<![CDATA[MizzFit - Fitness, Fashion, Trends]]><![CDATA[MizzFit - Fitness, Fashion, Trends]]><![CDATA[How I Started My Subscription Box (2017-04-13 09:41:35)]]><![CDATA[Don't Want To Look Frozen? This Filler Is For You! (2017-03-25 02:23:49)]]>

A lot of people are scared of getting dermal fillers in their face and I don't blame them. We've seen enough celebrities who look frozen with very little movement in their forehead and mouth areas. Additionally, I've had a lot of friends tell me they hated their results after dabbling in fillers. They felt like they looked "different" afterwards. There were certain things about the way they charicteristically moved their face that were now gone. While I have to say I've never experienced this problem myself, I can totally understand how this would be extremely frustrating. I talk for a living so it would bug me if mobility in my face was limited or not believable. But at the same time, I want to look great for my age so when I feel I need a little help or plumping, I turn to injectables. I heard whisperings about a new type of filler to combat the frozen face look. I was eager to learn about it and then in perfect timing I got invited to this event by Galderma! The...]]>
<![CDATA[Cellfina Banished My Dimples: Watch me get treated! (2017-03-15 19:22:09)]]>

It takes guts to post your bare ass on the internet. The "before" picture is definitely where my vulnerability lies. My mission has always been to offer up the best advice I could possibly give and to provide my readers with honest feedback on everything I try. So here it is: my experience receiving the much talked about Cellfina treatment. Viewer discretion is advised as I do show parts of the actual procedure. Don't worry, nothing is bloody or disgusting, or anything like that! But, I know some people are sensitive when it comes to needles. I know I am! Watch the video below... Cellfina is intended for long-term improvement in the appearance of cellulite in the buttocks and thigh areas of women. I only had my butt treated because there was no dimpling on my thighs. I do have some wavy cellulite-ish lines on my back thighs but I'm hoping to get that treated with laser later on. A lot of people have asked me 1) how much Cellfina costs and 2) what kind of pain level is...]]>
<![CDATA[Spicy Avocado Tostada Recipe (2017-03-13 19:09:00)]]>

I love avocados! Whether it’s the main dish, a side dish or just a topping, I’m ALL IN. I can’t say no to Avocados From Mexico’s Haas avocados. I grew up on them. My family is from Honduras, which is a hop-skip-step away from Mexico Lindo. We borrow a lot of cultural activities and cooking styles from Mexico that have become ingrained in my foodie palate, and which I’ll never kick! ** This campaign has received compensation from Collective Bias, Inc. and it's advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VidaAguacate #EchaleLoMejor #CollectiveBias ** When I sat down to come up with a fast and easy recipe that’s mouth-watering, I knew I wanted it to include Avocados From Mexico because they’re so incredibly nutritious. Any health coach will tell you to indulge and eat them as part of a balanced diet, because avocados don’t require unhealthy additives to taste good.. The beauty of an avocado is you could literally eat it on its own and it tastes amazing! As long...]]>
<![CDATA[LED Light Therapy: Look Younger, Better! (2017-03-02 18:36:54)]]>

We've all heard of LED Lights and seen them as part of Christmas decorations and blinking signage. But did you know LED lights, originally developed by NASA, are doing lots of good in the beauty and health worlds? I'm so excited to bring you this report because this technology offers a relatively inexpensive way to look younger and get fitter. My favorite items are the anti-aging wands and mask but seriously all of them are wonderful and work well. Check out the video below... LED Lights are essentially wavelengths of colored light energy and each color does something different. Some colors are more therapeutic than others. The research is fun to do and I had a blast testing many devices on myself but I have to be honest and say I wish I could've tested even more colors and gadgets. If you happen to know of ones I don't mention here, please let me know in the comments section.  The LED light products you'll read about here are all under $100 and exceptionally easy to...]]>
<![CDATA[How I Treated My Frown Lines! (2017-02-27 07:06:16)]]>

Yup, you may have never noticed but I had frown lines, and you better believe I had them taken care of and continue to do so. I won’t play coy with you and pretend like I’m above it because my looks matter to me. I always want to look my best for my self-esteem and for all the Instagram pictures I take! Just kidding! It’s not something I do for social media although I like looking good for my followers...who doesn’t? It comes from a desire to look as youthful as I feel. I’ve always been an energetic, on-the-go type of person, even during my advertising days when I used to write and art direct TV commercials. That’s actually when my frown lines started to appear, around 29 years old. At the time, I was working very long hours. Sometimes until 4am! I was working for the best advertising agency in the world so there was no other option than giving 500%.  I was definitely stressed and my work hours were aging me. Staring into a computer screen designing...]]>
<![CDATA[Fast Recipes For A Healthier Morning (2017-02-26 05:31:58)]]>

I was a guest of CocoaVia® brand at the 2017 Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards. I'm also a sponsored CocoaVia® brand influencer, but all opinions and advice you’re about to read are 100% my own.* I have two simple recipes to share with you in this post but let me back up a bit and give you some context on why they’re both health related. You have to read about my night at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards! It was a large gathering of amazing and energetic people who love health! Do a hashtag search for #REDDRESSAWARDS on Twitter and Instagram to see my posts from the night! Some of my favorite celebrities in the media were in attendance and also hosted. I was most excited for Hoda Kotb, who I once did a Today Show segment with, but still can’t bring myself to watch (let’s just say it was at the very beginning of my career and I was a novice). Tamron Hall, Joy Bauer and a bunch of other successful women in the news and within the health world were also...]]>
<![CDATA[Mizzfit at the Woman's Day Red Dress Awards (2017-02-19 00:33:10)]]>

I attended the 2017 Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards to join the fight against heart disease as a guest of CocoaVia® brand. I'm a sponsored CocoaVia® brand influencer, but all opinions are my own*. What an event! I truly did not expect the evening to be as spectacular as it was—it completely blew me away! Upon entering the Jazz at Lincoln Center atrium right above Columbus Circle, I was enveloped in a soft red glow and a room full of happy people buzzing around. It was a fantastic sight, with wait staff lined up to hand you a drink. Everyone (with their phones in camera mode) was drawn to the gargantuan heart “centerpiece” pumping good vibes through the room. I grabbed a drink (red bubbly to match the event’s color theme) and sashayed around during the cocktail hour in my red dress, matching every single woman in attendance. Not only is it so much fun, but it’s truly an honor to attend events like this one. Empowering women to better health...]]>
<![CDATA[Running Safety: What Every Runner Should Know And Do (2017-02-09 21:58:29)]]>

This topic is an important one, especially in light of the deaths of Karina Vetrano and Vanessa Marcotte, which both really affected me as an avid outdoor runner. Karina's death was just too close to home. Her body was found along a Howard Beach path she ran down often. And finally, just a few days ago, her murderer/rapist was caught and charged. Vanessa Marcotte's death, while it didn't happen in New York City proper (her body was found in Massachusetts where she was jogging while visting her mother), was still a major reality check for me because she worked at Google, a mere block away from where I used to live here in NYC. For months, every time I walked past the Google building, all I could think about was her untimely death. What a tragedy in both cases. These attacks from 2016 prove that we need to be a lot more cautious than ever. If you're a runner, be safe out there, but also keep an eye out for your fellow brother and sister runners too. We need to look out for each...]]>
<![CDATA[Meditate: It's Easier Than You Think! (2017-01-11 21:40:32)]]><![CDATA[Coffee vs. Tea: Health Benefits (2017-01-08 00:53:21)]]>

-- This is guest blog written by Samantha Olivier -- Coffee and tea are universal drinks – wherever you go, you can notice the differences in the preparation of these drinks, as well as the times, occasions, and ways in which people consume them. No matter how you take them, one thing is certain – both tea and coffee are quite beneficial for your health and wellbeing. The market is filled with a wide range of options to choose from, and you will certainly be able to find a flavor that suits your tastes. Health Benefits of Tea The birthplace of tea is China, and legend has it that Shen Nung, the second emperor of China, discovered it in 2737 BC, when leaves blew into his pot of boiling water. Served hot or iced, tea is a tasty beverage for every season and it has been proven to improve health. Tea is full of antioxidants that help keeping our body young and protect it from illness and other types of body pollution. It has 50% less caffeine than coffee, while it...]]>
<![CDATA[Dermal Lip Fillers Tutorial (2016-12-28 20:38:15)]]>

I'm going to be absolutely candid here. I got filler put in my lips and I love it. And I'd be lying if I said it was the first time. But really, I have nothing to hide. I'm always open and honest about all the health to esthetic treatments I try. It's what I do! I'm sure a lot of you who are considering lip injectables have questions about it. This is the place to ask so feel free to leave your questions in the comments section below once you watch the video I made about my dermal fillers treatment with Lisa Hartman, PA. Lisa Hartman is a wonderful practitioner and friend, and someone I feel very comfortable going to for my facial chemical peels, high performing topical creams and anything else I splurge on related to preserving my skin and maintaining a youthful appearance. She's basically a walking billboard for her services. She believes in a natural and fresh look, so you'll never see anyone overdone walking out of her office. I have worked extensively...]]>
<![CDATA[My Cancer Story: Losing Paul Nichols (2016-11-29 07:37:44)]]>

#Th3Fight #ad #CollectiveBias From the title of this post, you can gather that Paul Nichols is no longer alive. I've blogged about him before but it's always been hard for me to talk about. This will be the first time I go into detail. I heard a song that reminded me of him recently. It's called The Fight by Taboo. I miss Paul so much and hope there's WIFI in heaven so he can read this. It's an understatement to say he changed my life because he did so much more than that. He became like a father to me in a city where I was thousands of miles away from my real dad or any family for that matter. The story goes like this... One day at work, back when I was a creative art director at TBWA/Chiat Day working on Madison Avenue, I received an email from a co-worker saying she was running the New York Marathon with an organization that was very special to her.  I had always wanted to run a marathon. Intrigued, I read each word of her fundraising email very carefully. She...]]>
<![CDATA[Want to be a TV host or on-air expert? Take this class! (2016-11-24 01:28:08)]]><![CDATA[How To Treat Pregnancy Pain (2016-11-17 07:06:51)]]><![CDATA[Got workout soreness? Relief is here! (2016-11-10 21:23:53)]]>

Exercising frequently and playing sports takes a toll on your body. There's always going to be soreness and injury. You really can't avoid it if you're passionate about fitness and like to push yourself hard. It happens to newbies, too. Especially when your body hasn't quite acclimated to routine training. Over the years, I've learned a lot of tricks and natural healing methods to help my muscles recover faster and get me back into the game. These are just a few... Cold & Hot Therapy - Make sure to ice areas of inflammation and swelling followed by soaking in a hot bath to relieve pain/soreness. Epsom Salt added to a hot bath is extremely soothing for your muscles. Or, any kind of high magnesium based salt. Essential oils (mixed correctly) can relax and calm tense areas. Homeopathic biomedicines like arnica, calendula and echinacea can be just as effective as over the counter pain relief pills and narcotic pain killers. And they're better for...]]>
<![CDATA[Most Comfortable Fall Styles (2016-11-01 20:08:55)]]><![CDATA[Well+Good Fitness Biathlon with Vega (2016-10-24 21:57:35)]]>

Every now and then I do back-to-back workouts, and let me tell you, it's not always fun. You get so sore! But, when Well + Good's Fitness Biathlon is happening, I'm ALL IN. It's an amazing multi-city event that takes place every year to raise money for wellness-focused charities and organizations.  The best local fitness studios participate and everyone who signs up gets to pick 2 studios for a back-to-back workout. This year's charity was Young Survival Coalition and I believe over $25,000 was raised. The biathlon kicked off in New York City in the mid-afternoon, which made it nice and easy for Saturday late risers to commit (myself included). I was ecstatic that I got to select my team by neighborhood and revist 2 boutique workouts that I haven't done in ages: Aerospace & Peloton. When you sign up for the biathlon, you're given team choices or "tracks". It's great to do with a group of friends. You literally run to your next class once you finish the first,...]]>
<![CDATA[Yoga in a Salt Room. Win This Experience! (2016-10-17 09:35:19)]]><![CDATA[Does Your Hair Need Therapy? Mine Did. (2016-10-11 20:49:27)]]>

I spend 40-60 minutes blow drying, 20 minutes styling with a curling iron or straightner, and an additional 10-15 minutes defrizz-ing, adding shine and then taming fly-aways. My hair routine is a whole process--one that I've been doing for years since the second grade. When you grow up as a wavy-haired Latina girl, you learn to use a round brush right about the same time you learn to use a fork and spoon. It becomes a tool you can't live without...safely stored in your hot pink Caboodle along with your crimper. (If you're a child of the 90's, you'll get that reference.) Not much has changed for me since those days, I'm still round brushing my hair and subjecting it to all kinds of heat, coloring and sometimes even relaxing chemical treatments. It's awful what I put it through and the damage is often obvious to me in pictures. I realize not all of you reading this can relate but when you're born with thick, coarse or curly hair, "styling" becomes a huge part of your life. An...]]>
<![CDATA[Gummy Vitamins for Grown Ups (2016-09-27 02:15:52)]]><![CDATA[2 Steps to Clean Skin (2016-09-26 07:26:49)]]>

My skin is everything to me.  I’ve always been obsessed with having clear skin. My good friends joke that I have the most skincare products they’ve ever seen. It’s all because I have fun testing out different products until I find what works. But I also believe that having great skin requires daily conditioning. Nope, not the kind of conditioner you put in your hair. I’m talking about the kind of conditioning you do at the gym…y’know, where you actually put some effort into it! Day to night maintenance—it’s a regimen I swear by. Just like I never miss my daily workout, I never skimp on my skincare routine. I never go to bed with makeup on and I always prep my face with nourishing serums, oils and moisturizers depending on the season. A lot goes into my skin-game but to keep it simple, I've partnered with Pulsaderm to share a couple of quick and easy steps for guaranteed younger looking, clear skin. I practice these steps every day without fault and...]]>
<![CDATA[My Gym Body Shamed Me! (2016-08-25 22:24:13)]]>

 -- This is a guest blog post by Christina Canterino -- I want to share a story with the world that has affected me in a way I never thought possible. Let me start by giving you a little background about myself…   I am a 29 year old woman, and I lost sixty pounds in two and a half years. I have kept the weight off and have gotten leaner, faster, and stronger as each day passes. I struggled with bulimia throughout my young adult years, going in and out of therapy and treatment. It was so bad, that i was forced to drop out of college midway through my second semester. It was one of the most difficult periods of my life. Now, I consider myself athletic, confident, and healthy. A few years ago, I was able to complete my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. However, fitness and wellness have grown to become my passion. During the day, I am a working member of corporate America. At night I am a group fitness instructor. I am studying for the NASM...]]>
<![CDATA[New York City from the JW Marriott Essex House - Win a 2-night stay! (2016-08-22 05:04:42)]]><![CDATA[Quarterly Unboxing + #MIZ12 Spoilers (2016-08-09 21:56:18)]]>

#MIZ12 is shipping out in just a few days and I'm sharing SPOILERS! As you might already know, the theme of the box is GYMSETTER. I blogged about why I chose this theme and announced the Golden Ticket prize that comes with it RIGHT HERE! I honestly can't wait to see who wins. I hope it's YOU! Because then I get to meet you! We also decided to add some smaller Golden Ticket prizes to the pot. Heard of Fleeps? They're funky flip flps with an ankle-wrap closure that you can customize with color. Have you ever lost a flip flop while wearing it--as in, it flew backwards off your foot? It happens to me all the time when I'm walking fast or rushing somewhere. This won't happen in Fleeps because of the ankle-wrap but the true draw is how cute they are! Before I get into #MIZ12 Quarterly Box spoilers, I want to share this unboxing for #MIZ11. I like to give people who aren't subscribed yet a look at what goes into my Quarterly Boxes and how I put them together. There's meaning...]]>
<![CDATA[Win a Weekend Getaway to NYC in My Next Quarterly Box #MIZ12 (2016-08-02 09:41:37)]]><![CDATA[The Special Olympics Event That Changed My Life (2016-07-28 22:01:38)]]><![CDATA[Escape to The Chase Park Plaza Hotel (2016-07-22 20:25:32)]]>

One of the perks of my job is traveling the country, and I get so excited when one of my trips takes me back to the city I was born in: St. Louis, Missouri. Yes, it's the Midwest, but that's what makes it so great. There's so much to do and see...and in my case, EAT! That green stuff I'm chowing down on is a bowl full of charred shishito peppers. Don't ever underestimate St. Louis restaurants, because many match up to the quality you'll find in cities like New York and San Francisco. For this particular trip, I chose to stay at The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, which is located in the Central West End of St. Louis. My stay at "The Chase", as locals call it, was fantastic! Hence, the need to review it for any of you who are headed to STL and searching for a hotel in the area. The Chase is actually a historic part of St. Louis dating back into the 1920's. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Henry Kissinger and President Jimmy Carter all stayed here. When you check in, you walk...]]>
<![CDATA[Model Brad Welling Peaks In His 50's (2016-07-07 22:31:28)]]>

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw pictures of model Brad Welling. He's strikingly handsome with silver hair and abs that put men half his age to shame. His modeling agency TRUE Model Management calls him their "unicorn", which I believe is the right word to describe him because he's an anomaly! Brad is 56 and what's even more compelling than his good looks is the fact that he didn't always look this way. In fact, up until just a few years ago, Brad was a skinny out-of-shape father coping with the stress of raising his newly adopted daughter all on his own. The best day of his life was becoming a dad but he lost so much weight as he took on the endless responsibilities of fatherhood. You can see that he looks older and gaunt in the face in the pictures above. Raising a child isn't easy as every parent knows but Brad didn't want to let go of his health and lose himself. The year after his daughter was born, he hit the gym and started working out with a trainer. Brad...]]>
<![CDATA[What To Do In Woodstock NY (2016-06-29 00:47:26)]]>

Make Woodstock your next weekend getaway this summer! Why? Because it's AMAZING there, on top of being the legendary home of the Woodstock festival. This is where some of the best musicians of all time rocked out and made a name for themselves. It's also just a really nice place to explore and disconnect from your life. WATCH the video below that I made of my favorite things to do and see in Woodstock. I went to Woodstock because my publicist was having a 30th birthday party Upstate. And before all our friends gathered together for it, I went exploring! I ate, I shopped and caught some rays on a giant inflatable swan at my hotel. I made a video about that too, RIGHT HERE. As you can see from my video diary, there's so much to do in Woodstuck but my favorite part was walking around the town and hopping into vintage stores. The flea market on Maple Lane right in the center of town was incredible! From flourless peanut butter cookies to 1904 St. Louis...]]>
<![CDATA[Weekend In Woodstock Upstate New York (2016-06-29 00:38:21)]]>

  I recently traveled Upstate for my publicist's birthday celebration and had to find a hotel. While researching online, I came across the Hotel Dylan. Here's a little video diary of this very special boutique hotel that I highly recommend. I was so inspired from the minute I got there and really enjoyed my stay...so I wanted to share the experience with you. I think as long as you're headed to Woodstock, you might as well get into the vibe of the legendary festival and stay somewhere that somewhat recreates it. While the Hotel Dylan is completely renovated and nothing is "crunchy" about it, you'll feel hippy-esque due to the decor, design and customer service offered at the hotel. Everyone there is so kind. Karen and Terry are your go-to contacts and if you email through the hotel's website, one of them will surely get back to you. My room was immaculate! The colors and interior design of all the furniture really puts you into a happy-go-lucky...]]>
<![CDATA[What's IN: Summer Fitness Trends 2016 (2016-06-20 19:53:05)]]><![CDATA[Summer Backpack Giveaway! (2016-05-24 08:53:00)]]>

I'm always on-the-go. Whether I'm running around the city, filming videos or traveling for work, I'm on my feet. And don't get me wrong, that's how I like it. But I have this problem where I carry around heavy shoulder bags and they end up giving me the worst pains that shoot up into my neck. So naturally I'm excited when I find a cute bag that works for my lifestyle and doesn't weigh me down. Keep reading for an amazing GIVEAWAY! This Kestrel Backpack caught my eye about a month ago and I knew I needed it for summer. It's sophisticated yet casual because the top flap and straps are made from a beautiful tanned leather while the rest of the bag is a coated canvas. At first I didn't think it would be safe in the rain but after getting caught in a few springtime drizzles, I can say this bag holds up...leather and all! I love that it's a chic backpack with a square body because I can fit my laptop inside for when I set up office at a coffee shop on a beautiful...]]>
<![CDATA[Best Way To Wash Swimwear? Let's Ask The Laundress! (2016-05-11 20:14:54)]]>

I just got back from a 2-week vacation to Kauaí where I had the adventure of my life! I hiked to secret beaches, jumped into the ocean off rocky cliffs, slid down mud trails, went stand up paddle boarding and pretty much lived in a bikini the entire time. My bikinis got sweaty, salty, muddy and very sandy. I rinsed them out with cold water at the end of each day, but when I returned back home to NYC I realized how bad they smelled. I mean...it made sense, I was literally hanging out in the jungle and ocean 24/7. I think a starfish even peed on me! So I'm posing a question to The Laundress, a glamorous detergent company I've been using for the past year. The Laundress was actually in my last #MIZ10 Quarterly Box and I trust them completely because they make the best eco-friendly laundry and fabric care. Here's my Ask The Laundress question... HOW DO I WASH MY SWEATY SWIMWEAR? I'm desperate to cleanse my stinky bikinis that reek of the outdoors and revive...]]>
<![CDATA[Storytelling Through Video at GBS (2016-05-10 21:14:27)]]>

I'm speaking at Go Blog Social in St. Louis, Missouri this coming weekend! I was asked to be a keynote speaker and talk on the topic of Storytelling Through Video. As a vlogger, digital host and tv host, you could say I know a thing or two about producing video content. But most of all it's something I really love to do. Are we following each other on YouTube yet? If you're in St. Louis and you're a blogger or content creator who wants to spend a day learning how to market yourself and build a brand and audience, then come join us! We'd love to have you join and I'd be elated to have you listen in on my talk. There are also some really great parties happening throughout the weekend too that attendies are privy to. Come hang out with me and meet the other speakers too! Here's information on Go Blog Social's St. Louis event and what to expect. Go Blog Social Presented by The ALIVE Influencer Network Hosted at Lumen Event Space on MAY 14,...]]>
<![CDATA[Spring 'Lean with my New Quarterly Box (2016-05-04 09:36:13)]]>

My newest Style Up 2 Shape Up Quarterly Box is ready to ship out! It's called SPRING 'LEAN AND DECLUTTER YOUR FIT ROUTINE and it's set to be delivered around May 20th. To tell you more about the box (tagged #MIZ11), I've decided to answer questions sent to me by Quarterly Co and Mizzfit readers. 1. What's the theme for #MIZ11?  Can you explain why you chose this? Spring is always that time where we clean out and clear away the dust and clutter in our lives. I recently cleaned out my clothes and shoe closet and ended up throwing a bunch of stuff away and donating the rest. Afterwards I felt lighter, more focused and organized. Have you ever thought about Spring cleaning your fitness routine too? I'll admit, I didn't start until the last year or two when I realized I was accumulating too much stuff. I have a chest full of fitness gear and equiptment in my apartment, and OMG, the things I found inside of it had me rolling on the ground. Like, cheesy fitness dvd's that...]]>
<![CDATA[Float Therapy Will Relax You. Watch Me Float! (2016-04-13 19:20:59)]]>

Eeeek! It's been a month since I've blogged. How did that happen? My excuse is that I've been FILMING LIKE CRAZY! I'm trying this new thing where I investigate health and wellness trends like a detective. As I get older, I realize how important it is to poke around and get the inside scoop instead of just taking things at face value. So I've whipped out a larger magnifying glass (aka camera and corresponding film team) and started doing a lot more poking around than usual. Please make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for my latest work! But enough about poking, let's talk about FLOATING. It's a healing trend that's actually been around a lot longer than most people think. Yes, it's going through it's "boutique salon" stage right now, but people have been "floating" and even installing floating chambers in their homes for the last 20 years. Wellness just wasn't as popular back then as it is now, so of course, floating is now receiving more attention from a larger captive...]]>
<![CDATA[Tech Boom in Fitness, Fashion & Health (2016-03-09 22:29:17)]]>

Tech is a hot topic in fitness, fashion and health more than ever these days. It's drastically changing these industries with more advanced fabrics, lighter and more funtional parts, more accurate tracking and motion sensors, and overall cooler customization. It's really amazing to see all the companies being born out of these kind of technological advancements. Technology spells OPPORTUNITY! I've been covering technology in fitness, fashion and health over the last 5 months and I really hope you enjoy these trend reports. The reason I find them so relevant is because by 2020, wearable technology alone with generate over 20 billion dollars in revenue. And I'm not talkin' pedometers! The category continues to evolve and expand beyond the fitness tracker we're all familiar with. It's a new tech-y world out there. Enjoy these recaps and please let me know what you think! This piece is from TechstyleNYC 2016 which just took place during New York Fashion Week on February 16th,...]]>
<![CDATA[Trade Your Sweat for Prizes! (2016-02-29 20:23:11)]]>

I'm so excited for Round 2 of winter fitness challenges from Booya Fitness! The VDAY challenge in Feb was amazing! Check out the new theme for March by watching the video below: All you have to do is sign up HERE on Booya Fitness to get going. Take the classes you love and follow instruction promps for the current Cardio Blast Challenge to be entered to win these prizes in the video below... Isn't the host so FAB? I mean...look at how she handles those prizes. But seriously, it's hard to decide which one is my favorite prize because quite frankly, I own them all. The prizes I pick for each Booya Fitness challenge are based on my favorite products and gear that I've personally test out for you. Like I say in the video, we're picking 3 winners per prize category, so you have an excellent chance of winning. My advice is sweat your butt off and win yourself some stylish fitness gear. What does entering cost you? Literally, a workout! And that's something you were...]]>
<![CDATA[Controversial Women Are Beautiful (2016-02-25 05:55:50)]]>

I've always been a little controversial because I've never enjoyed sharing the opinion of many. I like to come to my own conclusions and I'm not afraid to stand out in a crowd. I take a lot of criticism for being an outspoken Republican (I'm NOT anti-gay marriage or pro-life though), for wearing waist trainers and even for making a living off of social media. If I ever had thin skin it definitely thickened up. People are always judging but that's OK, I enjoy the path less traveled if it sparks my curiosity. And yes, I've kissed a girl, but who hasn't? In all aspects of life, I'm drawn to women who take a stand on issues, don't care about being labeled a freak and just come out and say whatever it is they feel needs to be said. They're unicorns. I have 2 that I want to bring to your attention. There's Mar Ortiz who I discovered when her instagram selfie went viral. I was asked to comment on it. Watch the news segment below... CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO PLAY. I haven't...]]>
<![CDATA[How to HelloFresh! Become Your Own Chef! (2016-02-19 02:15:29)]]>

Hey guys! As you know, I started cooking regularly because of HelloFresh. It's become my #1 healthy habit aside from going to the gym daily. It's also such a wonderful experience to share with the people I love. Whether it's my boyfriend coming over to cook with me, my mom visiting from Missouri or my best friend coming to spend the weekend with me to play in New York City, I literally ALWAYS have a meal in the fridge for 2 that only takes 30-45 minutes to whip up. Give HelloFresh a try! Here’s $35 off your first box on me! Visit http://bit.ly/1PlizLn or use MIZZFIT at checkout on HelloFresh.com. Even when I'm home alone and hungry, I can cook a HelloFresh meal and save the 2nd portion for my lunch or dinner the next day. Last night I made HelloFresh's Carmelized Onion Burger but instead of fries, the recipe included a roasted cauliflower side. It was SO GOOD! I only ate half the bun and the wonderful part about the meal is that the portions are JUST RIGHT. I...]]>
<![CDATA[My Road Trip with Ford (2016-02-11 20:40:31)]]>

The Fall of 2015, I had the most amazing time road tripping throughout the Tri-State area with Ford Motors in a 2015 Ford Escape. We filmed all my fit adventures while on the road and gave away road trips and incredible lease deals to people who entered the #WhereToNow sweepstakes. The concept of the beautifully captured campaign was that an exciting adventure could be as close as your backyard. You don't have to travel far-away to experience something new, healthy and active. We often take for granted the wonderful parks and historical sights within the region we live in. These are great places to work out and find inspiration. So why not make a day trip of it? The #WhereToNow campaign is no longer viewable on YouTube or TV (my road trip was all over the news!) as it came to an end in December 2015. But please check out these 15-second mini-clips and let me know what you think. What kind of fit road trips have you been on lately and what tips do you have to share?...]]>
<![CDATA[Is a personal trainer worth it? My experience at NYSC. (2016-02-11 19:46:52)]]>

Back in the day when you joined a gym, they'd throw in a few personal training sessions with your new membership. It was supposed to wet your appetite for personal training and help you ease into your new gym-life. Every trainer I got was just going through the motions, fully knowing I'd disappear on him or her once my free sessions were up. It was quite the self-fulfilling prophecy. I disappeared. But who wants to invest in personal training when your trainer doesn't give a damn? And can you blame them for not caring when they know new members are taking them for joyride? The world of fitness has changed a lot since those days, and so have gym-goers. People are investing more of their paycheck in health & wellness, and seem to be more committed to their workouts than ever. A few years ago The New York Times reported that some women were studio-hopping, taking more than 1 class a day to get their fix. Wow! Now that's a passion for fitness! It's the kind of enthusiasm...]]>
<![CDATA[HelloFresh + Bianca Jade (2016-02-04 20:05:36)]]><![CDATA[What Is Waist Training? Is It Safe for Fitness? (2016-02-02 12:15:19)]]><![CDATA[Best Bottled Water for You? Find out, win a yoga mat! (2016-01-11 07:59:17)]]><![CDATA[This is Cryotherapy. Brrrrr! (2016-01-02 00:29:39)]]>

I promised you I would try it. Here's what happened in my cryotherapy session at KryoLife in NYC. Watch the video above or CLICK HERE! I'll be honest, it's f***ing cold! But if you want the benefits of the treatment, it's worth enduring the very looooong 3 minutes. I had a camera on me, so I was working really hard to get through it like a champ. IT WAS NOT EASY. The day I went to film at KryoLife, owned and operated by Joanna Fryben,  I was actually feeling significant shoulder pain. So I was genuinely hoping to reap the benefits of whole body cryo and report back to you on how quickly it worked. It wasn't an overnight kind of relief, but the pain did completely go away about a day and half later. In fact, I felt wonderful all over by that time. Cryotherapy is hailed as a cure-all and people are using it to get rid of all kinds of things like acne, cellulite, unwanted weight, inflammation, depression, libido problems, and body injuries. If you're an athlete or...]]>
<![CDATA[TomTom Spark is Music to My Ears (2015-12-15 12:30:10)]]>

This is my new TomTom Spark Cardio + Music and GPS fitness watch. I know you’ve probably heard of many fitness trackers already but this one is the tracker of all trackers. I literally just went bonkers on a plane over it...but let me work my way into that story. I’m arguably one of the toughest critics of fitness watches and trackers. Most of the ones I’ve purchased or have been sent to review bite the dust in my gadget drawer at Mizzfit Headquarters. For the most part I find them to be unnecessary time suckers. I already have enough gadgets and gizmos in my life that if I'm going to add something to the mix, it better do something spectacular. I want it to improve my fitness routine and make it more fun, not complicated. To be perfectly honest, the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music frustrated me at first because there’s a bit of set up involved. You have to sync it to your computer, enter a bunch of personal info so that it can compute your stats, get the app on your...]]>
<![CDATA[Chef Robert Irvine Didn't Bite My Head Off! (2015-12-11 18:25:55)]]><![CDATA[What you need for a healthy, "appy" life (2015-12-08 09:09:02)]]><![CDATA[The Juggling Act (2015-12-03 20:06:33)]]>

My life is anything but normal. 8 years ago I left a career in corporate advertising to pursue my dream of reporting on health & fitness. I ended up creating a brand, launching Mizzfit.com and becoming an entrepreneur and TV host.  It’s crazy where your passion can take you if you let it. Mine landed me a huge campaign with Ford Motors! I refer to my life as a juggling act because there are so many facets of what I do that need to be in constant motion. I have what seems like a billion projects going on at once, and if I ignore one of them—well, you know what happens—the balls, the chainsaws and flaming sticks come toppling down on you and scatter. It’s risky business juggling a lot in your life, but for me personally, I live for the thrill! To keep everything afloat, balance is a necessity. I strive for it because as much as I love work, I want to make time for other things too. Like walking my dogs—a job in and of itself with how they tangle me...]]>
<![CDATA[How To Use A Waist Trainer (2015-12-01 09:30:54)]]>

Hi guys! That's me planking it out in a waist trainer from Hourglass Angel. In fact, I have more than a few waist trainers that I've been using for over a year since becoming curious about the waist training trend. Like many of you, I saw Kim Kardashian's selfie that she took in her trainer and wondered what's this? I reached out to Hourglass Angel (the most well-known waist training seller online) to see if I could try their products and, of course, come to my own conclusion. Let's just say I ended up falling in love with waist training, which is something I really didn't expect. There's a lot of talk about waist training out there... ...but what you'll find here is my perspective on it and pointers for how to use trainers beyond the crazy selfies you see on social media. I'll also share my favorite styles, recommendations on sizing and a great discount! Considering what I saw on social media wasn't all too inspiring, I decided to share snapshots over the course of 8...]]>
<![CDATA[Chipotle Brussels Sprouts for Thanksgiving (2015-11-17 07:32:58)]]>

#VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias When I first started Mizzfit.com, I had no idea how to cook. Oh, how things have changed! It's one of my favorite things to do now. Today I'm sharing 2 dishes that I'll be preparing for Thanksgiving with my family. Since I'm the healthy one in my familia, they count on me to contribute an interesting veggie concoction that wows their taste buds. So, for 2015 it's going to be roasted brussels sprouts! As a Latina (my mother is Honduran), I'm feeling the need to spice up Thanksgiving with some Latin peppers. One of my recipes is an appetizer and the other is a side dish to accompany your turkey dinner. For both recipes below, I used La Morena chipotle food products. Together they took me no more than 25 minutes to prepare with prep time. La Morena products can be found at bodegas nation-wide. Look for them in the canned and jar food aisle where you'd find things like stewed tomatoes, pasta sauces, etc. The price tag is phenomenal. You...]]>
<![CDATA[Building Curl Confidence (2015-11-09 01:30:54)]]>

I'm often complimented on my hair but what most people don't know is that for years it was my achilles heel. Up until about 5th grade, I had straight hair. It always fell into place and was easy to style. No complaints. Then again, I was so young that good hair wasn't really on my mind. Around the time I turned 12, my dad took me to get a "Mariah Carey" perm because I wanted Mariah's exact hair from her music video Someday. (I was obsessed!) Aaaaand, that was when my hair never went back to being the same. Don't get me wrong, I loved the perm! But after it grew out, I wasn't a fan of what was leftover. What changed my hair's texture? I'm pretty sure it was a combination of the perm's harsh chemicals (it was the early 90's afterall) and my onset of puberty. Again, not complaining as worse things have happened in my life, but as all wavy and curly-haired girls know, learning how to style curls is freakin' hard! Especially fried post-perm curls. I had gotten used to straight...]]>
<![CDATA[Rappelling: My Bravest Moment (2015-10-27 23:14:14)]]>

Crazy that I'm just getting around to writing about this. It's been a whirlwind of a month but I'm finally back at Mizzfit headquarters blogging about all my exciting Fall adventures. Rappelling off a 20-story building is definitely one of them. I'll start here... There's an amazing event called Over The Edge that happens nationwide through the Special Olympics, and I decided to do it in St. Louis where I grew up. Even though I live in New York City, I will always be a Midwestern girl at heart. So, when the Special Olympics of Missouri asked me to work with them, I said hell yes!  Read about in my announcement post here. Oh...but wait...I'm scared of heights. Will that be a problem? Not when a team like this has your back ;) What follows are my favorite photographs from the day I conquered my fears with the Special Olympics of Missouri. In addition to raising awareness for this extraordinary event, I raised money to support it. To thank everyone who...]]>
<![CDATA[Mizzfit Fitness Gloves In Production! (2015-10-22 18:26:43)]]><![CDATA[Why You Should Always Ask Yourself #WhereToNow? (2015-10-14 08:46:57)]]>

I went on a gorgeous road trip in a 2015 Ford Escape with Tri-State Ford to celebrate the “Where To Now” sweepstakes. I made some amazing stops—this one was my favorite—and had a lot of time to think along the way. I kept thinking about how unexpected my life path has been. I’ve worked really hard to get where I am, but if you had asked me years ago whether I’d be in the driver’s seat of my own business and reporting on women’s health, I’d think you were nuts. Life is unpredictable and you could end up anywhere. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look ahead a little and put your dreams into play. If there’s one thing I know it’s that... adventure, opportunity, love and fulfillment don’t just come knockin’ at your door. You have to go out and find them. You essentially have to ask yourself what’s next in my life…what road will I take and where do I hope it will lead me? If you’re not asking yourself these questions, how are you ever going to...]]>
<![CDATA[A Hidden Gem on my #WhereToNow Road Trip (2015-09-29 21:18:53)]]><![CDATA[I'm Going Over The Edge For Special Olympics! (2015-09-23 06:47:54)]]>

I have committed to take on a huge challenge considering my insane fear of heights. I will be rappelling down the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch so that Special Olympics athletes from my hometown can train, compete and enjoy a lifetime of their own thrills. You can be a fan of Special Olympics too by making a donation. - See more at: http://somo.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1124057&supid=426349004#sthash.uQPFPn6k.dpuf I have committed to take on a huge challenge considering my insane fear of heights. I will be rappelling down the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch so that Special Olympics athletes from my hometown can train, compete and enjoy a lifetime of their own thrills. You can be a fan of Special Olympics too by making a donation. - See more at: http://somo.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1124057&supid=426349004#sthash.uQPFPn6k.dpuf I'm taking on a HUGE challenge considering my insane fear of heights. On October 2nd, I...]]>
<![CDATA[Loose Ponytail Trend + Matrix Hair Giveaway (2015-09-22 01:21:21)]]>

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) this fall was superb! I'm still recovering from it. Literally! I caught the flu somewhere between rushing to shows and shaking hands with and hugging everyone. It didn't help that the weather was changing too. But that's what it's all about! CHANGE. The birth of new trends to follow! You might think that living in downtown Manhattan, I already see it all when it comes to high style. To some extent that's true because of the amazing and innovative fashion sense people have here. BUT, I'm never as exposed to the world of fashion and the mind-blowing creations debuting on runways as I am during NYFW. One of the shows I was invited to was Julianna Bass. It was spectacular. She presented her "Search Don't Rescue" collection, which really appealed to me because I'm a huge fan of monochromatic, flowy dresses and pairings. There was also texture and dimension from the cut-out pieces presented, as well as movement from crazier digital prints on...]]>
<![CDATA[Fashion Gets Tech-y During NYFW (2015-09-21 07:29:56)]]>

TechStyleNYC is a series of Fashion Week showcases happening in New York and LA. I've been to a few of their events, but this year's New York Fashion Week 2015 showcase was one of my favorites. I brought my selfie stick. I have officially caved :(  If you can't beat 'em, join 'em? Anyway... As a fitness trend expert, I never limit myself to just fitness events because EVERYTHING is fusing together these days. Fashion is going sporty on NYFW catwalks and tech is catering more than ever to wellness conscious users. We've entered an era where fitness and health are always in fashion and on trend. That being said, I was pretty excited to see which brands would be making their debut at TechStyleNYC! Thync is the 1st product that captured my curiosity. It's touted as the first wearable piece of technology that can change the way you feel. Within minutes, this StarTrek-esque head piece shoots calming or energy vibes through your temples, helping you wind down or...]]>
<![CDATA[Chasing Waterfalls on my #WhereToNow Road Trip (2015-09-16 15:32:08)]]><![CDATA[Fall Fit Events Rev Up on East and West Coasts + Ticket Giveway! (2015-09-08 17:18:47)]]>

As summer ends, fall's lineup of amazing fitness events is thankfully taking the edge off a bit. Here's what's going on as soon as TOMORROW in New York City. I am giving away 2 tickets to Wanderlust 108's weekend event in Brooklyn, too! Read the entire post to find out how you can score these tickets by Thursday! If you live on the West Coast, keep reading because I have details on an amazing fit event happening out there as well. Serene Social's NYFW Rooftop Yoga Event in Manhattan If you haven't been to any of Serene Social's wellness events yet, you're missing out and should definitely go to the one happening tomorrow in NYC at the launch of New York's Fashion Week. I will be there and looking forward to some heart opening rooftop yoga atop the James Hotel in Soho. Serene Social has teamed up with Lululemon and Suja for this gathering to kick off the calamity of fashion energy that's about to overtake the city. Start your day at great heights....]]>
<![CDATA[How To Update Your Fit Look for Fall + GIVEAWAY (2015-09-04 09:30:57)]]><![CDATA[Rise and Shine on my #WhereToNow Road Trip (2015-09-01 17:11:26)]]><![CDATA[My "Flat Stanley" Skincare Secret + A Giveaway! (2015-08-25 07:38:28)]]>

You're like Flat Stanley, whaaaa? But yes, I have a FLAT approach to skincare that I want to share with you today that literally saves my life every time I travel. Maybe you're like me...maybe you're not, but I can't seem to avoid packing everything I own when preparing for a trip. I worry that I won't have what I need and as a frugalista, I don't want to buy what I already own while away from home. Does this sound familiar? Even if it doesn't (and if so, I'm jealous that you've mastered being a sane packer), I think this tip might come in handy. Also, it's worth the read considering I'm giving away some skincare swag. So here's my Flat Stanley Skincare Secret: I seek out skincare that's packaged flat and in single servings. I like the idea of using it then pitching it. The lighter my toiletries bag gets, the better! Fact of my life: my toiletry bag + makeup bag + hair dryer and roundbrushes = most of the weight in my suitcase. I know, I'm a sad, sad girl. But seriously, have...]]>
<![CDATA[Going Faceless with Artist Josh Tk (2015-08-24 09:30:49)]]>

I found Josh Tk on instagram. His faceless photography is mysteriously beautiful and compelling. You can't just look at one picture. You'll eventually find yourself clicking on every square on his instagram profile much like I did. To my delight, I discovered that Josh Tk is from my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. So I reached out to him to express my fandom and whadayaknow, he's the nicest guy on earth! Josh invited me to shoot a few faceless pics with him and told me to pick the location. I chose one of my favorite spots to walk through in St. Louis: Concordia Seminary. It has a quiet, gothic feel to it, and my hunch was that Josh would dig it as a backdrop. These are the pictures he shot. Now, I'm going to tell you what they mean. Josh started the faceless photography project a few years ago as a creative outlet. By the time his photographs started getting noticed through social media, it was already a passion project. There are 3 main themes driving his art:...]]>
<![CDATA[Road Trip to Fit with Tri-State Ford (2015-08-19 08:00:24)]]>

This summer, I’m exploring the Tri-State with Tri-State Ford. I’m discovering new spots to work out, sharing my favorite places to unwind and scoring face-time with friends. I’m doing it all in a 2015 Ford Explorer to celebrate Tri-State Ford’s “Where To Now?” adventure and summer sweepstakes! So come take a seat and join me as I head out on this fit road trip. One of the best parts of going on a road trip adventure is everything that you see along your drive. Things that seem so ordinary become quite majestic from up close. I’ll show you what it’s like on the other side of this bridge! You’ll feel a different kind of energy inspiring you to move and push past your limits. This trip will take us to some pretty amazing places where nature makes you feel empowered and free. Like Fort Lee Historic Park in New Jersey, the Croton Aqueduct and the ever quaint village of Tarrytown.  It will all come alive in a series of posts and...]]>
<![CDATA[Graffiti Leggings Giveaway + Big News (2015-08-11 12:30:38)]]>

I'm giving away a killer pair of Graffiti Beasts leggings and announcing big news. Let's start with the leggings because I want you sweating in style STAT. Graffiti Beasts leggings feature the art of real street artists whose art can be seen on the streets of Lisbon, Barcelona, Milan, New York City and many more cities across the world. They are urban, colorful and you won't find them at stores like Lululemon. I discovered Graffiti Beasts on HauteAthletics.com, an online fitness fashion boutique that caters to a funkier gym-wear to street-wear demographic. I've talked a lot about Haute Athletics this summer and love that they carry stuff you won't find elsewhere. Go take a look! I like that Graffiti Beasts leggings are bad-ass and punk. Since there are women rockin' this style and attitude in their everyday clothing, clearly there should be activewear that expresses the same vibe! Check out Graffiti Beast leggings in my recent Qinetic Live fitness fashion...]]>
<![CDATA[Why I Love Barre + Best Barre Methods (2015-08-09 16:00:04)]]>

Barre is a workout I do weekly because I love the results I get! I recently went on Great Day St. Louis to talk about my obsession with barre. Watch the video below from my segment or CLICK HERE.   Barre classes first came about in a big way in the 1950's on account of ballerina Lotte Berk. Her prodigees went on to turn barre fitness into a successful business of popular, packed classes. Michelle Austin, founder of the Fluidity Barre, was one of her students among others like Exhale founder Fred Devito, who I interviewed HERE. Barre fitness is all about using small movements to work trouble spots and tone every inch of your body by working multiple muscles in unison. The exercises are NOT easy. You will most likely discover parts of your body that you never knew were possible to work out or even move. And that's a good thing because it usually means THEY NEED WORK! There are many variations of Lotte Berks original barre concept, which are taught in fitness...]]>
<![CDATA[Best Towelettes For Post-Workout (2015-07-24 20:53:22)]]><![CDATA[Four Seasons Adds Fitness to Luxury Amenities (2015-07-23 19:37:28)]]>

Can you spot me...on the left in the gray tank and turquoise carpris? That's me, taking a poolside yoga class at the Four Seasons Baltimore. But just to give you a fuller view of what a rooftop yoga class looks like, check this out: It beats being ohm-ing indoors, especially with the cool breeze off the harbor blowing through your hair. Earlier this summer, I spent one of the most amazing and healthiest travel weekends of my life at the Four Seasons Baltimore. Quite honestly, I felt like I was hiding out, as if I had taken off for an exotic and faraway retreat. But I was only a 3-hour train ride away from home! I went to Baltimore, Maryland to appear on WBFF Fox Morning News for a fitness segment. But the real highlight was scoring my room at the Four Seasons for their celebration of Global Wellness Day, which was served up as a full week of fit & healthy activities. Everything was meticulously planned from sunrise yoga classes to 5K runs around the...]]>
<![CDATA[Sunnies For Yogis + GIVEAWAY! (2015-07-20 06:46:56)]]>

Yoga happens outside all the time, so why shouldn't there be sunnies for yogis? Don't yogis need protection from the sun, too? Of course they do! That's why I'm enamored by Vira Sun, "the original sunnies for yogis". I'm giving away 2 pairs of these babies, so make sure to keep reading through the end. I first saw a pair of Vira Suns on my yoga-instructor-friend, Lauren Imparato, during a yoga class in the middle of Times Square. She was wearing them with such ease, I wondered how they didn't slip off. I had to get myself a pair! Here they are, arriving to me in the mail! Yessssss! What do you think? I absolutely love these sunglasses! They have a wayfarer style (which is so classic that they're always IN) and they're made with polarized, UV400 protection lenses. Not only do they keep you from squinting but they'll save those precious eye corners of yours from sun damage. If you're 35 or older (not that I am...), this is EVERYTHING.  Vira Sun's...]]>
<![CDATA[The Great Bianca Jade Quarterly Box (2015-07-09 19:09:31)]]><![CDATA[Work Your Booty Like A TV Host (2015-07-02 22:58:22)]]><![CDATA[How To Gift A Man (2015-07-01 06:58:58)]]>

I've been known to give good gift. But shopping for men is hella hard. Especially when it's for one of the most important men in your life--your dad.  I have 1 rule when I give a present: it has to be healthy or inspire active living. That's what I'm known for so I stick to that. Tip #1  Develop a style or consistent approach to gift giving. Men don't like to be kept in the dark, because they know whatever you give them they'll have to top when it's time to shop for you. If you set a level of expectation, they will ALWAYS look forward to your gifts and rave about them in conversation. It feels good to see the presents I give people being used to move and explore. I knew this year for Father's Day I was going to give my dad a travel bag that would help him do this. Tip #2  Always include a card at the top of your gift. Men are often unaware of thoughts behind actions. Let him know why this gift is special and what he means to you. That way...]]>
<![CDATA[Active Summer Skincare that’s gym bag (and purse!) friendly (2015-06-30 20:00:16)]]>

I’m a year-round skincare fanatic, but when summer hits I completely re-evaluate what I carry around with me. My products have to be effective, easy to apply, fast working and light (on my shoulder, not just my face!). Most importantly they have to feel good on and revitalize my skin, whether I’m running to a workout or freshening up right after one. These 8 skincare products all under $25 cater to the fitness-loving woman on-the-go. My hunch is that’s YOU! Let me guess, you know how to break a sweat but you also look forward to showing off how well you clean up and glow like a pro. If I guessed right, these products are made for you! Find out what I'm spritzing, pumping and spraying RIGHT HERE on Lucy's blog. I'm one of their contributors. Check it out because I go into detail about why these skincare products should be in your summer gym bag STAT! Thanks for hopping over there. Here's the link again on Lucy's Blog :)]]>
<![CDATA[Athleta and Lauren Imparato Shine at Yoga Solstice in Times Square (2015-06-29 19:38:51)]]>

On June 21st, Athleta was the headlining sponsor of Solstice in Times Square put on by Times Square Alliance for it's 13th year. This is the yearly event where yogis come together right smack in the middle of Times Square to celebrate the day the sun is at its highest position in the sky for the longest period of time. I was there front and center at 9am. What sets this year's event apart from the last few, aside from the bearably cooler weather, was yoga-preneur Lauren Imparato leading the highly publicized morning class. I've known Lauren since I founded Mizzfit.com. She was one of my first yoga studio reviews and continues to pioneer athletic style yoga. Her practice of I.AM.YOU. yoga is not easy. It's challenging, modern, music-oriented, and doesn't follow all the yoga rules you're used to. It's simply amazing, so I was thrilled to see her join what has become a yogi cult favorite summer event. Before Lauren jumped on stage to lead hundreds of yoga fans...]]>
<![CDATA[Best Bra for Going Sleeveless (2015-06-22 06:54:07)]]>

Wishing you had a more flattering bra for all your sleeveless tops and dresses this summer? I feel you. I’m a sleeveless-outfit-kind-of-girl and my issue is finding a bra that makes the area where my underarm and side boob meet look shapely. It’s frustrating when you work out as much as I do to maintain an athletic physique, to look in the mirror and spot a bulge protruding from under your arm! What the?! I’ve tried everything possible over the years to shape this area.  But it’s not a muscle…it’s just skin. It’s kind of one of those things I’ve just learned to live with and work around. I’ve even learned how to pose for pictures at certain angles that hide it. After years of dealing with this issue called “sleevage,” I’ve concluded that most bras I’ve worn are actually the real culprits. Yes, they provided support but more often than not, they mobilized parts of my skin in directions it didn’t belong in and didn’t feel comfortable going...]]>
<![CDATA[Most Stylish Fitness Tracker - Get 20% Off! (2015-06-17 07:14:25)]]>

I've never fallen in love with a fitness tracker that could be worn as jewelry until I came across Mira. The tracker itself is a black shiny oval shaped piece that clips into a metal slip-on bracelet. The 2 pieces together are minimal and sleek in away that far out-styles FitBit, UP by Jawbone, Nike+ Fuelband and similar black band trackers. Additionally, Mira was designed exclusively for women. I won't say it's cheap because it's not. Mira retails for $169 online. But what you're paying for is great technology, an app that doesn't baffle you but inspires you and a piece of jewelry that looks good with anything you wear. The 2 metal bracelet finishes--Midnight Purple and Brushed Gold--blend exceptionally well with silver and gold tone jewelry. Most people won't even notice you're wearing a tracker because it looks like a fancy bangle. Here are a few more reasons I love my Mira: To activate the clock, all I have to do is press down on the black screen. The...]]>
<![CDATA[Don't Crunch! Twist Your Abs. (2015-06-15 00:56:08)]]><![CDATA[Get Caliente Calves For Summer (2015-06-10 18:54:12)]]>

I went on Pix11 Morning News in New York City today to share my Caliente Calves routine, which you're going to love for summer! It's really simple and you can do it at home without any equipment. Reporter Lisa Mateo didn't even wear shoes and she did just fine :) But first, why should you focus on working out your calves? These are my uncontestable reasons: They give your legs shape. They show off muscle tone, which tells people that you work out. They're SEXY! These days, it's not just about hips and booty. As I said on Pix11, calf curves are IN!   The secret to building sexy calf muscles is exercises with quick and powerful movement. Watch my clip from Pix11 this morning to follow along and start sculpting!   The Pix11 producer had to cut 1 move out of my routine before we went on-air because the segment was only a few minutes long, so I uploaded the full version of the Caliente Calves workout to the Mizzfit YouTube...]]>
<![CDATA[The Habits of Go-Getters (2015-06-09 16:00:42)]]>

I recently participated in a wonderful interview series that's making its debut right now. It's called The Habits of Go-Getters interview summit. A really astounding young lady and go-getter herself, Katya Meyers, created the interview series to share what happens behind the scenes in the lives of successful health & wellness oriented professionals. I'm honored to be a part of her series and my interview is LIVE and ready to be heard by clicking RIGHT HERE. You'll receive a recording link once you're all signed up. And yes, it's FREE! Before you give a listen though, I want to share my thoughts on what Katya Meyers is doing. When Katya first reached out to me and shared a bit of her life with me, I was really impressed with her background and how she left a traditional career path to pursue an endeavor her heart was stuck on (racing). But most of all, I was struck by how Katya took the time to create her Go-Getter Series and visualized something extremely collaborative that...]]>
<![CDATA[Love Made Me Do It! Win My Tee! (2015-06-01 08:16:23)]]>

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen me wearing this t-shirt a lot lately. Well, there's a reason for it. I completely fell in love with it! I got in touch with the designer, Geneva Peschka from SunandDaughtersCo on Etsy, to find out more about the inspiration behind the shirt. She told me that over the last few years she's been doing a lot of self work and stumbled across Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein. Spirit Junkie and the book A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson really helped open her mind and heart to all the amazing possibilities that can happen when someone chooses love over fear. Such a good lesson, right? But not always so easy either. Fear can be a huge obstacle to kick over. Geneva bravely decided to act on the lessons she learned through these books and noticed her life change drastically for the better. She told me: "I am definitely a LOVE ambassador in all that I do, and I decided I wanted to create something to remind myself and others of...]]>
<![CDATA[GoRoll: Gym Bag Overachiever (2015-05-22 22:52:59)]]>

-- This is a guest post by Laura Diniwilk -- Hello, everyone!  My name is Laura and I am a first time Mizzfit guest contributor as well as a fitness enthusiast and beauty/lifestyle blogger.  Bianca gave me the opportunity to review GoRoll because I mentioned I was looking for a carryall to go from work to the yoga studio. The KarmaRu by GoRoll ($89) meets my needs and then some.  I am a sucker for multitasking products, and this product serves as a gym bag, yoga mat sling, purse, locker, masseuse, and stretching partner.  I have never seen a similar product with so many unique features before! The KarmaRu is large enough to hold everything I need for a post-work yoga session.  I roll up my yoga clothes, brush, hair tie, and water bottle in the bottom of the tube and stick my mat on top.  At first I was confused about this design because I didn’t want to lose the lid or have to carry my mat separately, but the smart folks at GoRoll...]]>
<![CDATA[Lotus Flower On Fleek (2015-05-14 22:48:13)]]>

Lotus flower designs are constantly seen on yoga clothing and accessories and they always look the same. The flower is soft, subtle and BORING! adidas has taken the complete opposite approach and given the lotus flower a makeover. Actually, let's call it a RESURRECTION. The lotus flower is now bold, proud and sharp looking, which I personally think translates better to fitness and sport. The new Lotus Print collection by adidas Originals is urban, striking and feminine in a cool, unapologetic way. During my little photoshoot in NYC's Meatpacking District, locals and tourists alike kept pointing out my gear to their group. I had to smile and agree--can't help but love these pieces! The lotus flower in real life is exquisite. It 100% deserves a beautiful graphic representation. The reason yogis love this flower so much is because of its meaning and ties to Buddhism. The symbolism of the lotus is purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness. In it's natural...]]>
<![CDATA[Best iPhone 6 Cases for Sport (2015-05-12 08:58:53)]]>

For 2.5 years, I was a Mophie loyalist. I used my Mophie as both a protective case and for charge. But then suddenly Mophie quality went downhill. In a matter of 3 months, I went through 3 new Mophies. They either burnt out or broke after 1 drop and then it was back to the Apple store for a new one. At $100 a pop, it just wasn't worth it to me anymore! I decided to strike Mophies from my life and move on to new things. I discovered there's a lot out there in the world of iPhone cases, and with a brand new iPhone 6 on my hands, I began to test. Of all the cases I tried, I found 3 that I love for fitness and sport. So, I'll only be sharing these 3 since Mizzfit.com is a fitness-focused blog. If you know of a case that shoud be on this list, please add it to the comments section below with a direct link. Thank you! 1. The STM Armband for iPhone 6 and Smartphones up to 5.1 inches ($30) I am head over heels for this case and want to make out with the publicist who sent it to...]]>
<![CDATA[Rock The Boat Zumba Cruise - Just Announced! (2015-05-08 17:58:13)]]>

Now you can dance your heart out on water because Zumba just announced that they've teamed up with Royal Caribbean to create the first ever Zumba vacation-cruise experience. Check out the video below! If you're a Zumba fanatic, you should know that the cruise doesn't set sail for another 7 months from Fort Lauderdale, Florida but at least you have some time to plan, right? So mark your calendars for January 25th, 2016! It's a 5 day adventure and my sources are telling me that there will be 130 of the most famous Zumba instructors onboard including Beto Perez himself. Every class will be set to live music and DJ's. And just in case you stop dancing to see where the hell you're going, the cruise will be sailing to Falmouth, Jamaica with a stop in Labadee, Haiti for a private live concert featuring the hottest Caribbean artists. It's not ALL dancing though, you'll still get to enjoy the luxuries of being on a cruise. Then again, I've been to Zumba conferences in Miami...]]>
<![CDATA[My Mom + Mother's Day Gift Ideas (2015-05-06 00:32:35)]]>

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday and sadly I won't be in the same city as my mom to celebrate. But I always send her something special because she's amazing and the sole reason I exist. My mom and I don't always agree on everything but she's been very supportive of my life choices and has taken great care of me throughout my life. Sometimes it's even hard for her to let go and realize that I'm an adult now. She's that great of a mom! As we enter into more of a loving friendship, I've gotten to know my mother in new ways. She works out with me, attends my events and has modeled for print ads (like the one above which actually never ran) and in magazines with me. I used to think of her as just my mom without fully worshipping everything she's accomplished. As I get older, it's easier to see the full story of her life. I ask more questions and I look at photographs from her past. She's not just my mom...she's so much more. I recently submitted my mother to the Amazing...]]>
<![CDATA[On Board with Team SCA (2015-05-04 21:44:30)]]>

I've sailed before but not quite like this! After writing about Team SCA and their amazing adventure racing around the world, I was invited on a press trip to sail with them. I'm going to try to put into words how incredible of an experience this was for me. While the entire Team SCA crew was not on board, 2 of its sailors were there to answer all my questions. Just to clarify, the Volvo Ocean Race is ongoing and was in full effect while I was on this press trip, but a few crew members at a time are allowed to come off the boat for a leg of the race and rest up. They meet up with their team at the next stop. For my press trip, Sara and Elodie were my guides. I learned a lot from them about Team SCA's voyage, race conditions and day to day life at sea during this gorgeous afternoon spent sailing on the Hudson River. I made this video to show you what it was like on the boat. Even though it was sunny and warm outside, we were all bundled up. The TP52 yacht you see me...]]>
<![CDATA[Amazing Women At Sea (2015-04-24 21:18:43)]]>

AMAZING WOMEN are everwhere and one of the most exciting parts of my job is bringing them to your attention. As I write this, there are some incredibly athletic and brave women sailing around the world as part of Team SCA. They're competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, which is considered to be the toughest sailing race in the world. Team SCA is the first all female team in the last 10 years to compete in this race. This is huge! Women are killing it! Think about how far we've come :) Their sail, while impressive in it's own right, represents something far greater for women. Watch this video, it's really quite moving! THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE started in Alicante, Spain back in October (2014). It stops in nine countries around the world before finishing in Gothenburg, Sweden this June of 2015. It's a long trip (9 months at sea!) and it's a tremendous challenge for these women, requiring massive teamwork and goal-setting. I can't even begin to wrap my brain around...]]>
<![CDATA[Half Marathon Training Tips - Prep With Me! (2015-04-22 17:09:02)]]>

I recently ran the More/Fitness/Shape Magazine Women's Half Marathon in New York City and couldn't be more pleased with the quality of my run. So many factors go into having a great run. Of course, you have to train consistently, eat right and get plenty of sleep and hydration. But there are other things you learn through trial & error to help improve your run. I've been running long distances since highschool and to this day I'm still discovering new tricks for a smoother run. Here are 5 Tips that helped me excel in my recent half marathon (and make me want to attempt another...even though I swore it'd be my last one at mile 10...so typical!). 1. Test everything you plan on wearing for the official half marathon race day during your last few training runs. From your clothes to accessories and gadgets, don't take a risk by wearing it for the first time on race day! Make sure to give it a test run so that you know it feels comfortable on your body and that it works the...]]>
<![CDATA[Healthy Cocktails with Me in NYC! (2015-04-16 21:09:51)]]>

I'm hosting a fab event on April 30th in NYC with David Barton Gym and LimeLight shops. Come join me! It's going to be a fun springtime evening social, if you will, and a great chance to check out the evolution of LimeLight! I remember when it was a raging club back in the day, full of craziness and trouble that I'm too square to subject myself to now (but...I was a wild one once). Times have changed. Now that crazy party church is home to David Barton Gym and LimeLight shops where health and fashion are king and "queen" (it's in Chelsea, so I had to). But we're going to stir things up nonetheless. Come join our healthy party with cocktails from SkinnyGirl and Juice Press, and wine sorbet from Frosae Wine Sorbae, which is basically FROZEN WINE! Heeeeeello, you'll know where I'll be all night. Grab the rest of the details from the invite and feel free to ask me any questions. I should probably mention that the first 150 people to show up will take home a gift bag and...]]>
<![CDATA[Work Out With Me In St. Louis (2015-04-16 07:10:15)]]>

I'm off to my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri next week and it wouldn't be a proper trip home without a workout meetup. So I've put a little something together with a posh studio that's new to the area called Core3 Fitness. I hope all of you who read Mizzfit.com from St. Louis will come and join me for a sweat. Find out what's in store for you and please check out this Facebook Invitation (where I'd love for you to RSVP). JOIN me and Core3 Fitness in St. Louis, Missouri! FOR an exclusive women’s fitness class combining Surfset Fitness (the NEW surf-fitness trend) and Real Ryder Spinning (35 minutes of each). TO CELEBRATE the merging worlds of Fitness and Women in Business. Mizzfit & Core3 Fitness are both small businesses founded by determined women. The best way to celebrate is to SWEAT! TAKE HOME a killer gift bag with AWESOME GIFTS from Mizzfit and Core3. And you'll have a chance to win a year's worth of Botox treatments (from my fave doc in town)....]]>
<![CDATA[Knee-High in Fun (2015-04-07 01:14:42)]]>

There's nothing more fun than playing dress up with your best friend, especially when it involves a bunch of funky socks from Chrissy's Knee High Socks. I teamed up with Chrissy's and my bestie, Michelle from YoGoGirls, to bring you these playful and sporty looks. Hopefully they'll inspire you to get creative with something as simple and inexpensive as a pair of socks. I picked out some rather loud styles for our shoot but once I got comfortable in them, I had no qualms wearing them "off-set". And if anyone has ever told you that knee highs only look good on girls with skinny legs, well, that's just NOT TRUE. I'm 5'2" with muscular legs and I loved the way these Polka Dot Socks almost seemed to lengthen my legs. Short girls are always getting brainwashed into thinking we can't pull off more eccentric looks or fashion trends that taller girls can get away with. Personally, I just think it's a matter of choosing a pattern, color or length that best suit your legs. For...]]>
<![CDATA[5 Fitness Myths Busted (2015-04-02 08:10:32)]]>

Did you fall for an April Fool's Day prank this year? I know how that goes. I'm the most gullible person in the world, making me an easy target year after year. But when it comes to fitness--my area of expertise--there's no fooling me or anyone else for that matter. I want you to be informed on all the possibilities of fitness instead of believing bogus stories that discourage you. I picked 5 of my favorite Fitness Myths to debunk on Lucy Activewear's new blog: Yoga doesn't burn calories. It’s better to stretch before your workout than after. Treadmills are better for your feet than running outside. You need to have long legs to be a good runner. You can work out at your desk.   Haven't you always wanted to know the truth??? GET IT HERE! Leave a comment below telling me which fitness myth gets under your skin and why it's soooo untrue. Even better, comment below AND tweet it out using the hashtag #lucyletsgo so that Lucy and...]]>
<![CDATA[Healthy In Hawaii with Localfu (2015-03-30 23:25:00)]]>

There's no place like Hawaii! My plan is to visit a different Hawaiian island every year until I've been to them all. I traveled to Oahu last year. Going to the Big Island this past February was my 3rd time back to the wonderous state and I used a new online travel guide service called Localfu to navigate my way around like a local. If there's something you should know about me it's that I avoid tourist traps at all costs! I like to uncover the healthiest and most active things going on in the places I travel to, and I always prefer to go off the beaten path. I'm a curious cat, which often gets me into the thick of things. That's me picking a noni fruit...unaware that they're the most disgusting of Hawaiian fruits to eat raw. It was a sour experience unlike the rest of my trip. What follows are my Big Island, Hawaii chronicles with Localfu... The way that Localfu works is really quite simple. You create an account and then enter your travel location. It helps if...]]>
<![CDATA[My Golden Ticket Quarterly Boxes (2015-03-27 06:43:01)]]><![CDATA[My Skincare Regimen at 36 (2015-03-24 21:47:14)]]>

My publicist once told me to lie about my age because I looked younger than my years. So, I did for a little bit but then over time I became empowered by how great my mid-30's felt. I'm not ashamed or embarrassed to say I'm 36. However, prancing around with 2 giant red balloons in the park is a different story, LOL! Especially when everybody thinks it's your birthday and it's really not. Many thanks to Altchek MD for all the attention and for making my skin look so great at 36 years old. Let me tell you a little about Altchek MD and why I love their skincare products. As I get older, I find I need to do more to preserve the firmness, the lift and glow factor of my skin. Aging lines, sun damage and sagging are major concerns of mine, and I'd like to do the most I can to prevent the visible aging process from coming on faster than it needs to. I can't perform magic tricks but I can wear Altchek MD's Daily Moisturizer made with SPF30, Ester C and Vitamin E. These are all...]]>
<![CDATA[Is Your Deodorant Safe? Find Out! (2015-03-21 07:05:21)]]>

I was totally ignorant on this topic until my Aunt Lourdes brought it to my attention one night over dinner. She told me to choose my deodorant wisely because many popular brands pose health risks, especially to women. My aunt is no stranger to disease as a survivor of Melanoma tumors and having recently lost her beloved husband to Esophageal cancer, so I decided to take heed and do a little research of my own. Here's what I found... For the sake of being accurate, let's call these dangerous deodorants what they really are, which is antiperspirants. Don't worry, I will explain and you'll soon know the difference. Most antiperspirants are made with ALUMINUM. Why? Because aluminum prevents our underarms from stinking by blocking sweat from escaping through our pores onto the surface of the skin. The plus side is less sweat and stink but the downside is that antiperspirants prevent the human body from doing it's job, which is to rid itself of toxins. Many of you fitness lovers...]]>
<![CDATA[I'm in the Lacroix Water Ads! (2015-03-17 09:04:30)]]>

I used to write and design ads for a living and now, I'm in one! Check me out in Lacroix Sparkling Water's new campaign called "Start A Healthy Relationship", which can be seen on the Lacroix website and in several fitness & health publications like Oxygen Magazine. It's totally blowing my mind but at the same time I keep asking myself: why should this feel surreal? I earned it. Since May of 2009, I've been on a mission to take everything I learned and experienced from my advertising career and turn into something truly positive that will help women embrace health & wellness. And here I am, in an ad for a beverage that I truly love, representing that movement. I'm overjoyed and so thankful. I couldn't see into the future years ago and never knew what would come of my crazy idea to build Mizzfit.com and become an influencer within the health industry. I was so freakin' scared but I did it. So I want all of you to know that anything is possible with hard work,...]]>
<![CDATA[What's On My Desk? (2015-02-20 23:53:06)]]>

So it's Friday and I'm at the office. I thought I'd share with you what I've got on my desk today: the March issue of People Style Watch Magazine and my new favorite toy, a Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jar with a fruit infuser lid! I typically only share my press features on my press page, but today I'm expecially THANKFUL because this issue of People Style Watch marks the 12th time I've been quoted in their magazine. I'm feeling really grateful for 2.5 years of working with them to report on the hottest fitness trends happening nation-wide. I also wanted to take a moment to tell all of you that I'm always here to answer your questions about health & wellness so feel free to contact me. My mission has always been to get you moving! It's why I love my job :) I know in the winter it can be really hard, if not impossible, to go outside for a run. God knows I won't do it in these temperatures that have been hitting NYC. I hope my latest quote in PSW Mag will inspire you...]]>
<![CDATA[Fancy Home Gyms - Get Ideas To Build Your Own! (2015-02-19 17:50:57)]]>

-- This is a guest post by Jane Blanchard -- One of the most classic New Year's resolutions is to start going to the gym more, which is exactly why gyms start hiking up their enrollment fees around this time. The other alternative to getting fit is to build your own gym at home. Here are some seriously over-the-top home gyms that we can dream about having one day. Photo via Houzz Who wouldn't love their very own smoothie bar? Or maybe it's an actual bar, but still. Even the color scheme screams "let's work out today!" Photo via Houzz Yes, this is actually in a home. Two levels, with a sauna! This homeowner either has a very large family or a lot of guests that like working out. Or she’s just awesome. Photo via Houzz There's not one but two hot tubs in there! Plus, those light-up stairs must look killer all hours of the day.   Photo via Houzz Lots and lots of workout equipment and a super comfy chair to relax in...]]>
<![CDATA[Changes I'm Making + GIVEAWAY (2015-02-16 07:30:02)]]>

