In celebration of it’s 4-Year Anniversary, Jabs Gym partied the best way they knew how – with a fitness party! Dozens of boxing enthusiasts and fitness newbies laced up their sneakers/boxing gloves and piled inside of Jabs Gym (Birmingham) for an intense sample of kickboxing and conditioning inside (and outside) the ring.
Led by Jabs Gym co-owner and professional boxer Willie Fortune, fitness fans began the 90-minute experience with cardio-kickboxing basics plus the fundamentals behind classes like Circuit boxing and BOYO throughout the evening. What’s BOYO – you ask? BOYO is a group fitness class that combines elements of Boxing and Yoga specifically developed and exclusively taught at Jabs Gym.
It didn’t take long before my girlfriends and I were wrapped and ready to go, punching and kicking our way to our summer body goals. (It was hard work, but at least we looked cute in our fitness gear! LOL) The kickboxing classes are tons of fun and open to all fitness levels (it may take a few classes to memorize the combination punches and kicks, but it’s all worth it in the end.) If you’ve ever considered boxing – Jabs is it! And if you’ve ever wanted to experience a gym with friendly, knowledgeable staff filled with powerful classes – grab your gym bag make your way to Jabs Gym today!
Established in 2013 as a state of the art intimate fitness and group training facility to make boxing training accessible to the everyday person, Jabs Gym has is the perfect gym to take your fitness goals to the next level. Equipped with a full-sized boxing ring, ample personal training space, free weights, weight machines, cardio equipment, and more, it’s the perfect facility to get fit, while having fun. If you’ve ever wanted to try a new fitness regimen learn more about Jabs Gym and sign up for your FREE fitness class today at JabsGym.com.
The holidays have always been a time where I assessed my health, wealth and relationships. I try to monitor my weight just so I can truly enjoy all the great food and desserts for the holidays – AND to get a jump start on my new year’s resolution. Luckily, Walgreens and The National Urban League has teamed up to spread awareness and prevention measures to help everyone live happy and healthier lives – just in time for the holidays.
Last month, I checked out the Walgreen’s / National Urban League Wellness Tour in New Jersey and I got a first hand experience of the importance of early detection that instantly snapped me into reality. After a series of quick tests and measurements, I was stunned to learn that unhealthy eating habits and stress caused me to gain TWENTY POUNDS + a host of elevated health concerns! I knew, leading up to my visit that I hadn’t been practicing healthy habits, but I had no idea the repercussions that it had on my health.
Through my Wellness Tour visit, I was able to detect the spike in my blood pressure and BMI vitals early and make some serious lifestyle adjustments towards a healthier new me! In just a few weeks, I’ve been able to shed almost FIFTEEN POUNDS and I’m feeling more energized and refreshed than ever before!
Many people my age never make preventative doctor or hospital visits, until it’s too late. Over the last eight years, The Wellness Tour has administered more than 570,000 health tests valued at $12.8 million in communities throughout the United States. These no charge health tests are vital in the quest of early detection and empowering communities with knowledge and resources for the prevention and early detection of today’s leading chronic diseases. It’s your life, your health and early testing now could make a world of difference for you later.
Discover more from The Wellness Tour and connect with Walgreens by visiting Walgreens.com/Tour.
It’s almost that time of year again. Time to begin working on your fitness and get a head start on that gym life! In the world of fitness gear, it’s hard to come by apparel that’s fashionable and expresses my personality. Thankfully that has changed with the latest in fitness apparel available at Kmart. It’s hard to believe that fitness guru and former Biggest Loser star, Jillian Michaels hasn’t had a fitness line until now. This month, Jillian Michaels announced the launch of her first-ever activewear line, Impact by Jillian Michaels.
The Kmart-exclusive line features apparel and accessories in four categories: core training, running, yoga, and lifestyle. The collection emphasizes its performance-power with items that feature moisture-wicking and quick-drying properties, flat-lock stitching, reflective details, and quality fabric blends for enhanced comfort and breathability. Prices for the stylish yet functional pieces start at just $11 and cap off at $37.
