Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Los Gatos Resolution Run - New Year's Day event benefits high school, gets year off to fit start



Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
Start the year off right at the Los Gatos Resolution Run. This family-friendly event benefits Los Gatos High School and is a perfect way to get that...
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Ski fitness: how to get ready in advance and again before you hit the slopes


Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
"Fitter, healthier skiers are happier skiers, who ski longer and harder," says Andrew Hooge, author of FitSkiing…Your Guide for Peak...
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Yea say Wii fans: The Biggest Loser video game hits retail outlets


Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Announced last May, the Biggest Loser video game for Wii and Nintendo was released to retail outlets throughout North America. The game will also be...
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Free card helps parents, coaches identify concussion in young athletes


Monday, October 5th, 2009
Experts say concussions among teen athletes have grown from 300,000 incidents 10 years ago to upwards of three million cases in the U.S. last year....
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4 terrific ideas for helping your kids learn to love fitness

Monday, October 5th, 2009
Besides regular play time, encouragement and a positive example, just how CAN parents build a lifetime habit of fitness in their children? With...
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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Rock n Roll San Jose - finish line - Meb Keflezighi first by 02:06


Sunday, October 4th, 2009
1 Meb Keflezighi 1:01:00...
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Rock n Roll San Jose - Stage 10 - a set up report


Sunday, October 4th, 2009
8:15 a.m. race day and the excitement begins. Along the way, at Stage 10 (mile 8.8), Sould Intention is starting to play, the Lincoln High...
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Live from Rock n Roll San Jose Expo: Keflezighi talks training, some good freebies, lots of commerce


Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
With packet pick-up, volunteer check in, race registration as the main draws, the San Jose Rock n Roll Marathon Health and Fitness Expo brought in...
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Headed to Rock n Roll San Jose Expo? Bring your old shoes and your multivitamin bottle


Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
You don't need to pay to get into the Health & Fitness Expo this weekend at San Jose's Convention Center, but you will want to bring your old...

Halloween is just around the corner and CORE Fitness has a special to match the season


Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
October is Bring-a-Buddy Month at CORE Fitness Studio in Los Gatos Here's how it works: * You and a buddy--someone new to CORE Fitness--buy...
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon –online registration closes 9/27

Online registration closes Sunday, Sept 27 - you can wait til the Expo, but why not commit yourself now and save $20

Jack LaLanne turns 95 - if you are into fitness today, say thank you to this pioneer


Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Fitness pioneer Jack LaLanne turns 95 on September 26.

To people who grew up in the 60's and 70's, LaLanne is one of - if not the - most instantly recognizable fitness names: someone who has been relevant, vocal and visible as a fitness advocate for decades.

I did an article with a clip from one of his old shows and an overview of his accomplishments on San Jose Fitness Examiner - please check it out: Keep Reading »

But on a more personal note, his birthday got me thinking about the amazing consistency LaLanne has represented in an industry that has often been known for lack of ethics, trendiness and inconsistency.

While we take the fitness industry for granted today, and that's pretty much a new development. In the 40's, 50's and 60's, there were many "fitness" experts who made wild and crazy promises, who urged the silliest possible exercises to women in order to help them "stay desirable" and who opened high-pressure, high-cost "spas" which basically catered to people with more money than sense.

Fitness centers had equipment that was either geared toward body builders, or machines with rollers and belts that would "vibrate off the fat."

Athleticism among women was considered unfeminine. Healthy eating was defined as red-meat-and-potatoes, with plenty of canned vegetables topped by butter. Cross-training by athletes was virtually unknown.

LaLanne was a kook in many ways. But a healthy, consistent, upbeat kook, who gave millions of housewives a better perspective on fitness. He paved the way for what actually developed into fitness as we know it today - creating a climate for Jazzercize, Jane Fonda, Denise Austin (another California fitness professional who was LaLanne's co-host for a time) - which helped build an industry that today affects every American and is a part of our daily conversation.