I just joined the #BeActiv campaign which entails that I share my new health goals with you for 2015. To be honest, I have more health goals than I can count on 5 sets of hands, so I'll keep it short and sweet. Speaking of sweet, Valentine's Day reared its rosy head and lured me into a chocolate shop last week. The shop, nestled in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan, is called Stick With Me...and it's where I nearly got myself into a sticky situation I was there to buy an assortment of chocolates for my Aunt as a combined birthday and Valentine's Day gift. Since she's a fashion designer, I knew she'd love chocolates from the most stylish and talked about chocolatier in town (the owners used to work at Per Se). As I admired the glossy bonbons (they're literally lacquered with a sugary coating and some are topped with edible gold leaf) my mouth was watering insatiably. WAIT! This isn't the kind of stuff I allow myself to eat! It's the kind of stuff I only allow myself...]]>
<![CDATA[Yoga & Friendship (2015-02-09 08:23:19)]]>

Yoga is the best excuse to see my friends. It's one of the easiest invitations to extend because no one has time--including me--to workout and see their friends unless it's happening simultaneously. I make yoga dates with my girlfriends constantly because I feel like I get the most quality time with them during this workout than any other. Forget the high intensity stuff--it's far less intimate. Yoga's the one activity where even though you're not talking, you're still connecting with each other while on your mats. In this case, it's imperative that your mats are side by side so you can visually bond with your friend. This is Nicola Yvette, my longtime friend who teaches yoga & pilates (check her out here). Oh look, she's wearing my socks! Last night we went on yoga date to Laughing Lotus Yoga NYC and it was pretty awesome to experience her energy and soulfulness right beside me. I saw a side of her that I don't always get to see in sit-down...]]>
<![CDATA[Waitlisted to Workout? My Solution! (2015-02-04 22:12:55)]]>

It’s a sweat and be seen dynamic in the fitness world these days. People head to boutique studios in droves instead of local membership-style gyms. Stylized express-fitness classes are where it's at, and everybody wants a spot! Even my hunky Australian officemate who is the epitome of a guy's guy goes to SoulCycle and has a ClassPass acount. When he's off to a class, I get serious FOMO (fear of missing out). It's like he's going to a party I haven't been invited to...so strange. People don’t just show up to class…they show up wearing designer sportswear and the latest in tracking accessories. As a fitness trend expert, I’m thrilled to see this movement thrive, but I go crazy when I can’t sign up for a class because it's completely SOLD OUT! I'm given the option to add my name to the waitlist...that's already 17 people long. Nope. Not gonna do it. I shouldn't have to wait in a virtual line to work out. Sooooo I teamed up with Lucy Activewear to go BACK TO BASICS...]]>
<![CDATA[Dream Hotel Workout Giveaway (2015-02-02 07:46:48)]]>

I spent my birthday at the Dream Hotel in Midtown NYC and it was rad. No, I wasn't hiding out or crying into my pillow about turning 36. Frankly, in my life there's no time for that. I'm a hustler and a dreamer, which means I'm constantly working to grow my company and my career as a TV host. I teamed up with Dream Hotels for a little staycation...to get away from my busy life but to also celebrate a new year of it. If you're looking to visit NYC or take a staycation yourself, keep reading for details about the GIVEAWAY I'm offering with Dream Hotels. But first, a quick look at my birthday evening. When I entered my room at the Dream Hotel Midtown, this was the first thing I saw: a framed picture of my 2 puggles, a bottle of champagne and a gluten-free birthday cake! I wasn't expecting this at all.  I was overjoyed and so touched that the staff at the hotel went to such great lengths to make me feel special. Plus, my 2 favorite guys in the world are my furballs,...]]>
<![CDATA[My StyleUp Challenge (2015-01-30 23:07:18)]]>

What gets you to the gym on days you don't feel like going? For me, it's ALWAYS been fitness fashion. I love clothes, shoes, accessories, and the feeling of being well put together--yes, even for the gym! If you love fashion, I think it's crucial to inject it into everything you do, especially if it helps you complete a task with more OOMPH. And God knows, fitness requires OOMPH! Here's a way to get some... Join my #StyleUp Challenge on the new BurnThis app!!! My #StyleUp Challenge on the recently re-designed BurnThis app (which is totally free to download RIGHT HERE on iTunes) is officially LIVE! The challenge is quite simple and the prize is quite big. I'm asking everyone to snap a pic of their favorite outfit, fit look, accessory, or fitness fashion product. The only catch is that it has to be something that motivates you to sweat (i.e. not a glazed donut). Tag it with #StyleUp and you're entered to win my latest Quarterly Box with over $100 of fitness goodies...]]>
<![CDATA[3 Diet Trends Shaking Up Wellness World (2015-01-29 21:03:42)]]><![CDATA[Tone Like A Model (2015-01-15 05:15:45)]]>

The model lifestyle is now more accessible to common folk thanks to Amazon Fashion and ModelFIT. Amazon Fashion is essentially a department within the online shopping world of Amazon. They've recently amped up their athletic offerings, especially on designer sportswear. So now you can dress like a model...and even work out like one behind this door, at ModelFIT. 212 Bowery (2nd floor), formerly the studio of model photographer Terry Richardson, is now home to ModelFIT.  It's the new boutique fitness studio in New York City that has everyone talking, where Taylor Swift and models Kate Upton and Karlie Kloss drop in to break a sweat. As you can imagine, these beauties are a huge draw. So how exactly do they work out? I got a preview of ModelFIT during the #NewYearNewYou event hosted by Amazon Fashion. I took the Sculpt class which uses resistance bands and light to medium ankle weights. In Sculpt, you focus on smaller muscles around your hips, butt,...]]>
<![CDATA[Got Resolutions? There's a BOX for that. (2015-01-14 09:02:20)]]><![CDATA[My Favorite Winter Workout is Flex Pilates (2015-01-05 08:00:55)]]>

I’m all about outdoor workouts but lately it’s been TOO COLD. Check out my favorite winter workout that lets you skip the cold and will instantly heat up your muscles. It’s Pilates but a different kind of Pilates approach than you’re used to seeing at the gym. The workout is called Flex Pilates and it's taught at Flex Studios in New York City. Flex Pilates uses the Pilates reformer to combine classic Pilates and strength training for 55 minutes that don’t go by too quickly (sorry, clock watchers). Let’s just say you feel every minute of this workout because the motions are often pace-­controlled and require you to activate your core while pulling it up and in. Some moves happen slowly and some quick depending on how you’re using the reformer. To show you several of my favorite moves, I asked Jenn Seracuse, director and instructor at Flex Studios, to guide me through a session. As much as I love this workout, I’m not advanced enough to do it on my own....]]>
<![CDATA[Naked And Not Afraid (2015-01-04 17:53:28)]]>

I could spend an eternity wanting more…never satisfied with what I’ve got. Or, I could be happy with the skin on my back and the beautiful things I have in my life at this very moment. I could be happy with my dreams, whether or not they manifest. I could be happy with everything that makes me, Me, even if other people criticize. I could be proud of where I stand and how I choose to live…without the things I’ve been brainwashed to think should happen…or the things I’ve been told are a part of every successful woman’s life. I’ve always wanted more. Who doesn’t? But I’ve hit a point on this journey, despite my insatiable career ambition, where I feel OK with what is. Stripped down to nothing, I’m proud of my spider veins, perma tan lines and the stretch marks on my ass.  It’s a huge relief to bare it all..to unload my insecurities, my fears and personal failures. I’m not trying to be a model or get a ton of likes on Instagram, I’m just...]]>
<![CDATA[Glamming It Up for Nelly's Black & White Ball (2014-12-29 08:30:24)]]>

This lucky girl was invited to attend rapper Nelly's annual Black & White Ball on December 21st in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Gotta say, I was really excited. I've always loved Nelly's music but I was truly thrilled at the idea of going to a glam event that would surely bring good vibes to a recently damaged city and it's people following the events of Ferguson. I've touched on the topic a little HERE. I needed a dress and I had no time to shop for one! A stylist-blogger friend of mine by the name of NYCPretty (who knows more about fashion than any person I know) mentioned Rent The Runway to me. I'd heard of it but the idea of renting a dress was really foreign to me. Then again, the idea of spending hours--maybe even days--shopping for the perfect dress was something I just couldn't do ESPECIALLY during the height of Christmas-time shopping. Nope. So I headed to Rent The Runway's NYC Flatiron boutique after booking an appointment for a personal stylist session and...]]>
<![CDATA[I'm In Lucy's New Campaign Called Childspose (2014-12-17 21:27:18)]]><![CDATA[CALIA by Carrie Underwood Coming Next Spring! (2014-12-16 06:49:06)]]>

There’s no turning down the lights on Carrie Underwood’s bright stardom because she just beat Beyonce to the punch of launching her own fitness line. The trend in activewear these days seems to be famous musicians starting their own fit collection. Makes perfect sense to me! I can only imagine how much these super stars have to workout to look so incredible, and a true diva likes to do things her own way. On Wednesday, December 10th 2014 in New York City, I listened to Carrie Underwood talk about what inspired her to launch her CALIA by Carrie Underwood collection with DICK’S Sporting Goods where it will be exclusively available for purchase starting March 2015.  She had needs—just like all women do—and she felt like many brands of fitness clothing weren’t being designed with the feminine fit and accents that women want to see when they look in the mirror. The collection is soft, feminine and versatile. The boldest print is a dark wild...]]>
<![CDATA[Fit 'n Fancy Holiday Gifts + GIVEAWAY! (2014-12-14 01:46:09)]]>

Are you last minute holiday shopping? Here's my go-to gift list if you're looking to win the best gifter award. The first 6 are larger presents that require wrapping, the last 6 are stocking stuffers that pack a big bite for being so small. I'm giving away 3 of the stocking stuffers so make sure to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end. Harley Pasternak's Power Blender + 5 Pounds Book - A gift for him or her (blender $250 / book $19) Harley Pasternak is Hollywood's exercises & nutrition guru who has become a huge celebrity himself. His blender and latest book came out of his own need to slim down for TV and press appearances. The blender and book duo make a nice gift for someone on a mission to lose weight in the healthiest way in 2015. What I love about this blender is that it's pretty close to a Vitamix for half the price. It blends, crushes, emulsifies, chops, purées, liquifies whole fruits and veggies, ice, frozen fruit & nuts. It also prepares hot foods,...]]>
<![CDATA[Recap of My Life, 2014 Year End (2014-12-09 20:12:39)]]>

So this is a recap on the last 2 months of my life. I figured why not turn the lens around and show you what's going on in my life. I enjoy narrating through pictures so here goes... 1. I launched an incredible Mizzfit sock line with Pointe Studio because I love barre fitness like a crackhead. The response has been amazing and no one has thrown their sweaty socks at me yet. They're grippy on the bottom so if you don't do barre, you can also just wear them at home instead of scratching up your nice wood floors with heels. They make great stocking stuffers too. 2. I spoke at iHeart Radio's Lifestyle Health & Wellness Expo in Brooklyn, NY. I'll be at the next one in Harlem, too, on January 29th of 2015. I was honored to speak alongside someone I quite admire: Miss Jenna Wolfe (health & fitness correspondent of the Today Show). I convinced her to meet with me and give me career advice so I will keep you filled in on how that goes. My advice to you...]]>
<![CDATA[Latham Thomas on Women Who Empower (2014-12-08 08:12:00)]]>

I was lucky enough to interview Latham Thomas for my Women Who Empower series on YouTube. She inspires women through her business Mama Glow, her "hip guide" on prenatal wellness, her beautiful affirmations on social media and through all her doula work. She's been known to work with many celebrities like Alicia Keys. Latham also helps women get fit during and post-pregnancy. When I first approached Latham about filming together, I asked her if she'd comment on the events that went down in Ferguson, Missouri, which is not far from where I grew up in St. Louis. She was all IN. The conversation we had below was months before there was a final decision for NO INDICTMENT in the case against Darren Wilson. Click HERE or on the image below to watch. Everything Latham says comes from such a calm and honest place. Find out what the life of a Prenatal Wellness Expert is all about, especially if you're interested in becoming a doula or hiring one to assist you through your...]]>
<![CDATA[Work Out With Me At Exceed NYC FREE! (2014-12-05 17:31:24)]]>

I've teamed up with Exceed Physical Culture to offer a FREE WORKOUT at their newest studio in Tribeca, NYC. The reason I'm doing this is because after doing 2 workouts at Exceed earlier this year, I was like "this is so hard, I can't come back by myself...I need my fit crew!" So I'm calling all of you out of the woodwork to come help me sweat before Christmas and the New Year. I miss my New Balance Girls' Night Out events so much and it's hard not to see all of your amazing faces and physiques every month. So this is a way for us to get together yet again in NYC and to experience one of my new favorite high intensity interval training studios in a quaint part of Manhattan. There will be gift bags, water and towels for you so just bring your game face and stylish activewear. I'm also proposing we grab a bite to eat afterwards (if you have time) somewhere in the neighborhood that's fast/healthy. I will have that info for you closer to the day of the event. This is a...]]>
<![CDATA[Hydration Tips for Health & Glowing Skin (2014-11-19 19:35:58)]]>

I'm 35 years old and what makes me a strikingly different person than my 20-year-old self is that I care a lot more about my health. With the exception of an ocassional late night Insomnia Cookies order, I take waaaaaay better care of myself now. God, if I could go back and undo all the terrible things I did to my body and skin in my 20's I'd be in a time machine in a heartbeat! And I'd smack myself silly before getting into all those damn tanning beds! If I had only known to do what works for me now. Oh well, stupid 20-year-old self, good thing you no longer run the show! One of my best pieces of advice for women in their 30's is to always stay hydrated. It really doesn't matter the time of year or season, we need water for our bodies to function effectively, to lubricate our joints, revitalize our skin and have good poops. There are more reasons but these are my favorites. In fact, I'm going to share 5 hydration tips with you that never fail me. But since I like to tell...]]>
<![CDATA[Indoor Running Classes, Studio Style! (2014-11-16 07:40:31)]]>

Do you love to run? Sad your marathon training is over? Maybe it's too cold where you live to even contemplate a jog outside? But solitary treadmills ain't your thang? Well, then, you're going to LOVE this trend hitting the nation. You already know running is popular. Duh. But the craziness of the sport is that 5K's, half marathons, full marathons and even fun runs have doubled if not tripled in registration rates over the last 5 years. You had to know it was comin: studio style running classes! (image: Mile High Run Club's Woodway Treadmills) Mile High Run Club just opened in New York City 2 weeks ago. Along with it, a number of other boutique fitness studios are promoting running classes. There's Shred415 (which is a lot like Barry's but anyone who goes--like me--will tell you it's more about the running than the lifting). Equinox gyms also launched a group running class called Precision Running across it's nationwide locations. Running wasn't invented yesterday...]]>
<![CDATA[Lifestyle Health & Wellness Expo in Brooklyn, NY (2014-11-12 18:20:33)]]>

As if speaking for Cornell University and Fitness Magazine last month wasn't enough, I've been invited to join the Lifestyle Health & Wellness Expo as a panelist! This is so exciting for me because it will be my 1st time speaking at a health expo. For years I've been attending them as a trend spotter and all around wellness "sponge", but now I get to be the expert on stage and that's a HUGE HONOR! Clearly I want you to be there. Lifestyle Health & Wellness Expo Saturday, November 22nd from 10am-2pm 1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11243 If you're local to New York or want to take the drive in, stop on by! This year the Lifestyle Health & Wellness Exp is happening in Brooklyn, New York at Skylight One Hanson. Dr. Oz is our headlining host and you can expect to get lots of info on healthy living and eating, fitness regimens, as well as health insurance options. Since this event is being provided by several popular radio stations, you'll see...]]>
<![CDATA[Addicted To Wellness? GIVEAWAY! (2014-10-29 21:57:57)]]>

A wellness "scene" has emerged. There are workout cliques, fit celebrities and even healthy parties that are impossible to get into. Like what happened to my invite to Athleta's 2014 NY Fashion Week Show??? Guess their short list is getting shorter, but that's how it goes these days. Wellness isn't just nutritional, science-y and medical anymore. It's SOCIAL. Everybody's reading Well + Good and fitness companies are dying for a mention. Not only is there money in the health category, there's also status. Pretty soon we'll be rubbing elbows in gluten-free strip clubs. Ha! Anyway, you get what I'm saying. Wellness is cool and ADDICTING. Our time has arrived and we can be more unapologetically excessive than ever. Today's round-up of TRENDS was inspired by my addiction. These things make it easier for me to get my fix. 1. YourGuru - Because you only want the BEST SH*T around and the only way to get that is to ask your friends in-the-know. They might be "dealers" or...]]>
<![CDATA[My Barre Socks Have Arrived! Let's Celebrate at the Barre! (2014-10-27 20:37:46)]]>

Let's get SOCKED AT THE BARRE! I'm celebrating the launch of my Mizzfit Barre Sock Multi-Pack collaboration with Pointe Studio (the incredible makers of fashionable barre socks) and I hope you'll join me! The Mizzfit Multi-Pack will be available for purchase in November on Pointe Studio's fabulous website. You can snag both pairs and a sculpting workout for an incredible deal on November 8th in NYC by coming to my event called SOCKED AT THE BARRE. Check out the invite below and make sure to sign up fast because we've got a limited amount of spots available. I'm so thrilled to be hosting this event with the lovely ladies of KiwiSweat and Figures NYC. We've been planning this Fit Event for months--literally! So I can't tell you how ready I am to share the news and put the gift bags together :) To enlarge the invite image above (for people who can't see so good like myself), just give it a click and it will expand. This event is an open to women who love barre...]]>
<![CDATA[Fighting Breast Cancer with Komen, Cake Boss and Bethenny (2014-10-17 09:34:21)]]>

You couldn't ask for a girlier, PINK-er event! New Balance brought together Komen Org and Girls' Night Out to celebrate 25 years of support for breast cancer awareness and fund raising for the cure. I could tell you that I hosted the event, that it was fun with an incredible turnout, and leave it at that. But I'd be neglecting the story that deeply connects me to the breast cancer cause. My great grandmother died of breast cancer and my great aunt was blessed to survive it. Since the disease runs in my family on the maternal side, I'm at risk of getting it and have endured all the tests to mitigate concerns. I know all about mammograms and MRI's, and how it feels as you wait to get your results. I take my health seriously but I think experiencing the loss of 2 close friends to cancer really hit home. I know I'm not alone when I say I hate the C-word and that I'm not the only person who's lost someone, but some people are luckily unaffected by it while others get hit...]]>
<![CDATA[When I'm Not Wearing Workout Clothes... (2014-10-16 05:30:08)]]>

When I'm not wearing workout clothes I like to DRESS UP! But I operate on a consistenly busy schedule and time is of the essence, so unlike meticulous fashion bloggers I don't have much time to put together elaborate outfits (even though I salivate over them). For me, fitness fashion comes easy because it's my passion. I can throw a great fitness look together in no time. Like this one... For non-sweaty occasions though, it's a different story. I find myself standing in front of my closet for hours with my finger hanging out the side of my mouth. Duuuuuuh. What to wear??? Keep It Simple Stupid has become my strategy for success. I don't overly acccessorize or layer, and I like for everything to come off as easily as it went on. Is that weird? I like outfits that move as much as I like to move. Like bottoms that flow, poof out and blow in the wind. Pieces like this are flirty, feminine and playful, which is my style when I dress up. I nearly died when I found this...]]>
<![CDATA[Passion Box Revealed! (2014-10-12 05:17:51)]]><![CDATA[Bethenny Frankel Joins NBGNO + Pink Sneaker Giveaway (2014-10-01 17:30:59)]]>

Guess what?! Bethenny Frankel is our special guest at #NBGNO! I'm so excited about this because I've watched the Girls' Night Out movement grow so much since I joined the team. We are a group of empowered, health-loving women who work out hard but still crave a cocktail and girl-time. If there's anyone who fits that bill, it's definitely Bethenny! Look at everything she's done, from creating SkinnyGirl to hosting her own daytime talk show! New Balance & Susan G Komen For The Cure have been going strong for 25 YEARS! And for that reason, we celebrate at this next #NGBNO event, while honoring breast cancer awaresness month. As many of you know, October is the month of PINK. Companies of all kinds donate a portion of their profit from sales on PINK products made especially for breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaigns. New Balance has been doing this with Susan G. Komen for 25 years, making them one of the biggest sportswear players in PINK contributions. The...]]>
<![CDATA[Ultimate Guide to Wanderlust Festivals from a Pro (2014-09-24 22:30:47)]]>

It's crazy how much Wanderlust Festivals have grown! They're no longer a summer thing, but rather an open-ended opportunity to travel to some of the most amazing destinations in the world year-round while immersing yourself in good vibes and wellness. If you're reading this it's because you're a professional Wanderluster (like me) or about to become one and you're looking for more information. Well, you've come to the right place because I'm going to attempt to share the most info I can about the 3 festivals I've attended, which were all very different. I never thought I'd get so hooked on a yoga lifestyle festival (even though I'm a yogi) but the minute I experienced the nature, music, holistic, artistic and social sides of Wanderlust I couldn't help but go back. The first festival I went to was at Copper Mountain, the next was in the North Shore of O'ahu and the most recent was a lot closer to home in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. I'm going to tell you about each of these...]]>
<![CDATA[A New Way To Think About Social Workouts (2014-09-22 22:00:16)]]>

When you hear the words "social workout" you probably think "group fitness". But I'm going to make you think something entirely different by the time you finish reading this article. Social workouts are on the rise and extremely popular among women. They go beyond group fitness. They are experiential events where people actually socialize, network, exchange goods/information and get inspired. In many cases, the workout is only a small part of the bigger social workout picture. Why is this important? Because women are redefining what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. A happy, healthy life is a balancing act of exercise, work, love, family, friendship, passion, inspiration, travel, food, drink and a million other things. Even shopping! So why not bring these things together especially when it comes to fitness? The Girls' Night Out New Balance (NBGNO) events that I host in New York City aim to ahieve this...and I think we do a pretty good job! NBGNO events...]]>
<![CDATA[How To Use A Lip Crayon, Even For Fitness! (2014-09-22 07:48:01)]]>

During this past New York Fashion Week 2014, I was invited to Style Coalition's beautiful influencer event at their loft in the Meatpacking District (right around the corner from Mizzfit headquarters). The Influencer Lounge was lavishly set up for Style Coalition's bloggers and vloggers to primp, enjoy a cocktail and rest their sore feet in between fashion shows. I got a gel manicure, had some champagne and made a huge discovery! While getting a makeup touch-up, I was introduced to Burt's Bees new line of lip crayons. Umm, I had no idea Burt's had expanded their product line so much so I was excited to get the scoop and sample it! I must admit, lip crayons were a little foreign to me even though I already owned one (thanks to Michelle Phan's Ipsy Glam Bag). I just didn't know how to use it correctly. So, I let the makeup artist at Style Coalition do her thing (as I meticulously watched her so I could reproduce the effect later)...and now, of course, I'm...]]>
<![CDATA[Top 5 Snack Bars For On-The-Go Wellness (2014-09-16 06:41:34)]]>

-- This is a guest post by Liz Stark -- Walk into any supermarket, natural foods store – really, any store at this point – and you are bound to find shelves and aisles stacked with all kinds of bars. Gone are the days of one or two brands – now there are literally hundreds upon thousands to choose from! With so many different (and competing) bar brands on the market, how are people supposed to know which (if any) are appropriate to consume? Now I know that there will be many that will stop reading this article and adamantly declare, “All bars are terrible poison! Never eat anything that comes in a wrapper!” However, I personally feel that not all bars are created equal. With all the options available, there are big differences in quality and quantity of ingredients, company/customer relations, nutrition facts, intended consumers, wrapper/label design, and taste. While of course it is ideal to consume as many whole foods as possible, it might not always be...]]>
<![CDATA[My Story Continued for the Lovers and Haters (2014-09-12 19:49:42)]]>

My last blog really struck a chord. I was called everything from superficial, narcissistic to entitled in the comments. For some reason, my vacation pics from Hawaii were even brought up and used against me. I've never even posted them here on Mizzfit.com...yet! Also, my dogs are PUGGLES not pugs!!! I'm still trying to figure out how posting loving pictures of my dogs (who are basically my children since I have no kids) makes me a bad person with "no soul and depth". I think the person who left that comment definitely follows my personal Facebook page because I gotta admit, Shorty & Leroy get a lot of facetime on there. Love them! I just couldn't resist... But let me get on topic here. I realize that my last post was emotional. I was in the heat and thick of the moment. I also should've mentioned that Under Armour actually did hire me and contract me for the work I did. It wasn't a contest that I submitted a random video for and then got upset because I wasn't picked....]]>
<![CDATA[REJECTED by Under Armour (2014-09-11 16:33:15)]]>

It's hard for me to write this as I'm pretty upset...so bear with me here. I have something I want to get out and I'm going to try my best to use the right words here. About a month ago I was contacted by Popsugar and Under Armour to be a part of the I WILL WHAT I WANT campaign. It's a very empowering campaign about overcoming obstacles to achieve what you want in life no matter what other people have to say. I was honored to receive the invitation to say the least, esp after watching Under Armour's Misty Copeland commercial. Under Armour's request was to make a short video sharing my story to show how I will what I want. And so I did. You can watch it below. Once I sent in the video, I did not hear from them for weeks. Popsugar kept making excuses for Under Armour but it was clear my story wasn't good enough for them. Perhaps it was because I mentioned the D-word (depression) or because I didn't wear their clothes in a sexy way. Perhaps it was because I was a little TOO...]]>
<![CDATA[Bike Date for Dim Sum (2014-09-03 18:40:01)]]>

I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer but the end of summer is knocking. It's September if you haven't noticed and the last official day of summer is on the 22nd of the month.  I think it’s important to acknowledge in order to take advantage of what’s left of this beautiful weather. So, I planned a bike date to Chinatown with a friend because the one thing I always miss when cold weather hits are warm nights that are perfect for getting outside and spontaneously experiencing new things. A bike date? Yes, really, a bike date. It was so much fun, so affordable and by the time I got home I think I burned off my dinner. I want to share this story with you because I hope my late summer adventure here in New York City will inspire you to do the same. Before you know it, your bike will be collecting dust so why not go for a ride? Grab a date! I mentioned the idea of experiencing new things. Well, in the 11 years that I’ve been living in New York City I’ve never...]]>
<![CDATA[Free NYC Workouts This Fall (2014-09-02 22:06:27)]]>

Usually FREE WORKOUTS only happen in the summertime. But fall is bringing it with this list of free fit events happening in New York City. I will be attending as many of them as I can, especially the one I'm hosting. Just make sure to sign up for the events you definitely want to attend ASAP. All of these promise to fill up. Sept 10th - Girls' Night Out with New Balance hosted by ME! Girls' Night Out (a.k.a. #nbgno) was at it all summer with a series of events aimed at social fitness for empowered ladies. If you read my site regularly, you'll know that it was a major success and the highlight of my summer. In celebration of fall fitness and snazzy NB activewear, Girls' Night Out is doing another event in NYC featuring the popular rowing workout by City Row. RSVP NOW and mark your calendars for Wednesday, Sept 10th at 6.30pm. The event starts at the New Balance Experience Store in Flatiron and will migrate over to the High Line (with a run) for some high-intensity...]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Retailers Innovating To Meet Customer Needs (2014-08-31 21:15:31)]]>

As a Mizzfit.com reader, you already know that the activewear market is booming. And all the competition amongst retailers means that companies have to innovative to thrive.  Translation? Today’s active gear is more stylish and inventive than ever before. These picks represent just how today’s companies are stepping up their games and creating one-of-a-kind items every fit gal will fall in love with. Lululemon’s Patience Tank Lululemon is a brand that many fit fashionistas love. The company is known for its high-quality and ultra-flattering clothing that’s beautiful. So it should come as no surprise that this tank dazzles. I loved how lululemon combined two other styles—the elegant back of the Free To Be bra with the deep V of the Deep Breath tank—to come up with the Patience Tank. The straps hold it in place while you move and the V-cut gives this top an extra sexy touch. The back of the tank is made out of mesh so it breathes well. It’s also...]]>
<![CDATA[Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe for Fit Mixologists (2014-08-25 07:52:40)]]>

Here’s a recipe I whipped up to mentally prepare for fall even though I’m hanging onto the last days of summer as tightly and nostalgically as I can.  I call it Pumpkin Spice Soy Smoothie. As much as I dread cold weather and leaves turning (they're literally dying...it's so sad!), pumpkin flavored foods and drinks always cheer me up.  My Pumpkin Spice Soy Smoothie makes a nice breakfast or post-workout snack for healthy people who want pumpkin without the pie and a preview of Thanksgiving minus the alien baby in-yo-belly feeling! Besides, it’s still August and I, for one, would like to stretch out crop top season a little longer. You're gonna need these tools before you get started: A blender. I recommend a single serve blender like the Nutribullet or Magic Bullet. A flexible ice cube tray like this one A bendy straw (not really a tool but what the heck)   Ingredients and recipe (serves 1): 1 can organic pumpkin...]]>
<![CDATA[More NBGNO Events in USA! (2014-08-13 22:58:22)]]>

I love when good things never die! I'm happy to report that Girls' Night Out events (#NBGNO) will continue to pop up across the country and eventually circle back to New York City in September. The next one is in Santa Monica on Wednesday, August 27th at 6.30pm at the NB Store on 2600 Wilshire Boulevard. Hosting the Girls' Night Out campaign for New Balance was one of the highlights of my summer. I got to work out and connect with so many amazing women who believe in the benefits of social fitness. What I loved most is that these women weren't competitive, mean, selfish or jealous. They were a bonded, smiling-laughing group. It was so refreshing to experience. I have to be candid and say that last night I went to an unrelated fitness event I was invited to in New York City, and there were several fitness bloggers in attendance who were very unfriendly (wouldn't say hello or shake hands) and no one socialized. When I attempted to introduce myself to strike up a...]]>
<![CDATA[Bianca Jade Quarterly Box (2014-08-12 20:05:19)]]>

I have a box with Quarterly and you should sign up! Every 3 months, I will send you a package of wonderful things to make you stronger, healthier & fashionably fit. I can't tell you what comes inside each box because it's meant to be a surprise but if you follow me on social media, I'm constantly dropping hints and giving sneak peeks as I handpick products for you in the categories of fitness, health, beauty and fashion. I always send along a detailed note to describe the theme of each package and the meaning behind each item inside. I call them my "Style Up 2 Shape Up" boxes. I design each Style Up 2 shape Up box to: Introduce you to emerging trends before anyone else Give your current health & fitness routine a boost Inject style into your regimen Make your workout even more convenient by sending it straight to your doorstep and giving you workouts you can do at home or on the road Enhance...]]>
<![CDATA[Shocking Health Tips on Skincare to Vajayjays! (2014-08-08 22:09:55)]]><![CDATA[Need A Push? Advice? This Box Will Empower You! (2014-07-31 18:56:17)]]>

This is the box I would've given myself in 2007 when I was really lost. Both lost inside myself and career-wise. I'm really excited to share it with my subscribers and newcomers because it's packed with advice and actions that I found during my course of self-discovery and re-invention. Box #MIZ04 is READY TO GO! If you didn't already know, I have a Fitness Fashion Trend Box with Quarterly Co. And I'm pretty stoked right now because Box #MIZ04 is in production after 2 months of designing and perfecting it. For this upcoming box, I wanted to share how I got my big idea to create Mizzfit.com and leave the corporate world behind. I'm sure a lot of you have found yourself in a slump before or maybe you're in one now. Whether it's health/fitness or career related, I understand and want to share what worked for me so we can get you moving in a new, forward direction! The theme of #MIZ04 is Work Out Your Passion. Expect to find not only fitness goodies in...]]>
<![CDATA[Berry Good Popsicle Recipe - Dairy Free! (2014-07-28 01:00:12)]]>

Last summer around this time, I went dairy-free. It hasn't been easy and I've definitely veered here and there but I feel much better when I limit my dairy intake. So I'm constantly creating "food projects" for myself to stay inspired to live dairy-free. Not gonna lie...I'm not a frequent cook but I do like eating yummy stuff. The simpler, the faster, THE BETTER! Check out my homemade recipe for Berry Good Popsicles using the new Unsweetened Silk Almond Coconut Blend milk that literally just arrived in grocery stores. I'm even gonna hook you up with a coupon at the end of this post (for all you coupon-istas out there). Hey, no shame in a coupon. Here's what you'll need: NEW Silk Almond Coconut Blend milk in Unsweetened 8 large, fresh strawberries 8 frozen strawberries 1/2 cup fresh blueberries 1/2 banana 2 tbsp honey Popsicle tray maker (I got a little fancy and bought mine at the Sur La Tabla...]]>
<![CDATA[Sneaker Giveaway + Last NBGNO Hurrah (2014-07-14 22:33:23)]]>

Parting will be such sweet sorrow for me as New Balance has its last Girls' Night Out event of the summer in New York City this upcoming Thursday night. As the GNO host and emcee, it's been so much fun being a part of this genius movement and I'm happy to pass the baton off as #NBGNO heads west! For all of you in the Midwest and West Coast, be on the lookout for Girls' Night Out events heading toward ya in the next few months! New York women, listen up! Before it's too late, RSVP to come join me for our last hurrah. Click this link to sign up and find more info below... On Thursday, if you come, you'll see the comraderie and care that has grown between our regular attendees. Not only do women work out together at our events, they support each other to become stronger in many aspects of life and business. I love this pic of two #NBGNO women hugging--such a special moment captured by our event photographer. Self-expression and my New Balance custom sneaker...]]>
<![CDATA[Share Your Healthy Place, Win Titan Tea! (2014-07-13 21:30:09)]]>

Titan Tea, an amazing new tea drink, has asked me to share my favorite "healthy place" as part of their Healthy Place Contest, which you've got to enter! All you have to do is share a healthy spot you love to win a 1-year supply of Titan Tea! A huge score considering Titan Tea is my latest healthy indulgence (because it's electrolyte enhanced tea for active people and because the rasberry flavor rocks). Most of you know me as fitness lover and would probably guess that my go-to healthy place is in a workout class, right? Nope...although I do love myself a sweaty workout. My healthy place of choice is actually on my cruiser bike, riding through the streets of New York City. And what do ya know, I don't even wear workout clothes to ride! When I'm on my cruiser, I totally plug into the city and how it moves. You have to be really careful riding a bike in NYC because traffic and people getting out of parked cars are your worst enemy. Being alert and watching the city...]]>
<![CDATA[Capezio & Free People Diversify Fitness Lines (2014-07-11 04:28:37)]]>

Seems like every clothing brand is turning to fitness these days. I likeeeey! I knew it would happen. I predicted it 5 years ago when I started Mizzfit.com. As I watch big names bud fitness collections to test their shoppers and see what sticks, it's pretty obvious to me who's got the magic and who doesn't. The "magic" isn't necessarily about the most advanced technology in quick-dry fabrics and high performance yarn. It's about creating pieces with personality that speak to fitness lovers who have a particular style as well as sport specific needs. Active wear with magic makes you wanna move. Capezio is known to many as a dance shop and brand that's been around forever. Need ballet slippers? It's where you go. They've got everything you need for classic and instructional dance. And now they have a studio fitness collection! The magic is in all the shapes, colors and movement. You can see the dancer-style inspiration in each piece. They're pretty and...]]>
<![CDATA[Cheap Gear That Doesn’t Look It For Summer (2014-07-07 09:00:43)]]>

I realize that not all of you can afford expensive active wear. Some of the trends I write about are outside your budget for fitness gear, and I completely respect that. Listen…there are things I wouldn’t spend over $50 on either! Money is an issue. I understand this. If I could afford to shop at Whole Foods every week—poppin’ bubbly and makin’ it rain—I would. But my wallet is just not having it…and I don’t actually hang with rappers. We make concessions, right? Then again sometimes you don’t have to compromise anything if you know where to look! I’ve got a stylish solution for your fitness needs and it just so happens you can find it at Target®.  I’ve had Target-itus since I was a kid, way back when I used to get stuffed into the retractable child-seat of their shopping carts. That spot is now reserved for my purse, lol! You can save yourself more than a couple of bucks on fitness gear and look just as good as all your friends shopping at...]]>
<![CDATA[Pictures Worth A Thousand Words: NBGNO (2014-07-04 22:18:43)]]>

These pics from the last #NBGNO event say everything. All I'm gonna write, since as you can see, my mouth is kind of sealed is THERE'S ONE MORE PARTY LEFT THIS SUMMER AND I'D LIKE TO SEE YOU THERE! On June 24th, we stretched together... We ran and sprinted along the Hudson River... We did bootcamp style drills and worked our derrières. We documented our adventure through NYC streets... We turned pedestrian heads at the size of our herd... Then we took things in-store with Holly Perkins and started a "band". Kind of... Followed by catering by Sweet Green (the BEST salads in NYC), and eventually drinks and dance. And, of course, some air-time... A party's not a party (worth bragging about) without a Step 'n Repeat... And some girls gone wildly fit and empowered! It was a perfect Girls' Night Out. See for yourself; more event pics HERE! Darn, I wasn't gonna say anythng. But I guess when it comes to...]]>
<![CDATA[ Followed: Priya Lawrence, NYC Nutritionist (2014-06-27 21:08:16)]]>

Priya Lawrence has 2 full-time jobs. She's a NY state registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a loving mother to Raina, 4, and Trevor, 1. Can you imagine having 2 jobs that require all your attention, passion and love? It seems nearly impossible to me...but Priya does it...and manages to show up on time, twice a week, to the bootcamp class where I met her. She's an outstandingly balanced health professional but says her workout never truly ends. Priya is constantly on the move for clients, and with her kids. I got a few snapshots of her juggling act as I FOLLOWED her on a routine neighborhood walk with Raina and Trevor through Madison Square Park. "I run a growing nutrition private practice, Tried and True Nutrition, Inc. with my business partner, Pam. We focus on empowering our clients to make healthy food and lifestyle choices thru one-on-one sessions, corporate wellness programs and group education." "As anyone with kids knows, my day starts early in the...]]>
<![CDATA[Weight Loss At Your Fingertips (2014-06-24 18:59:29)]]>

The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss & Body Confidence is literally at your fingertips. First, in the form of a compelling book by tapping expert Jessica Ortner. Second, by way of your very own hands. Confused? It's OK, I was too, at first :) I made a video for you to watch about the growing tapping trend and its link to weight loss because it's hard to imagine let alone believe in without some kind of visual. Jessica Ortner kindly shared her time with me to answer all my burning questions. Watch my video and leave a comment at the end of this post to win a copy of Jessica's book and begin your own transformation. It's fascinating to me that you can give yourself therapy with your very own hands! Simply by tapping on the karate chop point followed by the other acupressure points on your upper body, you stimulate the release of toxins and decrease cortisol levels. If you're unfamiliar with cortisol, it's a stress hormone that leads to weight gain and has a...]]>
<![CDATA[What's a Buzz Run? Join Me on One! (2014-06-23 17:48:24)]]>

What's a buzz run? The picture you're looking at is from my last one along the Hudson River. But let me elaborate. A buzz run is a run that you plan and schedule either privately or publicly with the GNO app on the New Balance website. The GNO app, which stands for Girl's Night Out, is part of NB's social-fitness campaign to encourage more women to workout together instead of alone. When you create a run/route, the GNO app gives you the option to send text alerts to other registered GNO Meetup users in the area who may want to join your run. Viola! New runner friends. It's THAT easy. I've been hosting the NB Girl's Night Out events in NYC since May and it's been a ridiculously good time. But I've also been using the GNO app on my spare time to coordinate buzz runs. For my last buzz run, I made it a public run. If you want to keep yours limited to just your girlfriends, you can certainly create one that sends invites only to the people you choose. My next buzz run...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Pick a Healthy Gift (2014-06-20 21:41:03)]]>

Hey guys! Last weekend I was in Saint Louis, Missouri for Father's Day and I had to figure out what to give the man who gives me everything. I always give healthy presents, so I thought I'd share some tips to guide you when shopping for a healthy gift yourself. But first, meet my dad! Philip, my dad, is a classic car connoisseur. He has an impressive collection of Jaguars and he's also a world reknown expert on them. He's been in tons of magazines and on TV news about cars and restoration. I pretty much grew up with the SS Saloon Type 1939 Jaguar that you see in the pic above. And just to prove it, let's rewind to 1984... My dad took me for a ride in the SS-39 to grab a green juice while I was in town. As you can imagine, a guy who collects classic cars has expensive taste in "toys". Since I cannot afford to buy him a new Jaguar (yet), I defer to functional gifts in my price range that inspire him to be healthy. My dad works in finance, which is very...]]>
<![CDATA[You've Never Had A Night Out Like This Before: NBGNO in NYC! (2014-06-13 23:54:17)]]>

But you can and will if you sign up for my next Girls' Night Out event with New Balance. My story commences... A month or so ago, I got a call from New Balance asking if I'd like to host their NYC summer event series called Girls' Night Out to celebrate their recently launched GNO Meet Up app. Just from the initial sound of it, this was an opportunity I could not say no to. I LIVE for empowering events that gather fitness, health and fashion loving women. So I hopped on board but never imagined the caliber and excitement of the event that I helped shape with New Balance. Now, I can't take all the credit, because the New Balance team brainstormed the summer event series that takes place in both Boston and New York. But I was thrilled to see so many of my readers and community of fit-fashionistas show up. It was the best party of my summer so far! And there are 2 more #NBGNO parties coming up. So it only gets better for me Let me tell you what goes on, so that...]]>
<![CDATA[Swim Styles & Accessories for Beach Workouts + GIVEAWAY (2014-06-11 21:23:50)]]>

This summer, when you hit the beach to work out, you can stop worrying about your swim suit top coming off or losing your bottoms. I've got some amazing swim styles that stay put and protect, as well as some healthy-beachy accessories to make a day in the sun a lot more fun. I literally just showcased all these items on Great Day Saint Louis in my hometown this morning. If you like to watch videos, here ya go! Let's start with surf inspired bikinis and 1-pieces from Calavera Swimwear, which by the way are ALL priced under $100. When does that ever happen? I've been wearing Calavera for years now ever since discovering them at Mercedes Benz Swim Fashion Week in Miami. If you've never been, GO! Just prepare to sweat your face off standing in line for fashion shows. Calavera Swimwear won't leave you hanging by strings that come undone. They're made for water sports, designed by founder and avid surfer Anna Jestrom who was on a mission to make suits that could handle...]]>
<![CDATA[Want to see what's going on behind the scenes at Mizzfit? (2014-06-09 23:23:52)]]>

Want to see what's going on behind the scenes at Mizzfit? Well, then come follow me on Instagram and double tap away! My handle is @Mizzfit_Bianca Instagram has become a window into my life. I will always share my fit journey with you here, but you can get a constant update on what I'm doing day to day by looking at my pics on Insta. That's how I keep tabs on you too! If you want me to see one of your 'grams, be sure to tag me with my handle @Mizzfit_Bianca or use hashtag #mizzfit. I love checking out your fitness & fashion pics. Especially the outfits you wear to Style Up 2 Shape Up! See you on Instagram!]]>
<![CDATA[Team Style Ride NYC Fitness Event (2014-05-30 18:08:54)]]>

UPDATE: This event has now passed. Check out the pics on Pinterest from Team Style Ride HERE! Please check back for more Mizzfit Fit Events or email info@mizzfit.com to be alerted about future events. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- JOIN ME and Soul Sisters Collective for “Team Style Ride”, a FREE workout event at Swerve Fitness in New York City on Sunday June 1st at 12.30pm. http://bit.ly/StyleRide   TEAM UP with extraordinary women to break a sweat, spin your heart out and do a 'lil networking that doesn't feel like networking.   HOW IT WILL GO DOWN: When you arrive you'll be assigned a spin team. Then get ready to bring your A game for a little friendly competition. Whether you're a first time rider or a spining pro, we're all in this together. All fitness levels are welcome!   AFTER THE RIDE you'll sip on fruit powered smoothies by Oatworks as you network and mingle with old and...]]>
<![CDATA[Followed: Dina Ivas, Yoga Instructor (2014-05-30 05:49:12)]]>

Dina Ivas is a yoga instructor at Equinox Fitness gyms in NYC. Lucky for me, she teaches at the location I belong to. Her classes are popular for their cardio component and twisty ab work. Dina has an infectious laugh and a penchant for fitness fashion. All of this naturally led me to FOLLOW her on her way to work. She detoured down the Highline and told me a bit about herself. "I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire where the most exciting thing to do was go to the mall, or get scorpion bowls at Grand China.  I knew I needed more, so when I graduated BU and was offered a PR job in Times Square, I took it.  I'd never been to New York but the pull was magnetic.  I love the energy here, and, at least for now, I still love the grind." "Bold, bright, never boring. I truly feel that what you wear can have a direct effect on how you feel, so I try to dress happy." "I always thought you had to be edgy to attract people to your...]]>
<![CDATA[What is HIIT? Does it work? Is it Stylish? (2014-05-13 20:40:16)]]>

A lot changes as you get older. But mostly, you become a creature of habit. You get comfortable doing the same things because you've had good results from them in the past. Ha! Old people are craaaaaazy! It's OK, I can say that because according to most 20-year olds I am ancient. And frankly, I don't care how old you are but we need to put an end to this antiquated way of thinking. Let's take ME for example (it is my website afterall). I am in my 30's and my complacency usally results in one of two things: 1) tubby or 2) chubby. Last summer I had a 4-pack (abs not beer). A year later I have a no-pack. WTF! Okay...so maybe my bewilderment isn't 100% genuine. I just came down with a case of "old-person" thinking. I got too comfortable with my barre, yoga and running routine. I needed something different to spike my results. My no-pack is no-sexy. Enter Focus Integrated Fitness and their transformative class called PT6. It was exactly what I needed to introduce some change...]]>
<![CDATA[Win Tickets to SELF Workout in the Park NYC (2014-05-08 05:57:01)]]>

This is a giveaway for 2 tickets and an amazing gift bag to SELF Magazine's annual Workout in the Park event taking place this Saturday (May 10th, 2014) in New York City's famous Central Park. There's no catch. One lucky Mizzfit reader who's ready to sweat and watch some of the latest workout trends play out will win this giveaway. So if you'd like that to be YOU, follow the instructions in this post to enter my giveaway. Don't worry, it's cake. But first, let me tell you a 'lil about SELF's Workout in the Park. It's the ultimate outdoor fit event showcasing new group fitness classes, fit fuel innovations and fitness fashion for you to try out and shop. If you're a fitness fanatic living in or near Manhatan, you don't want to miss this action-packed day. You'll have the opportunity to try a variety of mini classes like Tabura, Rock Yoga, Beach Body and Absolution. Even Crossfiters can get their fix at the Reebok Fit Zone. Tickets run $30 and you'll definitely get your...]]>
<![CDATA[Is There A Healthier Gum? (2014-05-06 20:45:01)]]>

-- This is a guest post by Anna Bernstein -- When I was first introduced to PÜR Gum I thought, who needs “healthy” gum? I never thought of gum as being unhealthy, but seeing all the reasons PÜR Gum is a healthier chewing gum made me second guess my opinion. PÜR Gum is said to be healthy because it is gluten-free, non-gmo, nut-free, dairy-free, and most importantly aspartame free. Who even knew there were so many ingredients in gum? Aspartame free gum is a big deal. The reason being that aspartame is a synthetic sweetener found in most sugar-free gums. It has been associated with cancer, diabetes, psychological disorders, and birth defects, just to name a few things I'd rather not subject myself to. I know many people chew gum to stop their hunger, but does this really work?  While doing some research I found that chewing gum actually will make you more hungry. While chewing gum you produce a lot more saliva and any food that is in your system will be...]]>
<![CDATA[Coco T Wants You To Come Out of Your Shell (2014-05-02 21:26:50)]]>

I've been a Coco fan for quite some time. She's famously known for being Ice-T's wife and for looking like this... I adore Coco. She's in your face voluptious, booty-ful and eccentric but deep down she's just a sweet girl from New Mexico who grew up loving fitness. In pictures, Coco surely comes across as more vixen than sweetheart. I assure you she's 100% sweetheart. I wouldn't be writing this article unless I had an amazing heart-to-heart with her, which I did. What ensues are excerpts from a long conversation I had with Coco. Just like YOU, she's one-of-a-kind. And she wants more women to embrace their zaniness and get the hell outta their shell! How did you get into fitness and bodybuilding? "One of my 1st jobs from when I was 16 to 18 was at a sports and wellness center. I really liked being in a healthy atmosphere. Through working there I ended up entering a fitness contest at 18 in Mexico called the Miss Ujena fitness competition. It’s a week long...]]>
<![CDATA[Too Pretty To Be Taken Seriously (2014-04-24 06:16:19)]]>

It's been a while since I've gotten really personal. And the time for that is NOW. So here I go... Earlier this week I had an interesting thing happen to me. While meeting with a person (whose identity will remain unknown) that works in an aligned industry to my own, I was told--straight to my face with 100% eye contact--that I was "too pretty to be taken seriously". Now I should probably give you the context of conversation so that you understand what it's in reference to. My goal for the last several years has been to become a wellness tv host or correspondent for fitness & health trends happening around the world. Basically I dream of doing what I do here on Mizzfit.com but through the medium of television. I'm passionate about what I do and I'd love to reach more women doing it! The person who threw this wild comment at me knows of my ambition and for some reason thinks I'm "too pretty" to earn people's trust and make it happen. Deep breath. This is where things...]]>
<![CDATA[Are Standing Desks Healthy? (2014-04-14 20:39:22)]]>

-- This is a guest post by Liz Stark -- Are you sitting down right now? You might want to stand up for this – or hopefully want to stand up by the end of this article. Do you dread working, attending meetings, or even checking emails, knowing that you will be confined to a desk (or desk-like setting) for hours on end? Do you feel more tired after sitting for a long time, antsy, and even a little achy? After years of back pain, feeling antsy, and simply uncomfortable at my desk, I became intrigued with the idea of having a standing desk. This is not to be confused with a treadmill desk (which, in my opinion, looks like a deadly accident waiting to happen); and I already knew a few people who owned standing desks and highly recommended them. However, I put off the idea, thinking I would just suffer and sit through any discomfort at my “regular” desk. In November 2013, I received a big wakeup call that I needed to get a standing desk – and fast. After a fluke...]]>
<![CDATA[Groundbreaking Fit Trends You Need to Try! (2014-04-11 16:06:28)]]>

The world of fitness is changing! Sportswear, gear, gadgets, food and fit services are more forward-thinking and edgy than ever. I've been testing a few that I'm crushing on which I'll share with you, as well as give you a sneak peek at some extremely functional pieces coming out from Asics. The theme that binds all these trends is Ease of Use. I was surprised as I'm typically a skeptic about adding too many elements to my routine. I don't have time for inventions that steal valuable calorie burning minutes away from my workout. But I'm seriously impressed by how the following trends can raise your engagement without sidetracking you.       Let's start with BURN THIS.   This is a free app that turns your workout into a social experience. It's available to people living in major cities like NYC, LA, CHI, MIA, and more. Download it to your iPhone, then look up all those studio classes you usually book on Mindbody from the studios you...]]>
<![CDATA[Fred Devito: My Teacher (2014-04-02 07:54:19)]]>

Fred Devito is one of the founders of Core Fusion as well as a founding partner of the exquisite Exhale Spa locations around the world. He is widely known and incredibly respected in the fitness industry. I've learned a great deal from him, which you're going to hear all about. What I've learned from Fred can be broken down in 3 stages of knowing him. There's the "DVD" Fred stage (consisting of many living room workouts...and intermissions to catch my breath), the "O.M.G. I just took class from the real-life Fred Devito" stage (and I wish he would look away so I can stop holding this awful pretzel pose), and lastly the "One To Admire" Fred stage. I should mention that Fred turned 57 on the day that I interviewed him for this article. He told me he'd been in the fitness game now for 30 years. I asked him if he planned to take a break and he said: "I'll never stop doing this." - Fred Devito 1.  The "DVD" Fred stage I got into barre-fitness workouts in 2007...]]>
<![CDATA[Sporty Trendzz from Mizzfit and Under Armour (2014-03-28 19:45:33)]]>

Alo! It's been a crazy week of press previews and testing new fitness products. My body is totally TGIF-ing from both work and daily killer workouts. But every Friday has to end with something good and I've got exciting news about upcoming trendzz I want to share with you. By now you must know I have a BOX with Quarterly Co. If not, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? My Style Up 2 Shape Up Box is one of my most favorite projects and collaborations EVER! The best part is being able to share fit trends with you and get your feedback. Check out my latest "unboxing" video for #MIZ02 above. You've got plenty of time to sign up for the next box which comes out in May and features lots of restorative and beauty goodies for your hard-worked body. Subscription boxes can be a hard sell for people who don't like surprises--I get it. But THESE VIDEOS will give you a reassuring peek into past boxes. Got questions about my SU2SU Box? The comments section is the place to ask them. So,...]]>
<![CDATA[Followed: LES Mom & Radio Flyer Baby (2014-03-25 18:27:07)]]>

Melissa Jane King let me follow her around Thompkins Square in her Lower East Side (LES) 'hood of New York City for the very first of my "Followed" posts. Isn't that what we do...follow the style cues of women brave enough to create and flaunt them? I'm inspired by people who make my job of Fitness Trend Reporting less predictable, especially those who practice fitness fashion on local streets and rural paths in ways not always defined by conventional fitness. You'll be seeing more of that here on Mizzfit.com because I want you to see people creating trends at their inception, not just wearing them after-the-fact. Thanks to Melissa Jane King and baby Olive for being my first! "I’m not sure I am fit…I’m naturally thin so perhaps this gives me the appearance of being fit. After Olive was born I began ‘Belly-Back’ exercises. They’re awesome because you can do them anywhere – it got my stomach and waist back in shape after a few weeks. In terms of...]]>
<![CDATA[Springtime for Gym-time Trends (2014-03-13 20:04:30)]]>

As you already know, fitness fashion can easily take you from studio to street...and these days fitness fashion totally chases what’s on the runways making it easier to seamlessly rock your workout look multiple ways. Last year we saw a lot of peplum. The designers for AEO Performance from American Eagle Outfitters took this ladylike style and used moisture-wicking material to make it perfect for workout and hangout. Pictured below is the AEO Performance Peplum T-Shirt: This spring, fitness fashion is echoing some of the hottest trends and translating them into workout looks that will inspire you to make the gym your catwalk. Here are 5 Springtime Fitness Fashion Trends for all you fearless groundhogs out there! 1. CROP TOPS CT's are making a major comeback this spring and summer. They started cropping up last summer but now you are going to see this midriff showing style everywhere...even at the gym. Under Armour is really doing an awesome job making this...]]>
<![CDATA[Ride at CYC on Us. Special NYC Guest Pass for Mizzfit Readers! (2014-02-27 20:23:13)]]>

New York City readers, listen up! Can you hear the warm weather knocking? Ok, maybe not but bikini season will be here once the snow melts (I promise!) so now is the perfect time to find a fun new workout to get motivated. Our friends over at Flavorpill are offering the ultimate workout hookup to kick your spring training into high gear at Cyc Fitness, the hot new indoor cycling studio that hit Manhattan with a huge bang this January. Sign up for the special invite-only complimentary ride HERE! It's happening this Saturday, March 1st at 1.30 and 2.30pm. The link above provides more details. MizzFIT is a proud sponsor of the event and spots are going fast! About Cyc Fitness: It's a 45 minute ride that combines spin, weights and more than 20 different sport moves. In addition, they found a cool way to integrate an interactive and charitable component to the ride. Talk about multitasking while you workout! The Cyc method was designed by Keoni Hudoba,...]]>
<![CDATA[Fun Runs Are Trending. But Which Ones Are The Most Fun? (2014-02-25 20:00:57)]]>

Sweating it out on a treadmill or even a running path in a park is an acquired taste. Although the streets are flooded these days with runners of all abilities, shapes and sizes, it's one of the toughest sports to love as a novice. That's why novelty runs are taking off as a fitness trend for those who want to dabble in running but need an extra fun incentive to hit the ground running. Here's a list of our TOP FIVE 5K FUN RUNS to get you thrilled to run instead of filled with dread: 1. The Color Run - This run is coined "The Happiest 5K on the Planet" for good reason. It's an un-timed race where thousands of participants get doused in colored powder-paint at every kilometer on the run: yellow at 1K, blue at 2K, green at 3K, pink at 4K and at 5K you get a "color extravaganza". The powder gets squirted at you from staffers at all angles. 60 percent of the color runners are first time 5K runners just looking to have fun and get messy rainbow-style while...]]>
<![CDATA[ECA NYC Convention Welcomes Fitness Lovers (2014-02-22 20:30:00)]]>

Fitness conventions were once created for fitness instructors, buyers and business owners but that's no longer the case. This March, the ECA World Fitness convention invites fitness enthusiasts (in addition to the pros) to come take classes  and explore the expo. Why go? Because you're a fitness junkie obsessed with trying all the new and hottest, most effective workouts. Because the ECA is where fitness innovations go to become known. Because you want to brush shoulders with the ever-growing fitness and wellness community. Because it's cold outside, you have nothing else going on could use a good sweat to warm up. Shall I go on? What to expect? 3 days of classes from world famous teachers, choreographers, innovators. Classes vary from 1 hour to 1.5 hours and continuously run from 7:30AM - 5PM. Best way to do it? To sample the ECA without sacrificing your entire weekend, go for the Day Pass/Dance Package which gives you full access to all classes on Sunday, March...]]>
<![CDATA[Ballet, The Balanced Way (2014-02-19 21:42:34)]]>

-- This is a guest post by Liz Stark -- Often times, the world of ballet is unfairly depicted in a rather depressing manner – painfully thin bodies, grueling training schedules, strict diet regimens, and cutthroat competition. However, there is one person in particular who wants to put all of these brutal ballet rumors to rest – Mary Helen Bowers. In her 2012 book, Ballet Beautiful, Bowers (who is a professional ballerina and renowned trainer in NYC) sheds light on the art of ballet, and its benefits for the body and soul. Training everyone from celebrities (including Natalie Portman, to prepare her for her performance in Black Swan) to the everyday individual, Bowers illustrates in her book that anyone can attain a beautiful ballet body without wreaking havoc on one’s health or figure in the process. Some of the healthiest bodies in the world are ballet dancers, like the Winter Olympics ice dancers. Many of the figure skaters competing at the 2014 Sochi...]]>
<![CDATA[How to “Friend” Cool People in Fitness Class (2014-02-17 20:30:41)]]>

In the 1980's the gym was the ultimate pick up scene but I was still too young to experience this phenomenon. I always imagined a woman earnestly rocking a hot pink leotard, leg warmers and a sweat band a la Olivia Newton John's "Let's Get Physical" music video while swooning for a guy wearing a similar outfit over by the Nautilus machines. Nowadays, I think wearing that fitness outfit let alone picking up a lover at the gym is the farthest thought on our minds when sweating it out.  However, what about making friends with that cool seeming person in your yoga class? I think we've all wanted to figure out how to make fitness friends without seeming like a stalker.  I got inspired about all the new friend potential in my weekly fitness classes after learning the story about how one of my favorite new bands--ASTR--met. The electro  R&B duo of Adam and Zoe met 3 years ago in a Manhattan yoga class, and when they realized they shared a similar musical and...]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrity Sweat with Torah Bright: Women's Halfpipe Olympic Champion (2014-02-15 00:25:21)]]>

Torah Bright is an Olympic Champion for Australia once again! In the 2010 Winter Olympics, Torah took home the gold medal for the women's halfpipe competition and this year she snagged herself a silver. I had the privilege of meeting Torah before the 2014 games, and interviewing her for Celebrity Sweat. Getting to know the personal side of Torah made it even more exciting for me to watch her earn Australia's first medal at Sochi. Here's how our conversation went... Considering you started as a downhill ski racer, what made you transition to snowboarding? " Skiing was what we did as a family. As a kid, I would stop to see snowboarders while roaming the mountain and used to call them all sorts of names. We did not like snowboarders. But I was 11 years old when my brother Ben, who is now my coach, wanted to try snowboarding, and I was like mum could I try snowboarding too? And that was the end of it. After that day we both told mum that we loved it so much. " How...]]>
<![CDATA[Ralph Lauren Oufits Team USA for Sochi. Get the Look! (2014-02-12 18:45:09)]]>

Ralph Lauren styles Team USA for both the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Check out behind the scenes footage of the athletes getting fitted in Munich before the start of the games:   In my opinion, Ralph Lauren's designs for Team USA are classically American and look sharp on camera--and important factor for an event that is globally televised. Each garment was handmade and the wool used was sourced from Oregon. I like the retro and stitched feel of the Ceremony Cardigans but I'm also crazy about the flared collars on the Ceremony Pea Coats. Personally, I think ice dancer pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White wear it best. I just love them together! To me, they resemble the handsomest of Disney characters. Meryl looks like Snow White and Charlie is none other than Prince Charming. Maybe it's just me... Ralph Lauren definitely brings a look of "buttoned up" Americana and sophistication to our talented team of...]]>
<![CDATA[Be Your Own Stylish Valentine (2014-02-08 06:00:28)]]>

Whether you've got a hot date or not this Valentine's Day, make sure to schedule some time with yourself for a fit date. This year VDAY falls on a Friday so I'm  giving you all weekend to do it. Check out my favorite "heart healthy" fitness-fashion-wear inspirations for this Valentines Day 2014... Gym Girl Apparel's Red Hot Sports Bra Lace typically goes with lingerie. But why not activewear? The Red Hot Sports Bra (pictured above) is a new addition to my workout wardrobe. Not only is it supportive, but it's also reversible. I love that it provides full coverage for high impact sport/activity but still makes you feel like a girl. I have a ton of full coverage Nike sports bras but none of them are sexy to walk around in, or flirt in, like my Red Hot. Get your own with promo code MIZZFIT for 15% off at Gym Girl Apparel. Dear Kate's Amelia Thong Who knew a fitness panty could be lace-y or silky or both?! I most certainly didn't until I came across Dear Kate. My...]]>
<![CDATA[Top 10 Romantic Fitness Scenes in the History of the Movies (2014-02-07 00:49:20)]]>

Valentine's Day IS a just a Hallmark holiday but the approaching day got me thinking about some of my favorite love scenes in fitness/sports themed movies. As they always say: those who sweat together stay together?  So whether you are counting down the days to celebrate V-Day or not, I think you will enjoy my countdown of the most romantic fitness related movie scenes. Let me know in the comments section if you agree with my picks or if you think I left out an important romantic sports movie moment. Let the countdown begin! 10. The Karate Kid - Best soccer flirtation scene. 9. She's the Man - Best cross dressing romance big reveal scene + Amanda Bynes before the storm... 8. Without Limits - Best running flirtation scene with Jared Leto as Steve Prefontaine (double swoon!). Prefontaine was an internationally acclaimed track star who died at age 24 but remains a running legend. 7. The Cutting Edge  - Best on ice flirtation scene....]]>
<![CDATA[Classtivity Announces Name Change and a PARTY! (2014-02-05 18:24:26)]]>

Check it out... Classtivity, a fitness booking service that I've fallen in love with, has just announced a big name change (to CLASS PASS) and they're celebrating the re-naming with a PARTY. If you live in or near NYC, "pass" on by! Spot: The Ainsworth from 7pm-10:30pm Goodies: Sweat will not be involved -- but there will be great giveaways, including beauty products, nutritional samples, and of course, all the ClassPass swag you can handle (tank tops, water bottles, stickers, everything)! Peeps: Expect all kinds of fitness lovers, instructors, bloggers and wellness folks from New York City's fitness scene. RSVP HERE! RSVP HERE! RSVP HERE! RSVP HERE! See you there!]]>
<![CDATA[Want to Work for a Fitness Fashion Retailer? Find Out What It's Like! (2014-01-31 21:33:54)]]>

- This is a guest post by Pam Wilson - When you look good, you feel good. And nothing is more true when working-out. Big, baggy clothes do little to nothing for your self-esteem especially when looking in a mirror in a group fitness class. You want to look sleek, fit and pulled together. And that's what high-quality exercise wear does for you in the correct size. Since beginning work at the Athleta Store in St. Louis’ Frontenac Plaza in May, I’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of women. Simply by listening and asking questions, we often can figure out what someone is looking for. Because we see so many women with as many shapes and sizes, we gradually know what fits each shape and size. At Athleta, we have yoga pants for EVERY SIZE and EVERY WOMAN who wants to wear them. As part of our training, we continually utilize "fit sessions" to help us understand clothing fit and comfort. I admit, part of the fun of working at Athleta are the fit sessions. We...]]>
<![CDATA[A "Winning" Chocolate Protein Smoothie Recipe (2014-01-29 20:50:45)]]>

Katia Lin, winner of my Rainbow Light Protein Energizer Giveaway, just wrote in to share her latest smoothie recipe. Check it out! Hi Mizzfit Just finished my workout and off to class with my chocolate-PB-and-nana shake! The recipe is: 1 cup of skim milk 1 scoop of Rainbow Light chocolate protein energizer 1 frozen banana 1 Tbsp peanut butter I'm addicted to peanut butter and what's better than having my peanut butter AND some chocolate? The answer is nothing. The Rainbow Light Protein Energizer is great because it has all the chocolatey loveliness without any added sugars. I'm feeling energized and ready to take on the school day. Thanks!  --Katia Lin Delish! I'd make the same recipe except with Almond Milk! I'm excited to share that Rainbow Light's Protein Energizer will be included in my next Style Up 2 Shape Up box with Quarterly Co.! If you haven't already signed up, jump on board RIGHT HERE! Wanna know more about my Style Up...]]>
<![CDATA[How My Relationship with Fitness Changed and Jealousy Entered (2014-01-28 10:26:57)]]>

Jealousy. It hits hard and ugly. I hate feeling it and admitting to it. But that’s how it goes. It’s a human thing for our eyes to turn green with envy. When you’re in a relationship with someone you’ve got to work through it because it can literally destroy you and the love you cherish. I’m going through it myself in my relationship with fitness. As I recover from a recent surgery, things just haven’t been the same. This is due to my doctor telling me not to work out for 3-6 weeks. The painkillers, Valium, and antibiotics kill my energy, digestion and mood. I've spent a good amount of time as a helpless blob propped up with pillows in my bed. I've watched the days go by from my window, zoning out to Dr. Phil. I could feel the the distance growing between me and fitness--our romance now practically nonexistent. I never knew so much could change in so little time! But fitness is hard to date because of the commitment and focused mental connection it...]]>
<![CDATA[Yoga, Music and Hawaii? Flavorpill Wants to Send You to Wanderlust! (2014-01-26 20:55:37)]]>

Hawaii. Live Music. Yoga. Sounds like a vacation to me! So listen up! Flavorpill (one of my favorite destinations for finding the hottest cultural events around town) is offering an awesome opportunity to go to the Wanderlust O'ahu Hawaii music and yoga festival this February.  The Wanderlust O'ahu Hawaii Getaway is a 4 day yoga and music festival set on the north shores of O'ahu, the getaway includes 2 tickets to the festival, a 5 night stay at Turtle Bay Resort for 2 (where the festival is based), and $800 towards airfare. Enter HERE to win. You might remember when I gave you tips on what to wear to the Wanderlust Festival in Vermont last summer? Check out my favorite looks to get inspired for YOUR outfits for Wanderlust O'ahu if you are lucky enough to win this amazing trip from Flavorpill! Also, read about Mizzfit's experience at Wanderlust Colorado last summer. She learned a lot about herself there, so much that she's headed to O'ahu for another...]]>
<![CDATA[Make Major Moves In 2014 With Theme Songs (2014-01-16 04:47:21)]]>

Did you make some New Year's resolutions but are finding yourself already flaking on them a few weeks into 2014? I have a NEW approach for you: Use MUSIC to make sure you hit all your 2014 goals. Create theme songs (on your iPhone/mp3 player) that will keep your goals “singing” in your ears so that you’ll be reminded and revved up for all the great changes you’re ready to make.  Maybe some of you are old enough to remember the "dancing baby" episode from the hit tv show Ally McBeal? Because that's basically what I'm talking about! As both the music fitness editor of Mizzfit.com and New York City high school teacher, I constantly have to motivate my readers (you guys!) and my students. I like to go all out (as you can see below). Music can help you realize your dreams and goals. All you have to do is find your theme song, turn it up and then turn on new set of opportunities. It’s important for you to have a theme song for all the goal-oriented...]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Songs You Can TOTALLY Work Out To! (2013-12-20 08:30:26)]]>

'Tis the season for late night holiday party cocktails and groggy early morning workouts. It's a seasonal rite of passage for the fitness lover who also can't say no to a fun Christmas party, right? For those of you who are trying to merge the holiday spirit into your workout, I put together a playlist of holiday songs that you can ACTUALLY sweat to at the gym.  I know what you are thinking: most holiday songs are great for listening to in the background at a store or cozy restaurant but not really for attacking the treadmill. I felt the same way until I perused my music collection and realized that you can actually work out to Christmas songs.  Not convinced? Press play and good workout tidings you'll bring. Let me know if I'm missing any holiday classics that are also workout-friendly! Just add them to the comments section below! Here's that playlist again...Holiday Music You Can Actually Sweat To!    ]]>
<![CDATA[Fit Gifts She'll Seriously Love and 2 Giveaways! (2013-12-16 09:50:31)]]>

Christmas is only a week away. Got your gifts? I do!  When it comes to gifting my fitness soul sistas, the only way to shop is fashionably fit & healthy. All my gifts are Mizzfit tested because who wants to wrap a dud? I never blindly promote products. I enjoy testing and then sharing my experience with you! So if you're looking for the perfect present for the health or fitness nut in your life, look no further (and maybe select express shipping!). Stocking Stuffer Workout Socks from MySoxyFeet. In my last Mizzfit post, I talked about how fitness socks are trending and will become even bigger in 2014. If you're looking for a cute stocking stuffer, MySoxyFeet's 2 winter holiday styles ($12) are a sure bet. Any fitness girl will love them and the cheer they bring to her workout routine. Aside from being anklets, they've got cushioned soles and they're intentionally made to look mismatched. Buy a pair to gift (use checkout code MIZZFIT to get 10% off) and enter my...]]>
<![CDATA[New Website! New Fitness Trends to Fawn Over! (2013-12-12 09:11:49)]]>

