Hello Dear Challengers! The following ten step workout alternates fat-burning cardio moves with strengthening exercises. It's entirely unplugged, and thus perfect for your living room, or office, or nearby park.... Perform the 10 exercises back-to-back, quickly moving from one to the next. Time and strength allowing, repeat the routine one, two, or three times in a session. Finish with two minutes of stretching to let your heart rate and muscles recover. For maximum results, revisit the workout three times a week. Then, please try to enjoy your newly firm behind, lean abs, and strong arms....More...
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Close up of sexy breasts in cheetah print bra. Breastfeeding may dramatically reduce your breast cancer risk. Note to self: Procreate early. Uh oh, juice exploding out of an orange and phallic photo of a parsnip dwarfing a carrot. Gulp your OJ fast, lest it harm your teeth, and eat parsnips. Hello, a woman with glistening abs, wearing only a tool belt, hung with hammers and wrenches. Instant love fixes: Have stronger orgasms via deeper breathing. Boost intimacy by letting him watch you put on mascara. I'm on it. Now a super close-up of kissing couple, she pressed up against bookshelf, gripping it for support. Who says your period has to slow things down? Next page, same couple, still against bookshelves, his hands under her nightie. Scientists are discovering that your menstrual cycle can affect your libido in incredibly hot ways. Who knew? We like this article. Now a woman in off-shoulder sweater is giving me a devastating come-hither look. I don't really want the sweater, just to caress her shoulder immediately. After 100 pages of Women's Health I'm up for anything.
EXCLUSIVE: By our count, Equinox offers 459 distinct "group fitness" classes. Some of these are seasonal, and there are no doubt a few discontinued classes listed on the club's web site where we did our exhaustive research, but, still, one question comes to mind: Holy Shit! The awesome fertility of the Equinox Group Fitness program clearly begs some explanation, a deep cultural reading, at least an economic analysis. We'll leave all that to the physical education PhD's or American Studies majors who we hope are following this space closely. Meantime, we'd just like to let the names speak for themselves. Without further ado, then, here is our round-up of the very best Equinox Group Fitness Class Names of all time....More...
Straight from the Equinox Battlestar via panting press release: Lebron James's workout playlist! That's right, Equi got Lebron (or Lebron's handlers) to create a workout playlist just for them, and the proper way to listen to said playlist turns out to be while wearing Dr. Dre's trademarked over-the-ear headphones, "Beats by Dr. Dre." Mad props to the Equinox marketing axis for opportunistic deal making, (despite any obvious sign of real hip hop street cred around the club.) They're on a roll over there. This is the same marketing department whose latest billboard campaign puts David Barton to shame: Half naked models in bed wearing stilettos and fondling a Polaroid cameras. "What are they thinking?" asked one appalled Equi yoga teacher to an SW operative. "They're dishing out cheeseburgers, and I'm serving up filet mignon. But I want a raise, so I'm not going to say anything." Ah, capitalism. So, right, click through Lebron's playlist....More...
Let's not mince words. Gym equipment is fugly. Try as you might to upgrade your home gym with swanky designer dumbells or an artsy rowing machine, when all is said and done, camouflage may be the best recourse. Enter the hidden home gym....More...
Who's into TRX? Soldiers. Pilates guru Kristin McGee. Superbowl MVP Drew Brees. In sum, a whole lotta people. It goes everywhere and helps mightily with your plans to become super buff. The TRX Pro Pack rings up at $189. Not bad for a whole body training system, but not free either. Still not free, but $90 cheaper: the Gravity Bar suspension system. It's basically a TRX knock-off, but in addition to being cheaper, it apparently has a few other advantages. Fit Bottomed Girls tested it out, and they've got this to say:More...
An IM conversation I had yesterday in regards to women’s fashion choices at the gym.
J: whats with girls wearing like
super tight black pants
and you can see the forms of their butts
not that im complaining
me: i dont think those are considered pants anymore
J: but are they aware?
