Written on October 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm , by Karla Walsh
This week’s fit links from around the web:
- Don’t just sit there…stretch! Try these six options for desk jockeys. — Greatist
- Perk up a tired workout playlist with these new-for-fall songs. — Fit Sugar
- Do you like to cook using a crockpot? Find dozens of tried and tested recipes here. — Carrots ‘N’ Cake
- You might recognize a supportive sibling of that gutsy news anchor who took a stand about weight-related bullying this week. He starred in Office Space! — ABC News
- Two of the world’s greatest desserts combine in these lightened up candy: Pumpkin Pie Peanut Butter Cups! — Chocolate-Covered Katie
- How do you style your hair for workouts? — Healthy Tipping Point
Written on October 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm , by Marianne Magno
If you’ve seen Fitterati Cassey’s workout videos–our new favorite is her Gangnam Style workout–then you know that she can make breaking a sweat look like a blast. So we asked for her songs to help you kick up the energy in your workout. “This is a great gym mix that pumps me up for a run, some weights, or bootcamp class when I teach,” the personal trainer says about her girly playlist. Listen to the mix below to get motivated to move!
Tell us: Which songs get you up and going?
Written on September 24, 2012 at 10:14 am , by Marianne Magno
Start your week with an upbeat mix from our Fitterati Courtney, behind the blog Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life. “While this playlist really gets me moving for any type of exercise, the upbeat tunes really help me keep up the pace with any of my cardio workouts,” the personal trainer says. “It could also be a great playlist for a little dance party, too!”
Written on September 19, 2012 at 9:42 am , by Lauren Cardarelli
Have a rough day in the office? We recently tried a fun new workout that would make sure to get rid of that bottled up tension. LA rockers Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom turned a sweat-astic idea into reality by revolutionizing their passions for drumming and exercise into a workout unlike any other, POUND. The high-intensity 45-, 30- or 15-minute classes transform cardio interval training into an exhilarating concert with 2.5-lb weighted drumsticks, known as “Ripstix,” and an upbeat playlist.
POUND combines traditional Pilates and barre method-inspired exercises with rapid drummer-based movements. Each jam-sesh is a full body blast, scorching more than 600 calories! We recently embraced our primal aggression with Kirsten and Cristina, sporting a smile and a lot of sweat through each burn-worthy sequence. Crank up the music and rock out with these three moves:
Twists: Start by laying flat on the floor with your feet extended straight. Lift shoulders off the floor until body is at a 45-degree angle and then raise your feet 45 degrees so your body forms a ‘V’. Twist from side to side with your elbows tucked. Lightly tap the ground on either side of the hips with your fingertips. Add Ripstix for an ultimate challenge and make some noise! This move scorches the obliques and your muffin top zone.
Rainbows: In a deep plié squat, begin with your arms over your head. Start by stepping to the right and hinge body forward to tap the ground (or close to it) with your right hand. Return to center and repeat to the left. Again, add Ripstix to turn up the volume and burn.
OH Thrusts: Lie down on the floor with your knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Lift your hips and tap the ground on either side of the body with your fingertips. Next, lower yourself to the mat and bring your arms overhead. Bending at the elbow, lower and extend arms. Repeat 20 times or to your favorite up-tempo song. Add some Ripstix for additional resistance and clatter!
In need of a mini POUNDtrack? Get moving with Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name Of,” Travis Barker’s “Let’s Go (for Rainbows)” and the Bassnectar Remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights.” To find a class near you, check out the POUND website.
Written on August 27, 2012 at 9:25 am , by Marianne Magno
Variety makes things, including workouts, fun and interesting, so to keep our music playlists fresh we asked our Fitterati bloggers for their get-sweaty mixes. This week, we have Iowa Girl Eats‘ Kristin’s list, which she describes as “a fun mix of new faves and oldies but goodies that always get me excited to hear what’s coming next!”
Tell us: What are your favorite workout songs?
Written on August 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm , by FITNESS Editors
– By Lauren Cardarelli, freelance editorial assistant
Next Sunday is Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 19th Amendment’s passage in 1920 and recognizing women’s rights. To celebrate (and remind ourselves to keep kicking major butt!) we put together our favorite girl power beats that we hope will inspire you to keep moving forward—both on and off the treadmill.
Written on July 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Dionne Evans, editorial intern
When it comes to working out, we at FITNESS want you to finish strong like a champion. The Olympics begin this week, meaning now’s the time to get in the mindset of a winner. Download the hits below, blast through your workout, and imagine standing on top of that podium.
Written on July 9, 2012 at 9:04 am , by Colleen Moody
As her role in Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, April Bowlby plays Stacy Barrett, the best friend to a once vapid model whose soul has landed inside the body of a plus-sized attorney, Jane Bingum. April’s character is a wannabe model herself, who helps Jane navigate her future in her new, oversized physique.
In real life, April Bowlby loves a good sweat session. “I just started the most amazing ballet class and I am obsessed with it,” she says. “The first half is all about stretching out and warming up your muscles and the second half is at the barre. It has really helped with my posture.” When she’s not practicing her plies, Bowlby stays in shape with some simple cardio. “I love jogging on the treadmill. Once you find a rhythm it’s easy to get into the zone. I also love hiking with my dog.” To help you get in the zone this week, Bowlby shared her playlist that she listens to while pounding out the miles:
For more information on April Bowlby and Drop Dead Diva, visit dropdeaddivafans.tumblr.com.
Written on July 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Laura Cofsky, editorial intern
If there’s one thing we love more than traipsing around the neighborhood, it’s trekking around the globe. While exotic beach getaways may not be in the cards for everyone this summer, you can still experience international flavor on the go. Pump up these beats from around the world during your next road trip to really get moving and grooving.
Songs from the East:
- “Chamak Challo Chel Chabeli,” Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal (India)
- “So Hot,” Wonder Girls (South Korea)
Trekking south of the border:
Tunes with European flare:
- “Tacata,” Tacabro (Italy)
- “All Time Low,” The Wanted (United Kingdom, English)
- “Tage Wie Diese,” Die Toten Hosen (Germany)
Music with an African beat:
Back in the States:
- “Give Your Heart a Break,” Demi Lovato (United States)
Now you tell us: Which country do you think has the best music?
Written on June 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern
It’s hot, you’re sweaty and you feel like if you run one more step, you just might pass out on the asphalt. But all of a sudden, that song comes up on your iPod that propels you through the rest of your workout. Whether it’s the fast paced beat or the uplifting lyrics, many of us feel empowered by a special song when we’re in the zone. So what song pumps you up the most? We asked our Twitter followers to share their summer workout anthem with us to stay motivated, no matter how hot it’s getting!
@she_is_geeky: “My Body,” Young the Giant
@erinmoorman: My workout song is “Sexy and I Know It,” LMFAO.
@renea_shirey: “T.H.E (The Hardest Ever),” will.i.am. I play this the last mile of my runs to finish strong.
@MsHealthyWife: “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction. I can’t help but #MOVE when I hear it!
@happigolovely: “Where Have You Been,” Rihanna. It keeps me amped up!
@CaressaCrawford: “Call Me, Maybe,” Carly Rae Jensen
@onebabs1: “Till I Collapse,” Eminem and “Go Get It (Your Blessing),” Mary Mary
Now tell us: What summer song keeps your motivated when you work out?