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Hot Off the Bench Press – Can Weight Loss Help Your Bottom Line, Resistance Training Keeps Your Mind Sharp, The Sports Bra Breakdown and More!

Healthy headlines you don’t want to miss!

Resistance Training Can Save Your Brain – Rodale News – Feel great, look good and stay sharp! New research shows that weigh lifting can improve brain function.

Are Your Weight Loss Costs Tax-Deductible – Fit Tip Daily – It’s time to file taxes, see how staying healthy can save you money.

Actress Tanna Frederick To Run LA Marathon – FitCelebs – Get the skinny on Tanna’s marathon goals.

Find the Best Sports Bra For You – That’s Fit – It’s a sports bra breakdown.

Take it Outdoors – Vitamin G – It may be cold outside but Vitamin G breaks down the three top reasons why taking your workouts outside is a good idea.

Flying the Healthy Skies – Fit Bottomed Girls – Secrets for a healthy flight

Plus: This weekend is Equinox’s Cycle for Survival, an indoor team cycling fundraiser to benefit cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and you can still donate online.

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Fit Fundraiser: Helping Haiti

The fitness industry has quickly rallied its support for Haiti after the devastating earthquake that hit the nation on Jan. 12th. Here are some fitness-inspired ways you can aid in disaster relief efforts.

Spinning

Join Chelsea Clinton and SoulCycle for a special 90-minute ride on Thursday, January 21st to benefit The Clinton Haiti Relief Fund. All proceeds go towards helping Haiti. Stacey Griffith and Laurie Cole will lead the evening in the new TriBeCa studio at 103 Warren Street. Activities start at 6:30pm, please RSVP to: kaili@soul-cycle.com.

PRICES:
$1,000 – Front Row & Side Pod Bikes
$500 – Second Row
$100 – All Other Bikes
* Please have payment be made via check upon arrival Thursday night. Make checks directly out to: “The Clinton Foundation” and write “Haiti Relief” in the memo section of your check

The evening will also feature a multimedia presentation of Kym Perfetto’s 2006 photo journal of the Haitian Medical Mission. The Medical Mission established mobile clinics every four months in rural areas of Haiti. In June of 2006, Kym traveled and worked with the Mission. The images in Kym’s photo journal feature colorful Haitian landscapes as well as an intimate look at the resilient rural communities there.

Yoga
Yogis for Haiti with Latham Thomas and Tigist Selam on Saturday, January 23rd from 6-8pm at the Om Factory (265 West 37th Street). Suggested donation $20.

Latham Thomas writes: Join us for an incredible evening of grounding meditation, soulful music, inspired asana and healing vibes to benefit our brothers and sisters in Haiti. This special practice will honor those who have passed away and our efforts will serve those who have survived and need our help. Latham and Tigist will guide you through a meditation and Vinyasa class with live music from Yoga Organix, Tom Rossi, and special guests. Suggested donation is $20, please feel free to give more if you would like. Thank you for your contributions and your support. (This is a Vinyasa yoga and meditation practice open to all, regardless of your level or ability.)

Proceeds will benefit the Cine-Institute and the Yele Foundation

Run
And from my friend at Fiterati, if you’re in the Los Angeles area you can join Josh Duhamel (When in Rome, Fergie’s husband) and The American Red Cross Youth Run 4 Haiti on Saturday, January 23 at 9am for a two-mile run on the beach at Santa Monica Pier. Click here for more information.

If your organization is holding a fitness-inspired fundraiser to aid in disaster relief efforts in Haiti please leave information about the event in the comments.



Hot Off the Bench Press – Tips from The Biggest Loser trainer, How the cast of Gossip Girl stays slim, Burn an extra 48,000 calories/year by doing this and More!

Healthy headlines you don’t want to miss!

Cycle for Survival – An indoor team cycling fundraiser held at Equinox in NYC on January 31st and in Chicago on February 6th to benefit cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. All the NYC spots are taken, but you can still donate to the cause online!

Counting Calories Isn’t Always Accurate – The New York Times – Another argument for home cooking! “When researchers tested the food served in 29 chain restaurants and 10 frozen meals sold in supermarkets, they found that their calorie content averaged considerably more than the stated values.”

Free Workout With Purchases – The Cut, New York magazine – Study finds shopping to be healthy exercise, to the tune of burning 48,000 calories a year!

An Interview with Bob Harper
– Fit Bottomed Girls – Bob Harper talks The Biggest Loser, the importance of yoga and explains why he works out in the morning.
Gossip Girls’ Diet Secrets – Spanx –Fit Sugar – Fit Sugar tested the show’s costume designer Eric Damon’s secret for keeping the cast of Gossip Girl looking slim and can barely breathe. Now imagine what would happen if you wore something so constricting while working out?!


Weekend Fitness Round-Up : July 18-19

Spin, Skate and Dance Around NYC This Weekend!

