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

 

Sneaky Boots

 

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From city streets to mountain trails, out for a walk or on the run, take on the elements this winter in these hybrid sneaker boots.

LEFT COLUMN: THE NORTH FACE WOMEN’S HALSEIGH THERMOBALL™ LACE WATERPROOF BOOTS $159; CANADA GOOSE MEN’S JOURNEY BOOT LIGHT $750; MERRELL AGILITY PEAK 5 ZERO GORE-TEX® 1TRL $230; CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR LUGGED WATERPROOF WINTER 2.0 BOOTS now $99.97

RIGHT COLUMN: DECKERS X LAB MAX 40 SPSK MID $280; SALOMON ELIXIR MID GORE-TEX HIKING BOOTS now $157.50; NIKE CITY CLASSIC PREMIUM WATERPROOF BOOTS now $123.97; HOKA KAHA 2 GTX $240

 

Paris 2024: One to Watch

 

 

Speedo just announced the newest member of their team, American swimming sensation Arabella “Bella” Gabrielle Sims. This exciting collaboration between Speedo and Sims brings together one of the most iconic swim brands with a rising star in competitive swimming in an exciting lead up to Paris 2024.

Already an Olympic Medalist and World Champion, Sims was one of just four high school athletes to make the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, winning a Silver medal in the 4×200 Free Relay at age 16. She has won multiple World Championship titles since then, as a member of the Gold-Winning 4×200 Free Relay team at Budapest’s 2022 World Aquatics Championships, and also winning silver in Fukuoka at the 2023 Championships in the 4×100 Mixed Freestyle Relay and Women’s 4×200 Freestyle.

Sims will now be representing Speedo in the brand’s cutting-edge swimwear and accessories in her upcoming competitions. She will be racing in the latest evolution of Speedo’s pioneering Fastskin® LZR® Valor 2.0 swimsuit developed by Speedo’s Aqualab® research and development facility, and engineered from Lamoral® Space Tech.
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Pumped Up Pilates

 

 

WEEK 2 OF 52 WEEKS OF FITNESS:

PILATES MEETS STRENGTH TRAINING AT VAURA PILATES, TOP; RE/GEN METHOD, BOTTOM

 
According to ClassPass, Pilates was the most popular workout of 2023, overtaking strength training as the number one choice of fitness enthusiasts. There are countless Pilates fitness studios across the country — many of which we have featured like SLT, SolidCore, Club Pilates, and Lagree Fitness – with classes on a Pilates reformer machine or a variation thereof. All are slightly different, but at their core is core – core strength that is.

A few new studios have popped up on the fitness landscape like Vaura Pilates and Re/Gen Method that combine the popularity and benefits of Pilates and strength training into one workout. It’s a new approach to Pilates and a new approach to strength training. Though there is an emphasis on core work, core strength alone is not the end goal. Maintaining your stability and form on the Reformer as you slide the platform and pull the straps against the resistance of the spring makes Pilates classes a total body workout. These new classes add weights into the mix for added difficulty and results.

Vaura Pilates is a new Australian import that just opened in NYC, and I took their first class opening day. Billed as an “athletic” Reformer class, Vaura mixes dumbbells, a weighted ball, and the traditional Pilates ring into moves on the Reformer. Every class is different and each teacher encorporates the equipment in their own way. My instructor, for example, integrated upper body dumbbell moves like bicep curls, triceps extensions, and shoulder presses into lower body moves like lunges and squats on the Reformer. Read More

 

adidas x Bumble

 

 
It’s a match! adidas Training and Bumble have unveiled a partnership to tackle gymtimidation, a barrier to training which can impact athletes at all-levels.

To better understand next-gen training attitudes, a study was commissioned by adidas on the effects of intimidation in the gym that found nearly one-in-three have avoided the gym completely as a result. The driving factors include fear of being judged, not being confident in how machinery works, uncertainty on how to push to the next level, and no one to workout with.

When looking at ways to combat these feelings, seven-in-ten say a gym partner helps overcome feelings of discomfort and intimidation, with six-in-ten likely to be more motivated, and half even going more often. Read More

 

Jitter-Free Jolts

 

 

Pop into almost any 7-11, CVS, or convenience store, and you’ll see the refrigerated section filled with assorted flavors of Celsius. The top-selling energy drink on Amazon, Celsius has taken over the market from brands like Red Bull, Monster, and other sugar and caffeine enhanced energy drinks that once dominated the market. While this “natural” energy drink still contains 200mg of caffeine, almost twice the amount in a cup of coffee, the boost in Celsius comes from the alternative plant-based ingredients like Guarana and Green Tea, which offer other health and fitness benefits as well. Plus Celsius contains no added sugar.

In addition to Celsius, there are other naturally caffeinated, low or no sugar energy drinks on the market, promoting sustained energy and mental focus without the caffeine jitters. Accelerator Active Energy, endorsed by football and Swifty fan favorite Travis Kelce, also gets its caffeine boost from Guarana and Green tea, along with Yerba Mate, a thermogenic blend said to boost metabolism and burn more calories.

 

“Many energy boosting, focus-inducing beverages on the market today do contain the same amount of caffeine that you would find in a cup of coffee,  but the addition of ingredients that calm the nervous system reduce the ‘jitters’ associated with caffeine, and therefore can make the user feel more focused”

-Sarah Herrington, MS, CNC, CPT 

 

Other energy drinks have added adaptogenic and nootropic ingredients like Ashwagandha, Gaba, and L-Theanine, known for their cognitive and relaxation enhancing benefits.  Adaptogens support the body’s response to stress, including the stimulation from caffeine, while nootropics elevate cognitive function such as memory, focus, and mental clarity. Drinks like BioLift, Kin Spritz, and MTE have been formulated and are marketed to promote those benefits. Read More

 

52 Weeks of Fitness! Tennis Everyone?

 

 

Welcome to Week 1 of 52 Weeks of Fitness! Unlike my usual January marathon of 31 Days of Fitness, with a different sport, workout, or wellness activity every day, I’m stretching it out through the year with one new thing every week. That’s 52 different health and fitness activities in the year to come. We’re kicking it off with tennis. The first major of the year, the Australian Open, starts next week and I’m tuning up my game…

While everyone has been talking about Pickleball, tennis is alive and well, and you’re never too old to learn. Group adult instruction programs and classes like Drill & Play and Cardio Tennis are offered for all levels at almost any tennis club, at many of which you don’t need to be a member to join a class. It’s a fun and social approach to the game, with a non-stop format that makes it a great workout too. Read More

 
 

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