Written on September 25, 2012 at 10:24 am , by Colleen Moody
September’s Top DVD: Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey
Best for: Someone who wants to go past downward dogs and learn how to best channel your inner calmness through yoga.
Why it’s a star: Normally we give you the top DVD’s to sweat to, but to celebrate National Yoga Month; this flick is our top pick for discovering your true self through yoga. After losing her mother to a battle with cancer, journalist Suzanne Bryant went on a journey to the West to interview prominent yoga teachers and learn about the different practices to help herself and others to find peace with their mind and lives. “Your mind is like a muscle,” Bryant says. “I had been practicing yoga since 1991 and became a teacher in 2000, but it wasn’t until I started a daily practice that I felt that mental shift of being able to control my mind. Now whenever I feel anxious I’m able to close my eyes and instantly calm down. It is a powerful thing.”
Sprinkled in with interviews of yogis from all over the world are a few celebrity appearances. Christy Turlington-Burns, who wrote Living Yoga: Create a Life Practice as well as Russell Simmons share how yoga has changed their lives. “Christy Turlington-Burns is someone who is able to be in both worlds and can channel peace in everyday life, which is incredibly important,” says Bryant. “Not many people knew Russell Simmons practiced yoga, so I thought he would be able to motivate people that are his audience to find a way to use this path to be a better person and contribute to the world. He told me that he used to think his anxiety drove him, but after practicing yoga and quieting his mind he realizes how much more productive he can be.” For anyone going through a tough time or just wanting to learn how to chill out after a stressful day, this film is a front row seat to the best yoga teachers in the world telling you how.
Where to get it: amazon.com, $14.99
Written on September 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern
A little treat can go a long way, especially when it comes to hitting your fitness goals. Setting a non-food reward for yourself can help you hit your milestones faster, not to mention come in handy when your workouts seem to be never-ending. We asked our Twitter followers how they reward themselves for a fitness feat well done. And from the looks of it, these ladies know how to treat themselves right!
@stephanieyogini: I buy a new piece of workout clothing.
@BritterMC: I buy a new workout outfit or fitness DVD to try.
@AbliciousMoms: Smaller jeans!
Now Tell Us: How do you reward yourself when you reach a fitness goal?
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Written on September 7, 2012 at 11:02 am , by Colleen Moody
U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Captain Christie Rampone was no stranger to the Olympics this past summer. The team’s victory marked her third gold medal in the sport, in addition to the slew of championships and awards she’s racked up over the years. Now the busy mom of two is back home in New Jersey, and we got the chance to chat with her to see what life is like after London.
Congrats on your third Olympic gold medal! What was the first thing you did after the winning game?
After the gold medal match our team had a big celebration with family, friends and some of the U.S. Men’s Basketball players. We danced and chatted until almost 5 a.m.! After the party, my teammates and I headed back to the Athlete’s Village to get a couple hours of sleep before the media frenzy began.
Soccer is such an endurance sport. What did you eat and drink during the Games to keep your energy levels up?
I’ve been taking FRS Healthy Performance chews and drinks for a few years, regardless of if I’m training or not. Aside from that, my diet during competitions consists of a lot of pasta, chicken, strawberries, blueberries and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!
Written on September 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm , by Colleen Moody
We were amazed last year when we saw this video of West Hollywood Equinox instructor Briohny Smith doing some morning yoga in her viral video, “The Contortionist.” And we weren’t the only ones. Since then Briohny’s video has gotten almost 4 million views, leading her to create another one with her hubby, Dice Iida-Klein doing acro yoga for the Q by Equinox blog. Both yogis say this type of yoga takes a lot of balance, trust and communication (which also sounds like the formula to a happy marriage!). By the looks of it, they’ve got the yoga and Mr. and Mrs. thing down pat. Enjoy!
Written on August 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern
There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the end of an extra-tough workout. Whether the challenge is physical, mental or both, stepping outside of your comfort zone is always worth it in the end. We asked our Twitter followers what the toughest workout or race was that they’ve ever completed. From hiking trails in New Zealand, to the latest DVD crazes, our readers have been through the mill. Take a look at some of these tough girls below.
@TreeStand_Wife: Insanity! I loved it.
Now you tell us: What’s the toughest workout or race you’ve completed?
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Written on August 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm , by Colleen Moody
At 4:30 a.m. some of us are just rolling over, but First Lady Michelle Obama is breaking a sweat at the gym. As a guest editor this week on iVillage, Obama shared her workout secrets, which involves super early sweat sessions before the kids are up. Even her hubby President doesn’t get up that early as she writes; “I usually get to the gym before he does. But he is usually there either in the middle of my workout or right at the end.”
We know she’s not the only dedicated gym goer out there, so we decided to ask our Twitter followers what there gym call times are. Read their responses below and then set that alarm clock 30 minutes earlier tomorrow.
Written on August 15, 2012 at 10:05 am , by Colleen Moody
Though the Games are over, we couldn’t pass up a chance to meet the nine women who made history by winning back-to-back Olympic gold in London this summer. They are 7-time World Champions and the first female team to accomplish a win at the 2008 and 2012 Games. Read below to hear all about a few of the ladies–Erin Cafaro, Mary Whipple (the boat coxswain), Esther Lofgren (who previously shared her rowing tips with us), and Meghan Musnicki. Side note: The girls brought their medals to the office and they are heavy! (Not to mention shiny!)