Recently I sat down with Jillian Michaels to talk fitness tips, apps and a question that made this hardcore fitness expert blush! (You have to watch the video to see what made Jillian Michaels squirm below!)
I got the chance to check out some of the picks from the Impact by Jillian Michaels line available online and select Kmart stores at the NYC launch event, and can’t wait to wear them on my next fitness adventure. Check out more from the event below.
Discover more from the Impact by Jillian Michaels line by visiting Kmart.com or select Kmart stores today and get social with the Kmart fashion scene on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. #JillianForKmart
As previewed earlier this year at CES in Las Vegas, the Tory Burch for FitBit collaboration is one step closer to bring fashionable fitness integration to women everywhere. The exclusive collaboration between? Tory Burch and Fitbit transforms your tracker into a super-chic accessory for work or weekend, day or evening, with a designer Metal Hinged Bracelet. Made of solid brass, it’s based on the decorative, open fretwork that’s a signature of the Tory Burch design — complete with a secure, easy-access latch on the back.
The Tory Burch for FitBit collection adds a little style and flair to the normally bland fitness band. In case wearing the bracelet on your wrist isn’t your thing, Tory Burch has options for you! You can also transform your tracker into a? super-chic accessory for work or weekend, day or evening, with the Fret Pendant Necklace. Made of solid brass, it’s based on the decorative, open fretwork that’s a signature of our design — complete with a secure, easy-access latch on the back. Suspended from a thin link chain, it looks polished while keeping the device comfortably close.
Want to get in on Tory Burch For FitBit collection? The Fitbit Flex® with tracker is sold separately, so be prepared to shell out $195 for this designer bracelet accessory or $175 for the pendant with preorders today. No word yet if the accessory will be available in retail stores. If gold isn’t your thing, there are pink and blue silicone printed designer options as well available on ToryBurch.com.
Do you own a fitness tracker by FitBit? Would you add the Tory Burch for FitBit accessories to you daily style statement? Share your thoughts on the price, design and idea of the Tory Burch for FitBit collection below.
I’m one of those people who suck at new year fitness resolutions, I just can’t keep it consistent and get it right. Although I’m not a huge fan of traditional workouts and get bored with workout routines easily, that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy fitness activities such as bike riding, skating and more. During a biking summit earlier this month, I was introduced to the latest in wearable technology that would change the way I work out forever, discover how Celliant changed the way I feel about fitness below.
Celliant technology in a nutshell is a hybrid of fiber-filled textiles that recycles your body heat into a boost of infrared energy. Since wearing incorporating Celliant gear into my workout wardrobe, I have significantly noticed a improved circulation and almost elimination of sore muscles and joints.
Developed by leading experts in medicine, physics and biology, as well as a dedicated Scientific Advisory Board, Celliant a proprietary fiber that is loaded with a potent mix of thermo-reactive minerals. Powered by our own metabolism, it is more hybrid engine than textile. It recycles and converts radiant body heat into something that gives the body a measurable boost—infrared energy.
Last week, I decided to put Celliant to the test with a 7-mile walk/run through New York City. Wearing a Celliant infused compression shirt from Saucony, along with Celliant athletic socks – I was able to explore the city and get a great afternoon workout with energy to spare. I didn’t have a sluggish post-workout hangover and had minimal traces of sore feet whatsoever. Since Celliant promotes the benefits of improved circulation, cell performance and overall health, it’s no surprise that it delivered and gave me a boost of confidence and energy to want to workout more. And the science & testing behind it makes Celliant the most established and clinically tested infrared textile in the industry.
The beauty of Celliant technology is in the fibers. Because the deep woven fibers contain the technology, there are no wires, battery packs or worries that Celliant will break down or wash off – Celliant technology performs and lasts the lifetime of the material. This wearable technology can be found in an assortment of sportswear, accessories and even bedding and is sure to be included in more wearables that you already know and love.
