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Fashion Diaries: The Superkini

Written on July 22, 2011 at 9:33 am , by

You know when you cannonball into a pool and you feel your bikini top slide or you get pushed over by a wave in the ocean and you feel like you’ve lost your bottoms? Well fear no more ladies, the bikini bloopers can be gone forever with one simple cure. O’Neill, one of our favorite surf brands, has come to our rescue with one of the coolest bikinis ever: the SUPERKINI, the bikini that sticks with you. Literally.

Here’s how it works: By using a brand new material called NANOFRONT (it’s super comfortable!), there is 200 percent more grip than a standard Lycra suit, which creates a greater frictional force when wet. This will ensure minimal bikini slippage. Hello, new best friend!

Check out this cool new video that O’Neill has released about the Superkini One Way Runway. We’re amazed how well it actually works! It will be available next spring.

Now tell us: Have you ever had a swimsuit mishap?

Your Wetsuit Buyer’s Guide

Written on July 1, 2011 at 10:56 am , by

Kassia hits the surf in one of the wetsuit pieces she designed. (Photo courtesy of ROXY)

Kassia hits the surf in one of the wetsuit pieces she designed. (Photo courtesy of Roxy)

Stripping off a wetsuit can be a sticky situation, which is exactly why we shared tips from pro surfer and Roxy wetsuit designer Kassia Meador in the Sweatiquette column of our July/August issue. But who actually needs a wetsuit anyway?

“Anyone and everyone who wants to surf,” Kassia recommends. “Not only is it rad to rock up to the beach wearing a hot new suit, but they keep you warm and comfy in the water!”

Depending on the air and water temperature in your area, you’ll need a different type of suit. Here are Kassia’s suggestions for different surf locales.

  • Hawaii/Pacific: It’s warm most of the year, so a vest or wetsuit jacket is all you’ll need.
  • West: Try a medium-thick suit with full sleeves for winter, a slightly thinner suit for spring and fall and a sleeveless suit for summer.
  • Northeast: You’ll have to stock up on a whole wardrobe, since the temperature changes so much from season to season. Think everything from a thick, full suit (with a hood!) to the styles fit for Hawaii.

The best suits of any style and cut are “flexible, warm, durable and of course stylish,” Kassia says. See her designs here (we’re loving the Cypher 3/2 chest zip wetsuit).

More from FITNESS: Your search is over! Check out the editor’s picks for the best surf gear around.

Be a Polka Dot Bikini Babe

Written on June 17, 2011 at 9:52 am , by

It’s itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow, polka dot bikini season and everyone here at FITNESS is so ready to hit the beach. And we’ve heard from many of you who are too! According to a recent poll done on fitnessmagazine.com, 42 percent of participants said polka dots/other options were tops over sequins, florals and stripes, when asked to name your favorite bikini print.

So to honor your selection, the fashion gals have decided to showcase some of the coolest polka dot bikinis that are available this season. Whether you’re strutting these spots on the beach or sporting them poolside, you’ll be rocking what our readers think is the cutest bikini look this summer!

1. J.Crew top $52, bottom $50

2. Asos $69

3. Island Company top $62, bottom $62

4. Tomas Maier $130

5. Roxy top $34, bottom $34

6. JETS by Jessika Allen top $145, bottom $82

7. L*Space top $73, bottom $70

8. Etoile Isabel Marant $165

More from FITNESS: Have no fear! Check out secrets from 12 women to hit the beach with confidence to spare.

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Written on June 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm , by

Last year's participants learn how to swim while breaking a world record.

One of the things we’re looking forward to this summer is taking a swim at the beach or local pool. And while going in the water can be fun, it can also be dangerous if you don’t know how to swim.

A few facts about the importance of staying safe in the water:

  • Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of death for children ages one to 14 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Research shows that if a child doesn’t learn to swim before the third grade, they likely never will.
  • Nonfatal drownings can cause injuries and  brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities.