1) Tell us about your first “Holy sh*t, I’m an Olympian!” moment, in regards to the 2012 Games.
Meghan Musnicki: I didn’t get hit with that feeling until the Closing Ceremonies. They funneled us all from the Olympic Village down to the stadium. You walk down through the stadium and come out where the marathoners ran. All you see are these huge high walls and confetti streaming down and thousands of people screaming. That was definitely a “whoa” moment for me.
Even more so than the Opening Ceremonies?
MM: We actually didn’t go to the Opening Ceremonies because we raced the next day! We were in our satellite village, about 90 minutes from downtown London.
Esther Lofgren: When we went out for our first race was when it hit me. We had been there for over a week and had watched everything being built like the grandstands. So when we started warming up, it was such a cool feeling to finally be doing what we had all trained for.
Mary Whipple: Usually when we race not many people are watching, and sometimes only our parents are there! The first day when we were finishing our final practice the gates opened up and the crowds were insane. For finals it’s usually that way, but for the first day, never. That was so special, especially since rowing is so huge in London.
EL: It’s 8:30 a.m. and there are 30,000 people watching you, which is definitely not how it usually is! Read more
Written on August 10, 2012 at 10:37 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern
With all the Olympic buzz amputee Oscar Pistorius has been getting lately, we were thrilled when we got the chance to chat with a few of the fierce, fit females that make up the Push Girls. They’re a group of women in wheelchairs who deal with life’s challenges while leading pretty normal lives, despite all being paralyzed from the waist down. The ladies show their journey (everything from trying to get pregnant to hopping back in the swimming pool) in the docu-series on the Sundance Channel, which airs Mondays at 10 p.m.
Two of the show’s cast members Auti Angel and Chelsie Hill are former dancers who had to get creative with their craft after car accidents left them immobile from the waist down. Read on to see how they stay motivated, including how they stay in shape, their favorite workouts and what they think about Pistorius’ trip to London.
What’s it like being on PUSH GIRLS?
Chelsie: At first it was surreal, but now it’s just a normal day. I’m so amazed at how it all came together, it’s really helped the people in wheelchairs. I got a letter recently from a viewer saying she just bought her first pair of high heels! Plus, it’s like I got four big sisters (I’m the youngest of the bunch). I feel so lucky to have a group of women who understand what you’re going through and can teach you a ton of things.
Auti: I’ve been in my chair for 20 years, and Chelsie was born a few months after my car accident. Seeing how comfortable she is on the show and in life is a reminder to us that we are doing the right thing, and shows us how far we’ve come.
You must have incredible upper body strength. How do you stay in shape?
Auti: I go to the gym on occasion. I have a punching bag in my backyard to keep my core fit, and I also use free weights. Plus, dancing has always kept me fit.
Chelsie: My upper body has gotten a lot stronger because I use mine much more than the average person. I constantly have to do cardio! Read more
Written on August 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern
One of the best things about working out is testing your limits and challenging your body in new ways. Sure, it’s not fun in the moment to exert every muscle to its max, but nothing beats that feeling of accomplishment once you’re done. Sometimes a mantra can help get you there, like a little reminder that you are one tough chick and the end is in sight.
We asked our Twitter followers what kind of motivational mantras help them get to the finish line, and were surprised by their intense dedication! We’re definitely picking up a few tips when we need that extra push.
@lov513: The fact that I know when I get past my comfort zone, I’m accomplishing something unbelievable!
@interfaithsis: The mind wants to quit but the body can move on!
@PattieP: COME ON! Attack, attack, attack!
@jessikneeland: I place an imaginary crowd of people around me who are all INCREDIBLY impressed with what I’m doing. “OMG she’s soooo strong!”
@thebendigirl: Breathe in positive, breathe out negative.
@FITNESSMarianne: One step at a time!
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Written on July 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern
Let’s be honest –working out can be a challenge.
Sometimes, we have to remind ourselves why we love to sweat, and we’re all motivated by different things. For some, it’s that feeling you get when you’ve put in hard work or when you notice you’re getting stronger. For others, it might be the desire to get Brooke Burke-style abs or more energy during the day.
According a recent poll conducted by Eventbrite, 30 percent of women that participate in endurance events are motivated by weight loss. Even more (34 percent) do it for charity. But we’re not all saints! A quarter of women believe that training for a marathon would make them better in bed, and 40 percent believe they’d be more attractive. As for mental benefits, over half of respondents think that running is more effective than therapy.
We posed the question to our Twitter followers to see what brings them to the gym or the track, day in day out. What motivates you?
@LinzFredetPtrsn: Setting a good example for my kids and having the energy to keep up with them!
@jellingson: Honoring my mom’s love to run!
@aliciabordonaro: It’s that feeling you get after a workout…a huge sense of #accomplishment and #satisfaction.
@Trishquit: To be healthy and keep my blood pressure in check!