Mizzfit.com Got A Makeover! Didja notice? I hope so because I'm quite liking my new web design, branding and inter-"face". Through the years (5!), I've grown up and so has Mizzfit.com. It was time to expose our tree rings with an upgrade. I still can't believe I designed the old site all by myself because this new site was the result of many minds coming together. I'm so grateful for all the help from my team and from YOU--my readers! It was a blast getting to see many of your faces at my Big Relaunch Party in NYC (click for pics). Such a fun night! I was naughty and had a few drinks. "When in Relaunch..." Mizz is Back to Biz! Now that the new site is up and running, it's back to business as usual...and lots of working out, of course. I'm excited to tell you about 2 activewear pieces that gave my fitness wardrobe a functional makeover. They're perfect for lunging you into the New Year (right through the doors of your gym). Everyone needs a little push on Jan 1st and...]]>
<![CDATA[Run from Domestic Abuse with the Help of Women (2013-12-11 20:47:56)]]>

I just couldn't keep hanging on, and neither should you. I found myself in a pretty unhealthy relationship last year. I was constantly being told my body wasn't right and forcefully pushed away when I tried to remedy a fight with a hug. There is more...but that's not the point. My intention with the video I've made called Run from Domestic Abuse: A Lifesaving Message for Women, which I hope you'll watch, is to spread a message of support amongst women. Why? Because we have the power to physically and emotionally uplift women from a dark place to one of hope and forward movement. It's just that simple. I get it. Some relationships are hard to leave. But you should never stay in one that doesn't bring out the very best in you or that leaves you feeling smacked down. Abuse comes in many forms and women have experienced it in many ways, whether verbally, psychologically, or worse, on impact. They all hurt and tear us apart. I feel for the women going through it right now but I can...]]>
<![CDATA[Thank You, Norma Kamali, and All the Woman Who Empower Me! (2013-11-27 15:26:46)]]>

This is it! My favorite celebrity interview so far! We’ve got to live our lives by our own calendar and pay the next woman forward with a lot of insight. Gobble up this episode of my  “Women Who Empower” series featuring fashion designer and wellness guru, Norma Kamali. Women like Norma fill my head and heart with amazing love, courage and ambition. I mean, just look at what she’s created! It’s a mega-brand comprised of fashion, fitness and wellness. And on top of that, she’s nice, introspective and thoughtful!   I’m so lucky and thankful to know and learn from such smart, successful and giving women as I wander down this path called “my life”.  If you make it through the entire video (which I hope you do because Norma makes some powerful points), you will come across this message from me: It took many years of growing up for me to be able to write this. Mostly, because I’m competitive by nature. I like being the...]]>
<![CDATA[Why I Love Pamela Anderson, Hate the Holidays and No Longer Feel Like A Blimp (2013-11-20 09:33:29)]]>

I BEGIN MY STORY... On the frigid morning of November 4th of 2013, Pamela Anderson and I both set out to run the New York City Marathon dressed in adidas sportswear. Here's proof of me running with a little self-filmed video: Here's proof that Pamela ran...everything about this picture is amazing! I beat Pam to the finish line by nearly 2 hours but that's not the point. Pam has moxie. It's SEXY and definitely something we can all learn from. Know what moxie is? As a Jewtina (half Jew, half Latina), I'm only HALF aware of Jewish lingo but this term happens to be one of my favorites: mox·ie  n. Slang  The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage. I don't know Pamela Anderson personally, but I read an interview she did pre-marathon and I was blown away by her determination to run even though she's (a) not a seasoned runner and (b) was admittedly struggling with her training. This is where "moxie" comes into play. But before I go into...]]>
<![CDATA[Getting Real on the Naturally Beautiful Show with Nitika Chopra (2013-11-13 23:16:59)]]>

Nitika Chopra is a wellness force to be reckoned with...and I have a hunch she might be the next Oprah! So when she invited me to come on her Naturally Beautiful show on the Veria Living Network to talk about my fitness journey and share some MizzFIT Tips, I had to say YES. Check out our convo and tell me about your own journey. We all have our stories, right?]]>
<![CDATA[Gearing Up For My Last Long Race. After This, I'm Done! (2013-10-23 23:00:14)]]>

I've run more marathons, half-marathons and 5 to 15K's than I can count. This year's 2013 New York City Marathon will mark the last notch on my fuel belt. Who am I kidding? I don't even own a fuel belt--they're hideous! But I do have valuable RUNNING & RACE PREP TIPS to share with you from many years and countless hours of pounding the pavement. It's my way of passing on the torch to you as I wrap up my own training for the last long race of my life. I'M GOING INTO MARATHON RETIREMENT WHY? Because my legs can't take it anymore. Last March, THIS HAPPENED to me at the start of a half marathon. I sprained the peroneal tendon in my left leg and couldn't exercise or walk normally for weeks. For a fitness girl, that's HELL! But I know why it happened...and I felt it coming on. I've run a lot in the past decade of my life and my legs need a break from the stress of running too much and too far. So this is it! No more marathons after November 3rd, 2013. I will continue to run...]]>
<![CDATA[The Hot Chocolate 15k and 5K Race (2013-10-23 11:55:19)]]>

The Hot Chocolate 15k and 5K Race]]>
<![CDATA[You'll Never Guess What's Inside This Box from Me and Quarterly Co! (2013-10-14 07:07:39)]]>

That's because I'm going to tell you. I'm thrilled to announce that my Style Up 2 Shape Up subscription-style boxes with Quarterly Co are officially in the works and getting ready to be mailed out. Wanna know what's in it for YOU? And how to GET ONE? Keep reading! I HAVE A BOX! It's always been my dream since I first created MizzFIT to give you a TANGIBLE "fitness fashion" experience beyond the words on this blog. I'm still not at the point yet in my career, though, to launch a product line, but I hope to in the very near "prosperous" future. When Quarterly Co. (like angels from heaven) called me up to team up, they totally solved this dilemma for me and I was like HELLS YEAAAAAAH! Because this was my opportunity to give you what I've been dreaming of putting together for so long! So, many thanks to Quarterly and my buddy Aron over there, for believing in me and the concept of Fitness Fashion & Trends enough to give me MY OWN BOX! CHECK OUT THE BOX RIGHT...]]>
<![CDATA[Try New Things with No Fear! I Squash My Anxiety with Quotivations and Track Jackets. (2013-10-08 18:12:17)]]>

Getting motivated to take a risk or try something new isn't always easy. An inspirational mantra or quote can zap your nervous nelly mindset and improve your confidence. Fitness fashion always seals the deal for me, too! Who doesn't like to shop or try out a new style? It's the little things like this that can alter your state of fear or insecurity. I should know because I suffer from anxiety. I have attacks that drop me to the floor breathless. My story: I get anxiety attacks though you'd never guess it I'm an outgoing and gregarious person. I'm not easily intimidated and no one who knows me would ever call me quiet or shy. But we all have certain traits and behaviors that sometimes turn us into a walking oxymoron. Mine happens to be physical anxiety that's unleashed during times of major stress. I can feel the anxiety attack coming on and I usually know how much time I have before I go into full panic mode. These attacks don't happen often, thank God, but they do happen...]]>
<![CDATA[I Love Spotting Fitness Trends Before They Break. BREAK THESE WITH ME! (2013-09-24 17:04:56)]]>

I love spotting fitness trends before they break but I also enjoy watching them play out. It's one of the best parts of my job and it's such an honor when companies invite me to view or test their product out before it hits stores. I'm a tough critic though...because your style and health matters to me. So here ya go! These are the game-changers... THE TRENDZZ  (In no particular order except for how my frazzled brain spit them out) * Affordable Activewear That Doesn't Look Like Activewear Hallelujah! Lululemon, I love ya but I don't like spending my entire activewear allowance on you. Please welcome AEO Performance to the fitness apparel scene. Who? AEO = American Eagle's activewear line. I got ahold of some of their latest pieces and was blown away! Not only are they 1/2 the price of Lululemon gear but they're designed to blur the lines between workout and “hangout”, meaning you can wear the pieces for either. My favorite pieces are the “Peplum”...]]>
<![CDATA[New Fall Season. New Hot Artists to Add to Your Workout Playlist! (2013-09-20 16:25:06)]]>

I love the fresh feeling of fall but I totally dread having to layer up for my workouts. Music gets me through it though especially these 2 hot, new dance music artists: Ducky from NYC and Colette from LA. Get their workout tips and hot tunes to take your workout into the new fall season. TIPS FROM NYC's Ducky I live in NYC and am definitely dreading working out in the cooler temps. I spoke to Ducky (born Morgan Neiman) about how she gets motivated to workout. Ducky is known for her infectious basslines and synths and sweet and stirring vocals that always gets the crowd moving. She's been spinning records since she was 16 and moved to NYC from San Francisco to start producing and recording music at age 17.  You can check out some of her music here. When I found that Ducky is a fitness enthusiast, I wanted to find out what gets her moving... aside from her own music. She admitted that she thinks that summer is "honestly the easiest time to stay fit because...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Dress Sporty-Chic for Chilly, Fall Weather (2013-09-19 15:55:22)]]>

  Summer is gone. Deal with it. My therapy is fitness fashion and Autumn is one of the best times to get sporty-chic! To achieve a sporty-chic look all you have to do is incorporate stylish, athletic pieces into your non-fitness wardrobe. I know…it sounds crazy to mix your gym clothes (which at some point have gotten sweaty) with your street wear but that’s part of the fun and THE ADVENTURE OF IT ALL! (Just do your laundry and you're good) I think Fall is the perfect time to roll out your sporty-chic style because most high quality sportswear is designed with moisture wicking fabric, which is optimal for climate changes. The pieces I’m going to show you from adidas are made with Climawarm technology that keeps you both warm and dry as temperatures drop and you work up a sweat. Here are 3 ways to achieve a sporty-chic look for Fall: 1. Pair a fun or loud graphic “statement” tee with a textured jacket or blazer. I love my Run Wild tee from...]]>
<![CDATA[REMEMBER WHEN: You Not So Secretly Jammed out to 90's Boy Bands? (2013-09-16 21:19:10)]]>

Remember when you used to secretly or not so secretly swoon over your favorite boy band? Before there was One Direction or even Justin Bieber, you couldn't blink without a dancing, singing and gyrating boy band in your midst. Full disclosure: one of my first jobs was working with some big boy bands of the late 1990's: NSYNC and Hanson to be specific. At the time, I thought I just saw it as my job (writing email fan newsletters and content on their websites) but I did have a boy band a-ha moment when I attended an NSYNC show at MSG. Maybe it was the infectious energy of all the screaming tweeners or the sheer power of their teen pop fantasics but I distinctly remember having a moment of screaming just as loudly (if not louder) when I first saw Justin Timberlake beatboxing on stage. Luckily none of my coworkers detected that my enthusiasm was authentic and assumed I was just mocking the whole scene.  I thought to fess up in this post for a couple of...]]>
<![CDATA[It's Fall. And Of Course, I'm Falling For... (2013-09-05 18:19:45)]]>

  Summer's closing shop. Dangit! But Fall ain't so bad. From fitness to epiphanies on random stuff in my life, here's my short list of what I'm "falling for" this Fall season. It's not your average list so I sincerely hope something on it will help carry your health goals far.   WHAT I'M FALLING FOR... 1. Yoga...'cause it's gonna save the world. I'm not even kidding. It's what my next article is about. The suspense! I've been doing yoga for 10 years and, yes, it's taken me that long to realize it's the ONLY workout that re-aligns me and makes me smarter and better at navigating my non-fitness life. You should really try it. Or you can wait to read more about it when I post next. But the main reason I'm falling for it after 10 years strong is because it's an amazing mind-body workout that I like to think of as therapy. I can't afford a real therapist anymore. Sessions can cost $300 plus a pop! Yoga will cost you $20. I'm wearing adidas...]]>
<![CDATA[What's Wonderful About Wanderlust and Why I'd Go Back Again (2013-08-22 10:09:26)]]>

The Wanderlust Festival Turned 5 This Summer (2013) It was finally my time to go. So I headed out to the festival in Copper Mountain, Colorado. Not gonna lie, I was fresh off a breakup, looking to jet far out of town for some air and space. Sometimes you just need to get away. But I wasn't expecting the weekend I ended up having. You can walk through life or you can flow through it. Check out Wanderlust through my lens in case you're thinking about going next year... So Just A Little Background... It was the start of July and I was coming off a relationship that had been doomed since February. I was tired and sick...sick of not being happy. I figured a work-trip mixed with a little forced romance would soothe my soul. Doesn't it always? I set off to report on the "fitness fashion happening at Wanderlust" with my press pass and a former ex-boyfriend turned friend (with benefits) in tow. What can I say? He was game. We arrived to Copper Mountain as star-crossed...]]>
<![CDATA[Hey Runners! KLINGG Holds Your "Buds" Tight. (2013-08-21 22:26:13)]]>

I pretty much detest all magnets especially the fridge poetry variety but KLINGG has won me over. It's a sportswear grip magnet made for gym-goers, runners, cyclers and skaters to secure earbuds from fallout and earphone wires from becoming a nuisance. I needed a KLINGG badly as I have a favorite pair of earbuds that fit perfectly in my ears but have wires that are rather long, tangle up and then smack me in the neck during my runs. It drives me insane but my new KLINGG ($19.95) is now taking care of the problem. No joke, it's a strong magnet and stays put through high-impact fitness. If you take your buds out, just stick them to the sides of the KLINGG. They magnetize too! The KLINGG's hold on your earphone wires makes for a seamless fit look and smooth workout without interruption to your playlist. It comes in great colors for both men and women and I can't endorse this little genius device enough! I'm training with it for my 2013 marathon!]]>
<![CDATA[Pickup Your Routine By Embracing YOLO! 5 Tips To Boost Your Healthy Lifestyle. (2013-08-18 19:28:21)]]>

  You only live once (YOLO). It's a powerful concept that can make you do some pretty crazy things (brace yourself), like be more spontaneous, adventurous and fulfilled. I needed a little YOLO in my life, in terms of fitness, romance and learning a new thing or 2. How about you? When's the last time you put yourself outside your comfort zone? Here's how I did it, with some fitness fashion thrown in...   I BECAME A TRUCK DRIVER. The Dodge Ram you see below (in desperate need of a car wash) lives in Saint Louis, Missouri with my family. I happen to be visiting there right now. This truck used to drive me crazy. It's way too big for me. Drives like a boat. It's definitely NOT my style. And it makes backing out of a parking spot in just about any parking lot nearly impossible. But what the heck, YOLO!!! When I pull up to a yoga studio or when my Saint Louis friends see me driving by, the reaction is fantastic. I'm not-a-big-person driving a...]]>
<![CDATA[To Bling or Not To Bling At the Gym: A Case For Working Out In Jewelry (Playlist Included!) (2013-08-15 17:08:55)]]>

TO BLING OR NOT TO BLING? I ran for the Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field teams for Summit High School (Go Hilltoppers!) and Columbia University (Roar Lions Roar!). Jewelry was banned in these sports. That meant I couldn't wear my lucky "Sari" necklace that I'd been wearing since the 5th grade (Carrie Bradshaw totally copied my look!). It's been a few  years (haha) since college and I'm no longer forced to follow these strict style restrictions when I work out. Which brings me to the question: to bling or not to bling at the gym? When it comes to running and working out I never take off my "Sari" nameplate necklace, the single pearl necklace and Italian horn necklace that adorn my neck no matter what! Even though they often turn into a tangled mess at the end of a particularly speedy run, I kind of relish untangling my necklaces as I cool down after my run. I like keeping these three special necklaces close to my heart when running or working out. This is my...]]>
<![CDATA[Just Like Anything, Jumping Rope Can Get Boring. Watch This Video & Change That! (2013-08-15 07:35:23)]]>

Workouts get boring just like everything else in life! But you can change that. The CBS morning show Live From The Couch asked me to show them (and YOU) how to spice up an exercise like jumping rope. I did 2 things: I found some killer ropes and I choreographed a jumping routine. I want you to try it! Watch my appearance on CBS Live From The Couch:   My only regret is that I could not showcase my entire epic routine! I have to admit it was a tad long and maybe too advanced for John Elliot, the host who "tried" to jump with me and Carlos. But that doesn't mean you can't do it! Here's the routine written out for you with the footwork instructions: Start with a basic skip of 5 regular hops with both feet together 5 shuffle hops, bouncing from one foot to the other 5 wider-stepped shuffle hops, going from one foot to the other 5 double foot side to side hops 5 jumps with both feet together forwards and backwards 5 kick-backs...]]>
<![CDATA[Springblade Sneakers, Target Underwear, and How I Lost 20 Pounds and Kept It Off! (2013-08-06 22:01:19)]]>

  This is surely a random post but sometimes "random" makes for the best kind of interesting. I've got so much to say this week on many topics so I'm just throwin' it all into 1 big pot. But the highlight of what I've got to say has to do with a new shoe that is propelling my runs and reminding me of how good it feels to fly again. Are you "flying" through your workouts? If not, it's about time you did. Maybe what I have to say will help???   I got Springblades from adidas to test out. I fell in love at first sight...something I've been doing a lot of lately. Is it in the air or something? But I digress, so here we go: I fell in love with the Springblade sneaker in Portland, Oregon when adidas invited me up. OMG! Oscar Pistorius feet, I thought to myself! I wanna be a blade runner when I grow up. And now I am, in the pinkest way possible. Luckily you can live the dream too because the shoes officially became available for sale today! They're...]]>
<![CDATA[Tour Bus Shape Up: 4 Indie Bands Reveal How They Stay Fit on Tour (2013-07-24 23:00:32)]]>

How do bands on tour for long periods of time stay in shape to hit the stage? I spoke to 4 “need to know now” bands about how they manage to work out and live healthy while on the road. I was inspired to step up my own healthy game after getting the scoop from these musicians. They face many more challenges to a healthy routine from late nights to long hours sitting on the tour bus to exposure to all the temptations of a more hedonistic lifestyle. Here's my Tour Bus Shape Up Report courtesy of smokin' hot bands CSS, Escort,  Leftover Cuties and Lucius... CSS  How they got so hot? You probably first heard CSS’s provocative and fun dance rock music in the 2007 iPod Touch commercial where their song “Music is My Hot, Hot Sex” was featured. These native Brazilian rockers' band name CSS (Cansei der Ser Sexy) translates to “I got tired of being sexy” (lifted from a quotation from Beyonce) and has...]]>
<![CDATA[Avoid the Pitfalls of Choosing the Wrong Gear to Workout: WHAT NOT TO DO (2013-07-23 20:56:34)]]>

  You really do learn from your mistakes. Ex-boyfriends and bad sportswear... What can I tell you? We shall and WILL SURVIVE! There's no question that unwise sportswear choices can spoil your workout. And you don’t have time for that! Read these DON’Ts and master the DO’s! The right gear choices will make you feel confident from the first drop of sweat to the last.   1. DON’T wear boyfriend hand-me-downs or oversized shirts you stole from the dude you hooked up with way back when. Or maybe it was last night? And please throw away those old varsity shorts! They might bring back sweet memories but they’re worn out, shapeless and c’mon—so outta style! Instead, channel the “I borrowed this from my boyfriend” look or ex-boyfriend (who's never getting it back), by scoring pieces from the new adidas Boyfriend Line. The Boyfriend Baby Bro Tank makes you feel like you’re wearing his clothes in a chic way that flatters your feminine...]]>
<![CDATA[Are You a Triathlete or Cycling Fashionista? Get the Scoop on MooMotion Tri-Wear! (2013-07-18 01:13:56)]]>

- This is a guest post by Michelle Thomas - Hi! I'm Michelle Thomas, mother of a 13 year old energetic son, Tennyson, and partner at Origin Agency. 15 years ago, I lost 30+ lbs. Now at 43 I'm in the best shape of my life! I'm active every day. I bike 6 miles to and from work, rock climb and practice yoga. I race cyclocross in the fall, and do sprint triathlons throughout the year. MizzFIT, who is my friend and workout buddy, was an incredible inspiration to me and encouraged me to run the New York Half Marathon last May. Fashion is also one of my passions, so I was super excited when MizzFIT asked me to review MooMotion's tri apparel and give my honest opinion. As a designer, I'm really impressed by the unique details in the design and high quality fabrics that are necessary in my multi-sport world. I was thrilled with how the MooMotion pieces looked on me, and the way they emphasize my (minimal) curves. Even lean girls want curves!!! The Stamina...]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Festival Bags for Healthy Shoulders (2013-07-16 08:27:08)]]>

The wrong bag quickly becomes an unwearable burden at a festival where you have to move around a lot. Ditch your pinch-a-nerve-purse for Lululemon's Festival Bag ($68) or Run From Work Backpack ($98). These bags are made to carry your outdoor summer festival essentials without stressing out your shoulders. Designed with water-resistant polyester fabric, both bags can endure mud, sweat and unpredictable festival weather to protect your valuables. They feature mesh pockets to stash your iPhone, wallet, anti-bacterial wipes, sunscreen, cold pressed juice, goji berries and more! The Run From Work Backpack has a pouch for dirty clothes or what have you (maybe a comfy pair of flip flops for later?). It's lightweight with a contoured shape that's comfortable against your back and doesn't bounce up and down when you do.]]>
<![CDATA[HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT WORKOUT MIX! (2013-07-12 23:19:43)]]>

As summer heats up, everyone is looking for some fresh hot beats to keep working out strong. I shared some of my workout tips on Bliss.com. Keep reading to get some hot tips and for a link to the rest of my article! Music can either make or break your fitness routine. So how do you create a mix of tunes to inspire you to work out longer and stronger?  Here are TWO of my tips for making the perfect workout mix that will keep you on beat and committed to your goals! 1. Listen to your heartbeat  For your warm-up, pick a song that has a nice even tempo (about 120 BPM). Use the music to transition your body into an active stretch and to gradually raise your heart rate. Make sure it’s a song that gets you in the mood to move! Song suggestions:  Forever – Haim and  Bury Us Alive -STRFKR   2. Kick-start your heart from the start The next track on your mix should be a song that you love RIGHT NOW… the one that gets you excited to move...]]>
<![CDATA[No Waves? No Board? No problem. Get A Surf Girl's Body With This Workout! (2013-07-12 21:06:35)]]>

Your summer is screaming for WAVESHAPE! It's the surf-girl-body workout that's absolutely FREE and taught by my super hottie friend, Adam Rosante. For the record, he's not a narcissist. I just like putting talk bubbles on people's pictures. To get in WaveShape, you don't need to live in NYC or LA. You don't need fancy equipment either. I love this workout! That's why I made this video with Adam--to give you a peek at WaveShape and to show you how it put a fitness nut like me completely out of breath! Why was Adam in a robe? I thought maybe, just maybe he'd show some skin. Instead he let me dress him. So if you're looking for sportswear to dress your own man in, here's what I recommend: Adam is a total guy's guy so everything I picked out mirrored that. He has a line of killer t-shirts on his company site called People's Bootcamp (his other workout). The motto: EAT CLEAN. TRAIN DIRTY. LIVE HARD. Nothing cheesy about that. I picked my...]]>
<![CDATA[MizzFIT + adidas = Dream Come True with a Padded Sports Bra on Top! (2013-07-09 07:44:27)]]>

I'm still processing this but I can't keep it a secret any longer. I've joined forces with adidas!!!!!!! Can you tell there's an implied shriek in this bit of news? I'll be doing all kinds of cool things for them, like getting my butt kicked at the official adidas headquarters gym and reporting on their upcoming sportswear innovations for women. Imagine me jumping up and down because that's what I did all the way to Portland, Oregon (where the pic below was taken). The funniest thing to me about this picture is that I'm wearing heels! But seriously, I have 1 colossal shoe to fill! On top of all the excitement of traveling to Portland and meeting everyone at adidas from the designers to engineers, I fell in love with a padded sports bra. It's called the Supernova Racer Bra. It has just the right amount of padding to smooth perky nipples over (am I the only one this happens to?) and is designed to prevent uni-boob from happening ('cause who wants that?)....]]>
<![CDATA[Sin Workouts + Pure Yoga NYC (2013-07-02 00:46:18)]]>

Sin Workouts + Pure Yoga NYCContact : events@sinworkouts.com]]>
<![CDATA[Who Wants To Be A Bikini-onaire? This Is Your Chance To Get Rich With Sporty Swimwear! (2013-06-21 19:39:59)]]>

That's right, summer's officially here! Where's Your Bikini? International Surf Day happened this week and Summer 2013 is full of amazing fitness-inspired, outdoor events that I know you're going to hit up! MizzFIT.com and Roxy Swimwear want to make sure you're outfitted in style. Otherwise I wouldn't be doing my job. So help a sista out by entering this giveaway RIGHT HERE for the chance to win a 1-year supply of Roxy swim gear!* You have from now until Friday, July 26th to enter and if you win you'll be the proud owner of 24 Roxy swim pieces. I'm not gonna lie, I'm already jealous. I think you should hook me up with at least 1 piece if you win. Just sayin'. Become A Bikini-onaire - Enter the Roxy Giveaway HERE! And don't stop there...no girl, you best not. Because I've got more!   I have a $100 gift card to give away to 1 lucky MizzFIT reader. This is a separate giveaway from the one above. To win it, here's what you've gotta do: 1. Leave...]]>
<![CDATA[Spinning Goes for a Swim! (2013-06-21 06:35:40)]]>

Imagine a spin studio where classes are held in a pool. Now open your eyes because Aqua Spinning has arrived! I recently checked out Aqua Studio NY where I had fun pedaling my heart out against the resistance of water. It's quite an experience because you learn moves you’d never be able to do on a regular spin bike! Get ready to work your legs, arms and core. Throw on your favorite sporty bikini and don't forget to score a wax beforehand!]]>
<![CDATA[Fit Ladies, Good Deeds! These Women Deserve Medals for their Philanthropic Moves. (2013-06-14 06:40:37)]]>

INTRO IDEA OF MEDAL WOMEN THe article is still in the works. But basically I plan to feature 4 to 5 women in fitness (entrepreneurs like you and I) who each disclose their charity affiliation and why that charity means something to them. I'm going to start the article off talking about Degregorio Foundation (the charity I'm running for) and then intro all the women, the companies they own, what they're known for (like if a product, event or something else helped establish them), what their charity is and why that charity is meaningful to them. ACTIVYST BAGS FOR RUN GIRLS PROGRAM / FOUNDER MELISSE GELULA "And I've also supported the Center for Anti-Violence Education in Brooklyn for many years. They have karate and self-defense training programs for women, transpeople, and children, many of whom have had terrible experiences in their lives that brought them there. " BOL is a charity that Well+Good has supported, most concretely with a...]]>
<![CDATA[Michelle Vesterby - Triathlete Sponsored by ECCO (2013-06-12 23:15:00)]]>

Q.Michelle, what’s the best part about your life as a professional athlete? Worst? A. The best part is that it’s so much fun. I’m meeting lots of great people and traveling around the world. I’m constantly challenging my mind and body physically. This video here sums it all up! The bad thing is being away from my friends and family...and missing weddings and Christmas parties. Q.What are you training for right now? A. Right now I’m training for the ITU world championship in France. But my main goal for the season is the Hawaiian Ironman. Q.You've been running in the ECCO BIOM Racer Lite shoe. Is it your secret weapon? A. The ECCO BIOM Racer is really light and makes you fly when you’re out there…compared to a heavy training shoe. I use it for speed sessions and races. Q.I notice you wear them with flexy elastic laces... A. There are good things and bad things about elastic laces. They help you get into your shoes really quickly....]]>
<![CDATA[Exercise Gadgets That Flopped. See Where They Are Now! (2013-06-12 21:51:50)]]>

- This is a guest post by Ellen Meyer - Since I lost weight over 10 years ago I’ve been looking for fun and creative ways to maintain my ideal weight. It was hard work to lose that weight and I certainly don’t want to backslide. I’m always optimistic that the next new thing will be the secret to a perfectly toned body with minimal effort. I’m a sucker for gadgets and I’ve tried just about every one that came along - with definitely mixed results. Here are my top 5 flops: 1. The Shake Weight Most middle-aged women seem to have “bingo wings”, those unsightly flaps under the upper arms that keep on waving 5 minutes after you stop. Some refer to them more kindly as angel wings. Either way, we all hate them. Even though I’m basically slim, I still have those jiggling flaps of flesh. When I saw the Shake Weight advertised on TV, I knew I had to have it. Immediately. So I headed for my computer and ordered it, paying almost $30 (including shipping costs). You...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Dress for Wanderlust. 4 Looks Perfect for Yoga, Music Shows & Wandering Around! (2013-06-12 01:29:24)]]>

YOUR HOW TO FOR WANDERLUST Get ready for the Wanderlust Festival this summer! If you love yoga and music you should plan a trip to a festival near you (or far from you!). I have put together a Wanderlust "musts" list for you....and, most importantly, a guide on how to to be perfectly dressed for it. WHERE TO WANDERLUST Here are the upcoming Wanderlust Festivals for the summer: Stratton, Vermont (June 20-23rd), Copper Mountain, Colorado (July 4-7th), Lake Tahoe, California (July 18-21st), Whistler, BC, Canada (August 1-4th) and Tremblant, QC, Canada (August 23-25th). YOGA SESSIONS NOT TO MISS THERE Sweat and Surrender Flow - Taught by Loren Bassett and Halle Becker. Music by DJ Drez spinning hip hop and world music tunes. Beastie Yogi with MC Yogi and DJ Drez: This yoga class is basically 2 DJs spinning classic Beastie Boy songs and original b-boy samples mashed up with MC Yogi tracks. Beastie Boys + Yoga. I'm in! The Grateful Dead Yoga Hour:...]]>
<![CDATA["Breast Cancer Pink" Goes from NFL Cleats to Socks at the Barre (2013-06-11 06:27:42)]]>

What do football players and one of your favorite barre studios have in common? Pink on the feet for a healthy cause! Remember when the NFL sported pink cleats? It was colorful, memorable, meaningful and downright adorable to see grown men running around in pink. And now, we can do the same, because on Monday, June 10th of 2013, Exhale Spa and Core Fusion announced they're selling PINK SOCKS in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (starting mid-September). I have to admit, I was getting tired of my black grippy socks (and revolted by my brown ones, eww!) for barre fitness and yes--like pretty much every girl on earth--I love pink. I've gotta get a pair! My only gripe is that I wish they were available sooner because summer's the perfect time to bust out in pink. But there's a designated time for Breast Cancer Awareness fitness fashion, so wait we must. If by the end of the summer you're in the market for new grippy socks (which you're totally...]]>
<![CDATA[A HOLE NEW LOOK: Roxy Laser Cut Swimwear (2013-06-10 03:58:40)]]>

Normally, holes in your clothing are a bad thing. But the laser cut trend is a high-end pattern of holes, nothing like an accidental rip. You’ll see it in Roxy Swimwear’s summer line (out July 2013). From bikinis to board shorts, intricate cut out designs add a delicate, feminine twist to their typical sporty look. These pieces ($36-$54) are crafted with laser-cutting machines that seal the fabric to prevent fraying and ripping so the holes will keep their shape. Best of all, they’re light and airy to keep you looking and feeling cool during the warm months ahead. It’s a grown-up game of peek-a-boo that will have you commanding attention on both the beach and the boardwalk.]]>
<![CDATA[What Celebrities Wear to Stay Fit. Like Heidi Klum, Vanessa Hudgens, Madonna, Jessica Biel and More! (2013-06-05 06:45:28)]]>

    We see celebrities in their gorgeous gowns on the Red Carpet all the time, but what we don't see enough of is what they're wearing to work out! There's spectacular fashion happening on the celebrity fitness scene and YOU can get your hands on it too. That's where I come in!!! Watch the video from my latest TV appearance (up above) and then keep scrolling to learn more about the celebrity fitness fashion featured. Heidi Likes It Loose Heidi Klum always looks great. I mean, she's a model...but to her credit, she really does workout. And surprisingly when it comes to her sportswear, she prefers a looser look. Her line with New Balance called Heidi Klum, totally reflects her personal workout style. Heidi loves to layer her tops and generally prefers a more flow-y, casual fit look. The Heidi Klum Tunic T-Shirt ($39) sold at Lady Foot Locker is a great choice (and one of Heidi's favorites) because it doesn't fit too tight, it's long and...]]>
<![CDATA[Have Mercy With MizzFIT (2013-05-31 02:06:20)]]>

Have Mercy With MizzFITContact : emily@mizzfit.com]]>
<![CDATA[Have A Ball With This Fit Desk Chair (2013-05-30 08:20:03)]]>

Is your desk chair a fit chair? Probably not. But the Zenergy Ball Chair IS. This space age looking stool is actually a 17 ½ inch anti-burst exercise ball surrounded by a mesh covering designed to improve both your fitness and productivity. When you sit down it forces you to engage your whole body, improving balance, posture and those hard-to-reach core muscles. Your mental focus increases too! Not bad for a $160 investment. Need more or less bounce? Just use the built-in pump to inflate the ball to your degree of difficulty and comfort. It’s time to break away from stagnant sitting and zip up your core!]]>
<![CDATA[Rock The Waves This Summer! Let Singer-Surf Girl Lee-Ann Curren Be Your Muse! (2013-05-30 01:33:23)]]>

Surf girl style & workouts are HOT this season! I spoke to surfer/rock star Lee-Ann Curren for some inspiration. This girl surfs and rocks out all year long (and her hometown is a surfer's dream: Biarritz, France)...she's totally my new Musique muse. Lee-Ann surfs the most amazing waves across the globe and then dries off to take to the stage with her band, Betty the Shark. Here's the story... Lee-Ann The Surfer She grew up surfing with her family (both her parents surf...and her dad is surf champion Tom Curren) and then started doing a few contests when she was 15. After realizing how much she loved competing and getting "some decent results" (she's a European Junior Champion!) she got sponsored by ROXY.  Lee-Ann has been competing and traveling around the world with her surfboard ever since! Lee-Ann The Music Lover When she's in the water, Lee-Ann listens to faster music especially if it's a small competition. When the waves are big, she...]]>
<![CDATA[The Promise of Real Booty from "Real Housewives of Atlanta" Star, Kenya Moore (2013-05-28 23:13:29)]]>

Kenya Gets The Boot-y! If I have to pick a favorite housewife from the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast, Kenya Moore has my vote! I recently interviewed her by phone. We laughed and groveled about gym hair. I'm either a diva too or Kenya Moore is more down to earth than she lets on. At 40+ she carries a lot of experience and wisdom with her. She may have a spring chicken tushy but Kenya Moore has undoubtedly lived and learned. My interview with her on Celebrity Sweat tips captures her tips and insights on fitness & fulfillment CLICK HERE TO READ MY INTERVIEW WITH KENYA MOORE! TMZ reports that Kenya has signed on for another season of Real Housewives, so you better get used to this damsel speaking her mind and twirling fabulously. All gossip aside, Kenya really cares about women's health and I think it's pretty awesome that she's willing to share her booty-shaping moves. If I had an ass like that...not sure I'd talk. I'd keep it top secret. Luckily, Kenya...]]>
<![CDATA[Kenya Moore - Housewife of Atlanta (2013-05-28 18:35:33)]]>

Q.I'm dying to know, who is the REAL Kenya that we don't get to see enough of on The Real Housewives of Atlanta? A. I think that you don’t really get to see enough of my goofy side. I'm really a fun loving person. I think you can see it with my Gone With The Wind Fabulous video. I like to make fun of myself. So I think that’s probably what people can see in my everyday life that they don’t necessarily see on the show. Q.You've gone from beauty queen to TV star and you just released your own fitness DVD. What led you to fitness? A. When I first started the show I got so many fans tweeting me or emailing me asking me what I do to stay fit and maintain the body that I have. I kept saying, okay I’m going to write a blog. I tried and I’m like, oh this isn’t coming across right! Then the opportunity came with my distributor Acacia (Acacialifestyle.com) and I knew I should pursue it because fitness has been apart of my brand all along....]]>
<![CDATA[Can't See the Silver Lining? How to Conquer Disappointment. (2013-05-07 18:34:39)]]>

- This is a guest post by Pam Wilson -   I am a glass-half-filled kind of girl. No matter the situation I can find the silver lining. It’s not that I spin the facts-I just prefer to emphasize the positive if I can. Recently I had a crushing disappointment that I wasn’t expecting. It wasn’t a health crisis and everyone was okay. I say that because if it was a health crisis or something was seriously wrong I would have handled it differently. Here's what got me down. I had written a piece for a locally produced show and had made it through the initial round of cuts. I then had to audition the piece in front of the four women producing the show. When I first found out about the show, I was wary. I had a history with two of the women and I wondered how impartial they could be. However, as time went on, I got excited about the project and was looking forward to my callback for the audition. My sister, nephew, daughter and friend Jenny helped me...]]>
<![CDATA[Remember When...Vanilla Ice Rocked the Mic Like a Vandal? (2013-04-27 20:05:41)]]>

Stop. Collaborate and listen! Remember when Vanilla Ice rocked the mic like a vandal and you couldn't help but find him and his dance moves kinda hot? Well, here he is, in all his Ice Ice Baby glory: Don't front, you know you loved this song...and  still sing all the words out loud when you are on a long run without people around (that's not just me, right?). There are actually a lot of epic bars in this song that can serve as workout mantras. My favorite is: Anything less than the best is a felony!   Vanilla Ice frozen in time? No way! Vanilla Ice (born Robert Van Winkle) is actually a buff home builder (and house flipper) now. He hosts a show on the DIY channel called The Vanilla Ice Project where he builds and renovates homes with his hands-on team. He's also inherited a few more color tats than he had in the 90's: Can't hate! He looks way better now than he ever did. No potbelly. No pudge. He looks pretty FIT to me....]]>
<![CDATA[Save Your Blowout When You Workout! A Fitness Hair Tutorial from MizzFIT and BLOW. (2013-04-25 16:09:15)]]>

Depending on how you look at it, sweat can be your best friend or your worst enemy at the gym. I say, sweat hard no matter what, but think smart in advance when it comes to your hair. That's where BLOW (the blowout salon) and one very handsome Blow Pro Expert named Gregory Patterson, come into my story. We wanted women to have the answers for saving their blowout at the gym, during and after their workout. We wanted to change the idea that the only place you can go after the gym is home. According to Gregory, you CAN have red carpet hair post-gym. I saw how he does it with my own eyes and have been using his full proof tricks on my own hair ever since we made THIS VIDEO BELOW. I hope you like it! There's a very special discount at the end! The beautiful fit women featured in my video are trainer/dancer Nicole Winhoffer and Nicole Katz of Yoga216. I chose them because they work hard at their fitness jobs and even though they're expected to sweat, they want to look...]]>
<![CDATA[Golden Golf Booties (2013-04-23 08:15:18)]]>

Ecco's NEW Life Street Booties ($180) will take your fashion game to the next level because everyone will be staring at your feet. These golf shoes sparkle beautifully in the sun. They have a glittery, metallic finish in an overall neutral shade that goes with anything. The Life Street Booties are wearable on and off the course, and could be mistaken for a luxury hi-top sneaker. They're designed with 100 TPU traction bars that are barely noticeable and they're made to hold up through rain and heat. A perfect fit for the golf fashionista who strays from the conservative. They also come in white but we're loving the gold-tan color combo best!]]>
<![CDATA[Give Your Mind a Workout. The Power of Meditation and Music. (2013-04-23 04:07:51)]]>

My more yogi-minded friends have been trying to get me to Zen out and meditate for years. I have doggedly resisted them just as much as I've avoided too many downward dogs (unless they are after a fast run or a ton of heart pumping cardio!). So when I was invited to Lululemon Meatpacking's night of music and meditation at Milk Studios, I was admittedly there more for the music and refreshments. A preview of the film On Meditation, an evolving series of portrait films that explore the deeply personal practice of meditation, was featured. Hmmmm. And then Garth Stevenson began to play his music while we were all led through a profound meditation by famed yoga instructor Elena Brower. And that was what did it---I finally had my Zen moment! A legit transformational meditation experience. This meditation thing might have some legs, I thought. But I never would have given it a chance without the music and the film project attached to the event. And I doubt I'm the...]]>
<![CDATA[Pop Your Cardio Dance Cherry. I Chose Cherie Lily & Mahri Relin for My 1st Time at Body Conceptions! (2013-04-17 15:30:00)]]>

Cardio dance? It's never been my first choice workout. But who better to try it out with than Cherie Lily who sings about working out and getting sweaty?! We hit up Mahri Relin's Body Conceptions Studio in downtown Manhattan. Mahri is formerly part of the Tracy Anderson clan. Watch my videos with Cherie and Mahri to learn about my "first time" and the heart-pumping music that made it so memorable! Cherie Lily the Workout Star Cherie Lily just released an album all about working out and getting sweaty. I asked her what got her hooked on fitness. Cherie first got the workout buzz at 16 when she took her 1st fitness class. She loved the group dynamic and now she teaches cycling and her signature HOUSEROBICS classes at Equinox. Her performances on stage are quite a workout too, which clearly demonstrate her love of rocking out. Cherie talked to me about the role of dancing in her life before we put our bodies in motion in Mahri's class.   Cherie the Dance...]]>
<![CDATA[The Bravest Woman in Fitness Talks to Me About Fear & Wellness. Who is it? WATCH THE VIDEO! (2013-04-15 21:58:33)]]>

Who's the bravest woman in fitness? And why was I so compelled to interview her for my Women Who Empower video series on YouTube? How could I not interview a woman who wears makeup to workout...even if it is war paint! WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW for all the answers: I met Lauren Berlingeri, the host of Woman Vs Workout on YouTube, last year. She's obsessed with health and so we immediately clicked. Little did I know how brave this starlet was until I watched all her shows. And yes, she's gorgeous, which is why I had to ask about her favorite supplements. From the video, you will have learned about Aloha.com, the site that Lauren has been hard at work on. She's asked me to share that Aloha has evolved since we shot her video interview. Wellness products will no longer be curated but they've tailored the site for a fantastic experience. I encourage you to check out Aloha especially if you're intrigued by or already sold on supplements. And don't forget to...]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet Cravings Inspire Sportswear & Surfwear (2013-04-10 21:47:06)]]>

Satisfy your sweet cravings with dessert-inspired color schemes on sportswear. It sounds crazy but it makes sense especially since spring fashion 2013 is all about pastels and soft color blends. If you're hell bent on cutting out desserts (haven't we all tried this?) try wearing them instead. Roxy surf wear will be releasing the wetsuit you see above, which reminded me of Neapolitan ice cream--one of my favorite indulgences. I'm forecasting more flavor-colors in fitness fashion that will coast us into summer, like sliced watermelon with seeds, mint ice cream sandwiches, swirled orange sherbert and strawberry shortcake. What dessert would you most like to see in sportswear? Retweet this Fit Trend with your answer to win a fit prize (to @mizzfit_bianca).]]>
<![CDATA[Got Skin Problems? Treat Yourself to Healing Insight from a Woman Who Empowers Me: Nitika Chopra (2013-04-04 21:26:46)]]>

Psoriasis and eczema SUCK. That's Why Nitika Chopra and I wanted to talk about it. They're skin problems that have challenged our lives and made simple things like going out with friends and hitting the gym both painful and embarrassing. I'm not ashamed of my eczema but when Nitika told me her story and the extent of her psoriasis, I wanted to open up about it more. Because I know we're not the only ones... WATCH my interview with Nitika Chopra, part of my Women Who Empower series on YouTube, about how to flip your outlook on the tough challenges you've been dealt in life. Nitika's story is truly inspirational. I'm thrilled to announce that shortly after filming this interview with Nitika, she landed her very own talk show called Naturally Beautiful which will be premiering soon on the Veria Living Network. It was always her dream to be on television and it's amazing that she overcame psoriatic arthritis and other obstacles in her life to make that dream happen. When...]]>
<![CDATA[Is the Kettlebell the Smart Bell of Fitness Equipment? Check Out 2 Brilliant Workouts! (2013-04-03 21:11:55)]]>

I've heard the kettlebell called the ugly duck of fitness. He's bottom heavy, funny looking, hard to take places and has a tendency to strike out with women. Poor thing! But truth be told, Mr. K has a lot more going for him than most would guess. He's a well-endowed fella who prefers not to let on to his greatness until your very first swing. Fitness experts Lorna Kleidman and Paul Katami proved to me just how smart Mr. K really is. Ready to graduate from your dumbbells? Don't judge a book by its cover or a weight by its shape. Makes sense, right? But how smart is Mr. K, really? I knew exactly who to ask--Lorna Kleidman--the reigning queen of kettlebell fitness. She's based in NYC and just so happens to be a 3x world kettlebell champion. Lorna retired from competing last year to go full throttle in her endeavor to innovate and popularize kettlebell fitness (specifically for women). I've known Lorna since the birth of MizzFIT.com (I reviewed her academy way back when)....]]>
<![CDATA[Roux Maison Detergent Lets Your Activewear Recover Too (2013-04-02 00:49:53)]]>

You wear your body out enough during your workouts. No need for your detergent to do that to your clothes. The next time you go to wash your favorite sports bra or sport bikini, use Roux Maison’s detergent and I promise you’ll see a difference! Here’s why: other detergents leave a harsh chemical residue that breaks down the fabric in activewear, stretching out elastic, and causing colors to fade. Roux Maison Sport and Swimwear detergent ($13.75 - $16.99) is different because it’s eco-friendly, all-natural, and uses only 100% pure oils to keep your clothes smelling fresh. Now that’s what I call endurance!!!]]>
<![CDATA[Freshest Active Wear Picks for Spring with a Playlist to Match. Say YES to Florals & Pastels! (2013-04-01 22:24:28)]]>

Spring has finally sprung. To celebrate the season, I've put together my top 10 new fave active wear picks + a hot new spring playlist to match. If your fitness wardrobe and iTunes playlist folder needs a makeover, I've got solutions for you below so keep reading!   MY TOP 10 FRESHEST ACTIVE WEAR PICKS The color palette for spring fashion is all about pastels and floral prints...of course! Throw on some turquoise eyeshadow (who cares if you sweat it off!) with these looks and get ready to rock out my freshest spring fitness fashion picks from studio to street! #1  Glycerin Printed Bra Top from Brooks - This sports bra sneaks in a little glam to your workout style. #2  "The Love For All" Floral Capris from Body Rock Sport - These capris lock down the floral look in one hot fit for your bod. #3  Pop Orange Running Crop Pants from LuluLemon - Love this style for running and this orange color is popping. #4  Turquoise Flyknit Lunar1+...]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Trend Blogging Has It's Benefits: I Got To Work With Nature Made! (2013-03-27 16:11:21)]]>

  CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO I MADE WITH NATURE MADE ABOUT VITAMIN HEALTH! I'm a vitamin girl. Are you? Vitamins had be hooked upon biting into my 1st Flintstones for Kids. So when Nature Made asked me to be an ambassador, I was like "hells yeaaaaah!" and victory danced in my kitchen (you'd understand if you saw my vitamin shelf). Watch the video above from Nature Made with me and the other lovely ambassadors for Vitamelts, a new kind of flavored vitamin that literally melts in your mouth! During filming for the video you just watched, I felt like I was on The View! Every ambassador had a different lifestyle and story but we all shared a common goal of health. There were even some fitness girls in the bunch who I immediately bonded with. You may be wondering: what is an ambassador? It's kind of like being a spokesperson or a really informed messenger. I thought I knew a lot about vitamins going into my ambassadorship with...]]>
<![CDATA[Roxy Mammoth Mountain All Girls Snowboard Ride Camp (2013-03-21 05:02:13)]]>

Roxy Mammoth Mountain All Girls Snowboard Ride Camp]]>
<![CDATA[Diane Von Furstenberg & Roxy Collaborate on Swim/Surfwear (2013-03-19 20:14:46)]]>

I love when fashionistas and surfers teams up! The DVF Loves Roxy swim line ($30 - $80) is the perfect marriage of sporty chic and bold prints. This genius collaboration features DVF’s playful prints and beachy details splashed all over a range of silhouettes and accessories that, in the words of DVF herself, “empower women to go for it and ride the wave.” From extra-roomy beach bags to board shorts, rash guards, bikinis, and cover-ups, this line is perfect for anyone who likes their daily dose of Vitamin D. The iconic prints and feminine flair of DVF’s label add designer finesse to Roxy’s board-culture inspired pieces. And with an affordable price range, you’ll be ready to dive into summer ASAP…never mind the fact that it’s still snowing in March.]]>
<![CDATA[Music Steps Out From the Background. Becomes a Workout Partner to Fitness! (2013-03-16 04:11:47)]]>

Whether it's at Revolve NYC where spin instructors and an in-house DJ play better music than dance clubs OR with Lil Jon's latest collaboration with the Zumba franchise OR through singer Ellie Goulding's love for running...music and fitness are turning out to be the best of workout buddies and business partners. The proof is in these 3 stories... SPINNING TRACKS AND FITNESS AT REVOLVE NYC Revolve NYC was just voted Best Spin Studio of 2013 by New York Magazine and I know it has a lot to do with their music (and of course their amazing spin instructors!). I spoke to Christianne Phillips, the Senior Master Spin Instructor who is also a DJ, about music and the secret to Revolve's success. I asked her why she thinks more and more people are hearing and learning about new music in fitness classes. Christianne thinks that healthy minded people don't want to be up in a lounge, drunk and dancing their asses off at 2AM. She says: "Having a commitment to fitness...]]>
<![CDATA[How Kristi Yamaguchi Got a MizzFIT Reader Back on Her Feet and Working Out! (2013-03-11 17:14:10)]]>

Here's a sweet story. A MizzFIT reader named Paula Strokoff tipped me off about Kristi Yamaguchi's new active wear collection called Tsu.ya. Paula was so excited about Tsu.ya that I asked her review it on MizzFIT.com, never expecting that she'd use fitness fashion or Kristi's DVD to overcome obstacles she was facing in her own life. This is Paula, pictured below. I'm going to let her tell the story in her own words. But before I do, I just want to say that people who take the time to write handwritten notes must be saints. We often have to twist celebrities arms to get interviews and quotes on MizzFIT.com (ok, not really but getting ahold of them can be hard). Kristi Yamaguchi was thrilled to have her active wear and workout reviewed by us. We didn't expect such a lovely response from Kristi or that she'd become a source of empowerment for Paula. But, that's fitness for ya. If you're willing to share it (like Kristi), amazing things are bound to happen. Here's...]]>
<![CDATA[Musique Debuts on YouTube! Let's Celebrate with a Girl Power Soundtrack! (2013-03-11 15:30:17)]]>

Hi Musique Readers, I'm so excited to share my YouTube debut with you. It's a quick clip of me talking about my inspiration for Musique on MizzFIT.com and highlighting what you can expect to see on my page.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzheDjrR4Rs Also, did you listen to my guest appearance on The MizzFIT Empower Hour last Sunday?  If you haven't listened to the program yet, I co-hosted a discussion with Bianca Jade/MizzFIT and Angie Lee (Personal and Group Fitness Trainer and a Level 1 Krav Panim el Panim combatives instructor) about the Oscar Pistorius case including great tips for female self defense and empowerment.  I put together a Girl Power playlist to celebrate our strength and power as women and to give you more motivation to tap into your inner strength at the gym and everywhere else.  Click here to stream it on Spotify or check it out below: Got a killer song to add to this Girl Power Mix? Leave it in the comments...]]>
<![CDATA[Kristi Yamaguchi (2013-03-11 08:31:34)]]>

Q.Where did the inspiration for your clothing line, Tsu.ya, come from? Does the name Tsu.ya have meaning? A. Inspiration came from the needs I saw in my own wardrobe. What I want to wear as a busy, active, on-the-go mom. I also wanted to start a lifestyle brand like that of Newman's Own--a philanthropic minded brand to support the work of my Always Dream Foundation (for early childhood literacy). Tsu.ya is my middle name, also my Grandmother's name. It's a family name and it's literal translation is "shiny, luster". Q.You always look so stylish - whether you are working out or hanging out! Can you share your go-to fit look? A. Well, with Tsu.ya it's easier for me to look stylish for my workouts! I love wearing pieces from the BLING group, like the Bling Fashion Top, Skirt Legging and Jacket. These looks got a lot of inspiration from my skating days. Q.What was the biggest challenge associated with the filming of your Power Workout DVD? Any unexpected moments...]]>
<![CDATA[A MUST HAVE Muscle Therapy Cold Roller (2013-03-07 07:48:29)]]>

That's not a dumbbell. It's a Trigger Point Performance Cold Roller ($87) designed to help you treat muscle soreness and tightness. It's an ice bath and foam roller in 1 sleek instrument (made of stainless steel with a gel core). Just pop the cold roller in the freezer before your next long run (or crossfit class or kick-in-the-arse bootcamp session...whatever workout "tears you up") and it will be ready for a-rollin’ when you return. The gel core on the roller delivers cold compression to your muscles as you experience a myofascial release from rolling them out slowly with pressure. No need to sit in a freezing tub of ice or suffer through the annoyance of leaking ice-baggies. Instead, let this cold roller inspire you to do more with your freezer, like make healthy popsicles! Considering the pain you're in, you could use a treat! This is a great injury prevention and recovery tool for extreme sport enthusiasts like marathoners and triathletes!!! Pricey but you won't be sorry.]]>
<![CDATA[POUND the Calories Off! A Drummer's Workout for Wannabe Rock Girls and Music Lovers. (2013-03-07 05:07:45)]]>

I marvel at the physically challenging nature of drumming. Phil Collins circa 1980's was my first drummer crush of many. (Just for reference, here's an epic 1982 video of him performing In The Air Tonight). And since then, drumming was always something I was dying to try, so I was thrilled to learn about the POUND workout, created by 2 drumming girls out of Los Angeles. Their names are Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Perenboom. It's because of them that this girl's dreams of drumming like a rock star came true. Below you'll find my POUND review ('cause it's a fitness class offered at Crunch Gyms), you'll meet the POUND girls, and you'll see how a professional drummer (who's a dude) reacts to this musically inspired workout. His name is Pete Kaufman and he's not a groupie gym-girl but that's exactly why his opinion intrigued me! POUND and the girls who masterminded it. I got to speak to Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Perenboom...]]>
<![CDATA[The Washboard Abs Trophy For Most Inspiring Fitness Trainer Goes To... (2013-02-27 09:06:40)]]>

Mizz Kira Stokes!!! Enough said. Actually, I'm gonna say a bit more... We chose to interview Kira by asking her a question while doing her own Stoked Primal moves because we wanted you to see how strong and smart she is. She doesn't turn her brain off when she's working out, and when she's training she's always looking at AND out for you. This woman walks her talk as Brett Hoebel would say, and that's why we love her. Kira has helped countless women transform their body and mind. She guides women through fit pregnancies (like our very own Laura from Baby Bump Fit Tips) and cares immensely for her clients and class regulars. Personally, I've never experienced this kind of dedication from a fitness trainer, which is why I think Kira should be a role model to others in the industry. I'm sure there are more amazing fit pro's like Kira that I have yet to meet or work out with...which makes me happy because fitness is all about LOVE, right? Self-love and community. I'm beyond...]]>
<![CDATA[Going Barefoot is a Bare Necessity in Fitness. Flash Your Feet with SLT's Amanda Freeman! (2013-02-25 23:32:25)]]>

When shoes come off, workouts get interesting! Barefoot exercise classes remove your feet from the familiar environment of your shoes to move in more natural, unsupported ways (i.e. making your workout so much harder). For most fitness lovers, this is great news (as long as you've gotten a pedicure). If you're a spray tanner like me, you might want to go "light" on your feet (brown toes look dirty--not tan--in a fitness studio). But not everyone likes the concept of shoeless exercise. If it's not a fear of germs, it's the potential for injury that keeps some fitness enthusiasts laced and locked into their sneakers. The truth is, germs, injury and BOREDOM can happen in your shoes too. I asked a fitness expert (with really nice feet) to weigh in. SLT studio owner Amanda Freeman works out every day in her fleshy soles. Notice the pedicure? Here's what Amanda has to say about the advantages of going bare in response to my questions. Amanda, what's this barefoot...]]>
<![CDATA[Let's (NOT) Get Physical: Advice & Music to Get You Through Injury Recovery (2013-02-24 17:00:52)]]>

I'm writing this as I sit on the stationary bike at the gym listening to my Zen-out playlist. Under my breathe I'm repeating my mantra "be patient be patient be patient". You guessed it: I'm injured! It comes with the territory of frequent exercises and running but it's always such a challenge to stay patient and fully heal.  I've been running and working out since I was 14 years old. I've coped with injuries due to my athletic and active lifestyle but for the most part I've been lucky. However, whenever I get an injury one of the hardest parts of the recovery process is staying just as disciplined with healing as I do with working out. I often get off the wagon too soon and reinjure myself. I find that it is important to have a support team and good music to see you through your injury. I like to make myself playlists with songs that force me to slow down and stretch while also motivating me to look forward to full recovery and making my comeback!...]]>
<![CDATA[Holly RIllinger Dance Party Fit Event (2013-02-19 06:36:17)]]>

Holly RIllinger Dance Party Fit Event]]>
<![CDATA[Top 5 Albums To Rev Up Your Winter Fitness Routine + FREE Download (2013-02-19 05:23:21)]]>

Working out in the winter is rough, especially if you live in a colder winter climate. It's so hard to get yourself outside for a run let alone to the gym! Good news Musique on MizzFIT readers: I picked my TOP 5 FAVE ALBUMS (+ one BONUS album that's you can download for FREE) that I've been listening to on my workouts lately. Read on, add them to your iPod + get out there!   #1.  AC/DC, "AC/DC Live" This is an epic classic rock album. It's always awesome to work out to AC/DC. When you work out to a live AC/DC album you can pretend that the crowd isn't just roaring for the band but also cheering you on through your fitness routine.  If you feel like working in a little air guitar while hitting up the elliptical listening to Thunderstruck, just see it as a little extra arm workout. AND...this is my new fave workout-and-go-anywhere bag from Electric Yoga that has also been thunderstruck.   #2.  Cyndi Lauper,...]]>
<![CDATA[Marlo and Tia: Two Women Rising to the TOP of the POLE (**SEXY GIVEAWAY**) (2013-02-18 08:29:17)]]>

Valentine's Day has now passed but why not celebrate it everyday when it comes to your relationship with your body? Own what you see in the mirror with attitude and pride. Like Marlo and Tia, 2 women who have gone against the grain to inspire women to feel sexy, uninhibited and energized by their sexuality. What they're doing for women is incredible, and even more fascinating is that they've made careers of it. Meet these extraordinary ladies who are pioneers of pole fitness culture and enter my BOOTYFUL GIVEAWAY( courtesy of Vertical Edge) at the end of this article. MEET MARLO: Marlo Fisken had been a dancer for years before she started "poling", which is the accurate term for the sport of pole. Calling it "pole dancing" makes it sound like stripping, and poling is by far more dynamic, beautiful and challenging than anything you'd see at your local strip club. Although, Marlo does admit that the naughty correlation of poling to stripping did initially draw her to the...]]>
<![CDATA[An Alluring Snow Helmet (2013-02-18 06:09:06)]]>

Is it just me or does anyone else tend to feel like an astronaut, an extra in Katy Perry’s Extra Terrestrial video, or like John Travolta in Bubble Boy whenever they wear a helmet? Not exactly tres MizzFIT chic. Invented by Smith Optics, the Allure Women’s Snow Helmet ($70-$100) is more than just a safety feature, but a fashion statement, too. Smith replaces the bulk of traditional helmets with an uber sleek design that comes in an array of colors to match even your most ridiculously patterned snow pants. The helmet features a plush faux fur lining to keep you feeling toasty and an optional Smith/Skullcandy audio system for your iPod! All of this packed into only 11.5 ounces…now who says you can’t look hot when the weather is not?]]>
<![CDATA[Spice Things Up. Go on a Workout Date! (2013-02-12 20:23:02)]]>

Change things up to spice 'em up! Ditch the expensive restaurants, bar scene and red cellophane wrapped candy! Chocolate never looked good on your waistline anyway. Instead, why not spend time with friends and lover(s) doing fit things that promise lots of fun? Here are some options...   Celebrate a special event, birthday or nothing at all (party just 'cause ya want to) with a Workout Spa Party:   Go ahead and get all romantical with a Heart-Racing Date that lumps fear-nervousness-excitement all into one: For more on how to plan the perfect workout date especially for Valentine's Day, check out 7 Ways To Avoid the Valentines's Day Restaurant Rush and Have Even More Fun on Your Feet. So, are you down to changes things up? Tell me how you're fusing fitness with your social life. Been on a "workout date" before? I wanna hear your stories: the good, the bad and the downright funny. Share 'em in comments section...]]>
<![CDATA[Heart Beats for Your Valentine's Day (2013-02-11 05:13:03)]]>

Happy almost Valentine's Day! Whether you're spending the day with your lover, looking for a new lover or you're totally over love...this mix goes out to you!  You can stream my VDAY MIX on Spotify here! Or just click the playlist image below. So now you have no excuses because this mix will get you motivated to hit up the gym with your lover, to sneak in a quick gym trip before your hot date or it will help you ignore the day all together with a kick butt workout. Here's the sports bra that I'll be rocking on Valentine's Day. Gotta LOVE a good sweat. What song would YOU add to this VDAY Playlist? Let me know your favorite love or anti-love song in the comments section below. And tell me what your plans are for VDAY and if they involve a lil sweat...  ]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Leggings That Show Off Bones & Muscles (2013-02-08 21:19:55)]]>

I spotted a Nike publicists (top left pic) sporting Nike's "Xray Bone" Dri-FIT Tights during NYC Fashion Week. They're too hot to handle which must be why they were made Limited Edition! Nike designed these leggings to withstand the harshest of workouts while winning the favor of the most discerning of fashion critics. Mission accomplished because they're SOLD OUT. Never fear, Black Milk Clothing makes a legging that's similar for fit-fashion lovers in both a muscle and bone print. Get yours to start flashing your insides while you sweat!]]>
<![CDATA[I Tell Myself "Keep It Simple, Stupid" When It Comes To Health + Vitamelts Sleep GIVEAWAY!!! (2013-02-08 15:03:19)]]>

Have you heard of the KISS principle? It's an acronym for Keep It Simple, Stupid. It's the idea that systems and practices work best if they are kept simple rather than made complex. I learned about KISS in my 2nd grade writing class and have since applied this rule to everything in life, even my health. This article is about living healthy & happy without complexity because health made simple is pure bliss. And you can't have enough bliss, right? Don't forget to enter my Vitamelts Sleep Giveaway in the comments section at the very end of this article.   The less steps, the BETTER! Nature Made's Vitamelts (which I've been singing praises over HERE and HERE) exemplify KISS because they're so easy to take they're a no-brainer. You don't need water. They taste sweet and dissolve in seconds. They fit in your purse. The packaging is small and they're easy to travel with no matter where you're going. Now that's "Keep It Simple Stupid" in full effect, which...]]>
<![CDATA[SoulCycle's Kym Perfetto Proves That You Can Pursue TWO Dreams At Once (2013-02-06 02:25:22)]]>

(Photo courtesy of Deneka Peniston) I recently attended Nike Women's NTC event where Kym Perfetto (with Lacey Stone and Deanna Jeffereson) led a group of over 200 women in a kick butt workout class. All this epic fitness magic transpired on the court where the Brooklyn Nets play. As I watched Kym Perfetto rock out the workout (and even run through the crowd making sure no one cheated on their push-ups), I was mesmerized by her outgoing stage presence.  Kym Perfetto is used to being stage center, whether it's at SoulCycle teaching her classes or performing for her band, No Way Josie (whose album Freakness just dropped and it's amazing). Kym is a natural in the spotlight but how on earth does she do it all, especially for 2 careers that don't have much overlap? Kym gives me the answers to the success behind her double life of spin star/rock star.   FEMALE BIKE MESSENGER TURNED FITNESS GURU Kym landed in NYC with the classic dream of becoming an...]]>
<![CDATA[A Tale of Two Fitness Interns. What It's Like Working for MizzFIT, Sweat and All. (2013-02-05 22:25:37)]]>

Wondering what a fitness internship is all about? MizzFIT Interns, Katia & Caroline, spill the sweaty beans! Hi! We’re Katia and Caroline, but have also come to be known as “The Interns.” This winter, we were fortunate enough to be matched with Bianca Jade for a winter externship, a program of very short internships created by Cornell University’s Office of Career Resources. The goal of the program is to give current undergrads opportunities to explore different career fields and network with the university’s huge alumni population. Our time with Bianca at MizzFIT was particularly extraordinary because we’re both huge fitness, health, and fashion lovers! So what better way for us to spend a cold winter break than researching and collaborating with Bianca in a trendy startup office building where originality and entrepreneurism shoot off the walls! Want a peak into the glamorous lives of The Interns? Then keep on reading! It was two days after New Year’s...]]>
<![CDATA[Prenatal Dance Workshop - Santa Monica, CA (2013-02-05 06:12:57)]]>

Prenatal Dance Workshop - Santa Monica, CA]]>
<![CDATA[Valentine's Day Detox - Brooklyn Body Burn (2013-01-31 23:22:11)]]>

Valentine's Day Detox - Brooklyn Body Burn]]>
<![CDATA[What's Your Favorite Vitamin? I'm Taking a Poll for National Vitamin Day! (2013-01-29 05:46:24)]]>

Happy National Vitamin Day! To celebrate, I'm asking all of my fit readers (that's you!) to give their favorite vitamin a shout out. You can scream it out loud or type it in the comments section. My vote is for the latter so that I can respond back. I'm really curious to hear what you love. Right now, I'm loving ZINC, which I actually used to loathe taking because the tablets I bought were gross and hard. I eventually threw the bottle out. There was no point in just letting them sit there. Now, I can't wait to take my Zinc vitamin in the morning. Wondering what changed? I discovered Nature Made's Zinc in Vitamelts form, which is a small dissolvable tablet that tastes like honey lemon and melts in your mouth like a candy-flavored mint. That's the family of Vitamelts vitamins (above). They're all great flavors but like I said, Zinc is my favorite. Last week, I wrote a full review on Vitamelts HERE. I might start hoarding them because every time I see them at the...]]>
<![CDATA[Get Your Workout Party Started With This Playlist (2013-01-28 22:21:11)]]>

Are you planning your next big Girls Night Out? Craving a gathering that doesn't end with a raging headache the next morning? Search no further! Spa Workout Parties are totally trending for a reason: they're the perfect way to spend quality time with your clique while waking up the next AM feeling totally energized. Bianca Jade, founder of MizzFIT, hosted the perfect Sweaty Saturday Birthday Party at Exhale Spa at the Gansevoort Hotel in NYC.  She invited Team MizzFIT and 25 of her besties to get sweaty in instructor Rachel Nicks's Core Fusion class. This is me, stretching and posing for the camera of course (in my new Lululemon Run Crops with the gorge pattern called "spring has sprung"), right before class started: Here's a shot of the action from class: Core Fusion is great for toning and building lean muscle. Find out more about it HERE. After we got our sweat on in class, Bianca treated us to some delicious sushi and snacks from TOY...]]>
<![CDATA[Not Your Typical Hard Partying DJ: Lindsay Luv Spins Fitness & Health And Doesn't Miss A Beat (2013-01-27 04:20:49)]]>

DJ Lindsay Luv defies the usual stereotype of the late night, hard partying DJ by...(wait for it)...living a super healthy lifestyle. Surprised? I was. Most DJ's spin hard and play hard with little concern for tone and burn. But DJ Lindsay Luv doesn't miss a beat or a workout. She's famously known for being a  DJ to the stars and has been dubbed "Turntable Goddess" by Victoria's Secret where you can hear her music playing at all the big events including the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. I was lusting for an interview and what I found when I contacted her was that Lindsay was as ecstatic to talk about her fitness lifestyle as she was her musical work. How cool is that?  Check out my interview with DJ Lindsay Luv below, with links to her latest workout mixes featured at Lucille Roberts gyms. Lindsay, you're seriously crushing the DJ scene. How did you get into DJing and what did you do before this? DJ Lindsay Luv: My background was...]]>
<![CDATA[Remember When...Gwen Stefani Showed Us That Girls Doing Push-Ups Was Cool? (2013-01-25 16:55:38)]]>

Remember when Gwen Stefani busted out push-ups, like up above? And checkout this push-up competition between Gwen and a fan on stage during one of her concerts! What's so inspiring is that she's kept it up all these years: 18 years later! (Photo courtesy of Getty Images (source) If you need to spruce up your push-up routine, here's a move from FitSugar that I love to make your basic push-up even harder. Just grab a resistance band! What's your favorite kind of push-up? Tell me in the comments section below!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Lindsey Vonn Talks Fitness Fashion and Running. But Will Her Romance with Tiger Woods Last? (2013-01-24 19:01:02)]]>

I interviewed Olympic Ski Racer Lindsey Vonn who couldn't have been sweeter or more sporty chic in person. (Yes, that's me--the short one--with her in the pic above.)  She may be the apple of Tiger Wood's eye right now but based upon what she told me, she's in love with fitness fashion. Check out my interview with Lindsey Vonn and weigh in on whether you think her relationship with Tiger will make him a changed man.  *** Lindsey Vonn Talks Fitness Fashion *** ME: Lindsey, when you're getting ready to train or hit the gym, how do you put your fit look together? Lindsey Vonn: I'm really obsessed with color coordinating everything. So head to toe, it has to match with my bag...with my shoes...with everything. I love Under Armour's tank tops because they allow you to double up. I love neon colors.  ME: What do you feel the most comfortable wearing for your hardest workouts? Lindsey Vonn: I generally wear short shorts to the gym because I feel...]]>
<![CDATA[Stylish, Palatable Vitamins Have Arrived! Sized Perfectly for Your Gym Bag. (2013-01-23 17:00:12)]]>

  Grossness Be Gone! Y'know that feeling of biting into a chalky vitamin tablet or forcing yourself to swallow a giant capsule filled with who knows what? It's miserable! But now you can spare your taste buds from this ruthless vita-massacre with Nature Made's NEW VITAMELTS. I flew to Southern California to taste-test and make sure they'd melt in my mouth, and let me tell you, my taste buds got their mojo back! If you're a fit lady on-the-go, you're gonna want to know about Vitamelts. So that's a Vitamelt you see above, held by a scientist at Nature Made's lab and packaging facility that I visited in Valencia, California. Yeah, I actually got to roam the halls of Nature Made and see how they create, test and perfect their vitamin lines for their global consumers. It was pretty cool for me to see this side of the vitamin world because as a vitamin-taker what I previously knew about vitamins was limited to things I'd read in magazines, health tutorials, on...]]>
<![CDATA[Need Workout Music? The Jane Doze Will Mix Some Up For You! Totally FREE downloads!!! (2013-01-19 15:20:37)]]>

