Water-Based Workouts for People Who Like Mixing Sweat with H2O

July 23, 2014

You can’t spend every day at the beach or pool (and if you can, please contact us — we’d like to be friends), but you can still get your playing-in-the-water fix with these aquatic workouts. No, it’s not your mom’s water aerobics, though you shouldn’t knock that until you try it.

Aqua Zumba: As sassy as the original but with less impact on your joints, try this out if you need a break after finishing a race or a round of intense training.

Aqua Spinning: If you’re already a spin fanatic (guilty), cycling through water presents a new resistance challenge and — they say — no soreness. Also, classes at Aqua in NYC are single sex, so no need to stress about swimsuit slips.

Aqua Yoga: Yoga in water sounds soo much more pleasant than yoga in a smelly 100-degree room, doesn’t it? Also, with no gravity, trying out tricky poses is a lot less intimidating.

3 Sports Bras for That Moment on the Treadmill When You Realize the Elastic in Yours is Shot to Hell

July 16, 2014

sportsbrasBounce is great for running shoes, not sports bras. So if you’ve found yourself in that uncomfortable situation where cranking up the treadmill speed means clutching your chest, it’s time to go shopping. These sports bras are probably a lot cuter than your old ones, anyway.

1. Amp It Up Bra, $40 at Athleta
The crossover-V front feels gives you more freedom of movement and feels less constrictive for activities like yoga and Pilates.

2. Hot Shot, $38 at Moving Comfort
Removable cups and adjustable straps make for a customizable fit.

3. Alo Yoga Paddle Fast Short Bra, $48 at Carbon38
We’re not sure if this bra will actually make your life “feel a little more like a music video,” but it’s worth a try. If nothing else, the anti-bacterial technology should keep you from stinking.

I Am a Second-Shift Athlete: Ashley C.

June 2, 2014

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Name: Ashley C. of The Pavement Princess

Location: Florida

Job: Teacher

My sport is: Running

AM or PM athlete: Depends on the day, but AM is my preference

How I got started: In the fall of 2011, I came across a magazine ad for the run Disney Princess Half Marathon. A half marathon wasn’t in my vocabulary. Heck, even the word running wasn’t in it. So I mentioned the race to my husband and my mom. I was expecting laughs. But instead my mom said she’d do it with me and my husband was just as encouraging. I first hit the pavement on October 1, 2011, and I haven’t looked back since.

I can’t believe that I: I ran my first full marathon in December. Never in a million years did I ever think I could run a marathon. I don’t think I’ll ever stop bragging out it! Ha, ha!

What motivates me: Accomplishing the impossible. There are so many things I thought I couldn’t do, running included. But I’ve discovered that the impossible is possible!

Fave workout song:Lose Yourself” by Eminem

Fave piece of workout gear: My SparkleSkirts and Mizuno Wave Riders

Best advice for newbies: Cotton isn’t your friend…..ever!

Personal motto/mantra: I am worth it!

Next race/competition/challenge: The Chicago Marathon

Keep up with Ashley on her excellent blog, The Pavement Princess.

Mile-a-Day Running Challenge, Spinning Drama, and More Links We Loved This Week

May 23, 2014

fe49e3e0ab9cccbfeea47aa09e1e16c7LET’S DO THIS: Runner’s World is launching another round of Run Streak, a summer challenge to run 1 mile per day from Memorial Day to July 4th. For anyone training for a fall marathon, this is pretty much mandatory. [Runner's World]

WATCH YOUR BACK: If you’re a lady who likes to work out solo to clear your head, we salute you. But we also want you to be safe, so keep these five tips in mind when you’re at the gym without a buddy. [Glamour]

OH SNAP: There’s dramz in the fitness world! The owner of Barry’s Bootcamp took a SoulCycle class, and then he was contacted by a SoulCycle lawyer telling him not to come back because they have a policy banning instructors from other group fitness studios from taking classes. Paranoia or just a smart business move? [Well+Good]

THING I WILL NEVER DO: Portaledge camping. Heard of it? I just did and now I’ll probably have nightmares about falling out of my hanging tent and off the side of a mountain. But if you’re a skilled climber or less afraid of dying then me, get info on the best spots. [Outside]

3 Pairs of In-Between Workout Pants for In-Between Weather

May 20, 2014

cropsThis time of year, the weather can go from steamy to chilly in the course of a spin class, so be prepared for mercurial spring conditions with sporty capris. And while it’s not necessary to get them in eye-popping shades, it is impossible not to smile while wearing them.

1. Triple Blocked Workout Capris , $18 at Forever 21
Cool Feature: The wide waistband makes for a comfortable, flattering fit.

