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5 Things You Need to Know About the Apple Watch

Written on September 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm , by

Clearly, wearable tech is having a major moment. So much so that tech giant Apple is throwing their hat in the game, and we’re pretty stoked to get our hands on their latest product.

The Apple Watch, set to release early next year, will include three collections—the regular Watch collection, the Edition collection (sleeker, sexier and fancier), and what we’re most excited about—the Sport collection. (We’re already designating this as a late holiday gift to ourselves. No shame.)

Here’s what you need to know about the Apple Watch Sport:

It’s a phone and health tracker in one. Each watch starts at a hefty $349, but it provides an extra fitness punch than your average phone or independent tracker. So in addition to monitoring your activity levels, you can still send and receive texts, answer calls, use Siri, stay on top of events, access boarding passes, etc. It syncs with your iPhone, too, so you can start a message on your watch and finish it later on your phone.

It’s durable and light. Because it’s made out of a really flexible material, you won’t have to worry about it feeling chunky or clunky while you’re exercising. It shouldn’t feel any different than having a Garmin or Timex strapped onto your wrist.

It adjusts easily. You pick the fit!

There will be some really cool new apps. Specifically, there’s the Activity app, which tracks your daily activity. It shows you how many calories you’ve burned, how many minutes of exercise you’ve done, and how often you’ve stood throughout the day. The Workout app motivates you to rev your sweat with mid-workout reminders that you’re almost done and gives you summaries of each specific sweat session. The watch even uses the Fitness app on your iPhone to help you set goals based on your workout history. Oh, and with the new WatchKit program, developers can create new apps that adapt with the watch. No word yet on existing apps, but we’re hoping to see some of our favorites (we’re looking at you, RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal) on our wrists.

Match it to your outfit. Fashion is officially an important component for designers to think about when developing new gear—which is why we’re seeing new lines like this one pop up on the reg. The Apple Watch Sport will have two different sizes and five different colors: blue, pink, green, white and black, so you can coordinate to your fave shade.

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Featured Fitterati: Running Blog Black Girls Run

Written on July 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm , by

Toni and Ashley hope to create a community for runners online and off.

Each Tuesday, we’re highlighting one category of winners from our Fitterati Blogger Awards! This week the spotlight is on the Best Running Blogs!

First up, the pair behind Black Girls Run.

Toni Carey

  • 28, Norfolk, Virginia

Ashley Hicks

  • 28, New York City

Toni and Ashley want to start a running revolution. While they hope to inspire all women to get active, join running groups and find fun, nearby races, they are especially passionate about getting women of color in the game. As they note on their blog Black Girls Run, 80 percent of African-American women are overweight, and as a result, are at higher risk for chronic diseases. All they need is a little sweat-spiration.

Post-run eats “A veggie burger is really filling but doesn’t feel like I’ve ‘undone’ my workout.” — Ashley

Tech tips “I don’t think I could make it through my workouts without my Nike+ and Pandora apps to keep me motivated and energized. Music is what gets me through long runs.” — Toni

Medal-winning running gear “CW-X compression tights are amazing and I love to run in Mizuno sneakers for their great fit. The Wave Creations are my current favorite.” — Ashley

Locker room treats “Deodorant is key. You have to be fresh!” — Toni

“I always stock Yes to Carrots cleansing wipes and body butter to freshen up a bit and keep my skin moisturized.” — Ashley

Featured Fitterati: Personal Trainer Blog Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Written on July 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm , by

Each Tuesday, we’re highlighting one category of winners from our Fitterati Blogger Awards! This week, we’re bringing in the pros with the Best Personal Trainer Blogs!

Courtney can teach you how to squeeze in a workout nearly anywhere!

Courtney Horan

  • 28, Troy, New York

One cannot live solely on cupcakes…or solely on crunches, for that matter. Sweet Tooth Sweet Life‘s Courtney is an awesome model of moderation, hitting the gym early in the day and eating a healthy dinner, and treating herself to dessert (Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies!). Talk about the sweet life.

Top training tool “I recently started using a Gymboss timer. It’s great for tracking the minutes when I’m working with clients and teaching my Tabata class.”

Morning motivation “Knowing that my workout is totally done for the day and I have the whole evening off makes it easier to skip the snooze and hit the gym. But really, knowing I only have to shower once is the biggest motivator!”

Perfect post-workout snack “I love anything with a good mix of protein and carbohydrates, like a Chobani Greek yogurt with fresh berries, nut butter on whole-wheat crackers or a shake made with a frozen banana and protein powder.”

