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We Tried It: Speed Camp, Part 3

Written on June 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm , by

FITNESS senior editor Bethany Gumper went to Nike Zoom Speed Camp, where she tried the new Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 and trained with some of the fastest athletes in the world, then watched them make history at the Prefontaine Classic. Learn a few tricks to take your running to the next level.

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Get Inspired By The Greats

Meet Mohamed “Mo” Farah

He’s a double gold medalist in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the London Olympic Games. Here, Mo’s top tips:

Take care of your body. If you want to get faster, the most important thing you can do is stay injury-free. “I do this by wearing the right shoes and training sensibly,” says Farah. “I also look after my body: take ice baths, get massages, do my weights.”

Have a race day ritual. Sticking to a routine will help you stay calm on the big day. “Most of my races are in the evening,” says Farah. “So I wake up and go for a little jog in the morning. When I come back, I have breakfast and shave my head. In the afternoon, I listen to some music and take a nap.”

Get in the zone. Feeling nervous? “Think back about your training and how hard you’ve worked,” says Farah. “That’s what really gets me going.” 

Now meet Carmelita Jeter

No wonder her nickname is “The Jet.” This Olympic gold medalist and American sprinter who specializes in the 100-meter is the fastest woman in the world. Down-to-earth Jeter is all about the three C’s:

Catnaps: On days when she has an especially rigorous workout, she takes a 30- or 60-minute nap to help her body recover. “Every night, I try to get at least eight to ten hours of sleep,” she says.

Core work: “During the season, I have a special trainer who focuses just on the core muscles,” she says. “It’s not just about lifting tons of weights. It’s about making sure I have a strong foundation.”

Cupcakes: Jeter started working with a nutritionist last year, who has her eating baked fish and chicken and lots of veggies and brown rice. But she doesn’t deprive herself. “People assume that because I’m an athlete, I never eat anything sweet,” says Jeter. “I will tear up some cupcakes. One cupcake is not going to ruin the diet.”

More Workouts We’ve Tried: 

Speed Camp, Part 1

Speed Camp, Part 2

Equinox’s Flow Play

We Tried It: Speed Camp, Part 2

Written on June 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm , by

FITNESS senior editor Bethany Gumper went to Nike Zoom Speed Camp, where she tried the new Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 and trained with some of the fastest athletes in the world, then watched them make history at the Prefontaine Classic. Learn a few tricks to take your running to the next level.

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Your Speed Secret Weapon

Alex Molden, a retired football player who spent eight seasons as a defensive back in the NFL, knows a little something about speed. I met him on the field at the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium, where he played for the Ducks. Today he’s a master trainer for Nike—you may recognize him if you’ve played the Nike+ Kinect Training game for Xbox360; he’s the trainer.

One of the most effective ways to increase your speed, says Molden, is resisted running. That’s what I’m doing in the photo above. You run with a belt around your waist with a bungee cord attached to it. Your partner (in my case, an extremely ripped former NFL player) jogs behind you, holding on to the cord to provide steady resistance. We did 10-yard sprints—burn, baby, burn!

Another killer speed builder? Stair running.

Try them both, but keep in mind Molden’s sprint-form secrets:

Arms: Move them back and forward, not across the body. Think of your palms going from cheek (of your face) to cheek (of your bum).

Knees: Keep knees high, bring them up to 90 degrees.

Feet: They should be flexed and driving down.

Check back for Speed Camp, Part 3, tomorrow!

More Workouts We’ve Tried: 

Speed Camp, Part 1

Doonya Fitness Party

NYRR’s Empire State Building Run-Up 

When Fitness Meets Fashion: The New Nike Free TR 4

Written on December 18, 2013 at 10:04 am , by

This snazzy sneaker was designed by our fitness editor Jenna Autuori (@FITNESSjenna). Does she have fab style or what?! (Photo courtesy of NikeiD)

Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern

When it comes to cool workout kicks these days, style matters just as much as performance. Luckily, trendy ladies no longer have to choose between fit and fabulous because Nike is at it again.

The new Nike Free TR 4 was designed to handle the majority of movements in the gym, from running to dance cardio classes and everything in between. It is the first shoe in the Free TR collection to utilize Nike’s Flywire technology, which provides additional support from underneath the foot to the tops of the laces. Minimal, durable and strong, the new sneaker is taking the fitness and fashion world by storm with its high-performance quality and customizable design.

The shoes’ wide variety of color combos makes them a must-have for any healthy closet. Female athletes can log onto NIKEiD.com starting December 23 and create unique looks of their own—the possibilities are endless! Choose from 13 different color options in customizing nine different areas of the shoe, and play with fading effects, fun prints and personal message inscriptions on the tongue of the shoe for additional flair.

Ladies looking for a little design inspiration can turn to Maria Sharapova, the global tennis icon who collaborated with Nike to create the shoe’s sexy silhouette. She pre-selected several color combinations for girls who don’t necessarily want to pick a palette of their own, but still want to rock a stylish sneaker when they step into the gym.

