Archive for March, 2009
If you don’t eat potatoes because you fear carbs, take a look at this interesting piece from The Atlanta-Journal Consitution. Dietician Carolyn O’Neil gives us a few good reasons to savor our spuds. “Potatoes are nutrition good guys,” she writes. Truer words never were spoken!
Fellow recessionistas, I just received an e-mail from Reebok announcing 30 percent off your online order — PLUS free ground shipping — if you enter the promo code SPRING309 when you check out here. They’ve got tops, pants, shoes, some gear and some accessories. Happy shopping! And if you see a great fitness sale either online or in person, add a comment and let us all know!
This story is from a few years ago, but it’s just so insane that I want to share it with you guys. Apparently when one dude in a New York City Spinning class got too loud during his workout, another dude picked him — and his bike! — up and chucked them into a wall. This is one of the first stories on the topic (the guys eventually ended up suing each other, which you can read about if you so desire), but don’t let Spin rage happen to you!
I love a challenge as much as the next girl, and this stupid recession is really making me ticked off creative about finding cheap ways to get stuff I want. So in that spirit, check out Podrunner, a site that mixes music for exercise and then lets you download it for free. The mp3 files are available both in steady beats-per-minute formats (like the ones I teach to in class) and in mixed beats-per-minute formats (for interval training). You can download them directly or, if you’re an iTunes user, you can also find them for free under the “Podcasts” section of the iTunes music store. Then just put them on your iPod or mp3 player and you’re good to go. Another mix service, FitMusic, offers similar content but is availble only on iTunes. Try them out, and if you find a mix you like, post a comment and let us know!
The International Health, Racquet And Sportsclub Association — a fitness trade group — just wrapped up its international convention in San Francisco. The event allowed participants to preview a lot of gym equipment that may be making its way to a health club near you in the future. Some were just updates on popular equipment, some were totally and completely whackadoodle. Cnet has a cool slideshow of some of the show’s highlights. My favorite? The anti-gravity treadmill. It’s like The Jetsons at the gym!
More race stuff for you racy ladies: Registration is open for the following runs/walks in New York City:
City Parks Foundation Run For The Parks (4 miles), Sunday, April 5, in Central Park
Homecoming Scotland Run 10K (6.2 miles), Saturday, April 11, in Central Park
Run As One (4 miles/ 1.3 mile health walk), Sunday, April 19, in Central Park
Revlon Run/Walk For Women 5K (3.1 miles), Saturday, May 2, beginning in Times Square and ending in Central Park
Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Rock & Run On The River 5K (3.1 miles), Sunday, June 7, starting at Pier 84 along the Hudson River
Good causes, good goals, good times with other runners and walkers! And don’t forget the free goodie bags!
If you signed up for both my Endurance Spin and Spin Boot Camp small group trainings, you’re entitled to a free Spin class that was scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 2. I’m now going to be out of town on that date, so I have to change the date of that free class to 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 7.
If you didn’t sign up for both sessions but would like to participate in the May 7 Spin class anyway, it’s $10. Just let me know to expect you!
This week’s schedule is pretty usual: I’m teaching Intro Step/Step I at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Step Blast at 6:30 a.m. Thursday at Feminine Fitness in Hackensack. I’m also subbing the 9 a.m. Cardio Mix and 10 a.m. Body Sculpt classes at Excel Fitness at the Excelsior in Hackensack on Saturday, March 21. Let me know if you’re interested in coming!
Also, race season is ramping up again! Yay! I’ll be running the New York Colon Cancer Challenge 15K (which also has a 4-mile race attached) in Central Park this Sunday. If you’re signed up for this sold-out run, too, give me a shout.
The River Edge Run is fast approaching. The 5K (or 3.1-mile) run/walk will take place in River Edge, NJ, on Saturday, April 18. If you need a new goal or challenge, why not sign up? You’ll even get a tee shirt for your trouble! Find more info here.
I have to admit, I’m in the throes of a really bad baked goods frenzy. It’s been going on for two days, and I’m hoping that it’s just about done. But when I read that a new study proves that even a little obesity takes years off your life, it gave me even more incentive to drop the luscious lemon-poppyseed muffin I’d been craving. The study found that “those who are extremely obese, about 100 or more pounds over a healthy weight, could be shortening their lives by as many as 10 years,” USA Today reports. And those who are 40 lbs. overweight are effectively taking three years off their life. So what’s it going to be? Another serving of french fries or years of happy memories with your grandkids?