Fit Chic NYC’s Blog


Twitter To Get Fitter

A round-up of a few of my favorite fitness Tweets from experts, celebrities and health fanatics!

@SkinnyCity What to eat after the gym: Running is one of the quickest ways to burn calories, build endurance, and tone up. So,… http://bit.ly/9xBNoS

@FitBottomedGirl As many as 30 million Americans may be normal-weight obese: http://fitbottomedgirls.com/2010/02/skinny-fat/

@socialworkout One man’s brave journey through @CrunchGym yoga speed dating…http://su.pr/1wKXzP

@healthyhollywood Healthy Hollywood | How Kelly Osbourne Got Her Super Fit New Body!: Kelly Osbourne is looking amazing these days! … http://bit.ly/d3yrqj

@fitsugar Get Lifted: Swinging Kettlebell Squats http://fitsu.gr/4799539

@Thats_Fit J.R. Celski Reveals His Must-Do Olympic Training Moves http://bit.ly/bxOwyQ #thatsfit

@FitnessMagazine Fitness advice from Olympian @gretchenbleiler: don’t forget about cardio or underestimate importance of a strong core http://nyti.ms/aqNBxl

And because watching the Jersey Shore is a secret addiction of mine…
@Sn00ki Fist pumping like a champ on his win! Yes Davis!! USA USA USA !!! http://tweetphoto.com/11776060

And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @FitChicNYC

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Hot Off the Bench Press – Bring Your Sexy Back With This Exercise, Use Kettlebells To Blast Calories, Get Jennifer Aniston’s Bikini Body and More!

Hot fitness news you don’t want to miss!

Slimmer Doesn’t Always Mean Fitter – NYTimes.com – See how bodyweight affects sport performance.

How to Get Jennifer Aniston’s Bikini Bod
– UsMagazine.com – Marco Borges (who has whipped Beyonce Knowles and Gwen Stefani into shape) and trainer Joy Di Palma (creator of Core Conditioning Cross Fit) gives UsMagazine.com the step-by-step.

Motivations, Affirmations and Mantras – Oh My! –  Cranky Fitness –Keep up your New Year resolutions to stay in shape by developing these healthy habits.

Was Bethenny Frankel Wearing Spanx on the Runway? – The StyleList – Marissa Gold gets the skinny on whether the NYC Housewife had extra support during New York Fashion Week.

The Best Back Exercise You’ve Never Done – Men’s Health – Get your sexy back.

Back.the.EFF.up.dude – Fired ‘n’ Fabulous – See what happens when personal trainers creep at the gym.

Kettlebell Workouts Burn Calories Fast – WebMD – Study backs up claims that swinging kettlebells pays fitness dividends



Embarrassed At The Gym

I’m almost two weeks into my burpee challenge and while I’m not in the lead, I’m proud to say that I’m the most improved and already increased my rpm! But my biggest challenge in participating – overcoming my fear of performing.

What?! Yep, it’s not the thought of being completely and utterly winded in a minute flat, it’s my self-consciousness in performing the exercise. Next time you go to the gym, look around; you don’t really see people throwing themselves onto the ground, doing a push-up and jumping back up again very often; let alone a female breaking a sweat. Hence my dilemma. While I’m proud of my strength I find myself wandering around the gym for a reclusive area, out most gym-goers’ view to perform my burpees. Why? I’m embarrassed.

When I’m at a CrossFit box (CrossFit lingo alert “box” is what you typically call their place of operation/studio) I have no problem dropping chest to deck and whipping out a minute of burpees. No stares, no questions. Rather when I get winded I’ll hear cheers of encouragement to push harder, better, faster stronger! But throw down burpees at a globo gym (CrossFit lingo, any chain/luxury gym) all you get is weird stares and maybe an off-hand comment or two.

And perform a burpee in my apartment?! Out of the question! Besides the limited space that comes in living in a New York apartment with three other girls, I’d prefer not to have their looks of bewilderment or complaints from the downstairs apartment about constant thudding.

This isn’t an isolated occurrence either. I find myself thanking the gym G*Ds that I didn’t join the Equinox in my building when I was looking for a new gym membership because now half of my office belongs. When I workout, I workout – I use weights and I do dead lifts, dips and attempted pull-ups. I get sweaty. And I don’t want my coworkers who use the dumbbells without breaking a sweat see me in such a vulnerable state. Geez, when I picked up a kettlebell at a globo gym, a trainer came over to me to tell me how impressed he was with the weight I was using and my form… thanks, but please let me workout in peace!

In a great article on Gubernatrix, the author said, “When going all-out in an intense circuit you know you are going to look a bit crazy. This is all very well if you are surrounded by people doing the same thing. But if you are the only one, it can feel very exposed.

This also applies to any women who regularly find that they are the only female in the gym. Guys will look, they can’t help it. But it can be hard to block this out and just get on with your workout. It’s not as if we are bouncing along at 5 miles an hour on the treadmill with not a hair out of place. We’re under the bar pushing bodyweight or more and it doesn’t always look pretty!”

Amen sister!



