Earth Shoes

 

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Walking, hiking, running… these shoes are rugged and sturdy enough for the toughest of trails, but stylish enough for everyday wear.

 
LEFT COLUMN: DECKERS X LAB ENDURO MAX LO $199. This all-terrain, all-distance trekker melds a mountaineering boot and a running shoe into one fun package.

SALOMON ELIXIR ACTIV GORE-TEX $155. A weatherproof, no-compromise hiking shoe, the Salomon Elixir Activ Gore-Tex delivers the perfect alliance of plush, palpable comfort and balanced support every step of the way.

ALTRA MONT BLANC BOA TRAIL RUNNING SHOE $209.95. Built for an ultramarathon, but perfect for an everyday trail run, the Altra Mont Blanc Boa Trail Running Shoe gives a responsively cushioned ride with superior BOA®  fit on any terrain.

OBOZ SYPES LOW LEATHER WATERPROOF HIKING SHOE $155. This go anywhere, sneaker style, hiking shoe is as comfortable on rocky trails as city streets.

RIGHT COLUMN: HOKA TRANSPORT GTX $175. Designed with the city-dweller in mind, the Hoka Transport meets at the intersection of lifestyle and performance, weather-ready for everyday adventures. Read More

 

Everyone Can Be A Ballerina

 

BALLET BODY(TM) BARRE

Barre3, The Bar Method, Pure Barre are just a few of the countless barre fitness studios across the country. Barre classes are very popular sculpt and tone workouts that integrate small isometric movements designed to work muscles to fatigue. Ballet Body(TM) Barre is a very different kind of barre workout.

Developed by former ballerina Roberta Senn, Ballet Body(TM) Barre follows the format of traditional barre classes ballerinas have taken for years to maintain their long and lean physiques and develop the strength required to perform at the highest level. The result is what Senn calls “the most beautiful bodies on the planet.”

Senn was discovered by Jerome Robbins on her very first audition after moving to New York City, who cast her in the original production of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway in 1964. She left the production a year later to pursue dancing in a ballet company, and spent many years abroad with the Geneva Ballet, Israel Ballet, and Iranian National Ballet (disbanded after the Islamic revolution of 1979). Read More

 

The Top 10 List

 

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Leggings, hoodie, tank top, belt bag, sneakers, bodysuit, sportbra, t-shirt, sweater, and scarf: these are your top 10 essentials for the fit life on the go. Mix and match for every day. At the gym, running errands, grabbing a coffee with friends, all these pieces are in play!

 
LEFT COLUMN: JAMES PERSE COTTON JERSEY HOODIE $185; NAGNATA SURYA SEEMLESS CROP $189; VARLEY LET’S MOVE POCKET HIGH LEGGING $108

MIDDLE COLUMN: NILI LOTAN SHANAH TANK $165; BANDIER V-NECK SHORT CATSUIT $130; ALEX MILL COTTON JERSEY PROPECT TEE $58

RIGHT COLUMN: NEW BALANCE 9060 $149.99; CARBON 38 SLOUCHY KNIT COTTON SWEATER $158; PRADA RE-NYLON & SAFFIANO LEATHER BELT BAG $1590; LOEWE FRINGED LEATHER-TRIMMED MOHAIR BLEND SCARF $380

 

Super Snack Swaps: Chips & Dips

 

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: KETTLE BRAND AVOCADO OIL POTATO CHIPS; SIETE CORN CHIPS; CASE SANCHEZ REAL GUACAMOLE; PRIMAL KITCHEN BUFFALO RANCH DIP

 
With just hours to go until Superbowl kickoff, time to load up on your favorite snacks for the game. No need to sabotage your healthy eating with all the tasty alternative chips and dips available at most grocery and convenience stores.

Robin Barrie Kaiden MS, RD, CDN, CSSD, one of the nation’s leading experts in personal wellness and nutrition, recommends crunchy snacks like organic popcorn, chips, and nuts cooked in olive or avocado oil. Avoid refined vegetable oils like corn oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil.

