Its holiday gift guide time—yippee! Seriously, for a fit girl who likes shopping these pages are wonderful. The pink lifting belt by G-loves.com is especially cute!
And now the rest of the best of this issue of Muscle & Fitness Hers:
“Rockin’ Rockettes” Two members of the elite Radio City Christmas Spectacular dance squad talk about their off-season training and how they make those eye-level kicks look so damn perfect.
Ryan McDonagh: The New York Rangers defensemen is a fan of the Women’s U.S. Olympic hockey team, eats tons of bison burgers to keep lean and spends the off-season doing charity work with his wife and mother-in-law. So he is pretty much perfect in my eyes.
“Kick Up Your Fat Burn” IFBB Bikini Pro Stacey Alexander offers tips on how to up your kick boxing game. .
“3 Tips for a Healthier Winter” Once again I am being reminded that I need to get my flu shot!
“Winning Big” Brand new Biggest Loser trainer Jen Widerstorm (http://www.teamjennifer.com) was inspired to get fit by her body builder dad and later starred on American Gladiators playing “Pheoenix.” Jen is also on the cover and offers her own butt-kicking workout featured in this issue.
The Fox Sports & Dancing With the Stars celeb has an enviable figure that she works pretty damn hard for thankyouverymuch and the healthy-lifestyle enthusiast allows Health readers to try her own favorite Physique 57 workout (here!) that you can do in 30 minutes time for overall strengthening.
So what else is inside the September Health?
“Perk Up Your Posture”
Yoga goddess Kristin McGee shows off a few poses that will give you stronger shoulder & back muscles while helping to fix your posture.
“Tracy Tones You”
This month the trainer that is Gwyneth “Goopy” Paltrow-approved offers a circuit workout she says you should do six times per week but I will give you permission to do it twice instead. (You’re welcome!)
“19 Tips for Runners”
Are you looking to get faster while you add the miles on the pavement? Follow these tips including exercise suggestions from Jordan Metzl, MD.
And now the rest of the best of this issue of Health:
“66 Brilliant Beauty Buys” The editors of Health pick their 2014 Health Beauty Award winners that will help you look even more gorgeous than you already are (how is that even possible?)
“Stream Your Way Slim” If you are looking for a streaming workout, Health gives the lowdown on the best online fitness classes.
“Surprising Migraine Cures that Work” I know plenty of folks who will find this information helpful.
“Is Butter Really Back?” If I miss anything about being dairy-free it’s the butter. (Damn—I miss butter!)
“Health Rules You Can Really Break” New ways to look at how many hours a week you should work out, the number of hours you really need to sleep and more, here.
Recaps of Bicycling, FitnessRX for Women and Muscle & Fitness Hers
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
There is a crispness in the air that says “Hey Honey, how about a little autumn for ya?” Love it! Every year at this time I feel some sadness about summer leaving us all behind and then I remember that Septmeber is one of the raddest months of the year. You can still walk around without a jacket most of the time and yummy foods like pumpkin and acorn squash come into season. What’s not to love about it?
Anyhoo—I have a batch of new magazines to recap today so let us get to it now, shall we?
Photograph by Brian O’Hara
Bicycling: October 2013
“Powered by Plants” As a primal/Paleo eater I know I am the natural enemy of vegans everywhere so wanting to demonstrate that I can listen to the other side and consider what those veggie heads consume every day instead of animal products. Not sold on “fortified breakfast cereals” however.
“Go Back in Time” Super-tweedy rides are popping all over the country this time of the year and I for one applaud that. Go you chic bike riders!
“While You Were Out Riding, Bike Advocacy Became Cool” “Eight Innovators” who are helping cycling be more safe (and cool.) Yay them!
“’Cross Wise” Super cute gear for your next cyclocross race.
“10-Minute Bone-Boosting Workout” Really great core moves from exercise physiologist Allison Westfahl.