2. Paradise Rump Shaker Capri, $75 at Ellie
Cool Feature: The built-in booty-lifting shorts and an anti-muffin-top waistband are like endorphins on demand.

3. Trina Turk Mid-Length Leggings, $88 at Zappos.com
Cool Feature: Flatlock seams cut down on chafing (and post-workout skin indentations.)

You Know You’re a Second-Shift Athlete When…

May 7, 2014

friends-working-out-650x364We were so inspired by Bustle’s excellent list “31 Signs You Put Your Health First” that we decided to come up with a list of things that we unabashedly do in the name of fitness. Even if they make our friends (lovingly) roll their eyes at us occasionally.

1. You don’t mind showing up somewhere sweaty.
2. You will leave the party so that you can make it to 9 a.m. Pilates on Sunday.
3. You’ve turned a request for “getting together for a drink” into a walking date.
4. You can explain in detail the pros and cons of various marathon training strategies.
5. When someone mentions a crazy fitness challenge (mud race, relay, etc.) you ALWAYS have to know more.
6. You tell people you have a work event so you can skip social events you don’t want to go to and then hit the gym instead (extreme, but sometimes necessary).
7. You’re supportive of others’ early fitness accomplishments because you remember the importance of starting out.
8. You will stop a stranger to chat if you see her/him wearing a t-shirt from a race you competed in.
9. When someone asks what you want for your birthday/Christmas, the answer is one word: Lululemon.
10. You set an alarm on your phone so you can get in when the booking window opens for your favorite spin class.
11. You may or may not be wearing a sports bra at work right now.
12. If you can make it to the gym, you fit in a workout whenever you can, like running to happy hour or to volunteer meetings.
13. You reserve “skinnyfat” as your greatest insult.
14. You spend more on running shoes than strappy sandals.
15. You’ve “run off” a bad day.
16. You keep fresh wipes and body spray in your bag at all times for quick workout-to-going-out transitions.
17. You’re not afraid of donuts. You’re not afraid of hills. You’re not afraid of headstand…but you are afraid of injuries that keep you from exercising.

Spring’s Finally Here, So Grab Your Claritin and Go

May 5, 2014

photo-7We’ve finally escaped the frigid air and icy streets of winter, so before the hazy days and blazing hot pavement of summer commence, we have a brief window of breezy, sunny spring. Yes, anyone with allergies and asthma may disagree, but overall this is the most prime outdoor running time until the halcyon days of fall. And if you do feel allergic to the season, avoid outdoor exercise when the pollen counts are the highest, which is between 5 and 10 a.m. and at dusk. Now get going.

Run Strong, Boston

April 21, 2014

f5ab9f6750276de5d63b5265c0a27615It’s been a painful year of rehabilitation, mourning, and healing from the tragic events at last year’s Boston Marathon, so this morning’s sunshine and stellar race conditions could not be more fitting for a new beginning. We salute today’s runners and spectators. If you want to do even more to support those affected by last year’s bombings, please continue to give to One Fund Boston.

Calming Prerace Nerves, Learning to Love A.M. Workouts, and More Links We Loved This Week

April 4, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 10.56.33 AMSETTLE DOWN, GIRL: If you can’t keep yourself from completely wigging out before a race, here’s a list of do’s and don’ts for keeping yourself together. Our favorite: Don’t unleash the crazy on others. [Runner's World]

STRAIGHT TRIPPIN’: Now that it’s finally safe to go on vacation again without fearing massive snow-related airport delays, we’re checking out these fitness-friendly destinations for ladies traveling solo. [Glamour]

LET IT OUT: When you’re feeling bloated, don’t just unbutton your pants and throw back your head in agony. Get in some downward dog again. Try these moves and start feeling human again. [FitSugar]

A.M. ATHLETICS: To people who work out in the evening, breaking a sweat before noon seems like crazy talk. But if you’re ready to transform your schedule (and benefit all day from the major boost of A.M. energy), these five tips will have you all atwitter about your new early bird routine. [Q by Equinox]

April Showers Bring May…Mud Runs

April 3, 2014

b18a1112fba1fbb36841ac58b2ab087eSo, mud runs. I admit, when I first heard about them, I was a little grossed out. (Though I’m still slightly scarred from the mud pits at Woodstock ’99, which I’m pretty sure wasn’t just mud.) But given the explosive popularity of playing dirty, especially among women, I think I might be ready mud it up. Here are just a few of the opportunities to have filthy fun next month.

May 3: Pretty Muddy Women’s Mud Run – Sacramento, CA

May 10: Mud on the Mountain – Seven Springs, PA

May 17: Jurassic Classic Mud Run – Hemet, CA

May 22: LoziLu Women’s Mud Run – Los Angeles, CA

May 31: Dirty Girl Mud Run – Raleigh area, NC