There’s a limited variety on complete sports apparel available at this time (I can’t wait for Celliant sports bras, hoodies, and yoga pants to become available). You can currently shop an assortment of Celliant infused workout gear from tops, tights, socks, wraps and more at CelliantTX.com and connect with the technology behind the infrared fibers on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest today.
In case you missed News One on TVOne this morning, I joined Roland Martin to discuss gadgets that’ll help you keep track of your new year’s resolutions on today’s FIT | LIVE | WIN segment. According to MySportsClubs.com by March – 65% of New Year’s resolutions fail or simply never get off the ground. With ever-evolving technology, gadgets and resources available we’re going to take a look at the hottest wearable tools, smartphone apps and online resources to help keep you on track to your fitness goals.
Fitness Gadgets To Get You On Track
Fitbug Orb – Fitbug Orb with KiK can be worn anywhere and is your own digital coach and virtual trainer. Fitbug’s new KiK Plans is a 12-week program created by dietary and fitness experts across various fields. The company will offer activation cards at retail stores or directly through Fitbug.com, with plans starting at $19.99. It’s versatile, can be worn as a clip or a wristband and is a great addition to the wearable technology trend.
Fitbit Force – Keep track of your activity and see your results wirelessly, right on your wrist. The Force is the first-ever wristband fitness tracker to feature an OLED display and although it may sound like a small advancement, its inclusion is a huge addition. In addition to the OLED display — which displays crisp, easy-to-read data — it has a lot of wristband fitness tracker firsts, including an altimeter (which measures steps climbed or hiked.) Get all the information you need without plugging into an app.
Jawbone UP24 – Stay connected with your fitness, caloric intake and more with this unassuming wristband and accompanying app. This Jawbone’s best activity tracker yet with sleep tracking, smart alarms and more you can keep informed of what impacts your lifestyle seemlessly while integrating the stylish and unassuming black or orange wristband in your daily wardrobe with ease.
Apps To Keep Your Fitness Regimen On Track
MyFitnessPal app takes accountability to a new level. It logs everything from food, water intake, and exercise regimen while keeping a community of family and friends in the know within the in app news feed. (iOS / Android)
**BONUS (Did You Know:) The Pandora app has specialty workout stations that will add a little spice to your stale workout playlist? From 80’s cardio station feat. Michael Jackson and Madonna to a Rap Strength training station with Jay-Z and Lil Wayne – Pandora gives you the right musical options to stimulate your daily workout.
Health And Fitness Websites to Motivate Your Journey
DailyBurn.com – Ditch the workout Dvds and never get bored with DailyBurn.com. This site offers a variety of workouts from cardio, strength and dance classes to keep you motivated from your smartphone, tablet, computer or tv. In addition to workouts it also hosts nutritional guidance plans and is offering a 30-day trial for free at DailyBurn.com
BlackFitnessToday.com – Helps in closing the gap in health and fitness disparities in the African American community via celebrity fitness news, healthy eating recipes, inspirational transformation stories and more.
BlackGirlsGuideToWeightloss.com – Was created by Erika Kendall who lost over 150lbs BY HERSELF and now blogs about everything she’s learned along the way. It’s a great site with insightful recipes, tested weight loss tips and opinions to help you on your journey to losing weight.
The new year resolution push is in full swing. What smartphone apps, gadgets and websites are you using to keep you motivated towards your goals this year? Share below.
Now more than ever, there are lifestyle enhancing gadgets to help anyone take control of their diet & exercise. Thanks to the good folks at Verizon Wireless, I got the chance to discover one of the most popular lifestyle gadgets on the market to date, the Jawbone UP™. UP™ is a system that takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. The wristband tracks your movement, sleep habits and so much more. The app displays your lifestyle data, allowing you add things like meals, mood and delivers insights that keep you moving forward.
