Best of The Box

 

ROW1: AEROSPACE; GRIT BXNG; GOTHAM GYM; ROW 2: PUNCH FITNESS; SHADOWBOX; OVERTHROW; ROW 3: MENDEZ; CHRUCH STREET; RUMBLE

 
Walking around New York City these days it’s not unusal to see a pair of boxing gloves draped over the shoulder of a fashionably dressed woman. Check out Instagram and you’ll see many a fashion model punching it out with her trainer in sweaty style. From the spa-like Shadowbox, to the speakeasy grungy Overthrow, to long established boxing gyms like Gleasons in Brooklyn — boxing is the hottest workout in town.

Fighters are known for their fitness and ripped physiques. Not only does boxing tone muscles and build full body strength, but it’s a major cardio workout, as anyone who has jump roped or hit the heavy bag for 3 minutes straight can attest. Just one boxing class can burn up to a thousand calories. It’s a sport that requires not just physical but mental discipline as well. Putting together a series of jab-hook-cross-upper cut combinations while bobbing and weaving requires intense focus and concentration, in addition to muscular and cardiovascular strength. Read More

 

The 10 Buzziest Superfoods

 

 

Apple cider vinegar, turmeric, activated charcoal, kombucha, and more… you hear people buzzing about these hot wellness favorites all the time! Walk into a smoothie bar and you see matcha on the menu, pick up a magazine and some celebrity is swearing by the miracle benefits of celery juice. We asked Sarah Wragge, our contributing nutrition editor to give us the real deal on 10 of the trendiest foods — and the ones we should be eating now!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar started getting really popular a few years ago, with everybody talking about its health and weight loss benefits. Apple cider vinegar helps control blood sugar levels that lead to cravings, and is said to work as an appetite suppressant when consumed with meals. It contains organic acids and enzymes that help speed up metabolism and can increase the rate at which body fat is burned. It also works to detoxify the body, helping our digestive systems become more efficient.

SAYS SARAH: Like all fermented foods, apple cider vinegar it is a great probiotic remedy — something everyone should be taking for a healthy gut. Know that bloated feeling? Apple cider vinegar helps increase the good bacteria living inside our digestive tract, and fight the bad bacteria which are often the cause. Personally, I’d rather you take a great probiotic – look for one with 10 billion cultures or higher, and at least 5 different bacteria strains. I like Renew Life. For some people, raw vinegar on an empty stomach (when you should be consuming it) doesn’t feel great, especially first thing in the morning.  Read More

 

Team Sunscreen

 

At the height of the summer season, be sure to keep skin protected from those damaging rays with these all-natural and eco-friendly sunscreens made for your active and sporty lifestyle. Sprays, oils, sticks, and creams — pick your preference to keep summer sun from spoiling your summer fun!

 
FROM LEFT, COLUMN 1: BARE REPUBLIC MINERAL SPRAY SUNSCREEN. Coco-Mango, Citrus Cooler, Vanilla-Coco… these are just a few the scrumptious scents of Bare Republics Mineral Spay Suncreens. Perfect for outdoor water sports, this ultra-clean SPF 30 sunscreen spray offers a layer of zinc oxide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, enhanced with antioxidant-rich hydrators including grape, raspberry, and carrot seed oils.

SKINNIES SUNGEL. A little dab will do you — in fact, a pea size blob. Skinnies Sungel is a concentrated soft spreadable gel that easily rubs in instant UVA/UVB protection. Water-resistant up to 80 minutes.

COLUMN 2: JUICE BEAUTY SPORT SUNSCREEN. Water-resistant up to 80 minutes, this mineral zinc, SPF 30 broad spectrum sun protection is made especially for the active outdoor lifestyle. Organic coconut, aloe, and jojoba provide antioxidant-rich hydration, with vitamins C and E to feed the skin essential nutrients.

RAW ELEMENTS FACE STICK. Made from certified all-natural ingredients, Raw Elements provides SPF 30 UVA/UVB true broad spectrum protection in a performance driven sunscreen. Water resistant beyond 80 minutes, it’s packed with active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and extracts that continue protecting your skin even after sun exposure. Read More

 

The Nutrition Buzz: Intermittent Fasting

 

 
Last month we introduced Sarah Wragge, our contributing nutrition guru who we’ve brought on board to give us the real deal on the latest wellness and nutrition trends buzzing around the fitness universe. “Intermittent fasting” is the trend du jour, which both athletes and those looking to lose weight are integrating into their eating plan. 16:8, Eat Fast Eat, and 5:2 are just a few of the specific types of intermittent fasts which all refer to a schedule of how many hours or days you eat vs. don’t eat — or fast.

