is this Saturday, giving you another reason to cook out (as if you needed it). To lighten up your grill this summer, we nabbed some tips from Top Chef: All-Stars winner Richard Blais to help you build a better, healthier burger this grilling season.
Buy the best ingredients. Make sure your meats and breads are fresh by either buying straight from the butcher or knowing what to look for. According to The Book of Steak, the easiest way to check the freshness of grocery store meat is to look at its plastic wrap. A sure sign that the meat has been sitting on the shelf for a while is if blood has pooled at the bottom of the packaging.
Know your temps. One of the most common grilling mistakes Blais sees is cooking at the wrong temperature. As a good rule of thumb, big pieces of meat or fish should be cooked at a lower temperature for a longer time.
Don’t leave leftovers…for too long. You don’t have to chow down that day, but meat doesn’t keep for very long post-purchase. The Book of Steak notes raw beef can be refrigerated in the bottom of the fridge for 3-5 days, but ground beef should be eaten within 1-2 days.
Customize your condiments. Get more nutritional bang for your buck by adding a splash of pomegranate juice to store-bought ketchup for a quick boost of tartness and antioxidants. Top your burger with good fats and great flavor by adding a few slices of avocado before chowing down.
Pump up your patty. Cut the calories and extend the portion size of your average burger by adding finely chopped mushrooms to ground beef or turkey to create a moist patty that’s packed with vitamin D, B, and potassium. Check out the Earth & Turf burger, Blais’ specialty, which blends portabella, shiitake and button mushrooms into a tasty creation. Best of all, this mushroom and beef blend has 25 percent less fat and 130 fewer calories than its all-beef counterpart. Yum!
Click below for the recipe!
Written on July 12, 2013 at 9:39 am , by Guest Blogger
Paige Claassen is a professional rock climber and the creator of the Lead Now program. FITNESS is kinda obsessed with her and will be following her journey for the next year. This intro video is worth watching because it will make you want to follow her journey, too!
By Paige Claassen
A few weeks ago, I packed up my life in the United States and hopped on a plane to the other side of the globe. As a professional rock climber and recent college graduate, I was ready to explore, learn and push my athletic goals.
My objective is a project I designed myself, called Marmot’s Lead Now Tour , in which I’ll rock climb around the world to raise money for charity. I’ll attempt climbs that push not only my personal limits, but also the standards of women in my sport—with hopes of raising $120,000 (in total) for twelve different non-profit organizations in the twelve different countries I’ll visit. Each of these organizations supports women and children who suffer from physical abuse, lack of education, hunger, sexual oppression, or natural disasters.
My motivation is to inspire other people through rock climbing. I began climbing at the age of nine, and this hobby-turned-lifestyle has kept me out of trouble, taught me the importance of hard work, and shaped my confidence and personality. I want children and young women of all backgrounds to experience the joy and motivation that comes from an activity that inspires them to get out of bed each day, and pursue something with all their heart. Each of us spends our life searching for that one thing we’re passionate about. Whether it’s the ability to attend school, run our own business, support our family or play a sport, every person deserves that hope.
I want you to be involved! I’ll be documenting my adventure here on The Fit Stop each month, so feel free to virtually join me in my adventure. This month, I’m climbing next to waterfalls in South Africa while giraffe and zebra watch from below. While I’m here, I’m raising money for Room to Read, an organization that builds schools and libraries and provides reading materials to children in South Africa’s 11 native languages. Help me meet my $10,000 goal by donating online at www.crowdrise.com/leadnowtour. Any amount will help provide these children with an education and the ability to enjoy the activities that we so often take for granted.
Questions? Comments? I’d love to hear from you!
Written on July 11, 2013 at 10:30 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Chloe Metzger, editorial intern
Summer is in full swing, and you know what that means—the hottest marathons are nearly here! If this is your first time running a major-distance race, the experience can be a bit overwhelming. From finding proper-fitting shoes to mastering pre-run jitters, there’s a lot to learn while powering through all those warm-weather training runs. Luckily, we talked to celeb trainer and FITNESS advisory board member Ashley Borden (Um, she’s worked with Ry Gos. Lucky gal!) to get the top tips every marathoner should know before lacing up her sneaks.