Saturday, July 18th

What: Project ALS Charity Spin Event
Where: Sportime in Amagansett, East Hampton, NY
When: 4-7pm
Why: It’s Fitness For A Cause! Workup a sweat on a two-hour outdoor spin class on the RealRyder bikes with beats from a live DJ while raising money for Project ALS. And there’s a BBQ at the end!
More info: www.ridethezone.com

What: Equinox Dance Marathon
Where: 44th Street and Lexington location
When: 10:30am-4pm
Why: It’s Fitness For A Cause! Four and a half hours of back-to-back classes like Masala Bhangra and Rockette Kickline, followed by food, drink and a special performance by some of the teachers. Proceeds will benefit Dancers Responding to AIDS.
More info: Minimum suggested donation for members is $20/class or $60/day, and $25/class or $75/day for non-members. Register at the 44th Street Location or call 212.953.9492

What: Central Park Roller Disco
Where: Enter the park at 72nd street and walking along the 72nd street transverse toward the center of the park. Follow your ears – listen for the dance music.
When: 2:30-6:30pm (weather permitting) Saturday AND Sunday
Why: The Central Park Dance Skaters Association presents roller skating at the skate circle with hypnotic beats from DJ Bennie DiConstanzo & DJ Albert Crespo (Saturday) and DJ Rob Scott (Sunday).
More info: The event is free. If you have questions or want to become a CPDSA member contact CPDSA@earthlink.net or visit their blog.

What: Stilettos and Self Defense Class
Where: Lululemon in East Hampton
When: 9-10:30am
Why: Kick off your Saturday in the Hamptons by learning how to kick a$$! In this free class you’ll learn how to master the ABC’s of self defense, tap into your inner power, make weapons out of everyday items and save your life with basic techniques – hopefully you’ll never need to use your new skill set!
More info: The class is free, RSVP to jennifer@healthandthecity.net

Sunday, July 19th

What: Summer Salutations Workshop
Where: Lululemon Union Square
When: 9:30am
Why: Join Chrissy Carter – Senior Teacher at YogaWorks – for an exploration into Sun Salutations. This workshop with dissect each posture to help you better understand proper alignment and create an easier flow – with a healthy breakfast to follow!
More info: RSVP: unionsquarenyc-store@lululemon.com



Weekend Fitness Round-Up : July 10-12

Bike and Run Your Way Around NYC This Weekend!

Friday, July 10th

What: Free Bike Fridays
Where: Governor’s Island
Why: From my brief excursion to pick up lunch I know that the sun is shining and a cool breeze is in the air! There’s no better weather than that for a leisurely NYC bike ride!
More info: click here

What: CrossFit Games 2009
Where: California (sorry!)
Why: An entire weekend of events like a 7.1km run on a steep hill, deadlifts, rowing, sandbag runs and more! I get exhausted just reading about it. Keep up to date with the competition to find the fittest athlete at http://games2009.crossfit.com/

Saturday, July 11th

What: UrbanSchleppers Bike Hunt
Where: Around NYC, Meet at 26th Street and West Side Highway in the park in front of pier 66
When: Arrive at 10:30am to register and receive clues and map. Hunt starts at 11am
Why: Fitness for a cause! Grab a partner and hunt through NYC on bike while raising money ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)! Complete as many clues as you can during the 3 hour cut-off for points and the team that reaches the finish line with the most points gathered wins!  Race ends at a pub so riders can celebrate and swap stories
More info: $20 for solo rider (get matched up) or $35 for 2 person team (deadline 7/10 online registration) or $40 (day of). Click here for more information

Sunday, May 17th

What: Yoga for Athletes with Emilie Smith
Where: Lululemon 1127 3rd Ave. at 66th St.
When: 6:30-7:30pm
Why: Explore how yoga can add to a successful training program. This workshop is designed to explore poses and techniques to help athletes and fitness enthusiasts increase their range of motion and flexibility, particularly in the hip, hamstring and shoulder area. Additionally, a focus on breathing and balancing is designed to improve concentration and mental endurance.
More info: RSVP: east66th-store@lululemon.com

What: ING New York City Marathon Long Training Run #1
Where: Central Park
When: 7am
Why: Gearing up to run a fall marathon? Practice a  long run (6-20 miles) in this “non-competitive run, featuring built-in fuel, pace-setters, and training partners” with the NYRR.
More info: click here



The Weekend I Rode My Ass Off!

If you picked up on my subliminal hints in Friday’s fitness weekend round-up post you would have noticed that I packed my weekend with spin events. Although thoroughly exhausting, I had an incredible weekend and burned some serious calories!