According to the old trope, all the important business happens in the locker room. That's where the boys hang out, steaming away half naked, with endorphins jangling, ready to commit serious capital. Well, if there's still any truth to the saying in this era of co-ed executive teams, private trainers and home gyms, then you might wonder which locker room today attracts the big swinging, um, power brokers. The Racquet and Tennis Club on Park Avenue, you say? Too obscurely WASPy. The Reebok Sports Club in midtown? All media glitz, no real capital. David Barton Chelsea? Come on, the Gays are not yet that powerful. What's that leave? Well, how about the new 54,000 square foot gym at 200 West Street, i.e. the in-house gym deep inside the worldwide headquarters of Goldman Sachs?
After a few months of sleuthing, our sources finally penetrated the inner sanctum of the most powerful bank on the planet. They attempted to blend in, while scanning the joint for unrepentant derivatives traders pumping themselves up with kettlebells to sell short some small European country. They examined the spin studio for signs of German electronica and thrash metal, and they spent long hours in the steam room waiting to hear something worthy of mention. The upshot?More...
Charity reminded me yesterday that I once described Jessica Smith as "my favorite ever on camera exercise teacher." I stand by that statement. I'll tell you why: Whenever I press play on a workout DVD, I'm always (and for good reason) fearful that the the tiny instructor on my TV is going to be perky and annoying and really love box-steps and slouch socks. Jessica Smith is not perky or annoying. She's positive, good at queuing, and the exercises she tells me to do have a purpose. So I was pretty thrilled to interview her. First, because as stated, I love her. Second, because she's a normal woman who started her fitness journey on a rusty 1970s stationary bike, 40 pounds heavier than she is now, and went from there all the way to having her own Wii game. Her thoughts on getting in shape a few minutes at a time, her favorite home workouts, and info on her new website, after the jump.More...
Today's free workout: LA Boxing in Georgetown courtesy of a "one free workout" pass. LA Boxing is a great chain. My best friend, A, works out there, and I've tried the Rockville and VA locations before. The premise is that you make hardcore competitive boxing a little more accessible to the masses. But the gym also has the following advertising slogan: "Burn 800-1,000 calories in a single hour workout!" I call bullshit. 1,000 calories is a hell of a lot. I can't think of a single thing that I can do for an hour, that would make me burn that many calories without going into a coma. So I decided to strap on my heart rate monitor watch and give it the truth test.More...
Coming to NYC today and tomorrow, the much-awaited Wired Health Conference featuring some exciting speakers taking on the theme "Living by the Numbers." Among the notables: Wired's own Quantified Self gurus, Kevin Kelly and Gary Wolf, as well as Timothy Ferris, Craig Venter, and an Olympic Gold Medalist Aston Eaton. Should be good!
Better athletes sweat more, reports the Palo Alto Daily News. You may think your sweaty wrists or the rivers of perspiration on your shins are a sign simply that you're working hard or are really hot, but there's more to it than that, say scientists. Bigger, faster, better sweating is a sign that you're becoming a more efficient machine. "As you get more in shape, you'll sweat more in your extremities, so your arms and legs get sweaty, helping to dissipate that heat much quicker," say Dr. Beth Stover Mooradian, a senior scientist with Gatorade. I feel so much better about my un-dainty sweat situation now!
The scent of Gardenia jamsinoides (more commonly known as Common Gardenia or Cape Jasmine) can conk you out as effectively as prescription sleeping pills without all the downsides, according to a new German study. In tests, the fragrant flowers apparently acted on the the exact same neurotransmitter (GABA) that valium does. Here's what that looks like: "In a Plexiglas cage whose air contained a high concentration of the fragrance, the mice ceased all activity and sat quietly in the corner." Kind of intense.