Although it’s not a diet per se — as intermittent fasting doesn’t refer to what you eat, but when you eat — the results can be quite dramatic for both sport performance and weight loss. Like all diets however, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. After hearing a friend say she was going to try intermittent fasting because she could eat whatever she wanted all day and then starve until noon (wrong!), I knew we had to get the facts straight for our readers — the pros, cons, and whether it’s right for you.

STYLE OF SPORT: What is intermittent fasting?

SARAH WRAGGE: Intermittent fasting is giving your body a break from food for a certain period of time. There a several different ways to do the fast. The most common is to stop eating at certain time and allow at least 12-16 hours before you eat again. Read More

 

Strtchd & Lymbr

 

 

Stretching went Hollywood on Showtime’s Billions last Sunday when a mysterious blond showed up at finance tycoon Bobby Axelrod’s penthouse. We assumed she was there to provide some sort of service, but surprised to find out what it was. When U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades walks in on them and comments, “Here you are dry as a bone after a workout,”Ace replies, “No workout. Kelly just stretches me. She’s the best in the city.” Later in the episode, she would be seen stretching Rhoades.

While having a personal stretcher may be the new luxury for billionaires where once a masseuse’s hands would be, stretching — or getting stretched — has become one of the newest wellness trends to go mainstream with boutique stretching studios popping up across the country. In New York City, you’ve got Stretchd, Racked, and Lymbr — the latter with multiple bi-coastal locations. Nationwide there is Stretch Zone and StretchLab. Read More

 

The 5-Minute Warm-Up

 

1. RUNNER’S STRETCH

For those tight quads and hip flexors, place right

knee at 90 degrees with left leg bent behind at 90 degrees.

Hold for 30 seconds, switch legs, and repeat.

 

Ngo Okafor is the owner and founder of Iconoclast Fitness in NYC who has transformed the physiques of such celebrities as Brooke Shields, Iman, Mariska Hargitay, and Kate Walsh among others. Before any workout, he focuses on limbering up the body to prevent injuries and get it ready to go. We asked him for a quick warm-up routine to share with our readers. Here are the 6 total body stretches no workout should start without!
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31 Days of Digital Fitness!

 

 

Happy New Year and New Body… or Get Back The Old Body! If you’re like most of us December jingles left some January jiggles, but luckily there have never been so many workout choices to burn off those lingering lbs.

Every January we offer a month’s worth of options in what we call the 31 Days of Fitness. With the boom in at-home fitness offerings, from high-end interactive equipment to online fitness classes to workout apps — we’ve decided to make our 2019 theme the 31 Days of Digital Fitness. As usual, your fearless editor will be sampling a different workout every day and highlighting all the fun and effective ways to get all our 2018 bodies into 2019 shape. With classes you can stream anyplace and anytime, there are no excuses!

So here we go! Most all of these classes are offering free trials right now so why not join us and give one or two a try! For easy reference we’ve marked each workout with a 👍 or 👎, and color coded them for ONLINE, APP, or HOME GYM machine. If you’ve got Roku, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast, the workouts can be synced with your TV too.
 

January 1: CLASSPASS LIVE. After a New Year’s Day run this morning, I decided some strength training would be the perfect compliment to my cardio. I signed up for the Classpass Live trial offering unlimited classes free for 1 month. Classpass revolutionized the fitness industry with a subscription service that allows members to book and take thousands of different classes at the most popular fitness studios. Now those options are available at home streamed live or on demand from wide selection of Classpass’s own workouts, as well as classes from other studios. I opted for Full Body with Alex Redelico, a compact 35 minute workout with light weights that flew by and hit all the major muscle groups. Alex was the right mix of pep and push, and I’d take this class again – definitely if pressed for time!👍👍 Classpass Live is $19/month with free 1 month trial. Read More

 

Have Your Cake

 

…and eat it too!

Nutrition bars have begun to resemble your favorite desserts and pastries… with decadent flavors like Maple Glazed Donut, Birthday Cake, White Chocolate Truffle, and Peanut Butter Pie. Replacing a meal or snacking on one of these new delicious varieties is a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth while getting in your daily nutritional requirements too — especially during the Holiday season! Whether you’re trying to cut carbs or sugar, or fuel up for a workout, these eight bars pass the taste test with flying colors – and with grab and go convenience!
 

ZING BAR

Dark Chocolate Coconut, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, and Lemon Cashew Crunch are just a few of the delicious Zing Bar flavors. Offering both plant-based and vegan options, 220 calorie Zing Bars pack 10 grams of high quality protein; 7 grams of prebiotic dietary fiber; and 22 grams slow burning low-glycemic carbs for long lasting energy. Created by professional nutritionists for ultimate nutrition, they’ve got ama-Zing taste too! Girl Scout Cookie fans — Dark Chocolate Mint flavor tastes just like a Thin Mint! Get 25% off all Zing Bars through December at zingbars.com with code: ZINGSTYLE25

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