I should probably disclose that I have been absolutely obsessed with my Jawbone UP™ for several months now, (after all, it made it into D&D’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide so it has to be big, right?) Ever since I discovered that not only does it monitor your daily steps like a pedometer and monitors your sleep patterns, but it can also be utilized to take your diet, gym visits & more into account to help you discover improvements to live your best life.
The Jawbone UP™ uses Motion X technology which when paired with the accompanying app for your iOS or Android device gives you a completely new outlook on maintaining an active & healthy lifestyle. Track your weight, map your bike rides, access extensive food libraries and more, and that data will be seamlessly integrated into your UP feed, lifeline and trends. You can also view detailed UP sleep, movement, food and mood data within selected apps to make those experiences even better.
You can easily integrate this motion monitoring wristband into your everyday life. UP™ was designed to fit seamlessly in people’s lives. Real life. It’s a thoughtful combination of engineering and design, custom-made for how we live. UP is both flexible and strong. Sometimes UP needs to slide smoothly under sleeves or bend to accommodate an active lifestyle. Other times it has to be strong enough to stand up to a snowball fight without a problem (or more likely, a few thousand showers). Day and night, UP is right there with you.
Lithium-ion polymer battery
Up to 10 days of use between charges
USB charging cable—fully charges in 80 minutes
Sensor & Interface
Precision motion sensor
Single push-button interface
Vibrating motor for notifications
iOS 5.1 or greater
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later
See full list of compatible devices
Materials & Care
Medical-Grade, Hypoallergenic TPU rubber
In the box
Quick start guide
USB charging cable
If you’re wondering how the Jawbone UP™ can help you, I can attest that since using the Jawbone UP™ for review, I’ve noticed an increased effort to get adequate sleep (experts suggest at least 8 hours of sleep each night) and efforts to achieve above average physical activity (its suggested that users walk an average of 10,000 steps a day — I have of a goal of 15,000 steps or 7 miles daily.) Of course this wristband won’t instantly make you into a superhero but it definitely serves as a reminder to make better lifestyle choices regarding sleep, exercise and eating each and every day.
How would you like to win your very own Jawbone UP™ and start your journey to living your best life? Visit DivasandDorks.com on Monday to learn some helpful tips & tricks for using your Jawbone UP™ a chance to win a Jawbone UP™ of your own.
Disclosure: Please note that I often tweet using #VZWBuzz – VZWBuzz tweets include a 24/7 conversation and a Friday mobile lifestyle Twitter chat with an emphasis on providing information and education about devices, apps and tools useful to consumers. While the hash tag is sponsored by Verizon Wireless, the opinions I express tagged #VZWBuzz are my own.
In case you’ve fumbled on your New Year’s resolutions, these gadgets will bring you right back on track! Make your resolutions – and life in general easier with these convenient and clever fitness gadgets and apps. Here are 10 of the best fitness gadgets on the market that are sure to help you make it to and across the finish line!
Talking Strength Ball
Aimed at enabling anyone aged 9+ to build up their muscles, this talking ball enables you to use programmable workouts or personalized regimes. Perfect for young athletes, working professionals, or anyone that wants to skip the additional monthly fees for a personal trainer and still get results.
Perfect for the beginner or advanced swimmer, this waterproof watch has a detector which senses your strokes and laps while swimming. It detects your lap count, average strokes per lap, speed, calories burned and more. Swimming is one of the best ways to get in shape, and with this watch you can know exactly how much further you have to go to get to your desired goals.
During the day this clever little device tracks your steps, distance covered, calories burned and stairs climbed with its motion sensor. The difference between this and other pedometers- come nightfall, it measures your sleep cycle! Make sure you’re getting the necessary exercise and sleep needed to reach your ideal goals. FitBit can also sync with maps, helping you to chart your progress online. You may find yourself taking the longer route or the stairs to increase your numbers!