Golden Globes Time: My Fit-Favorites Are…

Written on January 13, 2012 at 11:54 am , by

In the spirit of award season and Sunday’s Golden Globes, here’s my list of fit-winners this year!

Workout Trend That’s Taking Over The World: SoulCycle

Spin on with SoulCycle! (Photo courtesy of SoulCycle)

The cult-following studio that’s been all the buzz this past year is the 6-year-old SoulCycle—the spinning sensation that rides to the beat of the music. With four studios in Manhattan, two in the Hamptons, another in Scarsdale, New York, and ones coming to Roslyn, Long Island and Greenwich, Connecticut, get ready for the spinning boutique of the century to take over the world, literally. Opening next month in West Hollywood, California—with locations following in Brentwood and beyond—this A-list favorite workout (Katie Holmes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kelly Ripa and Alec Baldwin are all staples on the saddle) just keeps getting bigger..and better.

Get yourself some SOUL and go bling with this glamorous iPhone case. (Photo courtesy of SoulCycle)

Featuring over seven daily sessions in all locations, plus regular fun-themed rides—Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, even Twilight Breaking Dawn cycle-parties—this studio is not only a 500-plus calorie dropping workout, it’s the place. to. be. on any day of the week. (Where else is there a waiting list for 6 a.m. workouts?)The captivating playlists plus theatrical performances by instructors who push you through sprints, hill climbs and strengthen-until-you-fatigue dumbbell sessions makes SoulCycle the workout of the year.

Stay tuned for much more happenings, like the special launch of this month’s limited edition Swarvoski crystal (1,650 of them jewels) encrusted iPhone cases, designed by the Villency Design Group. Available at studio locations and soul-cycle.com, the $250 price tag won’t keep even the loyalist fans away. Can’t make it to a studio? Get some soul from the comfort of your very own home with the spring 2012 cheery yellow SoulCycle-branded spinning bike. See, what’d I tell you? This workout is taking over the world, and we’re totally, totally psyched about it.

Best Collaboration:Jillian Michaels & K-Swiss

Lace up with Jillian and K-Swiss for another amazing year! (Photo courtesy of K-Swiss)

The former Biggest Loser trainer and The Doctors contributor, teamed up with K-Swiss a year ago and since then she’s taken over everyone’s sweat-sessions through totally awesome K-Swiss sneakers, tanks, sweats and apparel that will make you look just like her (if only her abs came included). My favorites were the JM for K-Swiss tanks that read “Saddlebags Suck” (got lots of looks walking through Equinox with that one) and one with her famous mantra “Blow Your Body’s Mind”. With the start of the new year, resolutions, and post-holiday shape-ups comes the launch of Jillian and K-Swiss’ “The Party’s Over” ad campaign with Lady Foot Locker. (It’s one of those rare times we’ll see this little lady all glammed out like it’s time for the ball circa 1950.) TV’s favorite trainer may no longer grace us on Tuesday nights, but we can use her for motivation every time we lace up with the K-Swiss Blade-Max shoes. Check out K-Swiss and Lady Foot Locker’s Facebook pages for exclusive videos from Jillian—workout tips and more never stop coming from our pint-sized workout queen.

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Should You Start Barefoot Running?

Written on October 11, 2011 at 7:00 am , by

Would you ever ditch your sneaks for a run? (Photo courtesy of Ericka McConnell)

Has the sight of celebs traipsing around town in Vibram FiveFingers made you anxious to start barefoot running? Responding to the minimalist shoe craze, the American Council on Exercise decided to test out those barefoot running shoes to see how they fared for normal everyday runners. The council tested Vibram’s Bilkia model on 16 recreational joggers and compared their performance running in these shoes, regular neutral shoes, and running barefoot. So, should you dip your toes into the barefoot running trend?

The pros
When correctly done, running in a minimalist shoe can decrease the risk of injury. During their tests, half of the participants switched running styles when they went barefoot or wore Vibrams. They landed more lightly and on the balls of their feet (forefront style), instead of on their heels (rear-strike style) like they did when wearing the neutral shoes. This decreased their risk of injury by upping plantar flexion, or downward flexing of the front of the foot toward the sole. All Vibram wearers, regardless of running style, also lowered knee flexion — another way to reduce risk of injury.