A month ago I went to Mexico, and spent ten blissful sun-soaked days. When I came home, however, my skin was hurting. So I began slathering Vitamin E oil all over my face and neck every night before bed. Years ago, this was a standard nightly ritual, but I've long since dropped the ball. I shouldn't be surprised, then, but I am, that when I get up in the morning these days my skin is shining and looking healthy and juicy....More...
It would have otherwise been a calm day in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood last Wednesday: Buff men staring down on Market Street from second story cafes, the giant rainbow flag, the vintage marquis of the Castro Theater announcing Errol Flynn in the Adventures of Robin Hood.... But the calm was shattered when federal agents busted into the local Max Muscle emporium armed with search warrants. For what were they looking? Tren Xtreme, a "designer steroid" that is the scourge of gay men and high school football players across the nation. Behind the raid, somewhere in an office in Washington, D.C., was Jeff Novitzky, special agent for the FDA, the Elliot Ness of the anti-doping movement. Novtizky is the man that took down BALCO (Barry Bonds) and Marion Jones, and now he's got his sights set on your local GNC and Vitamin Shoppe. We're way into the Novitzky-supplement story, which the Times' Michael Schmidt has been diligently following for the last few years. Beyond the wonderfulness of humble onetime IRS bureacrat turned steroid avenger, we're sickly intrigued by the baroque expertise of the black market supplement crowd -- and we do feel sorry for the 17-year old linebacker desperate to make varsity. The child doesn't stand a chance! Just get a load of the sorts of exchanges going down righ now on bodybuilding message boards....More...
Every year I get my physical and the doctor says "your cholesterol is borderline high," and I say, "I'll work on that," and then I go away for the next 11 months and don't really change much. I figure I'm young, my cholesterol is only borderline high, I'm healthy otherwise, so what's the big deal? If you're in my camp, listen up. A new study published yesterday says the big deal is, uh, death. Researchers at UCSF followed more than 3,000 men and women aged 18 to 30 for two decades and found that those with even "modestly elevated cholesterol levels" during their younger years were significantly more likely to develop atherosclerosis later in life. Reminder: Atherosclerosis and heart attacks are best friends. Most doctors have been sort of on my side till now, as in, it'd be great if I lowered my cholesterol, but they're not freaking out about it. Expect that to change. As one of the study's authors puts it, explaining that we need to start intervening earlier: "Our evidence shows that young adulthood is an important time because lasting damage already starts to accumulate at this age." Fish and fiber, here I come.
Nude yoga is old news in New York. (There's still time to sign up for Hot Nude Yoga's summer retreat!) But it's brand new to the fair state of Utah (last seen hosting the squeaky cleanest pole dancing competition in the lower 48). The AP reports today that thanks to pioneering Utah yoga instructor John Cottrell, SLC yoga enthusiasts can now enjoy twice monthly nude classes (a reasonable start, though a far cry from NYC's daily offerings). While the classes are supposed to be all about fitness, the AP reporter who attended noted "an undeniable sexual charge...in the room, making the exercise at times painfully weird and embarrassing." Having never been, I can't comment. Though I can certainly think of something even more painfully weird and embarrasing: Hot Nude Yoga Private Yoga Lessons. Awk-ward!
I've tried an obnoxious number of different "health kicks" over the
years. There was the no-sugar diet, the no-fat diet, the no-carbs diet,
the no-sugar-fat-carbs diet otherwise known as not eating. This recipe
comes from a stint during which I was under the sole direction of a
well-known bodybuilder/Mr. America. He lived his life by hard and fast rules: Weights were the only real workout, fruit was unnecessary, protein was king. And every morning, EVERY MORNING, he ate plain oatmeal and plain egg whites. So I did too. Well, the weights fascination passed. And I'm pretty much obsessed with fruit. And I don't really eat much meat. But you know what stuck around? That oatmeal and egg whites schtick. And in the most unlikely of ways too. I present you with a recipe created out of desperation.