  I'm completely addicted to working out to The Jane Doze. I dare you to walk down the street or hit up your workout without feeling super energized when listening to their music. You've got to find out about these girls (The Jane Doze = Jen + Claire) because their mashup mixes will kick your workout into high gear. Plus I know you're getting tired of listening to that same mix you've had on your iphone forever. Since their 2 years of getting together, The Jane Doze are on fire. They've had over 3.8 million YouTube/Vimeo views and over 1.4 million Soundcloud listens. Their first mix tape Girls Talk had 400,000 streams and 60,000 downloads. Lots of big numbers for just a couple of years on the scene.     My exclusive interview with the "Janes" (really Jen and Claire) about their music, style and FITNESS! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sari Beth: I'm obsessed with your...]]>
<![CDATA[It's My Birthday...and I'll Run If I Want To! (2013-01-16 14:00:52)]]>

Today is my birthday. Every year I make myself a running mix and run as many minutes as I've been alive. I'm kind of dreading when I turn like 100 :) So here's my awesome playlist. You can stream it on Spotify here! Or just click the playlist image below. Also, here's my bday running outfit. Thanks Mom + Dad! Way to coordinate EVERY piece of sportswear in this outfit. Just kidding, this is the best birthday gift ever! What are your birthday fitness/fashion/music rituals? Tell me in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Style Your Fit Look Like A Pop / R&B Singer. Sabi Breaks It Down. (2013-01-14 07:00:21)]]>

  You've heard Sabi's catchy vocals on hit songs with Cobra Starship and Britney Spears In case you need a recap, here ya go: Cobra Starship You Make Me Feel... Britney Spears (Drop Dead) Beautiful Now Sabi is taking center stage recording her debut album for Warner Brothers. With her already released tracks like Champagne and Where They Do That At (featuring Wale) as well as the song she recorded with Diplo, Barely Standing, Sabi shows that she's not just another pretty pop star. Although she IS, indeed, very pretty. These songs have some major urban swagger and a raw edge reflecting Sabi's love for alternative rock and urban music...and these club bangers are perfect for pumping up your next gym playlist. Sabi stepped out of the studio to share some of her inspiring style and hot music tips for working out.    ** My interview with the fitness-loving-songtress, Sabi, below! ** ME:  Epic fitness fashion...]]>
<![CDATA[The Best Fitness & Healthy Lifestyle Websites Guaranteed to Enlighten & Empower You (2013-01-14 06:01:15)]]>

IT TAKES A WEB... MizzFIT.com wouldn't exist if other fitness-related websites (and the people behind them) hadn't influenced and inspired me. Through the years these sites that have shown me the many faces of fitness and perspectives in health. They've made me laugh and use my legs more. They're the reason I keep falling deeper and obsessively in love with fitness. I would be a selfish girl not to share them with you. We're halfway through the 1st month of 2013 which means your New Year resolutions are still fresh. Why not keep adding to your list? These websites are great resources for that. They'll inspire you to make healthier and happier improvements in your life. Please let me know what you think of them and if I'm missing any of your favorites. This list is ever-growing. So go ahead and add to it in the comments section at the very end of this post.   TOP 30 FITNESS & WELLNESS WEBSITES GUARANTEED TO ENLIGHTEN AND EMPOWER YOU (I love all these...]]>
<![CDATA[Skiing, Music & Sustainable Style. Tips to Rock the Slopes + A Soul Poles Giveaway! (2013-01-11 00:44:27)]]>

Add more style + cool tunes to your winter workout! You have no excuse to wait until warmer days to kickstart your workout. Why? Because I'm about to tell you how to spark your ski-style with some very luxe gear! Bamboo ski poles and a silky headphone-headband might not be your typical ski attire but we're totally loving them here at MizzFIT! And the best part is that we're giving one of these luxe items away! All you have to do is Follow me on Facebook and leave a comment on this article (keep reading for details). I promise you it's worth it! (1) SOUL POLES After checking out these gorgeous ski poles that were featured in Vogue Magazine, I was excited to talk to Bryon Friedman, the founder and owner of Soul Poles. His philosophy is that skiing is soulful and should be expressed in all aspects of your experience including your ski poles. He decided to create these stylish, high performance ski poles out of bamboo and recycled materials after witnessing during...]]>
<![CDATA[Resolutions Are Pointless Without Glue. Stick To 'Em With My Favorite Fit Trends for 2013! (2013-01-09 18:47:04)]]>

Would your New Year resolutions from years past smack you for betraying them? Mine would. It's easier said than done to say you're going to make major changes in your life. This year I'm redeeming myself with my favorite Fit Trends for 2013. The best way to stick to your resolutions is to find the best glue. So let's get sticky! Check out these trends and TRY ONE! Resolutions I've Failed Oh man, I'm embarrassed to even start this list but here goes... Get to bed earlier. Sleep 6-7 hours a night. (I don't think I ever got more than 4-5 in 2012) Learn to forgive more. (This is hard esp when you've been really hurt! I tend to hold grudges.) Eat healthier than ever. Use my new magic bullet. (Yeah, that thing never came out of the box.) Make sure to find 20-30 minutes to workout on busy days when my normal intense workouts aren't an option. (...nope) Squash my fears about not measuring up to the lifestyle my friends and family have (y'know, the...]]>
<![CDATA[Couture Weight Training Gloves with Frills (2013-01-08 04:14:22)]]>

Who said weight training gloves have to look like weight training gloves? Not BodyRock Sport because the fitness-fashion brand is now selling some of the edgiest fitness gloves ($50-$60) we've ever seen! The benefits of wearing fit-gloves are great. They protect your hands from injury, bruising, chafing and drying out against rough surfaces in fitness environments. Gloves also shield your precious digits from bacteria easily spread through shared equipment. The gym is a fantastic place, just not one you want to take a microscope to. Our favorite BRS glove is The Robin. What's yours?]]>
<![CDATA[Debbie Harry on Sex, Drugs (Not Really), Rock & Roll and Fitness. Exclusive Interview!!! (2013-01-06 00:31:27)]]>

I INTERVIEWED DEBBIE HARRY, YES REALLY. I am so excited to join the MizzFIT team and feature music for your physique. I've been inspired by Debbie Harry’s style and music for years. I was beyond honored that she took some time out of her busy Australian tour with Blondie to talk to me about how she manages to rock out and work out while still keeping up her iconic style. Read my interview with Debbie below to find out how fitness "fits in" with her music lifestyle. DEBBIE HARRY ON HEALTH, FITNESS AND MUSIC - INTERVIEW WITH MUSIQUE (THAT'S ME) Me:  What inspires you to work out? How do you work out? And is it true that you love the Insanity workout? Debbie Harry: I have a great trainer who runs me through all kinds of hoops. He takes exercises from everywhere - it's unlimited. He shows me multitasking plyometric techniques to do on my own. Me: You were a part of the sex, drugs, rock + roll scene in the 1970's. Did fitness have a role in that scene?...]]>
<![CDATA[Want Your Man to Be Healthier and Fitter? Don't We All. Avoid a Fight. Check Out These Tips! (2012-12-19 07:34:26)]]>

Want your man to join you on your fit journey? If you're nodding your head yes, I feel for you. Men can be so stubborn especially if you've got a head start on a game they don't necessarily want to play. Trainer and fitness model Noelle McKenzie from fitnessawayoflife.com has excellent tips to share to get your man ready for a fit New Year in 2013. She should know, as she shares a fitness business with her man who is in killer shape. My man also happens to be very fit...but he kind of went on a fitness hiatus. See what it took to get him back on track. It's no easy task. But as you know, men always need a little push! Fit Pro Noelle McKenzie can help! She is 1/2 of the training/modeling/blogging duo called Fitness A Way Of Life. She recently wrote the following article: 5 Ways To Butter Up Your Spouse To Healthy. But girlfriend doesn't stop there, she's sharing 5 more approaches with MizzFIT readers. Because to get the job done, you must have lots of tricks up your...]]>
<![CDATA[Stylish Wellness Gifts for Family & Friends, Plus My Hoop-larious Performance on CBS! (2012-12-17 19:37:41)]]>

Why give the gift of Fitness & Wellness this holiday season? Because December is one of the best times to get inspired and motivated for better health. First of all, January is right around the corner along with all your resolutions that you may or may not make until the very last minute. 2nd, December marks the month of persuasion. Convince someone you love (or just like a lot) to feel better, look better and MOVE MORE by forcing them to unwrap a gift that will jump start their journey. They won't complain as long as it's stylish. Check out the fit gifts I featured on CBS's "Live From The Couch" show in the video above. I love taking fitness on television, including all the amazing fit companies whose products I'm so in love with. I usually don't get too nervous in front of the camera but CBS's Live From The Couch show is craaaaazy! Lotsa cameras, lotsa lights and lotsa of hurried ACTION!  But talking about fitness trends is what I do best. It gives me...]]>
<![CDATA[New York Sports Club Blitz & Glitz Free Workout (2012-12-14 18:22:01)]]>

New York Sports Club Blitz & Glitz Free Workout]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Gifts for Fitness Women, from Stocking Stuffers to Any Night of Hanukkah. All Under $75! (2012-12-10 07:29:01)]]>

You better believe my holiday gift list is fitness-inspired. I like to impress my friends & family with presents that make them want to hit the gym, try out a new workout routine or make a healthy shift. Year after year, the bar gets raised and my friends & family expect even better presents than last year. That's a lot of pressure when you're on a budget. Problem solved (for you and for me)! Check out my MizzFIT Holiday Gift Guide for 2012 below.   Don't forget to enter my "Give the Gift of Fitness Giveaway" at the end of this article ...because I'm picking 3 lucky winners to unwrap some of the amazing fit gifts listed on this guide!   The MizzFIT Holiday Gift Guide 2012 (from stocking stuffers to any night of Hanukkah)   1. HANDANA - Because fitness & sweating go hand in hand. A Handana is a high performance sweat band that stylishly, seamlessly and comfortably wraps around your hand. With a Handana...]]>
<![CDATA[Queen of Pop Madonna is Addicted to Trainer Nicole Winhoffer. Tracy who? (2012-12-06 08:20:01)]]>

Remember when Tracy Anderson trained Madonna? Gone are those days. Enter Nicole Winhoffer, who's actually been working with Madonna for a while...but it was kept under wraps until the duo released their newest fitness DVD--Addicted To Sweat. Nicole is a dark angel with a fitness hex. In my opinion, she's like the Rihanna of fitness. She's a confident bad-ass whose star keeps rising no matter what you have to say about it. Her irreverence towards existing fitness trends and trainers who think they know it all is compelling. Her sense of pride and accomplishment is enviable. READ MY CELEBRITY SWEAT INTERVIEW WITH NICOLE WINHOFFER Nicole who is a mix of Filipino and German, went from assisting on Madonna's Sticky and Sweet Tour to becoming Madonna's primary trainer, to then becoming the Creative Director of Hard Candy Fitness Gyms (founded by Madonna). She is the reason Madonna stays svelte, on beat and full of youth despite her 50+ years. When I asked Nicole...]]>
<![CDATA[Nicole Winhoffer - Madonna's Trainer and Lead Tour Dancer (2012-12-06 00:01:11)]]>

Q.Nicole, you are Madonna's secret no more! Can you share your dance-fitness journey with us? A. I started dancing at 7 years old. I studied jazz, hip hop, freestyle, and contemporary dance as well as musical theater. At the age of 17, I booked my first job - Broadway's 1st National tour of 42nd Street! From there I went to Broadway in Bombay Dreams, and then to the biggest Broadway musical in the world--Wicked! I decided to leave Wicked to broaden my mind-body connection. I studied acting and went to a conservatory for 2 years. I was broke. I catered. I bartended. I stopped dancing and began furiously working out in the gym creating my own workouts. It was here that I applied my existing knowledge of performance, dance technique, and acting exercises to create my own ways of working out. In 2009, I was given the opportunity to assist on Madonna's Sticky and Sweet Tour. I immersed myself in anatomy, physiology, and the body and I am now Madonna's primary...]]>
<![CDATA[City-Scape Sportswear by Lucas Hugh (2012-12-04 07:39:06)]]>

You don't have to live in NYC or London to enjoy a sparkly evening skyline. Just throw on some Lucas Hugh! This uber chic sportswear collection is meant to be worn both as street clothes and workout wear. The experimental prints and fabrics are unconventional to fitness making the collection a standout option for the gym. My favorite pieces are the full length tights with a high waistline. They suck your belly in and look cute as hell with an over-sized sweater and some knee-high boots.]]>
<![CDATA[The Smartest Scale on Earth by Fitbit (2012-11-30 08:48:43)]]>

I'm not going to lie. I hate scales and the whole weighing-in process. But Fitbit's NEW Aria Scale ($129.95) trumps all scales because not only does it recognize you and every person in your household from each other, but it taps into your home's Wi-Fi to upload and graph your progress...or perhaps your downward spiral, like mine after Thanksgiving. The Aria sends your info including your body fat % to your personal account on Fitbit.com which you can log into without anyone knowing your business. There's also a free iphone app in case you want to obsess over how much weight you lost for the New Year. Because that's one of your resolutions, right?]]>
<![CDATA[Being Thankful Post-Thanksgiving is Possible! Tips to Maintain Your Grateful Vibe. (2012-11-29 19:41:22)]]>

I hate to see Thanksgiving pass because it's my favorite holiday. Thanksgiving week helps me reflect on what I have and don't have in my life. There was a time I only yearned for what I did not have...for a future full of amazing things that would make my life better. I've since learned, the future is now and the only thing that makes my life better is filling it with love. Take a look at the moments for which I'm eternally thankful and my tips for maintaining a grateful vibe post-thanksgiving. Don't forget! After viewing my thankful moments, please take a second to tell me about one of yours in the comments section at the way bottom. I'll pick a winner for a very nice winter fitness prize. More than anything, I like to hear your stories of gratitude because YOU (my readers) are my inspiration. The Moments For Which There Aren't Enough Thank You's So thankful for: My good friend Megan Hutt who rushed to my side to help me set up for a Thanksgiving-Fitness...]]>
<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Workout: Exercise While You Cook (2012-11-28 10:08:02)]]>

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<![CDATA[The Marathon That Never Happened in NYC (2012-11-05 02:30:09)]]>

Mayor Bloomberg caved and canceled the ING NYC Marathon. I won't lie, I was upset. After being evacuated and homeless for over a week because of Hurricane Sandy's hit, the marathon was the 1 thing I looked forward to. That's me and my boyfriend on the Metro North Train escaping Manhattan to find a warm and safe place to stay. But sometimes you have to accept the things you cannot change in order to summon the courage to change the things you can. My story begins with the outfit I did not get to wear for the marathon that never happened. I had planned on dressing colorfully in Lorna Jane running apparel. I tested every piece of apparel during practice runs to make sure I'd be comfortable and temperature appropriate. What you don't see is the Vaseline I had planned on lube-ing my feet with, the Swiftwick Pulse Zero socks that I swear by even though they're pricey, and the ibungee speed laces (30") that I will now never run without. Oddly, I discovered that...]]>
<![CDATA[The New York City Marathon 2012: Why the Show Must Go On and Critics Should Hush (2012-11-02 19:22:22)]]>

Heard the controversy over the ING NYC Marathon? Non-running New Yorkers are up in arms about it. They're saying resources are being misused for "entertainment's sake"...that a marathon during survival mode is unnecessary and disrespectful. The NY Post is so anti-marathon they won't cover any of the amazing runner stories or charities tied to the race. Instead, the Post is bad-mouthing it. People are PISSED...and I don't blame them. But I still don't think the marathon should be canceled. 40,000+ runners from all over the world including myself are laced up and ready to go. I believe the show must go on! Here's why... 1. Because it sends out a message to the rest of the country and the world that New York City will survive, rebuild and be stronger than ever.  It's an attitude...a state of mind...A GOAL. 2. Because it's freakin' positive! The race will inject our city with good spirit and solidarity. 3. Because exercise relieves stress and makes the...]]>
<![CDATA[ZemGear minimalist sock shoes are great for balance & stability workouts. (2012-10-22 19:35:29)]]>

ZemGear minimalist sock shoes are great for balance & stability workouts.]]>
<![CDATA[Make safety chic with a neon bike vest with a built-in pouch that's purse friendly! (2012-10-22 19:23:00)]]>

Make safety chic with a neon bike vest with a built-in pouch that's purse friendly!]]>
<![CDATA[Be safe during early morning jogs, dusky walks & late night bike rides in this VESP. (2012-10-22 19:18:37)]]>

Be safe during early morning jogs, dusky walks & late night bike rides in this VESP.]]>
<![CDATA[The most accurate, tech savvy & weight loss friendly scale by Fitbit. (2012-10-22 18:28:52)]]>

The most accurate, tech savvy & weight loss friendly scale by Fitbit.]]>
<![CDATA[Add weighted wrist cuffs to your aerobic or cardio routine to strengthen arms. (2012-10-22 09:06:23)]]>

Add weighted wrist cuffs to your aerobic or cardio routine to strengthen arms.]]>
<![CDATA[Reach your personal best race times with food guidance from a running pro. (2012-10-22 08:54:22)]]>

Reach your personal best race times with food guidance from a running pro.]]>
<![CDATA[Learn how to nutritionally perform at your best to run your best! (2012-10-22 08:51:34)]]>

Learn how to nutritionally perform at your best to run your best!]]>
<![CDATA[Best minimalist inspired run shoe that doesn't feel like one...and looks better! (2012-10-22 08:43:00)]]>

Best minimalist inspired run shoe that doesn't feel like one...and looks better!]]>
<![CDATA[These no-slip-grip sunglasses from Oakley are a runner's paradise. (2012-10-22 08:29:26)]]>

These no-slip-grip sunglasses from Oakley are a runner's paradise.]]>
<![CDATA[Please your girly side with pleats that have as much POW as your tennis serve! (2012-10-22 08:15:07)]]>

Please your girly side with pleats that have as much POW as your tennis serve!]]>
<![CDATA[Vibram's stretchiest & lightest pair of outdoor running shoes to date. (2012-10-22 07:41:04)]]>

Vibram's stretchiest & lightest pair of outdoor running shoes to date.]]>
<![CDATA[A Mat Rap makes it easy to carry your yoga mat (like a briefcase). (2012-10-22 07:08:22)]]>

A Mat Rap makes it easy to carry your yoga mat (like a briefcase).]]>
<![CDATA[The perfect thin puffer vest for late Fall & early winter fitness. (2012-10-22 06:52:09)]]>

The perfect thin puffer vest for late Fall & early winter fitness.]]>
<![CDATA[Keep the winter chill off your arms with Seamless Arm Warmers. (2012-10-22 06:39:59)]]>

Keep the winter chill off your arms with Seamless Arm Warmers.]]>
<![CDATA[Stay light and "bolt" with this soft, puffer gym bag. Medium tote size. (2012-10-22 06:35:13)]]>

Stay light and "bolt" with this soft, puffer gym bag. Medium tote size.]]>
<![CDATA[Marathon Training & Sex: How Yoga Can Help Both (According to Top Yogis) (2012-10-19 05:55:45)]]>

I've been training for the ING NYC Marathon for a month... I've given up my weekends for 7AM training runs and surrendered to the aches, pains and insatiable hunger that all come with marathon training. But it hasn't been all torture. I've gained something huge--the opportunity to immerse myself in yoga. My plan was to do a lot of yoga for stretching and pain relief but what I found is that it improved my running performance as well as my romantic life. The more yoga I did in between my runs, the longer and faster I could run during my training. I definitely felt less sore, physically exhausted and mentally stressed as long as I could fit 2 to 3 yoga sessions into my week. It's been incredible and if I ever run another marathon again after November 4th (this year's ING NYC Marathon date), I will without a doubt train the same way. So you're probably wondering what all this has to do with SEX... You might be familiar with Briohny Smyth...and you may have watched some...]]>
<![CDATA[MizzFIT on Instagram! I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours... (2012-10-18 20:48:53)]]>

Instagram much? Let's connect there! Follow me at @MizzFIT_Bianca 'cause I'm curious by nature and want to see what kind of pics you take. Hopefully a lot of them involve sweat, fitness fashion and healthy eating. Mine do (hint hint). I guess that's obvious. But I like to get silly too...and show you what makes me laugh and smile. I'm new to Instagram and really starting to become obsessed. Is this normal? FOLLOW ME so that I can see how hard you work and what you wear to find your zone. Show me what inspires YOU! And just for fun, what's your FAVORITE FILTER? Tell in me in the comments section below. I've had many conversations about this and can't decide whether mine is Early Bird or Lo-Fi.  I happen to think that people REALLY overuse Toaster! What do you think? See you on Instagram, my friends!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Tone It Up Girls Care More About Being Normal Than Being On TV; Will Always Have Their Blog. (2012-10-16 19:33:46)]]>

Normal or Not? Before I met them, I'd never guess that Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up would be anything close to normal. For crying out loud (as my Grandma would say), they're beach babes! They probably walk down the street with an entourage of hecklers and panty-shot prone photographers. Could these girls, featured in countless magazines and known online globally as the Tone It Up Girls, really be normal? That's what I wanted to find out because word on the fitness scene was that Bravo had been scouting them for a show. Luckily, I got to meet and hang with Karena and Katrina over the summer and find out more about their journey, including how they found each other and where they're going next. I interviewed them on the red carpet at Pedal On The Pier in Santa Monica... ...and then spent a weekend with them as part of Oakley Women's Perform Beautifully experience in Napa Valley, California. Being in the fitness world (which can be as caddy and...]]>
<![CDATA[Karena & Katrina from Tone It Up (2012-10-15 23:56:43)]]>

Q.Where are you two from? You both seem like true Cali girls. A. Karena: I’m from Indiana and Katrina’s from New Hampshire! I think it’s hard for anyone to live in California and not get a little sea salt in their hair and wear flip flops every day. Q.How’d you two meet? What spurred Tone It Up once you became friends? A. Karena: We met at Equinox! I was training for a triathlon and had a shoot coming up. Katrina was a trainer and asked me for my number to train me. We realized we were neighbors and started hanging out. It was like we knew each other our whole lives.  Almost immediately we started Tone It Up. We wanted it to be a blog where girls like us could come support one another to be fit and healthy. Q.Is having a sexy beach body the core concept of Tone It Up? A. Katrina: When Karena and I first started TIU we didn’t really know what it would turn into. We wanted to promote healthy living, balance and fun, so when we started doing videos...]]>
<![CDATA[Makeup At The Gym? Crazy Or Genius? You Be The Judge. (2012-10-12 04:56:56)]]>

  Makeup CAN motivate your fitness routine! I'm expecting a lot of hater-ation on this post because most women tell me they would NOT wear makeup to the gym. But, I personally believe in putting your best face forward for fitness, whether you're at the gym, on a run or in a class.  I'm not implying that you need to have a full face of makeup to break a sweat. I'm just sayin' that a little of the right kind of makeup goes a long way. I like the even skin tone, color and dimension that makeup gives my face. I'm no beauty queen without it, but feel like one when I'm done up! Check out the products that we used to make the video you just watched.  Here's the makeup we used and where you can get it: Tinted Skin Perfector: Maybeline Dream Fresh BB Cream Sheer Tint Eyeshadow Base/Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Brow Pencil: Too Faced Brownies Browne-y Lengthening Mascara:  Loreal Double Extend (waterproof) Lip Stain:...]]>
<![CDATA[Naked (Not Really) Sports Bras (2012-10-11 02:24:37)]]>

Meet the sports bra that feels light as a feather and seamless against your skin. It's from Naked Sports Gear ($42). Even more than the bra's lightweight construction, I'm loving the color transparency. You'll feel naked enough to streak through the gym! Just make sure you're covered up on the bottom to avoid a #TotalGymFail.]]>
<![CDATA[Under Armour Proves Their New Women's Sportswear Has a Spine for Fashion (2012-10-08 15:11:48)]]>

  Women's fitness fashion is exploding with competitive players. And it's pure nirvana for me to witness! Brands that typically weren't recognized as being fashion forward enough for style-minded women are finally getting in the game. One that I must point out is Under Armour. They've been under the radar for women for some time (unless you played a sport in high school or college and wore their team gear), but they're changing that. They're making edgier apparel that doesn't flash you back to the locker room. I recently attended a cool Under Armour event hosted by Exhale Spa and The Glam Network at NYC's downtown Gansevoort Hotel. I was invited to preview and test out Under Armour's newest collection (which I was already privy to) and to find out more about their recently launched What's Beautiful Campaign (#WhatsBeautiful). The best part was that I got to test out everything in a Core Fusion Bootcamp class. I must admit, I love Core Fusion DVDs but I'm...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Reach Your Run High for Racing Season with Gear That Won't Bring You Down (2012-10-04 19:44:48)]]>

  Any chance you'll be running this Fall? I'm running a marathon in exactly 1 month from today. The ING NYC Marathon...heard of it? I've already started preparing for it and not just by training. For me, a marathon is all about putting together a lifestyle, a look and a strategy geared towards avoiding death at mile 17 (out of 26.2, yikes!). I want to perform at my best while finding my happy zone (a.k.a. run high). It's a balance that takes effort to find, but you won't regret it once you're out there FLYIN'! And I want to make sure that's exactly what you do--fly! So I've put together some tips for you below that relate to a range of important topics when it comes to running. There's a GIVEAWAY at the very end, too.   * Finding a race & setting the tone for your new running lifestyle * I believe every mile you run throughout your new running lifestyle, should make you s(mile). If you just go out there and run forever you won't smile so much. It...]]>
<![CDATA[Jewel Studded SweatShirts are Hot! (from J.Crew to Stella McCartney for adidas) (2012-10-01 21:24:06)]]>

Calling all Bedazzlers! Jewel studded sweatshirts are all the rage. Buy one from J.Crew, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Stella McCartney for adidas, or better yet...MAKE YOUR OWN! Studded pullover sweatshirts are the newest way to dress up your fit look and transition to a post-fitness scene. Shoot for a sweatshirt that's athletic gray and feels worn-in already, because these sweatshirts are dry clean only.]]>
<![CDATA[Kathy Smith Is On A Quest To Be Ageless Not Perfect. Win Her Autographed Workout DVD! (2012-09-26 20:37:44)]]>

  I'VE WORSHIPPED KATHY SMITH FOR AGES She's one of the godmothers of fitness as I know it. She's incredible because she's kept herself in top shape throughout the years, and by no means through sacrifice. Kathy loves hiking, skiing, strength training, dancing...and eating! She can't workout without her favorite energy boosting smoothie. She truly defines "fun" healthy living, and I've always wanted to be just like her. I've traveled across the country to work out with her (at IdeaFIT) and then begged Acacia Fitness for an interview with her. I nearly stalked Kathy Smith to bring you her story and point of view, so you better read it! CLICK HERE FOR MY CELEBRITY SWEAT INTERVIEW WITH KATHY SMITH Find out why perfection isn't a priority for Kathy...and why "balance" is a part of her whole fitness shtick. Even the moves in her 2 newest workout DVDs incorporate balancing. You'd be surprised how hard these exercises are! CLICK HERE FOR MY CELEBRITY SWEAT...]]>
<![CDATA[Kathy Smith - Celebrity Fitness Instructor & Workout Video Star (2012-09-25 22:58:17)]]>

Q.Kathy, women all over the world own your DVDs. How has fitness stardom affected your life? A. I like to think that I have the best of both worlds. I've had enough "celebrity" to get the opportunity to meet some amazing people, from the President  of the United States to Ken Cooper (the doctor who started the whole aerobic movement). I have met countless celebrities in all fields from Jay Leno to Deepak Chopra, Tom Cruise to Barbara Streisand. But I'm also not so famous that it impacts my day-to-day life, so I don't have to worry too much about anonymity, and I don't feel pressure to uphold some unrealistic image, the way that some big stars might. Q.At what point in your life did you become interested in pursuing a career in fitness? A. When I first moved to LA, I started taking a class called BodyDesign by Gilda. It was amazing - any given day, I'd have Barbra Streisand on one side of me in the class, and Jane Fonda on the other. But it was all...]]>
<![CDATA[NatureBox is the New Guilt-Free Cookie Jar (2012-09-20 14:41:58)]]>

NatureBox is changing the face of snacking by showing up at your door once a month filled with nutritious, protein-rich treats that you don't have to feel guilty about. There's even an element of surprise because the nutritionists who curate the boxes don't want you to get bored, so every month they change things up. It's the perfect gift for fitness foodies (who turn their noses at energy bars) and the best way to clean up a junk-food lover's act. The only downside is you might fall in love with snacks you'll never see again, like the cinnamon coated almonds that still make my stomach growl every time I think of them. NatureBox comes in subscriptions of 3, 6, and 12 months starting at $60 for 3 months.]]>
<![CDATA[Workout Gear You'll Love with the Equipment You Need to Exercise Built In (2012-09-19 21:36:34)]]>

  Burnin' calories on TV and all I did was stand there. Morning show host, Virginia Kerr is my HERO! She made my latest fitness fashion segment on the Great Day St. Louis show a breeze. They say laughter burns calories. I must've burned a couple hundred just standing there when she put on the Halo Sport headband. I cherish women like Virginia who get so excited about fitness trends they just can't wait to get their hands on it...or heads into it! Let's dive deeper into the fitness gems you watched in the video (for more info and irresistible discounts). I know you can't tell from the pic below, but I was so excited to the point of shaking to present these on TV to you! That's what you call a true fitness junkie.       *** Stylish workout gear with BUILT-IN fitness equipment *** W8FIT Apparel is a line of weighted workout clothes designed specifically for women by superstar Maya Kaminsky. There are pockets in the racerback...]]>
<![CDATA[Best "Off The Beaten Path" Fitness Finds in NYC (2012-09-12 06:40:52)]]>

  Where are my favorite places to workout and where do I shop for stylish fitness gear in NYC?   I get asked this question a lot by New York visitors and locals. From my experience, most out-of-towners like to check out the popular spots that have been written up or featured on tv. But what about all the great places that maintain a low profile--the fitness gems of NYC? You've got to know about these spots because there's a good chance you'll like them 5x more! Here are my favorites...   MizzFIT's TOP 5 Off The Beaten Path Fitness Finds in New York City 1. Sixth Street Pilates studio - 525 East 6th Street NYC, 212-677-5545 This pilates studio is an East Village neighborhood goodie. It's small, cozy and impossible not to get plenty of attention here. Classes here can be a bit unconventional for Pilates without feeling so far removed that you're intimidated. Definitely try the Burn, Baby, Burn! class. Co-owners Anula Maiberg...]]>
<![CDATA[Knocking the Wind Outta the Windy City with Lady Foot Locker in My 1st Pair of High-Tops (2012-09-11 22:00:36)]]>

Chicago had no idea what hit 'em when I showed up with Lady Foot Locker and Team Fashionably Fit. Everything was calm and then BAM! We had the people of Chicago sweatin' in style. It was fantastic! Everyone who showed up to North Riverside Mall for Lady Foot Locker's new store look launch, was in it to win it. And so was my Fashionably Fit Team (a.ka. my posse). Just imagine the A-Team rocking killer sportswear and that's pretty much us. We put on quite a show, busting out a fitness-fashion panel, a high energy workout, a fashion show (all with yours truly) and even a celebrity appearance by Adrienne Bailon from the show Empire Girls. It was intense commanding the attention of everyone at the mall, but it was so much fun and rewarding getting all those people to work out and care about wearing functional activewear. We even got Adrienne to work out! Of course, I made sure everyone got their stretch on. One of the best parts...]]>
<![CDATA[Like to hold your phone when you run? Then get in the Loop with the Mummy for iPhone! (2012-09-10 20:56:06)]]>

I'm obsessed with my Loop Mummy ($25) because not only is it the coolest iPhone case I've ever owned, but it's made for fitness people who like to keep their iPhone handy (meaning: on them at all times). If you like to power walk or run with your iPhone, the Mummy's no-slip-grip is for you. It even holds cash & credit cards. Comes in both girl and boy colors!]]>
<![CDATA[I'm on Pinterest! Let's Pin Stuff Together. But NOT on Donkeys! See Why... (2012-09-10 17:46:38)]]>

I'm better on some social media platforms than others. Like right now, I'm rockin' Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. But I've sworn a solemn oath to make more time for Pinterest. So help me out by becoming a follower and I'll follow you back! Let's be pin-pals.      ** This is where I live on Pinterest ** Please check out my boards and leave a comment on the pins you like. Here's why I don't pin things (tails, etc) on donkeys: BECAUSE I HEART DONKEYS! Look at this face... Donkeys are the sweetest animals. Some of you might already know this but I'm a huge animal lover and animal rights person. What significance does this bear on Pinterest? Well, I'm a softy for cute animal boards. And I really like puggles (I have 2; Shory & Leroy). So, if you've got animal boards for me to babytalk to, by all means, let me know! Hopefully you'll enjoy my fitness fashion boards on Pinterest. Expect to see lots of fitness couture, transitional...]]>
<![CDATA[Happy Fashion Week, New York City! This Is How A Fitness Girl Rolls In Style. Plus a GIVEAWAY!!! (2012-09-07 18:17:21)]]>

I can't believe NY Fashion Week is here already! Should I start crying because it means summer's over or because I can't afford any of the clothes on the runway? I'll just cry out of pure happiness because honestly NY Fashion Week is super fun and it's not about how much you paid for or where you buy your clothes. It's about how you ROCK THEM. So here's a look at how I rock Fashion Week... **Start thinking about the craziest/edgiest outfit you've ever worn and leave a comment about it at the end of this article to enter my my Fashion Week Dream Body Giveaway** How I rolled in style for NY Fashion Week I started off my day with a fitness fashion shoot in the West Village. I wanted to show MizzFIT readers and followers how you can push the limits of fitness fashion. Yes, I dress this way to rollerskate and yes, my West Village neighborhood in downtown Manhattan is used to it. I like to think that I inspire them and I do enjoy a giggle here and there from...]]>
<![CDATA[Hey Chicago! I'm Bringing Fitness Fashion to You on Saturday, Aug 25th. Come Out and See Me! (2012-08-23 23:59:00)]]>

I'll always be a Midwestern girl at heart and that's why I'm super psyched to head to Chicago for a weekend full of fitness fashion. And guess what! You can join me! Come out to North Riverside Park Mall on Saturday Aug 25th for Lady Foot Locker's Fashionably Fit event. Here's what it's all about and I can't wait to see you there: You're Invited to: Lady Foot Locker's Fashionably Fit Celebration which includes a free workout led by Bexlife and myself, complimentary drink and snacks, a panel discussion with ME, shopping card giveaways worth hundreds of dollars (up to $500) and a celebrity appearance by Adrienne Bailon from the show Empire Girls. Show up here: North Riverside Park Mall in downtown Chicago. Look for the Lady Foot Locker stage. There will be makeup artists, stylists, models, trainers and lots of commotion...so when you spot all that you'll know you've found us! Be on time: We'll be taking over North Riverside Park Mall from 11am - 4pm so that should...]]>
<![CDATA[Oh Baby, Dallas Was A Trip! Check Out My Pics to Win $100 at Lady Foot Locker for Sportswear! (2012-08-22 00:35:19)]]>

Even babies love fitness fashion. I think... I went to Dallas to spread the word on Lady Foot Locker's new look and share my best advice for styling up for fitness. Even though the city was crawling with West Nile virus and being spray-bombed, we managed to fight off the deadly mosquitoes and bring great fitness fashion to the women of Dallas. But YOU, my readers, are always top of my mind, so I'm giving away this $100 Lady Foot Locker shopping card! For the GIVEAWAY, all you have to do is: Check out my pics from Dallas and tell me which Fit Look or Fit Trend you like best from the fashion show we put on. Easy peasy, right? The winner will be announced on Sept 6th so stay tuned. The Fashionably Fit event in Dallas at NorthPark Center was a totally new and fun experience for me. I've never done a panel discussion and meet & greet in a mall. I can't remember the last time I was in a mall before this event! As a New York City girl, I miss out on malls....]]>
<![CDATA[Hey, DALLAS! Hang with me at NorthPark Center's New Lady Foot Locker Store This Wknd (Sat, Aug 18th) (2012-08-17 20:05:59)]]>

  I'm on a plane right now headed to Dallas, Texas for an exciting fitness fashion event that I want all my local Texans readers and fitness lovers to attend.   It's happening tomorrow, Saturday August 18th from 11am-4pm and there's so much going on including hundreds of dollars in sportswear giveaways.   I'll be there with other fitness-blogger-icons and singer Adrienne Bailon (from Empire Girls show), waiting on your arrival. So don't stand us up!   Meet us here:  NorthPark Center - 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225   What's happening: Pretty much an amazing day filled with fashion shows, fitness tips, in-store stylists, hair stylists, make-up artists, massage therapists, etc etc etc! What's the ocassion? Lady Foot Locker is celebrating it's NEW LOOK and wants YOU to join our #FashionablyFit squad on the runway. It's what I say all the time! Fitness is way more fun...]]>
<![CDATA[My Skintastic Secrets for Safely Soakin' Up Sun. Plus a Giveaway! (2012-08-16 01:28:19)]]>

I love exercising outside but I hate getting too much sun. I have this fear of turning into a wrinkly raisin-face or worse yet, the New Jersey Tanning Mom!!! I'd rather take excellent care of my skin now than regret it later (even it if means not having the best tan or hiding under my floppy beach hat on a good hair day). The way I see it, if I'm going to be a cougar on the prowl when I'm older (I've been single this long so who knows), I'd like to be one that wags (or curls?) tails. Wouldn't you? But here's the deal, you don't have to run for the shade like a Debbie Downer. There are ways to safely work out and lay out in the sun without scorching your skin.   FOLLOW MY 6 TIPS FOR SAFELY SOAKIN' UP THE SUN 1. Whether you're working out or laying out, don't spend more than 1 continuous hour in direct sunlight. I know I sound like an over-protective mom right now but seriously 1-hour is plenty, especially during the summer! And if you feel like...]]>
<![CDATA[Cherie Lily is Dripping Wet on Celebrity Sweat! (2012-08-10 22:49:11)]]>

  Cherie Lily is one of my favorite fitness women in the biz because she's both a sweetheart and flamboyant singing sensation. Everything about her is interesting, captivating and hip. She's a trend starter and fitness entertainer, which in my opinion is a beautiful rarity! I guess that's why she gets a lot of play here on MizzFIT.com. But let's get to the point of my post here... Cherie Lily is simultaneously blowing up and dripping wet. I'm not kidding. And to see it, you've got to read about it here on Celebrity Sweat! Cherie recently dropped her new music video (which features some of NYC's hottest fitness bodies) and the link is in the interview. Just don't watch it at work, OK? There's no nudity (do bare butts count?) but you just might get a little excited. Don't say I didn't warn you! CLICK HERE FOR MY CELEBRITY SWEAT INTERVIEW WITH CHERIE LILY! How racy & amazing is she??!! Don't forget to comment below! Tell me what you...]]>
<![CDATA[Cherie Lily - Fitness Entertainer (2012-08-09 22:18:54)]]>

Q.Cherie, you're blowing up on the music scene! How do you balance your time between fitness and performing on stage? A. Fitness is an integral part of my life and mission. I want to inspire the world to move through my music, which is why I created HOUSEROBICS. When I’m touring and on the road, I may not be able to teach my regular schedule of classes in NYC, but I drop in at gyms around the world and teach special classes. Q.Can you give us the “Houserobics for Dummies” breakdown? A. Houserobics is a genre to describe the music I create, which blends together my two greatest passions, fitness and music! Houserobics is hot, original dance music, created to inspire people around the world to move their bodies and get sweaty! Q.Sounds like a workout to me... A. Each one of my songs IS a workout. There’s a movement, an attitude, and feeling that comes out of each song that hopefully encourages people around the world to release their inhibitions and move! Q.Your...]]>
<![CDATA[Get preppy as your muscles recover in argyle compression socks by Zensah. (2012-08-09 18:39:11)]]>

Get preppy as your muscles recover in argyle compression socks by Zensah.]]>
<![CDATA[Paint the gym red in a limited edition hand-painted BodyRock Sport bra! (2012-08-02 02:22:36)]]>

Paint the gym red in a limited edition hand-painted BodyRock Sport bra!]]>
<![CDATA[Ride the stationary bike like it's really going somewhere in these chic Moto Leggings. (2012-08-02 02:20:36)]]>

Ride the stationary bike like it's really going somewhere in these chic Moto Leggings.]]>
<![CDATA[The mastectomy sports bra worn by Giuliana Rancic and sexy cancer fighters! (2012-08-02 02:18:14)]]>

The mastectomy sports bra worn by Giuliana Rancic and sexy cancer fighters!]]>
<![CDATA[A criss-cross bra stellar for layering at the jungle gym. (2012-08-02 02:16:09)]]>

A criss-cross bra stellar for layering at the jungle gym.]]>
<![CDATA[Be Lazy and Work Out at the Same Time with My Couch Potato Booty Blast! (2012-08-01 10:40:44)]]>

  This is my 1st ever instructional fitness video and I'm dying for you to watch it! It's a great booty-firming workout that you can easily do without ever leaving your couch! So even on lazy days you can still get a workout in. What are you waiting for? Grab a sofa and let the booty blasting fun begin!     Of course, I couldn't take the task completely seriously because I had to make sure you'd laugh and have some fun! I'd maybe refrain from watching The Notebook if I were you because the only crying I want to hear should be coming from your tush!   Snag the Couch Potato Gear Goodies used in my video Inflatable balance disc ($13) used for Couch Potato Stability Squats Soft exercise ball ($9) used for the Couch Potato Butt-Lift-Squeeze 2-lb pink mini-weights ($12) used for Couch Potato Donkey Kicks Gliding discs ($15) used for Couch Potato Climbers. If you can spend the extra dough, I highly...]]>
<![CDATA[Amanda Freeman - NYC Fitness Entrepreneur & SLT Sweetheart (2012-07-31 18:16:30)]]>

Q.Amanda, how did you become a fitness entrepreneur? Obviously there's no set path but how did you start down yours? A. My career has been an evolution that has lead me to the fitness world. It was during my career as a trendforecaster that I identified the rise of wellconsciousness among women my age and in particular, my own interest in the area. I left that job to start Vital Juice, the wellness focused daily email (like DailyCandy without the cavities) that I ran until last month*. And it was frequent trips to LA throughout my career that lead me to finding SLT and SLT Yoga. *Vital Juice has shifted gears and is now Tasting Table's Good Taste Q.What are you most proud of when you think about Vital Juice and STL, as I'm sure they were both labors of love. A. I love that Vital Juice inspired people to make healthier choices…and we’d get amazing reader feedback on its impact. I love my interactions with our SLT clients…I love seeing results the workout...]]>
<![CDATA[This snappy cocoon top lets you cover up, lengthen & layer! (2012-07-30 22:36:07)]]>

This snappy cocoon top lets you cover up, lengthen & layer!]]>
<![CDATA[This scoop-neck tank adjusts with your growing belly. (2012-07-30 22:28:35)]]>

This scoop-neck tank adjusts with your growing belly.]]>
<![CDATA["Side ruching" helps to smooth out the bumps that aren't just in front. (2012-07-30 22:19:23)]]>

"Side ruching" helps to smooth out the bumps that aren't just in front.]]>
<![CDATA[A supportive shoe without excessive cushioning IS POSSIBLE. Just click here! (2012-07-30 22:02:57)]]>

A supportive shoe without excessive cushioning IS POSSIBLE. Just click here!]]>
<![CDATA[Need more cushion for runnin'? Here's your shoe! (2012-07-30 08:15:19)]]>

Need more cushion for runnin'? Here's your shoe!]]>
<![CDATA[The MOTHER of all neon running sneaks that no one else has... Trust me. (2012-07-30 07:51:15)]]>

The MOTHER of all neon running sneaks that no one else has... Trust me.]]>
<![CDATA[Play down the neon. Play up the black. (2012-07-30 07:37:07)]]>

Play down the neon. Play up the black.]]>
<![CDATA["Carry Big Sticks And You Shall Go Far." The Fitness & Fashion Of Pole Walking. (2012-07-24 20:25:42)]]>

The art of Pole Walking =  a mix of Fitness & Fashion That's my mom. She's a trooper...the sweetest guinea pig that ever lived. I bribed her with new workout gear and surprised her with a new way to exercise: pole walking! I recently discovered that pole walking is an art, with the potential for great fashion and plenty of health benefits. Yes, really, with regard to fashion. I'm going to tell you everything that I think you should know about pole-walking but first, a bit more about my amazing mother. On top of agreeing to let me dress her up like Kim Kardashian and pose with me for a mother-daughter fashion spread, she is the cutest and sweetest mom I could ever ask for. Since I'm not allowed to say her age, I'll just say that she's at a point in her life where it's important to maintain good health. But she's not really the high-intensity fitness type. She likes to keep things simple and enjoyable. And that's where pole walking comes into the...]]>
<![CDATA[Strap on your water salvation and enjoy the run! (2012-07-22 22:45:11)]]>

Strap on your water salvation and enjoy the run!]]>
<![CDATA[Suck on a water bottle that's 100% spill-proof and filtered. Not one that plain sucks! (2012-07-22 20:47:11)]]>

Suck on a water bottle that's 100% spill-proof and filtered. Not one that plain sucks!]]>
<![CDATA[Trick or treat for rock hard abs in a reversible skully sports bra. (2012-07-21 08:26:12)]]>

Trick or treat for rock hard abs in a reversible skully sports bra.]]>
<![CDATA[Work out like an animal in this stylish & silvery, reversible sports bra. (2012-07-21 08:11:20)]]>

Work out like an animal in this stylish & silvery, reversible sports bra.]]>
<![CDATA[Make a statement with a gym hoodie that purrs from the inside! (2012-07-21 08:02:33)]]>

Make a statement with a gym hoodie that purrs from the inside!]]>
<![CDATA[Finally! A booty short that's sexy but not invisible! (2012-07-21 07:57:02)]]>

Finally! A booty short that's sexy but not invisible!]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Cures a Broken Heart. Advice from My Healing Heart to Yours. (2012-07-18 07:41:46)]]>

  The video speaks for itself. This is how I deal with sadness from a broken heart... I tried making a "talking" video but I kept breaking down. So I decided to use these signs instead and spare you the tears and sniffles. Sweating is a healthier way to cry and I hope my story convinces you of that, and helps you through any kind of similar situation...not that I wish it upon you. Heartbreak is truly the worst. Everything'll Be Alright (the song you hear playing in the background) is by my friend Joshua Radin. I always turn to it whenever I need reminding of this very message. It's a good one, isn't it? Thanks for watching and agreeing to support eachother when sad times hit. Please leave me a comment below and tell me how you cope through heartbreak. Feel free to share the good and the bad, like I did.  ]]>
<![CDATA[A day in the life of...ME! (2012-07-02 01:06:31)]]>

  My full time job really does entail covering fitness fashion & trends. In case you don't know my story or how I left a career that afforded me Helmut Lang moto-jackets, Jimmy Choo pumps and purses, and a walk-in closet to keep them all in, then you can quickly read about that HERE. I feel blessed to say that I have the job and company of my dreams. I wouldn't trade it for anything else in the world (even if I can no longer afford the "extras"). Wanna know why? Well, because every day is an adventure. Leave it to Bliss.com to outline a day in my "active" life where the line between work, passion and pasttime is most definitely blurred. Check it out and click the link below!   *  A Day in the Life of Fitness: MizzFIT  *   What's your dream job??? Are you living it out? If not, what the heck is stopping you? Share a little bit about your ambitions and life goals in the comments section below. I'd love to hear about...]]>
<![CDATA[I Dissed Norma Kamali's Outfit on Facebook and Learned a Valuable Lesson (2012-06-29 19:34:26)]]>

So here's what went down... I saw a picture of Norma Kamali sporting a fitness getup from her collection for Opening Ceremony that I wasn't digging. I made a comment about it on the MizzFIT Facebook page. Lo and behold, the next day there's an email from her in my inbox. Ahhh, F*@K me! It took me a solid hour to bolster up the courage to open up it. Was she pissed? Would she blackball me from all her stores? Would she summon her fashionista squad to stone me to death...or worse, ban me from wearing her clothes? I finally opened it (with my eyes closed). In her email, Norma acknowledged my comments about the functionality of her garb, but backed it up by saying that she designs for the modern woman who likes to express herself in creative, comfortable and cost effective ways. She said she's proud of her designs and wanted me to look at her transitional fitness apparel in a different way...keeping in mind her mission. Norma had me at "hello, I'm taking the...]]>
<![CDATA[Norma Kamali - Fashion Designer (2012-06-27 23:01:49)]]>

Q.Everyone in fashion knows you are a wellness advocate and innovator. How does it feel to represent more than just fashion? A. Fashion has a powerful effect on the way someone feels and performs. Fitness and health builds self esteem and supports a strong image. There is no way you can separate the two. I believe fashion always looks better on someone who feels good about themselves. Q.At what point in your life did you become interested and seriously committed to fitness? A. 1980...I was thirty-five and wanting to go out less especially every night dancing, which was typical of the 70's. So working out was my next choice. I did all types of activities including running and fast walking. Q.You design clothes that can be worn fashionably for fitness. What do you consider the most important elements of sportswear? A. Modern fabrics that move with the body and that are easy to care for.   Q.If you could only work out in 1 thing from one of your collections, what...]]>
<![CDATA[Elizabeth Banks Divulges on Fitness and Working Out with Hubby (2012-06-26 23:19:42)]]>

Today, at the NYC screening of the film People Like Us in which she stars, Elizabeth Banks answered my question about how fitness "fits" into her life. This was her response... I always feel better after I work out. It takes my brain to a very clear place. Also, my husband and I do it together...its great for our relationship. I have a very beautiful, hot trainer. She comes to my house and trains me and my husband, and when I'm not there he still gets to have her come over. He's just winning winning winning! Sounds like Mr. Banks has it pretty good sweating it up with Elizabeth AND their hottie trainer!!! This screening was hosted by TheMoms, 2 of my gorge friends and mommy-media stars. It was very cool to get to hear Elizabeth speak about the film and her real life role as a mom. Here's some great insight into Elizabeth Banks and why she's so f-ing cool (based on what I heard and witnessed today): She married her highschool sweetheart. She...]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Of Love~Girls Night Out Event (2012-06-19 23:23:08)]]>

Summer Of Love~Girls Night Out Event]]>
<![CDATA[Build A Bike...Yourself! (2012-06-19 22:44:06)]]>

Why Build-A-Bear when you could build your own "Fixie"? With a Fixie, you're in charge of picking it's parts and assembling it. Sounds tough but it's really quite fun & creative. Customize your Fixie's color scheme--wheels, grips, saddles, you name it! At MizzFIT, we think getting a Fixie is a way better option than parking your butt in a car/subway/train. Just sayin'... ($325 w/ free shipping)]]>
<![CDATA[Sweat for a Good Cause This Summer and Be Moved Like I Was at Pedal On The Pier (2012-06-15 08:24:59)]]>

  Change up your solo workout routine this summer by getting involved with a great fitness charity. That's what I did by heading to Santa Monica with Lady Foot Locker for Pedal On The Pier. Watch the video above to see how one charity event can bring together and move so many people, including a bunch of fitness-loving celebrities. Hilary and Haylie Duff who are Soul Cycle spinning fanatics wasted no time getting on their bikes, and Evander Holyfield rode the full 4-hours like a champ ('cause he is one). Gotta admit, I was so nervous to meet him! But he's a soft spoken, almost bashful kind of guy who seems to put family first. When he told me that his kids and mother inspire him, well, that just made my heart melt. I was very honored to meet him. And I must encourage you to check out Haylie's food blog called Real Girl's Kitchen--she's quite the gourmet health nut! Cool, Caring and Outgoing people give their time to fitness charities! That's something I...]]>
<![CDATA[Tracy Anderson Gives You A Leg Up With Her New Workout Leggings (2012-06-15 01:35:06)]]>

  Before I interviewed Tracy Anderson, I pegged her as the woman who made it big training Madonna and who owns an elite studio where white girls who can't jump or dance go once to painfully humiliate themselves (yup, that was me). But she's way more than that. She's the big sister who drags you to the gym wearing matching workout leggings and cares about how you work out. She's thoughtful and she's not just in it for herself. Her new line of leggings proves that. The pic below shows all 4 styles which cater to different body types. CLICK HERE FOR MY INTERVIEW WITH TRACY ANDERSON I got to ask Tracy everything I've been dying to know about her. I love her honesty and her approach to being fashionably fit. The fact that she cares so much about how her clients and dvd-home-fitness fans look and feel in their workout clothes is enough for me to call her my new fitness crush! CLICK HERE FOR MY INTERVIEW WITH TRACY ANDERSON ...and find out which leggings she wears...]]>
<![CDATA[Tracy Anderson - Celebrity Fitness Entrepreneur (2012-06-14 22:32:10)]]>

Q.Everyone knows who you are, not just fitness peeps. How has fame affected your life and what you do? A. I find myself so unaware of fame until I am in my sweats in CVS and someone asks if I am who I am and then tells me how much my work has changed their life.  I feel lucky because I am known in a way where I am always authentically myself.  I teach and help people, so just like any teacher, I love being close with my students. However, I will say that it's a little different for my husband to get used to. Q.At what point in your life did you become interested in pursuing a career in fitness, as a trainer? A. When nothing else worked (and believe me, I tried everything!). I never wanted to be a trainer and go take a certification for all of the fitness techniques that failed me, so I decided to do my own research, stay focused, and take on the serious task of developing the thousands of moves and the systems I have developed so that I am able to fill what I saw was...]]>
<![CDATA[Get LOOPED into this stirrup pant and go from studio to street in style. (2012-06-08 00:38:12)]]>

Get LOOPED into this stirrup pant and go from studio to street in style.]]>
<![CDATA[Don't be the girl with the unsightly sweat stain at your bra line. Get this Aaluuka tank! (2012-06-08 00:24:08)]]>

Don't be the girl with the unsightly sweat stain at your bra line. Get this Aaluuka tank!]]>
<![CDATA[Don’t ever let ‘em see you sweat! This tank is styled to keep your underarms dry. (2012-06-07 23:57:52)]]>

Don’t ever let ‘em see you sweat! This tank is styled to keep your underarms dry.]]>
<![CDATA[Back pocket your cell phone in Aaluuka's slimming, flare bottom City pant. (2012-06-07 23:38:34)]]>

Back pocket your cell phone in Aaluuka's slimming, flare bottom City pant.]]>
<![CDATA[Zippered High Fashion Swimsuits for Water-Sport (2012-06-07 01:12:06)]]>

Lisa Marie Fernandez's 2012 swim line is beyond HOT, proving "zipped up" can be even more intriguing than zipped down. The Surf-girl Maillot, Baywatch inspired 1-piece and Scuba-style Tankini are all irresistibly sexy and yet still so sporty. The swimsuits are money, literally ($275 and up). But if you're gonna drop some dough, ZIPPERED is definitely the chic way to go!]]>
<![CDATA[How Sticking to Your New Year's Resolutions Can Earn You New Stylish Workout Clothes (2012-05-30 21:31:46)]]>

I love giving prizes away! Especially the kind of prizes that motivate you to stay fit. Watch the video above as I announce the winner of my "Resolve To Stick Your 2012 Fitness Resolutions" contest with JackRabbit Sports. Don't recall? Hmmm, you must've been busy downing eggnog when I posted THIS! Because I definitely made it clear that I would hook up one of you up with a $100 gift card at JackRabbit Sports NYC! While you were eggnog-ing, the lovely Rebekah Borucki who goes by "Bex" on BexLife.com inspired us with her resolve to keep at it, honoring her New Year's health & fitness goals every day. And she didn't stop in February (when most people usually taper off and quit). She kept going and going, always steadfast and cheery. She sent me this picture to prove that she's one strong wonder mom. And long story short, Bex won the contest. Bex is quite a fitness character. She's a mom of 4, a farmer and a YouTube wellness vlogger. She's graced the pages of...]]>
<![CDATA[These capris are lean-cut and squat proof in the back...because crack kills! (2012-05-30 00:13:44)]]>

These capris are lean-cut and squat proof in the back...because crack kills!]]>
<![CDATA[This "ooh-lala" sports bra packs a punch for running, weight training & aerobics. (2012-05-30 00:08:16)]]>

This "ooh-lala" sports bra packs a punch for running, weight training & aerobics.]]>
<![CDATA[Be sexy & sweet in this low-cut, bow-style bra for smaller chests. (2012-05-30 00:01:21)]]>

Be sexy & sweet in this low-cut, bow-style bra for smaller chests.]]>
<![CDATA[Show off those sexy abs or layer this mesh cropped hoodie over a tank. (2012-05-29 23:48:15)]]>

Show off those sexy abs or layer this mesh cropped hoodie over a tank.]]>
<![CDATA[Be a hooded hottie in this ribbed racerback hoodie. Fast drying too! (2012-05-29 23:35:57)]]>

Be a hooded hottie in this ribbed racerback hoodie. Fast drying too!]]>
<![CDATA[Slimming Summer Swimwear That's Fashionable and Built to Move In (with pal, Jillian Michaels!) (2012-05-25 00:58:57)]]>

  My Summer Swimwear Philosophy If you're near the water, why not get in, have fun and get some exercise? That's why it’s important to choose stylish swimwear that looks just as good in the water as it does out of the water. Watch me show Jillian Michaels some of my favorite slimming swim styles above. Then scroll your way down for more tips on how to Style Up 2 Shape Up for all kinds of water sports, and where to score a water resistant purse.   No One's Perfect! Especially those models you see on the cover of Vogue. Believe me, I sat front row at Mara Hoffman's Swim Fashion Week 2011 Show and the models on the catwalk weren't flawless (even though they were gorgeous). What I'm sayin' is don't become overly critical about your body just because it's swim season. Like I say in the video to Jillian, shop for your empowered self! Here are some great tips for how to do that: Look Slimmer, Feel More Confident With These Simple Tips Mix &...]]>
<![CDATA[Lole Free Summer Workout 15% Off (2012-05-24 18:43:36)]]>

Lole Free Summer Workout 15% Off]]>
<![CDATA[How To Assemble a Swim Gym Bag Whether You're Going to the Beach Or About to Set Sail (2012-05-24 08:00:20)]]>

        Anything Can Inspire You...Even A Gray Day A few days ago, I joined Glam Media and a bunch of fashion bloggers on a yacht called the Atlantica for a Summer Sail on the Hudson River. Outside it was overcast, gray and dreary. These pictures look great but they're Instagram'd for your viewing pleasure. Even Lady Liberty seemed to be in a state of gloom. And trust me, Instagram is doing her more than justice. BUT...inside the Atlantica it was a summer soiree! My fashionista cohorts were decked in bright, summer-y outfits and accessories. Even the Atlantica's luncheon room was sunlit, floral and cheery. You'd never guess what kind of day it was outside from the picture below! And yes, those are gift bags full of beauty and skincare products hanging from our chairs! Kind of amazing. I used some of the products from the Glam gift bag to build the "swim gym bag" you're seconds away from reading all about. But first,...]]>
<![CDATA[Come Spinning with Me on the Santa Monica Pier. Let's Do It for the Kids! (2012-05-19 00:26:49)]]>

  Let's Pedal! Fitness for a cause? There's no better way to break a sweat. Join me on California's Santa Monica pier on June 3rd from 11am - 4pm for a heart-pumping and heartwarming spinning event aimed at sending 20 inner-city schools to camp this year. It's called Pedal On The Pier and I'll be there with Lady Foot Locker, pedaling my heart out and interviewing celebity attendees and riders that have come to show their support for The Harold Robinson Foundation. Who's Gonna Be There? Me, of course! As well as Perez Hilton, Hilary Duff, Evander Holyfield, and Kat Graham just to name a few. Most importantly there will be 100 stationary bikes, all with charitable riders on them focused on clocking 100 miles by 4pm. And you won't just hear bikers panting because there will be music from bands, hot DJ’s and celebrity musical guest performances. Does It Cost Anything To Ride? Yes, because it's a fundraiser. Each rider/team must raise a minimum of $2,500...]]>
<![CDATA[Pedal On The Pier (2012-05-19 00:20:29)]]>

Pedal On The Pier]]>
<![CDATA[Bring fitness, fashion & music together with a silky headphone headpiece. (2012-05-17 06:03:19)]]>

Bring fitness, fashion & music together with a silky headphone headpiece.]]>
<![CDATA[Amanda Beard Comes Clean Before 2012 Olympics Trials (in an interview with me!) (2012-05-17 06:00:40)]]>

  Most remember Amanda Beard as a teenaged girl clutching her teddy bear on the Olympic medal stand. And few will forget the tantalizing athletic physique that earned her countless magazine covers in her 20's. There's no question Amanda Beard has lived a very fast and competitive life. But just like any other person in the world, she's hit some walls, made mistakes and tumbled. I had the honor of interviewing Amanda about her new memoir, which was her way of coming clean to everyone (her teammates, family, fans), including herself. READ IT HERE --> Amanda Beard's Celebrity Sweat Interview And just in case you're wondering how I came to meet Amanda, I met her at an incredible event produced by The Moms and hosted at Equinox's Printing House gym location. Since I only had a few minutes to speak with Amanda there, she kindly agree to a more in-depth interview. I must say, I have never met an athlete who appears more zen than Amanda. She seemed to be...]]>
<![CDATA[JLo Lurves Herself Some Under Armour (2012-05-11 18:52:59)]]>

  JLO + Under Armour = A Hit/Fit Music Video The triple threat diva (yes, that's what they used to call her from her Jenny from the Block days) talks about why she chose to wear Under Armour for her latest music video "Follow The Leader". But all I keep thinking about is how good she looks and how hard she must work for it. She certainly STILL IS Jenny from the block and Under Armour has never looked sexier than it does on her. Love that they teamed up! Browse the Under Armour Collection HERE Enter UA's What's Beautiful competition to redefine the female athlete HERE Leave a comment below if you've got something to say about JLo. Love her? Hate her? Speak your mind!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Amanda Beard - US Olympian Swimmer (2012-05-11 06:32:06)]]>

Q.Amanda, trials haven't even started yet and you're already winning. Congrats on making the NY Times Best Seller list! A. I had no idea all the hard work was going to create a New York Times Best-Seller! I’m so thankful and so blessed to have the fans I do. These are people that have believed in me and my career, so I’ve enjoyed meeting them along my book tour in different cities. The most rewarding part of this whole experience though has really been hearing stories of others who went through similar situations in their life and how they have either come out triumphant, or are using my story to overcome issues. That’s powerful; that means I’m making a difference not only in the pool but in life. And that is pretty cool to me. Q.When we met during your book tour, you told me that it took you 3 years to write your memoir. Why? A. At first, I just didn’t know how to use my voice to express my struggles and I wasn’t sure how much of my life I...]]>
<![CDATA[Nantucket Yoga Festival (2012-05-11 03:40:50)]]>

Nantucket Yoga Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Ariane Hundt Fitness Retreat in Phoenicia, NY (2012-05-08 20:21:51)]]>

Ariane Hundt Fitness Retreat in Phoenicia, NY]]>
<![CDATA[Turn your race bibs into a special keepsake with a BibFOLIO. (2012-05-07 20:05:32)]]>

Turn your race bibs into a special keepsake with a BibFOLIO.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Apparel with Built-in Weight. Yay or Nay? (2012-05-07 03:38:54)]]>

  Take weight off by adding it on? W8FIT is a new brand of women's activewear. The product's custom design has pockets which hold half pound or quarter pound weights which you can add to increase resistance during your workout. The founder/designer, Maya Kaminsky, says she lives in her workout clothes and wanted to create something different that would help women lose weight and stay fit whether they are training at the gym or just running around town. The weights are the size of a credit card. Supposedly they're bend-able too. The product isn't available for purchase until early June. In the meantime, W8FIT is being sold on presale via Kickstarter --> click here to check it out Question is...would you wear it? Personally, I'm just not sure the extra weight added to W8FIT pockets is all that necessary to dramatically change the effectiveness of your workout or weight-loss. I have no doubt it will slightly enhance the challenge of...]]>
<![CDATA[Fit Tips for Moms with Little Kids (...like how to stay sane and not eat your kids food!) (2012-04-30 20:50:01)]]>

  It ain't easy being a MOM. It's a full-time gig and you can't clock out...unless you wanna end up on Nancy Grace. And I'm guessing that's not the kind of "press" you're looking for. Since I have no kids (except for 2 Puggles, 3 cacti and a vase full of 10-year-old lucky bamboo), I sought out a pro to help me with this MizzFIT Video. I asked super-mom Megan Hutt (who is my best friend from pre-school) to share 3 tips to help moms stay healthy, active and sane while raising (and running after) kids. Megan and I have been friends since the beginning (did you really think I was going to tell you how many years it's been?) and she's a hell of a mom. Follow her tips and leave some comment love below. Thanks for watching!]]>
<![CDATA[Splash around and work out in a denim-inspired tankini. (2012-04-18 10:51:59)]]>

Splash around and work out in a denim-inspired tankini.]]>
<![CDATA[Bravely Sweat Outside with Stacy Who Won't Go Inside No Matter What (2012-04-11 05:13:14)]]>

  Stacy Who Won't Go Inside People kept telling me about Stacy's Bootcamp in NYC's Central Park, so I tracked the infamous Stacy Berman down. What I became was her next victim. I'm not going to lie to you. I've never been so close to collapsing. But if you want to lose weight and gain muscle REALLY FAST, Stacy's your girl. I call her Stacy Who Won't Go Inside.   Stacy Berman Is An Anomaly She's smiley, giggly, and sweet as can be...until you show up to her office where her expectations must always be met. And where's that? Well frankly, it depends on what exactly Stacy has in mind for her bootcamp that day. But one thing's for sure, she clocks in every morning to Central Park (“the only park in Manhattan where you can enter and almost forget you are in the city")...it's just a matter of what conference room she decides to use. This can be frustrating if you're the type that doesn't like surprises. As long as you meet at 86th street and Central...]]>
<![CDATA[Pole Dancing for Fitness! 6 Tips to Style Up 2 Shape Up for Your Sexiest Workout (2012-04-09 07:36:52)]]>

  Why did I make a Pole Dancing video? Isn't that for strippers? I made this video to show you how fun and empowering pole dancing is as a workout. And no, these poles aren't found at a strip joint or "men's club". They're found in pole dancing fitness studios like Body & Pole NYC that welcome any woman or man to try it out. It's not easy but it's become one of my favorite ways to stay in shape. Follow my 6 fitness fashion tips in the video to hit the pole in style and swing your way to fit.   Like the Fitness Fashion in this video? Need to look hot for class? Here's where you can find all the outfits I styled for the girlzz. On Me: (left) Jo&Jax The Princess Top, (right) HotDrop Apparel Nikki Bra Top and String Along Short On Kyra: Vata Brasil Bra198, Onzie Animal Torquoise Booty Short, Americal Apparel Leg Warmer On Lian: Jo&Jax Ruffle Top and Nux USA Emma Drawstring Short On Nicola: American Apparel...]]>
<![CDATA[Will Brooklyn-Born-Babe Natasha Hastings Sprint to Gold at the 2012 Olympics? (2012-04-06 23:08:49)]]>

  She better! Because I'm rooting for this pretty lady who they call the 400M Diva. Natasha took the gold medal home in 2008 for the 4x400 relay and she's been training her heart out in Texas to do it again in London. I was dying to interview her because she's known for her fabulous style on the track. Read my Celebrity Sweat interview with 2012 Olympic hopeful Natasha Hastings and follow her training tips. Plus find out exactly what was going through her mind while posing nude for ESPN's Body Issue. IT'S ALL RIGHT HERE --> Natasha Hasting's Celebrity Sweat Interview    ]]>
<![CDATA[Natasha Hastings - Olympian Athlete (2012-04-06 00:16:39)]]>

Q.I hear you're called the 400M Diva. Is the 400M your signature race and where you hope to be at the 2012 Games? A. My specialty is the 400, but I would like to be known as a versatile sprinter. I'd like to be competitive in the 200 as well as a great contributor for the relay. Q.I'm cutting to the chase, what was it like being in ESPN's Body Issue? A. It was a great experience and something that I am grateful for. The staff was phenomenal. I think my pictures turned out great, and it opened a lot of opportunities for me. Q.What was the most uncomfortable part of that shoot? A. Being in a room with new people naked, but they were very understanding and did their best to make me as comfortable as possible. Q.The best part? A. The best part was just getting through it. I felt if I could do this I could do anything! Q.There's no way you're ever insecure about your body! Or are you? A. I am, and I think it's totally normal. Everyone has their days where they just feel...]]>
<![CDATA[Turtles Work Out Too (2012-04-05 07:49:50)]]>

  What can I say? I'm a fan of Turtlecalls.com because the site brings smiles and laughter to many, especially if you're on the receiving end of a Turtlecall. I asked the little prankster turtle for an interview and to my surprise he granted me one...and told me all about his workout routine! If you need a laugh or someone else does, definitely go to Turtlecalls and get acquainted with my favorite hard-shelled friend. Thanks for watching!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Don't like baring toes for pilates or barre? These are Purrr-fect! (2012-04-02 22:29:49)]]>

Don't like baring toes for pilates or barre? These are Purrr-fect!]]>
<![CDATA[Balega Sports socks are sized to wick away sweat & prevent blisters. (2012-04-02 22:17:27)]]>

Balega Sports socks are sized to wick away sweat & prevent blisters.]]>
<![CDATA[Best off-road trainer & mud runner. Very light with superior traction. (2012-04-02 21:56:31)]]>

Best off-road trainer & mud runner. Very light with superior traction.]]>
<![CDATA[Knocked Up? Take Your Baby Bump to the Gym in Omala's Hip Eco Activewear (2012-03-27 21:50:33)]]>

  I always enjoy visiting the set of Great Day Saint Louis whenever I'm in my hometown but I particularly loved featuring Omala on the show today because expectant mothers deserve to look and feel sexy while they work out. Here at MizzFIT.com, we like to celebrate the baby bump and discourage women from hiding it. All you need is stylish activewear that flatters your changing shape and feels good! That's Kate Gaertner, the founder and designer of Omala, in the photo above. She considers it a happy accident that her clothing lends itself to maternity activewear. Her vision was to create a sportswear collection that was soft, sexy and transitional. She nailed it and also managed to target a whole new market of women: mommies-to-be! Just like Lululemon Athletica, Kate's activewear has special features that flatter baby bumps of all shapes and sizes. Omala's blouse-y halter tops, tanks with side ruching and incredibly soft pants with the right amount of give make...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Stylishly Prep for an Amazing Race (from 5K to Marathon) (2012-03-27 05:28:08)]]>