Like the Fitbit and want even more for your money? Well FitBit has moved past the clip-on fitness tracker. At CES 2013 the company announced its Fitbit Flex — a wearable wristband with Bluetooth 4.0 that keeps track of your workouts and sleep cycle. The slim wristband can be worn 24/7 and is a constant reminder of your fitness goals. iPhone and Android both have apps that sync with the FitBit Flex.
Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale
Perfect for the combined data nerd and health nut, the Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale tracks weight, body mass index and body fat numbers for up to eight people (i.e. an entire family), which are sent to an online account by Wi-Fi. You can view your data on either the website or in the Withings app for iPhone, iPad and Android.
Storm Cotton Hoodie
This may look like your average sweat shirt, but it’s far from it. Storm has come up with a hi-tech cotton hoodie that repels water as soon as it touches its surface. The water simply beads up and runs straight off, like water repellent that is used on car windshields. Guaranteed to keep you dry and warm while you sweat it out, or if running in the rain.
The MiCoach Pacer is composed of three devices, the receiver (miCoach), heart rate monitor and pedometer. The real advantage of using MiCoach is its heart rate monitor and coupled with the MiCoach itself, it will instruct you if you need to speed up or slow down based on your training plan. Pretty cool right? Serious runners know that the best way to train for a run (especially marathons) is by tracking your heart rate so you can maintain your tempo pace.
Picking between reading that novel and going for a jog just got easier! Zombies, Run! was co-created with Naomi Alderman, an award-winning novelist, and is the first fitness app to blend these vocations. When you start a run either outdoors or at the gym, the narration leads you through a story line telling you when to speed up, lay off, go for supplies or escape the living dead. This app gives new life to something that is tedious and dreadful to most people. If music isn’t enough motivation during your run, this app includes 30 missions so that you’ll always discover something new around the corner, and with more missions coming with each update there’ll always be a plot twist ahead.
If you routinely take your iPhone with you on bike rides, you might as well put it to work as a fitness trainer. The iBike Powerhouse phone app allows you to develop a customized training program to get the most out of cycling. The program measures speed and distance and analyzes your performance against your personal goals. The iBike Powerhouse also includes a waterproof iPhone case that mounts on your handlebars.
Pulse Ring Monitor
The Pulse Ring from Firebox is super basic, it measures your pulse. One of the most important stats to be aware of is your pulse. Whether you’re building up your stamina or trying to lose weight, it’s important to know whether you’re hitting the high numbers every so often or keeping at a steady pace. So, the Pulse Ring from Firebox is ideal because it provides you with real-time and accurate readings about your pulse through a number of infra-red sensors that measure what’s going on in your finger. The ring itself is really lightweight and has an elasticated, adjustable strap to make sure it’s as comfy as possible as you’re working out, we all know tight gadgets that need to be strapped to your arm or chest can be really annoying when all you want to do is run, run, run.
These fitness gadgets are a sure way to reach those fitness resolutions you set at the end of last year. Choose your specific workout gadgets and exercise with purpose!
Do you have a favorite fitness gadget or any experience with the ones above? Tell us below…
As 2012 comes to a close, many of us are looking back eleven months and wondering what happened to those New Year’s resolutions we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. While we hope that you’ve had success with many of those, we have found some of the most common resolutions that won’t require drastic lifestyle changes in order for you to keep in 2013.
Fitness and Weight Loss
The push to get to your ideal size is a common goal, especially at the start of a new year. With months and months ahead of you, you might begin to develop a workout plan that you start with vigor, but one that fizzles out after the summer months and bikini season come to an end. In 2013, try developing a workout plan that’s not too complicated and can be kept for an entire twelve months. That way, when 2014 rolls around you won’t find yourself struggling to hit the same goal. Try things like replacing snacks like cookies and chips with healthier alternatives like fruits and vegetables. Also, try not to be a couch potato. Scheduling fifteen to thirty minute workouts into your day either early in the morning or before going to bed are easy ways to help you reach your goals.