The cons
As much as minimal or barefoot running can help decrease injury, it can be hard to jump right into. Although the runners tested had two weeks to run in their Vibrams before test day to get comfortable with them, half still maintained their rear-strike running style while running barefoot or in the Vibrams, leading to higher loading rates when they ran (which can mean more stress on the body overall). And the runners also pronated more in their Vibrams, which can also lead to a higher risk of overuse injuries.

Read on for more about barefoot running.

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10 Ways to Save Money While Staying Healthy

Written on September 29, 2011 at 10:59 am , by

Stuff that sandwich with seasonal produce to save dough. (Photo by Reggie Casagrande)

Fancy home gym equipment, organic food and a wardrobe of the latest fitness apparel can be pricey, but consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch says that doesn’t have to be the case. “As a young girl, I tagged along with my mom on shopping trips and learned that you don’t have to spend a lot to look good,” she explains.

Woroch herself ranks health as one of her top priorities (besides helping others save money), and loves bike riding, hiking, running, swimming and skiing—”anything and everything that gets me moving.”

So we asked Woroch to share her insider intel about how we all can keep our wallets happy while staying fit and looking and feeling great.

1. Subscribe. Group coupon emails offer deals for more than clothes shopping and restaurant meals! “Sites like LivingSocial and Dealery often offer discounts for health clubs, fitness studios and outdoor activities at up to 70 percent off,” Woroch says. Another plus? There’s no long-term commitment, so if you like, you can just continue trying new things based on what is offering a coupon!

2. Take advantage of free trials. “Request free or deeply discounted trial memberships from various gyms and fitness studios you’re thinking about joining,” Woroch suggests. This way you can find your favorite before getting locked in with a location that may not be your favorite.

3. Use technology. Online coupon sites like RetailMeNot and SmartSource offer a wide variety of discounts for online or in-store shopping at grocery, fitness specialty stores and more. Combine coupons you find online for stores like Whole Foods with what’s on special when you get to the store to score even bigger savings.

Check out these Coupon Sherpa sites for printable coupons at common retailers:

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Fashion Diaries: Why Do We Workout?

Written on June 24, 2011 at 9:13 am , by

Everyone here at FITNESS seems to have their own workout regimen that helps them stay fit during the summer. Whether it’s taking classes at SoulCycle like our fitness editor Jenna does, trying a trampoline class like Karla our editorial assistant, or doing yoga in the park with the lovelies over at Lululemon, it’s important to do what makes you feel good—and of course, look good.

My personal favorite way to exercise is to hit the streets and go for a run. Since I ran my first half-marathon in April, I have been addicted to the sport and can’t wait to run the Philadelphia Half in November! But for the fashion team, hitting the gym hard (like Melissa does) or going for a jog (like Argy and I do) means more than just burning calories and getting our endorphins flowing. We exercise so that we can look good in all of the season’s latest fashions!

Here are some of our favorite summer workout pieces that we wear so that we can look amazing in the gym—then out for a night on the town.

Screen shot 2011-06-23 at 12.10.07 PMRun (clockwise from top): Champion bra, $40, championusa.com. Skull Candy earbuds, $50, skullcandy.com. Camelbak water bottle, $30, camelbak.com. Saucony sneakers, $90, saucony.com. Adidas by Stella McCartney shorts,$75, shopadidas.com. Helly Hansen tank, $40, hellyhansen.com.

Play (clockwise from top): Mosley Tribes sunglasses, $180, mosleytribes.com. Marc by Marc Jacobs dress, $280, net-a-porter.com. Lanvin shoes, $417, net-a-porter.com. Dannijo bracelet, $488, dannijo.com. Asos clutch,$78, asos.com. Essie nail polish,$8, essie.com.

Now tell us: Does fashion (especially the skin-baring styles of summer!) inspire you to stay in shape?

I Tried It: JumpSport Trampoline Workout

Written on June 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm , by

Jump around!

A few weeks ago, I shook up my fitness routine (literally!) and tried a 45-minute class on a JumpSport Fitness Trampoline. It may seem a little like ’80s retro aerobics, but the mini-trampoline has received a makeover—and is a great workout!

The JumpSport upgrades your traditional mini-trampoline with stretchy cords rather than metal springs (good for the less-coordinated among us who may find themselves occasionally stepping off the surface). It’s also equipped with sturdy legs perfect for supporting strength moves while you’re balancing on the JumpSport’s side, such as triceps dips or push-ups.