Karina Smirnoff: The Dancing With the Stars celeb offers her own diet & fitness routine that makes her look as stunning as she does on the cover of this issue.
“Get on Track” IFBB Champions Ashley Kaltwasser and Justine Munro are photographed for the “stadium” workout you can take to the track.
“Flat Abs and Shapely, Sexy Legs: Prague Bikini Champion Vladka Krasnova is the model for this workout you can tear out and take to the gym.
“Armed for Fall” IFBB Bikini pro Juliana Daniell shows us a high intensity resistance training program meant to define the upper body.
Check out FitnessRX for Women online www.fitnessrxwomen.com
Mona Muresan photograph by Tom Corbett
Muscle & Fitness Hers: September/October 2013
“Must-Try Move…Gorgeous Hamstrings” Advice on how to make your hammies look awesome from Nicole Wilkins (IFBB Figure Pro,) Jessie Hilgenberg (IFBB Figure Pro) and Ariella Palumbo (NPC Physique Competitor.)
Mona Muresan: The Muscle & Fitness Hers editor in chief not only graces the cover but also is in side this issue with a kick butt workout. Color me happy!
“Fit for the Fast Lane” Unbelievably cute gear with pink trim—bring it on!
“12 Turbocharged Fat-Fighting Secrets” Three top pros give their best advice for dropping extra pounds in a hurry.
“The Ultimate Arm Assault” If you are looking to up your arm routine—try this routine from IFBB Bikini Pro Juliana Daniell. (She is very popular this month!)
Coco Austin: Ice-T’s wife is interviewed for her newest venture Peepshow. Gaw—I love Coco!
Recaps of Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal
The September issues are back and I for one could not be happier—(seriously, summer magazines are just not that interesting.) So today I am devoting my recap to three of the top men’s titles and what they to offer is this month. You’re welcome!
Let’s get to this thing!
Novak Djokovic photographed by Richard Phibbs
Men’s Fitness: September 2013
Novak Djokovic: The Serbian tennis pro is on the cover right now and he talks about his lifelong for all kinds of breads and pastas made him feel sluggish and sickly until adopting a gluten-free lifestyle. He says the path to good health is by changing your diet one step at a time.
“10 Most Bizarre Fitness Competitions” Have you heard of the “Wee Men” Australian Dwarf Tossing competition or the “Left Rook” Chess Boxing in London? Check out this article for some more unusual competitions.
“Your Own Fitness Trend”Men’s Fitness shows how to take bits and pieces of fitness workouts to make your unique routine.
“Natural Selection” Meal suggestions that are high in protein and veggies (my favorite!)
“10 Steps to an 8-Pack Abs” Can ladies get these? (Not that I would ever put in the time for it but I am just curious.)
Tom Brady: Of course the New England Patriots quarterback is on the cover of the Fall Fashion issue—he is sexy and married to a supermodel. Duh! (By the way—go Niners!)
“6 Skills Leaders Know” I will give you three that they list: “Evolve Every Day,” “Lean on Your Team” and “Blaze a Trail”
“The Medicine Ball Blaster” Trainer Dan John offers ideas to use a medicine ball in your workouts. (Using some of these in my bootcamp classes for sure…)
“Weird Body Noises Explained” Men’s Health uncovers the medical reasons why your knees and ankles pop and you have a ringing in your ear (among other annoying sounds you might be dealing with right now.)
“Worst-Face Scenarios” All kinds of tips for getting rid of skin damage. (I didn’t realize men worry about these things!)
“8 Secrets Your Hospital Keeps” If you are terrified of hospitals (and I certainly am) this article will make you stay up at night. For example, your doctor’s hands may be filthy and the hospital food could be even worse than fast food. YIKES!!
“How to Sell a Miracle” Even more medical news to scare the reader! Quackery still exists in the “medicine” world and too many people are distrustful of “big medicine” causing unnecessary illness. Oy!
“A New War on Sugar” Basically humans are hard-wired to love sugar more than is good for us and many of us are getting fat from it. Here are tips for cutting back on the sweet stuff.
