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Love Your Lower Half: Your Go-To Wardrobe and Workout

Written on February 1, 2012 at 11:37 am , by

These leggings will make you look forward to getting dressed for the gym! (Photo courtesy of GapFit)

We’ve been thinking a lot about our backsides the past few months here at FITNESS, as our team put together part one of our “Body Lab” to help you get a butt that defies gravity (see the February issue for more!).

While we work hard in the gym to sculpt a better behind, we don’t complain when we get a little help from a particularly flattering pair of pants. The minute we slipped on the GapFit gFast Color Binding Leggings ($60, gap.com), we fell in love with their comfy fit and cute colors. And after testing them out in a strength class at DavidBartonGym to celebrate GapFit’s new line, we knew they would be mainstays in our workout wardrobes. The fabric is just thick enough for cool morning runs, but doesn’t feel too heavy for the gym.

If you’re feeling a bit timid about rocking these leggings, add these three moves from DavidBartonGym trainer Meka to your workout three times each week, and soon you’ll be loving your rear view!

You’ll need: 5- to 8-pound dumbbells

Front squat and press

  • Stand with legs shoulder-width apart, holding dumbbells at sides
  • Lower into a squat keeping weight on heels, then return to standing while curling arms to shoulders, palms facing in, then pushing dumbbells into an overhead press, palms facing forward
  • Lower arms back to sides and repeat sequence for one minute

Split squat

  • Stand with right leg elevated behind you on a step bench or stair and left leg about three feet in front of the surface, holding dumbbells at sides
  • Slowly lower until left knee is at nearly 90 degrees, with knee behind toes
  • Hold for one count, return to balancing weight on left leg and repeat for 30 seconds
  • Switch sides and repeat split squats with right leg in front for 30 seconds

Reverse into stationary lungeĀ 

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding dumbbells at sides
  • Lunge backward with right leg until right knee is about one inch above the ground (Keep torso perpendicular to floor and weight distributed evenly between legs. Align front knee over front ankle, keeping weight in heels rather than toes.)
  • Lunge backward with left leg, and alternate sides for 30 seconds
  • Hold with right foot in back position of the lunge and raise/lower lunge without moving feet for 15 seconds
  • Switch so left foot is in back position of the lunge and raise/lower lunge without moving feet for final 15 seconds

Now tell us: Which of your body parts do you love the most and why?

Be Thankful for a Fit Body!

Written on November 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm , by

This class promises to "carve" out killer muscles. (Photo courtesy of DavidBartonGym)

Besides gratitude, Thanksgiving is known for being all about food, family and (watching) football. But the team at DavidBartonGym (DBG) says that you can still enjoy the festivities while keeping up your fitness levels as well. How? Their experts claim that an intense resistance-based workout within two hours of a meal can help keep your metabolism humming.

So at their locations across the country, DBG trainers will be leading their members and family and friends of members through a complimentary “CARVED” class. It’s designed to target all major muscle groups with heavy weights, multiple sets and small intervals of active recovery.

Can’t make it to a class or don’t have a DBG near you? Or too crazed by cooking the turkey to fit in a full workout? Try these three sample moves from the class at home, done in a row as a circuit, to get a similar effect.

  • Squats: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and act like you are sitting in an imaginary chair: Bend knees 90 degrees and make sure your knees don’t go past your toes. Return to start and repeat for one minute. (Hold dumbbells to make it harder.)
  • Lateral Raises: Hold one dumbbell in each hand with palms facing body and feet hip-width apart. Extend both arms out to your sides at shoulder level, keeping wrists and elbows straight but not locked. Return to start and repeat for one minute.
  • Bent-Over Rows: Stand with feet hip-width apart and hinge forward 90 degrees from hips so back is parallel to floor and arms extend down, palms facing each other. Drive elbows directly behind you to bring dumbbells to ribs. Lower back to start and repeat for one minute.
  • Set down the weights and do one minute of jumping jacks. Repeat circuit three times.

CARVED will be offered at New York City, Chicago, Miami and Bellevue, Washington DBG locations at 9 and 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 24. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for more details.

Now tell us: Do you have any fit traditions on turkey day?

Gym Bargain Alert: David Barton’s Block Party

Written on August 24, 2011 at 10:17 am , by

Talk about a refreshing cocktail! Skip the alcohol for a perfect post-workout drink. (Photo courtesy of DavidBartonGym)

Kids are heading back to school and the temperatures are beginning to dip a bit, so many of us are also returning to the gym that we abandoned to exercise outdoors during the summer. We discovered a neat program through DavidBartonGym (DBG), happening every Thursday in August, that may inspire you to hop back on the indoor workout wagon.

DBG’s Block Party events at any of their gym locations in New York, Miami, Seattle and Chicago are open to members and non-members, and include gratis specialty cocktails as well as accessories from Superdry, hair care products from black15and1 and other awesome freebies. But the best part? If you purchase training sessions at the Block Party, that becomes your enrollment fee for the month of Septemberā€”meaning you pay nothing for next month to train at DBG beyond those sessions! Talk about an incentive.

The last Block Parties takes place tomorrow from 6-8 p.m., but if you can’t make it, you can still have a little party at your own home with this cocktail that bartenders will be whipping up at DBG.

Svedka Citron’s Naked_Bot

  • 1.5 ounces Svedka Citron
  • 2 cucumber slices
  • 1 sprig mint
  • coconut water

Place cucumber slices in bottom of the glass (do not muddle). Fill with ice. Add Svedka and fill with coconut water. Garnish with mint.

Now tell us: If you belong to a gym, do you do so year-round or just during the colder weather months?