The new year is so close we can taste it. Only thing is, we’re not so sure how 2021 is going to satiate our annual wellness-resolution cravings. If you’re also missing good-old-fashioned group fitness classes (you know, the overpriced ones awash in dim lighting and bumpin’ tunes), then we’ve got a sweaty stand-in for you and your workout crew — one that also happens to make A+ holiday material: the virtual-fitness gift card.
Since 2020 has shifted life as we know it, we’ve swapped cramped studio rooms and nearly-impossible-to-book classes for streaming computer screens and down-dogging it in our living rooms. And, you know what? We are actually feeling our new in-house workout clubs where the classes are never overcrowded and the subway never stops us from making it on time. So, in celebration of continuing to get physical come 2021, we’ve rounded up every awesome virtual-fitness gift we could dig up ahead — including everything from Classpass to trendy resistance-based training and beyond. Grab your sculpting leggings and tell Alexa to put on Olivia Newton-John.
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Black Friday fit gifts: Burn calories, get healthy with big deals on home gym gear, workout clothing, fitness trackers
Maybe you stuffed yourself at the Thanksgiving table or you’ve put on a few pounds during coronavirus stay-at-home orders. Don’t stress. Most people feel under motivated and overweight right now.
If you want to reduce your soon-to-be Santa belly, retailers are offering Black Friday discounts on top brand health and exercise equipment, athlete-endorsed workout clothing and motivational personal electronics, like Fitbits and other fitness trackers.
Have you seen fitness mirrors that can stream live workouts in any room of your home?
Here are highlights of Black Friday fitness gear:
Bowflex has strength and cardio equipment including a full lineup of indoor cycling bikes, Max Trainers, home gyms, treadmills and adjustable dumbbells. Use code FIT2020 for Black Friday specials, discounts and freebies at checkout through Dec. 2.
The Brrrn Experience offers an at-home fitness slide board that includes on-demand workouts. Use the code TURKEY15 to receive 15% off and a year’s on-demand subscription.
Echelonfit offers rowers, bikes, treadmills and smart mirrors to support at-home workouts as well as live and on-demand classes. Save $200 on the new EX-1 LE bike, on sale at $799 (regularly $999) that can be delivered by Christmas.
Hydrow has at-home rowing machines with live and on-demand, athlete-led workouts. Receive $500, $250 in accessories and free shipping with the Hydrow Black Friday Package ($1,995).
Hyfit Gear has smart fitness resistance bands and guided workouts with professional trainers. Receive $168 off from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
MYXfitness focuses on science-backed, motivational workouts with cross-training coaches and next-level at-home equipment. Take $250 off and receive free shipping and assembly (valued at $250). Sign up to receive the newsletter when you buy a MYX, and you’ll also get an exclusive welcome offer and a holiday gift bundle (valued at $75).
NordicTrack has treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, rowers and other strength training equipment. The Commercial X22i is discounted $200 to $2,799, which includes a year of iFit family membership ($468 value).
Schwinn has a lineup of indoor cycling, recumbent bikes, upright bikes, Airdyne bikes as well as high-quality, affordable cardio machines.
Sharper Image has a space-saving adjustable rowing machine with a hydraulic cylinder that you set the resistance level ($189) plus discounts of up to 20% cash back and free shipping on order of $99 or more (use the code SHIP99).
Backcountry has deals up to 60% off on men’s, women’s and kids clothing plus hiking, camping, biking, climbing, running fly-fishing and paddling gear. Take 15% off your first order.
Jenson USA has Black Friday sales on bikes, jerseys, shorts, shoes and helmets. The retailer carries mountain, road, electric and commute bikes, kids’ bikes and apparel, with free shipping on order of $60 or more.
Moosejaw has bikes, gear, cycling clothing and accessories discounted up to 30% off.
Dick’s Sporting Goods has deals up to 50% off on fitness and recreation equipment like trampolines, bikes, basketball hoops and ping pong tables as well as outdoor, camping and hiking gear for the backyard or the backwoods, plus golf, footwear and outwear.
It’s 7am on a Tuesday and I’m in the kitchen. Nineties fitness guru Mr Motivator is bellowing ‘WORK IT!’ at me, while I swing tins of baked beans above my head.
Outside, a bin lorry’s deafening beep throws my concentration and I keep thinking the pile of washing beside me needs sorting. Welcome to working out, 2020-style.
Of course, Mr Motivator, dressed in his fluorescent pedal-pushers, is not actually in my kitchen.
He’s broadcasting, via YouTube, from his own utility room. I’m joining the 20,000 fans who tune in daily.