“Barefoot Running Stumbles” First of all, those”barefoot running” shoes that were all the rage two years ago looked stupid–we agree on that, right? Now it looks as if they cause more harm than good (allegedly.)
Aston Martin Vanquish Volante photographed by Anton Watts
Men’s Journal: September 2013
“Style & Design 2013″ We are talking cars, gear, kitchen gadgets, watches, office chairs, and more in the Men’s Journal annual style & design issue. (Men do love their toys, no?)
“24-Hour Sports Rumble” The Fox Sports network aims to take down ESPN by adding celebrity hosts (Regis Philbin?) and having a more fun approach to sports. (Um, okay. But they will never top “30 for 30” in my opinion.)
“The Other White Meat” Recipe ideas for my formerly most-hated vegetable—cauliflower. (Dice and cook it in olive oil and garlic, people!)
“The People’s Coast” Must go back to Oregon again—the coastline is beautiful and open to the public!
“Massacre in the Himalayans” Holy sh*t! This past June ten mountain climbers were killed in the Himalayas by terrorists with their sole survivor, Zhang Jingchuan, left to talk about the effects on the local community.
Sonny Rollins: The jazz legend is featured here in an excellent interview.
Nathan Plank: The founder and CEO of Under Armour (which makes great gear by the way) talks about his business ethics and bringing jobs to Baltimore.
Recaps of Bicycling, More and Muscle & Fitness Hers
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
We are right in the middle of summer here and I am experiencing magazine doldrums here. Most produce July/August issues so it might be a little light on the review and recap side on my blog for the next couple of weeks. (Oh when do those September issues arrive already?)
Anyhoo—I did find a few that I enjoyed this month so let’s just dive into them today and have some fun, shall we?
Bicycling: September 2013
“Sugar Shock” According to the New York Times food editor Matt Bittman sugar being added to our foods is “the biggest public health challenge facing the developed world.” Bicycling magazine talks about how the sweet stuff will affect your rides and how to keep an eye on sugar and carbs.
“Take a Look” Loved this photo spread here which features cute bicycling fashions. (Yes, they CAN be cute fashion creators!)
“City Guide: New York City” Now you know I have check out the “Brooklyn Ramble” section which featured in this article!
“Southern Comforts” Have you ever heard of the “Tour d’Epicure” which takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains? It sounds totally amazing!
“The Basics of Shifting” Honestly, I wish someone would have given me this advice on how to shift into gears properly when I first began to ride!
Recaps of Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal
It’s been ages since I devoted this space to just the “Men’s” titles so why the hell not break it out again today? If you are ready—I am ready.
Let’s get to this thing!
Hugh Jackman photographed by Ben Watts
Men’s Fitness: June 2013
Hugh Jackman: Wolverine!! The buff actor follows the “8-Hour Diet” plan which means he eats up to 6000 calories per day in an 8-hour window of time and works out like a madman to get into A-Lister shape. Honestly—is there anyone more charming than Hugh Jackman? No. Such. Thing.
“10 Diets We Won’t Be Trying This Summer” I love how snarky the “men’s” magazines can be and this page made me crack up. For example, about “The Air Diet” –Perfect for guys who love cooking but hate the annoying eating part that inevitably follows… Well done Men’s Fitness!
“Fitlandia” Portland, Oregon is declared by Men’s Fitness as the “Fittest City” for men. See how your city ranked here. (El Paso, TX is the fattest by the way.)
“7 Ultimate Guy Getaways” Ideas for dudes who want to take the average week off and make it the experience of a lifetime.
“The Fascia and the Furious” If you own a foam roller (and if not, why the hell not?) then you know how important it is to keep your fascia (the tight band around the outside of your legs) in top shape.
“6 Week Slimdown” A workout you can take to the outdoors to get in the best shape of your life.