Says Kaiden, “I love Kettle Brand Chips made with avocado oil. For tortilla-style chips, my favorite are Siete. They are grain free made only with cassava flour, avocado oil, coconut flour, chia seeds and salt!” Read More

 

Spring into Stripes

 

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We interrupt this winter and fast forward to warmer days ahead. Why wait? Sport these spring stripes now!

LEFT COLUMN: AUTRY KNIT SWEATSHIRT WITH ZIP COLLAR $348; PRO-KEDS ROYAL LO CANVAS LACE UP SNEAKERS $49; VERONICA BEARD DIANORA STRIPED KNIT TOP $348; FOLKULTURE COTTON TOTE BAG $17.99

MIDDLE COLUMN: KULE THE GIO TANK TOP $185; SPLITS59 FOX TECHFLEX TRACK PANTS now $103; NILI LOTAN GIDEON STRIPE CASHMERE BLEND TURTLENECK SWEATER $1135

RIGHT COLUMN: WARSTIC WSPB3 PRO STANDARD PICKLEBALL PADDLE $149; LOEWE STRIPED WOOL BLEND JACQUARD HOODIE $1850; RALPH LAUREN SLIM FIT COTTON CABLE-KNIT POLO $168; KULE THE SHORT $78

 

Masters Swimming

 

MASTERS SWIMMING AT ASPHALT GREEN

 
Contrary to what you might think, Masters Swimming is not just for master swimmers. In fact it’s for everyone, swimmers of all levels, as I learned last week at Asphalt Green where I trained with the AGUA Masters swim team for week 3 of 52 Weeks of Fitness.

“Masters Swimming is for anyone 18 and over. At Asphalt Green we’re really trying to welcome everyone, from someone who just learned how to swim to former Olympians”, says Jim Wu Head Coach AGUA Masters. “We try to incorporate workouts that will appeal to all levels.” AGUA Masters swim team is dedicated to helping adult swimmers improve their swimming by developing better technique, fitness, and endurance through structured group instruction and training.

The last time I was on a swim team, I think I was 12 or 13. I still swim regularly but recreationally, not very far or particularly fast. I had seen the AGUA Masters team practicing at Asphalt Green where I am a member, their workout written out on the white board, and thought it looked like a fun way to increase both my distance and speed. Read More

 

Winter Layers: Cold Outside Warm Inside

 

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Don’t let a little cold weather stop you from going out for a run or enjoying your other favorite outdoor activities. Winter can be one of the most beautiful seasons to train outside when you have the right gear. We’ve got the layers you need to stay warm, dry, and looking good out there!

 
LEFT COLUMN: TRACKSMITH BRIGHTON BASE LAYER $88; ARC’TERYX ESSENT WARM HIGH-RISE LEGGING $140; NIKE INFINITYRN 4 GORETEX $185; MIDDLE COLUMN: SMITH MOTIVE RUNNING SUNGLASSES $185; THE NORTH FACE WOMEN’S MASHUP INSULATED JACKET $130; SMARTWOOL SMARTLOFT VEST $185; RIGHT COLUMN: HOUDINI 100% LAMBSWOOL TOP HAT $70; CRAFT HYBRID WEATHER GLOVE 39.99; DARN TOUGH WOMENS ELEMENT 2-PACK (1 ANKLE & 1 CREW) MERINO SOCKS $40

 

Sport Illustrated: 1954-?

 

 

Back in 2013, for another blog called SPORTOLOGY, I did a story on the SI VAULT, a treasure trove of Sport Illustrated covers. As a creative director for sports and fitness publications, I found it an incredible library and resource for inspirational sports imagery.

Sports Illustrated covers celebrated the joy of sport. They captured the greatest athletes of all time with such an intimate point of view, they felt like a son or daughter’s framed picture on the mantlepiece. They invited the reader in to find out more. Even the most intimidating of competitors let down their guard. Read More

 
 

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