Written on March 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm , by Lauren Cardarelli
Spring has sprung—finally!—so it’s time to shed some layers and get down and dirty with your training. Need some fun-spiration? Get your rear in gear with a mud run, like a Mudderella. (Hey, grunge is always in style) Each location’s 5- to 7-mile long obstacle course—the race will host seven U.S. and two U.K. venues this year—strives to empower its female participants to take pride in their strength by putting their daily gym routine to work. Girl power!
“It’s a very social event,” CEO Cristina Devito told us this week. “It’s team-based and not timed. We like to think of it as the new girlfriend getaway!” Check out “Play Dirty!” in our April issue for a training plan, goo-approved gear and more. In need of some mud 101? FITNESS editor Bethany Gumper has the must-know tips and tricks for first-timers. So what are you waiting for? Take the plunge! Win a chance for you and a friend to race in an upcoming Mudderella (plus an Essentials Bundle for each of y’all to sport) by ENTERING HERE.
Photo courtesy of Mudderella.
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Written on January 22, 2014 at 9:32 am , by Christie Griffin
ICYMI: Our week 2 #GetFitParty Instagram challenge was to show us your pics of working out with a buddy. Studies have shown that working out with a partner improves weight-loss results, which could be because you push yourself harder, have more fun, and have the all-important accountability factor influencing you.
But if scheduling a workout sesh with a bud or even just getting to the gym creates a problem, we’ve got a stellar recommendation for you: Skypercise. Whether you’re partnering up with a pal to workout over the world wide web or enlisting a professional trainer to help you out virtually, it’s an excellent way to ditch the excuses so that you can stick to your resolutions.
Which is why we’re thrilled to offer a lucky reader a fabulous Skype prize package, courtesy of Skype!
One lucky FITNESS reader will score a $100 Skype gift card and two one-on-one sessions with Marc D. Thompson, a fitness trainer, personal coach, owner of Virtufit.net, and Skypercise pro. All you have to do is enter here by January 31, 2014. [Official Rules]
Good luck! Now get to work, #GetFitParty crowd!
Written on January 15, 2014 at 10:20 am , by Samantha Shelton
Last night, someone in the world decided to click “Like” and become FITNESS’ one millionth Facebook fan. Perhaps she (or maybe even he) had been browsing the page for a while before committing to a stream of regular content in their news feed. Or maybe a friend shared a sweat-tastic workout that drove her to find out what other goodies we have to offer. Or better yet, maybe she just discovered FITNESS and decided she wanted a companion on her journey to healthy living (and we’re sure all of the awesome peeps that are part of the #GetFitParty enticed her, too). Regardless of how she came across our page, we’re glad she decided to join the FITNESS fun. In fact, we’re glad all of you are along for the ride – whether you’re fan #3, #589,286 or 1,000,001.
We’ve come a long way since joining the Facebook world (on that note, can you believe the site is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014?), and to thank you all for clicking back again and again, we’ve posted a little treat for you. You have until 11:59 p.m. to enter our speedy giveaway – one lucky fan will win a bag of SERIOUS fitness swag. Check it out now, and don’t forget to enter! We’ll select the winner shortly thereafter. Good luck!
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Written on August 1, 2013 at 9:56 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Emily Mitamura, editorial intern
When you’re out riding the waves this summer, we want you to do it in style. What’s one of the hottest trends this season? Chevron, chevron and more chevron. But instead of just flashing it on our clothes (or suit), C. Wonder is slapping it on totally customized-to-you surfboards—and if you live in the East Coast (or are visiting), you could win one! Long-time (we’re talking more than 25 years) surfboard architect and graphic designer Gavin Schuck recently created a new line of printed boards for the popular brand, and they’re offering three lucky winners the chance to take one home.
Created and designed exclusively for this contest, the ikat-patterned surfboards pictured will be the only ones of their kind. Each is valued at $1,800, so we suggest throwing your hat in the ring right now. How to enter? Visit any C. Wonder pop-up store any time before the store closes on Monday, September 2, and tell an employee you’re there to win and they’ll hook you up. Here’s where and when you’ll see the pop-ups this summer:
5 Main Street
Mon – Thurs: 10am to 7pm
Fri – Sat: 10am to 8pm
Sun: 10am to 6pm
48 Main Street
East Hampton, NY
Mon – Thurs: 10am to 6pm
Fri – Sat: 10am to 7pm
Sun: 11am to 6pm
16 Federal Street
Mon-Sat: 10am to 8pm
Sun: 10am to 5pm
If you love to surf, always wanted to try it out, or just want some beach-inspired décor, it’s time to enter. After all, doesn’t everyone love free?
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Written on June 11, 2013 at 3:31 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Chloe Metzger, editorial intern
Olympic beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings is no stranger to pressure, but this time the mom-of-three is putting the heat on herself: “My post-pregnancy body needs a lot of work right now. I’m just starting to rebuild my foundation.” Walsh Jennings, who is gearing up for the seven-city AVP (Association of Volleyball Professional) Tour, stopped by the FITNESS office to chat with our uber-excited editors about pregnancy, Pilates and the secrets to her fit physique (spoiler: a ton of hard work). Bonus: YOU could win an autographed ball from the superstar herself!
You welcomed your third child, Scout Margery, to the world just two months ago. Other than a lack of time, how has motherhood changed your exercise routine?
