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Music to Motivate: March Playlist
March 10, 2010, 10:48 AM
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I like to think I have good taste in music, dare I even say at the forefront of the scene at times. Thanks to satellite radio I was totally rocking out to “Just Dance” and “Lollipop” before the songs became hits. And while I’m not spinning at clubs, I do take great pride in my personal playlists. I’ll admit I enjoy quite the eclectic mix of music, but when it comes to working out I need something upbeat. Whether a song ties me to a place, person or thought, it has to motivate me. Here’s what I’m playing to keep me pushing harder, faster, stronger.

DJ FitChic1. All of the Above – Maino2. Horchata – Vampire Weekend

3. In My Head – Jason Derulo

4. Telephone – Lady GaGa featuring Beyoncé

5. Hey, Soul Sister – Train

6. Take It Off – Ke$ha

7. Africa – Karl Wolf featuring Culture

8. Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood

9. No Te Veo – Casa De Leones

10. Sweet About Me – Gabriella Cilmi

11. BedRock – Young Money featuring Lloyd

12. Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) – AR Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls

13. My Life Be Like – Grits

14. Morning After Dark – Timbaland featuring SoShy and Nelly Furtado

15. Say Aah – Trey Songz featuring Fabolous

16. One Day – Matisyahu


Would you want to train celebrities?

Sorry guys, I’ve been on a bit of a blogging vacation – well an actual vacation that turned into an extended break from blogging – but I’m back and going to dive in with a poll!

Jillian MichaelsOn her Facebook page Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels has said:

Want to clear up some press mistakes. There have been a few articles out saying that I’m training Tara Reid and Nicole Kidman. This is not true. I am interested in the health of regular people. I do not focus my time on “the privileged few”. The only famous person I have agreed to work with is Maria Shriver because …she is a personal mentor of mine and an all around amazing humanitarian.

I want to know, if you were a trainer, would you exclude celebrities from your clientele?

My Open Letter to John Durant

Dear John,

The way you spoke about your caveman diet and lifestyle on The Colbert Report was positively dreamy. For you, exercise isn’t isolated to a gym; instead, you replicate the natural movements hunter-gatherers had to perform to survive. And while you lift logs and throw stones you shun processed foods and share the diet that kept our ancestors strong.

And since today is Valentine’s Day I thought I would answer your uniquely primal personal.

“I’m really looking for a healthy woman who is a meat-eater and ideally if she were lactose intolerant (no dairy) that would be good… if she had Celiac Disease (no wheat), it’s my dream woman!”

John, you are a modern-day hunter-gatherer, and I could be your prehistoric partner. I am lactose intolerant and while I do not officially have Celiac Disease, I’ve found that I am sensitive to most grain products. In the summer we could run through Central Park in Vibram Five Fingers and then snack on a Paleo picnic full of meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and nuts.

We’re a match made in Paleolithic heaven!

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Poor Judgment on Workout Wear

I’ve seen some weird things inside the ladies’ locker room but yesterday’s sighting was just frightening – a woman wore Spanx under her workout leggings.

My reaction was something similar to Amy Poehler and Seth MeyersSNL Weekend Update skit REALLY? No, but seriously, she did.

Now I’m all about wanting to look good while working up a sweat – that’s half the appeal of wearing Lululemons – but Spanx to the gym? She’s gone too far. Maybe I’m behind the times (is wearing Spanx under workout attire the new trend?!). Because I think that wearing shapewear underneath seems not only uncomfortable but also constricting. The only support needed will be the paramedics after you pass out from shortness of breath while running.

And sadly even Hollywood’s hottest starlets aren’t immune to workout attire gaffes. Ashley Olsen was spotted jogging with her boyfriend (The Hangover hunk) Justin Bartha on Jan. 4 sporting an oversized button down shirt and her trademark oversized sunglasses, and pop princess Britney Spears was reportedly hitting the treadmill at the Mondrian Hotel in Hollywood with a full face of makeup. Page Six reports that an onlooker said, “she looked like Heath Ledger as the Joker.” Sexy.

** Note to celebs – I’ll save you the embarrassment and am accepting applications to serve as your workout stylist!

With New Year Resolution gym-goers in full gear let the absurd gym sightings commence – what’s the weirdest workout outfit you’ve seen recently?

Traditional weight loss formula given a modern twist, courtesy of Kate Moss … WWKMD?

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” – Kate Moss reveals a motto to WWD.

Cue thousands of impressionable females (and males) developing eating disorders. But I find a lot of the backlash she’s received for her statement is undeserved. Isn’t this motto just another way of stating one of the most widely used weight loss formulas available calories in < calories out?  I understand this isn’t the healthiest ways of conveying the message, but it is Kate Moss we’re talking about.

Best said by the British

As such, Kate’s apparently simple philosophy is wonderfully advanced and extremely timely. To every action there is a consequence, that is all she is saying. But it is something that is being increasingly forgotten in our instant-gratification, bling-bling, X Factor, fizzy pop, white-bread world. Kate owes all she has to her shape, and she accepts the acts of denial on which that shape depends… Kate is only being honest. She is admitting that to look the way she does she has to eat less.

And by this nicely spun logic used by the Times Online, Kate’s statement actually serves as a lesson to that impressionable youth – in order to achieve a goal, you must work at it; each action has a consequence and each action requires a conscious decision.

Kate Moss is the 5’7” 105lb. model that started the ultra-thin waif look. She is known for being exceptionally thin – not the normal Hollywood thin, but the unnaturally supermodel thin. For Kate, her motto makes sense – and thankfully I can now go to sleep assured that she too must work at keeping her body, well the size that brings in her income.

While I don’t endorse/suggest/recommend anyone starving him or herself to achieve a slender figure, I do acknowledge the concept of actively working towards your goal. There is something to be said for delayed gratification, especially when it comes to one’s physique – no fat-blasting drug, supplement or miracle machine can magically transform your body in mere days, nor is whatever you’re injecting into your body safe.

Infuse a healthy mindset and goal and make Kate’s thin-spiration work for you. If you find yourself asking if you should hit the gym after work even though you’re tired… yes, think WWKMD? Because even she has to work at keeping her body.

Gym Superstitions

“Everyone knows that bad things happen when the plates face out. My hairdresser’s cousin knew a girl who got pregnant because her boyfriend lifted with the plates facing out. True story.”

And during yesterday’s CrossFit class the guy behind me about to squat 315lbs was suddenly yelled at to stop and re-rack. Why? The coach has a superstition and needs the white numbers facing out.

From the outside, gym superstitions sound pretty absurd, but it got me thinking… what do I do at the gym that I consider “routine” but others may see it as a bit superstitious?

I’m a lousy runner so anytime I do a decent run I automatically bless that outfit as my running outfit. I’m convinced that anytime I tackle a run I need to be dressed in my blue Nike shirt with my blue Asics sneakers to have maximum performance.

Anytime I do an isolated exercise or stretch I start with my right side of my body – never, never with my left. And if I’m on the elliptical I cover the timer with a towel and never look at it before at least 20 minutes have passed. And I have certain machines I like to use, I’ll wait for them even if others are open.

Why do fitness fanatics and athletes develop these superstitions? Quoted in the article by Ryan Clark, Richard Lustberg, a sports psychologist based in New York, said the reason for developing superstitions is simple: It’s a “coping mechanism” to deal with the pressure to succeed. “Athletes begin to believe, and want to believe, that their particular routine is enhancing their performance.”

So maybe I have a few superstitions and maybe I’m a bit delusional in my belief of my success but it’s working, so they’re staying. Melissa Byers wrote a great article about her workout oddities and if you have any weird gym-related things, add them in the comments!