Back With My (Fitness) Ex

No no, I’m not back with an ex-boyfriend of mine, but rather my true fitness love, CrossFit. After a 6-month separation, not of mutual consent, I’m proud to say that CrossFit and I are giving it another go.

My relationship started about a year ago, Memorial Day 2008 to be exact, at CrossFit Hardcore in Boca Raton, Florida. After an intense workout, unlike anything I’ve ever tried before, I was hooked. I continued seeing him through the end of October, sometimes up  to 6 days/week. Then I moved to New York City. The relationship got a bit abusive at the end, I suffered a fractured wrist so that, coupled with the move and change in location/work, I thought it was time for a break. NOTE to new CrossFitters, the injury was my own fault – big ego mixed with poor form!

If you’re not familiar with CrossFit it’s hard to fully explain how incredible it truly is. One affiliate owner tried to tackle the concept of a CrossFit elevator pitch here. In it’s most simple form, CrossFit workouts are functional, varied and intense and scale to any ability level. They incorporate and combine kettlebell training (i.e. KB swings) with cardiovascular elements (i.e. rowing, running, jump roping), body weight/primal exercises (i.e. push ups, pull ups, squats), gymnastics moves (i.e. handstand push ups) and Olympic weightlifting (i.e. thrusters, clean and jerks) to produce a quick, varied workout that prepares your body to handle anything. Check out the main site at CrossFit.com.

But now, after a hiatus, I’m prepared to allow CrossFit back into my life. While back on Florida on vacation – sorry, for the lack of posts, I was enjoying the weather! – I stopped by my old affiliate for some workouts and realized how much I miss the feeling of utter exhaustion and pushing my body past all expectations. CrossFit has stolen my heart all over again. The addition of the late evening classes at CrossFit NYC’s Black Box location fits into my schedule and I’ll be hitting today’s WOD (workout of the day) of as many rounds of 5 thrusters/10 burpees as I can in 12 minutes.

What can I say, I think we’re meant for each other!



Conversations Overheard at the Gym

Take your headphones off and listen to the people around you – this stuff is just too good to miss!

At my gym adventure yesterday here are some conversations gems I overheard:

A Piece of Advice

Guy #1: Dude, there are only so many playlists I can make before I know exactly where I am in my run.

Guy #2: That’s why you have to save the best songs for last. They really get you going when you hear them at the end… like who can’t push it out to Sand?

TMI

Girl on phone: I think I’m going to leave the gym, I’m wearing shorts and I didn’t shave appropriately.

Where are the Ladies?

Trainer: I’ve never seen a girl pick up a kettlebell or add weight to that machine, I’m impressed.

Me: Thanks? I may be tiny, but I’m strong.

Those are just from last night. I’ll add more great one-liners as I overhear them. Feel free to add your favorites!



Fitness Trends 2009

The American Council on Exercise (ACE), a fitness industry leader, surveyed its fitness network to develop their predictions of 2009’s biggest fitness trends which include:

Boot Camp-Style Workouts: Boot camp workouts provide a total-body workout that’s varied, fun and challenging. Up to 600 calories can be burned during a boot camp session, and in addition to a great cardiovascular workout, muscles are strengthened through high- and low-intensity exercises such as push ups, squats and lunges.

Budget-Friendly Workouts: Of the ACE-certified professionals surveyed, 48 percent said that gym memberships will decrease in 2009 and 52 percent said less people will hire personal trainers. People will try to use the resources around them as their gym and equipment – think running outdoors, training using community park equipment etc..

Specialty Classes: Dance-based classes such as Zumba, Bollywood, ballroom, Afro-Cuban and other exotic dance styles are growing in popularity thanks to shows such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.

Back to Basics: Forget trendy, personal trainers are going primal and functional in their training.

Circuit Training: Studies have shown that interval training combining strength training and cardiovascular activity at different intensities provides a more time-efficient workout than participating in traditional aerobic and weight training sessions.

Kettlebells: Kettlebells require an individual to focus on whole-body conditioning because lifting and controlling a kettlebell forces the entire body, particularly the core, to contract as a group, simultaneously developing strength and stability. **But note that kettlebells require proper form not only to be useful but to prevent injury so please don’t start swinging one around if you don’t know how to use it!

Boomer Fitness: Individuals age 50+ have the means, motivation and desire to enhance their quality of life through physical activity—and they are only growing.

Technology-Based Fitness: Technology fuses with fitness – think iPod trainers, Wii Fit and the Expresso Bike. Look for 2009 to provide more interactive video games that provide fitness benefits, as well as new inventions to make exercising a more engaging experience.

Event or Sport-Specific Exercises: Participating in a friendly game of sports, training for a marathon or taking a day-long bike ride are just a few ways that people are staying in shape. It’s healthy, fun and social.

Mixing It Up: After revising their 1995 exercise recommendations, the American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association recognized that both moderate and vigorous intensity workouts can be used towards achieving exercise and fitness goals. For example, ACE recommends mixing low-intensity cardio with intervals on different days, and mixing high-volume, low- intensity weight training with low-volume, high-intensity training on alternate days.

Note: The information and some text for this blog was pulled from the ACE fitness trends press release which can be found here.