It’s made me more focused, for sure. I used to have plenty of time during the day to take care of myself and get my workouts in, but now it’s get in, get done, get out. When I was pregnant, I stayed really fit so that I could hit the ground running, especially with the AVP Tour coming back this summer. It’s a big objective of mine to come back and kick everyone’s butt, so I needed to start pretty fit. I’m building a strength foundation, trying to stay really flexible, and then working to get my agility back. It’s very humbling every day—but really fun, too!
So what were your workouts like during pregnancy? How’d you stay in such great shape?
I played volleyball, lifted three times a week, did Pilates twice a week, and then did other random workouts. I’m really lucky in that I can mix up my workouts a lot, and I have really nice trainers who help me think outside the box. I keep my body guessing—I think that’s huge.
That’s definitely a lot! Anything in particular you love to boost your flexibility?
I do Pilates twice a week. I’m a firm believer in it—I think everyone in the world should be doing Pilates, especially people who are pregnant or post-partum. It’s a beautiful way to get your core back and your body awareness back. Flexibility is a function of strength, and I need to be flexible on the court, so that’s a huge priority. You need to tackle every base.
Which moves do you swear by for toning your tummy, especially post-pregnancy?
Everything Pilates! It’s all about the deeper ab muscles. I work on the big Plyo Ball a lot. I’m also really into windshield wipers. I think that anything with twists is really good, not only for your spine and your obliques, but for your entire abdominal structure.
Categories: Celebrity, Fitness, Motivation, The Fit Stop, Workouts | Tags: beach volleyball, giveaway, kerri walsh jennings, Misty Mae-Treanor, Olympics, post-baby body, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Workouts, workout
Written on October 15, 2012 at 10:19 am , by FITNESS Editors
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Written on September 28, 2012 at 8:00 am , by Marianne Magno
Now that it’s officially Fall, we know workout motivation tends to dip with the temperature. What better way to keep up your mojo than with a new gadget? We’re giving away one limited edition Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom in gold and white. This watch not only syncs with your Nike+ sneakers to track your workouts, it also acts like a personal coach with reminders and new challenges to help you stay on top of your goals. Plus, you’ll be the envy of other runners–this gold and white watch, worth $169.99, is only available in small quantities at select retailers.
How can you score this awesome tool? Simply leave a comment on this post telling us your workout goals for fall, anytime from now until 9:00 a.m. EST October 12.
Written on July 27, 2012 at 9:00 am , by Marianne Magno
We’re only hours away from kicking off the 2012 Olympics! What better way to start the Games than with some insider information from an Olympian herself…and free workout gear? We asked U.S. Soccer Midfielder Heather O’Reilly about her top Olympic moments and how you can win an adidas gift box including the running shoes she wears to train and cleats signed by O’Reilly herself.
Tell us about your first “Holy sh*t, I’m an Olympian!” moment, in regards to the 2012 Games.
“It was when we ran out for warm ups for a preparation game versus China last month. The Olympic team was just announced a couple a days before, and that was the first time we took the field for a game knowing the Olympic roster. It was like ‘Ok, this is us. This is the group that is going to be on this amazing journey together.’”
During the Trials or Games, what was your most challenging moment to get through?
“We had a really difficult training camp in Florida in April. It was our fitness camp, when we grinded the hardest. We pretty much had two training sessions a day for two weeks, and it was really hot. It was tough to get through some sessions.”
During the Trials or Games, what was your most personally satisfying moment?
“Our Olympic qualifying tournament. I scored a lot of goals and had a bunch of assists in that tournament and came away feeling confident personally and like our team had fire in us. We were on a mission.”
Tell us about your favorite moment from meeting another athlete/celebrity?
“In the 2008 Olympics, we met Ronaldinho, the famous Brazilian soccer player. Our teams were staying at the same hotel. They were crazy and so much fun. They were always dancing and playing the drums, even inside the hotel. We exchanged some jerseys with them, (ok, mostly they just gave us theirs) and hung out for a bit.”
Now, here’s how you can feel like an Olympian too: We’re giving away one adidas adizero Feather 2 gift box, which includes one pair of adizero Feather 2 lightweight running shoes, the adizero f50 soccer shoe signed by Heather O’Reilly, and one adizero “Light You Up” tee. Official rules here. O’Reilly trains with the adizero Feather 2 shoes herself. “Wearing these for my training helps because they are the lightest footwear around,” she says.
How you can enter to win: Simply leave a comment on this post. Let the games begin!
8/16 UPDATE: Congratulations to Lyndall Mae for winning this giveaway! We hope you enjoy your prize!
Written on May 1, 2012 at 6:00 am , by FITNESS Editors
Show us your go-to moves, recipes, inspiration and gear, and you could win a $100 American Express gift card!
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:
- Follow FitnessMagazine on Pinterest.
- Create a new Pinterest board entitled “The Skinny Pins Contest – Fitness Mag.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Categories: Fitness, Health, Healthy Eating, Motivation, Nutrition, The Fit Stop, Weight Loss, Workouts | Tags: contests, giveaway, healthy recipes, motivation tips, motivational quotes, pinterest, sweepstakes, workout ideas
Written on March 6, 2012 at 8:00 am , by FITNESS Editors
As some of you may remember, FITNESS teamed up with SpaFinder to score you early-access to their Wellness Week bookings. We have more good news: Now we’re giving away five $50 SpaFinder gift certificates! Woohoo!
To enter, just go here and fill out the easy-peasy form.
And then, why not pop on over to SpaFinder and check out their $50 and 50% deals? (Organic facials, hydrating body wraps, airbrush tans, and more…) Wellness Week is March 19-25, so book soon!
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