Because Season Two begins with Frank and Claire Underwood running. And that pissed me off.
EN POINTE: I’m headed to an NYCB production tonight (woo!), so I was especially excited to see that ballerina Zenaida Yanowsky has shared her experiences on what it’s really like to prepare for a lead role. We love these words of wisdom: “Total abstinence from alcohol will help too, but a man cannot live from ballet alone…” [Glamour]
OSCAR SPRINT: More of a running trail than red carpet kind of guy, longtime runner and Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern chats with Runner’s World about his status as a running “junkie” and how he’s staying active at 77. [Runner's World]
LESS BOUNCE PER OUNCE: If you’re an aspiring cardio queen but need help keeping the girls in check, take a look at this list of the five top-performing sports bras. [Refinery29]
1. Pure & Good Lined Lace Jacket, $128 at Anthropologie
Cool Feature: Thumb-holes! And all the workout wear-perks you’d expect from a hard-working jacket (+ cute lace.)
2. Nike Midnight Craftwork Tights, coming to Nike February 28
Cool Feature: Artist Yuko Kanatani’s second collaboration with Nike features hand-drawings plus photography of actual beads, spangles, ribbons, and candy wrappers (!) sewn into fabric.
3. Work Out Life Cut It Out top, $81 at Carbon38
Cool Feature: Extra-long shirt + sleeve cut-outs makes for the perfect modesty+sexiness ratio
When it comes to being on time for yoga class, I’m pretty judge-y. Oh, and “on time” doesn’t mean getting to a 11:30 a.m. class on Saturday at 11:32 a.m., destroying the zen and well-spaced mat layout of everyone who got to class 10-15 minutes early. And leaving class early? Hey, I get it if you need to beat the rush to the showers and get to work for an early weekday meeting. Otherwise, stay for shavasana, people.
I just broke my own rule.
Attempting to switch up my routine, I headed to the gym and unrolled my mat for a different class and instructor than I had taken before. I wasn’t worried; while I had favorite instructors, every vinyasa class I’d taken there had been challenging, thoughtful, and relatively fast-paced. The class started off slowly, which was understandable since it was frigid outside and everyone needed to warm up. But then it stayed slow. Sooo. Slooow.
I checked the clock and realize the class was half over and we were still moving like we were in slow motion. Was it my problem? Did I just need to adjust my thinking after taking so many spin classes lately? more →
Two days of above-freezing temperatures have us thinking crazy — like that we might be able to get in an evening run soon without fearing black ice and street corner slush lakes. And we’ll be rocking this reflective gear now that we have to worry about more than just frostbite.
1. Nathan LightSpur, $20 at Road Runner Sports
2. Nathan Tri Color Ankle Band, $7 at REI
3. Amphipod Vizlet LED Reflectors (2-pack), $16 at Running Warehouse
RE-STOCK: Stock photos of women, they’re not so flattering (see: women laughing alone with salad). So, Getty Images has launched the “Lean In Collection” in partnership with LeanIn.org, which includes more than 2,500 images of modern women and girls working and exercising and being their kickass selves, without smiling at salads. [Buzzfeed]
CUE THE CRYING: Things weren’t going great for Russian cross-country skier Anton Gafarov; he crashed during his race, badly damaging his ski to the point that he couldn’t take his weight off it. Then he fell again, breaking the ski in half. That’s when Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth stepped in, giving Gafarov a replacement ski, even putting it on for him. Gafarov certainly wasn’t in medal contention at that point, but Wadsworth helped him finish the race with dignity. And that is the Olympic spirit. [Business Insider]
THEY NEVER LISTEN: Two joggers in Portland took a break from their run in a snowstorm to talk to a TV reporter about how great it is to run in crappy conditions. Then they jogged away and one of them ate it on the ice. Did no one heed our warning? [Mashable]
THE FIRST STEP: Getting started on a workout regimen is never easy, especially when you’re overweight. Here are some tips for getting started and sticking with it when it seems like it’s not worth it. [Lifehacker]
SINGLED OUT: Women need men (at least when it comes to pairs figure skating — it’s kind of a rule). So while it would be pretty impossible for these ladies to get into these positions without being tossed by a partner, these images of them alone are just incredible. [Buzzfeed]
Yeah, it’s still really freaking cold outside. But your hot yoga and spin classes? Still really freaking sweaty. Give your back a breather during steamy workout sessions with a tank that features a little back ventilation. And once the Eastern seaboard finally thaws, the mesh back will keep you cool(er) when sweltering summer temps have you longing for February’s Arctic freeze.
