The Cycle Folsom bicycle club has exploded onto the California outdoor and fitness scene, and its members are seemingly everywhere, decked out in matching jerseys and shorts. Club members in total purchase about $18,000 worth of custom Voler brand bike clothing every six months.
Spending a week or more being active at high altitudes will make you a better athlete when you get back down to sea level. That's why the mountains of Utah are a great place to train, especially for those who enjoy skiing or snowboarding.
When the alarm goes off and it's all warm and snuggly under your covers and the temperature outside is the exact opposite, getting yourself to the gym becomes a struggle. Couple that with the stress of the holidays, travel, and Netflix's ever-increasing library, and the drive to work out all but disappears. This is why YouTube was invented. When you can't bring yourself to put on athletic shoes and drive yourself to gym, try an at-home workout, courtesy of your laptop. Search for the workout headlines and start moving.
Stress. Whether it's from work, family or the holidays, it's inevitable. Downing a glass of wine or binge-watching a favorite show may seem like the best approach in the short term, but recent research is showing that regular exercise may hold to the key to both long-term physiological and psychological health - not just to handle present stress but to develop better coping mechanisms for dealing with future incidents.
Do you know squat about the body-weight squat? Done right, the popular movement, which targets the lower body including the glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps, can be super effective (hello, Jen Selter). Done wrong, it can be super dangerous. But I'll break down how to do it correctly:
Whether you're camping, tailgating or just sitting in front of an outdoor fire, having a temperature-controlled cup is a nice thing to have. The Yeti Rambler Lowball, which is made from 18/8 stainless steel and holds 10 ounces, keeps coffee piping hot and cocktails nice and cool with specially designed double-wall vacuum insulation. Having one cup do both also means one fewer thing to pack - always a plus.
Never mind all those fancy fitness machines. Forgo the barbells and dumbbells, too, if you wish. These days, some of the fittest, strongest and most agile people around are embracing old-fashioned bodyweight exercises.
Pittsburgh's regional ski resorts won't be introducing any new snazzy ski lodges or other big ticket items this coming season, but they've made a number of improvements aimed at enhancing the overall experience for all snowsports enthusiasts.
Some things are better left basic. That's certainly true for activity monitors, many of which seem to have more controls than a car (and the price tag to justify it). If you're just looking for a monitor to track steps and distance covered, calories burned and quality of sleep, the nuyu personal activity tracker is a budget-wise choice that does its job without the unnecessary bells and whistles.
On the fence about running your Thanksgiving turkey trot? We get it. The family-filled holiday is one best spent with loved ones, but there's no reason you can't make the morning 5K a family affair. In fact, there's no more perfect time than Thanksgiving to toe the line. Especially since Ann Marie Miller, a group fitness instructor at New York Health & Racquet Club and 4-time UCI World Masters' Road Cycling champion, says that on average, Thanksgiving dinner can add up to 1,200 to 2,500 calories easy.
Almost every competitive athlete has had to compete while sick. Runny nose, watery eyes, chills and fever - these symptoms rarely matter; few athletes will miss out, especially for a big event. But as many have learned with dismay, you can perform well for a short time with a cold, but you're never competitive if you have the flu.
A toned bum should be worn like a medal. The only problem is that sometimes firming up a curvy rear is easier said than done. Squats and lunges aren't exactly the most enticing workout moves or the most fun to do, which is why we went in search of a move that gives quick results without the monotony of a squat.
The plan, basically, was to drive east and see what happened. Plenty could go wrong as we ventured into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan without a detailed itinerary, but we had heard glowing reports of world-class mountain bike trails near Marquette, and for our family of mountain bikers, that was enough. Even if the trails didn't pan out, we would still be near Lake Superior.