One the most common pitfalls, when it comes to making a resolution of better spending, is making an unrealistic goal. Start the year off knowing exactly what your intended income will be and make a monthly budget that reflects that amount. While you might be subject to a raise at your job or monetary gifts from family and friends, consider any additional income money that whichcan be put into a savings account. Crystal Colclough, financial advisor and founder of BlackChicksWithCents.com says, “Determine your net worth by figuring out how much you have in assets and how much you have in debt. Create and budget then find the leaks and plug them”.
If you go to work every day and leave feeling like the day has been wasted on work that hasn’t fulfilled you in any way, setting a goal to land a new gig isn’t a bad idea, and while the job market may seem scarce, it is not an unrealistic goal. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to pull out that stellar resume of yours and update it, adding any new skills or awards you might have acquired during the previous year. Were you named employee of the month? Did your job offer training that allowed you to gain certification in an area you weren’t certified before? These are great examples of resume enhancements that can help you land that dream job you’ve been searching.
Don’t let a fear of not accomplishing certain goals stop you from making New Year’s resolutions for 2013! Write them down so that this time next year you can look back and check them all off.
Tell us some of your realistic resolutions below…
The countdown to the New Year has begun! Many are now declaring their excitement for a “New Year, New Me”. The most common resolutions year after year are kicking bad habits, improving finances, advancing in careers, having a more positive attitude and/or better love life, losing weight and lastly, eating healthier. Every year many of us wait until the clock strikes twelve to change our ways, and every year more than half of us don’t make it through the entire month before we are back to our old habits. Yet, people continue to make the same resolution every year, in hopes that this year their commitment will finally stick.
Others have simply stopped making New Year’s Resolutions all together. Those who don’t make resolutions might be onto something. Here’s why: You’ve already had over 300 days of cringe-worthy dates, disappointing paychecks, and heavy duty moments weighing in on what areas of your life need improving. The anti-New Year’s Resolutions people have not given up on changing their life for the better. Instead their mindset is “why wait another month to make a change, when the first day of you working on the “new you” could be today?”
With three simple steps you can set yourself up for success and have a better a chance at not dropping the ball before the ball drops.
The first step towards weight loss has always been going to the gym and signing up. Of course, after the first great workout the motivation wears off and the only thing getting smaller is your bank account as the automatic monthly fee -for the membership you stopped using- continues to deduct itself. Like any resolution, deciding to get in better shape by preparing to do so is an action-oriented step. While preparing to make self changes the most important thing to do is research. Look into how much you want to lose, how much you want to save up, etc. and decide on a realistic time frame to make it happen.
Then set up your environment so that your goal is attainable. For example, many people choose a gym based on the best deal or the amenities, but finding a gym that you are going to visit often is all about location, location, location! Find a gym that’s close to your job so you can fit in a workout before you clock in, during lunch or right after you clock out. Also, always have your gym bag stocked and at the door so there is no excuse to leave home without it.
Once you have found a place that fits your needs, location, and schedule it’s time to put your plan into practice. Play around with different types of workouts until you find something you like and fall into a rhythm. It’s about building up until your practice becomes an enjoyable routine. It’s not about perfection. Start with one day a week and continue to build. Try going at different times on different days to see which are best for you. Try out different equipment until you find the ones that will help you reach your ideal body shape.
Preparing through planning and research, then practicing until you get into a comfortable groove helps you to build a foundation so that you can persist to the finish line.
Persistence is the driving force when you’re having a bad day or don’t feel as motivated. It’s the voice in the back of your head that keeps reminding you that you’ve already come so far. Once you have this your resolution has become a habit. These steps can apply to any of the things you want to improve about yourself. The key is being proactive. Many of us never leave the starting line, or lose steam early because we think of the resolution as a solution, as opposed to the first step in a proactive decision to be a better version of ourselves. Think about it, if you are proactive about taking the necessary steps to self improvement now, then by the first day of the New Year you will be ahead of the game.
Tell us some of your resolutions and how you plan to keep them below…