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Win a Trip to Meet Serena Williams!

Written on May 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm , by

Who doesn't want to chill with Serena? (Photo by Ben Gabbe, courtesy of Sleep Sheets)

Want a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to New York City to meet Serena Williams and watch some tennis? You’ll get a shot each time you purchase Sleep Sheets, a new sleep aid product that Serena launched last week, at Walgreens stores through July 31, 2012, the two companies announced. Random packages contain winning golden tickets, Willy Wonka-style. Visit facebook.com/takeasheet for contest deets.

Serena got involved as a co-founder of Sleep Sheets—which contain sleeping aids (3 mg of melatonin, 3 mg of L-theanine, and 1 mg each of goji berry and chamomile extracts) and dissolve on the tongue like breath strips—after fighting sleep troubles for years. Taking a sleep med in the past left her too groggy the next day, she says, so she was interested in developing a product for catching more Zzzs that would also keep her feeling fresh on the court.

“I think sleep is underrated and people don’t get enough,” Serena told FITNESS. “[When I get enough] I train better and the better I train the better I can play. And the better I train, the more fit I can become. And the better you can look. So it all boils down to getting some good rest.” With a busy summer of the Grand Slams and the Olympics coming up, she’ll need it!

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Are YOU the Face of Under Armour’s New “What’s Beautiful” Challenge?

Written on May 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm , by

Be a fighter and tackle new goals! Natalie Uhling models Under Armour. (Photos courtesy of Under Armour)

If you’ve heard the buzz on Under Armour for women, it must not only be about their spot-on designs and gotta-have it apparel lately (seriously, how much do you love their cute capris and colorful headbands? I do!)—but you’ve also maybe heard the chatter about their search for the next best female athletes (a la American Idol but fitness queen style). With their innovative “What’s Beautiful” Challenge, Under Armour will take their mission a step further than helping you look good while you work out—they’re casting a call for everyday women to be the new face of their brand. Could that be you?

This campaign shows us that women should embrace the beauty of a strong body, a physically fit mind and a hardcore attitude—redefining strength and tenacity for the ladies. So Under Armour is asking you to pledge a goal, put in the training, and see you make it happen. Maybe you want to run your first half-marathon by summer, participate in a triathlon or maybe tackle a Spartan race, or simply accomplish 50 push-ups without stopping or lose the baby weight by running a 5K every week. Whatever your goal may be, put it in writing and get it done!

Today more than ever, women are becoming the face of what it means to be strong and fit. Women have shown their drive and determination to take on not only new challenges but obstacles too. Shalane Flanagan ran her first marathon a little over a year ago and this summer she will take on the best in the world to go for the gold. The fighting underdog, Lolo Jones, whose first attempt in the Summer Games ended with a simple error, has practiced intensely for the past four years for the 7 seconds it should take her to win in London. Our favorite role models, like Shalane and Lolo, may be at the top of the leader boards, but their commitment to rise to the top is something we all can look up to and learn from. And we don’t have to compete in the Olympics to do so….

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Volleyball Pro Misty May-Treanor’s Fuel-Up Tips and Recipes

Written on May 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm , by

One lucky winner will get a private training session with volleyball pro Misty May! (Photo courtesy of Arnold and Oroweat Bread)

With more career wins than any other female volleyball player, Misty May-Treanor is a pro at getting her body in top shape. With less than 100 days until the London Games, she chatted with us in between competitions to share her nutrition tips and favorite fueling recipes, and told us about a fun opportunity for you to learn volleyball from none other than the champ herself.

What do you eat to fuel up before a big game? What do you eat after?

As an athlete, it’s important to watch what you eat. I eat meals throughout the day, so I carry foods that help sustain energy. I eat a lot of sandwiches and try to be conscious of eating carbs and protein. I try to eat every couple of hours. I like sandwiches with whole wheat/grain and use pickles or cucumbers for moisture instead of mayo or mustard. I like having chicken or turkey breast sandwiches right after working out. Some other sandwich combinations that I love are:

  • Tuna with sprouts, tomatoes, lettuce and red onions
  • Roast beef with avocado and red onions

Do you have any go-to healthy meals or snacks?

Since I try to eat every few hours, if I feel like I need a little extra after a meal, I’ll have a piece of fruit or add more vegetables to my lunch to stay fuller. When I’m home I like to have almond butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches. They’re easy to make and kids love them, too.

How does your diet change when you start training for competitions?