Answer: At least 55 days. Or at least that's what everyone thought, 55 days being a speed record which had held, despite many attempts to best it, since 1896. But this weekend four rowers shattered the record, paddling across the Atlantic from New York to southwestern England in a mere 44 days. During their weeks living on their 23-foot boat, the team ate freeze-dried chili con carne and 600 candy bars. Don't hurt yourself, we'll do the math for you — that's about five and half bars each per day.
I’ve hit a lot of gyms in the last three months. And they've all have one thing in common — total black yoga pant domination. Why does every woman who frequents the gym feel it is her personal duty to dress exclusively in this color, and in this fashion? What happened to shorts? Or to pigment? Over the summer a co-worker told me (in a non sexual harassment way, you’ll have to trust me on this), “You’re lucky, you can still get away with wearing shorts.” I’m 24. Do people really think that starting in your mid-20s, you have to switch to demure full length pants?More...
The U.S. Olympic Triathlon team doesn't eat oatmeal for breakfast, they eat "Super Oatmeal," created by Bob Seebohar, their former personal nutritionist. We're thinking that if it's good for them, it's good for you....
Ingredients: Rolled oats, water, whey protein powder, dark cocoa powder, ground flax, blueberries, raisins, and a banana.
Last night, pre-martinis at Temple Bar with Lululemon (herself), we stopped in for overdue tour of the new David Barton Gym at Astor Place. Everone must go take a look, if only to see the next step in the evolution of gym to nightclub: DJ booth in the shape of giant mirrored ball, thumping music, outsized Phillipe Starck-style mirrors leaning against exposed steel and brick. Purple backlighting everywhere. Lovely juxtaposition of candle-lit wooden floors and futuristic cardio machinery (each unit with its own TV). All the energy does make you want to work out -- the way a hopping club makes you want to dance. Everyone beautiful in that lighting: The ripped man of color with dreds and tattoos; the Nicole Kidman knock-off doing pelvic lifts with pesonal trainer. And that's the further surprise: It's not all gay. The mix of men and women, in fact, roughly balanced. "David has a wife and a kid and lives on the Upper East Side," said our tour guide. "The Chelsea thing just sort of took off." My thought: It could easily have been Equinox Greenwich Avenue or any other Hot New Club, just re-themed, like a Windows desktop, to something between The Standard and the Delano. So, other than mandatory tourist visit, should you join?
Here at Social Workout HQ, we all have colds. Our landlord, co-founder of Flavorpill Sascha Lewis, is among the afflicted, and while some of us are drinking nasty, chemically-flavored Theraflu, Sascha, ever the natural wellness guru, is drinking a concoction of lemon, ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper. He's the first to admit that the brew is aggressive in flavor, but you get what you pay for it, and what you're paying for here is power passage clearing effects. Sascha got the recipe from his friend Aarona, who got it from Jena at Jena Wellness, and we're passing it along in a similar friend-to-friend fashion. To all of you currently ailing, drink up and get well soon! Full recipe after the jump.More...
All yogurts are not created equal. Some are champion snacks or even meals, and others are sugar-soaked goop. One serving of my childhood favorite, Western Family lowfat blueberry yogurt, contains 44g of sugar, versus 9g in an equally if not more delicious serving of Total Fage. So no more Western Family for me. Which brings us to the topic at hand: yogurts' nutritional content, specifically high-end, thick-style yogurts.More...
People who haughtily glare at you when you put your mat next to theirs. Texting while chanting. Teachers who leave you for dead in corpse pose. Yoga manners are often questionable, and the New York Times is out with a list of the most aggravating yoga behavior. Their take on the seven worst offenses:
- Barging out
- Barging in
- Chanting "Ah" instead of "Om"
- Singing to the music during class
- Cellphone usage mid-class
- Poor hygiene, in particular poor hygiene that leads to odors
But a list is only a fraction as fun as some good stories. Come on, what's the most ridiculous thing you've ever seen in yoga class?