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Stronger Girls Make A Stronger World

Written on April 3, 2013 at 9:06 am , by

As we fit gals know, there are few things more powerful than a good sweat. The adrenaline rush, tight-knit team camaraderie and sense of accomplishment athletics provide can turn any negative into a glowing positive. It is for this reason that we give the new bag brand Activyst a big thumbs up for their mission to support girls’ sports programs worldwide. With a belief that active girls are a catalyst for change, every sale makes a difference in their partner-focused funding. The adorable vibrant colored bags are made of durable, waterproof macen, a popular material used in the brand’s Nicaragua birthplace. Tote your sneaks, yoga mat and change of clothes in style, while giving girls the opportunity to blossom into strong, active women. Here’s to jocks supporting future exercise junkies!

To buy a bag of your own and learn more about using sports as the solution, check out Activyst’s website.

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Crowning Achievements for Married Women

Written on January 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm , by

Raquel Riley Thomas Family

Raquel with her family. “I will do yoga and Zumba if I had a challenging day. My children join me, so I get a great workout and bonding time with my girls. It’s a win for all of us!” Photo by Roy Cox Photography.

Glamorous gowns, toned bodies, and serious accomplishments. No, we’re not talking about Hollywood’s awards season—we’re talking about pageant season, people! Why you should care: Based on the 2,000+ entries we received for our 2012 Face of Fitness Contest that required essays about your accomplishments, some of you married ladies very well could be contenders for a crown someday.

Curious about the Mrs. America pageant, we chatted it up with Raquel Riley Thomas, a stunning military officer turned pageant queen. Not only is she the Executive Producer/Director for the Mrs. DC America pageant, a preliminary qualifier for Mrs. America, but she is also Mrs. Maryland America 2010-11 and Mrs. American (1st RU) 2010-11. Her accolades would take up this entire post, so we’ll have to skip right to her insights about competing.

On the difference between Miss America and Mrs. America:

The Mrs. DC team likes to say, “Marriage has never looked so good,” but just like the unmarried-girls version, this is not a beauty pageant. It’s a whole package deal. The difference is that instead of a med student standing to your left, she’s a doctor now. And on your right is an attorney. Mrs. America is like the Superbowl of married women.

On competing at the state level:

I can’t speak for the other states, but the reputation of the women in Mrs. DC are that they are the crème de la crème. Not only are they very fit, but they are accomplished in their fields and honorable about their causes. We even have a diplomat in this year’s competition!

On her experience of going from military boots to bikinis:

I love the glitz and glamour, but the service to the community is still there. I just get to do it in heels and beautiful outfits now! Running the Mrs. DC pageant gives me the chance to put a spotlight on some amazing women and say, ‘Thank you for all the hard work you do for the community.”

On her fitness advice for potential competitors:

You have to be really disciplined. Once you have the fitness down, everything else falls into place.

So get to it, readers! We want to throw some roses at you.

A Day with Lole: Get Inspired

Written on January 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm , by

The best part of my job is visiting the different active brands and seeing what they have up their sleeve for upcoming seasons. I recently spent some time with the team at Lole. Aside from their awesome leggings and funky jackets, they have managed to build a community of empowered and inspiring women. We are all on a journey, staying fit and looking chic is the fun part. The hard part is taking that first step, making the choice to get healthy and to be active. But seriously, with so many fun active lifestyle brands out there, most of the time I work out just to sport the cute clothes. I shared my story of shedding sixty pounds with Lole,  and you can check it out here for some inspiration, and a chance to win an Lole sweater! Sporting the latest styles is my shallow motivation for staying fit.

Tell us: What keeps you motivated?

Get Out There With Roxy’s New Outdoor Collection

Written on January 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm , by

If you need extra incentive to peel yourself off the couch this winter, Roxy’s new Outdoor Fitness Collection may just do it. The company just launched a line of apparel and accessories that mix fun, fashion and of course, fitness. With technical features like UV protection, sweat wicking fabric , zone mesh ventilation and four-way stretch, the line provides cute and functional workout gear that you’ll want to get moving in.

Check out some of our picks below.

The Dawn Run Tee in Sunrise has breathable fabric and thumbholes for comfort. Plus, the color makes us look forward to summer! ($58, roxy.com)

 

Bring the beach with you wherever you go with this fun workout tank that looks good even after your sweat session. ($44, roxy.com)

Don’t let wind or rain stop you from going for a run. Suit up in the Atmosphere Jacket. ($88, roxy.com)

A New Way to Mix Fitness and Fashion

Written on January 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm , by

Free Choos! Need we say more? (Photo courtesy Carbon38)

For the gal who wants to look good at the gym (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t fall into this category?) there’s a new site in town to do just the trick. Meet Carbon38, an online social platform that curates the newest trends and styles much like your favorite shopping sites, but specifically for fitness, wellness and health.

Launching January 14, each week carbon38.com will have hand-picked fitness products from your favorite trainer pros and celebrities on everything you love including apparel, accessories, vitamins and even fitness classes. You can buy it all right on the site, and keep coming back for the latest and greatest gear for your next gym session.

Can’t wait until January 14? Register now and enter Carbon38′s pre-launch giveaway for a chance to win a pair of Jimmy Choo sneakers, plus be one of the first with exclusive access to the site. If that doesn’t kick your resolutions into high gear, we don’t know what will.

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Friday Fashion Favs: Gettin’ Techy

Written on November 23, 2012 at 10:00 am , by

We’ve eaten our turkey, devoured our pumpkin pie, and slept it all off , so what’s there left to do? Shopping of course! If the Black Friday madness isn’t your thing (don’t worry its not ours either!), you can still get your shop on from the comfort of your own home! All it takes is a few clicks, and voila! You’ve got holiday goodies for your friends and family, and maybe even for yourself too!