  Why I made this race tips video I made the video you see above the night before my half marathon on March 14th, 2012 and posted it to YouTube. If you've never been to my channel--Fashionably Fit with MizzFIT--please mosey on over and subscribe! I made this video to encourage you to take the time to Style Up 2 Shape Up because when you do, you have way more fun. I promise.   The morning of the race, the paparazzi just wouldn't stop following me (wink wink) But I didn't mind since I loved what I was wearing and felt stronger and more prepared than ever to run an amazing race. The start line was in Central Park with a finish in downtown Manhattan's South Street Seaport.   In my video, I talk a lot. Here's the quickie version of what I wore and why: Lorna Jane Sky Singlet & Run Short - Both pieces are comfortable, non-chafing, quick drying and stylish. I especially love the sheerness and silvery fabric of the Sky...]]>
<![CDATA[The tiered mesh on this tank is feminine and will keep you dry. (2012-03-26 19:13:34)]]>

The tiered mesh on this tank is feminine and will keep you dry.]]>
<![CDATA[Shape your hips, thighs, and rear in SPANX power knee pants. (2012-03-26 18:52:21)]]>

Shape your hips, thighs, and rear in SPANX power knee pants.]]>
<![CDATA[This SPANX workout cami enhances your figure without fitting too tight. (2012-03-26 18:47:08)]]>

This SPANX workout cami enhances your figure without fitting too tight.]]>
<![CDATA[Wear the lightest and coolest looking minimalist shoe made. (2012-03-26 18:03:22)]]>

Wear the lightest and coolest looking minimalist shoe made.]]>
<![CDATA[A drawstring cami tank does wonder by slimming and elongating. (2012-03-26 10:46:48)]]>

A drawstring cami tank does wonder by slimming and elongating.]]>
<![CDATA[Don't slip 'n slide in Hot Power Yoga! Get this no-slip yoga mat towel. (2012-03-26 10:03:09)]]>

Don't slip 'n slide in Hot Power Yoga! Get this no-slip yoga mat towel.]]>
<![CDATA[Flattering fit for your most precious curve. (2012-03-26 09:53:37)]]>

Flattering fit for your most precious curve.]]>
<![CDATA[Look Thinner In This Tank Top While You Work Out (2012-03-16 19:12:20)]]>

  Sometimes you CAN have your cake and eat it too. Literally. You can still look slim at the gym no matter how much cake you had in this cute workout tank. I'm not condoning cake-binging but sometimes it happens. And it shouldn't stop you (and me) from looking our best to work out. About a week and half ago I was feeling and looking extremely bloated. My favorite workout tanks weren't helping the situation either. They were tight and grabbing at all the wrong places. Then I tried on this one...   It's called the Hourglass Tank by Ideology (Get it at Macy's for $34) I own it in a deep purple color called ultraviolet but it comes in all the colors you see in the first photo above. I'm not lying--this tank slimmed me down and cheered me up during my uncomfortably bloated week. I'm not sure why I was so bloated. Maybe it was from the stress of a hectic work week, intense training for my upcoming half-marathon, chronic insomnia and not drinking...]]>
<![CDATA[Brooke Villone Is More Than Just Another Reality TV Star. She's A Fitness Pundit! (2012-03-15 19:06:36)]]>

Brooke Villone is part of of VH1's Baseball Wives sassy cast. When I interviewed her, I found out that she's way more than just another reality TV star. She's very sweet and forthcoming about her life and what makes her tick. CLICK HERE for Brooke Villone's Celebrity Sweat Interview Find out how Brooke maintains her sexy physique and why she does it. I was most inspired by what she had to say about her hubby, former relief pitcher Ron Villone. He may not have played catcher on the field but he certainly caught a good one! CLICK HERE for Brooke Villone's Celebrity Sweat Interview  ]]>
<![CDATA[Brooke Villone - Baseball Wives Reality TV Star (2012-03-14 22:37:26)]]>

Q.Your celebrity star is rising with VH1\'s new show Baseball Wives. How is life in the spotlight treating you? A. Well, I have been modeling since a teenager so I was in the spotlight a lot and always loved it. Q.As a model, do you have to work hard for your slim physique or does it come naturally? A. I am lucky enough to have good genes and be 5'10", however I do work out a lot. Q.So I take it you've never struggled with your weight? A. I have never had an eating disorder and I love to workout. I try to stick to a healthy diet and I workout 5-6 times a week. I do weights, cardio, Yoga and sometimes Zumba. It sometimes is harder to get to the gym as much as I used to before my daughter but running after her is sometimes a workout too! Q.What classifies you as a fitness fanatic and what helps you stay commited? A. I belong to 2 gyms in North NJ near my house. If I&rsquo;m not in shape I won&rsquo;t [get modeling] work. Q.Is your fit-drive always work...]]>
<![CDATA[MizzFIT Gets Trained By Ariane Hundt on German Vox TV (2012-03-13 09:59:01)]]>

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<![CDATA[MPG Spring Collection Launch - March 2012 (2012-03-08 18:15:37)]]>

MPG Spring Collection Launch - March 2012Contact : like@mpgsport.com]]>
<![CDATA[Safety in Sequins (2012-03-08 09:00:48)]]>

Biking can be dangerous, especially in urban areas (ahem, NYC) where people (ahem, cab drivers) drive like psychos. But as much as you want to dress with safety in mind, you don't want to be a eye-sore. The Vespert bike vest ($138) from Vespertine helps solve that problem! It's flashy in a "major" Fashion Week kind of way. Covered in Hologram silver sequins, The Vespert has a loose fit that's slimming and easily slipped over a t-shirt. And you better believe those sequins reflect light! Anyone who runs you over in this vest is either blind or wants to steal it. I just bought my very own Vespert from designer Sarah Canner and can't wait to cruise around in it!]]>
<![CDATA[Find your sports bra size by color. Adjustable band and quicky-dry cups! (2012-03-07 04:15:41)]]>

Find your sports bra size by color. Adjustable band and quicky-dry cups!]]>
<![CDATA[Keep your hands free and yourself visible with reflective Banjees like this one. (2012-03-03 08:26:49)]]>

Keep your hands free and yourself visible with reflective Banjees like this one.]]>
<![CDATA[Wanna Be A Fit Mom (someday or now)? Here Are Your 5 Sexy Role Models. Take Notes! (2012-03-02 19:26:55)]]>

  I'm floored by moms who somehow manage to do EVERYTHING! Like my mom. The only thing she doesn't do for me is my laundry...because she lives in another state. Let me be clear, moms like mine cater to their families but never forget to cater to themselves. They're called Fit Moms. And their unwavering motivation and commitment stack up higher than a series of post-natal fitness dvd's...which I'm pretty sure you'll never find them doing. I don't have kids, but I do know that juggling everything in my life including a steady fitness routine is hard enough. Throw some kids in the mix and I'm bound to drop some balls. I'm sure I'd desperately need the Mama Wants Her Life Back DVD from the series above. That's why I'm relying on the following 5 moms to tell you what it takes to be a real-deal Fit Mom. And to all my friends out there reading this: I will not drop your baby(ies), I promise!   PADMA LAKSHMI Y'know...the sexy host of Top Chef! Well,...]]>
<![CDATA[Put More Than Water In Your Water Bottle (2012-02-24 02:15:05)]]>

They may be longer than what you're used to, but Sport+Store Water Bottles ($19.95) sure hold a lot! They're great if you'd rather not carry a purse, gym bag or stuff your pocket with unruly keys. Just don't forget your water bottle at the gym (like I always do).]]>
<![CDATA[Get a customized fit with velcro-secure minimalist sneaks you can go sockless in! (2012-02-23 00:08:03)]]>

Get a customized fit with velcro-secure minimalist sneaks you can go sockless in!]]>
<![CDATA[Stand, sit or lie back to work your core for ABmazing results with this core reformer! (2012-02-22 23:34:00)]]>

Stand, sit or lie back to work your core for ABmazing results with this core reformer!]]>
<![CDATA[Look like a legit dancer in jewel colored leg warmers for dance & fitness classes. (2012-02-22 01:29:51)]]>

Look like a legit dancer in jewel colored leg warmers for dance & fitness classes.]]>
<![CDATA[Bike indoors with your outdoor bike using a fold-away stationary indoor bike trainer. (2012-02-22 00:26:11)]]>

Bike indoors with your outdoor bike using a fold-away stationary indoor bike trainer.]]>
<![CDATA[Better than grippy socks! These footies (for pilates or barre) last longer and breathe better. (2012-02-21 23:19:26)]]>

Better than grippy socks! These footies (for pilates or barre) last longer and breathe better.]]>
<![CDATA[Get crazy with tons of zippers & smart pockets on this suped-up gym bag. (2012-02-21 23:06:45)]]>

Get crazy with tons of zippers & smart pockets on this suped-up gym bag.]]>
<![CDATA[Strike a balance btwn minimalist features & cushion required for training with this sneak. (2012-02-21 22:51:46)]]>

Strike a balance btwn minimalist features & cushion required for training with this sneak.]]>
<![CDATA[Don't work out with your hands full. Stash your cash and keys in your water bottle! (2012-02-21 11:52:08)]]>

Don't work out with your hands full. Stash your cash and keys in your water bottle!]]>
<![CDATA[These metal embellished hair bands look chic in your hair or on your wrist. (2012-02-21 10:43:11)]]>

These metal embellished hair bands look chic in your hair or on your wrist.]]>
<![CDATA[RumbaTime's Go Watch Works Like A Credit Card. Pay On The Run! (2012-02-20 06:45:05)]]>

  I'm crushing on RumbaTime's Go Watches that let you charge a cab ride (and whatever else your sporty heart desires) with a flick of your wrist. In New York City, where people cab it to Central Park to run 6 miles, this kind of workout accessory is CRUCIAL. So I'm totally loving the functionality of Go, which lets you work out wallet free! I'll anxiously await for Go styles to evolve as I think there's room for much more creativity in terms of design...but I'm 100% sure RumbaTime will make that happen. The watches cost $35 on their own. For the Go service (contactless payment card), you can either pay $14.95 for 1 year or $19.95 for 2 years. Instead of reaching for "plastic" opt for sweat resistant silicone! Check out the current RumbaTime Go collection below. Just click on the watches to shop the collection. CLICK HERE to register for the Go service once you have your watch.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Jennie Finch Wrote 'Throw Like A Girl' for Young Girls to Know its Sexy to Love Hard & Dream Big (2012-02-19 10:38:10)]]>

  Jennie Finch is part jock, part glamazon, part mom, and 100% Olympian athlete. She's also now an author, making her quite the all-American success story. Read my interview with this blonde fitness-loving bombshell and find out all about her new book Throw Like A Girl and why she was destined to write it. Click the pink link below! JENNIE FINCH - CELEBRITY SWEAT INTERVIEW]]>
<![CDATA[Maintain Your Resolutions for 2012 Twitter Party (2012-02-17 07:58:37)]]>

Maintain Your Resolutions for 2012 Twitter Party]]>
<![CDATA[Jennie Finch - Olympic Gold Medal Softball Player (2012-02-17 00:12:43)]]>

Q.Jennie, please clear this up for me: what's the difference between softball and baseball? A. Basically softball is a bigger ball and we play with smaller dimensions. We pitch underhand while baseball pitchers throw over hand.
 Q.Did you ever dream you'd make it to the Olympics? It must've been surreal for you! A. Wearing USA across my chest was something I dreamt about for a long long time! Its the biggest stage in sport. A true honor! Q.At what point did you feel you had really made it as a female baseball star? A. There was a moment when I was in college and was asked to pose with Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling for a photo that I just couldn’t believe it was happening. But I have to say that standing alongside my idols like Lisa Fernandez on the gold medal podium in the 2004 Olympics, that was a huge moment for me. Q.You became somewhat of an athletic sex symbol as you rose to softball stardom. Flattering or not? A. For me it was always about being the best...]]>
<![CDATA[Color Your Fitness & Beauty Routine Tangerine (2012-02-15 23:27:37)]]>

  The color TANGERINE is 'in" for Spring but will you rock it? Shades of orange initially seem challenging because they're bright and sort of Halloween-y. But just go with it without going in too deep. Allow yourself to experiment with a bright tangerine colored sneaker like the one pictured above from Nike. Paint those manicured toes a nice shade of "A Roll in the Hague". Now don't be scared, it's actually a flesh-tone color which means it will compliment light to dark skin. I'm rocking it right now on both hands and feet and couldn't be happier with how it looks (and I'm really picky when it comes to nail color). And for all of you who don a bit of make-up for your workout dates (with yourself, duh), Nars has some really nice tangerine-y colors that go on smooth (meaning no clown effect). Just a bit of color lightly brushed over cheeks and lips will give you a healthy vibrant look. The same colors will work for your more formal outings too. Just build up the...]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Gadgets that Track Your Moves to Help You Lose Lbs. Which Ones Make the Style Cut? (2012-02-14 19:18:11)]]>

       - Writing and research by Asst. Editor Tess Nelson - Will I fit into my skinny jeans tomorrow without yanking and squeezing?  How many calories did I burn running errands, commuting to work, having sex? We’ve all wondered. The fitness and technology industries have aimed to answer these questions by producing several measurement gizmos and gadgets. These fit devices measure your activity from steps taken to calories burned and all claim to be the missing link to your weight loss goals. So which activity measurement is the most rewarding, simple, and affordable? I clear up all the numbers, graphs and myths of these nifty tools so you can monitor your health and wellness with ease and style.     S2H Step (Switch2Health) Pedometer (S2H.com) - $24.95 For fitness junkies, the pedometer is a classic. It simply counts your steps to give you an idea of your overall activity for the day. If you are automatically...]]>
<![CDATA[Amazing Fitness-y Valentines Day Gifts That Someone Needs to Buy You + A GIVEAWAY! (2012-02-09 23:54:15)]]>

  (Ok, ladies, this is half for you, half for the guys...or the women that love you or honestly whoever is willing to spend the dough) WONDERING WHAT TO BUY YOUR FITNESS VALENTINE in order to... energize her love for you? show her how much you respect all the hard work she puts into looking so hot for you? These fitness trends make great gifts. Bestow them upon your beloved or tell your beloved to break out the plastic and buy them for you. Either way, everyone wins. Don't forget, the best gifts always come in 3's!                   CLICK THE V-DAY ICONS BELOW TO SHOP THE ONES YOU LIKE       DON'T HAVE A VALENTINE? LET'S HAVE A LITTLE TALK. Don't got a valentine? Join my club...but that's OK because "plastic" knows how to love too--meaning, splurge on yourself a little! It's so much better than...]]>
<![CDATA[I'm Throwing a Twitter Party. Exercise Your Fingers and Tweet-In with Hashtag #Results2012 (2012-02-07 14:00:11)]]>

  Did you make New Year's Resolutions to be healthy in 2012? To get fit, look hot and eat well? Well, join the club! Now it's time to make good on those resolutions beyond January which--shocker--has already passed. All it takes is 1 hashtag (#results2012) and some finger exercise to make it happen. Join us Tuesday, February 7th from 9.30-11PM EST ----> because tweeting totally burns calories (kind of). Your Official Invitation With Cool "YOU'VE GOT MAIL" Effects Or just take a looksy here: See you there and don't forget to use the HASHTAG: #RESULTS2012]]>
<![CDATA[REVEALED: My Best Kept Fitness Fashion Secret (2012-02-06 14:00:54)]]>

        I wasn't intentionally keeping this from you. I hadn't thought about sharing until I realized what a lifesaver this little secret of mine had become in my daily fitness routine. Is the suspense killing you yet? Well, you're about to find out...   I REALLY HATE THINGS THAT STINK But unfortunately working out produces all kinds of stinky "fragrances". Don't get me wrong, I use deodorant! I also wash my workout clothes with the best smelling detergents I can find. Sometimes that's not enough though. If you exercise a lot like me, then you know that odors can linger no matter how many times you wash, scrub or Febreze. This is a problem--because it's embarrassing if you're out in public and there's a noticeable odor coming from your direction. No one wants to be around that! Even YOU want to run away from yourself.   MY SECRET IS DEADLY AND WILL SAVE YOU TIME & MONEY Why? Because it kills the worst of...]]>
<![CDATA[The Cassey-oulet of Pilates & Fitness Fashion (2012-02-06 10:54:03)]]>

  I present to you the one and only Cassey Ho. She's a YouTube Pilates-Fitness Sensation and a rising fitness apparel & accessory designer. And yes, she actually designed all those bags. Her website Blogilates has gone global and I wouldn't be surprised if she has more followers than Jillian Michaels! I'm telling you, the girl is making a name for herself. Wanna know what I love about her most? She makes every day EASY for me because I carry the impeccably functional and stylish oGorgeous gym bag she designed everywhere I go. It's such a hit that all my friends bought it and I frequently get chased down the street by women asking me "where can I get that gym bag?" Read my interview with Cassey Ho on Celebrity Sweat HERE!]]>
<![CDATA[Cassey Ho - YouTube Fitness Sensation (2012-02-06 08:52:34)]]>

Q.How has being famous online affected your life? A. It’s really funny when someone recognizes me on the street or when people start staring and giggling at me but don’t say anything. In fact, it’s kind of weird! On another note, I’ve been able to work with some companies that I’ve been a fan of for years – something I’ve never even dreamed of happening. Q.How did you get to where you are? A. After I graduated from Whitter College in 2009 with a degree in Biology, I moved to Boston to become a fashion buyer for a major corporate retailer. At the same time I was running the oGorgeous line on the side. When one of my bags got featured in SHAPE Magazine, I saw an opportunity to take on my business 100%, so I left my boring 9-5 job. In the process of developing my second collection, I spent my hours at home and at the gym, so I had time to start blogging and YouTubing more. Q.So what drew you to fitness besides your knack for designing amazing...]]>
<![CDATA[How Madonna Teaches Us To Be Strong & Radiant: 3 Madonna-Inspired Mantras! (2012-02-05 07:53:50)]]>

  She didn't rise to the top on luck alone, ladies. When she's not dissing on Lady Gaga, she's dishing wisdom on Anderson Cooper's show. Here are the clips that made me stop, think and praise her for the queen that she is. I translated them into mantras for you that you can say to yourself while you work out. HOW MADONNA TEACHES US TO BE STRONG & RADIANT 1. Live With Passion & Devotion "Put your boxing gloves on."  --Madonna   2. Find Balance. Don't Overdo Fitness, Just Fit It In. "I don't work out as much as I used to." --Madonna   3. Sleep More. Live For Today. Celebrate Your Accomplishments. "I wanted to write and direct a film for a very long time...and I just accomplished that." --Madonna   She may come off rather b*tchy sometimes but you've got to hand it to her for staying so STRONG & RADIANT throughout her life and career. In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with being tough...]]>
<![CDATA[Style Up 2 Shape Up for the Cold: 6 Tips to Help You Work Out Warmer and Get Outside! (2012-01-30 09:30:08)]]>

  If winters are super cold where you live--I KNOW--it becomes hard to motivate for outdoor workouts. I'm currently feelin' the chill in NYC. But fresh air and connecting with the natural outdoors does your body lots of good..and it's not like you have to spend all day outside! Go for a run, join an outdoor boot camp, jump rope or go ice skating. I know you can handle at least 30-minutes! The best way to get motivated is to Style Up 2 Shape Up for the cold. Watch the video above and scroll down to see what each of my lovely models was wearing so that you can snag their looks and hightail it outside too.   BY THE WAY, TIP #6 IS LEGIT (NOT A JOKE!) When you work out with an "entourage" I swear to God, your friends' body heat will keep you warm. The more girlzz in your pack, the more warmth to go around! WHAT I WORE IN THE VIDEO: Infinity Scarf by Lululemon ($42), Stella McCartney for adidas MidLayer Top ($150), Stella McCartney for adidas...]]>
<![CDATA[Monica Vazquez- (Fat Chef) Weight Loss Trainer (2012-01-26 21:44:26)]]>

Q.You're the Food Network's newest fitness star on the show Fat Chef...how did you snag this epic gig? A. I got involved because I work at New York Sports Club and the Food Network contacted them for a trainer for Chelsie Williams, a Times Square BBQ line cook. I lost a lot of weight before I became a trainer. I lost 65 pounds so they knew I could relate well to her. And that's how I got on Fat Chef! Q.How long were you working with Chelsie? A. 16 weeks. Q.And how much weight did she lose? A. 80 pounds. Q.What was it like teaching a chef to eat less and workout more? A. It's more challenging because she is a chef. If you work with a computer you can't just eat your computer. She is in front of food all day long and if you are a mindless or emotional eater it's just that much easier to eat when it's there. You need to learn how to be aware of what's going in your mouth and the calories you're burning. Once you make a habit out of it it's really...]]>
<![CDATA[The Stylish Makeover We All Need Starts With "I Love Me" (2012-01-24 05:02:53)]]>

  I recently wrote this status update on my Facebook page: You can't earn everyone's love but you can earn self-love. We all know this...right? Kind-of-sort-of? Or is it that we forget to remind ourselves of it? Forgetting the meaning and actions behind "self-love" can wear us thin. We can be hard on ourselves for no good reason which then leads to bad habits, like my strange midnight love affair with Fig Newtons (I'll get into that later). Sometimes we just need help channeling our self-love into healthy & positive outcomes. Meet Melissa Kathryn. She's the founder of Melissa Kathryn Makeover, a weight loss program for women who want to trim their bodies and tailor their wardrobes. I couldn't resist--I had to sportswear-style her for this story!   How I Met Melissa Kathryn It sounds strange but we were set up a by a mutual friend who thought we'd have "career stuff" in common. We met up at Tartine in NYC's West Village. Immediately I...]]>
<![CDATA[Up, Close and Abdominal with Brett Hoebel (2012-01-11 09:14:47)]]>

  He's hot. He has a 6-pack and he promises to REV yours up too. But only if you're ready to commit and as he likes to put it, "walk your talk". Otherwise, Brett Hoebel is busy taking the fitness & health world by storm. First it was on The Biggest Loser, now it's Fat Chef. Find out what Brett's all about and why (most importantly) he holds the secret key to your abs. Click the link below to read my interview with Fitness Pro, Brett Hoebel Brett Hoebel's Celebrity Sweat Interview]]>
<![CDATA[Brett Hoebel - Celebrity Fitness Pro (2012-01-11 02:31:44)]]>

Q.You’ve become a fitness celebrity and TV personality. How has it changed your life? A. I leave "celebrity" and "famous" for the tabloids. I'm just a passionate and hard working person who is lucky enough to be able to do what I love to do. Being on TV and being more recognized has changed my life because it's made me be more accountable to myself and my word. I want to set a positive role model for people, especially children. Having kids and parents come up to me on the street, shake my hand and tell me how inspiring I've been to them, has really shown me the "ripple effect" and how truly important it is to "pay it forward" when you have the ability to do it on a national and global scale. It's also made it hard to grab a frozen yogurt or slice of pizza without feeling like I need to put on sun glasses and a wig ;) Q.Some people get their abs spray tanned on and some people turn to YOU for the real deal. Is that how RevAbs was born? A. People turn to me for...]]>
<![CDATA[Got medals? Then hang 'em proudly on these fun displays! (2012-01-03 10:54:50)]]>

Got medals? Then hang 'em proudly on these fun displays!]]>
<![CDATA[When it comes to your races, be all SHOW instead of all talk. (2012-01-03 10:39:33)]]>

When it comes to your races, be all SHOW instead of all talk.]]>
<![CDATA[And The Best Fitness of 2011 Awards Go To... (2012-01-02 10:05:23)]]>

  There are no rules or forms to fill out. I make up my own award categories based on what I think will enhance your fitness lifestyle. For me, 2011 was all about being your fitness guinea pig because if you don't already know this (which you should), MizzFIT.com is all about YOU! There were so many great trends this year, but only a few took home a MizzFIT trophy. Let's get on with the awards ceremony.   **THE BEST FITNESS OF 2011 AWARDS** The Best Gym Bag is... The Pleated Pocket Gym Bag in Black Sparkle by Ogorgeous - $154.00 It's the most luxurious gym bag I've ever owned because there's a pocket and secure comparment for everything imaginable (yes, even the hottie-at-the-gym's phone number). There's also a drawstring bag for stashing your stinky workout clothes, towels or sneaks. It's so badass I've been using it as a purse. If you're into an edgy black leather look, this bag exudes it. Plus, it won't clash with anyting you wear and it's...]]>
<![CDATA[Carissa Moore: Youngest World Champion in the History of Sports...and a Homeowner! (2011-12-25 09:13:34)]]>

  I got the chance to catch up with Hawaiian pro surfer Carissa Moore while she was visiting NYC. What I found is that she's a champ in more ways than one. She's the youngest world champion in the history of sports AND she's a smart young woman who knows nothing can be achieved without hard work. One of the things Carissa is most proud of is being a homeowner--because she earned it. This 19 year old isn't going rogue. She's going big time. Click the link below to read my interview with quite possibly the chillest over-achiever on the planet: Carissa Moore's Celebrity Sweat Interview Want Carissa's workout without actually having to hit the waves? Check out SurfSET Fitness, an indoor cardio and resistance training class performed on a machine called the RipSurferX which looks and feels just like a surfboard. The workout promises a fit-surfer-body just like Carissa's. I'm planning to check it out myself in January and the feedback from the lucky ones who've...]]>
<![CDATA[Would This Get You To Work Out? (2011-12-24 05:45:03)]]>

  Personally, I'd like to trade in the pink lights for a real hottie! But the commercial couldn't be cuter and the vibe is super fun! Why can't American commercials be more like this? I'm sold on the water...as long as it delivers more "skin" next time ;)  ]]>
<![CDATA[Interview with Pro Surfer Carissa Moore (2011-12-23 09:03:01)]]>

Q.You’re only 19 years old and you’re an ASP Women’s World Champ. How does that feel? A. I have to pinch myself all the time. I am so lucky to be where I am at in life right now. It has been a dream of mine since I was little to be a world champ so to have that goal checked off already is unbelievable. Q.You're constantly in the water. Which surfing event do you look forward to most? A. I love the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast of Australia. It is the first event of our year and the wave is just so much fun! The vibe, people and culture is amazing and there is always so much going on surrounding the event. Never a dull moment. Q.It's no secret that you win a lot. How do you reward yourself? A. To celebrate I usually do something simple like a nice dinner with family and friends. But, I must admit I have done quite a bit of shopping since the season ended though, oops! Q.You rock a bikini like a true surfer chick. Do you EVER feel insecure in swimwear or is it smooth sailing...]]>
<![CDATA[Fit & Stylish Holiday Gifts Under $50 (2011-12-21 21:58:40)]]>

  The Hoodie Buddie - $48.00 on Hoodiebuddie.com The Hoodie Buddy cardigan is a great fit gift because it actually plays music and it's designed to be worn by both men and women. So if you've got a lot of gifts to give out this is a great one because anyone will like it. Just plug your iPhone or MP3 player into the pocket cord and listen to your music from the hoodie's drawstrings! This is a fashionable warmth layer to power walk in or just go for a long healthy stroll.    Nike Superfly Reflective Running Hat - $30.00 at Nike This hat is amazing for people who like to run/walk past 5pm in the wintertime when it starts to get dark outside. The hat is silver and super comfortable, but pretty unassuming until it comes into contact with bright lights. When a car's headlights fall upon it, it lights up and glows making the person wearing it extremely visible and safe from accidents. If you photograph the hat with your cell phone or camera with the...]]>
<![CDATA[Are You a Fitness Lover Who Can’t Sleep? Join the Club Because I'm an Insomniac. (2011-12-19 21:42:36)]]>

MY SLEEPLESS STORY Exercising frequently mixed with sleepless nights is not a good combo. To perform your best athletically and get the best results physically, you need sleep. I’ve been struggling with this problem for years because I’m what they call an insomniac. I hate the word because it sounds criminal, but what I’ve learned is that not sleeping is a crime against the body especially if you work out. For years I've been telling people the value of sleep without getting the full experiencing myself. I'm not proud of it but I'm working on getting better with the 8 tips in this article. And the pic you see above is proof! I'm taking baby steps because just like nicotine or hard drugs, my insomnia is hard to let go of. I've become addicted to staying up all hours of the night and I've somehow learned to function on only 4 hours of sleep. Everyone has a story, mine starts with a father who used to stay up late watching TV. I think I emulated this behavior but...]]>
<![CDATA[11 Songs for a Fit & Healthy Farewell to 2011 (2011-12-18 14:15:22)]]>

I'm calling it Goodbye 2011 because as one year ends an even better one gets ushered in. I know you're with me on this one! PLEASE BEWARE! This is an unconventional workout mix but I quite like it because it starts with Ludo (I went to highschool with frontman, Andrew Volpe) and ends with my new-found musical crush, Michael Kiwanuka. My puggles and I are listening to the mix right now as we prepare to go out for an evening run. CLICK HERE FOR WORKOUT BEATS ON MIZZFIT *Hit the pink "MizzFIT Playlist" button for the mix I made for ya!* You can also find my Goodbye 2011 workout mix ---> RIGHT HERE Do your dogs (if you have any) like to chill out to music? What kind? Let me know if you and your furballs approve of the mix. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND - from me, Shorty & Leroy!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Sport Gear is in Full Bloom for Holidays (2011-12-15 20:35:07)]]>

  It's not quite spring but the latest trend in winter sport and fitness gear is floral prints and spring-time hues. Say happy holidays to your favorite fitness enthusiast with flowers that won't die and don't have thorns. Since we can't stop to smell the roses during cold winter months, by all means, let's dress up in them and just keep moving! Movado BOLD watch by award-winning fashion designer Chris Benz Spy Bias Goggle - Flower Power Burton Women's Social Snowboard Does wearing floral prints in the winter seem strange to you or would you rock this trend? Speak your mind in the comments section below. Thx!    ]]>
<![CDATA[Long Warm-Up Jacket from GIVE Apparel Meaning (2011-12-15 10:28:18)]]>

My new GIVE Apparel Meaning Jacket ($100) was an unexpected find because it's tailored, warm and travel-friendly. I love the collar and thumb-holes which give it a look that's both sporty and transitional. I wore it to the airport for Mexico where I'm vacationing now, and it's come in handy for windy beach walks. It's quite the seasonal piece which I know I'll also wear in the NYC cold. Definitely a great holiday purchase for a fit lady of any age!]]>
<![CDATA[MizzFIT Teams Up with JackRabbit NYC - See the Windows and Join the Resolve Campaign! (2011-12-14 08:02:22)]]>

Guess what?! The JackRabbit Sports store in downtown NYC (on 14th street) let me turn their storefront window into a stylish Winter Runderland. The big news is that I've teamed up with JackRabbit Sports to bring you their best Resolve Campaign ever for 2012! It all started on Dec 8th when I took over JackRabbit's windows and went crazy with all kinds of snow supplies. It was all in the name of outdoor running, which shouldn't become obsolete when the temperature drops. You can still run outside comfortably if you're suited and geared up based on 2 things: 1) warmth and 2) functional style. Take inspiration from the 2 bunnyquins I styled. Everything they're wearing is made for cold-weather running and it's all very stylish. Like these limited edition New Balance run shoes which are unisex-ually amazing. Don't be scared...just let them hug your feet with their feather-light love. Every piece is tailored for movement and built with insulation as well as...]]>
<![CDATA[Detox Mixologists Come Clean. Read about it on MizzFIT's Celebrity Sweat! (2011-12-13 19:30:33)]]>

  To read the interview click the link below: Celebrity Sweat Interview with Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss, founders of the famous BluePrintCleanse If you've tried BluePrintCleanse please share your experience in the comments section below. I'd love to hear why you tried it and what you got out of it. Let's get a conversation going for newbies who are considering this detox option. Plus, I always like reading your opinions...as some of you know I'm a juice-lover and have tried many a cleanse. There are some that I dig and some that I don't. I sincerely think they're all VERY DIFFERENT.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Zoe Sakoutis & Erica Huss - BluePrintCleanse Founders (2011-12-12 21:35:55)]]>

Q.You're the brains behind the most tried and talked about juice cleanse. What was life like before it all started? A. .itemWrapper .lightLinks { visibility:hidden; position:absolute; } .itemWrapper .lightLinks { visibility:hidden; position:absolute; } .itemWrapper .lightLinks { visibility:hidden; position:absolute; } Erica: Immediately before, I was working in PR for food, wine and chef clients.  Prior to that I worked in various areas of the hospitality business—events and catering, bar & restaurant management. Zoe: I was also working in hospitality, mainly bartending, and studying nutritional healing at the Ann Wigmore Institute. Q.What made you both want to get in the “cleanse” business? A. .itemWrapper .lightLinks { visibility:hidden; position:absolute; } .itemWrapper .lightLinks { visibility:hidden; position:absolute; } .itemWrapper .lightLinks { visibility:hidden; position:absolute; } Zoe: The fact that there wasn’t one...]]>
<![CDATA[Rob Kardashian Steals the Show at Ideology Activewear Launch Party (2011-12-08 22:20:12)]]>

I went to a fun party last night thrown by FactoryPR for a new activewear collection called Ideology, exclusively sold at Macy's. I was there to see the collection but instead, I spent the whole night examining Rob Kardashian's butt from a safe distance. His tush has got it goin' on! So if you ever questioned Kim K's backside, the answer is: that butt runs in the family--it's as REAL as they come. Cheryl Burke (from Dancing With The Stars) was the host of the party and she's also the face/body of Ideology. Now back to Rob Kardashian's butt...or his talents, I mean. I had no idea but apparently he's a DJ...and he was actually DJing the Ideology party. I must say, Rob is a lot cuter in person than on tv. He should show off his glutes more on the show! Dying to know how he works them out. Squats maybe? Kim and Courtney should take him to Barry's Bootcamp in NYC next time they go (they usually take Keoni Hudoba's class). The Ideology party took place at the new Dream...]]>
<![CDATA[Vita-Beverages: Hard Nutrition & ACTIVATE (2011-12-08 21:13:18)]]>

Sip your B's, C's, D's, anti-oxidants and more by filling your fridge with vitamin packed drinks like Hard Nutrition and ACTIVATE. Hard Nutrition comes with a vitamin medley stored inside each cap. Don't be scared--the packaging explains everything from supplement info to how to take them. Blackberry Lemonade is the tastiest from Hard Nutrition's line-up. ACTIVATE drinks require a twist of the cap to release vitamins into a lightly flavored water. Just shake and sip! Take them to the gym without feeling guilty because the vitamins inside boost your performance and recovery. The calorie count is low too, with Hard Nutrition averaging about 40 calories/serving and ACTIVATE having 0-5 calories/serving depending on flavor. Blueberry Pomegranate is my favorite from ACTIVATE (0 calories!).]]>
<![CDATA[Think Sweats Aren't Sexy? Think Again. I Styled 2 Femme-Fit-Preneurs to Prove It. (2011-12-02 09:13:19)]]>

Workout sweats get such a bad rap. That changes NOW! On a mission to prove to the world that SWEATS are SEXY when styled the right way, I headed to the Brooklyn Bridge on a chilly morning with 2 of the cleverest babes in fitness. Kelly Dooley and Ariane Hundt are 2 Femme-Fit-Preneurs to watch out for and boy can they strut their stuff sweats. They're changing the face of fitness with their remarkable fitness inventions. Perhaps BodyRock Sport and the Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp ring a bell? BodyRock Sport is one of the most sought after fitness apparel lines in the United States and the Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp is New York City's hardest and most scenic outdoor workout. But that's not all. These women have something else up their sleeve. Check out their latest fitness innovations and tap into their brilliance.   MEET KELLY DOOLEY / Sportswear Designer & Boobie Tamer Kelly, as a California transplant to NYC how and when did you decide to start...]]>
<![CDATA[CELEBRITY SWEAT: The Today Show's Joy Bauer Gets Personal About Her Fitness & Food (2011-11-30 21:33:51)]]>

Just click the image or link below to read the interview! CLICK HERE for Joy Bauer's Celebrity Sweat Interview    ]]>
<![CDATA[Joy Bauer - Celebrity Nutritionist (2011-11-28 19:42:34)]]>

Q.Millions of people watch you on NBC’s Today Show. What’s the most exciting part of being on the show? A. By far, the most exciting and rewarding aspect for me is the opportunity to reach millions of people with practical and manageable health messages…in a matter of minutes. And having coffee in the greenroom with George Clooney and Lady Gaga is pretty darn cool, too! Q.You have a fitness dvd too! What kind of woman did you design Joy Bauer's Slimdown Workout for? A. Slimdown is designed for beginner and intermediate exercisers. Best of all, it’s easy to catch on and jump right in, so you don’t have to feel overwhelmed about starting a new fitness routine. Q.Before you became a nutritionist, you were a trainer. How did you make this transition? A. While I was studying kinesiology during my undergrad years at University of Maryland, I taught aerobics and other exercise classes all over town. I then went to graduate school at NYU for nutrition, and...]]>
<![CDATA[Tom Burr Ping Pong Table (2011-11-27 23:21:18)]]>

This is not your frat house ping pong table. The designer, Tom Burr, has an artistic reputation to uphold. That's why he only made 10 of these limited-edition tables sculpted from black rubber. They're not cheap ($45,000), but they're sleek and built to bounce those little white balls like no other ping pong table you can actually afford. For each one sold, $2,500 will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's mentoring leader in changing children's lives for the better.]]>
<![CDATA[Racing Events & Competitions (2011-11-27 23:21:07)]]>

Partner with MizzFit to introduce your company’s unique fitness product or service to our followers across the globe. Don’t miss the opportunity to have five-time NY marathon finisher, Bianca Jade, take your brand through the finish of her next big race, charity walk or even mud run. Sponsor Bianca to carry your fitness brand to the finish.]]>
<![CDATA[Hosting Events (2011-11-27 23:19:48)]]>

As a trusted voice in fitness, Bianca will entertain and inspire guests to interact with new products and services.  Hire Bianca to host and promote your next fitness event.]]>
<![CDATA[Speaking Events (2011-11-27 23:13:20)]]>

Bianca is available for speaking engagements to share her experience and findings as a Fitness Trend Expert, Women’s Active Lifestyle Coach, Sportswear Stylist and Fitness Entrepreneur. She’s had the honor of being a speaker for Nike, the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, the HOBY Leadership Seminar and her alma mater, Cornell University. Her topics include the following: Women’s Empowerment How to Find Motivation with Fashion Reinventing the Exercise Wheel Think Outside the Gym Finding Your Life’s Passion Branding Yourself in Fitness Invite the voice of fitness fashion to your next speaker event.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Industry Consulting (2011-11-27 23:02:33)]]>

Fitness companies, from studio franchises to independent sportswear lines, engage MizzFIT Consulting to keep up with relevant trends, increase brand recognition and gain new devotees. Bianca can help you with the following: pick inventory for your fitness boutique consult on apparel design/collection consult on gym arrangement/layout consult on gym equipment purchases product testing fitness trend research consumer sampling and feedback branding your fitness business   When I put together my retail strategy for barre3 company wide, Bianca Jade from MizzFIT gave me the direction I needed. While I love fashion and the idea of retail, I am not an expert and she definitely is. She took the time to get to know my brand and who my core audience is and consulted with my team so we would be successful from day 1. She really has a finger on the pulse of this industry. Sadie Lincoln, barre3...]]>
<![CDATA[Satellite Media tours (2011-11-27 23:00:05)]]>

She’ll get the word out as a product or event-based spokesperson for scheduled media tours and TV newscasts. Bianca only represents fitness, health & wellness brands that she’s passionate about and strongly believes will inspire others to reach their health goals. Let Bianca tell the world why your brand is life changing.]]>
<![CDATA[Sportswear Styling (2011-11-27 22:57:33)]]>

Bianca applies her Style Up 2 Shape Up philosophy to sportswear styling for editorial and promotional print work, televised fitness segments and dvd productions. She works with a long list of high performance and luxury sportswear brands to create edgy, functional looks that mirror everyday fashion trends. Need help with a catalog, lookbook or storefront display?]]>
<![CDATA[Thanksgiving happened. You stuffed your face. NOW WHAT? (2011-11-27 21:59:03)]]>

  Got no energy? Feeling like a cinder block? Tryptophan (the amino acid in turkey) will do that to you. Give the leftovers a break (those turkey sandwiches can wait) and get moving by following the tips in the 2 articles below. I'm quoted in both Shape.com articles and you better believe I practice what I preach. The tips I share get me through EVERY Thanksgiving. 'Cause I've got sequen garments and holiday parties to look smokin' hot for! And HELLO--you do too! So let's get back on the workout program together. Turkey schmurkey. Thanksgiving who?   Ate Too Much at Thanksgiving Dinner? Do These 3 Exercises   Top 3 Tips to Get Back on Track After Thanksgiving    ]]>
<![CDATA[Power Balance Goes Off-Kilter and Bankrupt!!! (2011-11-25 20:38:22)]]>

  POWER BALANCE IN BANKRUPTCY! Looks like Power Balance might not be championing what its main product is famous for (B.A.L.A.N.C.E) because they've recently filed for bankruptcy. Word on the street is that Power Balance owes Kobe Bryant $400,000 for endorsing their wristbands. And he's not the only athlete that won't be seeing a payday. Power Balance has some nerve! Or, is it our own fault for falling for a scam that made this company millions?   YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO WEARS ONE Or you might wear one yourself. If you do, don't be angry with me. I'm not making this stuff up! If you live under a rock, Power Balance is a company famous for its hologram-embedded sports wristbands that allegedly use holographic technology to increase athletic and fitness performance when worn. There was never any scientific evidence to prove it, but it didn't seem to matter because the silicon bracelets became a cult favorite phenomenon at $30 a pop. Everyone seemed to have...]]>
<![CDATA[3 Miracle Runners To Emulate: Fauja Singh, Jennie Finch & Meb Keflezighi (2011-11-22 22:03:42)]]>

  BELIEVE ME, ANYONE CAN RUN Many people have disputed me on this but I stand my ground. I’m convinced of it because I’ve seen it all. I’ve watched the handicap, the elderly, the obese, the frail, cancer survivors, trauma victims, and even the Eiffel Tower (a long way from home) run the New York marathon. I call him Mr. Eiffel Tower. I saw him at the 2009 ING New York City Marathon carrying his costume to the starting point before he officially put it on. It wasn’t easy for him to carry and probably harder to run inside of it. But he did it. He put his mind to it and viola--Parisian miracle brought to life! In my mind, a miracle is the determination to do an incredible thing and the will to see it through from start to finish, no matter how trying the experience. A miracle is often defined as something that wouldn't ordinarily happen. But the truth is miracles happen everyday. Miracles aren't impossible. They just take work! It’s not...]]>
<![CDATA[Stylish-Girlie Yoga Bags & Slings (2011-11-22 20:31:18)]]>

Check out oGorgeous yoga bags and slings, especially if you're into shiny, sparkly things. Most yoga bags I see around are a let down but these were designed by Cassey Ho to be sturdy, roomy and eye-catching. oGorgeous yoga bags range from $80 - $130. If you're a minimalist like me, go for a sassy sling under $30. Props to Cassey for using faux leather throughout her collection and for playing up her love of bows.]]>
<![CDATA[Freelance Writing (2011-11-21 19:34:47)]]>

Bianca is available for freelance writing including review writing, interviews and event-focused reporting. Bianca has been a fitness & health contributor for Fox News, Glam Media and Conde Nast online publications. Browse the writing examples below: Fashion Week Gets Sporty Packing Fit: Healthy Tips for Trips How To Plan a Fit Valentine's Day Zumba: The Happy Pill of Women's Fitness Singer Kat Deluna on Keeping Fit Inspire your readers with engaging fitness content.]]>
<![CDATA[If only every comfortable street shoe had gold trimming. This one does! (2011-11-18 12:31:41)]]>

If only every comfortable street shoe had gold trimming. This one does!]]>
<![CDATA[Adorn your wrist with vibrant color that matches your fitness apparel. (2011-11-18 10:29:40)]]>

Adorn your wrist with vibrant color that matches your fitness apparel.]]>
<![CDATA[Add gold sparkle to your urban bike routine with this safe and fab Nutcase Helmet. (2011-11-18 00:15:18)]]>

Add gold sparkle to your urban bike routine with this safe and fab Nutcase Helmet.]]>
<![CDATA[This snakeskin Stella McCartney for adidas cap glows in the dark! (2011-10-29 11:08:35)]]>

This snakeskin Stella McCartney for adidas cap glows in the dark!]]>
<![CDATA[Adorn your shoulders with a stylish bowtie mat sling from oGorgeous. (2011-10-28 19:24:08)]]>

Adorn your shoulders with a stylish bowtie mat sling from oGorgeous.]]>
<![CDATA[Don't Waste Time Changing Clothes. How To Go From Lunge 2 Lunch. (2011-10-28 17:52:24)]]>

  About 2 weeks ago was invited by Great Day Saint Louis (a morning news show in my hometown) to talk about transitional fitness fashion trends for Fall. Whenever I visit Saint Louis, Missouri, it's so refreshing to see that women there are really into fitness. You know what they say about the Midwest, right? Obesity, fried foods, and all of that. Well, don't buy into the stereotypes all the time. Fitness studios and sportswear style are percolating in STL, and judging by women like my trainer Kimberly Johnson (pictured below), they'll continue to expand.     Kimberly was my model for the Great Day Saint Louis segment because she really defines today's modern woman. She has 2 kids, she's constantly on the go, and between work and family obligations she has little time for wardrobe changes. I mean, who does these days? I realize you may wear a suit to work or some kind of formal office attire that requires you to change before hitting the gym. But...]]>
<![CDATA[My Debut on Hollywood Life TV w/ Chloe Melas (2011-10-27 10:42:33)]]>

  I sat down with Chloe Melas of HollywoodLife.com (who BTW has one of the coolest jobs in online entertainment) to talk about celebrity fitness favorites and how YOU can easily spruce up your workout wardrobe for the gym. All it takes is a little fashion motivation, my friends. My stylish bandwagon awaits you. Take a looksy and a listen to my tips shared with celebrity interviewer Chloe Melas. Just click the video box or link over HERE. And PLEASE leave comments. I love hearing from you. Your comments make my day and always inspire me (maybe not the spammy ones or the haters but you get what I'm saying). I'm going to choose 1 random winner from the comments section to win something brand spanking new and fabulous from my fitness closet (to be picked on Nov 9th, 2011). I'm excited to read what you all have to say! Big thanks to Hollywood Life for inviting me to talk shop with them! And to Miss Chloe: I'll see you soon for your Style Up 2 Shape Up session...]]>
<![CDATA[BUTI & The Babe: A Sexy Workout Story (2011-10-20 13:00:53)]]>

  WHAT IS BUTI? BUTI is a high-intensity workout that mixes yoga, plyometrics, conditioning and dance into a tasty Kool-Aid that you'll want to drink to reach new physique highs. It's turning average bodies into hard bodies and making MILF's out of new moms. What's not to love, right? But that's not all. The story isn't complete without the belle of the workout: Miss Bizzie.   WHO IS BIZZIE? Bizzie Gold is the smart cookie behind BUTI (pictured below). As a former fitness competitor entering motherhood, she wanted to keep up with her personal fitness routine but found that she didn't have as much time to put into it with all the preparations for her baby. She was teaching traditional Hatha Yoga classes and began experimenting by adding various styles of dance, plyometrics, and conditioning to her classes. In her mind, it was saving time by putting everything she wanted to do into 1 workout. BOOM! The results--sleek, toned muscles--were amazing! She...]]>
<![CDATA[Bridge, Sweat and Tears: The Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp DVD Is Transformational (2011-10-13 18:36:26)]]>

  Have you ever finished a workout dvd and noticed that you didn't break a sweat? It happens to me all the time. And sometimes it's not because the workout sucks. It's because it lacks energy and quick transitions from one exercise to another. Energy...sweat...motivation...environment...music...all of these factors stimulate your workout. That's why I'm stuck on (ok...obsessed) with Ariane Hundt's Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp DVD. I've never had a better workout in my living room. If you're looking for a change--a physical one--you really need to try it.   Meet Ariane That's her in the photo below with the infectious smile. I feel that I have to introduce her first before I tell you more about her killer DVD. Why? Because Ariane is sooooo different than every other trainer I've met. She's not glam, doesn't have a boob job and isn't trying to be famous. She is the real deal Holeyfiled--a personal trainer with a masters in nutrition who won't waste your...]]>
<![CDATA[Store your tennis gear safely away in a stylish tote. Holds 2 racquets, balls + more! (2011-10-12 19:23:34)]]>

Store your tennis gear safely away in a stylish tote. Holds 2 racquets, balls + more!]]>
<![CDATA[Travel light to tennis with this slim & super cute cross-body racquet sleeve. (2011-10-12 19:11:41)]]>

Travel light to tennis with this slim & super cute cross-body racquet sleeve.]]>
<![CDATA[Say bye-bye to pit stains in a Craft top with underarm cooling panels. (2011-10-11 12:15:27)]]>

Say bye-bye to pit stains in a Craft top with underarm cooling panels.]]>
<![CDATA[A long sleeve open back top means you're demure in front and sexy in back. (2011-10-11 11:50:21)]]>

A long sleeve open back top means you're demure in front and sexy in back.]]>
<![CDATA[Leave your Cartier at home. Wear this slap-on digital watch to the gym. (2011-10-11 11:38:14)]]>

Leave your Cartier at home. Wear this slap-on digital watch to the gym.]]>
<![CDATA[What run shoes do I wear? These ones! Made for natural footing. (2011-10-11 10:51:16)]]>

What run shoes do I wear? These ones! Made for natural footing.]]>
<![CDATA[My favorite workout thong ever that works under everyday white clothes too! (2011-10-11 10:44:56)]]>

My favorite workout thong ever that works under everyday white clothes too!]]>
<![CDATA[Don't like thongs? Then cover your butt seamlessly & comfortably with these! (2011-10-11 10:36:18)]]>

Don't like thongs? Then cover your butt seamlessly & comfortably with these!]]>
<![CDATA[How To Dress For A Mud Run With Minimal Yuck (2011-10-06 12:29:17)]]>

  I'M A DIRTY GIRL (SOMETIMES) Don't get me wrong. I'm a fashion loving girly-girl who lives for long showers. But every once in a while, I like to work out in the mud. If you've ever considered doing a mud run, check out my fitness fashion tips for getting dirty in ultimate comfort and style. Because it is possible to combat crawl through a muddy trench with a Mr. Clean smile and a wink of confidence. It's a dirty catwalk, girls. But I know you can work it!   SUNDAY MUDDY SUNDAY This is how I spent my Sunday morning. And I must say, I loved every minute of it. Part of me is even still laughing because it's silly to think I ran a 5K covered in mud. And that was the fun part! If you're looking to do a mud run yourself, I highly recommend the Down & Dirty Merrell Mud Run Series. For your 1st mud run, start with a 5K and do the 10K next time. The amount of mud that you run and crawl through is a lot more than you think. And because of the slip...]]>
<![CDATA[I Hope You Didn't Buy Reebok's EasyTone Or RunTone Shoes Because I've Got Bad News (2011-09-30 21:15:20)]]>

  I'm sorry to have to tell you that they don't work. Especially in all the amazing ways that Reebok's catchy ads told you they would. I hate when stuff like this happens. It's like the time I bought Sea Monkeys only to discover that the cute little creatures advertised were, in fact, just pellets that expanded into dead worms in water. Shame on you, Reebok, for tricking people into buying Sea Monkey shoes! If you've been duped or just like a good story, the video below elaborates on Reebok's latest drama and how they're making it up to people who bought their shoes.     Even though Reebok stands behind their toning shoes and success rate numbers, the FTC is making sure everyone knows that Reebok's claims don't hold up to research findings. An FTC consumer protection director named David Vladeck delivered the following statement to reporters: The consumers expected to get a workout. Not to get worked over. (ABC News source) Can't...]]>
<![CDATA[MizzFIT Tells US Weekly What Celebs Are Wearing To Work Out. Are You In The Know? (2011-09-23 10:24:04)]]>

  Celebrity fitness fashion is now hot gossip! This is like a dream come true for me and I had so much fun dishing to US Weekly. Read the article below (or directly link to it) to see who's wearing my favorite fitness brands and why the clothes will rock your body too. The good news is that you can afford this stuff! You better get going before the Fitness Fashion Police strikes!   *MizzFIT Tells US WEEKLY What Celebs Are Wearing 2 Work Out*    ]]>
<![CDATA[Is Your Workout Wardrobe Ready for Fall? See What's in Style & Win a $100 in Fitness Apparel! (2011-09-20 16:10:24)]]>

  FALL IS COMING. TIME TO GEAR UP! I love Fall (especially here in New York City) but it always comes a bit too early. Save yourself from goosebumps and an itchy-sore throat by dressing more appropriately for the inevitable temperature drop. Put your summer stuff away for next year and check out these Fall trends that you can easily plug into your fitness wardrobe. And that's not all...I'm giving away a $100 gift card to Bodywear Boutique so that you can shop for a new fall workout outfit and say goodbye to summer in style! FALL FITNESS FASHION TRENDS: * Long Board Shorts * They've graced the runway from Gryphon to Diane Von Furstenberg's shows and now it's time to wear them where the make the most sense-- in the water and at the gym! From a functional standpoint, surfer shorts are lightweight and dry fast. I absolutely love the late summer vibe they exude which is a nice way to transition into Fall--just pair with a long sleeve moisture-wicking top...]]>
<![CDATA[FITiST and Yigal Azrouel Team Up. Read My FITiST Review & Find Out What It's All About! (2011-09-16 07:05:14)]]>

  HAVE YOU HEARD OF FITiST? It's a gym membership without the burden of a home-base gym--a very cool way to work out without getting bored of the same classes or studio space. I'm super excited about FITIST collaborating with designer Yigal Azrouel for NY Fashion Week! Even though Fashion Week sadly comes to an end today, you can stay in the spirit of high-style with Yigal's fashion-y workout plan. Just keep reading to find out everything that matters.   SO, EXACTLY WHAT IS FITiST? FITiST is the future of customized fitness training. Why? Because we all get bored of our gym. Whether you have a home gym in your house, a communal gym in your apartment building or a membership-based gym (like Equinox Fitness), it's inevitable that you will tire of the studio atmosphere and group fitness schedule. Don't feel bad, it's totally normal. So along comes FITiST with an online membership that lets you pick the workout schedule of your dreams...filled with...]]>
<![CDATA[Style up with this Jonathan Adler paddle & handmade needlepoint cover. (2011-09-14 10:44:16)]]>

Style up with this Jonathan Adler paddle & handmade needlepoint cover.]]>
<![CDATA[The Zen Ring - Straight from Japan! (2011-09-14 10:18:18)]]>

It looks like a toy but the Zen Ring is made to help you relax and release. A researcher in Japan created it as a safe and effective way to stretch out your arms, neck, back and legs. The Zen Ring works by hooking onto your arms and legs to help you stretch further, more easily and intensely. It's definitely a tool you can live without but nonetheless a well designed piece of fitness equipment.]]>
<![CDATA[Geeks, Freaks and Table Tennis (2011-09-14 06:12:57)]]>

  The US Open has come and gone but table tennis isn't going anywhere. Calling all geeks and freaks! If you like needlepoint or playing in the deep end, check out the goodies below that are guaranteed to put the ping in your pong. Table tennis isn't as preppy or stuffy as big court tennis, which means there's more laughter, oddities and fun to be had. It's a great way to let your guard down with family and friends. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep your competitive edge. Use these toys to smack 'em down and show them who's boss.   * THE BEST PING PONG VICTORY TOYS * 1. Nice, Attractive Balls Your paddle set is your bait. Lure your victims in with ping pong balls and paddles that are brightly colored and attention grabbing. Make everyone in the room want to play with you. My favorite sets are from HENRI BENDEL and TRINA TURK. And I love these candy-esque ping pong balls from GOGO.   2. Paddle Protection Would you go...]]>
<![CDATA[Designer Bikes for NY Fashion Week - Pick Your Favorite & Ride Away! (2011-09-13 09:44:05)]]>

  Tour De Fashion is happening right now and you can literally GET ON BOARD. Through Thursday, September 15th you can borrow a bicycle for 1 hour at any one of the Tour De Fashion bike tents. Each bike has been creatively and uniquely "styled" by a famous New York designer to celebrate Fashion Week and give you a new way to check out all the surrounding events and pop-up shops. Plus there's no charge! How insanely cool is that? Grab a bike at one of these 2 locations:  Station 1: The Fashion District – Broadway and 40th Street Station 2: The Meatpacking District – 9th Avenue and 14th Street Just present your drivers license and credit card to rent a bike for free. Ride around the Meatpacking District and check out everything that's going on...because there's definitely a lot of hustle and bustle in this area for Fashion Week. Just remember to return your bike at one of the 2 stations. Beware of the Nicole Miller bike. It doesn't look like it...]]>
<![CDATA[MizzFIT Gets Spied On For Fashion Week! (2011-09-09 04:52:27)]]>

  I couldn't ask for a better spy! Here's what Vital Spy (of VitalJuice.com) found out about my NYC Fashion Week extra-curriculars:    ]]>
<![CDATA[My Thoughts on Victoria Secret's Fairly New Fitness Line Called VSX SEXY SPORT (2011-09-06 03:00:40)]]>

  What's VSX? Well, Victoria's Secret decided it was high time to jump into the sportswear market and designed a sweat-worthy collection they're calling VSX. VIEW THE VSX SEXY SPORT COLLECTION HERE So far from what I've seen, I'm loving the padded sports bras. Who's going to say no to molded cups and padding for smooth shaping and lift? Not me.   Too Safe? Gotta say, I'm feeling like Victoria's Secret played it safe with this line. I kind of wished they had called it VSXXX and made the line a naughtier. Or taken some inspiration from the Red Light District and all it's amazingness. I'm not saying it should be dirty or trashy-lacey, just more risque in a fun and wearable kind of way. Right now it seems like the only thing making the line sexy are the models. Just sayin' it would be nice to see something different for a change. And I had high sexy hopes for VSX. But that doesn't mean I won't snag one of their push up bras...just hope it delivers...]]>
<![CDATA[Behold The YogaWoman (2011-09-04 12:34:47)]]>

  A movie about the historical impact of yoga on women...and women on yoga. Looks good, eh? I'm not sure I buy the "we're at a crisis" comment in the trailer but I do think yoga is major life saver. And I would definitely be lost without it. CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE FOR THE YOGAWOMAN FILM HERE! So I'm gonna see this movie. Will you?  ]]>
<![CDATA[What Serena Should've Worn To The US Open (2011-09-01 13:11:10)]]>

  Serena Williams Wins US Open Match But Loses For Best Outfit Serena Williams showed Bojana Jovanovski what winning looks like last night at the US Open. It was awesome. But Serena's Nike tennis dress--not so awesome. I love Nike just as much as the next girl, but the dress was underwhelming. Serena Williams is a sports fashion icon! The girl normally has style and pizazz. So what the heck? I wish Nike had designed something that expresses Serena's funky side more. Check out what I think Serena Williams should've worn for last night's match and be sure to enter my Tennis Couture Giveaway to win a new tennis outfit!   1st Things 1st, This Is What Nike Designed For Serena Williams: If you want to see more and watch Nike's design inspiration video, CLICK HERE   Here's What Serena Should've Worn To The US OPEN: Wardrobe Breakdown:   Compression Energize Tank Top by LIJA - $75 Barricade adilibria...]]>
<![CDATA[Plug your Ipod/MP3 player into a yoga mat with built-in speakers! (2011-08-29 17:56:18)]]>

Plug your Ipod/MP3 player into a yoga mat with built-in speakers!]]>
<![CDATA[Wear a watch that talks & motivates you like a personal trainer. (2011-08-29 17:36:36)]]>

Wear a watch that talks & motivates you like a personal trainer.]]>
<![CDATA[Drink out of a water bottle that's just as stylish as your workout outfit. (2011-08-29 17:20:49)]]>

Drink out of a water bottle that's just as stylish as your workout outfit.]]>
<![CDATA[Tie yourself up in this gorgeous, back revealing long sleeve wrap cardigan. (2011-08-29 17:10:14)]]>

Tie yourself up in this gorgeous, back revealing long sleeve wrap cardigan.]]>
<![CDATA[Warm up and dress up your gym outfit with this infinity scarf. (2011-08-29 17:03:27)]]>

Warm up and dress up your gym outfit with this infinity scarf.]]>
<![CDATA[Show off your midriff without being cheesy in this sleek top. (2011-08-29 16:54:09)]]>

Show off your midriff without being cheesy in this sleek top.]]>
<![CDATA[Fit Frappe' (2011-08-26 08:08:18)]]>

A fitness nut and coffee addict's dream come true! Fit Frappe' is delish! I tried it at the Idea World Fitness Conference in LA where it previewed to much praise. Just add water to the Fit Frappe' protein drink mix which comes in 3 different coffee flavors (Vanilla Latte, Mocha and Espresso) and shake it like a Polaroid picture. It's packed with 20 grams of protein, less than 1 gram of sugar and only 130 calories and 3.5 grams of fat. It's gluten free, too. I barely ever write about protein drinks...meaning I'm crazy about this one!]]>
<![CDATA[Boyfriend Tested Fitness Gear to Help You Shop for Your Sporty Man (2011-08-24 16:00:54)]]>

  I write about women's fitness & fashion. But guys need love too AND our help getting dressed...lots of it! Men's fitness fashion is often overlooked which allows them to get away with unspeakable outfits. That's why they need us to shop for them among many other things. If we look good in our workout clothes, so should they. Check out the men's fitness fashion below and use it as a guide to help you shop for your man. Rest assured, every item has been tested out by my latest squeeze, a man who now loves to accessorize for fitness. Who knew? Well, actually, I always knew it was possible. It just takes a special man and very special fitness gear!   HERE'S WHAT MY MAN LOVES (and yes that's him dunking):   * The Sweat GUTR * Fact: guys sweat a lot. I gave the Sweat GUTR--an elastic rubbery headband that blocks and channels sweat away from the eyes--to my guy for his runs and summer soccer games. I convinced him to wear it (it's a bit...]]>
<![CDATA[Should you work out today? Just ask The Genie Watch by Nixon! (2011-08-19 04:37:41)]]>

Should you work out today? Just ask The Genie Watch by Nixon!]]>
<![CDATA[The Genie Watch by NIxon - Ask Away! (2011-08-18 21:16:18)]]>

Should you work out today? Just ask the Genie Watch by NIxon ($120). It's a sport watch and magic 8 ball in one! Time your sprints or press the genie button to find out a yes/no answer to your biggest questions in life. By the way, you should absolutely work out today so I'm expecting you to come up with better questions than that! Aside from changing your life, this watch is aesthetically pleasing and has a sweat resistant silicone band. The Genie comes in 3 colors but my favorite is the army green.]]>
<![CDATA[Run With Your Dog Totally Hands Free! (2011-08-17 16:51:03)]]>

  If you like running with your pooch (like me) but have literally "run" into problems (i.e. your dog runs so fast or hard that it feels like your arm might pop off) then check out this amazing article written by Jenn from the Fit Bottom Girls website (one of my favorite fitness websites).   Run With Your Dog Totally Hands Free!   Purchase the SPIleash (hands-free run leash for you and your dog) HERE!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Sunscreen Made Easy For Women Who Prance In The Sun (2011-08-10 13:00:36)]]>

  THE RUB ON SUNSCREEN LOTION Sunscreen lotion has a tendency to rub me the wrong way. Like the time I used sunscreen made with hemp seed oil (I won't name names). Just imagine Casper the friendly ghost in a bikini. That was me! It was anything but sexy. It literally rubbed on white and then wouldn't wash off. But thanks to all the amazing RUB FREE UPF/SPF fitness products below, you don't have to look like an idiot. You can protect yourself from the sun in style while exercising outdoors. Let's check out my favorite ways to do this, and don't forget to enter my Plus Size Sun Protection Giveaway at the very bottom of this post.   WORKOUT CLOTHES WITH SUNSCREEN BUILT IN: C9 by Champion is at the top of my list. Why? Because for the quality and amazing color options it's by far the best deal. AND it's available at my favorite store of all time--TARGET! Does anyone else get a mini orgasm walking into Target? Maybe it's just me. Anyway, what I...]]>
<![CDATA[The Next Best Thing To Kokomo? Where You Can Go To Get Away From It All... (2011-08-05 10:47:15)]]>

  HERE IT IS!!! Head to Governor's Island for Lululemon's Escape to Yoga Island event. It's free and your chance to experience FREE yoga with some of our city's best and most well known yoga instructors. Here's the official Facebook event page for Escape to Yoga Island - which might provide more background and details. If you've never been to Governor's Island before (like me, tsk tsk) this is a great excuse to get your butt out there for some sun'ercise. Like that? Now I'm inventing words. That's what happens when you go on vacation. Your mind gets stimulated with all kinds of new ideas (...of which only some are good, lol). Make sure to take a towel, sunblock, a mat and lots of water. It promises to be a fantastic event and kudos to Lululemon for making it FREE! Wallets need vacations too.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Listen to your music TANGLE FREE from the drawstrings of this hoodie! (2011-08-04 18:30:48)]]>

Listen to your music TANGLE FREE from the drawstrings of this hoodie!]]>
<![CDATA[If Kat Von D and Amy Winehouse Went to the Gym Together... (2011-08-01 12:20:07)]]>

  If Kat Von D and Amy Winehouse went to the gym together... Kat would be clear-minded from lots of yoga and find herself a real man. Perhaps a CrossFit hottie. Amy would be so hooked on her natural endorphins she'd be the last to leave the gym. Obviously there's no chance of this ever happening due to Amy's untimely passing, but that doesn't mean a girl like myself can't be inspired by the thought of it. Kat and Amy have always gone against the grain with their fashion and lifestyle choices. I admire their strength and radiance, and believe they would've made great workout partners.   Can you imagine what they'd wear to the gym? Let's take a look. Below are some tatoo-bearing shots of Kat Von D looking very fitness-y. Much like Lady Gaga, her activewear picks look cool but don't guarantee comfort for high performance.   Here's how I'd make Kat Von D's get-up a bit more gym-friendly and moisture...]]>
<![CDATA[The New Saucony Hattori is a Total Lightweight (2011-07-31 16:29:18)]]>

Saucony's spanking new Hattori sneaker ($80) is their lightest shoe yet (3.8oz). It wears like a mitten to give your toes room to do what they naturally want to do, like arching and gripping. The Hattori sole is designed for impact cushioning but I'm mostly sold on the futuristic design. These running shoes will definitely earn you lots of double-takes on the run path.]]>
<![CDATA[Fly through your practice with an origami crane entourage. (2011-07-30 06:59:09)]]>

Fly through your practice with an origami crane entourage.]]>
<![CDATA[This yoga mat marks the spot for flowing through cat and cow poses. (2011-07-30 06:53:08)]]>

This yoga mat marks the spot for flowing through cat and cow poses.]]>
<![CDATA[A Cynthia Rowley for Roxy neoprene surf bikini. Dries quick. On sale. Enough said. (2011-07-28 20:20:20)]]>

A Cynthia Rowley for Roxy neoprene surf bikini. Dries quick. On sale. Enough said.]]>
<![CDATA[A gym bag with lots of surf spirit and style - 100% neoprene. (2011-07-28 20:04:27)]]>

A gym bag with lots of surf spirit and style - 100% neoprene.]]>
<![CDATA[Pull back your hair in this turban-style swim headband. (2011-07-28 19:52:39)]]>

Pull back your hair in this turban-style swim headband.]]>
<![CDATA[Ride for Suicide Prevention in Salt Lake City, Utah with The GLMR (2011-07-27 09:05:45)]]>

  Suicide - How It's Affected My Life I lost my grandfather and my beautiful cousin Paige to suicide...and I can't help but cry right now as I type these words. I wish Paige was alive to guest post here on MizzFIT.com and talk about how we hiked the Grand Canyon together. I wish my grandfather could see me grown up. But suicide is the final chapter and the last thing I remember about them when I see their pictures.   You Can't Fight Sadness With Sadness My friend Zach Ludlow suffered the same loss with his dad but decided you can't beat sadness with sadness. Instead he founded an annual benefit ride in Salt Lake City, Utah (Payson to be exact) to raise awareness and funds for mental illness and suicide prevention. "It began as a memorial ride for my dad who was a cyclist and loved the sport," Zach tells me. But Zach was born with healing power. He once taught me that the best way out of sadness is to ask whatever god you believe in for direction. And I...]]>
<![CDATA[Music to Move Your Caboose (2011-07-25 23:20:24)]]>

  Check out my latest workout mix and shake that booty until it's firm and yum yum. Just click the pink MizzFIT Playlist button below and you'll be beamed over to my page of musical wonders. I'm also featuring Natasha Linton's bumpin' Peak20 Workout Playlist and it's FREE! Just go to my music page RIGHT HERE  and look for the PEAK20 album. Natasha, a kick-ass NYC based trainer, created the PEAK20 Workout to tone you up in a mere 20 minutes. Not a bad gig for ladies with a busy schedule. 20 minutes is totally do-able and excuse-free, so make sure to check out PEAK20 classes. I'd love to know what music puts you in the zone. Please share your favorite albums/artists below and enlighten me with good stuff that I've never heard of before. And please, make sure it's upbeat. I love Sade, just not on my workout mix. So hook a sister up with something fast and peppy. Thank you!]]>
<![CDATA[Peak 20 Natasha Linton Mix (2011-07-25 10:24:41)]]>

Peak 20 Natasha Linton Mix]]>
<![CDATA[A Splash of Style Goes Swimmingly (2011-07-22 21:59:40)]]>

  Last weekend I was a lucky girl, sitting front row at Mara Hoffman's fashion show during Swim Week in Miami. Gawking at all that swimwear made me want to jump in the pool and that's why this post is all about swim-action-fashion! Water is 12x more resistant than air, which means you'll work your muscles harder while submerged. It's a cooler way to sculpt than hitting the pavement for an unbearably sweaty run, especially during a heat wave like the one we're getting right now in NYC. Check out my latest swim trends & tips before you take a dip, and enter the Bikini Bottom Giveaway at the end of this post. SWIM FASHION THAT MAKES A STATEMENT & STAYS ON: Go for a casual and comfortable 1-piece with a tribal art flair. This was my favorite design from Mara Hoffman's fashion show at Swim Week Miami. It's the perfect suit for paddle boarding, windsurfing or even taking an aqua arobics class. It's undeniably cute with no risk of wardrobe malfunction. Check...]]>
<![CDATA[Turn Your Ipod Nano into a Watch with Loop Nano (2011-07-19 19:33:18)]]>

