Tennis, a classic. In a time when hybrid workouts are boundless, sometimes it's nice to circle back to a classic sport. And that's what lucy has done with a fresh collection that beats typical tennis whites. Spring is around the corner, and if you want a new outdoor workout that gets both your body and mind in shape, tennis could be for you. Senior instructor at the Santa Monica Tennis Center, Mike Scovotti, shares some pro tips, from gear to visualization to another excuse to watch Roger Federer in action. And Mike's most important piece of advice? Have fun!
Have you ever reached a physical plateau? The last time I did, I tried strength training. I remember looking through the window at Circuit Works in Santa Monica and debating if I wanted to join. I watched about fifteen people dart around a room alternating between running on treadmills, and lifting weights on various machines. Between gasps of air, they did jumping jacks and held planks in the center of the room. I heard music pumping through the walls, and admired the mix of men and women sweating, seemingly enjoying themselves in comradeship.
Search #yoga on Instagram and you'll see an engrossing range of images. People are flexing in various poses, practicing inside and outside, in America and across the world, with different body types and skin colors. Yoga is an ancient mind-body practice that continues to evolve and mystify, much like the personal practice of its devotees. Enter Valerie Sagun into the #yoga hashtag stream, a practitioner of yoga who advocates self-love and positivity. In the past five years, Valerie has been downward dogging and sharing her practice through the online yoga community.
Are you ready to dive into summer? Or maybe you prefer just being sea misted? Either way, if you're craving a fun, sometimes challenging, water sport, consider stand up paddle boarding (SUP for short). Popularized by big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, the handful of times I've paddle boarded, worries seemed to blow away behind me as I focused ahead, balancing and enjoying the ride, while working my arms, core, legs—every body part. Even my feet! Which grounded me on a board atop the water, instead of my usual yoga mat or kickboxing floor.
If you're hesitant, Lisa Johnson, paddle board instructor at Marina Paddle in Marina del Rey, has some beginner tips to motivate you to try SUP this summer.
LA-based fitness professional and celebrity trainer Kit Rich is back with more insight for how to make fit your everyday. Read on to hear her thoughts on extreme workouts, tips for working out with injuries and what to eat between workouts. Then gear up for our exclusive Fit by Kit program this month, based on her “3 or 30” program: 3 miles or 30 minutes every day as a sustainable way to stay active.
As the poet William Cowper once said, “Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour.” When was the last time you tried a new workout? It's February, in the middle of winter, and you're in your comfort zone. Mmm, it's nice and cozy there, but are you sticking to your 2016 fitness goals? And now's a perfect time if you haven't gotten around to creating them yet. Lucy is here to hybridize your wardrobe, and I'm here to share the latest hybrid workouts. Think about that thrill of trying something new and your body will follow.
Inspired by the surf culture, the Soul Surfer has a slim board short silhouette that’s been enhanced for fluid movement with a contoured waist and four-way stretch woven fabric. Slightly tapered legs and a simplified front, eliminate bulky distractions whether you’re pushing up through cobra in the studio or on your long board.
The dance-inspired Flux Legging reflects the heart and soul of a practice that’s always in motion. Constructed from a four-way stretch fabric with a contoured waist and unique hem ties, these leggings support you and your freestyle flow.
If your New Year's resolution involves amping up your workout regimen or just getting yourself moving again, then these inspired activewear ensembles can help you get to where you want to go (and keep going).
When baby coconuts took over bottled water’s world, it left simple water looking…plain. A flavorful alternative to simple water and a healthier option to sugary fruit juices and sports drinks, coconut water paved the way for other hydrating plant waters. Soon enough, more popped up in markets water aisles, each a fresh flavor promising various health benefits. Here are three to consider, and before you chug away, mind the natural sugar servings, which you always want to monitor for optimum health.
Crazy-fun new classes and techniques around Los Angeles
Weary of the same old sun salutation? Are the four walls of your usual studio closing in on you? Luckily, there are a slew of yoga innovations that liven up the experience. These fresh attempts--from video-accompanied to stretch-assisted to aerial--could take your practice to another level, or at least make it more fun.
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Dare to go beyond the beach. Next time you want to get away, try something different and challenging. Maybe even life-changing. Relaxing beach vacations have their purpose, but when was the last time you faced a fear or upped your fitness game in new territory?
Hydrate while you loosen up
Ah, the foam roller. An excellent tool for self-massage and muscle recovery, yet a cumbersome accessory if ever there was one.
Don’t fret, it’s Mobot to the rescue!
Created by a massage therapist and yoga instructor who was tired of carrying around her unwieldy foam roller and water bottle, the Mobot is a stainless-steel bottle clad in nontoxic EVA foam.
Yoga that makes you feel like a kid again
In the summer, there was Yogaqua. For the fall and winter, we’re loving the idea of channeling our inner child with AcroYoga. This new class at Silverlake’s Yoga at the Raven involves oms, stretching and inversions, as well as flying, giggling and Thai massage.
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Get ready to sweat. The Sweat Shoppe’s owners Mimi Benz and Jason Squire have a passion for indoor cycling, and they’ve designed the classes at their studio in the NoHo Arts District with two different intensities: Classic Cycle and Sweat Cycle. Classic Cycle classes take place in a room heated to 68 degrees, while Sweat Cycle room temperatures range from 75 to 80 degrees. The latter are often referred to as “Bikram on a bike” and they encourage lots of healthy sweating to encourage detoxification and weight loss.
There is a place in Berkeley where women congregate and dance their asses off. What began as a belly dancing studio three years ago, is now a thumping, sweating, smiling mecca for women who want to let loose and get down. Hipline takes the fear out of exercise and puts the fun back in. Weekend classes book a week in advance, evening classes are illuminated by a disco ball and glow jewelry and Shimmy Pop Ninjas teach their hearts out.
Hipline was created by Dublin-born Samar and Gabriela, a sister duo with roots in dancing and personal training. Samar, the Creative Director, is also a painter, and her creativity is evident in the idea of Hipline.
When not wet, there are ways for surfers to further their surf game aside from doing daily push-ups. By flipping through pages of inspirational photographs, reading about conquering fears, and learning about the culture of the sport, immersion leads to enlightenment. For non-surfers, absorbing oceanic imagery and scoping out hot bodies in boardshorts and bikinis can be a fun pastime, too. Arguably one of the most stylish sports, surfing is undeniably cool. But there's so much more beyond the water's surface. San Francisco-based Chronicle Books is a fan, pumping out odes by the month. Here's a rundown of the publisher's best wave porn.