Rowing, once an activity performed solely by trust fund Harvard tech guys and Olympians, has become the hot new workout trend amongst guys. (Ladies don't feel excluded you can totally get in on this too!) Some of Hollywood's leading men such as Jason Statham and Zac Efron owe their sculpted and highly coveted bodies to rowing.
Once disregarded in favor of spinning, rowing is making a huge comeback thanks to its high intensity and great results. One 50-minute rowing session burns almost twice as many calories as a spin class, which is one of the main reasons why so many guys are jumping on the rowing bandwagon. Each stoke is essentially a full body work out requiring you to engage your abs, triceps, biceps, quads, calves and a bunch of other muscles you weren't even aware you had. Once you get your rowing rhythm down you might even venture out and show off your newfound skills outside on a real body of water. New York City has some great opportunities for you to take advantage of this full body workout and its benefits.
Meet Lauren Schmitt, is a nutritionist and certified personal trainer, who owns her own company, Healthy Eating & Living, Inc. She has worked with individuals to achieve a healthier lifestyle and has also created numerous corporate wellness programs. In her business, she coaches people to lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle through eating right and exercising. She is currently the on-site nutritionist at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Dreamworks Animation. She has ongoing projects with the WB and is a part of many disordered outpatient teams in Los Angeles. Joonbug had the chance to chat with this health guru and got some helpful tips and advice to looking your best during this sweltering summer.
Well, folks, summer is here and there's nothin' you can do to stop it! Even though we're super excited for warmer weather, sundresses and weekends spent sunnin' our buns at the beach, we'll admit that we're not quite beach body ready yet.
If we're not ready, we figured some of our readers might be a little behind the ball, too. Which is why we hunted down three tips that will give us toned, sexy and sculpted arms all summer long!
It's a celebrity’s job to look good and while we don't have that kind of pressure, it's still nice when we try. We all know that celebrities have access to the best trainers and gyms around- it’s no secret. Though we can’t get you (our ourselves for that matter) in with Jillian Michaels, we can give you some pointers on how to cop the moves that get your favorite stars looking so good!
Jennifer Aniston’s All-Over Firm Body
Jennifer Aniston has one of the best bodies in Hollywood—even at 43 years old! She credits her all-over toned look to yoga where she practices with trainer Mark Blanchard. Yoga is a fantastic workout with perks like strengthening and toning as well as promoting relaxation. If you are in need of balancing the mind and body while getting a sweat in, try Vinyasa or Bikram and you will be surprised as to what results you can achieve.
Equinox is known as one of the top fitness center chains in the city. The gyms are modern, chic, and provide top-notch services and the highest quality of equipment. They also have fantastic spas and a large range of classes for you to take including: yoga, pilates, cycling and martial arts.
The biggest con about this gym however, is probably the price point. Although this factor makes for a more exclusive environment, on average, monthly memberships cost around $200 or more, depending on the location and the type of membership you want.
Spinning is a workout classic, but lets face it, it's tough to get into the "virtual" hills. And as much fun as it is to have some middle aged dude with a braid (this has been my experience), yelling at you to spin faster, sometimes you need a little pizzaz in your workout routine. SoulCycle is revolutionizing the game, by turning cycling into a full body workout. Through the use of their patented made-to-work routine SoulCyclers get to experience a core workout as well as an upper body one through the use of hand weights. During each session the best of the best staff instructs on how to safely tone your upper body while maintaining the perfect pedal stride. In some studios, customers are lucky enough to take SoulBand, a class using resistance bands that hang above the stationary bikes. I know this sounds like a scene out of a torture film, but trust us the only thing that is getting slashed are your love handles. The studios are a promising sanctuary of change, with inspiring instructors and candle lit Bike Rides, SoulCycle is also a mental refresher.
Now that spring has officially sprung, we’ve turned our attention towards re-vamping our wardrobes for the warmer months. Along with pastel accessories, neon jeans, and peplum-adorned tops, one of the top items on our “Must Have List” this spring is a fabulous hat with a brim wide enough to shade our faces from the sure-to-happen blistering heat.
This straw fedora holds its shape wonderfully and has a wider brim than a standard-issue fedora. The red grosgrain ribbon is also a great, classic embellishment.
At some point we’ve all had things come up in life where we need to lose a pound or two, or more, quickly! Unfortunately, we don’t always choose the best ways to get the job done. Whether you are looking to lose a lot of weight, or want to get those stubborn last 5 lbs off, we have found a great list of tips to losing weight quickly that are healthy --and if done regularly, can help in maintaining the weight loss. Because everyone’s body and daily regime is different, we recommend you pick the ones that work best for you, but if you can, try incorporating them all!
The combination of having families, work, our social lives, and all of life’s other excuses, can make going to the gym a tough commitment. And for those who go infrequently, they know fees do add up. Although at-home workouts have a reputation of being a bit taboo, there are some exercise programs that have shown to be quite effective, and they're a great way to stay in shape while saving a little extra cash every month. So get off your tushy! Check out our top 4 favorite at-home workouts that actually do show results and you’ll be on your way to a rockin’ bod for beach weather!
Whether you’re a health nut, or trying to get back into shape, let’s face it, working out can get repetitive and boring. We have all felt those dreadful urges to skip out on that run or take a day off from the gym due to our lack of motivation or excitement. That is why we have dug up a few fun fitness classes around NYC that will not only keep you entertained and motivated, but also help to shape your body for the beach weather approaching.