This silicone watchband turns your Nano 6g into a trendy time-telling device. The Loop Nano ($19.99) lets you wear your square friend as a fitness fashion accessory to the gym. Access your favorite fitness apps for workout tips or time your sprints around the track. The Loop Nano is sweat resistant, comfortable and it keeps your Ipod Nano very secure and within eyesight.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Clean Out, Drink Up and Stay Active on a Juice Cleanse That's Right For You (2011-07-12 16:00:31)]]>

  My juicy video hits the web! I've been overloaded and traveling, which explains why this video has found it's way online and to Facebook before making it's debut here. But better late than never! Please enjoy Gym 'N Juice, a collaboration with my friend, Holistic Health Coach Robyn Youkilis. It's 10 minutes of juice cleansing knowledge--everything you need to know before you dive in deep. We tried to answer all the important questions and clarify that there are different levels of "juicing"...and just because the co-worker on your left sips on Organic Avenue doesn't mean you're gonna dig it. You've got to find what works by thinking about what you like, not necessarily what you can tolerate. If you like it, you won't cheat!   Link to the power players: Gym 'N Juice features my favorite juice cleanses and tells you how to effectively go on a cleanse while maintaining an exercise routine. Watch the video and then check out the juice cleanse companies...]]>
<![CDATA[New Outdoor Pilates Bootcamp with a Chic & Bendy Drill Sargent Hits NYC (2011-07-02 07:40:18)]]>

- This is a guest post by Erica Chapman -   FINALLY, we’ve gotten to that point in the year where you’d actually rather exercise outside than in a gym. The weather practically begs you to come sweat outdoors!  But personally, I’m tired of my jog-around-the-neighborhood routine. That’s why I was psyched to try out Nicola Yvette’s new “Pilates Bootcamp” on the Hudson river.  If you tend to think of pilates as the easy-breezy cousin of yoga, let Nicola prove you wrong while you enjoy the waterfront breeze! I asked Nicola, a former dancer-turned-yoga/aerobics/spin/weight training/pilates instructor (whew!) for the nitty gritty on her class, and her thoughts on the best fitness fashion out there. Read the interview below. *** Hey Nicola!  So, you have quite a varied fitness background.  Given your multi-discipline knowledge, what particularly makes you love pilates? Nicola Yvette:  I began ballet at the age of four. My...]]>
<![CDATA[A Fitness Boombox That You Can Take Anywhere (2011-06-27 06:55:18)]]>

The Eco Terra is the new age fitness boombox made for outdoor excursions and adventures. It plays all major smart phones and portable music players. Take it to group workout sessions in the park or even something more extreme, because if you get lost in the dark it also functions as a flashlight. The Eco Terra is waterproof and will charge your smart phone. What doesn't it do?]]>
<![CDATA[Pick a workout DVD to match your personality and blow right past the gym! (2011-06-26 14:35:46)]]>

  Sometimes schlepping to the gym feels like...schlepping to the gym. When it feels like that, don't go! Whether you're rushed or just dragging from a long day, give yourself a break with a workout that's time efficient and gym-free. You're going to need the perfect workout DVD, which like the perfect man, can be hard to find. But you deserve it so I went ahead and flexed my matchmaking muscles for you. Take a look...you might find your DVD soulmate!   ARE YOU WHAT THEY CALL A YOGI? GOT ANY TIGHT SPOTS? Your DVD soulmate:  Shiva Rea A.M. Energy About the workout: This workout DVD is like the bible of vinyasa flow yoga because you're constantly transitioning from one pose to the next, activating and stretching your limbs and core in both beginner and advanced moves. The experience is more than slightly spiritual in a relaxing heat-your-muscles-up kind of way. It's great if you love yoga, need a mood-boosting AM workout, and/or crave a new...]]>
<![CDATA[Play like a pro with "enhanced" racquets that won't let you miss a birdie. (2011-06-24 04:38:37)]]>

Play like a pro with "enhanced" racquets that won't let you miss a birdie.]]>
<![CDATA[Change things up in a tennis shoe that looks like a running shoe. (2011-06-15 18:08:42)]]>

Change things up in a tennis shoe that looks like a running shoe.]]>
<![CDATA[Make a statement with a soft-soled clean cut sneaker. (2011-06-06 22:25:40)]]>

Make a statement with a soft-soled clean cut sneaker.]]>
<![CDATA[Dance around in a shoe that feels as soft as butter. (2011-06-06 22:24:49)]]>

Dance around in a shoe that feels as soft as butter.]]>
<![CDATA[Go for the PURRRfect run in Soffe cheetah print knee tights. (2011-06-06 22:17:30)]]>

Go for the PURRRfect run in Soffe cheetah print knee tights.]]>
<![CDATA[Crunch And Lift While You're On The Road: The Top 5 Fitness Travel Accessories For Women (2011-06-05 16:30:02)]]>

- This is a guest post by Erica Chapman -   Just as I was about to get started on the project of downloading and checking out celebrity trainer Key Son’s new fitness app, Hot Factor, I got pulled out of town for a work assignment. And then another. And then I took a long weekend away. By the time I actually had a moment to open it up, I really wished I had done it sooner! It’s absolutely the perfect thing to have on hand while you’re on the road and missing your regular fitness program. And thus, the sudden inspiration for this TOP 5 post.  When you find yourself stuck in a convention center hotel for the night with no gym in sight, no safe place to jog outside and no time to track down the closest yoga studio, you'll be happy you packed these...   TOP 5 FITNESS TRAVEL ACCESSORIES (for busy women on the go):   1. Hot Factor iPhone/iPad Fitness Training App for Women ($2.99) Created by celebrity fitness trainer, Key...]]>
<![CDATA[Ride safe with a helmet made to look like a chic hat. (2011-06-05 08:08:28)]]>

Ride safe with a helmet made to look like a chic hat.]]>
<![CDATA[Check Out My New And Very Legit Gym! (2011-06-01 15:00:08)]]>

  Guess who's gonna be a tan little climber??? THIS GIRL!!! A rock climbing wall and a beautiful sundeck is NOT what you call slumming it when you head to the gym. It's been around for ages (okay, maybe not that long) and it's not like it's a secret, but I've finally joined The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. If you're looking to join one of the most expansive and sunlit gyms in Manhattan, this is the place. To be quite honest, it's really more of a health club. But it sounds so boring to call it that when it doesn't quite feel like that. I mean, do Usher and Justin Bieber casually drop in to work out and play basketball at a "health club"? Nooooooo. The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers is way trendier than your typical health club but you can still get a mani-pedi at the Spa, take swim lessons in a lane and chill in a jacuzzi. The cherry on top is that you can subject yourself to triathlon training from the best of the best (Full Throttle Team Champions). Just ask...]]>
<![CDATA[Newly Opened Bari Studio In NYC Says It Will Pick Its Own Members (2011-05-29 07:22:52)]]>

  A fitness studio called Bari opened up not too long ago in the Tribeca neighborhood of NYC and its quickly setting itself apart from the competition (of which there's a lot lately) by selecting it's own members by invitation only. I'm not sure what to think about this. I mean, I get the concept which is admittedly intriguing, and of course, Manhattan folk love their exclusive venues. But, will a members only barre studio really fly? Will female fitness fanatics go for this? I don't have the answer yet, and I'm wondering what all of you think. My immediate reaction can be summed up in the 2 stories below.   2 Sad Stories When I was in grade school I had a few girlfriends that I considered my best friends in the universe. They planned a sleepover party one weekend that I wasn't invited to. I'll never forget, I cried myself to sleep that Saturday night while they probably stayed up late playing Ouija Board. In college I had a group of best...]]>
<![CDATA[Top 10 Most Lovable Things About Yoga-ing (2011-05-26 09:15:40)]]>

Tom Holland said "yoga won't make you skinny" on The Joy Behar Show. Well, that's easy to say if your mat is full of dust, Tom! I think yoga is one of the best core workouts and it keeps me from having to do crunches day after day. If you power up your yoga practice with a fast moving flow and a touch of strength training, you will indeed drop pounds. It all depends on your approach and intensity. So I'm going to say that Tom Holland is WRONG. Whether you're a fan or on the fence, check out my TOP 10 reasons to love yoga paired with stylish trends for summer.   TOP 10 MOST LOVABLE THINGS ABOUT YOGA AND FOR YOGA: #1. Yoga is about listening first. Beautiful poses and a smooth yoga flow don't happen overnight. But you'll get there, building up the courage for handstands and more by listening to your teacher's guidance, your breadth and your heart. You can even listen to your yoga mat! The Audio Yoga Mat from Gaiam ($39.98) talks or sings to you with a built-in...]]>
<![CDATA[Creepy Energy Tonic is Tasty and Can Boost Your Energy Level for Workouts (2011-05-19 09:42:14)]]>

  I'm going to be totally honest...I wasn't brave enough to try this product myself. I was terrified. I mean, just look at it. It's weird science if I've ever seen it. The eerie concoction is called Met-Rx Amplified Energy Shot. With a name like that and packaging that reminds me of my last blood donation, it's a wonder why this product hasn't gone big time. So instead of risking death, I offered the opportunity to sample this energy shot to followers on my MizzFIT Facebook Page and actually had a taker. I was relieved to hear she survived after drinking the energy potion which she claims really works. Before you rush out to buy every last test tube (although I'm skeptical that you will) please keep in mind that it's strongly caffeinated and there are other, more natural ways to boost your energy before a workout. For example, check out this Healthy Energy Snacks Video that I made. However, I know a lot of you like energy drinks and prefer something quick and...]]>
<![CDATA[Breathing Beauty Into CrossFit (2011-05-13 11:08:33)]]>

  I've never considered Crossfit a fun or fashionable workout. But I know many of you love the exercise and results that Crossfit delivers so definitely check out "Breathe" directed by my good friend, Paul Schneider. This short film has renewed my interest in Crossfit and I'm rising to the challenge of trying it again...burpees and all! Maybe I can bring some MizzFIT style to the workout. What do you think? When I asked Paul about his inspiration for making Breathe, here's what he had to say: I wanted to make a piece that truly captured Crossfit (and exercise in general) with the intensity and intimacy that I had felt but rarely seen. Folks see themselves in this. Its personal and a little raw. Real people in peak form pushing themselves to the limit.  Its a race against a clock thats different for us all...but that we all face. Do you relate to this? I totally do. I feel like this when I'm running outside, even when I'm not competing in a race. If...]]>
<![CDATA[Secure Your Hair with a Braid Like Celeb Beauties Lauren Conrad & Jessica Alba (2011-05-10 05:32:37)]]>

  The Pilayo braid headband is one of my favorite fitness accessories that I've featured in a few Fashionably Fit with MizzFIT videos. Not only does it look cute but it stays put during your workout, especially when you can't stand to have your hair in your face (like during spinning & kickboxing class). I've been talking about this headband for a while and I'm excited to see that Athleta has come out with some new colors. To check out the Pilayo Braid Headband CLICK HERE Just because you're going to sweat doesn't mean you can't look good or rock an amazing hairstyle. If you've got a unique hairdo for the gym, please tell us about it by leaving a comment below. And if you're brave, send me a photo HERE!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Stay loose in a relaxed crop top with a notched back. Avail in Plus Sizes! (2011-05-10 05:27:43)]]>

Stay loose in a relaxed crop top with a notched back. Avail in Plus Sizes!]]>
<![CDATA[The Snake Print Jolie Ba from Ion Actif (2011-05-09 20:29:18)]]>

Animal prints are all the rage but pink snakeskin is sheer genius. The color softens the snakeskin edge and of course matches all your black bottoms.]]>
<![CDATA[The pefect thong for long workout sessions. Go up a size when purchasing. (2011-05-09 20:12:38)]]>

The pefect thong for long workout sessions. Go up a size when purchasing.]]>
<![CDATA[Style Up 2 Shape Up to Rock a Triathlon (2011-05-06 19:08:29)]]>

  Meet Jo Anne. She's a New York City based fitness lover who races her heart out in triathlons and marathons. Jo Anne's only setback is her training gear, a workout wardrobe that under-performs. That's where I come in! Watch me give Jo Anne a fitness fashion makeover (in the video above) that can't be beat with active-wear that's stylish and functional. The video speaks for itself and I can't rave enough about ellasport! Check out the ellasport collection HERE and use the discount code MIZZFIT for 20% off your purchase. If you live in NYC, be sure to drop by Holly Rilinger's class at Flywheel Sports (she's in the running to be the next The Biggest Loser celebrity trainer...sayonara Jillian). Be prepared to walk out of class with a sweaty head and feeling like you can conquer the world. Flywheel Sports is in Florida too! Lastly, undergarments are a really important element of Styling Up 2 Shape Up because comfort is key no matter what sport you're doing. If you're...]]>
<![CDATA[How Animals Help You Get To The Gym On Time (2011-04-26 07:35:45)]]>

  It's all about animal prints and stripes on fitness accessories for Spring and Summer. I must sound like a broken record but this is such a fun trend, especially when it comes to accessories. The Zebra Print Swatch Watch is one you'll want to snatch up. You can't go wrong with a funky, sweat-resistant, lightweight and inexpensive watch that's just as cute for everyday use as it is for the gym. Have fun deciding on a color because I'm totally stumped! Definitely check out the snake skin range as well. I have a slithery crush on the Snaky Anthracite style (below). CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE ANIMAL COLLECTION BY SWATCH HERE  ]]>
<![CDATA[Forget you're wearing shoes in this sleek lightweight racer. (2011-04-23 22:29:43)]]>

Forget you're wearing shoes in this sleek lightweight racer.]]>
<![CDATA[Slip into sneaks that take stress off your knees and heels. (2011-04-23 22:00:32)]]>

Slip into sneaks that take stress off your knees and heels.]]>
<![CDATA[Fit Look of the Week for Spin & Outdoor Cycle (2011-04-20 20:04:12)]]>

  INDOORS OR OUTSIDE, COMFORT IS KEY Fashion is always on my mind but once I'm on a bike, I want to find my zone and not worry or feel bothered by what I'm wearing. Quality bike apparel will keep your mind on your workout and performance. If you're at a loss for bike-fitness this Spring, consider the options below: Rent a bike cruiser for a day with a friend (or buy one) Saddle up at a spin studio like Flywheel Sports   SPINNING MY WHEELS AGAIN! So I'm back in the spin studio firming up my thighs for summer...and all the cute shorts I plan to wear. To get us motivated (many of you have been requesting bike fashion), I styled the fit-look above with my favorite Spring trend--you guessed it---animal print! What I love about this outfit is that it's a mix of leopard prints at different volumes. Notice how the adidas by Stella McCartney Bike Jersey Tee and Padded Knee Shorts have side paneling with leopard-print jacquard. It adds nice...]]>
<![CDATA[Cruise Control on a Schwinn (2011-04-19 22:23:18)]]>

Life's a picnic on Schwinn's Debutante Cruiser ($459). Choose from 3-speeds to work up a sweat and sink your tush in not just a soft, but a very stylish, saddle. This bike screams summer. Add a basket for even more functional pizazz.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Work Out & Look Like a Latina Pop Star (2011-04-17 19:30:47)]]>

  BEHIND THE SCENES WITH KAT DELUNA & CUERPASO If you know who Kat DeLuna is then you know she's a Dominican born pop star who's climbing the music charts. Her dance and hip-hop tracks make for killer workout music and feature artists like Akon. When she's not singing her heart out, she's in the gym rocking hot fitness couture and I have proof! Check out the video above where Kat DeLuna gets Styled Up 2 Shape Up for Univision's Despierta America show by me and Tadeo from the Cuerpaso workout.   YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A CELEB TO GET KAT'S LOOK Here's what she wore, why it rocks and where you can get it: Femme Fitale Fitness Zebra Print Gloves ($19.99) for weight training, floor work, spinning and outdoor cycling Her own Nike training jacket. Nike's Windrunner Jacket ($63.97) in white/cherry/sapphire is a close match. An MPG Sport bra. The one Kat's wearing in the video is no longer available. Check out newer styles Eris (shown...]]>
<![CDATA[It's Workout Mix Wednesday! (2011-04-14 03:55:50)]]>

  If you're in need of a new workout mix, I've got it for you! Just click on the pink MizzFIT Playlist button when you arrive HERE. I've also listed a bunch of my favorite albums to help set the pace and mood for a range of workouts (from Pilates to high impact). Check out Girl Talk's newest All Day album and download it for FREE! It's a great one for cardio and machine workouts. You can never go wrong with Girl Talk, in my opinion. As always, feel free to share your music taste and requests in the comments section below. If you make share-able mash-ups, send them along and I will post them for all our music-loving fitness friends. Happy Workout Mix Wednesday! Get your fitness beats HERE]]>
<![CDATA[Black Swan Soundtrack (2011-04-12 23:00:01)]]>

Black Swan Soundtrack]]>
<![CDATA[Hed Kandi Fit & Fabulous (2011-04-12 22:04:16)]]>

Hed Kandi Fit & Fabulous]]>
<![CDATA[Reggae Workout Music (2011-04-12 21:47:21)]]>

Reggae Workout Music]]>
<![CDATA[Spinning Music (2011-04-12 21:39:27)]]>

Spinning Music]]>
<![CDATA[Britney Femme Fatale (2011-04-12 21:27:09)]]>

Britney Femme Fatale]]>
<![CDATA[Fit Flix Workout Music (2011-04-12 21:25:59)]]>

Fit Flix Workout Music]]>
<![CDATA[Adele (2011-04-12 21:25:56)]]>

Adele]]>
<![CDATA[Michael Jackson Greatest Hits (2011-04-12 21:23:02)]]>

Michael Jackson Greatest Hits]]>
<![CDATA[Bodysuits Are Back! (2011-04-11 20:51:05)]]>

Sexy bodysuits like RioSoul's New Zealand Supplex One Piece ($145) are popping up everywhere and women are once again embracing this early 90's trend. The good news: RioSoul supplex bodysuits stretch up to 500%, so you won't kill yourself squeezing into one. The bad news: low cut and backless bodysuits offer little support for large chested women.]]>
<![CDATA[MizzFIT Shows Kathie Lee & Hoda How To Style Up To Shape Up for Spring (+ Giveaway) (2011-04-11 05:44:53)]]>

  I WAS ON THE TODAY SHOW & SCORED WITH KIM CATTRALL It's been over a week since my debut on the Today Show and I still need someone to pinch me. What an incredible experience--from the minute we entered wardrobe leading up to the live segment! I even got my hair did and make-up done by the Today Show beauty team. Okay, I know my face looks shiny in the vid but I think that's the work of my 3-day Elixir Juice Cleanse which I'll write about soon. Going into NBC Studios, I knew the fitness fashion was going to rock but seeing it all come together behind the scenes with guest Kim Cattrall fawning over my models, was a major high point for me. That's why I'm going to re-live it by telling you more about each of the 4 looks including the outfit I wore. Be sure to enter the BEST GIVEAWAY IN MIZZFIT HISTORY at the end of this post.   FIRST, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT FITNESS TRENDS FOR SPRING I'm seeing an EDGY trend and a FLIRTY trend happening in all kinds...]]>
<![CDATA[Get Back On Your Feet And Run Again. Be A Tigress! (2011-03-24 08:19:36)]]>

- This is a guest post by Erica Chapman -   SETBACKS HAPPEN. ALL THE MORE REASON FOR A COMEBACK! Here’s a little-known law of the universe: even the most well-intentioned and disciplined runner is bound to hit an obstacle on the road to her running goals. Obstacles come in all shapes and sizes—an injury, boredom, a sudden move or change in your routine, or even that pesky little problem I like to call “winter.” Setbacks happen to the best of us, so don’t get down about them—use them as opportunities to change up your game! Even an injury can be a chance to bounce back stronger and more focused than before.  And of course, everyone knows the best way to jumpstart your motivation is a new addition to your workout wardrobe! To help bust me out of the winter treadmill blues, I injected some fresh new fashion into my routine in the form of new Nike LIVESTRONG Air Max+ shoes and Soffe Animal Print Run Shorts. Then I tested them out on a new kind...]]>
<![CDATA[Kim Kardashian Athleisure Inspires My Mom to Hit the Gym - Get the Look! (2011-03-20 20:46:54)]]>

  I get on my mom's case about exercise all the time. We work out together whenever I'm in town visiting and take the puggles out for long walks. But when I'm not in town her workout routine falls off. My mom's health is really important to me so I like to inspire her for fitness by drawing from the things she loves. Mama MizzFIT whose real name is Maria, loves fashion and pop culture. These days all she can talk about is Kim Kardashian. That's how I got the idea to make Kim our fitness muse and style my mom with her look.   MY MOM LOVES KIM KARDASHIAN...DON'T WE ALL? Kim Kardashian is more than a hot topic. She's a celebrity that women all over the world are intrigued by and watch for fashion and beauty cues. How could we not? She's stunning and doesn't hide the fact that she loves getting all dolled up. Kim K lives a glam life and we love her for it. So I'm not surprised my mom is a fan. I just didn't realize to what degree until she called at 10pm one...]]>
<![CDATA[Leopart print cranium protection for your bike ride. (2011-03-18 16:41:18)]]>

This leopard print leather Sawako Furuno bike helmet (£74.00) is made for stylish ladies fed up with masculine cycling gear. If this helmet makes you purr, act fast because it's a Limited Edition. Features include a shock absorbing liner, air vent holes to keep your head cool, and quick release buckles.]]>
<![CDATA[Muscle Up With The Marz Attax Mash-Up Mix (2011-03-17 14:35:44)]]>

  This workout mix fell into my lap today and I'm so excited to share it with you. It's called Marz Attax and it's the work of DJ MZ from NYC. The good news is that he's giving it away for FREE! And I don't mean "free" like it's bad. I mean "free" like it's good sh*t that will inspire you to get your sweat on. I have no doubt it will help take your workout to the next level. CLICK HERE FOR DJ MZ'S MARZ ATTAX MASH-UP If you like Marz Attax, please leave a comment below for DJ MZ with your thoughts/compliments/whatever. He appreciates your feedback. Music is often the little push we need to get our limbs moving and our butts to the gym (or wherever you like to work out). I love how a fresh new mix gets me to pick up my pace and distracts me from unimportant side thoughts. Consider switching up your playlist as often as you can in order to focus on your workout, free your mind and find your zone. Set the mood for your best performance. Enjoy the mix!]]>
<![CDATA[Improve your running form with a shoe that adjusts your footstrike. (2011-03-16 17:00:51)]]>

Improve your running form with a shoe that adjusts your footstrike.]]>
<![CDATA[Amy Winehouse Designs Golf Clothes - Really? (2011-03-10 21:03:20)]]>

  I couldn't believe it when I first came across Amy Winehouse's collection for Fred Perry because she doesn't seem the sporty type at all. Have I been living under a rock? Because it's her 2nd collection for the house of Perry and it's marvelous! I wish I had known about the 1st because Amy gives Fred Perry luxury sportswear and ready-wear a serious rockabilly edge. She injects her retro 50's vibe into the line which includes sexy halter dresses, Hawaiian prints, tie-up bowling shirts and slim cut polos and pants. Amy's love for ballet flats even translates to a kilted loafer. The Amy Straw Visor and Hawaiian Print Shirt featuring Amy's likeness are my favorites! If you like golf fashion and don't mind pushing the envelope, take a look at what you could be wearing on the green: AMY WNEHOUSE FOR FRED PERRY It's creative and totally fun. And what would make it even better is seeing Ms. Winehouse golf! Images courtesy of Fred Perry website and Buzznet...]]>
<![CDATA[A fitness shrug built with moisture wicking! (2011-02-27 12:39:18)]]>

Pearl Izumi's form-fitting Infinity Shrug ($45) is designed to be worn over a sport tank for addded warmth. Once you're all warmed up, you can tie it around your waist without worrying about it flapping in the wind. It comes in black and white.]]>
<![CDATA[Hip To Fitness But Not Food? Pioneer of Haute Health, Robyn Youkilis, Will Change That! (2011-02-27 11:31:15)]]>

  Meet haute health pioneer, Robyn Youkilis: She's a Holistic Health Coach and her company is called Your Healthiest You. Robyn doesn't just tell you how to eat, she shows you how and teaches you why ingredients matter. She's helping me become more health food conscious and can do the same for you by demystifying superfoods, juices and crazy looking things that taste amazing! The truth? Fitness is lackluster without energy boosting nutrients and most of us are not eating right to support our workouts. Robyn got her start through a love of cooking and exploring local farmers markets. She studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and now helps her clients enhance their lives with energy, stamina, safe weight-loss and glowing skin. Oh yeah, and happiness! Robyn believes healthy eating is a balance of smart nutrition and a self-examined lifestyle. She injects fashion & trends into food coaching to make it exciting, one of the many reasons why I love...]]>
<![CDATA[Add Resistance To Your Workout & Wardrobe. Enter My Irresistible Giveaway! (2011-02-22 22:07:44)]]>

  RESIST 2 TONE Resistance training that uses elastic tension for muscle contraction will tone your body inside and out. Internally, it strengthens your heart and improves blood flow to your brain. Research studies at the Brain Research Center at the University of British Columbia have linked resistance training to the creation of new brain cells, which means adding resistance to your workout can make you smarter! On the outside, resistance training will make your body lean and muscular without the bulk. Now that you know what it does, let's talk about how you can get started.   WHAT YOU NEED: STRETCHY TOOLS My favorite kind of resistance training is performed with elastic bands or rubber tubing which vary in style and tension strength. I like them because they're a nice break from dumbbells which can easily bulk you up. Bands and tubing create an elastic force that your muscles work against to push, pull, squeeze, stretch or bend. It's an entirely...]]>
<![CDATA[Carry a convertible tennis bag that pockets your raquet, clothes + more! (2011-02-21 08:05:33)]]>

Carry a convertible tennis bag that pockets your raquet, clothes + more!]]>
<![CDATA[Brighten a cloudy ski day in Chanel eyewear with signature quilted headband. (2011-02-20 23:32:26)]]>

Brighten a cloudy ski day in Chanel eyewear with signature quilted headband.]]>
<![CDATA[Protect your eyes from extreme sun in Chanel ski goggles. (2011-02-20 23:28:26)]]>

Protect your eyes from extreme sun in Chanel ski goggles.]]>
<![CDATA[Secure your hair sweetly with a moisture-wicking stretchy braided headband. (2011-02-20 23:11:59)]]>

Secure your hair sweetly with a moisture-wicking stretchy braided headband.]]>
<![CDATA[Tuck your keys, ID and phone into a discreet and expandable SPIbelt. (2011-02-20 22:57:01)]]>

Tuck your keys, ID and phone into a discreet and expandable SPIbelt.]]>
<![CDATA[Get a firm grip with Gaiam's multi-level ergonomic yoga brick. (2011-02-20 22:13:36)]]>

Get a firm grip with Gaiam's multi-level ergonomic yoga brick.]]>
<![CDATA[Happiness: Your Heart Depends On It (2011-02-15 00:51:27)]]>

  Depends on what? HAPPINESS. If you're not living and breathing it, I'm sorry to say, neither is your heart. Show your heart some love by injecting HAPPINESS into your workout. I recently appeared on Fox News for Dr. Manny's Heart Health show to talk about preventative measures for heart disease and how to live an active lifestyle. Check out the clip from the show and my tips for living a heart healthy life by loving your workout. It's Valentine's Day for goodness' sake! Make sure to love that tender and hard-working heart of yours.   I'M NOT A DOCTOR BUT I KNOW HAPPINESS IS ONE STRONG ANTIDOTE When you're happy you're sending out positive energy that's attractive, healing and empowering. Think about all the happy people you know and how much you like being around them. Good vibes are magnetic, right? If you're enjoying fitness activity, you're more likely to do it again and again. The hardest part of exercise is staying consistent. Yes, I realize it's...]]>
<![CDATA[FREE VALENTINES DAY WORKOUT AT CRUNCH NYC - FOR THE HEART-WRENCHED AND ANGRY (2011-02-12 12:15:49)]]>

  Yeah, yeah...love hurts...VDAY is depressing...and maybe you were never meant to find love. Get out of your head, girl! You can complain all you want but it's time to put your hands up and let your fists do the talking. This Feb 14th, check out Ex-Factor--a FREE Anti-Valentine's Day Boxing Class. Spend your loveless VDAY throwing immaculate punches and getting into shape. If you have a loved one, bring 'em along and show them why they shouldn't misbehave. See details below.   THE WORKOUT: Ex-Factor – A FREE Anti-Valentine’s Day Boxing Class   Looking good is the best revenge, so this Valentine’s Day Crunch is inviting all victims of love to take out their post-relationship aggression in this intense boxing class. Participants bring in a picture of their ex to tape on a focus mitt and pair up with another bitter boxer, because it's time to get even. K.O. your former flame, burn calories, tone arms, and perfect your right hook.   THE...]]>
<![CDATA[Love Thyself On Valentine's Day With Hard Earned Sleep. Your Body Needs & Deserves It! (2011-02-11 13:38:12)]]>

  Nothing seals in a killer workout better than a night of healthy, restful sleep. Why? Because our body’s muscles and organs need time to restore and rebuild after all the internal wear and tear of a workout session. A full night of continuous sleep is one of the best presents you can give yourself on a daily (and nightly) basis. That’s why brushing up on your sleep facts is a must, especially since National Sleep-In Day and Valentine's Day are right around the corner. I can't think of a better way to LOVE YOURSELF than to gift your fit body with MORE SLEEP. That's why I've teamed up with PJ Salvage to present you with Sleep Trivia! Test your knowledge at PJ Salvage, which happens to be one of the funkiest pajama brands on the planet, and come back here for pithy answers and yawn-inducing Sleep Couture. TAKE THE MIZZFIT SLEEP TRIVIA TEST --- CLICK HERE!!! I promise, it's a quick one and you might learn something new about sleep that you didn't know. Once...]]>
<![CDATA[The Sensational Samba Rainbow (2011-02-05 15:09:18)]]>

Check out these Adidas Samba sneakers that I photographed in a Union Square, NYC shoe store. It's too bad they're not available for online purchase but if you're in NYC go to the corner of 14th Street & Broadway next to Whole Foods to find them.]]>
<![CDATA[Zumba: The Happy Pill of Women’s Fitness (2011-02-05 09:08:25)]]>

  DANCE-FITNESS WAS NOT MY BAG I’m a group fitness junkie, but dance-fitness in particular can be a hard sell for me. To be perfectly honest, I’m not very graceful and feel foolish when my footwork is out of sync with everyone else in class. Normally, I choose the no pain, no gain approach and grunt out push-ups in boot camp instead of getting fit through dancing.If I can’t do it right, what’s the point? This is how I felt until I read an article about U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and realized I was missing something. When questioned about her exercise regimen in the New York Times, Benjamin answered: “I want exercise to be fun; don’t want it to be work…I want us to get back to doing things because they’re fun.” My grand epiphany from Benjamin’s insight is that dance isn’t work in the same way other fitness disciplines are, and that you can’t worry about getting all the steps right because the most important thing is to let go...]]>
<![CDATA[It's Easy Being Green In Workout Clothes. The Frog Is Wrong. (2011-02-01 09:31:09)]]>

  GREEN TIMES UPON US America's favorite frog once said, "It ain't easy being green." If only poor Kermit could see how times have changed. When it comes to eco-friendly fitness apparel and accessories, there are so many options and different styles to choose from. Going green for fitness couldn’t be easier. When Well To Do, a planet-friendly-promoting lifestyle blog, asked me to share my top eco-fitness-couture picks with their readers, I was thrilled and began my hunt for the greenest of green fitness trends. Check out my favorites below and consider jumping on the green bandwagon. I mean, why the heck not? It's not like you have to compromise on style. Plus, these apparel and accessory items don't cost that much more (and in some cases even less) than non-green items. It's good to be conscientious. We do it with the food we put in our bodies. Why not do it with the clothes we put on our backs? At the very least, do it for Kermy. Do that scrawny frog...]]>
<![CDATA[The Crème de la Crème of Treadmills Has Arrived (2011-01-30 07:30:21)]]>

- This is a guest post by Nicole Bonilla - What happens when an iPad flirts with a treadmill and one thing leads to another? Thanks to Technogym, we have the answer. Meet Run Personal, one of the latest releases from the world leader in designer fitness equipment (aka Technogym). With a 19” touch-screen display, internet access, and a sleek design that would make any modern interior designer drool, the Run Personal is one of the most hi-tech, beautiful… and most expensive treadmills on the market. With a price tag of $8,995, it's not for the faint-of-wallet. Let's examine why you may be in the market for one and why it's so pricey... In short, this treadmill is absolutely perfect for people who multitask for a living (and really, who doesn’t?). Maybe you’re the type to constantly check your email. Maybe you love browsing online and your boss won’t let you do it at work. Or maybe you just don’t want to leave your Facebook friends waiting. No worries. The Run...]]>
<![CDATA[Protect your head in a paisley print that makes wearing a helmet feel cool. (2011-01-26 08:33:49)]]>

Protect your head in a paisley print that makes wearing a helmet feel cool.]]>
<![CDATA[Run in gloves with a mitten cover, runny nose strip & LED night-time safety light. (2011-01-25 09:40:16)]]>

Run in gloves with a mitten cover, runny nose strip & LED night-time safety light.]]>
<![CDATA[Keep your ears warm and your ponytail secure while you run. (2011-01-25 09:33:47)]]>

Keep your ears warm and your ponytail secure while you run.]]>
<![CDATA[Protect your knees during yoga & floor exercise with FIla's knee pad capri pant. (2011-01-23 08:35:36)]]>

Protect your knees during yoga & floor exercise with FIla's knee pad capri pant.]]>
<![CDATA[I'm Too Sexy For My Tank Top With BodyRock Sport (Psst...there's a giveaway contest!) (2011-01-23 00:31:32)]]>

  Why am I too sexy for my tank top? I'm usually not one for rhinestones but BodyRock Sport mixes the right amount of sparkle with beautiful cuts of made-to-sweat-in fabric to create sports bras that are, in my opinion, sexy works of art. BodyRock Sport bras give the I'm Too Sexy song a whole new meaning for me now. Because when I'm wearing one I'm definitely way too sexy for my shirt! So what is it about these sports bras that I love so much? Let me tell you a story that has a lot to do with fate. I discovered BodyRock's bras, possibly the sexiest sports bras ever made, while perusing the shop at Reebok Sports Club/NY and almost died when I came across The Sophie Bra. It's gorgeous! The fabric is thick and strong with a print that just about any girly-girl would love, and it's subtly adorned with matching studs and rhinestones that pop against the fabric without looking super cheesy. There's even a front zip closure in gold! It's a super posh bra that would be...]]>
<![CDATA[Allow your workout routine to crystallize in glam fitness gloves adorned with Swarovski. (2011-01-22 20:37:54)]]>

Allow your workout routine to crystallize in glam fitness gloves adorned with Swarovski.]]>
<![CDATA[Get wild in zebra print fitness gloves. Leather palm, suede grip & velcro closure. (2011-01-22 20:22:48)]]>

Get wild in zebra print fitness gloves. Leather palm, suede grip & velcro closure.]]>
<![CDATA[5 Reasons Why A Roller Girl Is A Fit Girl (2011-01-19 09:35:02)]]>

- This is a guest post by Erica Chapman -   This weekend, I went roller skating as part of a “girls night” with some friends. We giggled as we got dressed in multi-colored tights and gold hotpants, and outright belly-laughed as we each took turns hitting the floor in glorious, flailing spills. But as we all exchanged text messages the next day about various sore body parts, it became clear—roller skating is a WORKOUT!  And that’s why, below, I give you 5 reasons for why a roller girl is a fit girl. 1. Roller girls have great gams Between constantly pushing off the ground and lifting up that several-pound skate over and over, you're in for some serious quad-fatigue. Since you’ll be carving out strong stems, show 'em off in fun, dual-colored tights like these from American Apparel. 2. Roller girls get a sculpted booty Here’s where some talent could come in handy for symmetrical toning: since I can only (barely) skate forwards, I got a...]]>
<![CDATA[Travel Much? This Sneaker Is Totally Packable. (2011-01-12 22:37:31)]]>

  I'm an over-packer. I can't help it! I like to be prepared for anything and everything that comes my way when I'm far from home. My suitcase gets stuffed with a lot of fitness apparel (more than my regular clothes) because I like to have options for different kinds of activities. This shouldn't surprise you--I have an entire closet devoted to my fitness wardrobe. I'm always surprised by how much workout clothes can weigh, especially sneakers! Up until the winter holidays I was getting quite used to airline personnel sneering at me for overweight luggage, but then I discovered a new workout shoe that actually helps me pack light. It's called the Nike Free XT Quick Fit+ and it's a fashionable, super lightweight sneaker that packs easily. It comes in a few color combinations, the charcoal/magenta (pictured) being my favorite because it's exceptionally shiny without being silver. Beyond it's packability, the Nike Free XT is a well-rounded workout shoe. You can run,...]]>
<![CDATA[Layer a sexy & sporty cover-up skirt over your workout leggings or tights. (2011-01-10 20:04:12)]]>

Layer a sexy & sporty cover-up skirt over your workout leggings or tights.]]>
<![CDATA[Kangoo Jump Classes in NYC with Mario Green Will Get You in Killer Shape - It Worked for Me! (2011-01-10 19:33:56)]]>

  Here's the deal... You put on funny looking boots which are really quite awesome because they make you bounce. Then you follow my friend Mario's lead through creative choreography set to pop music. If you're looking to shave off a few pounds and have a blast, this workout is for you! Check out the Dailycandy Deal below to experience Kangoo Jumping with the man who brought the trend to America. Seriously people, before Mario Green (also known as Mario The Trainer), Kangoo was a European oddity. Mario's classes are so much fun that you'll forget how silly the boots look and start taking pics in public, like we did yesterday. I've gotta say, we kind of loved the attention which provoked a few innocent bystanders to sign up for Mario's class. You should too! For everything you need to know about Kangoo Classes & Mario, click the link below: Four Kangoo Hip Hop Dance Classes or a Private 45-Minute Training Session for $40 (an $80 value) Mario's a...]]>
<![CDATA[Kat DeLuna Sculpts From The Inside Out (2011-01-08 09:46:13)]]>

It's not often you hear a 22-year-old so excited about fitness & health that she trips over her words when describing her workout routine. That's what makes Kat DeLuna, hip hop singer-songwriter, my new fitness crush. She's determined to live a healthy lifestyle and get fit for 2011 by taking personal inventory, not just counting calories. Check out my interview below with Kat, who I'll be styling for Despierta America on Univision next week. Singer Kat DeLuna On Keeping Fit - By MizzFIT/Bianca Jade for Fox News Latino | Published January 07, 2011 Dominican Singer/Songwriter/Dancer Kat DeLuna knows that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a tight body. At 22, the “Whine Up” star has a passionate approach to fitness that begins with taking personal inventory. “First, you have to figure out what makes you uncomfortable about your body, then find an activity you love and make it your healthy obsession,”...]]>
<![CDATA[Peek Inside My Closet With Time Out New York (2010-12-31 08:38:33)]]>

  Time Out New York features yours truly as their closet case study! Bianca Jade - The fitness-fashion blogger reveals her chic workout wardrobe It's also the first time my name is divulged here on MizzFIT.com. But don't get any ideas! MizzFIT sticks! Pick up Time Out New York's January issue or CLICK HERE to read the article online, and check out what I actually wear to work out along with fitness-shopping recommendations. Much thanks to Time Out New York and the beautiful Shana Scala for always keeping me in check.    ]]>
<![CDATA[Is Your Fitness Wardrobe Too Embarrassing For The Gym? Time For A Makeover! (2010-12-22 11:35:49)]]>

  THE MAKEOVER Meet Shana. She's a New York City based publicist who's ALWAYS on the move. Her days are packed with client meetings, media events, launch parties, and cabs from downtown to midtown and back. Shana's a busy, career-loving kind of girl, but she's looking to make more time for the gym and would like to feel confident kick-starting a new routine. That's where I come in! In this video I give Shana an emergency fitness fashion makeover that has her feeling confident and excited for gym time. I love both looks on Shana but the outfit with the silver jacket and matching hair tie from Gap Body is my personal favorite. Shana ultimately decided to go with the NYC inspired look which she felt most comfortable in--smart girl! Comfort is key. Shana looked great during our Tonique workout from start to finish. If you have questions about the fitness couture featured in this video, just give me a shout. Don't forget to check out Tonique Fitness. Sylwia's killer...]]>
<![CDATA[Call yourself "Speedy" in these super light, neutral performance sneaks from ASICS. (2010-12-14 21:21:00)]]>

Call yourself "Speedy" in these super light, neutral performance sneaks from ASICS.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Fashion Wraps Well. Check Out My Fashionably Fit Gift Guide on Foxlatino.com! (2010-12-14 06:30:33)]]>

  Help your loved ones survive the holi-daze and commit to healthy New Year’s resolutions with cute and stylish gifts that inspire gym-time. Getting into the workout groove doesn’t have to be a bore, so let your love of fashion lead the way. CLICK HERE FOR MIZZFIT'S GIFT GUIDE ON FOXLATINO.COM Every gift item listed in this guide is creative, confidence boosting and less than $100. Reconsider that lipstick or perfume purchase and give the gift of fitness fashion & health this year. It truly does a mind and body good! And just because you can never have too much fun, I've added 3 more items to my holiday gifting recommendations. Take a peak at these... The rollerskates are over $100 but gosh darn it, they're hella fun! Moxy Ivy Rollerskates - UrbanOutfitters.com, $199 Henri Bendel Ping Pong Set - Henri Bendel.com, $48 Pussycat Dolls Workout DVD - Amazon.com, $8.99     Be sure...]]>
<![CDATA[Improve Your Hand-Outfit Coordination With Fitness Gloves Made For Women (2010-12-08 00:24:34)]]>

  Specially designed for womens' hands, Femme Fitale fitness training gloves come in animal print or bright colors embellished with matching swarovski crystals. They don't sound like they're practical for the gym but they are! You can use them for weight lifting, spinning, pilates, yoga, rowing and more. Personally, I find training gloves useful for group fitness classes that require a lot of floor work (push ups, mountain climbers, side planks, etc). I'm not a huge fan of touching my bare hands to dirty gym floors, especially when I'm sweating. It's not very hygienic and it really grosses me out especially since studio floors don't get mopped until the end of the day. You might as well lick a door knob. Femme Fitale gloves kill a few birds with one stone by protect your hands from injury, bacteria and slipping. They're a nice alternative to bulky, masculine styles that you'd find at Sports Authority for women. I'm convinced this is why most women don't wear fitness...]]>
<![CDATA[Light up the floor in Nike's Zoom Fly Sister One+ trainer in hot lime. (2010-12-05 21:31:31)]]>

Light up the floor in Nike's Zoom Fly Sister One+ trainer in hot lime.]]>
<![CDATA[Kangaroos Are Being Killed To Make Alternative Performance Footwear Like This Shoe - Ugh! (2010-12-05 13:26:12)]]>

  Vibram FiveFingers shoes cost around $110 and approximately 4 million kangaroo lives per year*. FiveFingers shoes are designed to make you feel like you're walking or running barefoot. Shame on them! Shame on the fitness industry for allowing this to happen! It's a barefoot-inspired shoe for God sakes! It makes absolutely no sense to me that a kangaroo has to die in order for fitness consumers to feel like they're walking or running barefoot. Especially when grassy fields are plenty. I'm assuming most barefoot runners worry about the consequence of stepping on something sharp or uncomfortable and a grassy terraine is one way to avoid that...I've done it and it feels great. I've also run full marathons next to runners who were completely barefoot on city streets. This is something I wouldn't do, but I know it can be done without killing a kangaroo! *This number is an estimate of kangaroos commercially killed in Australia annually. Read more...]]>
<![CDATA[Pounce On Puma's 40% Off Sale Before It's Over on Dec. 6th (2010-12-04 18:25:36)]]>

  It's friends and family time at Puma's online store which means 40% off your full-priced purchases until December 6th. If you spend more than $50, you get free shipping too! This is quite a deal and that's why I'm blogging about it at 11.30pm on a Friday night. A little retail therapy never hurts, right? Here's what I'm loving right now from Puma's online store. The jackets above are part Puma's Urban Mobility collection. These might be the raddest windbreakers I've ever seen. Yes, "raddest" is a real word in my vocabulary. And just in case you weren't aware, Puma partnered with Alexander McQueen on a bad-ass NYC style, urban collection. I know this because The Puma Black Store is dangerously close to where I live and occassionally I stalk the store and the merchandise in it. The good news is that some McQueen pieces are available online so take advantage of the 40% discount before it gonzo. JUST CLICK THE GREEN BOX BELOW! Don't forget to enter the 40%...]]>
<![CDATA[Reinvent & Reshape Yourself With A New Fit Look for 2011 (2010-11-29 15:56:30)]]>

2011 is just around the corner and it's time to start jotting down or at least thinking about your New Year's resolutions. How are you going to change for the better? How are you going to look and feel healthier? Fitness is an obvious choice but it's hard to motivate in the dead of winter. So what's a girl to do? Reinvent yourself to reshape yourself. Pull a Madonna and change things up, from your look to your routine. Here's how I did it. Get creative (with layers or colors) Mix Loose with tight Make Sure it's Comfortable Add Unique pieces Talk about outfit for photo shoot. Start talking about designing your own pieces and personalizing your workout routine.   When it comes to fitness you have to 1) invest in yourself, 2) inspire yourself and 3) challenge yourself.  makes you want to work out hard and more often       Luxury Yoga Singlet - Oscar Mimosa,...]]>
<![CDATA[Atone for laziness by heading to the gym in this puff sleeve zip-up jacket. (2010-11-25 00:10:13)]]>

Atone for laziness by heading to the gym in this puff sleeve zip-up jacket.]]>
<![CDATA[Wear a low-rise thong that won't stick out or bunch up during your workout. (2010-11-24 21:50:59)]]>

Wear a low-rise thong that won't stick out or bunch up during your workout.]]>
<![CDATA[Effortlessly sling a trendy hip pack around your waist. Fits basic gym essentials. (2010-11-24 16:17:07)]]>

Effortlessly sling a trendy hip pack around your waist. Fits basic gym essentials.]]>
<![CDATA[Dance your heart out in this light trainer for dance inspired fitness. (2010-11-24 12:03:00)]]>

Dance your heart out in this light trainer for dance inspired fitness.]]>
<![CDATA[6 Reasons To Self-Torture With Boot Camp, Where To Find It & How To Style Up For It (2010-11-21 12:41:32)]]>

This article was co-written by fitness buds MizzFIT & Jo Anne Keck   Boot camp workouts are back and gaining momentum with fitness-oriented women across the country. We're talking torture here...the kind that robs you of an extra hour of sleep, gets you yelled at, pierces your ears with short, sharp whistle-blowing and makes you cry every time you hear the word "push-up". So what's the draw and why are women getting so into it? Find out below...   6 REASONS TO SELF-TORTURE WITH BOOT CAMP You'll get your workout out of the way and feel energized all day long. When you exercise first thing in the morning you don't have to exercise after work or at night! You can even go out and enjoy yourself, guilt-free! Imagine that! Plus your body will feel firm and toned. That's a nice confidence booster! You'll get a huge calorie burn that continues post-workout. I can't give you an exact number but many fitness magazines estimate up to 600 calories...]]>
<![CDATA[How To Run A Marathon With Style & Grace (2010-11-13 16:44:27)]]>

  I'm a marathoner, as you can see from the photo above. I love to run more than anything but 26.2 miles is grueling and can turn a lady savage. When you're running with a herd of marathoners in the tens of thousands (like the ING New York City Marathon), don't let your manners or zen mind fall by the wayside. Instead, race with class and finish strong by following the 30 tips listed below. 30 Easy Tips For Running A Marathon With Style & Grace Connect with spirit and emotion to the city you're running in. If you plan to run the ING NYC Marathon, sing Frank Sinatra's New York, New York at the top of your lungs when it plays over loudspeakers near the start line. Don't be embarrassed, let loose and just go with it. Don't push others in your race corral before the start of the race. Yes, it's crowded and you're anxious to start...but what's the rush? You'll be running for a couple of hours anyway. Smile and be kind to international runners....]]>
<![CDATA[Flash neon orange with this classic track-inspired sneaker. (2010-11-12 19:33:02)]]>

Flash neon orange with this classic track-inspired sneaker.]]>
<![CDATA[Stick to Jade Yoga's extra cushion-y Original Fusion Mat - the cream of the crop! (2010-11-12 18:40:48)]]>

Stick to Jade Yoga's extra cushion-y Original Fusion Mat - the cream of the crop!]]>
<![CDATA[Get schooled by a yoga mat that tells you where everything goes (hips, feet, etc.) (2010-11-12 17:06:21)]]>

Get schooled by a yoga mat that tells you where everything goes (hips, feet, etc.)]]>
<![CDATA[Fit People Get Sick Less (2010-11-09 21:37:43)]]>

Fit People Get Sick Less - FitPerez.com]]>
<![CDATA[Fly Through Your Workout In Style With Trapeze (2010-11-09 12:29:48)]]>

  YUP, THAT'S ME ROCKIN' THE TRAPEZE Notice that I'm wearing a safety harness attached to safety lines. There's also a huge foam mat beneath me that you can't see in the pic. I was 100% secure at all times and falling is actually more graceful (and fun) than you'd think. TRAPEZE IS A BLAST I had so much fun working on this video which couldn't have been possible without Espana STREB Trapeze Academy's team of experts. They're brilliant and made learning trapeze skills less scary than I thought. When you're up high on that platform, your mind tells you no, No, NO but STREB's trapeze instructors empower you with affirmations of yes, Yes YES and before you know it, you're soaring! It's a special place where classes are small and friendly; a Williamsburg, Brooklyn gem. For more information contact Bobby Hedglin-Taylor at (718) 384-6491 or visit www.streb.org THIS GIVEAWAY IS FLY Clearly you don't need sneakers during flying trapeze class, but you do need a...]]>
<![CDATA[New MizzFIT Workout Playlist - Listen Now! (2010-11-04 21:38:23)]]>

  I made it just for you! GO HERE to begin sampling and downloading this amazing workout mix which features Whip My Hair by Willow Smith.    ]]>
<![CDATA[Zip 'em up in a bra top with golden stud detail. (2010-10-30 09:07:06)]]>

Zip 'em up in a bra top with golden stud detail.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Work Out Like A Playmate (2010-10-29 23:10:10)]]>

  Halloween is just around the corner and I bet you're planning a sexy costume for all your weekend parties. Whether you're dressing up as Betty Boop or Dominatrix Cop, consider prepping for your disguise with a sexy workout inspired by the Playboy Mansion.   That's right, work out like playmate! Dress up, feel sexy and burn some calories while you're at it. Whoever said that a strip tease isn't a workout has got a lot to learn. Luckily there's a dvd for that.     HOW TO WORK OUT LIKE A PLAYMATE:   Featuring goodies from ShopTheBunny.com     1. Dress in apparel that you can sweat in and easily take off. Athletic Stripe Knee Socks - $18     2. Choose sturdy equipment and give it a whirl. Carmen Electras Electra Pole Kit - $125       3. Wear a practical shoe that fits your routine.   Patent High Heel Slide -...]]>
<![CDATA[Has The PowerBar Finally Been Dethroned? (2010-10-29 04:48:29)]]>

- This is a guest post by Erica Chapman -   You know the drill: you’ve just finished your grueling, 20-mile run followed by a heavy-duty session at the weight machines, and your body is screaming out for energy. You’ve been told that the most effective way to help your muscles recover from such high-intensity work is by feeding them protein. But a big, greasy cheeseburger doesn’t sound quite right, so instead you grab an energy bar packed with 20+ grams of protein and fuel up. The only problem is, most of them taste like lab experiments, not food. Has Premier Nutrition’s new TITAN High Protein Cookie just changed all of that? The answer for me is yes…and no. I’ve trained for several triathlons and cycling events, so I’m no stranger to the world of kooky candy bars masquerading as a “nutritional supplement.”  Most are too high in all the bad, artificial stuff to let you enjoy the good stuff guilt-free. I’ll admit to gnawing on more than my...]]>
<![CDATA[Madonna's New Gym Chain (2010-10-26 10:36:19)]]>

Guess who's opening up a new gym chain? MADONNA!]]>
<![CDATA[The Best Mind-Body Workouts & Yoga Wear To Soothe Your Stressed Out Soul (2010-10-20 10:58:52)]]>

  RECONNECT TO YOUR "NOW"  I'm stressing! So this blog post is as much for me as it is for you. If you get worked up thinking about your check list of To Do's that still need to be checked or snap at your loved ones because, well, they just happened to be standing there, then it's time to stop what you're doing and CHECK-IN WITH YOURSELF. Don't go to that crazy place that makes you feel physically and emotionally exhausted (I've been there and it ain't pretty). Instead, breathe and take notice of the things in your life that are absolutely fantastic. We rush through our lives and often forget to enjoy the "right now" part and everything that's led up to it. The good news is that checking-in with yourself and re-connecting to your present moment can be active and fun, like in the mind-body workouts below. They'll put your mind at ease, reduce muscle tension and help dissolve stress related to your past or future (because if it's not one, it's the...]]>
<![CDATA[Experience An Amazing Yoga Workshop @ Equinox NYC 2 Support Breast Cancer Awareness (2010-10-16 10:24:33)]]>

  You can't go wrong with Nadia Zaki & Sarra Morton. They are fitness goddesses to say the least and a 1.5 hour yoga practice with them is quite the treat (their group fitness classes usually don't go over 45-60 minutes). This is your chance to contribute $20 to breast cancer awareness month (through the Susan G. Komen foundation) and get something fabulous in return. And, I hear Zobha will donating limited-edition tanks to everyone who signs up. So exciting! Equinox members and nonmembers are welcome...so bring friends! To register, call 212.780.9300.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Cool Fitness Thingamajigs And How They Might Change Your Life, Or Not (2010-10-10 22:15:45)]]>

  - This is a guest post by Erica Chapman -   And now…for a fitness Bag-O-Tricks!  Sure, if you really wanted to get toned, you’d develop a regular jogging routine accompanied by some time with the weight machines, and maybe toss in a little yoga for good measure. But what if you're dying for a quick fix? Are any of those gadgets out there that claim to make your abs and glutes glisten like Jessica Biel's really worth the cash...or the hassle? Well…I can’t exactly answer that, having tried none of these toys myself. But what I have done is hours of internet research! I’ve looked at pictures, read reviews, and closed my eyes to visualize BOING-ing and Fitness-Disc-ing. OK, maybe not that last one. Here’s one woman’s take on a crop of newfangled thingamajiggies claiming to speed your body towards goddess-dom. Experiment at your own risk!   THE VIBRATION CRAZE I suppose it can’t really be called a craze when...]]>
<![CDATA[Best Pink Ribbon Fashion For This October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month (2010-10-05 18:00:18)]]>

  Sports gear is getting the pink ribbon treatment for breast cancer awareness month. Everything from performance running socks to football chin guards are turning up pink. I love supporting the cure for breast cancer but it's tough wearing pink ribbon active wear that isn't fashionable. That's why I went on a mission to find the best pink ribbon fashion out there. This includes active wear and accessories from brands that are donating a portion of pink sales to cancer fighting organizations. I encourage you to support this cause for cancer women. They're running the hardest race of their life and they need our help to survive. Let's show them we've got their back in style. Women's Pink Ribbon Denali - The North Face - $165 Classic design with pink logo to keep you warm.   Microfiber Racerback Tank & Workout Legging - Ralph Lauren - $125/$155 Slim fit & moisture wicking.   Survivor Tee -...]]>
<![CDATA[Got small boobs and don't like bulky sports bras? Try this one! (2010-10-05 10:21:33)]]>

Got small boobs and don't like bulky sports bras? Try this one!]]>
<![CDATA[Tina Thompson Teaches Women To Think And Dance Proud Like Prima Ballerinas (2010-10-03 19:29:24)]]>

  I'm warning you...don't slack off in Tina Thompson's Tutu Fresh class at Crunch NYC. She's one fierce ballet instructor. She moves fast, doesn't sugar-coat ballet and doesn't tolerate lazy calves. Tina dishes out tough love, mad style and lots of inspiring words in 45 minutes of ballet fitness. Her intense, Juilliard-style instruction is awesome and by the end of class you really hope that you've pleased her. Check out my interview with Tina below.   MizzFIT:  Tina, what drew you to ballet? If you weren't wearing a bun and didn't have such amazing posture, I would've never guessed. Tina T:  I was drawn to ballet from the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Virginia Johnson was the first black ballerina I ever saw that was famous! Arthur Mitchell handpicked me for a scholarship while at Juilliard and I returned every summer thereafter. He was a great influence as well as Bessie Elmer and Walter...]]>
<![CDATA[Fila Unveils New Yoga Collection At Paragon NYC And Celebrates With Free Yoga (2010-09-28 18:33:01)]]>

  Fila's Yoga Brand Ambassador, Kristin McGee, led an hour long free yoga class last Wednesday night at Paragon Sports in New York City. Apparently it was quite an event with over 60 yoga enthusiasts participating in the class. Attendees received Fila goodies in addition to a great workout. MizzFIT guestblogger, Jo Anne Keck, was impressed by Fila's yoga collection and reports: Paragon cleared out their street level back room for a large class to promote Fila's new yoga line. The promotional night included a free yoga class with instructor Kristin McGee, lots of socialization amongst young women and men, a few free gifts, a raffle and the opportunity to see Fila's new yoga line, which has some really great pieces! The event started with a room full of free yoga mats where you could pick your spot. Upon arrival, they gave you a bottle of MetroMint water and a band along with a free yoga mat. The class Kristin led was a class that people at any level of yoga could...]]>
<![CDATA[Train outside in the best & highest quality thermal compression tight ever made. (2010-09-28 10:48:25)]]>

Train outside in the best & highest quality thermal compression tight ever made.]]>
<![CDATA[New Jane Fond Workout DVD's (2010-09-21 17:10:35)]]>

New Jane Fond Workout DVD's to be released this November!]]>
<![CDATA[Girls In Yoga Pants - Sexy or Perverted Concept? (2010-09-21 17:07:27)]]>

The GIrls In Yoga Pants Blog - sexy or perverted concept?]]>
<![CDATA[2 Fitness Products That Will Make Your Workout Less Grueling And Annoying (2010-09-19 19:16:44)]]>

  THE KETTLEBELL PROBLEM: When a kettlebell smacks against your arm it really (expletive) hurts and makes you want to hurl it across the (expletive) room. THE SOLUTION: The first and only ergonomically shaped kettlebell called The Bob Harper Contour Kettlebell from GoFit. The Contour Kettlebell has a sculpted shape that curves inward on both sides to rest comfortably on your wrist and forearm during repetitions. It's designed to reduce strain, allow for smoother motion and enhance performance. YOU SHOULD PROBABLY KNOW: Bob Harper is a big name in fitness as the co-host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser and trainer to Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Stiller. He's a longtime user of kettlebells. WHAT IT'S GOING TO COST YOU: Between $24.99-$99.99 depending on what size (7 to 45 pounds) or assortment you get. Find them at Target, Sport Chalet, Best Buy and GoFit.net this October 2010. MY EXPERT OPINION: Kettlebell training can do wonders for your...]]>
<![CDATA[Stay Fit This Fall With A Soccer Ball (2010-09-18 11:56:03)]]>

  I don't know about you, but when the season and weather outside changes I get a little bored with my workout routine. If you feel the same, try something new and give your body a boost!  Cuerpaso might be that little bit of change with big results that you're looking for. Expect some World Cup flashbacks because the Cuerpaso workout revolves around a soccer ball. Did I mention Cuerpaso means AMAZING BODY in Spanish?  Here's what you need to know about Cuerpaso to get started:   THE CONCEPT Cuerpaso is inspired by Brazilian soccer and Latin-Carribean dance. It's designed to make you strong, lean and chiseled (like a soccer player). But perfection doesn't come without soreness! I joined an outdoor Cuerpaso class this summer in Central Park and let's just say, I'm a believer and a fan. I was sore for days from moves I had never done or seen before. First my body was like - What are you doing to me? A few days later my butt checked itself out...]]>
<![CDATA[Special Invitation For MizzFIT Readers: FREE Yoga Class At Paragon NYC With Kristin McGee (2010-09-16 10:00:28)]]>

  Here's what you get... 1 hour yoga instruction with Kristin McGee (google her...she's a yoga-pilates superstar) Discounted shopping at Paragon during event Free Fila yoga mat (no need to bring your own) Opportunity to decompress after a long day of work (priceless) Seriously, how can you say no? It may be a week away but I recommend emailing your RSVP now before it fills up!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Toning Shoes Don't Work! (2010-09-08 09:27:48)]]>

  The Toning Shoe Let Down If you own a pair of Skechers Shape-Ups, MBT's or Reebok EasyTones, I'm sorry to break the news to you BUT they're a sham. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) conducted a study on their effectiveness and found that toning shoes don't really do what they claim to do. Toning Shoes have led wearers to believe they will help them exercise more intensely, burn more calories or improve muscle strength and tone in the glutes, calves, and hamstrings. But according to the ACE study, this isn't true at all. All three toning shoes tested [in the ACE research study] showed no statistically significant increases in either exercise response or muscle activation during the treadmill trials, when compared to the normal athletic shoes tested. There was simply no evidence to indicate that the toning shoes offer any enhanced fitness benefits over traditional sneakers. (source) There's No Such Thing As A Magic Shoe I know, I wanted to...]]>
<![CDATA[Women Who Hit Very Hard Are Glamorous (2010-09-06 21:40:08)]]>

  How exciting! The New York Times is showing the world the stylish and very photogenic side of women's tennis. Check out these jaw-dropping videos, appropriately named The Beauty of the Power Game. They were shot for a New York Times feature called Women Who Hit Very Hard And How They've Changed Tennis. Serena Williams and fellow tennis stars have never looked better and the tennis couture is smashing!   The New York Times has really outdone themselves with this tennis feature. The athletes are styled in nontraditional tennis wear, such as a sparkling black dress sported by Serena Williams and a cashmere Chanel bodysuit worn by Vera Zvonareva. In some shots, colored chalk and glitter fly around the women as they strike the ball. (source)     The makeup, styling and slow-motion photography are all so exquisite that you almost forget about the article. Read it! It's quite interesting and talks about how nowadays, female...]]>
<![CDATA[Don't freeze your buttocks when you ski. These polar pants come with all sorts of frills. (2010-08-31 21:15:30)]]>

Don't freeze your buttocks when you ski. These polar pants come with all sorts of frills.]]>
<![CDATA[NYT: Does Music Make You Exercise Harder? (2010-08-29 06:31:24)]]>

You might work out harder with music - from NY Times]]>
<![CDATA[Cardio-Box Like A Million Dollar Baby (2010-08-27 09:21:35)]]>

In Million Dollar Baby, Coach Frank Dunn gives Maggie Fitzgerald the boxing name "mo cuishle", which means my darling. Her passion for boxing warms his heart and ours (I'm assuming you've seen it...if not, you're missing out). Maggie Fitzgerald is a fantastic character, role model and fitness style icon. She's feminine and fierce, and subsequently inspires great fashion for one of my favorite workouts, cardio-boxing! WHAT IS CARDIO-BOXING? Cardio-boxing is one of the best forms of exercise, because it conditions your whole body and builds muscle strength, endurance, balance, agility and coordination all at the same time. It provides a complete workout for your cardiovascular and endurance systems. Most cardio-box programs consists of variable heart rate work and actual boxing techniques. (source: Cardio-Boxing for Super Fitness by Elizabeth Quinn on About.com) WHY YOU SHOULD GIVE IT A SHOT Cardio-boxing sessions are proven calorie burners...we're talking 500...]]>
<![CDATA[Layer this princess top over a sports bra for extra support and a cute new look. (2010-08-26 05:45:52)]]>

Layer this princess top over a sports bra for extra support and a cute new look.]]>
<![CDATA[Bad bras lead to knee injuries (2010-08-25 02:39:24)]]>

Bad Bras Lead to Knee Injuries by Charity D.]]>
<![CDATA[Yoga is the Fastest Growing Sport in America (2010-08-21 03:05:29)]]>

  Not only am I in this video (can you spot me?) but I couldn't agree more with Bloomberg TV's findings. Yoga's popularity and sales growth even during tough economic times proves it's not a fad but a restorative workout on many levels.]]>
<![CDATA[Draw attention to your back & shoulders with fitness couture by Oscar Mimosa (2010-08-18 06:22:39)]]>

  C'mon! You deserve it. You've been working hard on that upper body! The single-strap workout tops above are brilliant and will definitely set you apart from everyone else at the gym, or in my case, at my 6am bootcamp class (sheesh!). Oscar Mimosa work out clothing was recently featured on Refinery29 and I have to agree that Mimosa designs are sleek and sexy but still very functional for sport: Oscar Mimosa uses premium Italian eco-friendly fabrics specifically woven for sweating and intense body movement, while offering protection against UVA and UVB rays. (source: Refinery29) UVA/UVB protection is HUGE that's why it's in bold type. If you're a fitness enthusiast who spends a lot of time in the sun, Oscar Mimosa designs are going to help protect your skin. Think about all those times you played beach volleyball and didn't re-apply sunscreen. If you're an active-wear designer or brand, please consider using this type of fabric technology in future...]]>
<![CDATA[Exercise REDUCES Anger (2010-08-17 08:11:48)]]>

Exercise Reduces Anger]]>
<![CDATA[Take athletic classes in a flexible training shoe made for flexible workouts. (2010-08-16 21:32:19)]]>

Take athletic classes in a flexible training shoe made for flexible workouts.]]>
<![CDATA[Dork Out & Work Out To Calorie Burning Video Games Made For Fitness (2010-08-15 03:20:30)]]>

  Fitness video games are not for couch potatoes. I never got into video games as a kid and if someone handed me a controller, Mario would be lying in a ditch unconscious within seconds. I admit, my hand-eye coordination was off and my patience limited. But it didn't seem right that I sat and jiggled a controller while Mario & Luigi had all the fun. I became increasingly skeptical of video games through the years and labeled them "dorky". When the Wii Fit came out, I gave it the cold shoulder and preferred fitness DVDs. But then something happened that changed my mind--the invention of fitness games that let you into the game and use your body just like Mario & Luigi. This summer l tried out 3 new interactive fitness games that are workout worthy and tons of fun. You can play them on your own or break them out for family gatherings. Just make sure to push the couch out of the way because there's absolutely no sitting involved!   Your Shape:Fitness...]]>
<![CDATA[Under Armour's Power In Pink Soccer Cleat Performs In The Name Of Boobs - Amen! (2010-08-13 05:09:02)]]>

Gearing up for soccer play? If so, pink may be the way to go... Under Armour's Power In Pink Soccer Cleat is $99. Here's what you need to know: It's pink (obviously). Black is so boooooring! It's a Limited Edition design. You can brag about that once they sell out. It's super lightweight (11.5 ounces). It's made to repel water to keep you dry and light on your toes. It's got bladed heel studs (don't throw these at your boyfriend). It's built with nice leather for durability and comfort. 10% of each retail sale is donated to breast cancer charities (that's nearly $10 for breast cancer!) Please note, I don't own these cleats (I only wish I had a soccer league invite as an excuse to wear them). Under Armour sent me a press release about their Power In Pink cleats and the campaign behind them. I was impressed. The Power In Pink cause helps to educate female athletes about the importance of physical activity in the fight against breast cancer....]]>
<![CDATA[The sexiest leotard you'll ever dance around in. (2010-08-12 12:33:14)]]>

The sexiest leotard you'll ever dance around in.]]>
<![CDATA[Work your buns & legs between workouts in snake print Fitflops. (2010-08-12 12:11:59)]]>

Work your buns & legs between workouts in snake print Fitflops.]]>
<![CDATA[Showcase your assets with this side-gathered short in cool waistband prints. (2010-08-12 07:00:05)]]>

Showcase your assets with this side-gathered short in cool waistband prints.]]>
<![CDATA[TeleYoga: private yoga for women who skype (2010-08-03 10:50:04)]]>

  When I heard about a quirky yoga chick that was broadcasting yoga sessions to women via skype and video chat, I thought, I've gotta track her down and meet her. So I did! After just 1 hour with TeleYoga creator, Christine Miller, I felt like we were lifelong friends. I can totally understand why her clients can't get enough of her, especially when they're traveling, which is actually how it all began.   TeleYoga explained from the yogi's mouth:   Why it suits women on-the-go:   How it works: You make sure you're equipt with a computer webcam (very important). You schedule an online session with Christine through her website (and pay). You login to Skype (it's free). You call TeleYoga through Skype (or she can call you). You connect and begin your TeleYoga session!   A quickie on how to tone your arms:   TeleYoga's fitness couture favorites: ALO...]]>
<![CDATA[Give your purse a seat while you ride with this mod bike basket. (2010-07-31 10:46:58)]]>

Give your purse a seat while you ride with this mod bike basket.]]>
<![CDATA[Biker Chic (2010-07-21 16:45:24)]]>

How to cycle fashionably from The Wall Street Journal online.]]>
<![CDATA[Madonna picks barre3 by Sadie Lincoln. Which barre workout is right for you? (2010-07-21 04:27:45)]]>

- This is a guest post by Erica Chapman -   Barre fitness is an oldie but goodie. Lately it seems like everyone and their mother has tried a barre fitness class and raved about it in a tabloid. But the barre method has actually been around for ages.  What's with the sudden surge in popularity? And with all these new studios and DVD's popping up, how is a girl to choose which barre to do her plies at? Differentiating between barre workouts. For answers, I tested out 3 different barre workouts--two classes and one DVD--to get a sense of the differences between the brands. First, though, the common ground: a barre workout is simply a series of strengthening exercises using very small, repeated movements and the body's own weight resistance, mostly performed at a ballet barre for balance, and alternating with periods of stretching to keep you long and lean. It is NOT dancing (girls with 2 left feet, rest easy--I was joking about the plies back there). And...]]>
<![CDATA[Your new workout bud: ASYM by Skullcandy (2010-07-20 06:04:54)]]>