1. Mesh Back Tank Top, $62 at Electric Yoga
Cool Feature: The Spandex-blend fabric will keep this tank from flopping over your face during standing splits.
2. PureProject Seamless Tank, $55 at Brooks
Cool Feature: The fabric blend features moisture-wicking polypropylene, and it’s long enough that you won’t be tugging it over your midriff during class or a long run.
3. Mesh Back Tank, $62 at Alo Yoga
Cool Feature: Antibacterial technology inhibits the growth of odor-causing microbes. Translation: You won’t smell.
While activewear is generally more comfortable than regular-wear, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t sometimes leave you susceptible to pretty annoying issues. Here, the 5 worst ones, and how to deal with and prevent them.
My pants keep falling down!
Deal with what you have: Pair those loose-waist pants with the ultimate 90s accessory: A long-sleeve tee with excellent elasticity tied (tightly) over the waistband. Or if you’re feeling ambitious, snip the back of the waistband and use a safety pin to guide a new piece of elastic all the way through the waist. Tie it off (not too tightly!) and you’re good to go.
For better luck next time: Look at labels and ask salespeople for help to make sure you’re buying things that promise not to stretch in the wash. Or pick up detergent that’s activewear-specific to make sure you’re keeping your pieces in tip-top shape.
I can’t breathe in this sports bra!
Deal with what you have: Stretch that baby out! Soak it in hot water and stretch it over an appropriately large item (a chair back can work) to let it dry. Or stretch it out, dry, on an ironing board, pinning both sides down, and iron the elastic, letting the heat break ease the elastic.
For better luck next time: Buy sports bras with adjustable clasps and make sure the one you buy feels juust right at the middle clasp so you have room to go up or down.
My shorts are riding up so much I’m giving everyone a show!
Deal with what you have: Sounds gross, but in a pinch, spray hairspray on the inner bottom edges of the shorts, or even your legs, to make them stick.
For better luck next time: Pick loose shorts with a split in them to help keep them down, tight shorts with clear elastic on the inner bottom edges, or go nuts and try an activewear skirt!
My sunglasses keep slipping down my nose and almost off my face!
Deal with what you have: Use an eyeglass repair kit and tighten the screws so that the temples of the glasses stay put. You can also take them to an eyeglass shop and ask them to heat them up and bend the ends so that they wrap more snugly around your ears. If all else fails, you don’t want to hear this, but get one of those nerdtastic straps so you can secure your glasses to your head.
For better luck next time: Get sport-specific glasses (SSA Katie Hartman Morse recommends Oakley‘s 26.2 model for women.)
My shirt is drenched in sweat…and now it’s way too clingy and heavy!
Deal with what you have: Yes, this is the grossest-sounding of the bunch but happens all the time (hey, hot yoga friends.) If you’re only halfway through a work out and your shirt is already so soaked it’s dragging off you, gather as much of the material from the bottom as possible, wring it out, and then secure it in a loose knot that you tuck into your sports bra.
For better luck next time: Again, you’ll want to consult labels and sales associates. Choose moisture-wicking materials, seamless (or flat-seamed) pieces, and anything with mesh panels.
We get so used to seeing the triumphant fist pumps and jubilant shrieks that it’s easy to forget that these athletes aren’t the superhuman sport-bots that they appear to be. They’re just trying to leave it all out on the course (or rink or ski jump) like the rest of us. The next time you’re in a competition, try to remember this image and ask yourself: Have I emptied the tank? Am I leaving it all out there? As long as I have just enough energy to hobble to the subway afterwards, I’ll consider it a success.
IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING: Olympic competition kicked off yesterday (before the opening ceremony, which I kind of have a problem with), and my new favorite sport, slopestyle, made its debut. U.S. snowboarders Jamie Anderson and Karly Shorr have already qualified for the finals. U-S-A! U-S-A! [USA Today]
WINTER WAKEUP: This year it’s been hard to see the 70-degree summer day at the end of the very long, cold winter tunnel, so if you’re feeling generally “ugh,” we understand. Here are three ways to snap out of it. [Glamour]
GEARHEADS, TAKE NOTE: Among the fitness tech that Q Blog predicts we’ll be using this year? The Fitbit Flex styles designed in partnership with Tory Burch. Yes, we’ll take one of each, thanks. [Q Blog]
SMOKIN’ SPORTS IDOLS: I realize not everyone is as excited about the Olympics as I am, but in an effort to get everyone to watch (and for whatever reason you choose), here are 40 of the hottest athletes at the Games. On your mark, set your DVRs, GO! [Entertainment Weekly]