As the latest lockdown lifts, gyms are allowed to reopen, even in the highest tier. But surveys suggest that 70 per cent of gym-goers have handed in their memberships and have no plans to return for the foreseeable future.
Instead many have embraced the digital fitness revolution.
Pictured: Eve Simmons works out in her kitchen at home with a Mr Motivator online class
Since March, there’s been an explosion in the number of workouts on YouTube and Instagram as gym brands, fitness gurus and social media influencers jump to meet a surge in demand for at-home exercise routines.
To find out which ones to choose, I tried out as many classes as I could in 48 hours – 20 of them.
The biggest surprise was Mr Motivator – who takes us through a mixture of leaping and squatting in time to feelgood music.
Aged 29, I’m just about old enough to remember him on breakfast TV, and I’m proud to last the full 15 action-packed minutes – until I discover later the videos are aimed at older adults.
FIVE BEST CLASSES FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS
1. THE 1,000-CALORIE ROUTINE
What’s it good for?
Two of these sessions a week will hit your NHS-recommended amount of exercise. The 90-minute video includes kick-boxing, Pilates and weight-lifting.
Where can I find it?
2. THE WEDDING PARTY WORKOUT
What’s it good for?
Anyone bored by standard workouts will enjoy these body-strengthening and cardio workouts to pop songs.
Where can I find it? Instagram
3. ONE FOR KEEN WALKERS
What’s it good for?
People with joint and muscle pain. It’s a ‘walk to workout’ series, gradually increasing walking pace to get the heart pumping – without overdoing it.
Where can I find it?
4. STRENGTHEN MUSCLES – WITH NO STANDING UP
What’s it good for?
15-minute seated routines for those with musculoskeletal problems to reduce the risk of trips and falls.
Where can I find it?
5. GET BENDY WITH BECKS’ YOGA TEACHER
What’s it good for?
THE woman credited for David Beckham’s flexibility films short, revved-up yoga routines that tone muscles while helping you wind down.
Where can I find it?
Next, I move on to improving my muscle tone and balance through ballet, courtesy of the National Ballet’s digital beginner lessons. I join the instructor in a series of leg bends and squats. It’s slow and rather boring.
Before setting out on my marathon, Dr Mike Gleeson, Emeritus Professor of
It is no secret that Disha Patani has a reputation for being a fitness freak. She regularly posts her workout routines on Instagram and shares a glimpse of her fit body every now and then. It is proof of the fact that she exercises frequently and owing to that, has achieved immense flexibility.
With winter setting in, here’s some inspiration from Disha Patani to get you out of bed and start working out for a healthier body and mind.
DISHA FLAUNTING HER ABS
Disha recently shared a photo of herself in athleisure, which showed her toned abs. She captioned it simply with the butterfly emoji. Disha Patani’s fitness instructor also appeared impressed with her for setting major fitness goals and dropped in a comment saying, “Ripped, ripped, ripped (sic).”
disha patani (paatni)
A post shared by disha patani (paatni) (@dishapatani) on Oct 16, 2020 at 6:26am PDT
In another picture, Disha flaunted her abs after a workout session. Check out her picture below:
disha patani (paatni)
A post shared by disha patani (paatni) (@dishapatani) on Apr 5, 2020 at 12:52am PDT
HOW DOES DISHA CELEBRATE SPECIAL OCCASIONS?
Disha had recently crossed the milestone of having 40 million followers on her Instagram. She celebrated it by sweating it out in the gym with 60 kilo weight lifts. Sharing a video of her workout, Disha wrote, “40 million got me like 60 kg 10 reps. Thank you my lovely fan clubs for all the support and love. I’m nothing without you all (sic).”
YOUR MOTIVATION TO HIT THE GYM
If you are feeling lazy at all to hit the gym and need some motivation, check out this video of Disha Patani in her workout mode. She captioned it, “Throwback to the times when I was strong. 75 kg 1 rep, 2nd set is 80 kg 1 rep full range squat (sic).”
DISHA ACES THE BUTTERFLY KICK
Disha Patani recently uploaded a video of herself performing a flawless butterfly kick, in which she sported a red T-shirt and matching Puma shorts. Butterfly kick is a jumping kick in martial arts and you really need to practice hard in order to pull it off like Disha did. Also known as the Swallow Kick, to do it, you need to twist your body slightly while lifting both legs from the ground and swinging it around. The torso, meanwhile, remains as horizontal as you can keep it.
A post shared by disha patani (paatni) (@dishapatani) on Oct 7, 2020 at 11:30pm PDT
Disha Patani, who has acted in films like M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Kung Fu Yoga, Baaghi 2 and Bharat, was last seen in Malang.
