What Did We Learn This Month?
Fitness: July/August 2012
Fitness Cover Models for July/August:
Fitness covers the upcoming Summer Olympics with 3 AWESOME covers including goalkeeper Hope Solo (see above) who talks about battling depression.
“One of the toughest years in my life was 2007: First I lost my best friend and then my father and then I got kicked off the team in the World Cup. I hit an all-time low. I didn’t leave the house. I was in a complete depression. It took putting one foot in front of the other every single day to get through it to the point where I made it back on the team and won a gold medal in 2008. You’re always going to survive the pain of loss. I can live with that confidence inside of me.”
The second cover is hurdler Lolo Jones who has overcome spinal cord surgery.
“I put so much energy into coming back from spinal cord surgery last summer—learning to walk again—so when I injured my hamstring six months later, my motivation was wiped. Then I started reading a bunch of books, writing down affirmations and goals, and visualizing myself running healthy and superfast. I carry The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale to every race.”
And finally we have beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh who talks about the challenges of being a competitive athlete with being a mom.
“Now I can go home whether it was a good day or a bad day [at practice] and have it end great because I’m with my kids. It’s like, chill out, you worked really hard today, you have tomorrow, enjoy.”
So What Else is in the Latest Fitness?
Fitness asked Puma trainer Angela Parker (she also created “Body Inspired Fitness” and is based in L.A.) for her ideas on how to take your workout from “meh to gold medal.” The key is to take each move and do any many reps in one minute that you can handle. It’s tougher than it looks—trust me!
"As Seen on TV"
We have all seen those ads on late night TV for all kinds of wacky fitness gear (remember the Thigh Master?) Stephanie Dolgoff went out and bought a whole slew of TV-hawked exercise products and she rates which ones are worth the money and which you should avoid.
“Fitness Healthy Food Awards”
With the temperature going way up north here in NYC—I appreciated this story on creamy desserts that are diet-friendly. Nom nom!
“How Healthy Are You?”
Fitness shows you have to check yourself from top to bottom to see how healthy you truly are—right down to your earlobe creases people!
"Rev Up the Burn"
Trainer Keoni Hudoba (creator of the Drenched Method) created this workout that uses light weight and plyo moves. Good stuff!
"Take a Hike"
Summer is the perfect time to take your workout to the great outdoors and this article will help you do so safely.
"Meet the Fitterati"
Fitness reader’s picked their favorite Blogs and we get to meet them here. Hello gang!
Who else has pre-Olympics fever? Fitness introduces us to some of the top female athletes competing this year including triathlete Sarah Groff featured here.
And now the rest of the best of this issue of Fitness:
- “Ready for Takeoff” Fitness picked the cutest (and most practical) items you need to pack for your summer travels.
- "Smooth, Sexy Hair” As I work on this Blog my hair is a big ol’ mess so I am going to flag these pages for when I can take care of my ‘do…
- "Splash & Flash" Groovy-looking cameras that also happen to be waterproof.
- "Watch Your Back” If you are one of those folks who gets occasional back issues—this article just might be able to help you.
- “Slim For Life” 10 tricks for keeping on the healthy track.
A- The Olympics feature was particularly great and I liked all of the workouts featured.
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