  I heart ASYM ear buds because... They feel good. When I popped ASYM ear buds (in catfight hot pink) into my ears, I experienced superior comfort right away. These buds are shaped for asymmetric ears (don't pout, no one's ears are perfect). Instead of the awkward ear clip which always rubs me the wrong way (literally), ASYM's ear phone cable runs over the top of your ear in a non-intrusive, fashionably smart way. They sound good. I selected a mix by dj/producer Lauren Flax and slipped into a world of intense sound. It felt like I had headphones on, not ear buds! I even removed them to see if they were emitting sound because the sound was so unbelievably powerful for a bud. They weren't. Which means no one has to know what you're sweating to. It's OK, we all have embarassing music that gets us going. They price is good. At $39.95, these non-invasive ear buds are fitness-friendly and will make your workout mix jump. Not bad at all as long as you steer...]]>
<![CDATA[Ginger for sore muscles (2010-07-20 04:42:08)]]>

If you're sore from your workout, TRY GINGER.]]>
<![CDATA[Hippie Chic & Cheap Sports Bras From C9 (2010-07-15 06:55:01)]]>

  I'm not a hippie but tie dye sports bras make me smile. Especially at $16.99. Are you kidding me?! If you don't already know about C9, Champion's line for Target, then it's about time you do. C9 is one of my favorite athletic lines for basic, functional pieces that will cost you a pretty penny elsewhere (like Lululemon). But I must warn you, it's often hit or miss and some Target stores have better C9 inventory than others. I recommend shopping C9 online because the Target I went to was poorly stocked with a range of sizes. When you score stylish C9 apparel, you've basically hit the jackpot because the clothes are durable, sweat resistant, shrink-resistant and you can buy an entire workout outfit for $100. I couldn't resist the tie dye sports bras pictured above because you can layer them with a see-through or light-weight tank top that shows them off. It's a great way to have some fun with your sports bra without totally baring your belly. Keep in mind these...]]>
<![CDATA[25% Element Bars (2010-07-14 06:39:18)]]>

25% OFF energy bars for your workout from Element Bars!]]>
<![CDATA[20% off on Fitness Fashion at Bluefish Sport (2010-07-10 08:50:33)]]>

  Bluefish Sport apparel is a cross between bad-ass and sexy mama in terms of style. If Lululemon Athletica is the-girl-next-door then Bluefish Sport is the girl who had her first open mouth kiss in the 2nd grade. There's nothing wrong with that...some of us gals just "mature" faster! Bluefish active wear is fitted and less forgiving than other brands but that's OK you've been working out! It's time to show off those curves. If not now, then when?? I say GO FOR IT. 20% OFF YOUR BLUEFISH ORDER HERE Enjoy!]]>
<![CDATA[Got 25 minutes to work out? That's all you need at NYLean25 with Robert Brace (NYC) (2010-07-06 03:00:53)]]>

  This is a guest post by Erica Chapman. Here's something that goes without saying: you're busy. You work hard, play hard and even relax hard....and that doesn't leave much time for working out.  Unfortunately, exercise tends to slip to the bottom of the priorities list during a packed day, and we've all been there, right? No judgment here! Luckily for us on-the-go chicks who want to stay fit but can't always find the 2 hours in a day that a long run and shower eats up, former professional dancer Robert Brace has invented the NYLean25 class! If you've guessed from the name that the number 25 is involved, you're right: this is 25 minutes--to the second--of some of the most intense intervals you've ever done. Yup, it's hard, but here's the greatest part: it's over in less than half an hour! And Robert promises this is the fastest, most effective way to build muscle tone and cardiovascular fitness. Check him out. His abs don't lie. Here's the...]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 4th of July weekend! Enjoy this workout mix and don't forget to exercise! (2010-07-03 10:16:29)]]>

  CLICK HERE FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY MIX Big thanks to Cherie Lily for helping me put this together!  ]]>
<![CDATA[My Body Got Tutored In Food & Fitness Online (2010-07-02 06:29:30)]]>

  MyBodyTutor - What's the point? My friend Dan from Cornell University's Food Lab emailed me about MyBodyTutor.com because he knows I'm a proponent of mindful eating over fad dieting. His email came at the perfect time because my Swedish Fish addiction was spinning out of control. MyBodyTutor is an online wellness service that keeps you on track with your food and fitness goals. All you need is a computer and no more than 10 minutes a day to log-in to your account and tell your personal tutor about what you ate and how you exercised that day. If you've never exercised before, your tutor will help you with a plan of action. Your tutor is a real person; a professional trainer, nutritionist or life coach. He/she gets to know your health status and goals and then provides feedback on your daily reports. Tutors bring bad habits to your attention and suggest food and exercise modifications. You're asked to set daily goals (because it's too easy to flake-out on long-term...]]>
<![CDATA[Best DVD's for Kick-Ass Home Fitness (2010-06-30 06:45:42)]]>

  Check out my FAVORITE FITNESS DVD'S because let's be honest, sometimes the gym isn't gonna happen. A great workout DVD is your get out of jail free card. CLICK HERE for mizzFIT's recommended workout DVD's  ]]>
<![CDATA[Earn the right to bare arms with SusieQ Fitlife Arms of a First Lady DVD. I'm giving 2 away! (2010-06-28 15:27:58)]]>

  I hadn't heard of SusieQ until I got an email from her claiming she could give any woman Michelle Obama arms. I was intrigued and asked for proof. The very next day SusieQ Fitlife: Arms Of A First Lady was in my hands. She clearly wanted me to start working out ASAP. So that's what I did. The Arms of A First Lady DVD is a great, uplifting workout. SusieQ is engaging and positively pigtails.  Lots of fitness pro's claim their workout will give you Michelle Obama arms but SusieQ's DVD actually delivers...and in more ways than one. She takes the whole presidential theme to the extreme with exercises like The New Bama Swing and Armed Force Raise. Her quirky White House references take the edge off the burn and raise your spirits throughout your workout. The DVD is 52 minutes long and includes a beginner and advanced workout. Choose between the 2 levels or play the entire DVD from start to end and adjust your weights throughout the workout. 3-5 pound weights...]]>
<![CDATA[How 2 Keep Your Fitness Gear Safe From Thieves (2010-06-24 05:30:11)]]>

  I love everything about Wordlock except the boring cable colors on the bike locks. I'm mostly concerned about the locking system but some neon or metallic couldn't hurt. A word is so much easier to remember than a number, and more fun to keep changing around! Keep things interesting in the gym locker room by constantly updating your 4 or 5 letter password. You never know who's after your Lululemon gear! Wordlock comes in a SPANISH language lock too! Shop/Browse Wordlock Bike Locks on Amazon What word combination would you pick if your first choice (POOP) hadn't been exposed to the world?  ]]>
<![CDATA[Spin comfortably with Lululemon's padded cycle short. (2010-06-22 16:00:51)]]>

Spin comfortably with Lululemon's padded cycle short.]]>
<![CDATA[The only thing you'll flash in this run skirt is a hot pink peek-a-boo undershort. (2010-06-22 15:01:52)]]>

The only thing you'll flash in this run skirt is a hot pink peek-a-boo undershort.]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Runnin' Fitness Couture (2010-06-22 10:36:02)]]>

  I don't blame runners for craving a late afternoon summer run, especially after a long day of work. I'm a runner...I get it. I blame runners for not taking the time to coordinate their run attire for comfort and style. A perfect run comes from feeling energized, comfortable and confident. We feel our best when we look our best, even while exercising. That's why I put this run outfit together using pieces from Adidas by Stella McCartney, Sweaty Betty, Garmin and Nike. They're not too expensive and they'll go the distance for your summer runs. If I could tear myself away from my laptop for a smooth 3 miler right now, this is what I would wear. In fact, I'm going for a run as soon as I finish this blog post. THE SUMMER RUNNIN' ESSENTIALS LIST   adidas by Stella McCartney Organic Cotton Run Cap This cap has a visor brim because let's face it we all need a dose of sun but don't want to be blinded by it. Don't forget to apply SPF before heading...]]>
<![CDATA[Make a statement as you sweat in this lightweight cardio short with inner short & side mesh ruching. (2010-06-22 05:26:38)]]>

Make a statement as you sweat in this lightweight cardio short with inner short & side mesh ruching.]]>
<![CDATA[Yoga-Pilates-Sculpting with Kristin McGee at Pure East NYC (2010-06-12 05:49:21)]]>

  WHO is Kristin McGee? Kristin McGee is a yoga & pilates superstar and the reigning queen of mind-body DVD fitness. I adore her because she's smart sweet as can be. And just look at her body--it's seriously aspirational! Kristin teaches yoga and pilates classes for sculpting and toning at NYC's top gyms. She's a very well-respected pro who really knows her craft. That's why everyone in the health & wellness biz wants to collaborate with her, including Bethany Frankel of SkinnyGirl. WHAT is this workshop all about? WHERE is it? And WHEN? It's called Trouble Spot Yoga with Kristin McGee and it's a one time only workshop at Pure East NYC this Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm. You'll indulge in a vinyasa style practice with an emphasis on shaping up the arms, abs and thighs, with some fun Pilates style sculpting without distracting from the yoga sequences. Sounds amazing, right? Well I can assure you it will be...I've taken a few of...]]>
<![CDATA[Nike Rebel Sports Bra Reviewed By An Expert (2010-06-10 20:54:53)]]>

  This is a guest post by Meghan Kelley. I had a busy week of testing out Nike's new Rebel Sports Bra (mine is white). I tried it out at Fight Club (a kickboxing club I belong to), ran 4 miles in it, and put it through a 90 minute soccer game. Thanks for the support, Nike! Overall, the the Rebel Sports Bra didn't look very pretty but it was extremely comfortable and supportive. I'm a 34C and found that I could adjust the bra in multiple ways for a perfect fit. THE PROS: The seamless construction was so comfortable unlike many bras I own that cut into my shoulders and become painful after a while. The soft, seamless construction on the bottom made this comfortable enough to wear to midday class and then keep on.   The perforated holes in the front and back provided ventilation and comfort. The Rebel is adjustable in the back and along the straps. I made it very tight, which I like. I love this design feature which allows the Rebel to...]]>
<![CDATA[How to stick to your workout when Aunt Flow comes ‘round - 6 EASY TIPS (2010-06-05 09:58:42)]]>

  Aunt Flow will do anything to sabotage your workout but don't let the old hag win. Follow these 6 easy tips to stay on track. 1. TAKE A TOTAL BODY SURVEY AND PREP YOURSELF Listen to your body before you decide to hit the gym. Are you feeling tired, bloated, anxious, or a little depressed? Are you having more food cravings than usual? If so, exercising during your period can actually decrease these symptoms.  Working out can help:   Decrease the pain of cramps by releasing endorphins (the body's natural painkillers), increasing blood flow, and by loosening muscles in your lower abdomen, back, and thighs. Rid your body of excess water so you aren’t bloated. Improve and stabilize your mood, making you less anxious, angry, or depressed.  (source - Liza Barnes, Health Educator) If you’re bent over in pain, nauseous or your head is throbbing, take the day off. Exercise can intensify severe menstrual symptoms....]]>
<![CDATA[Pink did it at the Grammy Awards. You can do it at the gym. The Aerial Silk Workout. (2010-06-04 06:30:33)]]>

  Pink's breathtaking aerial silk performance at the 2010 Grammy Awards could be your next new workout. Aerial fitness continues to grow in popularity with group and private classes being offered in gyms throughout the country. I was lucky enough to experience Aerial Silk Conditioning at Hype Gym in NYC. Check out my workout below...it was so much fun!     IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN Aerial Silk Conditioning begins with a brief cardio warm-up, followed by stretching and strengthening with a focus on core and lower abs. Once you're warmed up it's time to get wrapped up in long, colorful silks that hang securely from the cieling. Before your feet even leave the ground, you'll learn how to tie, wrap and grip the silks correctly. You’ll learn how to climb, foot lock, slide, invert, swing and spiral your body into beautiful, athletic moves. Before you know it, you'll be flipping and somersaulting your way up and down the silks. THE SLAVE...]]>
<![CDATA[Fila announces cASSting call in NYC. Plus my 2 cents on body comedy & self esteem. (2010-06-03 05:47:01)]]>

  Fila thinks real women have real asses. Yes, we most certainly do! This cASSting call is definitely going to be interesting. But is it degrading? Or is it all in good fun? I ask because lately I've seen some viral videos that are hysterical but make me wonder whether poking fun at our bodies is a good way to promote health and wellness to young women. I totally understand the humor in a movement like BOOBQUAKE (CNN video here) but I'm not so sure it will positively affect teenage girls. Remember, we haven't always been as comfortable in our skin as we are now...and let's face it, this relationship will never be perfect. I'm not one for censorship at all, but I want young girls to grow up with high self-esteem derived from respecting their inner and outer physiques. I'm not saying Fila is doing anything wrong. In fact, I'm intrigued by their "real women" casting call and may check it out. I just hope that real womens' bodies will be taken as...]]>
<![CDATA[Be eco-fabulous and ditch plastic for gold. On Sale for $7.99! (2010-05-30 05:38:38)]]>

Be eco-fabulous and ditch plastic for gold. On Sale for $7.99!]]>
<![CDATA[Sports Bra Couture (2010-05-27 05:23:14)]]>

WE ALL NEED A LIFT Whether you're flat as a board or run with a bounce, this selection of my favorite sports bras will style and support your girls. They're all tried and tested by my minimally endowed self with the help of boob inserts to ensure a "universal" fit. That's possibly TMI (too much information) but I'm looking out for everyone here. BEST OF THE BEST I highly recommend all Moving Comfort sports bra styles. I love them because they have built-in contoured cups which give small girls a huge boost and bustier girls a sexy lift. They're are also made with UV protection fabric and wicking for odor control. You really can't go wrong with this brand. If you don't see a style you like above, check ZAPPOS for more Moving Comfort options.  I'm also very excited about the Cardio Sports Bra by PolarUSA. It has a built-in heart rate monitor to help you measure your workout intensity and track your results. But seriously, I love every sports bra shown...]]>
<![CDATA[Work out. Eat BBQ. Don't think twice about it. Has Crunch gym lost its mind? (2010-05-25 12:20:24)]]>

  Crunch is throwing an indoor FIT-barbecue and you're invited. Stop by any Crunch gym (nationwide locations here) to partake in the day-long festivities. Non-members are welcome and can workout for free. BBQ and fitness, who would've thought? But then again, Crunch enjoys being the wily, red-headed step child on the gym circuit and apparently they're amped for Memoral Day weekend. I can respect that. Here's what's in store for you: Healthy barbecue treats Personal training demos Special group fitness classes Live DJ pumping fresh beats Sweet offers on membership   Members, bring your non-member friends to the party and tell them that (-insert sexy celeb name here-) works out at your Crunch location. If you bring a friend and they join on the spot, you'll get $50 towards your dues! Keep in mind that Crunch will not take responsibility for repairing your friendship. But who knows...William Hung could very well be a Crunch member. And last I...]]>
<![CDATA[Get Marisa Tomei's hot hoopBody (2010-05-24 03:30:45)]]>

  Marisa Tomei is one of my favorite actresses of all time. I've loved her since Untamed Heart (yes, bad storyline but she didn't judge Christian Slater for having a baboon heart and that makes her a quality person). Acting aside, Marisa's body is off the charts and now we know how she maintains it -- with hoopBody! Check her out on Ellen.     hoopBody is a fun, low impact home-fitness workout that you can do in your living room or backyard. It's great for your core, especially the abs and waist-line. I can't think of anyone else I'd rather work out to on DVD than Marisa. It's like you want to be her best friend...but then maybe not...I'd be green with envy if I had to hang out with her all the time and watch her steal my boyfriends. Working out with her on DVD suits me just fine (sorry Marisa, you're just too hot). The hoopBODY kit is on backorder until August, but you can reserve yours now at Gaiam.com.  Just click the hoopBODY pic...]]>
<![CDATA[Wanna attend the world's largest yoga event? Win a trip to NYC for Yoga At the Great Lawn. (2010-05-23 03:00:47)]]>

  I can't promise they'll behave themselves but I can promise it will be a large gathering of my fellow New Yorkers who wish to clear their minds and salute the sun. And oh yeah, there's that fitness component too. It can't hurt to check it out...what if you win? YOGA AT THE GREAT LAWN - the world's largest yoga event, EVER, hosted by Flavorpill and JetBlue. If you win, you receive a round trip to NYC, a hotel room at the Standard, VIP access to the event in Central Park and FREE American Apparel clothes. So unfair!! This is the one time I can say I wish I didn't live in NYC so that I could hack into Flavorpill's top secret computers and rig their contest in my favor. Oh well.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Tired of your workout mix? (2010-05-21 23:30:12)]]>

I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas is a good song BUT don't you think it's time to move on? Check out the recently updated MIZZFIT PLAYLIST. Click the pink album that matches the one above on the BEATS page. Let me know how you like it (ehem, comments, por favor). FYI, music combined with exercise increases your exercise endurance AND makes your brain work better. All the more reason to go shake your booty on an elliptical trainer (just not too hard...those machines can be unstable).  ]]>
<![CDATA[Keep it simple in the front and sexy in the back. (2010-05-21 21:03:27)]]>

Keep it simple in the front and sexy in the back.]]>
<![CDATA[Slip on sexy retro shorts from Oakley for comfortable cardio sessions. (2010-05-21 20:49:57)]]>

Slip on sexy retro shorts from Oakley for comfortable cardio sessions.]]>
<![CDATA[The running track is your catwalk. Protect your eyes from bright rays of sunlight. (2010-05-21 20:33:08)]]>

The running track is your catwalk. Protect your eyes from bright rays of sunlight.]]>
<![CDATA[Find The Right Fit With SBR's Virtual Shoe Finder (2010-05-21 08:04:42)]]>

Looking for new sneaks to spice up your workout? Try SBR's SHOE FINDER. Just discovered it on their website and love the concept because, honestly, disgruntled sales people can be a huge pain in the you know what.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Buns of Steal Blogger Talks Free Fitness & Mentions MizzFIT On The Huffington Post (2010-05-19 07:40:55)]]>

  Free Year of Workouts: Lessons, Four Months In A great Huffington Post article by Julia Neyman, fellow fitness enthusiast and creator of Buns of Steal (one of my favorite fitness blogs). Thanks for the mention, Julia!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Shiny Happy Yoga Bags! (2010-05-19 03:50:44)]]>

  It was bound to happen. Yoga gear is getting funky and I'm not complaining. Check out the Agoy Urban Yoga Bag (GOLD, $79) on Agoy or Ebags.com Check out the Black Patent LeSportsac Lotus Bag on Ebags.com  ]]>
<![CDATA[Solid colors never go out of style like this sexy Essential Tank by Puma. (2010-05-18 17:08:04)]]>

Solid colors never go out of style like this sexy Essential Tank by Puma.]]>
<![CDATA[Become a Spiritual Gangster. Enter Giveaway! (2010-05-17 20:30:20)]]>

      I've got MAD LOVE for Spiritual Gangster. Wanna know why? Because their clever burnout tops and Magic Carpet yoga towel give me that extra edge in yoga class. I've yet to master a perfect hand stand but at least I'm styling when I topple over and kick my neighbor in the head. If you've earned your yoga stripes, then it's time for you to wear them Gangster-style. What does it take to be a Spiritual Gangster? Dedication and hard work (on the mat) The ability to look inward, outward and then quiet your mind An appreciation for comfort and effortless style A Spiritual Gangster (as defined by me) is someone who's urban and into the whole mind-body thing but doesn't take themself too seriously. You've got a cool yogi vibe but haven't traded in your candles for patchouli incense. Why is Spiritual Gangster-ism so awesome? Here's my run down. Spiritual Gangster is a new, refreshing line of yoga apparel and...]]>
<![CDATA[Lee Saxby Teaches Me How To Run Like A Pro (2010-05-15 10:28:53)]]>

  Re-learning how to run. Sometimes you're not as awesome as you think you are. When Lee Saxby, world renown running coach, offered to evaluate my running style I was thrilled thinking I'd impress him with my mad running skillzz. But unfortunately that's not how it went down. Lee Saxby, god bless him, taught me how to run all over again. To pay it forward I'm sharing his tips with you. Don't know Lee Saxby? (sexy, British run expert) Well, it's about time. Back in the day, Lee was a conventional running coach (boooring) until he was introduced to Pose Method Training. The Post Method entirely changed Lee's approach to running and coaching and now he teaches this method to runners all over the world. In a nut shell, the Pose Method of running is efficient, injury-free running taught through poses that dramatically improve your running performance. Pace and foot landing are crucial to this method which is very popular among professional...]]>
<![CDATA[Get American Apparel Athletic Accessories For 30% Off During The Friends & Family Event (2010-05-15 03:00:38)]]>

  Are you part of the AA family? If so, from May 13-16th you can get 30% off your entire purchase from americanapparel.com. Not part of the fam? Sign-up for AA's email updates--that's all it takes! Averse to virtual shopping? Check for the friends & family in-store event at your nearest AA retail location from May 18-19th. Save on your favorite athletic accessories, tees and shorts (hello...30% off!!) and buy something you normally wouldn't, like THESE! Photos courtesy of American Apparel's online store.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Boing with Kangoo: A Dance Party Workout With Bounce Taught By Mario Green in NYC (2010-05-14 11:29:30)]]>

  Are you having fun at your gym? If not, it's time for you to Boing! Crunch NYC offers a class called Boing with Kangoo and it's hands down the most fun I've ever had at a gym. I'm serious. Boing with Kangoo is a laugh-out-loud-jump-for-joy-feel-good kind of workout. It's a crazy adrenaline rush, kind of like jumping on a trampoline while wearing roller blades (not exactly and not quite as scary, but close). Check your ego at the door and channel your best Richard Simmons because once you forget about looking cool you'll start having fun. Now on to the good stuff... What's this Boing thing all about and who's this Mario guy? Boing with Kangoo is a low impact, cardio-based group fitness class using Kangoo Jumps (read about them here). You'll hop, jog, skip, jump, and even shimmy your way through a choreographed routine that's easy to follow and set to a dance party soundtrack that rocks. If you think Kangoo Jumps are wild, then instructor Mario Green is even...]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Glove Couture (2010-04-30 20:00:16)]]>

  The best fitness gloves marry fashion and function. They look hot on your hands and save you from the following: 1) unsightly callused skin, 2) fungi that breeds on sweaty athletic equipment (like yoga mats), 3) discomfort from impact, and  4) total embarrassment from losing your grip on weights or equipment while working out. Don't let your workout irritate your hands. Accessorize with fitness gloves and keep your hands feeling soft and looking feminine. As you may have already guessed, my favorite gloves are featured above and listed below.   THE GLOVE LIST Altus MAX-CORE Weightlifting Glove SweatyBetty Fitness Glove Harbinger Women's Pro Wash and Dry Weight Lifting Gloves  Elite Fitness Gloves by Nike Nike Multi-Purpose Women's Training Gloves Nike Cardio Fitness Glove   Bionic Ladies Fitness Glove W’s SELECT Gel Glove by Pearl Izumi *For Cycling* Nike Black & White Swirl Cardio...]]>
<![CDATA[The Urban Skinny Giveaway (2010-04-26 22:22:52)]]>

  I'm not big on diet books and I generally believe that if you exercise consistently and mix up your routine, you're entitled to eat whatever you want. But I realize that's tough when you live in a city like New York and you're surrounded by all kinds of amazing food. You could probably exercise your heart out and still split your pants from eating out every night. The most tasty food in the world is at your fingertips and that can make grocery shopping and cooking tedious. It doesn't help that city folk spend most of their time in work and social settings leaving limited time for at home food preparation. There's always an appetizer, a cocktail or late night falafel that isn't planned but just ends up happening. In my case, it's a few chai lattes too many througout the day. Starbucks is on every freakin' corner! So when I heard about a chic nutritional roadmap for city dwellers called Urban Skinny: Live The Fabulous Life - And Still Zip Up Your Favorite Jeans, I...]]>
<![CDATA[Top 2 Yoga Classes in the NYC's West Village (2010-04-25 20:49:13)]]>

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<![CDATA[MizzFIT On Buns Of Steal (2010-04-25 17:38:24)]]>

  I'm flattered...I'm blushing...I'm so excited to grace the virtual pages of Buns of Steal! Julia Neyman, writer and creator of the blog Buns of Steal, had no choice but to become my fitness muse. Why? Because I told her so! Check out her blog for how to achieve a high class fitness regimen without ever having to spend a dime. Yep, all for FREE! Somehow, some way she hunts down free classes and trial memberships in whatever city she happens to be living in...right now it's NYC. This girl's got moxie. What's not to love? PURE HOTNESS: YOGA W/ MIZZFIT A snippet from Julia's blog post follows below but definitely click the link above for the full Buns of Steal experience. Facility: Pure Yoga Location: Upper West Side Pass: Free trial session Money Saved: can't even estimate, because yoga here is limited to members ($150/month membership); but, if you're a member of (the dreaded) Equinox, you can drop in on a class for $25 a day. So, Mizzfit and...]]>
<![CDATA[10 Essential iPhone Apps for Runners (Reblog) (2010-04-25 15:51:50)]]>

  Runners, treat yourself to these training apps and get motivated for all the races you're going to run this summer. 10 Essential iPhone Apps for Runners --reblogged from Jeana Lee Tahnk RunKeeper Pro Ghost Race Get Running Livestrong Calorie Tracker Fitnio iRace iMapMyRun Run Coach Interval Run UltraTimer mizzFIT BONUS: MeloRun (calculates your perfect training heart beat rate)  ]]>
<![CDATA[Metallic Dance Slippers by Trimfoot Company. Who says they have to match? (2010-04-23 11:13:18)]]>

Gold and silver pleated full sole ballet shoes in ultra soft leather. ($15.25)]]>
<![CDATA[Kangoo Jump Like The Kardashians (2010-04-23 06:52:23)]]>

    As if you really need 33 reasons to strap these babies on. Kangoo Jumps are HOT...and you probably didn't even know it. They are popular everywhere...well, everywhere except for here in the U.S. But now that the Kardashian sisters are bouncing around in them perhaps we'll see this European fitness trend take off. When I first read about Kangoo Jumps, I thought Oh no, rollerblades 2.0!! But thank god, that's not the case. Kangoos are low impact, rebound sport shoes originally developed in Switzerland for joggers and now designed for all ages and fitness levels. They're supposed to be safe on your joints and versatile for exercise. They're currently used for power walking, cross-country jogging & running, group fitness, athletic training, rehabilitation & injury prevention, dance and children's recreation. Kangoos are a laugh-out-loud crowd pleaser. Everyone likes to bounce, right? So why haven't they hit it big in the U.S.? Here's the problem:...]]>
<![CDATA[Use a sport wash to keep sketchy odors from stalking your workout gear. (2010-04-21 15:04:41)]]>

Use a sport wash to keep sketchy odors from stalking your workout gear.]]>
<![CDATA[Gym Bag Couture (2010-04-21 14:43:34)]]>

  A colorful, crush-worthy selection of gym bags for fashionistas that hit the gym. Let's face it, your gym bag is a reflection of you and deserves as much consideration as your office handbag or date night clutch. Reclaim your sporty, bag lady pride by swinging a stylish carryall over your shoulder. Browse our favorite gym bags (Tina, my new style intern helped!) and feel free to share one that's not on our list. We're always looking for a new obsession.   THE BAG LIST adidas Vintage Holdall Bag D&G Dolce & Gabbana Let's Make Up Bag Everything Fits Gym Bag Lug Life Puddle Jumper Gym Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs Packable Tote Bag  adidas Grun Holdall adidas adicolor Holdall Nike Raceday Medium Duffel LW LeSportsac Erika Marc by Marc Jacobs Graphic Standard Supply Printed Mabel Volcom Staycation Beach Tote adidas by Stella McCartney Sersa Bag Nike Metallic Luna...]]>
<![CDATA[Reebok's Zig Pulse Sneaker: Good For Your Feet or Just Good Looking? (2010-04-18 20:10:38)]]>

  Zig Pulse soles are made with ZigTech(nology) and supposedly deliver less strain on key muscle groups. Whatever happened to no pain --> no gain? And what's the point of the energetic light beams? Clearly this video was shot in ZigTech Land where cheezy after-effects are plenty. Then there's the issue of restricted muscle movement which doesn't sit too well with me. How's that going to reduce muscle strain? Wouldn't it cause more pain in the future by weakening important muscle groups? Zig Pulse might as well say: Just keep running...you won't feel a thing because your muscles are barely working! This is an absurd selling point for a performance sneaker. I can't think of a single day in my life when fitness activity didn't elicit a smidgeon of pain. Without pain there's no challenge. Without challenge there's no opportunity for change (i.e. muscle stimulation, strengthening, growth, rehabiliation, etc.). Muscles need to actively engage if you want them to look and...]]>
<![CDATA[How mizzFIT got her groove back with Slinky Dance from Christina Belly Dance NYC (2010-04-14 09:00:18)]]>

  It's kind of weird talking about myself in the 3rd person, but yes, I lost my groove or perhaps I just misplaced it. Either way, I got it back with a phenomenal belly dance workout called Slinky Dance. The term slinky accurately describes belly dance movement and it's also the nickname that was given to Slinky Dance founder, Christine Busini, while starring in the Broadway show Sugar Babies with Mickey Rooney. The nickname stuck throughout her dance career, inspiring her to create the Christina Belly Dance School to raise women's self-esteem, internally and physically. Her dance-fitness workout integrates abdominal and cardiovascular exercise with sensual choreography to summon the provocative temptress you've buried within. The 90 minute curve defining class will re-connect you to your femininity and sensuality. Then again, you may think you're doing alright in this department because you recently made a purchase at Victoria's Secret OR you reincarnated Kim...]]>
<![CDATA[A Tad Obsessed with Cherie Lily, Houserobics Creator & Fitness Starlet (2010-04-13 10:19:52)]]>

  And now you can be too! Check her out on OUT.com. Need To Know: Cherie Lily Loving the green, animal print leotard. Cherie, you must tell us where you shop. Spill it, babe.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Giveaway: Win This Nike Dri-FIT T-Shirt (2010-04-13 07:30:39)]]>

  Win this women's size small Nike Dri-Fit Cotton Tee ($25) by leaving a comment below with your favorite mizzFIT blog post. FYI, it's a big size small and could easily fit a size medium. Size larges, I have not forgotten about you! As Miyagi would say, "patience, daniel son". This giveaway starts 4/12 and ends 4/19. I'll put everyone's name in a magic hat and pick a winner (blindfolded, of course). Thanks for playin'. Photo courtesy of the Nike store website.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Naked Yoga Class in NYC (2010-04-09 06:29:59)]]>

  I just read the article Hot Nude Yoga: Shedding Clothes To Shed Pounds which references Naked Yoga NYC and thought you freaky deaky's out there might want to know about it. This isn't a class I'll be reviewing unless of course someone gets me very drunk. So I recommend reading the article because the author, Ryan McLendon, actually participated in naked yoga and shares his views on it. I'm not judging (ok, maybe I am a little) but I think yoga is about looking inward and screening out chaos and distraction. I practice yoga a few times a week and sometimes it's the only way I can relax. If naked bodies became a part of my yoga experience, I would seriously cry. How is nudity NOT DISTRACTING...or funny...or gross...or downright tantalizing? I just don't get how a roomful of naked strangers will help me find inner peace. What if you catch someone staring at your vajayjay or you accidentally stare at someone else's? Don't even get me started on a penis stare down! It...]]>
<![CDATA[Exercize Your Hands with the Eggsercizer (2010-04-07 09:25:41)]]>

  Eggselent. As if you didn't eggspect me to say that! In all seriousness, I think these are great. I get carpal tunnel from blogging, emailing and texting too much. I hate you even though I love you, dear crackberry of mine. Yoga helps the stiffness and pain in my hands but since I can't do yoga 24/7 I'm going to fondle these rubber eggs. I'll let you know how that works out for me. They're kinda of cute...dontcha think? More info: Can be heated to provide additional relief for arthritic and injured hands Come in soft, extra soft, medium and firm  Latex-free Shop the Eggsercizer HERE ($8)  ]]>
<![CDATA[iJoyride: Fitness Machine or Sexy Time Gadget? (2010-04-07 04:10:29)]]>

  Or both? The iJoyride is a horse-riding inspired fitness machine that supposedly tightens the tummy, butt and thighs. It's a mechanical bull minus the debauchery of a bachelorette party. You can ride it at 3 different speed levels and even wear a cowboy hat if you like. Use it to strengthen your core muscles (you'll have to engage them to maintain your center of gravity) or to practice for your next bull-riding competition. The rest is entirely up to you as long as it's in the privacy of your own home. If it wasn't so expensive ($450) I'd definitely try it out...then again, there's always Johnny Utah's. Find the iJoyride here  ]]>
<![CDATA[Don't be a bag lady. Get the Everything Fits Gym Bag. (2010-04-06 23:21:35)]]>

Don't be a bag lady. Get the Everything Fits Gym Bag.]]>
<![CDATA[Cynthia Rowley For Roxy Urban Surf-wear (2010-04-06 04:00:02)]]>

  Cynthia Rowley & Roxy have teamed up on a surf collection that's urban-beach, pastel-perfection. Discovering Rowley for Roxy at Bleeker street's Cynthia Rowley store in NYC was the highlight of my week. I was madly in love at first glance. The pieces range from surf-wear to fitted skirts and dresses. You'll long for Cali beaches and want to try everything on, even if there's no beach time in your immediate future (insert sad face here). The best pieces are made with neoprene fabric and are completely wearable (even the pencil skirt). Rowley for Roxy features bright colors, geometric shapes, and fun materials (think that first Body Glove wetsuit you got in 1989). It's a classic throwback to a bright period in surfing, when wetsuits featured neon stripes and bikinis were high cut, really high cut. (source) It's HOT...it's fun...and makes me want to put David Lee Roth's California Girls on repeat for as long as I can stand it. In my opinion, you have no option...]]>
<![CDATA[Fashionable Sporting Equipment from Chanel (2010-04-05 05:00:55)]]>

Chanel Handpainted Boomerang Chanel Bicycle Chanel Signature Surfboard Chanel Retro Tennis Racket Chanel Lacquered Tennis Racket (Pink) Chanel Signature Rugby Ball Chanel Signature Basketball   All images courtesy of Chanel.com]]>
<![CDATA[Do You Pole? (2010-03-30 21:41:30)]]>

UPDATE: New Shop The Bunny promo until May 6th 2010: Take $30 Off All Orders Over $100 A lot of you pole dance to stay in shape and i know you're not wearing sneakers to class. Are your pole dancing shoes up to par? Vamp those babies up at Shop The Bunny's SALE (Take $20 Off Every $100 You Spend) until April 1st. I can't think of a better reason to wear Playboy heels than to get your cardio strip on (No, really, I can't!). If you're looking for a pole dance studio to break in your new shoes, shoot me an email and I'll help you find one. Or you can practice at home...I'm sure your roommate won't mind. I'm taking my first class this Sunday and those neon green snilettos (you guessed it...sneaker + stilleto) are calling my name. Click the promo box below to shop/browse Shop The Bunny.]]>
<![CDATA[Finally, A Burnout T-Shirt Made For Working Out (2010-03-30 06:15:49)]]>

  Made to sweat in but soft enough to sleep in, the new Victory Burnout T by Under Armour ($27.99) is absolultely amazing. I've worn burnout t's to the gym before but they were 100% cotton and stuck to my skin as soon as I started sweating. Under Armour's Victory Burnout T is made with HeatGear Technology, a fabric blend designed to keep athletes cool, dry and light. The t-shirt flows with your body movement and wicks sweat away as you warm up. I have it in Tropic Pink, go figure, but all the colors seriously rock. The cut is loosely fitted with a deep v-neck and the shirt length goes past the hips. Just in case you're thinking what the heck is a burnout t-shirt?, it's a t-shirt style made to look worn in with fabric that's soft to the touch. Under Armour's Victory Burnout T, like most burnouts, is slightly see through. It's a great opportunity to show off your favorite sports bra. Add run tights/leggings for an outfit that's a little sexy, very sporty and totally...]]>
<![CDATA[Spring Training in NYC with TCOY Fitness (2010-03-27 06:30:20)]]>

  Head to the Flatiron district on Sundays to spring train with Guy Codio, professional trainer and founder of TCOY Fitness. Guy leads a a fat burning, Functional Training Camp that works your legs, arms, back and abs like it's nobody's business. You'll use weighted balls, kettlebells, TRX suspension straps, jump rope, resistance cords, physio balls and your own body weight for conditioning exercises. Classes feel like a semi-private training session and Guy keeps a close eye on your fitness level to help you master each exercise with the right amount of weight. I've been working out with Guy for ages and I couldn't be happier with the results. Functional training allows you to perform the activities of daily life more easily without injury (like carrying your groceries 10 blocks home from the grocery store). If you have your groceries delivered, then just do it for the hot bod. Go consistently to lose weight, feel stronger, improve your posture, and energize. Your...]]>
<![CDATA[Cover-up with Metallics (2010-03-26 02:00:37)]]>

  Ditch the sequins because metallics are back and they're spring weather appropriate. I'm loving the sleeve pocket on the silver Urban Ripstop Jacket (Lauren by Ralph Lauren; $199 at Macy's). The adidas by Stella McCartney Run Image Jacket is killer and comes in blue and silver. It features a biker-style collar and zippers down the back for a custom fit.   Digging the adidas Y-3 Windbreaker below in regal orange...makes me want to drink OJ and go for a brisk run.   Now, don't be afraid...these wind-proof jackets are a breeze to wear. Casually throw one on with a gray tank (like this one), cropped black leggings (like these) and comfortable lightweight sneaks (like these) for an outfit that's ultra-chic and transitional. Every girl deserves to shine, so don't be shy and wear metallics like you mean it.   UPDATE: Adding another windbreaker to the lot. This Nike Split Windrunner Jacket ($100) wins the Cute & Creative...]]>
<![CDATA[Wear high style shades with high def lenses. (2010-03-25 22:37:02)]]>

Wear high style shades with high def lenses.]]>
<![CDATA[Protect your eyes with sports star shades. (2010-03-25 22:12:51)]]>

Protect your eyes with sports star shades.]]>
<![CDATA[Pony up for cancer research with Ralph Lauren logo tennis balls (2010-03-25 20:35:20)]]>

Pony up for cancer research with Ralph Lauren logo tennis balls]]>
<![CDATA[New mizzFIT Playlist For Your Workout Enjoyment (2010-03-25 02:30:52)]]>

Take a listen...HERE! (click the pink album that matches the one above when you get there)  ]]>
<![CDATA[April showers bring out NYC runners...and skirts! (2010-03-25 02:00:42)]]>

New Yorkers, it's time to get out of hibernation mode and back in the game. Sign up for these fun run events happening in April.   10K Scotland Run In Central Park on Saturday, April 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Run to the sound of bagpipes and next to men in skirts! A celebratory race that's not to miss. Don't take this one too seriously--have fun with it!   10 Weeks to 10K A beginner running program for women from April 8th to June 12th in Central Park. Train for the New York Mini 10K Race with Coach Mindy from The Running Center. Set a personal goal, get fit for summer and meet other women who like to run.   4 Mile NYRR & JPMorgan Chase Run In Central Park on Sunday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. Annual race to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer research. A short race...a good cause...you're set!   Photo credit: New York Road Runner's Scotland Run 2007 Photo Gallery  ]]>
<![CDATA[A Tasty Giveaway To Fuel Your Workout (2010-03-24 04:03:48)]]>

  I'm a huge fan of energy bars especially the kind with all my favorite ingredients...and that can be hard to find in stores. Element Bars is offering mizzFIT readers the chance to win a box of their delicious energy bars (12/box) and the best part is that YOU get to customize them with the ingredients you love the most. To enter this giveaway contest you need to design an Element Bar that makes my tummy grumble: Build a custom Element Bar by picking your favorite ingredients HERE. Comment on this mizzFIT blog post with the Element Bar you designed. Make sure to list your ingredients (Example: A + B + C + D). The winner will be picked based on the comment that makes me the hungriest. All commenters will receive a discount coupon code from Element Bars. It doesn't get any easier than that. Now, go make mama hungry! DESIGN YOUR ELEMENT BAR HERE.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Zumba Party Nation (2010-03-23 20:40:22)]]>

Zumba Party Nation]]>
<![CDATA[Girl Talk - All Day (2010-03-23 20:33:01)]]>

Girl Talk - All Day]]>
<![CDATA[Does the new Evo running shoe live up to its $160 price tag? (2010-03-23 14:00:01)]]>

  I finally got my feet into a pair of Evo running shoes made with Terra Plana's VivoBarefoot technology. I ditched the socks (a formality given the nature of the shoes) and rushed out for a 2 mile run. There's been a lot of hype surrounding these shoes so I was excited to finally test them out. Check out the review and the video I made immediately after my run.   THE PROS Unique and attractive design. Fitted and carefully contructed. There are no loose ends and the materials seem high grade and durable. Extremely comfortable, especially without socks. Super light weight...7 ounces to be exact. Thin, puncture resistant sole that allows you to run on any surface without piercing your skin. However, I recommend avoiding areas with lots of small rocks/spikey objects and uneven surfaces. Anti-microbial sole that prevents bacterial and fungal growth. This is a very important feature if you decide to go sockless or plan to go...]]>
<![CDATA[My apologies for going radio silent (2010-03-21 04:30:27)]]>

  My grandma recently passed away. She played a huge role in shaping my life and I needed some time to mourn and recover. That's her above, moments after getting a surprise kiss from Shorty. To all my readers: thank you for being patient and understanding why it's been so quiet on mizzFIT.com. My grandma loved to swim so expect to see lots on aqua fitness and fashion in the coming months. Please submit any classes or gear you'd like reviewed. Send tips or post comments. I'm back at it and I want to hear from you!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Flaunt it without exposing it in this swimsuit made for water sports. (2010-03-20 21:41:27)]]>

Flaunt it without exposing it in this swimsuit made for water sports.]]>
<![CDATA[Best of New York Workouts (2010-03-15 08:30:37)]]>

New York Magazine picked 3 of my favorite classes so I'm gonna say they got it right (Aerobarre, Station Fitness & Soul Cycle). Link to the article below and sign up for these classes before they get insanely packed. Best of New York Workouts from New York Magazine  ]]>
<![CDATA[Grab a Water Bottle for Awesome Arms (2010-03-15 02:05:25)]]>

What do you think? Is this workout legit or ridic? If you're going to try the Awesome Arms workout, you might as well invest in a nice set of weights...like the ones below. Stock up on Fiji Water for Awesome Arms. Start light and increase your weight from 330 mililiters to 1.5 Liters. Thirsty? Kill 2 birds with 1 stone and unscrew the cap for a sip. Have FIJI Water Delivered to Your Door as Often as You Choose! Order today at ShopFIJIWater.com  ]]>
<![CDATA[Sleep is the Best Kind of Exercise (2010-03-11 07:41:48)]]>

  Not getting enough sleep does more damage than just leaving you with puffy eyes. It can cause fat to accumulate around your organs... (source) Just don't overdo it. Too much sleep is equally bad for you. Aim for 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. For more info on sleep and wellness, read Extremes of Sleep Related to Increased Fat Around Organs. The Fitbit tracks the quality of your sleep (as well as the quantity of your daily activity, i.e. calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled). As you fall in and out of sleep, the Fitbit tracks the movements that your body makes and can tell you how long it took you to fall asleep, how many times you woke up throughout the night and the actual time you were asleep vs the time you were in bed. (source) You can also train yourself to sleep better by reading the Power Sleep: The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance by James B. Maas (my college psychology professor who happens to be...]]>
<![CDATA[Don't miss these yoga events in NYC and Miami (2010-03-10 10:55:36)]]>

  Spring is coming. Get whipped into shape and alignment with a new, more challenging level of yoga practice. Plus, I'm crushing on the instructors big time! Check them out below. Inversion Immersion! with Jessica Stickler Refine your alignment and take your inversions to the next level (because it sucks being the only one in class who can't do a headstand). Sunday, March 14th  6 - 8.30PM Jivamukti Yoga School - 841 Broadway, 2nd floor NYC $35 Advanced Registration, $40 Same Day Jessica Sage Yoga   I.AM.YOU. Yoga Retreat in Miami with Lauren Imparato Deconstruct to Reconstruct (in the sun...by the ocean...to music...) Friday - Sunday, March 19-21 The Standard Hotel on South Beach Contact info@iamyoustudio.com for individual class times & weekend rates. The Standard is sold out but Miami has lots of hotels and you can always couch surf with friends. Florida locals welcome! I.AM.YOU. Studio  ]]>
<![CDATA[Accelerate with Zebra Print (2010-03-05 21:48:55)]]>

Add stripes to your athletic wardrobe for speed (and style). Adidas by Stella McCartney (which I can't get enough of) is rocking zebra stripes on everything...even sneakers! All you need is 1 zebra print piece to show your wild side. Choose carefully and don't mix zebra styles--be kind to peoples' eyes. Draw attention to stripes by adding bright colors or tame down loud patterns with neutrals. Experiment and be adventurous! You can always return to your black uniform once you've had a little fun with zebra print. If you're absolutely married to black, Adidas by Stella McCartney has an all black run tight with zebra-print mesh inserts (in black). They're ridiculously cool and also come in monochromatic red. If you buy them, HIDE FROM ME because I'm 100% capable of hijacking them. Stella is known for her animal and eco-friendly fashion design. That's probably why she loves animal prints. Zebra's a tough one to do right but she definitely nailed it. Links to zebra print...]]>
<![CDATA[The Lady Gaga of Fitness and AntiGravity Yoga (2010-03-04 22:47:52)]]>

  Cherie Lily is the Lady Gaga of fitness. She's a cheeky fitness diva...a true one-of-a-kind. She'll raise your eyebrows and heartrate with a brand of music that's truly her own, called Houserobics. Cherie defines Houserobics as "a high-energy, dance project blending house [music], fitness culture, and inspirational lyrics." Why house music? Because she grew up in Chicago and like most raging Chi-town hipsters, permeated the house music scene. She eventually moved to NYC as a fitness pro but her love of music never died. Cherie used her musical inspiration (Madonna), fitness hero (Richard Simmons) and life experiences (she fell deathly ill in India during yoga certification but pulled through) to create Houserobics and unleash her onstage alter ego. She puts on a hella good show. Watch the video below for a preview.     Off-stage and in class, Cherie Lily is an approachable and outgoing fitness pro who swears by Lululemon V Bras and Natural...]]>
<![CDATA[Keep gym essentials secure with this neon zipper bag. (2010-03-04 17:46:31)]]>

Keep gym essentials secure with this neon zipper bag.]]>
<![CDATA[Wonder how olympic aerialists train? (2010-03-02 08:08:47)]]>

They train in the summer with a 7 story tall plastic ski jump ramp into a pool that's bubbled to soften the impact of landing. The highest ramp at the Utah Olympic Park training pool can launch skiers up to 70 feet in the air! Can you imagine how frightening and exhillerating is? I only wish I could try it. Would you take the plunge? Guess what? WE TOTALLY CAN. Straight from Utah Olympic Park's website: Freestyle aerials is a year-round sport at the Park. The Utah Olympic Park offers a variety of one-day, three-day, six-day and seasonal public freestyle camps. The Park staff offers coaching and programming for all levels of athlete development. (source) Look how fun it looks. Oh boy...I think I have a challenge on my hands!   The video below shows how the pool bubbles right before impact.  Photo credits: Paul Schneider (photographer), Jerry Grossi (aerialist); Video source: Youtube  ]]>
<![CDATA[Shop in 3's at PUMA (2010-02-28 05:00:22)]]>

Buy two full-priced items, get a third full-priced item free! Enter PUMASPRING10AF a…   Buy two full-priced items, get a third full-priced item free! Enter PUMASPRING10AF at check out. My personal favorites: Black-Gold PUMA Logo Wristbands ($10), Performance Baggy Shorts ($35), Lanai XT Sneakers ($70) UPDATE: Puma promotional link is no longer active. Sorry!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Lululayers (2010-02-26 22:10:31)]]>

  Best run gear from Lululemon to keep the warm in and the cold out. 1. The Principle Jacket (pictured above) is the epitome of fitness fashion. It's cropped and form fitting with a large zip-up collar and motorcycle zipper sleeves. It's light, angular and easily unzipped for ventilation.  2. The Winter Run Glove is a glove with a mitten-like fold. The glove's moisture wicking keeps fingers dry and warm, and the mitten fold protects against the wind. It comes in black and gray (and hopefully more colors next winter). You'll easily wear these gloves 24/7 but be careful not to lose them because they're not cheap.  3. The Ultralight Armwarmer is genius. It adds an extra layer of warmth to your arms and stays put without irritation. It's thin enough to wear under a jacket/hoodie and stretchy enough to wear over a long sleeve top. Or, just wear it with a t-shirt. I usually pair the Armwarmer with the Winter Run Glove since my hands are extremely...]]>
<![CDATA[The Great Water Bottle Mishap Giveaway (2010-02-26 09:21:38)]]>

aquaBling is saving the world from disastrous water bottle mishaps with charms that say, "Hands off! This blinged out bottle is mine!" I have charms to give away to 5 mizzFIT readers with the most outrageous water bottle mishap stories. Funny and/or gross stories are welcome and very much appreciated but please keep it PG13. Winners will be chosen on Friday March 5th, 2010. Here's what you need to do to get some Bling: 1. Sign up for mizzFIT tidbitzz (my email updates) in the section to the right of this post. If you already receive my tidbitzz, you're good to go and don't need to do anything else. 2. Send a short story to info@mizzFIT.com and include your name. * For 20% off aquabling products,  use code FIT at the aquaStore check out.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Runners Always Show Up, Especially for Haiti (2010-02-24 14:30:49)]]>

Runners are insane motivators. That's why 9,423 runners and walkers crossed the Run for Haiti finish line last weekend in NYC, raising over $400,000 for the city's Haiti Relief Fund. It was cold, the sun was out and everyone was psyched to run. On race day, NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg announced: People said we were crazy to try to put this race together so quickly, and we said, ‘You don’t know runners.’ With our partners at Parks, we found an open date, and we all worked together to make it happen. (source) Run for Haiti isn't over yet! You have until Feb 24th (tomorrow!) to sign-up and race in your hometown -- CLICK THIS LINK TO GET INVOLVED -- it's only 4 miles and I know you can do it! A few of my pics from the race: If you're organizing a fitness event to help Haiti, reach out and I'll help spread the word.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Pedaling: New Foodie Fitness Series (2010-02-24 08:53:16)]]>

  PEDALING is an amazing new web series that cyclist and foodies will love! Created by Iri Greco and Jim Fryer, PEDALING features unique characters, regional food and wine activities, special guests, and unexpected curves in the road. Watch for eclectic riding, professional cycling hosts, and tips on new restaurants and gourmet markets (which as a New Yorker you can never get enough of). Right now, PEDALING covers NYC but they're taking their adventures national and California is next. It's a brilliant fusion of fitness and fuel. You've got to watch it! Check out PEDALING NYC episodes here  ]]>
<![CDATA[VivoBarefoot Evo - Now Available Online! (2010-02-24 05:32:24)]]>

They're calling it the ultimate minimalist running shoe. It's taken forever to come out and now you can buy a pair online before the Evo hits stores. I'm not a huge fan of the current Vivo colors but I have a feeling these shoes are going to be a hit with runners and eco athletes which means we'll see more colors and styles as popularity grows. If you're aiming for a more natural stride, this is the shoe to check out. Terrra Plana has an excellent track record for making comfortably stylish walking shoes that are planet friendly. Let's see if they can win the hearts of runners. As soon as they're in stores I'll let you know where you can test drive a pair. Otherwise check the link below to preview and shop. My favorites are the women's yellow and men's white. Browse/Shop the VivoBarefoot Evo ($160)     Photo and video courtesy of Terra Plana website www.terraplana.com    ]]>
<![CDATA[Stairway to Fit (2010-02-23 00:03:07)]]>

  Themed bootcamps are all the rage in NYC, but that doesn't mean traditional bootcamps cease to exist. It means they step up their game like 360Fit's indoor bootcamp where you'll jog up and down a midtown building stairwell holding a weighted ball high above your head. Did I mention this building is 20 floors high? 360Fit Bootcamp isn't fancy or frilly. When you arrive, you'll wonder if you wrote down the right address. The space is small but don't worry, it works out to your benefit. Classes range from 6-10 people and you receive lots of personal attention from Shanna Farrar, your bootcamp leader and 360Fit founder. Shanna packs the hour-long class with cardio and strength training exercises, leaving no time to commisserate with your neighbor about the stair climb you're still panting from. 360Fit Bootcamp isn't a novelty--it's a back-to-basics circuit training program taught by a fitness professional who's more focused on results than conversation (that's a good...]]>
<![CDATA[Saucony's Triumphant Foot Charmer (2010-02-19 15:22:46)]]>

  My feet are in love with Saucony's ProGrid Triumph 7 sneakers. Here's why: 1. From the minute I slipped them on, my feet were in the comfort zone. 2. Amazing breathability. The ProGrids are covered with ventilation holes for a nice cooling effect. 3. Nice and cushiony. Made for neutral runners. 4. Heavier than recent running shoe models, but in a good way. ProGrid's "extra weight" gives you more spring and support. 5. Bright colors. If you're not into fuschia soles, try the yellow or red soles from the men's line. The black and gray tones pull everything together and will most likely match your workout-wear. 6. Open cell foam sockliner. It's antimicrobial so your shoes won't stink and your feet won't turn green (fungus). 7. The midsole is made with impact deflection technology. This feature really impressed me because I'm a hard runner and usually feel the impact in my feet no matter what shoe I'm wearing. The ProGrids somehow absorb shock and...]]>
<![CDATA[Run for Haiti (2010-02-18 05:38:44)]]>

What: 4-mile run and walk to benefit Haiti sponsored by NYRR and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Live festival to follow with Haitian music and performances. Fruit and bagels will be distributed on site. Where: Central Park, NYC When: Feb. 20th, 9AM How much: $40 More info and registration here  ]]>
<![CDATA[2 Ways to Ballet in NYC (2010-02-17 10:28:19)]]>

  Two dancers with two different approaches to ballet have something in common: a barre class that rocks. Leila Fazel, a former ballet dancer (Dance Theater of Harlem) and co-founder of Aerospace High Performance Center in NYC, teaches a barre class called Aerobarre that's designed for non-dancers. Aerobarre is a cardio-based fusion of ballet and boxing set to house music. You'll perform barre moves at high repetitions using a body bar (long weighted bar) instead of the traditional ballet barre. Expect to throw punches one minute and plie jump the next. Just follow Leila's lead and make sure to go easy on the weights. I was a little ambitious and chose 5 lb dumbbells until Leila noticed and set me up with 2 pounders. When you're throwing jabs with weights in your hands, 2 pounds can easily feel like 10! Even though you're working with weights, there's a graceful flow to Aerobarre which Leila attributes to the similarities between ballet and boxing: Both require...]]>
<![CDATA[Happy Valentine's Day! (2010-02-15 13:08:21)]]>

  CNN.com reports: "Physical" was No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 pop chart for 10 weeks back in 1981 - along with several more weeks in high-ranking positions - and, as such, it ranks as the sexiest song of all time on a new list Billboard has released just in time for Valentine's Day. (source) Check out the rest of Billboard's 50 Sexiest Songs of All Time and put them on your workout mix! This Valentine's Day remember to love yourself in addition to your valentine. It all starts with YOU. So...let me hear your body talk!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Go Long for the Football Clutch (2010-02-14 10:42:25)]]>

Bag Craze reports: Quilted and stitched panels, front zip closure with log leather loop tab, fully lined, silver metal hardware, 100% LAMB. The Alexander Wang Brady Football Clutch currently retails for $ 625.00. It's really cute. I bet Kim Kardashian has it. I wonder if Alexander Wang will pay tribute to any of the Olympic sport categories in Vancouver.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Kiss your sweetie for 15-20% off shoes & apparel at JackRabbit NYC stores (2010-02-13 12:35:01)]]>

15% off any two or more pairs of shoes 20% off any two or more pieces of apparel The catch? You have to kiss your sweetie at the register for all to see.  Don't have a sweetie? Grab grandma or meet someone at the store. This promotion is running through Feb. 14th.  ]]>
<![CDATA[J+J Gym Bag Giveaway (2010-02-13 08:35:56)]]>

I'm so excited to give this Jo+Jax bag away next Friday! This fitness carry-all is sturdy, sporty and fashonable. Here's what you need to do to win it: 1. You have to sign up for mizzFIT tidbitzz (my email updates) in the section to the right of this post. If you already receive my tidbitzz, you're good to go and don't need to do anything else. Your subscriber info/email will ONLY be used to add your name to the drawing and to contact you if you win. 2. You have to pray to the gym bag gods and tell them that you really want this bag. I hear they have special powers. Browse/Shop Jo+Jax - 15% off all pink and red active-wear until Feb 15th!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Joe Montana Shyly Wears Shape-Ups (2010-02-13 06:00:48)]]>

  Joe Montana says he wears Sketchers Shape-Ups to ease the pain in his back and knees (source). But we all know what they're really for...the junk-in-the-trunk! Shapes-Ups tighten the booty and Joe should admit that's what he's doing.Women are attracted to men with good butts and if Joe were to come clean, we might see a spike in sales. Just sayin'... Did anyone see this commercial during the Super Bowl?  ]]>
<![CDATA[Cover up until you build up a sweat. (2010-02-12 23:00:46)]]>

Cover up until you build up a sweat.]]>
<![CDATA[Get Torched with the Lulu Posse in NYC (2010-02-12 08:00:36)]]>

  Let the games begin! Let's run and root FOR USA! Errr, I mean Canana. If you're getting ready for the NYC half marathon in March, join in the fun and clock another training run. See you there!  ]]>
<![CDATA[A New Spin on Spinning (2010-02-12 05:30:33)]]>

  I'm not a die-hard spinner. I don't own cycling shoes or biking capris with padding built-in the rear. Simply put, I'm a girl who likes a challenging full body workout and that's exactly what I got when I took my first SoulCycle class. SoulCycle takes the concept of traditional spinning and completely shakes it up. It's a powerful workout that goes beyond alternating positions in and out of the saddle. You'll dance, twist out abdominals, lift weights and do a vinyasa on your bike (all while spinning). You'll tone more than just your legs, but I can guarantee they'll feel the burn.  SoulCycle kickstarts with a killer pop music soundtrack and inspirational coaching by hard-bodied instructors who are celebrities in their own right. My favorite part of class is when spin master, Stacey Griffith, encourages you to make up your own move on the bike. She shouts over the music: It doesn't matter what you look like. No one cares.  She's...]]>
<![CDATA[Fall for Fitness this Valentine's Day in NYC (2010-02-11 05:40:30)]]>

  Will you be mine fit this Valentine's Day? Check out these VDAY-inspired fitness activities happening in NYC...   FLEX APPEAL - Friday, February 12 @ 4pm A speed dating 60 min yoga class/workout Location: Crunch Gym @ 404 Lafayette St. Free and open to the public. Giveways and drink tickets included.   LOVE CUBED - Sunday, February 14 @ 12pm A 5K run along the Hudson River Park to benefit the American Cancer Society Location: 42 W. 14th St. Hosted by JackRabbit & Save the Date(ing). Run followed by an open bar mixer from 1pm-3pm Expect food, drinks and discounts on JR merch. Sign up now because supposedly spots are limited. UPDATE: Registration for ladies currently SOLD OUT and currently only open to men. Doesn't mean we (ladies) can't crash it.   JACKRABBIT FUN RUN - Sunday, February 14 @ 9am Run in and around Central Park with Team In Training Location: Lexington between 84th &...]]>
<![CDATA[Fit for a Material Girl (2010-02-10 00:02:29)]]>

Think Madonna would rock it? The bra on this Lululemon sport tank is constructed on the outside for a customized and comfortable fit. It looks like an underwire bra, but it sure doesn't feel like one. Trust me, I bought it yesterday and haven't taken it off (I might be exaggerating). Bra adjustments are made in front instead of in the back. Everything's flipped around and the result is truly amazing. I recommend the tank in black because, honestly, you'll want to wear it with everything. All Out Tank ( $54)   FYI, I'm not a Lululemon affiliate...just a loyal fan.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Timex 80 Now in Skittles Colors (2010-02-09 05:00:31)]]>

  I'm excited for these, are you? I have last year's model in hot pink and it's by far my favorite gym watch. Check out Timex 80 color combos at Turntable Lab. OR search ShopWiki (US and UK) for more styles. Happy hunting!    ]]>
<![CDATA[Empowerment in a Bar (2010-02-08 05:45:34)]]>

Nutritional Empowerment Bars made by Sable's Foods are an excellent fuel source for athletes with an interesting backstory. Alicia Sable-Hunt, a veteran oncology nurse, originally created Nutritional Empowerment Bars for cancer patients undergoing chemo or radiotherapy. The fact that many cancer patients experience a loss of appetite or a change in the way foods taste presented a challenge she wanted to solve. Her Nutritional Empowerment Bars are packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein that other bars lack. Sable-Hunt wanted cancer patients to have an energy bar just like everyone else--so she made it! The result is a healthy energy bar that's baked like a brownie (most bars aren't baked), full of flavor and coveted by the cancer community and athletes alike. A "bite of every bar" is donated to cancer research. Wow! Alicia Sable-Hunt has definitely raised the bar in the performance food category. Nurture yourself or your loved one with Sable's Foods! Please...]]>
<![CDATA[Lindsey Vonn Strikes A Pose (2010-02-07 06:30:46)]]>

  FitCeleb.com reports: Sports Illustrated changed things up a bit for their SI's Winter Olympic preview issue, which hit newsstands Wednesday, by putting Lindsey Vonn on the cover. However, a magazine that usually puts barely covered models on the cover is getting flack, because Vonn is in a semi-provacative pose which is being claimed it objectifies her. The Vancouver Sun reports: ...her appearance in this month's Sports illustrated, complete with cover shot of the skier posed bent over, rolling down a mountain, has drawn fire from critics as "sexualized." While some people are saying Vonn's pose is suggestive others are coming to SI's defense, saying it's merely a re-enactment of a tuck stance that professional skiers take when plowing down a hill.  I subscribe to SI and to be honest this is the first cover, in a very long time, that caught my attention and made me stop what I was doing to read about Vonn. She's obviously a major...]]>
<![CDATA[Mat PIlates Workout Music (2010-02-07 00:07:26)]]>

Mat PIlates Workout Music]]>
<![CDATA[A Strapping Workout Top (2010-02-05 08:15:31)]]>

You've gotta love... 1) The design of the straps, especially the way they cross in the back. 2) The price (currently on sale for $21.99) Available in size medium and large at seejanerun.com. This tank is a great deal - go for it! Shop the The Lhasa Tank.  ]]>
<![CDATA[From Finance to Fitness (2010-02-04 05:30:48)]]>

Considering a career change? Check out I.AM.YOU Studio owner, Lauren Imparato's story featured on NY1 newschannel.  STRETCH YOUR PASSION INTO A NEW CAREER So inspiring and THANK GOD Lauren made the switch otherwise I'd be lost without my favorite yoga class.  ]]>
<![CDATA[A Valentine from Jo & Jax (2010-02-03 23:44:46)]]>

  If it's pink or red, it's 15% off at Jo & Jax until Feb 15th. Enjoy!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Make your sweat glisten. (2010-02-03 10:18:41)]]>

Make your sweat glisten.]]>
<![CDATA[Got used sneakers? (2010-02-02 21:19:13)]]>

Donate them to Give Your Sole.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Barefoot Simulation (2010-02-01 22:19:18)]]>

This is the article everyone's talking about: Long-Awaited Barefoot Running Study Finds Sneakers Are Harmful I'm a proponent of barefoot running but only on pristine sandy beaches...and even then there's no guarantee you won't come across something prickly. On my last barefoot run in the Mayan Riviera, I nearly ran over a piece of broken glass. Luckily I was paying attention, but that's not always the case especially when I'm running to music. Sarah Dassault, a fitness correspondent and producer for Diet.com, fears the worst when it comes to barefoot running. I don't blame her. I've written about barefoot training before (READ IT HERE) which I think is beneficial to developing under-used muscles in feet. I'm a huge fan of yoga, pilates and martial arts which are all brilliant ways to exercise these muscles without going to extremes. Our feet are conditioned to wearing sneakers and whether it's good or bad for them in the long run, it's what they're used to. If you...]]>
<![CDATA[Style-drate (2010-01-31 07:00:05)]]>

I'm really digging these performance water bottles by Adidas. They're easy to grip and sleeker than ever. If you carry water while you run, this is the way to do it. Unless you're running long distance or training for a marathon, ditch the fanny packs and utility belts and hydrate in style. Shop adidas]]>
<![CDATA[Run in designer duds made with climalite fabric. (2010-01-30 15:23:13)]]>

Run in designer duds made with climalite fabric.]]>
<![CDATA[Carry your keys, cash and ID in a compact wallet at the gym. (2010-01-28 23:34:10)]]>

Carry your keys, cash and ID in a compact wallet at the gym.]]>
<![CDATA[The Sneaker Pocket (2010-01-28 23:02:42)]]>

Do you toss your sneakers into your gym bag with the rest of your workout gear? If so, you might be risking your health. THIS research study found that an average of 421,000 units of disease-causing bacteria live on the outside of our shoes and 2,887 live on the inside. This includes E.coli which our shoes can pick up from just about anywhere. I know...it's beyond gross. If you don't know the specifics of E.coli, please research it on your own but here's a helpful hint ---> poop. Think about all the places your sneakers have been! Mine have seen the streets of Manhattan, the subway, parks, gyms, bodegas, restaurants, public bathrooms and who knows what else. The fact that I sometimes toss my sneakers into my gym bag or purse without giving thought to all the germs that might be spreading to other contents in my bag is unacceptable and stops now. Here's my solution: Lug's line of duffels, totes and satchels with designated shoe compartments. Lug bags accomodate your stinky,...]]>
<![CDATA[Look What I Found! (2010-01-27 12:00:48)]]>

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<![CDATA[May The Forza Be With You (2010-01-27 02:08:25)]]>

  I heard that Forza, a group fitness class at Equinox gym, was martial arts inspired but I had no idea it involved a sword. When I walked into class, I thought this is going to be a piece of cake. C'mon...how much can you really move with a big, heavy stick? Well, I got my answer within minutes as Stephen Bel Davies, a Forza certified instructor, began to lead the class through a series of fast-paced samurai sword routines. Forza is a full-body, cardiovascular workout that involves quick arm movements and rotations to make warrior-style "cuts" in the air. It's actually pretty cool--when else do you have the opportunity to wield a sword without being laughed at? The Forza sword is called a bokken, modeled after a Japanese Katana and made from either plastic or wood. Plastic bokkens are heavier (they have a metal rod center) and provide a more challenging workout. Wooden ones are recommended for beginners. I found using the bokken comparable to working with free...]]>
<![CDATA[Hot pants for hot yoga. (2010-01-24 13:18:51)]]>

Hot pants for hot yoga.]]>
<![CDATA[Accessorize and insulate with arm warmers. (2010-01-23 08:26:08)]]>

Accessorize and insulate with arm warmers.]]>
<![CDATA[Go gaga for these goggles. (2010-01-18 14:46:46)]]>

Go gaga for these goggles.]]>
<![CDATA[Don a designer duffel to the gym. (2010-01-18 13:26:10)]]>

Don a designer duffel to the gym.]]>
<![CDATA[Choose tops with creative neck lines and extra padding (only if you need it). (2010-01-18 09:08:50)]]>

Choose tops with creative neck lines and extra padding (only if you need it).]]>
<![CDATA[Get a wild grip on your workout. (2010-01-18 08:43:52)]]>

Get a wild grip on your workout.]]>
<![CDATA[New York Sports Club to give away inflatable dolls and free gym passes for mouth 2 mouth (2010-01-09 01:07:15)]]>

New York Sports Clubs has partnered with FDNY and NYC Service to host free CPR classes for the public at locations throughout the five boroughs. FDNY’s CPR to Go offers basic “bystander” CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) training. In just one hour, trainees learn how to be Good Samaritans, gaining the knowledge and confidence to save the life of a child or an adult. As part of the class, it’s requested that trainees pledge to give back by sharing their knowledge with five other people. To do so, they take home their kits, including an inflatable CPR training doll, and DVD in English and Spanish. Everyone who completes the training gets a free, one-week pass to NYSC. Classes will be offered from January through March in all five boroughs. To find a class in your neighborhood or to register go here. Kudos to NYSC and the FDNY for turning us into life-savers. I love starting the new year with NYC love and pride, and I’m happy to see the fitness community...]]>
<![CDATA[Things That Make You Go Hmmm (2010-01-08 02:05:01)]]>

I can’t help but think the joke is on us in this promotional video for 3 Minute Legs. There’s something strangely sexual going on. The women are going up and down on the 3 Minute Legs bouncy-seat, with huge smiles on their faces. I’m no Dr. Ruth, but that can only mean one thing!     I’m not telling you not to use it…it’s definitely stimulating. But it you want to effectively tone your legs, I recommend checking out The Valslide by Valerie Waters.     The Valslide is versatile and works different parts of your body based on how you use it. Unlike 3 Minute Legs which “supports” your body as you lunge, The Valslide requires you to engage your core, gluteal and leg muscles in a sliding motion. The more you engage your body and create your own base of support, the more you’ll see results. I’ve used The Valslide and I love it because it’s challenging, well-designed and easy to toss in a gym bag. I guarantee it...]]>
<![CDATA[Checking into 2010 (2010-01-06 23:26:04)]]>

  I can’t believe another year has passed. I mean, I can…but it’s so crazy how time escapes us and before we have time to think about our new year’s resolutions, new year’s has passed and the fireworks are long gone (I tried to freeze them in time with my blackberry cam). Last year I had a long list of resolutions, the most important one being to change my career path. I eventually did it and mizzFIT.com became a reality…and will officially launch next week (yup, finally). Who knows what will happen in 2010 but I’m ready to ride the wave and see where it takes me. With that said blogged, here are my resolutions for the new year. Wish me luck or cheer me on…even Jillian Michaels admits that self-discipline is hard (she has a trainer). Many thanks to Sam, Kru and Guy (my trainers). mizzFIT RESOLUTIONS FOR 2010: The links shared below link to websites I find intriguing with no financial gain involved. Make more fitness friends and embrace the...]]>
<![CDATA[80's Meets Ibiza (2010-01-06 12:17:08)]]>