To increase awareness about water safety, Coppertone has organized The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson for tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET. If you’re in Walt Disney World (lucky you!), head over to Typhoon Lagoon so your kids can get swimming lessons from Olympic medalists Rowdy Gaines and Summer Sanders and set a new Guiness World Record. Non-Floridians can still get in on the action by visiting the event website to find one of the 600 locations that’s also a part of this international event. What a cool way to be a part of the history books and learn an important skill!

How Chef and Swimmer Marisa Churchill Stays Fit

Written on June 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm , by

Chef Marisa Churchill (Photo courtesy of TK)

Chef Marisa Churchill enjoys swimming and sweets! (Photo by Holly Stewart)

When making dessert is your job, staying fit can be a challenge. We recently sat down with swimmer and competitive chef (she was on season two of Top Chef and Food Network Challenge) Marisa Churchill to discuss the launch of her new cookbook, Sweet & Skinny: 100 Recipes for Enjoying Life’s Sweeter Side Without Tipping the Scales. Though she’s around tempting desserts all day, Marisa is in amazing shape and even competes in swim meets. Here’s how she makes that possible:

What’s your workout routine like?
I try to exercise at least five days a week. I swim three times, completing about 6,000-8,000 yards weekly, and strength train twice a week.

Aside from swimming laps in the pool, what’s your favorite way to work out?
Since the launch of Sweet & Skinny, I am on the road a lot traveling for my book tour. Therefore, I’m all about “exercises on the go.” Here are a few of my favorite ones that you can do just about anywhere:

  • Squats and Lunges: These are perfect for when you’re on the go because you don’t need a lot of space or equipment. You just need your body! You can easily do either exercise in a hotel room or hallway. I do three sets of 15 squats and three sets of 20 lunges.
  • Sit-ups and Push-ups: Any style works. It doesnt matter what type of sit-up or push-up you perform, as long as you get it done!
  • Planks: Drop down and hold for 30 seconds! I aim for four sets.

What do you eat to fuel up for a tough workout or swimming competition?
I cut back on sugar the week before a competition and make sure I eat well-balanced meals with lots of fruits and vegetables. I also drink a lot of green tea to keep me energized.

Stay tuned for healthy cooking and eat-right tips from Marisa in an upcoming issue of FITNESS!

Olympic Swimmer Amanda Beard’s Motivation Tips

Written on May 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm , by

Amanda Beard is in fantastic swimming shape.

Amanda Beard is in fantastic swimming shape after having a baby less than two years ago.

Continuing on the amazing athletes theme, we recently spoke with a seven-time Olympic medalist: swimmer Amanda Beard! Amanda’s currently training for the 2012 Olympics, and the preparation this time around is going to be different than for her four previous trips to the Games since Amanda has been a mom since late 2009.

How does she stay in peak condition as a wife, mom, author (her memoir will be released next year) and role model? We asked Amanda to fill in the blanks.

  • Getting back into shape after having my son, Blaise… “took a lot of work and dedication! What they say about nine months on and nine months off was really true, even if you start in good physical condition.”
  • Becoming a mom has been… “the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
  • If I could exercise with any celebrity or fellow athlete, I’d choose… Madonna. She looks ripped and I’d like to see how hard she works! I always work harder when I’m with someone else, and I tend to have more fun doing it.”
  • I keep my life in balance by… “trying to be fully present and invested in what is happening in that moment—whether I’m at home or training. Being focused really helps me in all my roles.”
  • My current training program… “has me lifting weights from 8-9 a.m. and in the pool from 2-4:30 p.m. six days each week.”
  • When I’m tired while exercising “I focus on my workout goal, and mentally shift from ‘I’m to tired’ to ‘I’ll feel great after a good workout.’”
  • The key to staying motivated day after day is to… “start your day off excited about the tasks that lay before you, instead of seeing them as a drag.”

Now tell us: How do you keep yourself motivated to make healthy decisions long-term?