Change Your Mind, Change Your Body

 

YOUR EDITOR FEELING THOSE SUMMER VIBES!

 
Elite athletes eat to fuel their bodies for optimal performance and inherently understand the concept that food is fuel. They generally don’t eat something just because it tastes good. They train their bodies like machines, and are not putting bad gas in the tank. Many of the rest of us, however, have gotten away from this basic concept. TV commercials tantalize with images of irresistible fat, sugar, and calorie-laden foods. We order what is most delicious on the menu. We fuel our mouths, but not our bodies.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we all had the performance driven motivation of these athletes? What if it were effortless? For those trying to lose weight, it’s generally thought to be a matter of willpower to resist those foods that have put on the pounds. But what if those foods had no appeal, because not eating them felt so much better that eating them?

I recently shifted to a Paleo diet, which includes meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and nuts — but no dairy and no grains. That means no bread, which I would have considered impossible a few months ago. But when replaced with delicious and satiating healthy fats like nuts, avocado, and coconut, the temptation has kind of disappeared — especially when my body has leaned out using its fat stores instead of sugar for fuel. Read More

 

5 Simple Fixes!

 

 

Training hard and not seeing the results you want? Got an event coming up and a dress you wanna rock? Been carrying around some extra lbs. and finally ready to drop them? We want to help! Yes, exercise is critical to having the body you want, but diet is just as important, and sometimes 5 simple fixes is all it takes. I found that out with the help of our STYLE OF SPORT contributing nutrition editor, Sarah Wragge, and you can too!

Thinking I ate pretty clean, but wondering why my stomach had the jiggles despite daily exercise, I asked Sarah to take a look at my diet. Our in-demand holistic nutritionist has a packed roster of clients she has helped to attain their fitness goals. Expecting a pat on the back for my diet, instead I got, “OMG… you eat so much sugar!”

“What??” I replied. Unbeknownst to me, what I thought was my healthy fruit and rice cake snacking was like sugar dosing and carbo loading all day. With some simple substitutions like adding more healthy fats such as avocado and nuts; swapping dairy for plant based alternatives like almond milk and coconut yogurt; and replacing my fruit dessert with dark chocolate (yes!), those abs I worked so hard for started to pop — and with no feeling of deprivation because I was eating satiating and nutritious foods.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! We are offering 2 lucky readers the chance to have Sarah make over their diets with 5 simple fixes. All you’ve got to do is sign up and enter to win! The deadline is July 28th. Winners will be selected at random, and announced July 30th. Good luck!

STAY TUNED FOR WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS!

 

Spring Training

 

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Fun spring essentials to get you pumped to crush

those runs, rides, swims — and all your training sessions!

 
ROW 1: NIKE FREE RN 5.0 $100. An ideal trainer for runs up to 3 miles, this stretch mesh running shoe is light as a feather with second skin comfort.THE NORTH FACE WOMENS FLIGHT JACKET $160. This ultralight, water-resistant, and windproof hooded running shell packs down nothing for an extra layer of weather protection whenever you need it.SPEEDO BULLET HEAD SNORKEL $29. Designed for swim training when you want to zone in on form, this minimalist tear-drop shaped snorkel is engineered for stability and hydrodynamic performance. Smaller tube opening improves lung capacity by reducing air flow.

ROW 2: QUE BOTTLE $24.95. Stay hydrated anytime of day, with the Que collapsible water bottle. Available in all sorts of fun colors, lightweight and compact, Que bottles are BPA and plastic-free constructed from food-grade silicone. SMITH TRACE BICYCLE HELMET $250. The new low profile Smith Trace helmet offers the pinnacle in protection and performance. Koroyd® construction absorbs more impact than traditional materials, while increasing airflow and reducing overall weight. The MIPS system adds extra protection against rotational forces from angled falls. SPIRITUAL GANGSTER 7/8 HW LEGGING $118. Cheerful rainbow striped leggings bring a little playful fun to any workout. Read More

 

Shock Therapy

 

 

Imagine fitness in the future. You strap on a full body suit – a cross between motocross and scuba gear — equipped with electronic stimulation pads that pulsate and zap your muscles while you workout. Standing in one of 6 spotlights in a darkened room, you watch a screen with exercises to follow, as house music throbs, and a master trainer wirelessly controls how much electrical stimulation is given to each body part. In 30 minutes, a full body workout is delivered in what would have taken been 3 1/2 hours in the gym. Imagine fitness in the future is now.