We started off getting comfortable with the surface area we could work with, then practiced high, bouncy jumps. And for the meat of the workout, personal trainer and group fitness instructor Abbie Appel led the class through quick, low bursts with fast feet designed to strengthen the lower half while keeping the heart pumping. Think of holding a semi-squat and bringing your knees up just a few inches before pushing them down into the trampoline repeatedly—using the springing action as resistance rather than to propel you up certainly makes the exercise more challenging!

My favorite move from the class? A ski-like hop with our arms extended straight out at shoulder height. We bounced like popcorn from side-to-side while toning our legs and obliques. But the entire class was a blast. Time to resurrect the retro rebounder!

Now tell us: Which former fitness trend do you wish would make a comeback?

My Summer Sweat-It-Out Gear Picks

Written on May 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm , by

Since we’re kicking off summer this Memorial Day weekend, it’s time to stock up on some new running and workout apparel essentials. I’m always excited to try new things, so I was really excited when these products hit my desk:

Mizuno Wave Prophecy (Photo courtesy of mizunousa.com)

SNEAKERS: Mizuno Wave Prophecy

What makes these shoes stand out? They don’t have the usual mid-layer strip of foam for support. The technology consists of “wave” plates so you really feel like you’re gliding on your run. When I tested these, I was amazed at how easy (aka low-impact) my run had felt on my feet after doing my usual 4-mile morning trip. There’s no other way to describe it than feeling like I bounced down 2nd Avenue of NYC! I’ll gladly embrace this new style as long as Mizuno keeps producing such a unique-fitting shoe.

The Circuit Tank (Photo courtesy of shop.lululemon.com)

TANK: Lululemon Circuit Tank

The brand that loves to mix trendy designs, uber comfort and the versatile style of an everyday tank introduced us to the awesomely supportive Circuit Tank. With this top, no extra bra is needed (yippee!) since the shelf-bra has adjustable notches to go as tight or as loose-fitting as you need. Plus, the open back and criss-cross straps gives the person behind you in class something cool to look at. I’m totally in the wear-and-wash everyday stage with this new tank from my faves over at Lululemon.

Better Than Naked Shorts from The North Face (Photo courtesy of thenorthface.com)

SHORTS: The North Face Better Than Naked Shorts

I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of this style a year ago when they started the line with an easy-breezy jacket…that felt. like. butter. So what’s not to love about summer running shorts that feel like they’re barely there when the heat gets turned up on a mid-day jog? You literally do not even realize you’ve got your bottoms on (which could be a good thing or bad thing depending on how you look at it!), because the material is so lightweight, so silky, so smooth and just perfect for anyone who wants to go minimalist on a sweltering hot day. You’ll find me in these shorts as I start training for my first marathon.

JM for K-Swiss Sexy Bra (Photo courtesy of kswiss.com)

SPORTS BRA: Sexy Bra from JM for K-Swiss

I’m a Bikram Yoga fanatic so I’m always looking for cute but functional apparel for the barely-there styles I sport during class. Let’s face it: If you’ve tried hot yoga, you know that it’s just easiest to wear as little clothes as possible because things get sweaty in that room! So when Jillian Michaels debuted her first-ever collection with K-Swiss, I was immediately drawn to this sexy, yet supportive sports bra from my favorite trainer. It holds your babies in, but also looks pretty sexy with a pair of moisture-wicking short shorts. No matter the time of the year, you can find me sweating it out in my weekly Bikram class. Looking as good as I’m feeling is a must! This sports bra is good for classes, yoga or even under a light-weight tank on a nice summer day. (JM for K-Swiss is also a top pick in our Summer Gear Guide story in our June issue. Find it on newsstands now!)

Now tell us: What apparel makes your summer workouts cool and comfortable?

Hot New Item: Tommy Bahama Electric Beach Cruiser

Written on May 13, 2011 at 11:06 am , by

Tommy Bahama's brand new electric beach cruiser! (Photo courtesy of Amazon.com)

Since it is National Bike Month (did you check out our previous post about it?), the fashion department decided we just had to share this awesome new bike that we saw at the Tommy Bahama preview the other day. Yes I said it, a Tommy Bahama bike. Known for their luxury island living-inspired clothes, Tommy Bahama hit the nail on the head with this one.

After teaming up with Pedego, a leading electric bike company, Tommy Bahama will be marketing and manufacturing electric cruisers that are lightweight and totally fun to ride around on. While they are on the pricier end ($2,700!) we still think that they are a great wish list item.

What makes an electric bike different? Read more