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It’s Not Father’s Day Yet, But…

header_bigIt’s never a bad time for an inspiring story. So when you have a minute, check out Team Hoyt. This father-son team participates in marathons and triathlons and turns in awesome times. So it’s an extra kick in the head when you realize that the dad, Dick, pushes or pulls his adult son, Rick — who can’t walk or talk — along every inch of every course.

I’m a big fan of Team Hoyt and I’ve sung their praises in the past, so I’ll just point you toward their site and let you see for yourself. Because everyone needs a little inspiration every now and then…

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May 21, 2009 at 7:36 pm Leave a comment

A Plus Side To Plus-Size Classes?

cobrapose-717620Part of what I love about great group fitness classes — the really good ones where everyone puts out positive energy, you get a good sweat going and you’re proud of yourself when you’re done — is their inclusive nature. It doesn’t matter if you’re new. It doesn’t matter if you’re klutzy. It doesn’t matter if you’re skinny, round, ugly or broke. Everyone supports each other and we all end up happier in the end.

So I’m not sure what to think about the practice described in this New York Times story. There’s a growing niche of yoga studios that cater to heavy people — which is awesome — but some of them won’t allow anyone BUT overweight people into the classes. Their argument is that people of a certain size feel more comfortable when everyone around them looks like them, and that the instructors are better equipped to teach the modifications that these plus-size yogis need.

As someone who has definitely been the biggest girl in the room during yoga classes, I understand the embarrassment that comes from huffing and puffing your way through a pose while the wet noodle on the mat next to you effortlessly ties herself into a pretzel. But I think part of the whole deal is getting over yourself by focusing on the movement and the good stuff you’re doing for your body instead of what size shorts the person next to you is wearing. By choosing to make classes for plus-size students only, doesn’t that hinder arrival of the “it just doesn’t matter” moment?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, faithful Haulers…

May 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm Leave a comment

Drop The Gun, Take The Protein Shake

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The Associated Press today has a story about the growing popularity of gyms in Iraq. My favorite quote? One gym owner’s advice to his pistol-packing clientele. “I tell them no firearms in my gym and ask that they immediately take them out. They can keep them in their cars, but not in my gym.”

(That’s pretty good advice in any health-club, FYI.)

May 19, 2009 at 7:16 pm 1 comment

Wherever Your Buns May Lead You

I know, I haven’t updated Haul Buns much lately. Work and life intervene, my little haulers. But I’m back with an exciting new prospect for you to keep in mind as the summer travel season begins: Where Have Your Buns Been?

Here’s the deal. You Haul Buns readers are a hip, happening crew. You do cool things and go cool places. So why not show your HB pride while you’re at it? From now on, when you’re traveling or out running a race or taking part in a charity walk or something equally active and healthy lifestyle-ish, have someone snap a photo of you pointing to your… assets. Just like this (from my jaunt to Philadelphia for this year’s soaking wet Broad Street Run):

Where Have My Buns Been? Philadelphia! (Photo credit: The Boyfriend)

Where Have My Buns Been? Philadelphia! (Photo credit: The Boyfriend)

That’s right. Pose proudly (and if you’re near some famous landmark, try to get it in the shot) by pointing to your buns. Then send the photos to haulbuns AT gmail.com and I’ll post them on the site! Even better, anyone who sends in a photo gets some special Haul Buns flair!

Jersey Shore? The Caribbean? Your mom’s backyard? Take those photos and send them in. We’re not picky, and we definitely want to know WHERE HAVE YOUR BUNS BEEN???

May 18, 2009 at 1:51 am 2 comments

Where’s Kim?

Monday: 6:15 p.m. Arm Strength, 7 p.m. AbSolution and 7:45 p.m. Step at Palisades Sports & Fitness

Tuesday: 6 a.m. Spin at New York Sports Club Parsippany; 6:30 Body Sculpt and 7:30 Cardio Mix at ExCel

Wednesday: Intro Step/Step I class at 7 p.m. at Feminine Fitness

Thursday: 5:15 a.m. Du The Du II small group training, followed by 6:30 a.m. Step at Feminine Fitness; 6:30 p.m. Studio Sampler at New York Sports Club Butler

Get in a few good workouts before the picnics and barbecues begin this weekend! See you there!

May 18, 2009 at 1:23 am Leave a comment

Music To Your Ears

69951548_b348822df2When the right song hits at the exact right time in your workout, you’re on fire. You’re faster, stronger and better than you’ve been all day. It doesn’t matter if what gets you pumped is AM Gold rock or hard-core rap: Good music equals a good time. I have a “Running” playlist on my iPod, and some songs are great for some days while others are perfect for others. Below, some of my favorites (in no particular order):

Galvanize — The Chemical Brothers
Up — Shania Twain
This Dreadful Life — Kay Hanley
Truckin’ — The Grateful Dead
The Way You Make Me Feel — Michael Jackson
Hip Hop Hooray — Naughty By Nature
The Choice Is Yours — Black Sheep
Say A Little Prayer For You — Aretha Franklin (all the love in the world for Dionne Warwick, but I like ReRe’s version better)
Best Of My Love — The Emotions
Dani California — Red Hot Chili Peppers
Goodbye Earl — The Dixie Chicks
I’m Coming Out — Diana Ross
Could You Be Loved — Bob Marley & The Wailers
Sunday Bloody Sunday — U2

But enough about me. Leave a comment and tell us about the workout songs you can’t do without? The weirder, the better!

May 12, 2009 at 9:05 pm Leave a comment

Where’s Kim?

I’m off Wednesday, but maybe we’ll see each other at one of these other classes this week?

Monday: 6:15 p.m. Arm Strength, 7 p.m. AbSolution and 7:45 p.m. Step at Palisades Sports & Fitness

Tuesday: 6:30 Body Sculpt and 7:30 Cardio Mix at ExCel

Wednesday: Yvonne graciously covers my Intro Step/Step I class at 7 p.m. at Feminine Fitness

Thursday: 6:30 a.m. Step at Feminine Fitness; 6:30 p.m. Studio Sampler at New York Sports Club Butler

Sunday: 9 a.m. Step at New York Sports Club Parsippany

Have a great week, everyone!

May 11, 2009 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

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