I think diet needs to be a constant routine, so I don’t stray so much. But you need to give yourself some sort of leeway—if you want a brownie once in a while, then you can have one. But it takes discipline and it’s easier to stay on top of it than play catch up later on. It’s all about having a healthy lifestyle.

Do you have any techniques or mantras to get your more motivated, especially on off days?

I try to live life to the fullest and live in the present. What keeps me motivated is wanting to constantly get better. I want to keep improving. [As gold medalists,] we have a huge target on our back and competitors are trying to bring us down, so that always keeps me wanting to do better.

You’ve teamed up with Arnold and Oroweat Bread to give one lucky person a private training clinic. Do you have any special tips for people wanting to learn or get better at volleyball?

The person that wins this contest will get a taste of the lifestyle that I lead. Have fun, get out there and play, even if you don’t know all the rules.

How to Enter The Arnold and Oroweat Bread Slice of Gold Contest: Submit your original healthy sandwich recipe on Facebook to enter for a chance to win a private volleyball clinic with Misty May Treanor!

Announcing: The Skinny Pins Contest!

Written on May 1, 2012 at 6:00 am , by

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Show us your go-to moves, recipes, inspiration and gear, and you could win a $100 American Express gift card!

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When it comes to staying in shape, one great way to keep your eye on the prize is through visual reminders. That’s why we’re obsessed with Pinterest, the free social-networking site that lets you create your own virtual inspiration boards, instantly.

But it’s also fun to share what works for you! So in the spirit of good health, we’re inviting you to pin the stuff that keeps you strong and healthy: The exercise moves, recipes, motivating quotes, fitness gear, and more. A panel of FITNESS judges will check out the submitted boards and five winners will score a $100 American Express gift card.

Here’s How to Enter:

  1. Follow FitnessMagazine on Pinterest.
  2. Create a new Pinterest board entitled “The Skinny Pins Contest – Fitness Mag.”
  3. Fill that board with at least 10 pins. Of those 10 pins, at least 5 of them must be items (recipes, exercises, etc.) pinned from FitnessMagazine.com.
  4. Each pin’s description must explain why or how the pinned content keeps you in shape. Are tricep kickbacks your never-miss move at the gym? Do you keep the weight off with Greek yogurt? Tell us! This step is very important with the judging.
  5. Once your pinboard is complete, enter the contest by submitting the board’s exact url here.

Pinboards will be judged on effectiveness and believability of the pinned content, originality, adherence to the contest rules, and understanding of the FITNESS lifestyle and voice. The contest is open from May 1 through May 31.

Disclaimer: You must be a member of Pinterest.com to enter and you must follow Fitness Magazine on Pinterest. If you do not have a Pinterest account, you can sign up here.

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Kristi Yamaguchi Is Unstoppable: The Olympic Gold Medalist’s Next Project

Written on August 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm , by

Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi (photo by Ericka McConnell)

Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi (Photo by Ericka McConnell)

To say Olympic gold medalist, wife, mom, author, philanthropist, and Dancing with the Stars champion Kristi Yamaguchi has stayed busy even after her days of competing on the ice would be a big understatement. Since starting the Always Dream Foundation in 1996, the Olympic skater has remained active in helping kids think positive and aim high. We chatted with Kristi to learn more about her inspirational adventures and how she stays fit with a hectic schedule.

Your Always Dream Foundation has a simple but profound and important message. What made you decide to start it?
I worked with the Make a Wish Foundation and it opened my eyes to a different world. I was inspired to work with children and families in need—to help them feel more hopeful and embrace their dreams.

Your book, Dream Big, Little Pig has a similar message. Why did you decide to write a children’s book?
I’ve always wanted to write a children’s book! I also wanted to do something my daughters (Keara and Emma) could enjoy. They were 4 and 6 when I wrote it, so it was the perfect time for me to read it with them.

How does you work with the Smucker’s Uncrustables Unstoppable Family Photo Contest support these causes?
It’s all about families showing us just how unstoppable they really are—they’re busy juggling work, school and extracurricular activities, and having fun doing it all. Families can submit photos with a caption at uncrustables.com and they’ll be entered to win a trip to Yosemite National Park.

Speaking of active families, your daughters—not surprisingly—are both into skating. Did that come naturally to them?
I guess it was inevitable! They would see me and my husband (former NHL player Bret Hedican) on the ice and eventually they wanted to go, too. I like seeing them be comfortable skating. It’s not even about having them compete, as long as they’re having fun and enjoying it.

To learn more about Kristi’s favorite workouts and the music that keeps her motivated,  Read more