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Participants will complete 11 rounds of five exercises representing the branches of service and the rich history of Veterans Day virtually or in their local communities. More than 100 gyms have registered to host a WOD for Warriors, following local health guidance.
“WOD for Warriors is a great opportunity to support veterans through functional fitness,” said Mike Erwin, Executive Director of Team RWB. “We’re thrilled that The Vitamin Shoppe, our partners, and hundreds of participants across the nation are joining us this year.”
All proceeds support Team RWB’s mission while enabling community members to do more than say “Thank You” this Veterans Day.
“The Vitamin Shoppe and all of our Health Enthusiasts associates are honored to join this year’s WOD for Warriors in support of Team RWB, and help power its health and wellness mission that so closely aligns to our own. I know our incredible partners at BPI Sports, MuscleTech, Outright, ProSupps, and RedCon1 join me in a heartfelt salute to all the veterans who have served our nation and communities. There has never been a more meaningful time to recognize their spirit of honor, commitment and drive, and for us all to learn from that example,” said Sharon Leite, CEO of The Vitamin Shoppe.
To prepare for the workout, veterans and supporters have been participating in a Team RWB training plan by Army officer and 2x CrossFit Games athlete Chandler Smith, which began on October 16. Partner exercises, modifications, and an adaptive WOD (workout of the day) developed by the Wounded Warrior Project are available to offer athletes of all abilities the opportunity to sweat their support.
Participants are invited to join a live stream WOD for Warriors event at 5:30 p.m. (Eastern) hosted in Tampa, FL, by Yuengling Beer at Cigar City CrossFit. The live stream will be made available through the Team RWB App on November 11.
Learn more or register for WOD for Warriors at teamrwb.org/w4w.
About Team Red, White & Blue
Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB), a nonprofit organization founded in 2010, is forging America’s leading health and wellness community for military veterans, families, and their supporters. With Team RWB, all veterans have the opportunity to reclaim what was most precious about their military service: an unwavering sense of belonging born of challenges that show us what we are capable of. For more information, visit teamrwb.org.
Contact: Bana Miller
SOURCE Team Red, White & Blue
In the early 2010s, when one of the biggest things dividing the country was simply whether or not leggings were pants, I was emphatic that leggings should only be worn to the gym. (Tough words from a girl who thought sequined Uggs were the height of fashion, but sure, go off 2012 Allie.) I was really just afraid of what I didn’t understand—kind of like how Ben Shapiro is with WAP. Ultimately, I was easily persuaded to abandon these notions by a pair of soft, simple black Lululemon leggings that made my butt look great. It was my year of like, realizing stuff—and as I’ve been living in leggings ever since. As such, I consider myself somewhat of an arbiter of the best black workout leggings that exist. Here, I rounded up the best black workout leggings for every occasion.
If you leave sweat handprints on the floor 45 seconds into your warm-up as I do, look no further than these leggings. They’re made from the brand’s Everlux fabric, which dries quickly and ensures you won’t be sitting in a swampy, soggy pair of leggings all day.
Shop now: Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight, $98
These leggings got me to the top of not one, but two, 14-ers (AKA really tall mountains) in a day last year, which is quite the feat once you realize that I am sensitive to basically the entire outdoors.
Shop now: Merrell Evertrail Tight, $85
These high-waisted leggings were designed for high-intensity workouts. The thick waistband won’t roll down when you’re trying to make it through a zillion box jumps without crying or hit that back squat PR. Plus—they have pockets.
Shop now: Roam Loud Vai Legging, $46
Best For Days When You Really Need a Hug: Reprise Aspen Leggings, $120
These are the softest leggings I have worn. When I took them out of the package, I was actually shocked and delighted by how cushy they were—and I thought both shocked and delighted were feelings that 2020 had deleted from my brain. Putting them on feels like sliding into a warm embrace: comforting and familiar. They’re also sustainably made using a plant-based fabric.
Shop now: Reprise Aspen Leggings, $120
You shouldn’t do anything too intense in these leggings, as they are more “fashion” than “workout,” but these faux leather beauties are great for a cool-down stretch after spending the last hour trying to decipher why your recently-married ex liked your comment on your mom’s Instagram post.
Shop now: Spanx Faux Leather Leggings, $98
Some days you finish your yoga practice and then think, “what would happen if I just decided to stay in corpse pose until the end of the year?” Those are the days you need these supremely soft, stretchy, comfortable leggings.