“The Wolverine Workout” Hugh Jackman’s trainer David Kingsbury offers his classic strength-building workout. Wolverine!!!!
Chris Pine: Kirk! Chris Pine has survived tough reviews of his work (being called a “chia pet” by one critic for his work in Princess Diaries 2—ouch!) and he is now a hot, in-demand actor who happens to play one of the most famous Captains in history. You can try out his personal workout which is featured in the magazine. (FYI-I would probably have sex with him if he was obliging.)
Ed Helms: One of my favorite comedic actors is also a bluegrass musician (who knew?) and is about to embark on a whole new stage of his life after The Office and The Hangover.
“Her Sex Lies Exposed” Three women were asked questions while hooked to a polygraph (which are total nonsense by the way) and asked how they really feel about sex and stuff.
“Bar Exam” The latest health bars are rated here for best snacking potential that is also healthy.
“How to do Everything Better” Men’s Health talks about how to do a whole bunch of things “better” including waging a water balloon wars and getting critters out of your home.
“Be a Pop Star” Awwww, here we get advice on men can bet better father’s to their children based on the age and development level of the child.
“Win the War in Your Gut” Having fought the “gut” battle in the past—I can personally attest to how important it is to pay attention to the good& bacteria in your belly.
Keith Richards: True story—once when I was teenager my mother called me into the living room yelling “you need to see this!” Turns out Keith Richards was being interviewed on television and she could not understand “how the dead can talk.” Well Keith is STILL alive and kicking thankyouverymuchmom and he is rather sanguine about getting older and still rockin’.
“Attack on Everest” Holy sh*t! Sherpas are starting to attack climbers on Mount Everest. The topic of overcrowding in the famous mountain is explored here.
“How to Blow $100 on Fireworks” This is NOT an article you would find in a woman’s magazine!
“The Complex Truth About Low Testosterone” Hormone replacement is being talked about with greater frequency in the media as a wonder cure—but there still isn’t any consensus on who actually needs to use it and when.
“Paleo Converts” More and more distance athletes are trying out the Paleo meal plan to gain an edge in competitions. But do they actually work?
“50 Great American Places” Looking for vacation ideas? Try one of these groovy spots you can find in the good old U.S.A.
Recaps of Bicycling, Fitness RX for Women and Prevention
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
How is your June coming along so far? Me? I have been busier than a one-armed paper hanger but I am determined to get these recaps out to you. So without further adieu–I bring you my latest batch of favorite reads.
Bicycling: July 2013
“Bring the Heat” Bicycling offers tips to ride outside in this god forsaken heat and perform even better.
“Get Hooked” I am not much of a fish person (Salmon? No thank you!) However—this handy guide might me rethink my ideas on this food group.
“Sunscreen” Here we get all sorts of tips on how better use sunscreen while enjoying the great outdoors.
“Make Your Own Charity Ride” I know several friends who will refer to this article soon! Great information here.
“2013 Guide to Riding Everywhere” My neighborhood is about a thousand times more bike-friendly than when I first moved here which is pretty amazing. The same holds true across the U.S. and Bicycling’s editors find out who is riding out there, what they ride and how to survive the weather all year round.
“Revenge of the Nerds” The nerds are taking over the cycling world by using their smarts to outwit their competitors. Read here how Team ViaSat won last year’s Race Across America (RAAM.)
“Stunning Rides” The 2013 ‘Best Mountain Bikes” are featured in the July issue.
“Who’s Happier?” Commuters? Night Owls? Older people? You have to find out by reading this article for yourself. (I did suspect Bronze finishers were happier than Silver medalists before…)
“10 Ways to Chill Out” Inexpensive ways to keep cool this summer.
“I Lost 45 Pounds and Improved My Golf Game” Busygolf pro Karen Stupples talks about how she lost weight after making a few simple changes to her diet and lifestyle.
“The Metabolism Miracle for 40+” Preventionshows how you can keep the extra pounds away over the age of 40 (when most people start to experience a slower metabolism.) Also includes a workout to help build muscle tone.