Now the question is, what to buy? The staffers here at FITNESS are all hoping to find something techy under the tree (or menorah!) this year. Here’s what’s on their wish lists:

  • Nutrition Editor Juno DeMelo, Senior Editor Bethany Gumper and Editorial Assistant Lauren Cardarelli are all wanting a Garmin watch, like the Forerunner 10, to track their miles, burned calories, and speed/pace, while they train for their next big races. We love that it comes in fun colors, and the best part is, it’s super easy to use!

 

  • Having trouble sleeping at night? This awesome Renew Sleepclock monitors your breathing and sleeping patterns using a non-contact sensor while you sleep. Pretty cool huh? All you have to do is download the app to your iOS device, pop it in the docking station, and sleep. When you wake up you’ll have you’re sleep stats! Our Senior Editor Lisa Haney already owns one and can’t wait to get one for a certain sleepyhead on her Christmas list!

 

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5 Ways “Empire Girl” Adrienne Bailon Stays Fashionably Fit

Written on September 7, 2012 at 8:41 am , by

Bailon's gym uniform often includes capri leggings and brightly-colored accessories. (Photo by Tim Hiatt/Getty Images)

Actress and singer Adrienne Bailon is known for her former role on The Cheetah Girls, for being a founding member of the music group 3LW (remember “Playas Gon’ Play“?) and today for her reality show Empire Girls. Now, in addition to her series that “focuses on friendship and following your dreams rather than fighting,” according to Bailon, she is recording a solo album, working on an upcoming film and is in talks to expand into the fashion world.

Bailon recently teamed up with Lady Foot Locker to celebrate their Fashionably Fit “refresh.” The campaign aims to make stores brighter, cheerier and filled with bolder clothing and different music. We spoke with Bailon before an event in Chicago to find out her top five tips to look stylish while sweating.

  1. Invest in quality clothing. “You feel better when you look better while exercising. I get inspired to go to the gym if I feel good in my workout clothes.”
  2. Save time with multitasking wardrobe items. “My go-to outfit is capri pants with a bright top and Nike sneakers. The gym can really feel like a fashion show with the vibrant colors on the racks now! What I love most is that if I make smart fashion choices, I can throw on a hoodie and meet my girls for brunch right after.”
  3. Aim to be your best you.“My goal is to have the body of my dreams by age 30, but that’s strong and toned, not skinny.”
  4. Make the most of today. “I get up at 5 a.m. to hit the treadmill and don’t stop working toward my goals—in all areas of life—until I hit the pillow. There are so many things I want to accomplish and I don’t want to have any regrets!”
  5. Find a role model. “If I could join any other celebrity in the gym, it would be Beyonce. She’s extremely focused, so I know I would try hard to keep up with her. I wouldn’t be messing around with Instagram, that’s for sure! Even when I’m working out solo, her music motivates me.”

Now tell us: What is your favorite fitness outfit?

Look and Train Like an Olympian

Written on August 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm , by

Speedo provided Team USA another year of stylish strokes. (Photo by Lauren Cardarelli)

Although the Olympics are officially over, we can’t help but miss all of the excitement (and inspiration!) this year’s athletes brought to our televisions. We may not have the stroke of Missy Franklin or speed of Allyson Felix but we can still try to train and outfit ourselves like our favorite champions. If you’re still burning with Olympic fever, we have the best games gear that will encourage you to go for whatever “gold” you set.

Patriotic Pool Wear – Swede Arne Borg became the first Olympic Gold Medalist to win in a Speedo back in 1932. Since then, the world’s top-selling swimwear brand has been lapping competition with their innovations. This summer, Speedo outfitted the entire US swim team with the latest performance technology, the Fastskin3, which improves hydrodynamics and reduces drag. Not looking to make the $595 investment? The 2012 Team Speedo Collection commemorates the Olympic games utilizing their Endurance+ training suit fabric. This stretch technology and cut lasts 20% longer than traditional suits for a more affordable $82!

“Dimples,” a Good Thing – According to a recent British study, sneaks with “dimples,” or fabrics replicating the texture of a golf ball, resulted in an overall better aerodynamic performance. We think the Reebok DMXRide, Nike Zoom, Nike Free and Nike100km are all great examples of the running shoe design found to affect both energy consumption and finishing time. Looking to strut your stuff in kicks clad in stars and stripes? Check out the gold-worthy Saucony’s commemorative Women’s Jazz Low Pro Medal collection and ASICS Red, White & Blur Limited Edition Gel-Bur33!

Check out those spikes! (Photo by Lauren Cardarelli)

Break PRs – Track events often come down to hundredths of a second and that means sprinters, especially, need lightweight spikes to help their traction. Puma’s Usain Bolt evoSPEED Sprint LTD Spikes are flexible, while offering optimum grip, stability and Jamaican pride. Tyson Gay, who took home silver in the Men’s 4x100m relay, preferred the adiZERO Prime SP by Adidas, which weighs in at just 3.5 ounces thanks to the seamless upper SpringWeb.

Have a Ball!Arguably one of London’s biggest nail biting match-ups was when reigning champs Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor took on fellow Americans, Jennifer Kessy and April Ross, in the final women’s beach volleyball match. You, too, can bump, set and spike like the fab ab duo with Kerri’s favorite Oakley shades, the Commit SQ in Black, known for its lens clarity. The official Olympic Volleyball game ball is now also available by Mikasa.

 

More from FITNESS:

5 Olympic Moments with the U.S. Women’s Rowing Team

Keep Your Olympics Fire Burning with a Gold-Medal Workout!

London 2012 Olympics: Chatting with Mia Hamm About Team USA!

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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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