After years as a fitness and gear editor, my gimmick meter is finely tuned. I've read and listened to countless product pitches that make wild and improbable claims, and I've become pretty good at sussing out the legit from the ludicrous.
Muscle pain and skiing often go hand in hand. Lucky for us, so do spas and ski resorts. After a long day on the slopes, you needn't look far for a relaxing, rejuvenating spa treatment. And while there's no denying a full-body massage feels good, new research suggests it might not do for your body what you've always thought.
Do you remember when your parents used to hound you to eat your vegetables "so you can grow up big and strong”? Well it turns out they might have been onto something. There is a growing group of people that have looked to colorful fruits and vegetables as the main source of their diet. These nutritarians, as they’ve coined themselves, focus on the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that many fruits and vegetables are known to contain. Their mantra? Eat the rainbow.
SKI Mag sends a blogger, Hillary Rosner, to do our dirty work: Get in shape. She joins a CrossFit gym, which is reputed to be the best—and most brutal—way to get strong fast. It's painful, but now Rosner has more employment options...like brick layer. Or jackhammerer. Or contestant on that reality TV show where they pull trucks of cement. This week she marvels at how far she's come.
The first day I walked into a crossfit gym, an absurdly ripped girl was doing pull-ups. She finished up whatever outrageous number was required for that day’s workout, and then offered to demonstrate for me the art of kipping—a move that lets you use momentum and whole body strength, instead of just your arms, to do each pull-up. Despite the fact that she should’ve already been tired, she went right back at it, swinging her body and pulling her head above the bar, over and over, without appearing the slightest bit winded.
SKI Mag's blogger, Hillary Rosner, joins a CrossFit gym, which is reputed to be the best—and most brutal—way to get strong fast. It's painful, but the good news is that now Rosner has a backup job...as a brick layer. Or jackhammerer. Or contestant on that reality TV show where they pull trucks of cement. This week she gets back in the gym after a spring of slacking.
April showers bring May flowers… and April gym absences cultivate nothing but muscle loss and lethargy. I learned this firsthand, and now I’m trying to remedy the situation. A hectic travel schedule from mid-March through the beginning of May left me unable to make it to Boulder CrossFit more than once a week. Some weeks I couldn’t make it to the gym at all. As always, I vowed to do some of the traveling workouts designed to be done on the road. But as always, I was too exhausted at the end of a long day.
The 24th annual Wildflower Festival comes to the designated "Wildflower Capital of Colorado," Crested Butte, July 12-18.
Every year, visitors, photographers and visual artists travel to Crested Butte to see the explosion of color during the festival and the weeks surrounding. Glacier lilies are among the first wildflowers to appear, usually in May, literally forcing their way through the snow. By mid-July, the entire mountain is painted with the floral display.
As the temperature rises your endurance decreases, making summer workouts hard on your body. That’s why long-distance runners sit in a cold bath or wear cooling vests before a summer marathon. Scientists have yet to determine the exact reason why your body tires faster in the hot sun, but a researcher in New Zealand has discovered an easier, faster way to lower your body temp before a strenuous summer workout: Drink a sugary, icy slushie.
The Loveland Derby, the largest amateur ski race in the U.S., runs this weekend, April 16–18 at Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area. Racers ranging in age from 9 to 20 will compete in this USSA-sanctioned event, sponsored by the Loveland Race Club. Olympians such as Billy Kidd, Sara Schleper and Spider Sabich all raced the Loveland Derby in their early careers.