“Her Second Perfect Storm” Honestly—this was my favorite read this month. Linda Greenlaw survived the real life Perfect Storm (the sailing tragedy was made into a movie in 1997) but this tough-as-nails swordfish-boat skipper (the only female in the U.S. to have that honor) found out adopting a teenager would be the hardest challenge of her life. Check out her books here: http://www.lindagreenlawbooks.com/
“My Year of Aging Backward” Writer Lauren Kessler decided to take a year of her life and devote it to trying to become younger through exercise and science. The result is her book My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging which I just might have to get. (Here is Lauren’s web site: http://laurenkessler.com/)
Recaps of Bicycling, Muscle & Fitness Hers and Prevention
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My magazine stacks are getting sky high but I am determined to get these out to you people so hang on to your knickers everyone and let’s get to it!
Bicycling: June 2013
“Eat to Ride” Bicycling editors offer tips on how to survive all of those summer rides by fueling properly.
“Aprés Ride” French for ‘after’ ride and this page is all full of fun items for guys and gals after a day on the road.
“Feed Your Thirst” Foods that are “water-rich” and will help you stay hydrated all day.
“City Guide: Washington DC” Oooh, I have had a yen to travel to our nation’s capital lately and this guide made me all kinds of curious about riding there.
“Senseless” I feel very strongly about everyone wearing their helmets wherever they ride (even on grass!) but I was not aware of the fact they do not protect you from concussions. Ruh oh! Get on that safer helmet makers!!
“Lift Off” Have you heard about biking trips where they take you up a mountain and you basically live the high life the whole time? Anyone want to take me along? I will be a quiet roommate—I promise!
“Up to Me” As an instructor I am all about getting my students to climb and strength train on the bike and this article reminds me why I love heading up the hills outside the classroom as well.
“The Gold Standard” The eight “Extraordinary Bikes” of the year as chosen by the editors of Bicycling.
“Must-Try Move… Strong, Beautiful Back” Advice on how to make your back sex-ay and strong from Alicia Harris Ross (IFBB Figure Pro,) Dana Linn Bailey (IFBB Physique Pro) and Jelena Abbou (IFBB Figure Pro.)
“Pear-Shaped Peril” Being pear-shaped can be dangerous to your health if you do not watch what you eat. (Check out page 34 for more information.)
Yeshaira Robles: Here we get a day-in-the-life of the IFBB Bikini Competitor who has an adorable daughter and a boyfriend with guns the size of watermelons.
“The Secret to a Killer Core” IFBB Bikini Pro Jessica Plaxson is the star of the pull-out workout for your abs and back. (She is also on the cover suckas!)
“Ridiculously Healthy Burgers” These recipes made me go ‘nom nom’ out loud.
“Hello Gorgeous Glutes” You want to raise your booty a little higher? Try out these moves from IFBB Figure Pro Larissa Reis.
Drita D-Avanzo: Thank you Muscle & Fitness Magazine Hers for featuring my favorite “Mob Wife” in your publication. She is a shoe-throwing badass and I love her!
“The Unexpected Face of Depression” Men’s depression can be misdiagnosed as an anger management issue. The signs of depression to look for with the men in your life.
“In Her Right Mind” Holy sh*t! This article about a Harvard scientist who came back from an almost completely debilitating stroke. A must read!
“New Ways to Beat Osteoperosis” It takes more than calcium to make strong bones—check out this feature to find out what you need to do to stay healthy and strong in your bones.
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Skin Care” Advice on how to keep your skin safe in the summer season.
“Your Transformation Challenge” Preventiongives you a 4-week (28-day) plan to get you as healthy as possible with trainer Chris Freytag as their resident expert.