Saturday, May 16

rtz What: Ride The Zone‘s Soho location grand opening

This is the moving spin bike class I mentioned I took a few weeks back. I signed up for one of the free 30 minute classes being offered throughout the morning from 9am-1pm. Upon arrival, I was blown away! They had gone all out with snacks – fruit and veggie platters to the sky, Zico coconut water for hydration, bagels and muffins and more! Then there was the goody bags which had a free class voucher, t-shirt, water bottle and more Zico. Oh and did I mention the Cyko Challenge they had going on? Riders who registered and successfully completed the challenge of cycling all four hours straight (yes there were rules involved) would receive 50 free classes! There were a few empty bikes for people like myself who signed up for a class but wasn’t taking the challenge. Although I had only signed up for one class, there was a spot opened in the following class so I ended up joining the cyko challenge riders for their 3rd hour (11-12pm). Originally I wanted to take the challenge, but after only an hour I was done – taking a class on that bike is insane! I wore my heart rate monitor and I burned a whooping 650 calories in one hour. I also didn’t hydrate properly so I suffered from a dehydration headache later that evening but I’m semi in love with these classes! But what was most incredible about the event was the people taking the challenge and the cyko instructors. During my time with them they were cheering and pushing through while “motivators” were walking around the class helping replenish water and towels as well as making sure riders up’d the resistance when instructed to. The challenge riders were insane but again I experienced this group mentality that was so encouraging and so inspirational (the other time was with my first Bikram Yoga class). Besides the fact they were dripped in sweat and had quads that were screaming in pain (and still had an hour to go) they were happy and energized and it was contagious. It was almost like one of those religious epiphany‘s you hear about.

Sunday, May 17

rnbWhat: SPIN ‘N BARE, A benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

The Spin ‘N Bare event involved four individual hour long classes that participants could register for (with spin bikes set up in the hallway entrance of Hell’s Kitchen’s Club H Fitness) with each class taught by a different spin instructor. And after leaving Crunch gym in February I finally had the opportunity to take a class with my beloved spin instructor John Nobile. He even remembered me! I think he’s NYC’s best spin instructor and in my eyes, his class is worth any amount of charitable donation!  I wore my heart rate monitor again (this time I burned 500 calories in the hour) and John comes around throughout the class and checks your monitor. If you’re not in the right heart rate zone, he cranks up your resistance and makes you work harder. Charity riders also had a nice distraction. Two Broadway hunks were dancing around keeping us pumped and motivated! This event also had a nice supply of fruit and veggie refreshments and a personal guilty treat, sugar-free red bull! Club H trainers kept refreshing our water and towel supply during the ride and I’m pretty positive I overheard someone say they met their goal for the event! (Post John’s spin class everything blurs together as your try to recoup but I hope I heard right)!

All in all I had lots of free fruit, was inspired by a group of crazy “cyko-lers” and got fit for a cause. Talk about exhaustion! Plus, those were only my cardio sessions; I still went to the gym for weight training after the classes. Now I could really use a yoga class – I have the horrible tendency of scrunching up my shoulders when I ride and I’m still tense in that area now, ugh! Spinners out there, any advice?



Weekend Fitness Round-Up : May 15-17

No matter what you prefer, spin, walk or run for charity this weekend in NYC!

Friday, May 15th

Saturday, May 16th
What: Ride the Zone Soho location opening
Where: 441 Broadway
When: 9am-1pm
Why: Remember my post about how to “Take your Spin Class to the Next Level?” Well now you can do it in Soho! For their grand opening, Ride the Zone is offering free classes plus gift bags and healthy treats! Plus they are hosting a Cyko Challenge where participants will ride during all four classes (that’s four hours of cycling) to win a pack of fifty rides! I’ll be there taking the 11am class!
More info: Sadly all of the free classes are already full, but stop by to check it out, click here

What: Extreme Dance Party Parade
Where: Starts at Broadway and 28th  and continues along St. Marks.
When: 1pm
Why: An impromptu dance-fest kicks off in the middle of New York’s city streets. The third annual Dance Parade will feature a slew of different styles. Look for ballet, samba, hip-hop, and more. Dance along and burn some calories!
More info: click here

What: Walk to Defeat ALS, 3.1 miles
Where: Hudson River Park
When: Check-in starts at 9:30am, Walk at 11am
Why: Fitness for a cause!! The walk program funds important services and programs for people with ALS and their families, as well as leading, cutting-edge research.
More info: click here

What: Inversion Adventure: Learning to Fly
Where: lululemon athletica, East 66th Street location
When: 8:30-9:45am
Why: Learn to fly with Kay Kay Clivio and Loren Bassett. Lululemon says you can experience the thrill of flying in arm balances that are both fun and challenging. Using a strong Vinyasa flow as a warm up, they’ll play with the alignment and art of arm balancing! This class is open to all levels
More info: RSVP at east66th-store@lululemon.com

Sunday, May 17th
What: SPIN ‘N BARE, A benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Where: Club H Fitness, Hell’s Kitchen location
When: Classes from 10am-2pm
Why: Fitness for a cause!! ALSO very exciting news! I’m signed up to take the 11am class with John Nobile. He’s the incredible spin instructor I mentioned here and I can’t wait to finally take another class of his!
More info: Each class is $25 per class and limited to 75 participates. Click here to register and learn more!

What: AIDS Walk New York
Where: Central Park, enter the park at East 59th Street and Fifth Avenue
When: Sign-in starts at 8:30am, opening ceremony at 9:15am, walk at 10am
Why: Fitness for a cause!! Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $100 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fund-raising event in the entire world.
More info: click here

What: Yoga for Athletes
Where: lululemon athletica, Union Square location
When: TBD
Why: Yoga is for everyone!
More info: The website says details are TBD. Try calling the store at 212.675.5286.