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Eat for Survival in The Hunger Games

Written on March 23, 2012 at 9:41 am , by

If you’ve read the books, you know foraging for natural food is a big element to survival in The Hunger Games. Even though the Games don’t actually exist (phew!), eating food in their natural state can be delicious and satisfying. So when Daily Burn sent us some recipes from their meal plan inspired by the series, we couldn’t resist! See below for a few of our favorites, along with some tips for eating a more hunter-gatherer diet.

Berries are a yummy, completely natural treat! (Photo courtesy of Daily Burn)

Hunger Games Porridge

Serves 1

  • 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • Optional: berries for topping
  1. In a small bowl, combine oats, coconut flakes, ground flaxseed and cinnamon.
  2. Add boiling water and stir. Add almond butter and stir once again.
  3. Top with berries if desired.

Tasty Tip: Get creative! Try new fruits and veggies, and don’t be afraid of different flavor combinations, like tossing strawberries on top of your usual grilled chicken salad. You’ll be surprised how delicious natural foods can be when mixed in multiple ways.

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We Survived The Hunger Games!

Written on March 22, 2012 at 10:12 am , by

Instructors demonstrate the "Peeta Press" and "Katniss Killers." (Photo courtesy of My Sports Clubs)

I tried to resist The Hunger Games trend for months, but finally caved and quickly devoured all three books in a matter of weeks last summer. So as soon as I heard about the new Train Like A Tribute workout offered at My Sports Clubs, inspired by the soon-to-be released movie, I knew I wanted my name to be drawn! (Thank goodness this wasn’t the real games—fat cells were the only things being killed.)

After being assigned to district three, I entered the “arena” with about 10 other tributes. We did a quick warm-up, then prepared for the mad dash to the cornucopia filled with the tools necessary to complete the workouts (a mat, dumbbells and archery bow) as well as other helpful items like bottles of water and towels. From there, the trainers gave us a CrossFit-inspired workout that would improve our skills for the arena. Our goal: Finish the most rounds in the allotted time.

AMRAP (as many rounds/reps as possible) of the following moves:

Katniss Killers: Archery

  • Using a bow, take an archer’s stance with right foot staggered in front of left.
  • Pull back the bow until taut. Instead of releasing bow string, slowly return to start controlling the resistance.
  • Do 10 reps.
  • (You can sub in the Single Arm Row with Rotation from our other Hunger Games workout if you don’t have a bow handy.)

Capitol Crunches: Tree Climbing

  • Lying flat on your back with a 2.5- or 5-pound weight overhead and arms straight, use your core to lift your upper body to a seated position with arms overhead. Keep legs straight throughout the move.
  • Slowly lower back to starting position and repeat. Do 10 reps.

Jabber Jay Jacks: Speed/Agility

  • Perform a jumping jack, crossing right foot in front of left when you jump feet to the “in” position. During the next rep, jump left foot in front of right.
  • Continue performing jacks and alternating feet for 20 reps.

Peeta Presses: Strength

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, with elbows bent 90 degrees out at shoulder level, palms facing toward face.
  • Quickly press dumbbells directly overhead, arms extended, while rotating palms forward. Lower to start position. Do 10 reps

I was able to complete about eight rounds and finished just a few reps behind the victor. But whether our districts came is first or last, we experienced a great strength and cardio workout set to some very fun Hunger Games-themed music.

Want to try it yourself? The class is offered FREE to members and non-members until the end of April at the following My Sports Clubs locations:

  • New York: 86th Street and Lexington Avenue NYSC; Tuesdays at 12 p.m.
  • Philadelphia: Market Street PSC; Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Boston: Davis Square BSC; Thursday at 7 a.m.
  • Washington, D.C.: Chevy Chase WSC; Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

Unleash Your Inner Tribute: Daily Burn Inspires Hunger Games Workout

Written on March 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm , by

(Photo courtesy of Daily Burn)

With only three days left until the release of the The Hunger Games, things are getting a bit feisty here in the office. To help channel our inner Katniss, we incorporated the movie into our workouts. Daily Burn, a customizable online fitness program, developed this workout to help the odds be ever in your favor. All you need is a resistance band and a set of dumbbells to turn you into the tribute coming out on top.

Single Arm Row with Rotation

  • Targets: Arms, Back
  • What you’ll need: Resistance band
  • Why: Simulate the upper body action Katniss uses every day while shooting with her bow and arrow. Get ready to hunt down your prey, no matter what the arena.

Hook band around a stable pole or door jam and hold both handles with your right hand; arm by side. Step back enough until tubing has tension. Lift right foot, balancing on left; pull band behind you toward right hip. Twist torso to right, then return to center and repeat. Do 10 to 12 reps, then switch sides.

Bear Squat

  • Targets: Abs
  • What you’ll need: Nothing
  • Why: Earn a rock-hard core so you’ll be ready to explode to the Cornucopia and grab the best survival tools.

Get into plank position, bend knees and push hips over heels, keeping knees off the floor. With a powerful push from your legs, extend back out to plank and hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat 10 to 12 times.

Curtsy Squat Side Lunge

  • Targets: Legs
  • What you’ll need: A pair of 5- to 10-pound dumbbells
  • Why: Powerful legs are needed to withstand all of the trekking through the unfamiliar terrain of the arena.

Holding a dumbbell in each hand, begin with feet together, knees slightly bent. Step right leg out to the right, bending knee slightly; keeping left leg in place. Hinge forward but keep chest lifted. Push off right foot, stepping right foot back behind the left leg, bending both knees into a curtsy lunge. Do 10 to 12 reps, then switch sides.

Quick Feet

  • Targets: Agility
  • What you’ll need: Nothing
  • Why: Learn to be light on your feet, like Rue, to move quickly through the trees and escape threatening tribute attacks.

Begin with feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Bring arms up to chest, palms facing forward. Start moving feet as fast as you can (similar to small high knees), continuously running in place, keeping feet close to the ground (just like what football players famously do in their warm-ups). Keep shoulders and torso stable. In 10-second intervals, rotate entire body toward the right 90 degrees, then quickly return to center. Repeat to the left. Continue for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.

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Music Monday: Our Hunger Games Soundtrack!

Written on March 19, 2012 at 9:40 am , by

Perhaps the stars of the film listened to tunes like these while training to be tributes? (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

Just like much of the rest of the country, we are caught up in The Hunger Games hoopla. The books kept us riveted, and they earn bonus points for having so many fitness-related angles. The running! The climbing! The swimming! That’s why we decided to declare this “Hunger Games Week” here on The Fit Stop. We’ll have at least one HG post daily to help you prepare for the big premiere on Friday.

To kick things off, we crafted a #MusicMonday playlist full of songs inspired by the sure-to-be-hit film. Sure, there’s an official soundtrack for the movie, but we’re partial to this eclectic mix of gym-ready tracks that will inspire you to get into tribute shape.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Now tell us: What songs remind you of The Hunger Games?