The lightest Free TR to date, thanks to its crafty mesh construction, is ready to help women across the globe take their training to the next level. In the spirit of the holidays, treat a fit friend (or yourself!) to a new pair of sneaks that seamlessly place comfort, performance and individualized style beneath your feet.

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Inspire a Future Generation of Female Athletes With Nike

Written on June 23, 2012 at 10:00 am , by

Here at FITNESS, we aim to encourage women of all ages to reach for their goals, which is why we’re happy to share with you the exhilarating video below. For the 40th anniversary of Title IX , Nike has released “Voices,” a new film with the personal stories of four amazing athletes who’ve broken barriers to become the best at their sport: Joan Benoit Samuelson, Lisa Leslie, Marlen Esparza and Diana Taurasi. In the film, these female pros talk about the challenges they faced and what it takes to succeed. It shows young girls voicing these athletes’ stories, hoping to inspire a new generation of go-getters and medal winners.

Watch the video below to see a preview of the film and see the full feature on the Nike Women Facebook page on June 23, on ABC Family on June 23 and on ESPN on June 26.

Fashion Diaries: Talking Shop With LPGA Star Suzann Petersen

Written on May 4, 2012 at 9:21 am , by

(Photo Courtesy of Dania Graibe)

Since we are always so busy gathering up the latest active and fashion trends, we rarely get a chance to chat with our favorite athletes over here in fashion land. So when we were given the opportunity to talk with some ladies who we think rock, we jumped at the chance to ask them questions about food, fashion and being fit.

First up is LPGA star, Suzann Petersen, who is not only a fan favorite, but who is also currently ranked number three in the Rolex Rankings!

What is one food that you absolutely can’t live without?  

I love eggs. Most of my breakfast contains some sort of eggs. They are a great source of protein!

What do you eat right before you hit the course that you feel gives you the most energy? 

Before a round of golf, oatmeal with raisins and berries are my favorite.

Golf requires a lot of upper body strength, what is your go-to workout move to help keep you strong? 

I like using my own body weight during workouts. To maintain good upper body strength—old fashioned push-ups, hang-ups and dips work well for me.

Most athletes have a mantra that pumps them up, what’s yours? 

Don’t ever let your passion get in your own way! [Editor's note: So true, we love this Suzann!]

How would you describe your fashion sense on/off the golf course? 

I love all my Nike apparel on and off the course. We are fortunate to have four seasons in a year, which means a big shipment every quarter. All the Dri-FIT stuff is great, it stretches, works great in hot weather and breathes! It is hard to pick one favorite as I dress more traditional on the course, than off the course.

Fit Favorites Finale: The Year’s Best in Fitness Motivation and Inspiration

Written on February 24, 2012 at 9:39 am , by

Sofia Vergara always seems to wow us on the red carpet, like she does here at this year's SAG Awards. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

As the big awards season circuit draws to a close with this Sunday’s Academy Awards, we wanted to share a few last picks for our fitness-related moments, ideas and people worth celebrating. Check out our other best of picks here and here!

Most Fun Red Carpet Moment of 2012 (so far): Sofia Vergara at the Golden Globes

The Modern Family star told Ryan Seacrest that she hit the gym for two sessions daily leading up to the awards “for the first time in my life.” She then flexed her strong biceps and said, “Gunnar Peterson [her trainer] here…But cake over here [pointing to her torso].” Vergara worked hard to achieve her killer curves, but admitted that she treats herself too. We love an honest celebrity! It makes her seem more relatable—it really is all about moderation.

Most Classy Runners-Up: USA Women’s World Cup Team

Although Japan took the gold during a finals shoot-out, Team USA inspired a new generation of soccer fans with several come-from-behind wins earlier in the tournament and the way they took second place with grace. We were also introduced to some up-and-coming athletes. One standout? Hope Solo, with her amazing goalkeeping skills and inspiring muscles, which were later showcased on the cover of ESPN’s The Body Issue.

Best Free Fitness App: Nike Training Club

Sweat like a celebrity (Lea Michele), athlete (Shawn Johnson) or trainer (Ary Nunez, who puts Rihanna through the paces) during more than 85 custom routines contributed by these big names and more. You can even set your own soundtrack and share your successes with your pals on Twitter and Facebook! We find ourselves repeatedly tapping back to this app for the physical results and for the rewards we can earn for racking up workout minutes, including tips, recipes and more.

Most Popular Unisex Workout Trend: CrossFit

Everyone from Bob Harper to Jessica Biel has touted the powers of CrossFit, a strength and conditioning program that mixes resistance training, running and plyometrics in a high-intensity, efficient workout. Learn more about the sport and follow along as one of our readers tries it out in the March issue of FITNESS!

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Now tell us: What celebrity, athlete, workout or fitness tool earned your kudos this year?