Don’t go at it alone. Developing training habits and discipline by yourself can be difficult, especially if you’re just starting out. “Really try to recruit a friend to help hold you accountable,” says Borden. “Sit down with your training partner and plan out workouts for the month, so it’s in your phone, on your calendar, and it’s non-negotiable.” No nearby friends and zero motivation? “Find a running club,” suggests Borden; “Look online—you’d be surprised by how many free running clubs are all over cities.” We love Road Runners Club of America for finding fellow pavement pounders nearby.
Make a plan. “If you have no idea what you’re doing, or it’s your first time, I cannot stress enough that you really need to be either online downloading a program that will help you understand how to space out your running, or you need to be working with a trainer,” explains Borden. “If you over-train, you’ll be broken down, and if you’re under-trained, you’ll be unprepared. Get a trainer or get a program.”
Find the perfect fit. When you’re running 26.2 miles (those .2 make a difference!) in the pouring rain and brutal heat, shoes can make or break you. “Go to a running store and have an expert watch you run to see what your feet are doing,” advises Borden. “They’ll be able to tell if you pronate or supinate, meaning your feet collapse in or roll out on impact.” After, they’ll make sure your feet land in the proper sneaks for every upcoming adventure. “The arches of your feet are the basis of your entire body’s performance,” says Borden. “So when you have the right support on the arches of the feet, you will notice a huge difference in comfort.”
If you are stuck dealing with blisters or raw skin from ill-fitting shoes, Borden recommends keeping some bandages in your gym bag. Her go-to? New Skin liquid bandage, which she keeps in a bubble-wrapped container for running emergencies.
Do your loop. Before race day, drive or bike the marathon route so you can visualize it before the big day. “When you see what you’re going to be doing, you’re not as defeated out the door on the first day,” says Borden. “You won’t be like, ‘When is this going to end? How long is another three miles?’ You’ll learn your distances and your mile markets when you’ve ridden through it.”
Get rolling. When you’re strength training and preparing for a marathon, recovery is crucial. “If you don’t have a foam roller, you better run to the store and embrace a foam roller as your new best friend,” says Borden. “The rolling out helps to flush lactic acid, which speeds recovery the next day and helps with both mobility and performance.” To prevent post-run ouch, roll out before and after you run to loosen up muscles.
Start a journal. “After each of your runs, record in a journal how you feel physically and mentally,” suggests Ashley. “Always note what you ate before the run and how you felt after, so you can chart how certain foods impact your performance.” Don’t be afraid to experiment during training runs. After all, you’ll need to follow the long-distance runner’s cardinal rule: Nothing new on race day!
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Written on July 10, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Cardarelli
Summer workouts are heating up and thanks to MISSION’s Enduracool products, cooling off is a snap—literally. Powered by Coolcore™, the patented technology is activated by moisture, perspiration and quick, whip movement to create an invigorating sensation so you can beat the heat during your workout, not throw in the towel. We put their Instant Cooling Arm Sleeves to the test recently with Detroit Lions running back (and recent daddy) Reggie Bush. Let’s just say burpees weren’t so bad with Reggie leading the pack! The fluorescent sleeves were refreshing from wrist to upper bicep. Bonus: they protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays if you’re taking your workout outdoors. Can’t beat that, runners! Here’s what we learned about the 2005 Heisman hunk after our mixed martial arts sesh—his fave off-the-field routine. And guess what? Reggie’s favorite body part on his bride-to-be is not what you’d think.
Favorite pump-up workout song before a big game?
“I Can Feel It,” Phil Collins.
Personal mantra to get you through a tough workout?
Hard work pays off.
Your pre-workout snack?
I usually workout in the morning, so usually something breakfast-y. Either fruit, bacon and eggs, cereal, something like that.
Your favorite female body part?
Wow, um…I mean, I’m going to think about, obviously, my fiancé. My favorite body part on her are her lips.
How do you keep in tip-top shape, besides football?
I like switching it up. I love doing fighting workouts. Training can get boring. It can get repetitive, so I think it’s cool to switch it up, to do a different type of sport, a different element. For one, you get to learn how to fight, you get to learn to defend yourself; it gives you an appreciation for what fighters and boxers go through. It keeps your mind, I think, interested in working out. You’re doing things you like to do and never realizing you’re getting a hard workout in, so you’re enjoying it. You should enjoy the workout. Obviously, the burn hurts, that part doesn’t feel good!