Shock Therapy Fitness is the first workout to incorporate EMS training – or Electronic Muscle Stimulation – into a group fitness class. Those who have had physical therapy will be familiar with the “Stim” machine as part of their rehab, and EMS training has been popular in gyms throughout Europe for years. It was a company in Germany, Miha Bodytec, that first developed a full body EMS suit. Shock Therapy Fitness has created their own custom Powersuit™ that safely distributes electrical impulses simultaneously to all the major muscle groups throughout the workout for continuous full body training no matter which exercise is being performed. Over 300 muscle groups are activated in one 30-minute class, with 8 to 10 times more contractions than without EMS. 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 & Done Days of Digital Fitness!

 

 

The 31 Days of Digital Fitness are a officially a wrap! I went into this month having sampled just a few home workouts, and came out having tried them all! The digital fitness market has exploded with online workouts you can stream live or on demand; fitness apps that let you take those workouts to go; and high-tech interactive home gym equipment. Treadmill, barre, Peloton, rowing, HIIT, swimming, yoga, Pilates and more – all these workouts, led by the industry’s top fitness instructors, are now available for the sweating — any place and any time.

The best thing about all of these workouts is the convenience and variety. If you’re pressed for time, most offer classes or routines as short as 7 minutes, which can also be a supplement to your regular workout. Try quick Nike Training Club ab blast after SoulCycle or an AloMoves yoga stretch after a run. Ideal for travelers too, bring your favorite workout with you to do in the hotel gym or your room.

People always ask me at the end of these 31 Days features what my favorite workouts are. My usual reply is that it’s not really about me because we all like different things. I may hate barre class, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s a great workout. I may love spinning, but a lot of people hate dancing on a bike. The beauty is there is something for everyone. The best exercise is the kind you do! Read More

 

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

 

A River Runs Through It

 

HYDROW

The latest entry into the burgeoning world of high-end home fitness is the Hydrow – a rowing machine meets Peloton concept that is unlike any indoor rower you’ve ever seen. This sculptural work of art features a sleek HD touchscreen monitor that delivers an immersive outdoor rowing experience at home.

Home fitness equipment is no longer related to the basement or closet with the evolution of machines so beautifully designed they become the focal part of a room. First there was Ciclotte that redefined the indoor bicycle with its striking and unconventional design. Then came Peloton, a SoulCycle-inspired indoor cycle, that was the first to integrate a sleek, oversized tablet-like monitor to stream both live and on-demand spinning classes at home. Coming soon is the Peloton Tread, the same concept on a treadmill, as well as Tonal that expands interactive home fitness to weight lifting, and Mirror that streams yoga, Pilates, barre, cardio, and strength workouts. Both of these turn the wall mounted monitor into an object of desire.
 

CICLOTTE, MIRROR, AND PELOTON TREAD

Launching nationally for pre-order on October 2nd, Hydrow takes home fitness to the next level with an indoor rower that brings the outdoors in. Hydrow offers over 100 rowing workouts, both live and on demand, from the waters of such rivers as the Charles in Boston, the Hudson in NYC, and the Miami River. Founded by CEO and US National team coach Bruce Smith, Hydrow instructors are all elite level athletes that include three-time World Rowing Championship silver medalist, Danielle Hansen. Hydrow delivers an on-river outdoor rowing experience that engages two times more of the body’s muscles than biking or running. A 20-minute workout on the Hydrow burns over 400 calories compared to 40 minutes on bike.
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