Shop now: Alo High-Waist Airbrush Legging, $82
With a high-rise that doesn’t gap or roll down and a stretchy
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2020 has been stressful enough, but finding great gifts doesn’t have to be. Check out In The Know’s gift guides to make holiday shopping for every person in your life easier than ever.
If you need to holiday shop for someone who wakes up early to run or always posts sweaty selfies on Instagram, then you’re in luck. With gyms closing and people social distancing, there’s been a surge in at-home fitness products this year — and many would make awesome gifts.
Check out these best fitness gifts to get your loved one who never misses a workout. Some of these recommendations are viral sensations, while others have been editor-tested and approved. But all will challenge one’s physical (and mental) strength.
1. Bala Bangles 2 Lb. Weights, $65
The easiest way to add intensity to any workout is to add resistance. With Bala Bangles, you can add resistance in the form of 2 lb. weights. Wear them on your wrists or ankles for a variety of workouts.
2. Tangram Smart Rope LED, $80
Jump roping is a great cardiovascular workout, and this smart jump rope makes it a little more fun. The SmartRope LED by Tangram connects to a free mobile app that tracks your jump count, calories burned, workout times and interval training.
3. Colorfulkoala High–Waisted Yoga Pants, $25
These Amazon best-selling yoga pants went viral on TikTok as a “Lululemon dupe.” Three In The Know editors recently tried them, with all applauding the buttery soft-stretch fabric and seamless high-waistband. And for the price, you can’t beat ’em.
4. Theragun Mini (RED), $199
A Theragun is a percussive massage device you can use to treat sore muscles. Not only that, but you can use the gadget to warm up before a workout and cool down after. Therabody’s most portable (and cheapest) Theragun is the mini version. Compared to the bigger, more expensive pro models, the mini still packs a big punch with three speeds and 150 minutes of battery life. It comes in black or red.
(Editor’s note: The Theragun mini was a gamechanger in my marathon training. Plus, it’s great for treating stiff muscles caused by sitting on the couch while working from home.)
5. BuildLife 1-Gallon Motivational Water Bottle, $15.96
Drinking water is essential, especially when it comes to fitness. “Proper hydration is going to lubricate your joints,” Dr. Alok Patel told In The Know on an episode of “Wellness Lab.” “And for you body building types out there, it will help you build muscle and burn fat.” And this water bottle will help anyone keep their hydration on track.
6. Myxfitness Spin Bike, $1,199 (Orig. $1,299)
The MYXfitness bike rivals
“This helps me de-stress because I’m making a point to pause during a hectic day. It’s about being self-aware enough of how you’re feeling at a certain point—emotionally, mentally, physically—and prioritizing you by focusing on being present, mindful, and tapping into your parasympathetic system (the part of the nervous system that helps you relax and slows down your heart rate),” she says.
How you can try it: Try these 12 hip stretches and 11 lower-back exercises to relieve tightness and pain, and increase mobility.
3. A gentle yoga flow.
When Jessica Rihal, a registered yoga teacher and meditation instructor based in Orange County, California, is looking to relieve stress, she’ll do a series of poses in prone (belly down) or tabletop position to help her focus on breathing and relaxing.
Some of her favorite poses for relieving stress are a supported variation of child’s pose, cat-cow, thread the needle, hug the earth, and a reclined position with bolsters or legs up on the wall.
“I find poses that keep me prone or in tabletop position are most helpful because having my face down allows me to withdraw my senses, focus on breathing and help to promote relaxation,” Rihal says. “I will typically use blocks, a bolster, and even my eye mask to help make my practice supportive and restorative.”
How you can try it: Start feeling zen right away with these 6 calming yoga poses.
4. WOD strength training.
Depending on how you’re feeling, stress may make you crave doing something either relaxing or adrenaline-pumping. That’s true for Marcia Darbouze, D.P.T., a physical therapist and registered yoga instructor based in Hollywood, FL.
“I have two forms of movement that give me joy and help me de-stress: the physical practice of yoga and strength training. Either way, I’ll opt for movement alone and enjoy the solitude,” Darbouze, co-host of the Disabled Girls Who Lift podcast, tells SELF.
If she is craving more movement, she’ll do a quick, 10-minute cardio and strength training workout. For example, she’ll do a barbell and resistance band circuit, which includes barbell cleans, barbell strict presses (overhead press), banded trunk rotations (hold band and twist away), banded Pallof presses (hold band and press away from your chest without rotating), and kneeling windmills with a kettlebell.
“Strength training in WOD form is a great way to burn off energy without having to calculate numbers or percentages. It’s also a great way to add in more small and accessory movements that help me move better,” she says. “And once I’m done sweating, I’m done stressing.”