80's Meets Ibiza]]>
<![CDATA[Cherie Lily Werk (2010-01-06 10:08:57)]]>

Cherie Lily Werk]]>
<![CDATA[Yoga Groove (2010-01-05 10:54:20)]]>

Yoga Groove]]>
<![CDATA[Cassius - The Rawkers EP (2010-01-05 10:50:32)]]>

Cassius - The Rawkers EP]]>
<![CDATA[Make a Fashion Statement on a Bike (2010-01-01 08:53:57)]]>

Jen Benepe, president and chief designer, started Hotvelociti because she was less than thrilled with cycling apparel she found in stores. Her jersey designs are anything but dull, inspired by vibrant color, quirky graphics, and a concern for road safety. The balance of color and graphics maximize cyclist visibility on the road without compromising a sporty, laid back style. Jen Benepe describes her playful jersey designs as “a celebration of shape, color, style and sometimes a bit of politics, humor or just simply teases”. It goes without saying that her jersey art is attention grabbing and fun. Hotvelociti apparel is made with 100% wicking polyester that deters snags and stands up to normal wear and tear. The jerseys are made in Mexico with silk screens created by artisans and are worn by Mexican national champions in road and mountain biking. I put Hotvelociti to the test and purchased a jersey for the biggest cycling fanatic I know—my dad. He loved it! If you’re...]]>
<![CDATA[A New Wave of Yoga Hits Saint Louis (2009-12-24 11:17:43)]]>

  Sometimes things just flow together and merge into a wave of awesomeness. That’s exactly what happened when Jeanne Campbell and Angela Culbertson met teaching yoga in Saint Louis, Missouri. They became fast friends and then business partners in April of 2009. A few months and several vinyasas later, they opened Ullola in midtown Saint Louis. Ullola is Sanskrit for “large wave or surge”, a fitting name for the dynamic duo’s urban studio dedicated entirely to the practice of Hatha Yoga. The concept of traditional Hatha Yoga is to balance mind and body through physical postures called asanas, poses, controlled breathing, relaxation and meditation. Jeanne and Angela have given it their own spin, teaching classes that gradually build into a total body workout, strengthen your willpower, and make you sweat. Theirs is a holistic approach that caters to yoga enthusiasts and regulars, not so much the occasional drop-in. Among the enthusiasts are 9 to 5’ers,...]]>
<![CDATA[Reebok EasyTone Shoes (2009-12-19 22:59:22)]]>

Alecia, a mizzFIT reader, writes: What do you think about the Reebok EasyTone shoes? Since I don’t own a pair of Reebok EasyTone sneakers (sorry Alecia, they are super fugly), I decided to do a little research to see what reputable sources had to say. Sarah Dussault, a popular fitness & health video producer/blogger for Diet.com, tested them out and reported feeling an extra challenge in her step that made walking around feel more like a workout. She wasn’t too keen on the look of the shoe which her video labels an ugly duckling. Check out Sarah’s video here: The NBC Today Show also tested the EasyTone along with 2 of its competitors by asking 3 women to wear them for a week. They all reported feeling a difference. The woman who wore the EasyTone reported loving the physical benefits and said she would continue wearing them even though she didn’t consider them fashionable. Reebok posted this video (which includes the “unfashionable” comment) on their...]]>
<![CDATA[Denim Snow Pant For Snow Bunnies (2009-12-18 04:32:38)]]>

  Vans and 7 For All Mankind have collaborated to make a limited edition denim snow pant for ski and snowboard fashionistas, which Nylon Magazine recently featured as their jeans of the month: The dark-indigo cotton bottoms are modeled after 7 For All Mankind’s top-selling style-the Bootcut-coated with water-proof Vansguard, and have a gold-colored liner to keep your ankles snow-free. Hearty Magazine online writes: …these pants may look exactly like a pair of regular jeans, but they’re designed for a rider and are perfect for the snow. A stylish and technical snow pant…in true, quality denim???? Christmas has arrived! Time to hit the slopes in style, girlzz. Look for these pants at select board shops. I couldn’t find them on Van’s website and since they’re a limited edition they might be hard to score online. Good luck! Photo credit: freshngood.com]]>
<![CDATA[Bling Your Water Bottle (2009-12-17 04:23:21)]]>

  Don't want your water bottle confused with someone else's? Yuck! I don't blame you. Avoid cooties at the gym by accessorizing your water bottle. Have a look here. I wonder how many aquaBling charms are accidentally thrown away when water bottles are tossed. Interesting concept though, especially for bedazzlers. What do you think of aquaBling?  ]]>
<![CDATA[The deets on exercising when you're sick (2009-12-17 02:34:49)]]>

Should I Exercise If I Have A Cold Or Fever? A reblog from Move Your Body, 2 fitness chicks who report on health & fitness.]]>
<![CDATA[Thank you Jo+Jax! (2009-12-17 02:10:07)]]>

  Jo+Jax is one of my favorite fitness apparel brands and this vlog is a personal review of the Tri Tank that Jo+Jax sent me as a gift.     FTC blogging rules are pretty strict these days and require bloggers to disclose their relationship with the brands they blog about. So here goes… Jo+Jax sent me this top and I had no choice but to vlog about it because it’s by far the sexiest workout tank I’ve worn. If you like it and buy it, I don’t profit. My only reward is your happy workout and knowing that you read this blog. The fitness world has been kind to me and mizzFIT.com is where I pay it forward. If you’re interested in Jo+Jax’s Tri Tank, visit their site here. To check out my ASICS kicks (which are lightweight, functional and fashionable for group fitness) click here.   Photo credits: Jo+Jax website, ASICS America website  ]]>
<![CDATA[MizzFIT Playlist (2009-12-13 12:11:35)]]>

MizzFIT Playlist]]>
<![CDATA[Baby, It's Cold Outside (2009-12-11 19:13:48)]]>

When it’s super cold outside, don’t lose your exercise motivation just dress for the occasion. Stay warm with hip basics from Alternative Apparel. Mix, match, layer, or go unisex. Whatever you do, just stay fit and stylish. Is there really anything else that matters? Check out some of my favorite Alternative Apparel styles below for gals and guys. I love the gym rat eco fleece worn by the models above who, might I say, are pretty hot. The eco fleece is a unisex item and as you can see, looks great both ways. I’ve never been a big fan of sweatpants but the styles below have major potential. Alternative Apparel's cotton fabric blends hang nicely and are soft enough to sleep in. The lightweight, women’s cropped pant is perfect for active workouts (whether it’s boxing or yoga) and couldn’t be sexier. If you sign up for Alternative Apparel’s newsletter, you’ll get 15% off any purchase through the end of the month and shipping is also free through December....]]>
<![CDATA[MC Yogi (2009-12-10 20:42:26)]]>

MC Yogi]]>
<![CDATA[Krishna Das (2009-12-10 20:36:34)]]>

Krishna Das]]>
<![CDATA[Night Ripper (2009-12-10 20:24:26)]]>

Night Ripper]]>
<![CDATA[Sliimy (2009-12-10 20:20:45)]]>

Sliimy]]>
<![CDATA[Check out these STUDS (2009-12-10 00:00:39)]]><![CDATA[THE ARMBAND ISSUE (2009-12-06 00:00:40)]]>

  Yesterday, Michelle Trachtenberg stopped to ask me what armband I was wearing. I’m a huge fan of ASICS armbands because they do their job well without compromising your cool factor. They hold your iPhone or blackberry, keys, credit cards, money, and whatever else you can’t live without for the length of your workout. They look phenomenally sleek in colder months worn over a long sleeve workout top or light-weight jacket. If you’re still wearing fanny packs, it’s time to STOP THE INSANITY and cross over to the armband team. Hey, if Michelle T. is into it…then I know I’m doing something right. ASICS Arroyo Media Armband ASICS Intensity Media Armband UPDATE: I recently discovered this Adidas armband and quite like it. The logo art is reflective and a tad more fun than the options above. ]]>
<![CDATA[BAG THIS GYM BAG (2009-12-05 08:51:34)]]>

  These NEW American Apparel duffel bags are screaming to be taken to the gym. They’re super hip and perfectly sized to fit all your stuff. They even come in metallic colors. I DIE!!! You know…like in a dramatic Rachel Zoe kind of way. I couldn’t resist taking these pics and even though I got yelled at, I have to give AA staffers credit…they are mad cool and stylish. Check out the duffels at American Apparel stores or online HERE. Happy weekend holiday shopping!]]>
<![CDATA[This is why you choose the gym over the knife (2009-12-03 10:29:46)]]>

“A 38-year-old former Miss Argentina died over the weekend due to complications stemming from cosmetic surgery on her buttocks.”   Story here. So sad…a gym membership and personal training could have saved her life. The best results come from hard work. A great ass is a huge confidence-builder when you’ve earned it. Why take such drastic measures when a better option is just within reach? The most beautiful relationship is the one you have with yourself and your body. Respect, honor and nurture it. Photo credit: Solange Magnano’s Facebook page.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Follow the White Rabbit... (2009-12-01 01:52:47)]]>

  …for Matrix inspired fitness style. Trinity’s body-hugging, futuristic-goth look resurfaces in the latest TECHFIT endurance-wear collection by Adidas. Could Trinity be an Adidas style muse? Her character is certainly relevant to the Adidas TECHFIT concept of maximum performance. We’ve all seen Trinity in action and she definitely outperforms with her crazy martial arts skillzz.     The TECHFIT PowerWeb tank and tight above which mirror Trinity’s outfit are made with a breathable compression fabric and special band support. The bands are designed to generate elastic energy, explosive power, acceleration and endurance. All of which are necessary for Matrix combat…or for turning heads at the gym. If Trinity can break a sweat AND ooze sex appeal, then so can we! I highly recommend pairing your TECHFIT Trinity look with matching sneakers that have a color accent, like the ones below (Clima LS-Motion 2). In case you’re wondering how...]]>
<![CDATA[Madonna Celebration (2009-11-28 13:26:48)]]>

Madonna Celebration]]>
<![CDATA[Ballet Music Advanced Class (2009-11-28 13:26:43)]]>

Ballet Music Advanced Class]]>
<![CDATA[Hed Kandi Beach House (2009-11-28 13:26:37)]]>

Hed Kandi Beach House]]>
<![CDATA[Black Friday Sale at Jack Rabbit NYC (2009-11-26 23:00:50)]]>

  Friday, November 27th, 11-8pm JackRabbit Upper East Side Store 1255 Lexington Ave. between 84th & 85th St. This is JackRabbit’s biggest sale of the year and it’s for 1 day only. Expect incredible discounts on winter jackets, yoga pants, cycling shorts, triathlon gear, wetsuits and much more at 50% off retail.]]>
<![CDATA[I LOVE LUCY (2009-11-26 23:00:16)]]>

It’s one of my favorite places to shop for workout clothes. Why? Because they’re clothes are stylish, functional and well made. Because they have great sales on items that are cross-seasonal. Because Lucy apparel will give you an edge and set you apart from Lululemon clones. Because you can shop apparel on their website by sport. Because their website puts outfits together for you. At this rate, they might as well spend the night and make me breakfast in the morning because I’m seriously in love. Find LUCY at www.lucy.com or Lucy on Facebook.]]>
<![CDATA[H.E.A.R.T. Inspires Kids to Volunteer with Fitness (2009-11-25 00:00:57)]]>

  People don’t value what they don’t pay for. For a short time they will be appreciative of what is being done for them but as time wears on they come to expect it. This was a lesson that stuck with Jim Hainis as a karate student and which inspired him to create the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts program at Newark, New Jersey’s 1st Avenue Elementary/Middle School. The concept of the H.E.A.R.T. program is pure genius. The students who participate in the program “earn” martial art lessons by agreeing to volunteer for local and national nonprofit organizations. Jim’s goal for the program is for kids to build their spirit and character as they give from their hearts to help others in need. Once they earn their lessons, the kids take group classes taught by Jim and are empowered to take control of their lives, learn about the world outside of school and give back to their community. H.E.A.R.T. represents Honor, Equality, Appreciation, Respect, and...]]>
<![CDATA[Kite surfer goes for it (2009-11-24 01:00:32)]]>

Kite Surfers Complete “Epic” Pier Jumping Stunt Story reblogged from youtube below: DAREDEVIL kite surfer Jake Scrace makes the most of the extreme wind yesterday with a death-defying 100ft jump over a pier. Jake, 25, used the waves as a ramp to leap 40ft across Worthing Pier in East Sussex, before landing back in the water. His extreme surfer pal Lewis Craften followed. Two kite surfers from West Sussex took advantage of strong winds on the south coast to realise an ambition to jump over Worthing pier. Jake Scrace, 25, and Lewis Crathern, 24, had been planning Monday morning’s jump for three years but had to wait for perfect weather conditions. They took off from Goring to the west of Worthing in gusts of wind that were more than 40mph. Mr Scrace described the build up to the jump as “terrifying”. Carpenter Mr Scrace, who makes kite boards, and professional kite surfer Mr Crathern are both from Worthing. Between them they have 16...]]>
<![CDATA[ROCKETTE SISTERS ROCK FITNESS FASHION (2009-11-23 23:00:19)]]>

Jo+Jax is fitness fashion at its best—urban, sexy and comfortable. The line embodies free spirited, funky women with an inner tomboy and a lot of sass. What’s not to like? Most interesting is the story behind Jo+Jax apparel. The founders are 2 sisters from Salt Lake City: Jo and Jax. They grew up in their mother’s dance studio and shared the stage together as Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. They started designing dance and active-wear to get noticed at auditions and before long they were dressing all of Radio City. Jo+Jax apparel is all about bold color, confidence, attitude and movement. If you’re not going to stand out and show off your personality, what’s the point? Shop Jo+Jax      ]]>
<![CDATA[The Fitwalk (2009-11-23 00:00:40)]]>

Stella McCartney introduces a different kind of catwalk to fashion die-hards and explains the relationship between fashion and sport in her active-wear designs. “We’re not trying to take sportswear to fashion. We’re trying to take fashion to sportswear, which I think is quite novel for that arena because it’s usually the other way around. We’re trying to stay quite true to what we set out to do.” You have to give it to Stella…she brings edgy fashion to the fitness camp. I love her latest collection featuring sheer, lightweight fabrics, but I think her designs are too delicate for intense fitness activity. Her line doesn’t offer athletes much support, insulation or weather protection. Stella’s collection hangs nicely on store racks and these days I see most of it on sale. I have faith in the line though and I think it won’t be long before Stella nails it. For now, I love that she’s creatively bridging fashion and fitness. The clips from the London...]]>
<![CDATA[DO NOT MISS WARREN MILLER'S LATEST FILM (2009-11-20 04:48:44)]]>

    Warren Miller’s Dynasty (um, AMAZING!) This Sunday in NYC: Nov. 22 @ 5pm and 8pm Symphony Space (95th St. & Broadway) Powder. Air. Amazing cinematography. What more could you ask for? Dynasty showcases new and vintage clips from the past six decades of Warren Miller footage. The film is narrated by Jonny Moseley and highlights world class skiers and snowboarders showing off their talent in awe inspiring locations. Experience some of the world’s most impressive terrain in high definition and get inspired for some of your own action. Warren Miller’s limited release tour will stop in over 240 US cities NYC tickets here      City-wide tickets here        For more warren miller: www.warrenmiller.com   Photo credits: Poster (warrenmiller.com), Ski Image (www.mountainwatch.com/cwatch/News/4161604)  ]]>
<![CDATA[Legs for Leggings: The Bar Method Workout (2009-11-20 00:02:59)]]>

by Karen Shelhorse, STL Fitness Trainer and mizzFIT Fitness Over Forty blogger   Leggings and skinny jeans are “in” and so is having the legs to wear them. Anyone can throw on a pair of leggings but let’s be honest, the “skinny” fad looks best on toned and shapely legs. The Bar Method workout gives you just that. It’s your go-to for legging prep and studios are popping up everywhere because women love the results. Bar Method classes will whip your legs into shape and give you a workout that kept me, a trainer, sore for days in all the right spots! The program is ballet and dance-oriented, taking inspiration from the workout of professional dancers. Form and posture are closely observed and modified by instructors. If you’ve never danced before, don’t worry! You don’t need prior dance experience and the class is easy to follow especially since many of the instructors are actual dancers who explain movements and transitions clearly. The exercises...]]>
<![CDATA[Edgy ear gear from Skullcandy speaks volumes. (2009-11-15 09:40:10)]]>

Edgy ear gear from Skullcandy speaks volumes.]]>
<![CDATA[Add some flare like Jessica Biel. (2009-11-15 09:38:48)]]>

Add some flare like Jessica Biel.]]>
<![CDATA[Choose a gym bag that's sleek, functional and proportional to your size. (2009-11-15 09:37:29)]]>

Choose a gym bag that's sleek, functional and proportional to your size.]]>
<![CDATA[Toby Tanser makes the world better through running. (2009-11-14 00:00:35)]]>

Toby Tanser is my newfound hero. Runners/racers/marathoners will appreciate this video he made. If you don’t know who Toby Tanser, I’m about to tell you. He’s basically the raddest elite runner/philanthropist EVER. He started Shoe4Africa in the 90’s to collect used shoes for Africans to run. Since then, his organization has grown, bringing much more than shoes to Africa. He’s now working to build the largest children’s hospital in Africa. Seriously, you’ve gotta set your goals high to achieve great things. Toby runs, coaches, writes best-selling books, inspires peoples’ lives and on top of all that, rocks a unique athletic style that makes him stand out from all the rest. Gotta love the locks. Did I mention he’s awesome? Nike thinks so. They put his book title on a t-shirt (see below). Wanna buy it? I do. Get the t-shirt HERE. It’s about time you read up on Toby Tanser because he's changing our world for the...]]>
<![CDATA[Swing into Shape with Kettlebells (2009-11-11 02:47:09)]]>

  Kettlebells are your ticket to a hot body and Lorna Kleidman will show you how. Lorna Kleidman is a two-time kettlebell world champion and pioneer of kettlebell fitness for women. She leads classes and private training sessions in Manhattan and has even authored a guide to her kettlebell workout program called, “Body Sculpting with Kettlebells for Women”. I popped into Lorna’s class to find out how women are shape-shifting to kettlebells. I found myself in good company, with a mix of women who attend class weekly to enhance their muscle tone and maintain a feminine physique. The class works with kettlebells ranging from 5 to 25 pounds and Lorna helped me select a kettlebell based on my fitness level. We stretched, warmed-up, and then engaged in 55 minutes of pure kettlebell exercise. Kettlebell moves include a lot of lifting and swinging motion that’s actually quite fun. C’mon, who doesn’t like to swing? Initially, the lifting/swinging movement feels...]]>
<![CDATA[Lucy Activewear Turns 10; Celebrates with Free In-store Classes and 30% Discount (2009-11-06 01:00:26)]]>

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<![CDATA[Favorite Fitness Products from the New York Marathon Expo (2009-11-05 23:00:12)]]>

I was a little kid in a candy store at this year’s ING NYC Marathon EXPO. The Javitts Center was packed with fitness companies introducing new products and services. Hurray for SAMPLES!! I scoped the place out and below you’ll find my 4 favorites which I personally tried out and recommend to enhance your workout. PowerBar Energy Gel Blasts These gel filled chews supply fast energy with C2MAX and Vitamin C. They are delicious and come in raspberry and strawberry-banana flavors. Pop a few before working out for an energy kick. www.powerbar.com   Brooks Night Life Visibility Cap This fitness cap is made with Aireplex fabric which will protect you from sun, wind and rain when you’re exercising outside. It has a moisture transfer lining which will lift sweat away to keep your head dry. It’s also great for night-time runners and cyclers, because of a small flashing light on the back closure that is easily activated. The flashing light will keep...]]>
<![CDATA[MARATHON HIGHLIGHTS by mizzFIT (2009-11-03 23:00:12)]]>

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<![CDATA[Good Luck Marathoners!!!! (2009-11-01 18:52:07)]]>

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<![CDATA[An interesting twist on the hip rotation (2009-10-29 22:00:03)]]>

Check out www.catworkout.com]]>
<![CDATA[Power Hit (for women) (2009-10-29 00:02:44)]]>

Edge Gym in NYC reaches out to women with its Power Hit program. Gym partner and trainer, Denis Barry, makes a difference by helping women get on track for a fit and healthy lifestyle. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy EDGE GYM  403 E. 91st Street, 4th Flr, NYC  www.edgegyms.com  ]]>
<![CDATA[JackRabbit Sports In-Store Marathon Q&A Night (2009-10-27 22:00:23)]]>

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<![CDATA[Scary Words from a Fitness Critic (2009-10-26 23:20:07)]]>

  First there was this: Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin - by John Cloud   And now, 1 week before the NYC ING Marathon day, there’s this: Plodders Have a Place, but Is It in a Marathon? - by Juliet Macur (you might have to create an account or sign-in to read it but it’s worth it)   Anyone who writes an article criticizing a movement of people who jog or walk 26.2 miles can kiss my FIT ASS! It’s not about how fast marathoners run, jog or walk a marathon—the point is people are out there doing it and that’s a HUGE accomplishment. The NYC ING Marathon brings tens of thousands of unique people together from all over the world on a day that celebrates athleticism. It might as well be a holiday given the amount of people that run. Athletes and fans form a special bond on marathon day because dreams are being lived out on New York City streets. Juliet Macur’s article belittles the meaning of marathon day for all...]]>
<![CDATA[Nike + Human Race Takes On the World (2009-10-26 02:11:41)]]>

  Runners in Prospect Park, Brooklyn and in cities worldwide (24 registered cities) wore the same red race shirt yesterday and gathered to participate in what Nike called “The Day the World Runs”. It was a fun 10K race and Prospect Park’s scenery was fantastic. Luckily, the rain gods were kind and the race was rain-free on Saturday morning at 8am. 3,464 runners participated and finished with an average pace time of 1:02:55. Overall, I was impressed with the organization of the race and the events that followed. Nike had tents set up for product giveaways and testing, free food and snacks, and race results. Basically, it was a star wars convention for runners. But hey, runners should dork-out too, i.e. pics of me before and after completing the race with my friend, Nicole. I must say, I love the Nike + Human Race shirt! I’ll definitely be wearing mine again unlike other race shirts which usually end up at the salvation army. The race shirts are nicely...]]>
<![CDATA[SPiN New York: Ping Pong Fitness (2009-10-25 00:00:12)]]>

I had to see it to believe it. SPiN New York is a new underground table tennis gym & lounge. You can call it a social club if you like, but this stylish haunt was designed for serious ping pong action. Expect to see the sport’s finest professionals (who are surprisingly young and not of drinking age) along with sideline spectators who either once had their heyday in Beijing or happen to be Susan Sarandon (SPiN’s primary investor and ping pong die hard). Todd Oldham and Fred Perry are to thank for SPiN’s chic and sporty interior design. The club, on the other hand, is never too chic for breaking a sweat. Besides, you can always shower in the club locker rooms. When it’s time to refuel, definitely check out the menu. The smoothie selection is both healthy and mouth-watering. Even the free popcorn is tasty (cinnamon popcorn cones make the rounds). Every Friday night SPiN invites North America’s best players to battle it out on their stadium court for #1 and a cash...]]>
<![CDATA[Three runners die in Detroit marathon (2009-10-19 08:32:12)]]>

  My heart goes out to the families of three brave souls who died today before completing the Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon in Detroit, Michigan: Read story HERE. All three men collapsed near the end of the race. This is tragic news, but I have to assume they died doing something they loved very much. And wherever they are now, I’m sure they crossed their finish line triumphantly. Do you think physical examinations and screenings should be required of athletes before participating in extreme sporting events like the marathon, triathlon and Ironman? I’m not 100% sure where I stand on this, but I think if a doctor were to tell me I was unfit to run a marathon I’d be just as happy participating as a cheering spectator. Then again, what if the doctors happened to be wrong or overly cautious? Would you trust your own intuition and run, or not?]]>
<![CDATA[Origin of Lululemon Name (2009-10-17 01:03:25)]]>

Lululemon was founded in 1998 by Chip Wilson, a surfer and snowboarder who discovered yoga, became a fanatic and subsequently opened a storefront in Vancouver, British Columbia. Its Web site explains how Mr. Wilson was looking for a name that would sound authentically North American to appeal to Japanese customers: “In essence, the name ‘lululemon’ has no roots and means nothing other than it has 3 ‘L’s’ in it. Nothing more and nothing less." -Chant After Them: Super… by MIKE ALBO  ]]>
<![CDATA[A Shoo In (2009-10-16 00:00:16)]]>

  Everyone’s talking about Somnio Running shoes and now so am I. They’ve been featured in Triathlete and Women’s Health magazines as a welcome contender to the market of running shoes. Aside from their stylish design, I love how these shoes are built for long runs and customized for foot structure and running style. If you pronate or supinate, you might want to consider these shoes. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read THIS. Check out Somnio’s running shoes HERE (for ladies and gents): I watched Somnio’s online fitting video and it seems like they’ve put a lot of thought into shoe mechanics and developed a line of shoes that will actually adapt to the runners that wear them. I must warn you, the video is pretty boring but just in case you’ve got the time…view it HERE. Get to know your running style before buying a pair of Somnio trainers. Think about what hurts when you run and where you get blisters. Pain and blisters can indicate...]]>
<![CDATA[Shorter. Faster. Better? (2009-10-14 06:08:36)]]>

  Sprinting is a re-emerging fitness trend that’s catching up with the popularity of long distance running. The difference is that sprinting involves shorter and higher intensity running intervals with rest periods in between. Sprinting is definitely more time efficient as well as a huge calorie burner. This raises a good question: should you be running harder and shorter instead of longer and more consistent?   The answer really depends on your fitness goals. Sprinting will increase your speed and help you move past a frustrating weight-loss plateau. Here’s how it works… The high intensity nature of sprinting shocks your body, burns tons of calories and allows for more visible changes in your body type. Your body will continue to burn calories hours after you’ve finished your workout. As amazing as that sounds, the negative side is that sprinting will surely fatigue you. Remember that before you go on a sprinting binge, especially if you’re heading...]]>
<![CDATA[SKIP THE GYM. HEAD TO THE HUDSON RIVER. (2009-10-11 04:14:55)]]>

Downtown Boathouse at Pier 40  ]]>
<![CDATA[The 5 Minute Shrug (2009-10-10 06:30:31)]]>

  Love it or hate it, the shrug is back and Lululemon’s version is made especially for runners in training. They’re calling it the “1st 5 Minutes shrug” addressing long distance runners’ propensity to strip down their layers. I was hesitant at first but the fit and style of this shrug is too cute to overlook. It’s lightweight and designed for easy access to open air. Wear it for warmth and protection from wind and rain. Take it off as soon as your body temperature rises and stuff it into your pocket. It’s so easy it’s a no brainer—especially if you’re training for an upcoming marathon. It’s hard to find workout clothes that accommodate rigorous workouts. Long distance running takes a huge toll on the body and requires activewear that looks good, stays put, and keeps its shape for hours. Lululemon’s activewear checks all of these boxes which explains their high price point. Their sales are few and far between but for a guaranteed 15% off your...]]>
<![CDATA[Mini Ninja (2009-10-09 05:29:27)]]>

Embedded video from CNN VideoShe’s a bad ass and might be on to something with those pigtails. New trend alert? I’d hate to see what happens to the boy that breaks her heart.]]>
<![CDATA[A Watch Worthy Fitness Accessory (2009-10-08 23:00:54)]]>

    Just because you like to get sweaty doesn’t mean you can’t wear a killer watch. Adidas and G-Shock combine style and function with digital watches designed for rugged workouts and water sports. “Candy” watches by Adidas (top 4 watches pictured) are chic and come in a variety of colors. I’m really loving the G-Shock Mini line for women (pictured in bottom blue box) because the watches are tough looking but still feminine due to a more petite size. This watch has a sporty 80’s vibe—that’s enough reason to love it. I have to admit, G-Shock’s new back-light colors with afterglow had me at “hello”. It’s nice to see G-Shock make a comeback and at last redeem itself for the unmentionable, Baby-G. Oops! The Adidas Candy watch in hot pink ($60) G-Shock Mini at Bloomingdale's (ORIG. $95 NOW $79) Variety of digital watches at Bloomingdale's  ]]>
<![CDATA[FLAB-U-LESS for Fall (2009-10-07 05:57:34)]]>

  Stephanie Levinson believes in CHANGE. That’s why she created FLAB-U-LESS, the ultimate flab-busting, calorie burning fitness class. I wanted this to be a class that really addressed woman’s dissatisfaction with their workouts and bodies. From my observations, it seems they want their workouts to be more effective, and they want to focus on certain areas of the body they feel are flabbier than they should be. Too many group fitness classes fall short of a high enough intensity level to cause any significant body changes. NOT COOL (says me). When you’re putting in time at the gym, you want to see results. Stephanie is the queen of results in my book. She structures her classes with exercise circuits that are constantly changing to keep motivation and results high. These exercises focus on body parts that everybody seems to worry about. Don’t be embarrassed to tell her which areas you’d like to target. She gets these requests all the time...]]>
<![CDATA[Workout with Celebrity Trainer in Long Island City's Gantry Park. This Sunday! (2009-09-26 07:37:42)]]>

  Treat yourself to a free conditioning class this weekend with celebrity trainer, Dan Danieluc in Gantry Park, LIC. Sunday, September 27th 11AM Take the #7 train to Vernon-Jackson avenue station Walk down 48th avenue towards the river to join Dan’s class.]]>
<![CDATA[If you’re not fast you’re food (2009-09-26 04:47:05)]]><![CDATA[Where to Shop for Fitness Couture? (2009-09-25 03:41:44)]]>

  These are my recommendations and personal favorites for fitness apparel and gear shopping. Enjoy! See Jane Run Sweaty Betty ShreddingBetty Fit Couture Everlast Yoga Accessories Rese Activewear Lucy Activewear Gaiam Lululemon Athletica Title Nine Athleta Jack Rabbit Sports  ]]>
<![CDATA[The Human Race. Are you in? (2009-09-21 13:00:44)]]>

  I just signed up to run the Nike+ Human Race in NYC and now I’m going to recruit you!! The race is a 10K (6.2 miles) and takes place on Saturday, October 24th at 8AM in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. If you don’t live in NYC, you can run the Human Race in any of these cities. Nike+ gear is not required for the Human Race. If you have Nike+, you can track and sync your run on race day to your Nike+ account and compare your results against everyone else running. The registration fee is $20 and $5 from every entry will go directly to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If you’re getting ready for the NYC marathon in November, this could be a fun practice run and a nice break from Central Park’s training loops. NYC Human Race info HERE. Multi-city registration HERE. Nike+ Human Race home page HERE.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Gives Fashion A Lift (2009-09-19 12:48:25)]]>

  Skyscraper heels are en vogue this season. They’re sexy as hell but not always the most comfortable. Super-sized heels will crush your toes, strain your Achilles tendon, and overall cause your feet a lot of unnecessary pain. We all know fashion comes at a price…and sometimes that means looking good without feeling great. I’ve definitely strapped on stiletto heels for an evening out that had me limping home by the end of the night. It’s ridiculous what we put our feet through for style. But that’s just how it goes—women love the look of high heels. In the clever article, High Stakes from this September’s Vogue, Elizabeth Weil writes that a tailored fitness regimen could be the answer to surviving this season’s gargantuan heels: …your best bet is to take a preventive-medicine approach—make your body strong and supple enough to withstand the strain and, as if anyone needs to hear this again, maintain a healthy weight. The article goes on to...]]>
<![CDATA[Natural Do-Gooder (2009-09-18 00:00:29)]]>

  Natural Fitness has caught my attention. They make premium yoga, pilates and strength training products that are eco-friendly. For every one of their products sold, Natural Fitness funds the planting of a tree to improve the condition of our atmosphere. The company is gaga for eco—their website and email are even solar powered. Wow, this green trend is infectious. I’m starting to realize the prevalence of sustainable workout products and it looks like these greenies are on to something. They use environmentally friendly material like bamboo for their yoga and pilates block, and natural rubber from rubber trees for their yoga mats. Their fitness products are quite nice and sell at high end retailers. Prices are extremely reasonable, especially if you buy directly from Natural Fitness online. How can you go wrong with a company that wants to offset its own eco-footprint? This is a company that cares and injects love into every product they make. I dig the...]]>
<![CDATA[Stimulate the Fitconomy at Paragon Sports NYC (2009-09-15 14:00:38)]]>

  The Barney’s warehouse sale is over and you’re looking for you next fix. Well here it is… Paragon Sports Warehouse Sale (50-80% off) Now through September 17th, 2009 50-80% off sporting good clothing, footwear and gear. Some of the categories that will be featured are: athletic and outdoor footwear, running clothing, ski/snowboard clothing, ski/snowboard equipment, backpacks and luggage, golf equipment, tennis racquets and bags, team jerseys, sportswear and many more. Hours: Mon-Thur 10am-7pm Sale Entrance: 18 East 18th Street (between Broadway and 5th Avenue)]]>
<![CDATA[Kettlebell Couture (2009-09-12 22:00:24)]]>

  I love the mod design and color range of these neoprene kettlebells from Jordan Fitness. Jordan Fitness teamed up with trainer Angie Dowds from the U.K.’s Biggest Loser show to give their kettlebell a new look. Their goal was to make the kettlebell more user friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Well done, Jordan Fitness. I hope you’re plugging these on the show. More on Jordan Fitness here: http://www.jordanfreeweights.com Kettlebell workout here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1xhfYxDsCc Photo courtesy of Jordan Fitness website]]>
<![CDATA[Green Your Workout (2009-09-12 04:33:10)]]>

  Everything’s going green these days, even fitness detergent. I spotted WIN Green, a new eco-friendly sport detergent, at Jack Rabbit in NYC. I’m familiar with lots of sport detergents but this was the first environmentally friendly one to cross my path. I snapped a pic, poked around online and found that WIN Green has a high consumer approval rating. When it comes to athletic gear, it’s important to use an effective sport detergent to make sure everything gets 100% clean. Many of you probably use regular laundry detergent and consider sport detergent an unnecessary expense. I can understand that, but if you exercise a lot and care about the longevity of your fitness apparel it’s worth the extra $7 that WIN Green costs. Sport detergents like WIN Green work harder than regular detergents to remove sweat induced bacteria and stink. WIN Green caught my attention because it preserves the condition of fitness garments while preserving the environment. Its...]]>
<![CDATA[When Man Boobs Strike, Fight Back. (2009-09-09 01:38:34)]]>

  In light of NYC fashion week approaching… Woolly mammaries are OUT. Exercising them away is IN. Man boobs are so LY (last year) and getting rid of them will definitely update your look. You’re going to have to be patient and exercise self discipline by eating right and hitting the gym regularly. Follow the advice and exercise tips in the article linked below and stay committed and focused. Remember what you’re fighting for…or against (old man droopers). Win the Man Boob Battle, by Jeff Bayer  Ladies, share this blog post with a man in your life. Maybe preface it with, “I love you, but…”  ]]>
<![CDATA[Dara Torres On Getting Better With Age (2009-09-07 00:00:33)]]>

  Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres, proves that at any age we can achieve greatness. The key to success is committing to being great. In THIS interview she says, “Don’t put an age limit on your dreams.” Dara is one of the most down-to-earth, relate-able and inspiring female athletes. She’s had major wins and losses throughout her life which she openly discusses in interviews and shares in her recent book, Age is Just a Number. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Dara showed us that winning the silver at 41 was just as much an incredible mental feat as a physical one. The adage on Dara’s picture is from the Lululemon Athletica store bag (the one you get with your purchase). It’s a truth that’s so relevant to Dara Torres’ success and to our own. If you haven’t already—commit to being great at what you love most.  ]]>
<![CDATA[I.AM.YOU. YOGA in London September 8-13. Brits and expats, you don't want to miss this. (2009-09-05 22:00:09)]]>

  If you’re a yoga fanatic living in London, then you MUST experience I.AM.YOU. Check out my review of I.AM.YOU. PRICE: 20 GBP and totally worth every bit of it. EMAIL: info@IAMYOUstudio.com to reserve your spot. Reservation is a must as space is limited.]]>
<![CDATA[Muhammad Ali is Irish (2009-09-03 00:28:57)]]>

  Well, sort of. Ali had his Irish heritage uncovered by genealogists in 2002. His trip to Ireland was part of a nine-day tour of Europe to raise money to fight Parkinson’s Disease and for the Ali Center. I really enjoyed reading this blog post from the Muhammad Ali Center website: http://www.alicenter.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=6 Ali wasn’t just a champion athlete at his prime, he was a teacher and visionary. His anecdotes and famous quotes from boxing can be applied to any challenge we encounter in life. Like this one, from the Ali Center blog. I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was. - Muhammad Ali A confident mindset is the mindset of champions. We must believe in ourselves, our skills and dreams. It’s not about hope or luck. It’s about envisioning yourself succeeding. Self doubt is our greatest opponent.  ]]>
<![CDATA[FAT AS A HOUSE & RUNNING A MARATHON (2009-08-30 02:00:30)]]>

  John Codling is running the race of his life, dropping 100 pounds and raising 1 million dollars for Team Continuum—an organization dedicated to the immediate care of cancer victims. Why is he doing it? He’s determined to live a healthier and longer life so that he can be around to watch his son grow up. 1 million dollars is a huge undertaking and John is already a quarter of the way there. Help him reach his goal and donate now. You can sponsor him by pound or make a one time donation. Your donation helps cancer patients get access to treatment. Read about how John Codling got too fat: http://johncodlingistoofat.com/ Donate here: http://johncodlingistoofat.com/Info/donate.html]]>
<![CDATA[YOGA GETS EDGY AT I.AM.YOU. STUDIO (2009-08-29 06:01:48)]]>

  I.AM.YOU. studio is Little Italy’s latest draw in Manhattan. It’s a yoga studio founded by Princeton graduate, Lauren Imparato, who left her job at Morgan Stanley to evolve the practice of yoga. And boy, has she given it an edge! Lauren teaches her I.AM.YOU. classes in a lofty studio with bricks walls where yoga mats and all the essentials are neatly arranged in rows, incense burns (oh so subtly), modern art hangs from the walls, natural light fills the room and a DJ spins fresh beats. Classes accommodate up to 25 lucky New Yorkers who must reserve their spot with Lauren by email. She personally knows most of her clientele and will have a mat waiting for you even if you’re running late from work. I.AM.YOU. is yoga at its core, but it’s also a brand that acknowledges New Yorker’s penchant for chaos and culture. Yes, we need to slow down and relax…but that doesn’t mean we have to turn out the lights and cut the volume. It means we seek out people like...]]>
<![CDATA[If you use your lunch hour at work to hit the gym, saving time in the locker room is a must (2009-08-27 22:00:08)]]>

Fitsugar.com shares great tips on how to maximize your time in the gym by spending less time in the locker room.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Naked Yoga Fad Persists. What Do You Think? (2009-08-26 18:35:37)]]>

  Naked yoga continues to gain followers. Are you jumping on the bandwagon anytime soon? Read about it HERE.]]>
<![CDATA[Do you live or exercise in Long Island City, NY? (2009-08-26 17:29:49)]]>

  If so, head to Gantry Park in LIC at 6.30PM TODAY for a full-body conditioning workout led by certified personal trainer, Dan Danieluc. Dan is the very handsome founder of D&D Health & Fitness which boasts a high profile clientele (like Isaac Mizrahi from The Fashion Show). The class is absolutely FREE and begins with a warm-up followed by upper body, lower body, core and abs conditioning. Class ends with a 5 minute cool-down stretching routine and one spectacular view of the New York skyline. Directions: Take the 7 train to Vernon-Jackson avenue station. Walk down 48th avenue to the river and look for Dan’s group. For more info on Dan Danieluc and D&D Health & Fitness: www.dandanieluc.com]]>
<![CDATA[10 reasons NOT to buy the shake weight (2009-08-25 22:00:57)]]>

  It vibrates. It’s battery operated. It doesn’t require you to move. It’s used by women with poor fashion sense. Dynamic Enertia…seriously? It’s backed by scientific studies from an unnamed "prestigious" university. It costs $20 which is $20 more than it’s worth. You will look ridiculous using it. You could just as easily repurpose a vibrator. Michelle Obama does not use it. I have to admit, I really enjoyed watching this infomercial. Laughing burns calories!  ]]>
<![CDATA[If you like power bars, then you're in for a treat! (2009-08-25 22:00:50)]]>

Element Bars lets you customize the power bar of your dreams. Pick from their all-natural ingredients (which include vegan and organic) and get the taste and consistency you desire. I designed a mizzFIT power bar with a base of oats, flaxseeds, cherries, blueberries and chocolate chips…OH MY! DESIGN YOUR VERY OWN POWER BAR HERE  ]]>
<![CDATA[WRIST POCKET: FITNESS CARRY-ALL (2009-08-25 14:11:23)]]>

If you need a place to store your keys, cash, nano, personal ID and whatever else you carry with you when exercising, a wrist pocket is the way to go. Wrist pockets are discreet, accessible and comfortable. The ones I've posted here are the best I’ve found in terms of design and functionality. The Amphipod Reflective Wrist Pocket (left side, $15) is my favorite because it stays dry during workouts. It’s adjustable to fit a variety of wrist sizes and has reflective highlights for nighttime safety. The Craft Pro Cool Wristband (right side, $25) is definitely the most stylish wrist pocket I’ve seen. It comes in bright colors and feels soft and comfortable on your arm. The pocket on this wristband is expandable with mesh ventilation. My only issue with it is that it doesn’t stay as dry as the one Amphipod makes. I recommend it for lower intensity workouts UPDATE: I recently discovered the Adidas Running Wrist Pocket which has a reflective logo and a simple, sleek...]]>
<![CDATA[Sotomayor is a Bike Babe (2009-08-24 14:36:00)]]>

According to the Washington Post (Friends Provide Glimpse Into U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor’s ‘Very Full Life’, by Keith B. Richburg, Robin Shulman and Nancy Trejos): Sotomayor has lately tried to exercise several times a week at the courthouse gym and has hired a personal trainer at the nearby Equinox gym. She has also become an avid bicyclist, sometimes going up the West Side of Manhattan and cycling back down the East. So glad to see Justice Sotomayor setting a healthy example for modern day women. Work and exercise go hand-in-hand. Exercise reduces stress and increases productivity. Biking outdoors is great for working the lower body, clearing the mind and in Sotomayor’s case, getting out of the couthouse for some fresh air. Check out www.nycbikemaps.com for New York City’s bike lanes and bike paths mapped by borough. Try this website for a bicycle friendly route from A to B: www.ridethecity.com.  ]]>
<![CDATA[An entertaining spot for the Nike Free 5 (2009-08-23 04:28:30)]]>

  An entertaining spot for the Nike Free 5.0 sneaker which is a light-weight, comfortable running shoe that makes you feel like you’re running barefoot. FYI, naked running retreats really do exist and just in case you want to give it a go, check out the NudeRuns.com race calendar.  ]]>
<![CDATA[GYM KIT (2009-08-23 00:00:16)]]>

  I love a good deal especially one that includes a cool gym bag. Check out American Apparel survival kit deals for men and women. You can customize your own kit with your favorite colors.  ]]>
<![CDATA["Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin" Backlash (2009-08-22 11:18:15)]]>

In Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin (The New York Times, 2009), John Cloud writes: You should exercise to improve your health, but be warned: fiery spurts of vigorous exercise could lead to weight gain. MY OPINION: Who eats doughnuts after putting in a good, healthy workout? For people who really care about their health and fitness this article is irrelevant. Working out isn’t just about losing weight. It’s about being active, feeling good, enjoying life, finding inspiration and inner strength. If all you care about is losing weight, then you’re not fully experiencing all the benefits that a fit lifestyle has to offer. The good news is that it’s never too late to get on board.  Photo credit: From The New York Times Online - Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin, Aug. 09, 2009.    ]]>
<![CDATA[What would Marc Jacobs do (at the gym)? (2009-08-22 02:04:52)]]>

  Answer: LATERAL PULL DOWNS Marc Jacobs is one of my favorite designers (who I like to feature) and I’m giddy after spotting him at my gym in New York. I was amazed by his upper body strength and build. I’ve seen pictures before but in person he’s noticeably more muscular and sexy. And of course, he was the best dressed man at the gym. Inspired by Marc? Watch THIS video on lateral pull-downs: This weight lifting exercise will work your chest, back, shoulders, and arms. Make sure your form is correct prior to lifting.  ]]>
<![CDATA[The Men's Health Urbanathlon Next in Chicago. It's a Woman's Race, Too. (2009-08-20 17:27:00)]]>

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<![CDATA[Paula Radcliffe Shares Win; Proves She's Cool. (2009-08-20 01:05:12)]]>

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<![CDATA[UNTITLED (2009-08-19 13:47:18)]]><![CDATA[* Moments from the NYC Half Marathon on August 16, 2009 *Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain and Tades (2009-08-18 15:35:04)]]>

* Moments from the NYC Half Marathon on August 16, 2009 * Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain and Tadese Tola of Ethiopia triumphed in the women’s and men’s professional division, each taking home a prize of $10,000. Paula ran 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 9 minutes, and 45 seconds—not bad after a nine month hiatus and recovery from foot surgery. Paula is a three-time ING New York City Marathon winner. She won last year and could take the prize ($130,000) again on November 1st. I’ll be rooting for her but right now my favorite runner is Nadia Ejjafini from Bahrain who placed 4th in the half marathon (1:12:47). As I was rushing to my assigned corral at the start of the race (late of course), I passed Nadia and was star struck. She caught me staring and smiled. It was a bashful moment and one I’ll always remember because she was literally walking to the start line to take her place. I was touched that she broke her concentration to smile at me. Nadia, you rock.]]>
<![CDATA[Need a New Assitude? (2009-08-17 11:11:17)]]>

David Kirsch thinks you do. He’s the man responsible for shaping Heidi Klum’s derriere which looks amazing even when she’s preggers. His new book is designed for all body types and best of all, for both men and women. Butt Book is an easy-to-follow, fully illustrated manual of exercises that Kirsch uses to train fitness clients at his NYC gym. Get it now because let’s admit we’ve turned into a butt loving society. There’s nothing shameful in it. We’ve arrived at a time where it’s alright to thumbs-up, applaud or curtsy to a nice juicy butt. Just make sure the butt getting all the attention is yours. Check out David’s Summer Body Shape-Up blog on msn.com:http://health.msn.com/blogs/summer-body-shape-up-blog.aspx Buy David Kirsch’s Butt Book here:http://www.davidkirschwellness.com/_product_31261/DAVID_KIRSCHS_BUTT_BOOK]]>
<![CDATA[Dressed for success for the NYC NIKE HALF MARATHON this morning (2009-08-16 18:24:03)]]>

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<![CDATA[ON ROCKY GROUND (2009-08-16 12:31:00)]]>

I recently traveled to the United Kingdom and experienced trail running in Hampstead Heath, London’s largest ancient parkland. I’m used to pounding the NYC pavement so trail running was a new and very welcome challenge. Trail running is a scenic adventure and a great relief from busy concrete streets, pollution, trash, noise, and tourists who walk painfully slow. Hampstead Heath is unbelievably beautiful and not your typical park. It’s 3 sq miles of woodland, grassland, ponds, and hills, seeming more like natural countryside than city parkland. The Heath is known for its many trails that zig-zag through densely wooded, fairly dark and overgrown areas. Most of these dirt trails are stony, uneven and somewhat muddy from frequent showers. Believe it or not, this type of terrain is better on your joints than a running track or treadmill. Dirt trail surfaces are softer and have a natural give. Sediment conforms to your foot causing joints less shock and putting less...]]>
<![CDATA[I like to sweat fashionably both domestically and internationally (2009-08-08 23:53:00)]]>

I like to sweat fashionably both domestically and internationally. That’s why I’m loving SWEATY BETTY in the UK. To all my betties back home, check it out: www.sweatybetty.com.]]>
<![CDATA[FREE HIP BOX CLASS THIS FRI & SAT (2009-08-07 02:11:06)]]>

Calling all Fitness Hipsters! Try Hip Box for free in Times Square at Radio Shack’s Netogether event this weekend:  Friday, Aug 7th at 5pm Times Square (Military Island) Saturday, Aug 8th at 12pm Times Square (Military Island) Hip Box is a boxing aerobics class that incorporates the fundamentals of boxing and is set to hip hop music. Expect a great cardiovascular workout and a 200-500 calorie burn. All levels are welcome.   Netogether is a 3 day event connecting pedestrians, celebrities, tech experts and performers in Times Square. HERE for more information on Hip Box.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Got Mg? (2009-08-06 08:11:00)]]><![CDATA[FitFlops for Tip-Top Legs (2009-08-05 14:09:00)]]>

Loving the new FitFlop Walkstars. These sandals will complement your fitness routine by giving your legs an extra workout while you walk. FitFlops work your thighs, butt and calf muscles. The updated design is less orthopedic looking and the new colors are bold and stylish. Summer isn’t over yet so indulge your bottom half athttp://www.fitflop.com/products/]]>
<![CDATA[Bikram Yoga St. Louis is a HOT MESS (2009-08-03 04:08:00)]]>

I went to Bikram Yoga St. Louis excited to experience Bikram yoga in my hometown. The 90 minute heated yoga class sounded intense and challenging. I walked into the studio with an open heart and mind, prepared to sweat and learn something new. Unfortunately, my experience was disappointing. First impressions are incredibly important and I was really surprised to see how this yoga studio made no effort to greet its clientelle as they walked through the door. I was completely ignored for 5 minutes while the front desk staff chatted about their plans for the evening. They noticed me standing there but decided their conversation was much more important than registering me for class. When I was finally addressed, one of the front desk girls asked if it was my first time at the studio. I replied yes and what followed was the rudest and worst customer service I’ve experienced in a long time.  With a high and mighty tone to her voice, the...]]>
<![CDATA[The Scoop on the Hoop (2009-07-31 17:00:00)]]><![CDATA[Channel Your Dream Body with Chanelle (2009-07-29 16:27:15)]]>

If you’re a fit-conscious female living in NYC then you probably know about Physique 57. You probably take a class there at least once a week. You probably own a few pairs of carpet gripping socks. You probably have a favorite Physique 57 instructor which means you probably know Chanelle. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then go to www.physique57.com and sign up to experience the workout trend that’s sculpting NYC ladies (and some gents) into lean, sexy hard bodies. I suggest you take a class taught by Chanelle.  Chanelle is a Physique 57 cult favorite. She defines fitness inside and out. Her classes are fast and furious, and word on the street is that she’s one of the hardest instructors. When I took her class, I was impressed by the ass whooping she delivered with a cheeky smile. I wanted to hate her but instead I went back for more. I’m hooked on her BLT therapy (butt, legs & thighs) and...]]>
<![CDATA[HOLY HEADSTAND! (2009-07-25 00:11:05)]]><![CDATA[Endurance runners are fitness mavens (2009-07-24 14:17:00)]]>

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<![CDATA[Need help choosing running shoes? Watch this video!! It’s shot at my FAVORITE running store in (2009-07-22 14:19:00)]]><![CDATA[Barefoot Training (2009-07-20 15:16:21)]]>

  I put a lot of thought into a sneaker purchase. I do research to make sure the shoe I buy is designed to support my feet. On top of that, I’m overly concerned with finding a shoe that improves my athletic performance. It’s so time consuming and there are so many sneakers to choose from. Lately, I’ve been rethinking this whole approach on shoe selection by taking my sneakers off to workout. Barefoot training is a growing trend and it’s based on the fact that shoes can limit the potential of our feet. Our feet actually lose their tactile capacity throughout a lifetime of wearing shoes. Constraining shoes limit free movement and flexibility. As a result, our feet may never develop to their proper size or shape. Tendons and ligaments shorten, muscles degenerate, and the risk for foot and ankle injuries increases. Shoes protect our feet in many activities, but overall neglect them from getting the exercise they need. Barefoot training is an excellent way to...]]>
<![CDATA[SEXY FIT (2009-07-19 02:58:00)]]><![CDATA[PILOBOLUS (2009-07-17 02:06:24)]]>

Putting Pilobolus on your radar. These dancers get physical with their athletic style. See for yourself…Pilobolus is at the Joyce Theater in NYC through August 8th. Tickets start at $19. For info go to www.joyce.org or call 212.242.0800. www.pilobolus.com]]>
<![CDATA[I almost can’t believe it! FitMusic is a FREE online music source for fitness music (2009-07-16 11:03:44)]]>

I almost can’t believe it! FitMusic is a FREE online music source for fitness music. They have all kinds of workout playlists and you can search for music by fitness activity. Just download the music you like directly from the site OR subscribe to FitMusic on itunes and download for free from there. What a great idea! I absolutely love it. Why didn’t I think of this?????]]>
<![CDATA[Is your belly bloated? (2009-07-16 06:12:00)]]>

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<![CDATA[What's in my gym bag? (2009-07-15 15:51:00)]]>

Take a look…everything you see above lives in my gym bag. Am I a germ-a-phobe? Maybe. I believe in practicing good hygiene and apply this to my fitness regimen. The contents of my gym bag save me from being a sweaty-stinky-disgusting hot mess. I can’t survive in the fitness world without them. Wristbands help me stay dry during intense workouts. They’re easier than using a towel, especially if you’re jogging outside or engaged in some kind of activity where carrying a towel is inconvenient. I like the NIKE FIT DRY WRISTBANDS above because they’re double-wide and come in bright colors. Sometimes my ears sweat (totally gross…I know). For exercising, I use WETBUDS earphones ($15) which are somewhat sweatproof and fairly inexpensive. Better brands do exist, but at the WETBUDS price I can replace them as often as I like. I’m convinced that earbud crevices are teeming with bacteria…I shall not digress. I’m picky with my socks. Comfort and odor control are...]]>
<![CDATA[Need a Boost? (2009-07-15 08:30:00)]]>

Cinnamon spice helps boost energy, promote awareness and regulate blood sugar. If you consistently experience the afternoon slump, you may benefit from adding cinnamon to your diet (in stick, ground powder or capsule form). It’s hard to motivate when you’re feeling lethargic, especially when it comes to exercise. If you’re missing workouts or bailing on the gym, consider cinnamon supplements as a natural way to increase your energy. I like to sprinkle it into water, coffee, tea and oatmeal. It’s easy to get creative with this spice. Cinnamon protein shake, anyone? Check this link for more info on cinnamon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMHA6bZubuI]]>
<![CDATA[BEST SNACKS FOR YOUR WORKOUT (2009-07-14 11:13:00)]]>

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<![CDATA[Rainbow Brite is at last resurrected in the form of Jelly Bars and Jelly Bellsby Hampton Fitness (2009-07-13 08:35:00)]]>

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<![CDATA[Since the last few posts have been about yoga... (2009-07-11 05:08:08)]]>

…WHY NOT TRY IT FOR FREE? Head to Lululemon Union Square tomorrow morning for their free Saturday Sunshine Yoga class. Saturday Sunshine Yoga at Lululemon from 9-10am 15 Union Square West]]>
<![CDATA[When should you stretch? (2009-07-11 02:30:00)]]>

Always stretch after your cardio or weight training, never before. Your muscles need to warm up before you can safely stretch them. A cold muscle will tear easily. Save stretching for the end of your workout in order to avoid injury and spend about 10 minutes targeting the muscles you used.]]>
<![CDATA[STAY COOL in Yoga (2009-07-11 01:33:00)]]>

STAY COOL in Yoga. These mats from Gaiam are all under $25. www.Gaiam.com]]>
<![CDATA[Model Routine (2009-07-10 08:55:00)]]><![CDATA[The Value of Upside Down (2009-07-09 15:00:00)]]>

I’m officially putting the headstand back on your radar. Unless you practice yoga, it’s probably been a while since you’ve attempted this pose. FYI, a keg stand doesn’t count. It’s time to reconnect and find out why headstands are so good for you. Here are some reasons why: Improves blood circulation and helps reset the heart. Creates space between the organs in your body and relieves pockets of compressed tissue. Stretches your legs, stomach and spine. Strengthens the spine, neck, wrist, arms and shoulders as they work together to support body weight. Improves body balance, posture and strengthens the core. Releases back pain. Resolves restless leg syndrome. Reduces vericose and spider veins. Aids in digestion. Reduces insomnia Relieves emotional stress and calms the brain. Enhances awareness, sharpens attention and improves the memory.]]>
<![CDATA[Choco Milk = Sport Drink (2009-07-08 02:45:00)]]><![CDATA[Beer or Hatha on July 4th? (2009-07-03 23:51:58)]]>

How are you celebrating the 4th? The Lululemon store in Union Square invites you to a complimentary, hour-long hatha yoga class in the store’s Sunshine Studio with Netri LaLumia, co-director of Yoga Yoga.  Hatha is a form of yoga that promotes alignment, strength and flexibility. And you can always drink yourself silly afterwards! Time: 9am - 10am (Please arrive 10 minutes early).]]>
<![CDATA[Valeo wins for best medicine ball design! Medicine balls usually makes me cringe but these come in b (2009-07-01 10:56:00)]]>

Valeo wins for best medicine ball design! Medicine balls usually makes me cringe but these come in bright colors and a range of sizes/weight. They are a great addition to your modern gym or your teeny tiny studio apartment. http://www.valeofit.com click on the image above to go directly to Valeo’s medicine ball page]]>
<![CDATA[Booty Call (2009-07-01 09:31:00)]]><![CDATA[Tweet (2009-06-30 03:50:00)]]>

For all you twitter birds, you can now find me and my blog posts on the highly addictive twitter.com. High-five me, blow me kisses, and tweet me here:www.twitter.com/mizzFITnyc]]>
<![CDATA[One-Arming It: Unilateral Strength Training for Muscle Building (2009-06-29 16:56:32)]]>

*Contributed by New Yorker/Gym-goer Jeremy S., MizzFIT Guest Blogger* A few years ago I had a dumbbell dilemma. I had the strength to lift heavy, but could not manage to get two dumbbells in the correct position without the aid of a partner. My solution: use both arms to position a single dumbbell and train unilaterally (aka working one side of the body at a time, aka one-arm presses).  Since that day I have made one-arm presses a staple of my work out and it’s become pretty common for my fellow gym-goers to approach me and inquire what the benefit is to only using a single arm (performing a one-arm chest press with a 100lb dumbbell tends to attract attention). As you now know, I didn’t set out to become a proponent of one-arm presses, but have since learned (and more importantly experienced) the three key benefits associated with unilateral training:  Core Strength: When you perform a one-arm press, your body is unstable. You have weight on one...]]>
<![CDATA[By now we all know that Ryan Reynolds has ripped abs (2009-06-29 16:01:00)]]>

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<![CDATA[MJ, I never mentioned this before but I had a very serious crush on you as a little girl (2009-06-28 09:00:00)]]>

MJ, I never mentioned this before but I had a very serious crush on you as a little girl. I would dress up like you (with the glove, jacket and hat) and dance on cue for my parent’s friends. Not much has changed since then except that I’ve incorporated more sequins into my MJ inspired look. I’m so sad that you’re gone and the world will not be the same without you. But one thing is for sure, your music will always inspire us to move. Thank you for giving us music and dance that is every bit edgy, glamorous and energetic.  R.I.P. P.Y.T.]]>
<![CDATA[Where have NYC's beloved skaters gone? Do you think it's cool they were banned from the (2009-06-28 07:24:00)]]>

Where have NYC’s beloved skaters gone? Do you think it’s cool they were banned from the Highline? Skate boarding is more often considered vandalism than sport. Don’t hate, NYC! Skaters have needs and hearts too.]]>
<![CDATA[BIKE SHORTS: NOW IN SPLATTER PAINTwww (2009-06-26 01:54:00)]]>

BIKE SHORTS: NOW IN SPLATTER PAINT www.americanapparel.com or make your own ]]>
<![CDATA[Couture dumbbells YES/NO? (2009-06-25 14:20:00)]]><![CDATA[Goodbye, ugly ordinary dumbbells (2009-06-25 14:13:00)]]>

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<![CDATA[LIFT & LOWER (2009-06-25 13:48:00)]]>

Medical researchers find that lifting weights is a healthy way to lower blood pressure.  Get acquainted with the free weight section of your gym because it only takes a few low-intensity resistance exercises to steer clear of heart disease. Here’s how it works… You pick up 2 dumb bells. You do a set of bicep curls and watch your muscles bulge. You groan because that means you’re hardcore. You feel your heart rate and blood pressure rise with each curl. <Cue CSI Miami forensic zoom technology> Your blood vessels are expanding. Your heart is pumping blood at a rate it’s never pumped before. Stronger by Kanye West comes on… Your heart is in the zone and your blood pressure is going down. You reach your arm around you and pat yourself on the back. Well done! WATCH THIS BAD-ASS BICEP CURL WORKOUT TO ENHANCE YOUR SKILLS: http://www.exercisetv.tv/workout-videos/body-sculpting/biceps-curl-workout-6485]]>
<![CDATA[THOSE ARMS! If you dream about them (like me) here’s how to get them (2009-06-25 05:58:00)]]>

THOSE ARMS! If you dream about them (like me) here’s how to get them.   Jason Walsh, Jessica Biel’s trainer recommends push-ups. “When I say this is a must-do exercise, most women look at me like I’m crazy,” Walsh says. “But everybody I train ends up doing push-ups at some point because they are so beneficial.” LESSON LEARNED: Push-Ups —> Jessica Biel Arms —> Lots of Smiley Faces Check out these links for push-up tips and variation: www.hundredpushups.com www.sportsmedicine.about.com/od/sampleworkouts/a/Push_Ups.htm]]>
<![CDATA[Jessica Biel trains Jimmy Fallon and shows off her one-handed pull-up (2009-06-25 05:12:00)]]>

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<![CDATA[The best way to master challenging exercises is to practice in front of a mirror (2009-06-24 16:18:00)]]>

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<![CDATA[Lululemon Athletica carries all sorts of fitness goodies (2009-06-23 14:47:00)]]>

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<![CDATA[To the P90X Fitness Program by Beachbody:Why are you selling this program on TV at 2am ghetto-infor (2009-06-21 12:03:00)]]>

To the P90X Fitness Program by Beachbody: Why are you selling this program on TV at 2am ghetto-informercial-style? Most people who purchases fitness videos and products from infomercials never end up sticking to the program. If P90X is really what you say it is, share your program with people who will embrace it. Take it to gyms, fitness centers, conventions and market a P90X challenge class. Don’t sell it on TV at 2am and trick poor couch potatoes into thinking they’re going to change their body in 3 months. We all know, in most cases, that’s not going to happen. I’ve watched the DVD’s and read the literature. I think the program is legitimate but you’re throwing it away. So you’re making tons of money off people that will never remove the plastic wrap from your videos, but I thought the point was to actually help people become a more fit version of themselves. Why not take advantage of opportunities to inspire people to turn off their TV and start the P90X...]]>
<![CDATA[Happy Father's Day! (2009-06-21 12:00:58)]]>

Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I love this picture of the 3 most important men in my life. Miss you and love you.  ]]>
<![CDATA[P90X Testimonial (2009-06-21 11:23:48)]]>

  P90X just took my body from ok and fit to...whoa! -Beach Body President and P90X fitness program pusher, Jon Congdon’s winning sales pitch.     Hmmm, isn't that how steroids work???    ]]>
<![CDATA[Post Gym Sneaks (2009-06-20 02:44:23)]]>

Keep an extra pair of sporty walking shoes and a change of clothes in your gym bag so you can always leave the gym looking fresh. I recommend these Converse sneakers because they're easy to slip on and look great with a white burn-out t-shirt and your favorite pair of jeans. You never know what plans might pop up after the gym or who you might run into. It's hard to rally when you're stuck in sweaty workout clothes.  ]]>
<![CDATA[mizzFit was invited back to AEROJUMP! (2009-06-20 01:26:52)]]>

Michael Olajide, Jr. invited me back to AEROJUMP class today and I’m so excited that I’m going out to buy my very own jump rope. I highly recommend this class to anyone who’s trying to get in shape or wants a mean cardio challenge. Take advantage of AEROSPACE’s offer to try out any class they offer for $20. You can also purchase a class day pass for $40 or better yet get a membership.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Hurts (2009-06-19 12:45:41)]]>

Let’s face it, the gym kicked your butt today. Or maybe it was that high intensity AEROJUMP class you took at AEROSPACE after reading my review. Your body hurts and that 1980’s heating pad your mother gave you combined with Icy Hot isn’t doing the trick. What do you do? The answer for your aching body is none other than Jeremy Roland. Jeremy works at the Equinox Spa on 17th street and 10th avenue. He’s been practicing massage therapy for 3 years. He graduated from the Swedish Institute which must be a very good school because Jeremy gives the best massage I’ve ever had. Jeremy uses a combination of Myofascial release, Swedish massage, and Shiatsu points. I will warn you, he’s not a soft new age-y massage therapist. But who wants that anyway when your body is screaming bloody murder? Jeremy doctors your sore spots with firm hands and arms. He doesn’t ask you if the pressure is too much (as we’ve all been asked before)—he concentrates on fixing the problem. Jeremy...]]>
<![CDATA[This is what I call a fitness faux pas (2009-06-19 11:28:45)]]>

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<![CDATA[RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY. OR NOT? (2009-06-19 06:14:23)]]>

  It’s been raining all day long in NYC. But take advantage, people! The Hudson river park running path along the WSH is looking pretty spacious and inviting…]]>
<![CDATA[Is footballer, Christian Ronaldo, a Marc Jacobs fashion muse? (2009-06-18 11:38:04)]]>

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<![CDATA[Really loving Marc Jacobs fitness apparel and accessories (2009-06-18 10:44:15)]]>

Really loving Marc Jacobs fitness apparel and accessories. The price is right, too.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Hate Socks? (2009-06-17 09:56:14)]]>

  The new NikeFree 5.0 running shoe boasts barefoot technology that is supposed to strengthen feet for runners. I just designed this pair and plan on taking them for a run even though I’m usually a fan of socks. Supposedly you can wear them with or without socks, but I see most people wearing them without. They look sleek and they’re flexible so you can literally fold or compress them into a gym bag. But here’s the deal—runners need support. I’m always iffy about these lightweight running shoes. Let’s see what happens… UPDATE:Absolutely love them! They're soooo comfortable. My step feels lighter and it seems like the muscles in my feet are working harder. I've been wearing them with thin sport socks to avoid making them unbearably stinky. Also, if you have big feet, the NikeFree will make them seem smaller. I can't believe how teeny my feet look in them! Great sneakers--whether you hate socks or not!  ]]>
<![CDATA[ROCK IT (2009-06-17 03:20:19)]]>

  ROCK IT. www.americanapparel.com]]>
<![CDATA[ALL CARDIO IS NOT CREATED EQUAL (2009-06-17 02:32:52)]]>

  Contributed by New Yorker/Gym-goer Jeremy S. (MizzFIT Guest Blogger)   Hey MizzFIT! I’m looking forward to our next workout and thanks for asking me to contribute. Here’s what’s on my mind today… A few days ago, I was chatting with a gym acquaintance and inquired how his training was coming along. Despite a rigorous cardio routine of 3-5 miles a day and a weight training program involving various compound exercises (multi-joint movement that works several muscle groups at one time) he was not burning fat at a recognizable rate. Attempting to assess why his efforts were not paying off, I asked him two basic questions. When are you running and how fast are you running? His answers would determine whether he was running himself into a fat-burning pitfall. Believe it or not, all cardio is not created equal. Running ‘fast’ is far less productive than running ‘slow’ when trying to burn fat. To maximize fat burning, you want to train at...]]>
<![CDATA[GaGa-cize. New remix for your workout playlist! (2009-06-17 01:03:11)]]>

http://vokoder.fm/#track/322/lovegame+(jody+den+broeder+radio+remix) My friend, Yaw Etse, from Vokoder FM just sent me this GaGa remix.  Take a listen. Vokoder is sick and so is Yaw,  co-founder and creator. Vokoder FM simplifies the process of managing, discovering, and recommending great music. Yaw, please keep the workout tracks coming!]]>
<![CDATA[Aerojump: cardio/jump rope class (2009-06-13 08:49:35)]]>

I just finished taking the AEROJUMP class at AEROSPACE High Performance Center and I can’t remember the last time I worked out so hard. A big shout out to Niki and Louise for joining me. Without them, I surely wouldn’t have survived. AEROSPACE is a modern, airy boxing gym with dark wood floors and lots of space to move around. It isn’t the type of gym that feels overcrowded and overwhelming. It has a soothing ambience and a minimalist decor that gives you the impression of being at an exclusive gym. There’s a pretty even ratio of male to female members and the vibe is more Gleason’s hard-ass than Equinox posh. Michael Olajide, co-founder of AEROSPACE and our AEROJUMP instructor, was immediately attentive to our beginner level status and gave us some suggestions for lasting through the hour-long class. Did I mention class lasted for an entire hour? Because it did. For that full hour, the ONLY thing we did was jump rope. There are no breaks but there’s no pressure if...]]>
<![CDATA[Turning Cancer into Can (2009-06-13 03:07:40)]]>

Run the NYC MARATHON and save some lives while you’re at it. Team Continuum is an amazing charity organization for urban professionals/athletes. I’m a little biased towards them since I’m on the team but I encourage everyone who loves to run to check them out. You can count on fun races and events organized by the team and it’s a great way to meet really cool people who care about helping cancer patients. www.teamcontinuum.net  ]]>
<![CDATA[Jumping Rope: Not so easy (2009-06-12 23:47:34)]]>

  Jumping rope is supposed to be a true method for conditioning your body, improving coordination and sculpting your arms. It also happens to be extremely difficult. It’s an activity that becomes more fun as you become more skilled at it. Remember the double dutch girls on the blacktop? They weren’t messing around—it’s not easy! I plan on testing my skilzz tonight at AEROSPACE GYM, in a high performance jump rope class called AEROJUMP. Check in later for my review.]]>
<![CDATA[Is coffee bad for your workout? (2009-06-12 04:01:33)]]>

  Last night I was having dinner at Focaccia in the West Village with family and friends. My friend, Roberto, who is a very handsome fashion designer with a near perfect physique mentioned that he recently gave up coffee. Everyone at the table gasped. Roberto’s trainer had instructed him to give up coffee in order to maintain the toning results from his workouts. I wondered, does coffee really inhibit muscle tone or is it all the things we pair with our coffee and the quantity we drink throughout the day that makes us less fit. Check out what I found out on coffee and exercise below. Coffee improves physical performance: many studies have been conducted on athletes across a variety of sports and exercises. Coffee makes exercising easier: caffeine blocks adenosine, a biochemical involved in energy transfer, which is believed to reduce muscle pain during exercise. Coffee boosts exercise stamina: a cup of coffee allows you to continue exercising a third...]]>
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