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One Woman’s Quest for the Best: The Fastest, Farthest Female Inline Skate

Written on May 15, 2012 at 10:25 am , by

Fischer will roll through 18 states during this trip. (Photo courtesy of Promax)

Over the next few months, families will travel across the U.S. via plane, train or car during summer road trips. Kacie Fischer will be covering the same distance (nearly 4,000 miles, on her route), but on inline skates…and in just 74 days. If she reaches her goal, Fischer will also be breaking five Guinness World Records in the process.

We caught up with Fischer, a Promax DOer, after a long day of skating to get the backstory about her fit trip which has been two years in the making.

How did you get started with inline skating?

I started skating when I was 7, but didn’t start skating longer distances until I was cross training as a college runner. I found that I could travel a lot farther and see a lot more, plus it was a lot more exhilarating—try flying down a hill at 40+ miles per hour! Inline skating is like running on steroids.

What motivated you to skate across the country?

The challenge of it! I have learned that the day you ever stop challenging yourself is the day that you start dying. I would have to say skating across America definitely is living!

My fiancé Adam Cleveland and I started a non-profit called LiveGiveTrain Charities to encourage health and fitness through unique events, while raising money for existing non-profits. Our first event is LiveGiveSKATE: inline skating across America raising awareness for Special Olympics.

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Skydiving Fit Females Create “Pink Skies” in a New Documentary

Written on March 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm , by

The record-breaking formation. (Photo courtesy of Documentary Channel)

I don’t know about you, but the thought of jumping out of a plane at 6,000 feet is a little frightening. (It gives me flashbacks to my paragliding experience, but seems about five times scarier!) I think I might need a nudge to get me out of the plane door—or maybe a good cause to motivate me and put my worries in perspective.

Jump for the Cause (JFTC) participants are thinking about all of the women in their lives who have been touched by breast cancer each time they leave the plane or meet up for a training session. For them, breast cancer awareness doesn’t just pop up each October. It’s a year-round focus for the non-profit group of skydiving women, who chronicled their record-breaking attempt for largest all-women’s skydiving formation in the new documentary Pink Skies. Along the way, the 200 women from 31 countries across the globe raised nearly $1 million for breast cancer awareness, research and prevention.

The movie is about more than the jump, though. It includes interviews with survivors, researchers and doctors who share about their experiences and what we all can do to decrease our risk for breast cancer. Here are a few good places to start:

Get your DVRs ready: Pink Skies will air on Documentary Channel on Friday, March 16 at 8:30 p.m. E.T. Watch the trailer and find more information about the film here.

Fit Inspiration: Five Tips From Hiking Record Holder Jennifer Davis

Written on August 9, 2011 at 11:37 am , by

Written by Theresa K. Brady, editorial intern

(Photo courtesy of Maureen Robinson)

Staying fit in nature, like Jennifer does, can help put life in perspective. Just check out that view! (Photo courtesy of Maureen Robinson)

On Sunday, July 31, history was made on the Appalachian Trail. Jennifer Davis is now the fastest person ever to complete the 2,181-mile hike, finishing in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes—and we thought spin class was rough! (Andrew Thompson was the previous record holder, completing the trek in 47 days, 13 hours and 31 minutes.) We caught up with Davis after she stepped off the trail to hear more about her values, her family and the hike that changed her life.

Five lessons she learned along the path:

Step off the grid. “Once the adjustment is made, it becomes really nice to unplug,” Davis says. “The trail is your home. You can’t think about your warm bed or nice shower.” But how do you live without cell service? Davis enjoys being disconnected from her phone, social media and the constant stimulation of modern life.

Allow yourself to recover. Walking and running all day for weeks takes a toll on your body. “You have to allow your body to rest,” she suggests. The length and rigor of your hike will determine how long you will need to recover. After this hike, Davis will be taking it easy for a while. “I will be doing very light physical activity for the next six months.”

Find energy in food. While on the trail, Davis was burning 6,000 to 7,000 calories a day, or the equivalent of 11 to 13 Big Macs! “It’s hard to chew as much food as you need to take in,” she says. While on the trail, Davis munched on energy bars and energy chews, but really looked forward to the occasional evening treat. “My husband was so supportive. Sometimes he’d bring me a high-calorie dinner from a nearby town,” Davis says (most days she ate freeze-dried camping dinners). What a guy!

Value simplicity. “We feel like we need all these ‘things,’ but the trail teaches you to be content with what’s in your backpack,” Davis says. She also found that it was easier to build quality relationships with the other hikers without technology and all the distractions of everyday life. “It’s a skill I try to carry over into everyday life.”

Focus on family. Davis is onto her next adventure: children. “We really want to focus on family,” she says. Does she plan on teaching her children to hike? Absolutely! “That’s the best part about trails. You can set a speed record or take a toddler out there. It’s perfect for anyone.”

Check out Jennifer’s website to read more about her hike or to check out pictures from her trek.

More from FITNESS: Blaze your own trail with our must-have hiking gear.

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!