How you can try it: If you want to put some movement behind weight, try these 6 basic barbell exercises, and for a more relaxing routine, get started with these 12 beginner yoga poses.
5. Your favorite sport.
If traditional gym-based workouts don’t exactly ooze relaxation for you, consider engaging in a sport you love instead. Nate Feliciano, owner and head of training at private fitness studio Studio 16 in New York City, likes
Free food and discounts are up for grabs this Election Day regardless of whether you have an “I Voted” sticker.
Krispy Kreme is giving away glazed doughnuts to all along with a special voting sticker while supplies last Tuesday. Planet Fitness is offering a way to work off the stress of the election with a free workout and massage Tuesday through Nov. 8.
With more mail-in ballots and early voting this year, fewer people will have the “I Voted” stickers as proof to show they voted. According to federal law, it technically is illegal to offer freebies in exchange for votes and businesses typically skirt this by offering the deals to all.
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Election Day also is National Sandwich Day and several restaurants are offering discounts and specials on subs Tuesday.
Free and discounted rides to the polls
A popular Election Day discount is a ride to the polls. Aside from ride-sharing apps offering deals, several cities and communities are providing free rides on Election Day including Los Angeles and Indianapolis, Indiana. Check with your local transit system to see if they have an offer.
Hertz: When you book a rental car for two or more days Monday or Tuesday, get a free day “to perform your civic duty,” the car rental company said. This offer is valid at participating neighborhood locations and a 24-hour advance reservation is required. Learn more at www.hertz.com.
Lyft: Get 50% off one ride up to $10 Tuesday to any polling location or dropbox using the code 2020VOTE. Lyft also is including its network of bikes and scooters in select cities in this offer.
The North American Bikeshare Association: The association’s Roll to the Polls industry-wide campaign offers “free or reduced-cost transportation to voters” Tuesday. Learn more here.
Uber: Get 50% off roundtrip rides to the polls, up to $7 each way or up to $14 for the two trips. Uber says the discounts will be “automatically applied when you request your ride by using the polling finder,” which is an in-app feature. Terms and conditions apply and this offer is not available in California and Michigan.
Election Day freebies and deals
Here are the deals available Tuesday at participating locations unless otherwise noted. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out.
Biggby Coffee: The chain will have a buy-one-get-one free or $1 off any drink up to 24-ounces at participating locations.
Bobo’s: The brand is offering 2,000 coupons for free oat bars Tuesday to those who voted. Register to get a coupon mailed by filling out a form at www.eatbobos.com/vote. It’s optional to share a photo of your “I Voted” sticker, the website says.
Boston Market: From 9 p.m. to close at all locations nationwide Tuesday, get one free slider. No purchase is necessary.
Cell phones tend to get a bad rap. They’re blamed for keeping us up at night and interfering with our relationships. But contrary to what the Internet may lead you to believe, that tiny screen is helping us with a whole heck of a lot these days when it comes to wellness. According to Jennifer Haythe, MD, a New York City-based board-certified cardiologist (who also happens to be an avid marathon runner) it’s the most important piece of tech for fitness that she relies on every day.
“I love to run and my favorite tech is pretty simple: My iPhone equipped with the RunGo and Strava apps,” she says. “RunGo lets me map out a run wherever I am with mileage and even suggests routes that work for my desired distance, and Strava lets me know my pace, splits, and elevation.” These apps are both easily available in the iTunes store, and make logging miles a cinch—once they’re downloaded, all you have to do is keep your phone with you while you run. RunGo gives you the option of being voice coached through your route, so you never have to worry about getting lost, and Strava measures your performance and allows you to share it with a community of other runners using the app.
Shop now: Apple iPhone 12, $884
In addition to the data that these running apps deliver, the iPhone puts some other pretty important health intel in the palm of your hands. Its built-in Health app allows you to track your daily activity (aka your steps), your menstrual cycle, and your bedtime. For more intensive information, you can connect it to an activity tracker—like an Apple Watch or FitBit—or to third-party phone apps that transmit their data directly into your health dashboard, giving you a full picture of your nutrition (MyFitnessPal), sleep (SleepCycle), and mindful minutes (Breathe). In other words, from the same screen where you can stalk your exes, you can also gain a full picture of your health metrics.
So while doom scrolling in bed when you should be sleeping isn’t great for your health (Seriously! Turn on the Bedtime function immediately), there are plenty of other ways to use your iPhone for the sake of your wellbeing. A cardiologist says so.
Dr. Jen is also a fan of the Apple Watch. Check out the video below to see what she has to say about it.
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