“Is This What is Eating You?” The South Beach Diet creator Dr. Arthur Agaston talks about gluten intolerance and the “hidden danger of grains.” (His newest book is called The South Beach Diet: Gluten Solution)
“Get Moving, Get Better” When your joints are aching it can be easy to tell yourself to slow down and not work out so hard. However, experts are finding out that your ailing knees could benefit from a tough workout.
Recaps of Bicycling, MORE, Muscle & Fitness Hers and Prevention
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
How are you all doing today? Me? I am just fine thankyouverymuch. The magazine are piling up around my apartment and I need to just get more of these posts up already so today I bring four of my favorite reads of the past few weeks. Hope you enjoy them!
Bicycling: April 2013
“Bicycling 2013 Buyers Guide” What the hell am I doing working on a Blog post when I should be drooling over the pictures of the bikes featured here instead? (I want everything featured and I wish this damn winter weather would go away so I can actually do some cycling.)
“Go the Distance” A page of “must have” gadgets and cool essentials to take on your next long ride.
“Good Looks” Really cool items that are not all necessarily for cyclists but the bike rack will look in my new home, someday…
“Best in Class” Bikes, bikes and more bikes—I am really missing my rides right now!
Connie Britton: I love this woman and have been a fan of hers for ages (though I admit I have yet to check out Nashville—is it good?) Connie started her career as a fitness instructor while studying acting in New York which is one of the reasons she looks completely amaze-balls at 46 years-old. She is also a new mom and quite possibly my new imaginary celebrity best friend.
“Revenge of the Handsome Woman” Women who have “handsome” features rather than culturally accepted “pretty” ones tend to age much better and get their “revenge” in the middle-aged years.
“She Keeps Families Together” Great feature on Jessica Dominguez who is a Los Angeles-based lawyer who at one time an undocumented worker and now works to keep deportees form being separated from their children.
“The Life-Extending Diet” The things you need to eat to get healthier including Omega 3 fatty acids (unless you already eat enough meat & dairy) and cutting back on sugar.
“5 Top Facialists Confess” I love beauty advice and here we get the best tips from best veauty gals in the business. (Drink your water, people!)
Cyndi Lauper: More talked to pop singer a(nd now Broadway composer) Cyndi Lauper who worked with Harvey Fierstein to get Kinky Boots from film to the stage.
“Must-Try Move: Quads” Expert advice to get your quads looking fierce from IFBB Fitness Pro Oksana Grishina, IFBB Figure Pro Candice Lewis and NPC Bikini Ana Delia Iturrondo.
Ali Lee: The singer and dancer prefers to keep strong & fit in order to keep some balance in her life and busy career.
“9 Serious Skin Smoothers” All kinds of price points are shown here for the best face & body exfoliators on the market.
Vida Guerra: A day in the life of the IFBB Bikini Pro who is seeking a show business career in Los Angeles which includes training with an Olympic sprinter and running with a parachute on her back—really!
“Get Short-Circuit Sexy” Cover model Erin Stern (a Figure Olympia Pro) shows how doing a series of 20-second moves can get your body strong & sexy.
“Whip Yourself Into Shape” If you want to learn about proper rope training (and I did then this is the article to check out!
“The Perfect Gluten-Free Day” Here we get a six-meal plan that help you feel full without a gluten in sight.
“52 Meals That Heal” Lots and lots of “super foods” are featured here including soba noodles, grapefruit and canned salmon.
“Why Morning Walks Give You an Edge” I switched to being a morning workout person simply because that worked best with my schedule but there are real advantages to getting out there before the chickens.
“Good Night, Sleep Riught” The latest potions and gadgets to help you get more zzz’s.
“What Will You Leave Behind?” Mallika Chopra (daughter of Deepak Chopra) is the founder of intent.com and she offers her advice for living a life with purpose.
“Get a Leg Up on Diabetes” Turns out prediabates is a very treatable condition with coach-led exercise. So instead of saying “Whew—glad I don’t have that disease!” You need to get your butt in gear.
“Your Eyes After 40” Preventiontalks about the “six common vision problems of midlife—and what to do about them.”