A neighbor in her 30's heard me say it was Jack LaLanne's birthday and asked why I'd care about that man who does infomercials for juicers on late night tv. Then again, she also gave me a puzzled look when I mentioned Jane Fonda's impact on fitness.

I'm immensely impressed with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver, who made certain that LaLanne was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2008 so that his contributions would be recognized.

Thanks again, Jack LaLanne. And Happy Birthday.

Could you be a star in Fame? If you've got the moves, enter the online contest


Friday, September 25th, 2009
Fame - the remake of the popular 1980's hit - premiered in Los Angeles (see a video from the premier below). At the premiere, cast members Naturi...Keep Reading »

Dr. Oz works with NFL moms in a fitness challenge - get fit by Super Bowl


Friday, September 25th, 2009
Announced today: Friday, September 25, 'The Dr. Oz Show' and the National Football League join forces as 20 moms of NFL Players go head-to-head to...Keep Reading »

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Kevin Federline, Bobby Brown and Nicole Eggert all line up for VH1's Celebrity Fit Club


Thursday, September 24th, 2009
Access Hollywood confirmed it all just yesterday: Kevin Federline, Bobby Brown, Nicole Eggert, "High School Musical" star Caycee Stroh...
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Get moving with YMCA & America On the Move Week - September 20-27


Sunday, September 20th, 2009
Bring your entire family to one of the YMCA of Silicon Valley locations through Sept. 27 to participate in America On the Move Week, a free,...
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Fitness news: Postmenopausal women benefit greatly from endurance training


Sunday, September 20th, 2009
A UC Berkeley press release posted this week summarized the findings of a study showing that postmenopausal women benefit from endurance training as...
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Bay area "Let's Play Outside" month kicks off; familiarizes kids with nature



Saturday, September 19th, 2009
Isn't this what childhood should be about? Building forts and playing in mud, enjoying the outdoors and running and playing? 

The Bay Area Children in Nature Collaborative thinks so.

'Let's Play Outside' is a month-long campaign of play days and parent presentations starting September 15th to promote unstructured...
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Heidi Klum says "probably not" for this year's Victoria's Secret fashion show




Friday, September 18th, 2009
The incredibly beautiful and in-shape Heidi Klum was at Los Angeles Confidential's pre-Emmy party Thursday night - wearing 7-inch leopard-print heels...
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Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman complete - and COMPLETE - a triathlon




Friday, September 18th, 2009
Fitness for a cause is a great way to have fun, stay fit and give back to the community. Just ask Desperate Housewives stars Teri Hatcher and...
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At the Emmy Awards - it's "Thanx to SPANX"




Friday, September 18th, 2009
The 61st primetime Emmy awards air this Sunday, September 20, and everyone knows that award shows are as much about what the stars are wearing as who is winning what. 
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

MTV Video Music Awards - will the tribute to Michael Jackson inspire you or make you sad?

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Be inspired!

The tribute to MJ that is in the opening segment of tonight's VMAs should remind us of what we loved about the music and the movement of Michael Jackson.

Starting at 8 pm ET, the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards get underway with a live red carpet preshow (embedded below), followed by a 9 pm (Eastern) start....
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Silicon Valley fitness opportunity: Free family fitness day - Sept. 26 at Almaden Valley Athletic Club



Love free and fitness?

Check out the Family Fitness Day September 26 at Almaden Valley Athletic Club from 10-3, with dozens of free classes, health assessments, fitness tips.

The free event is designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle for families by offering physical activities and also includes nutritional education by Whole Foods Market. There will also be prizes, coupons and other freebies.

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US Open: tennis increasingly physical for top stars like Roger Federer, Serena Williams




Friday, September 11th, 2009
Speed, strength, flexibility. Tennis is becoming increasingly physical. Serena and Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova, and of course...
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Four tips from fitness expert Andrea Metcalf can improve your golf game.


Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
Do dreams of playing golf like Tiger Woods dance in your head? Well be careful! The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that there...
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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
Do dreams of playing golf like Tiger Woods dance in your head? Well be careful! The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that there...
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Corporate fitness programs: do they just keep the fit healthy? Or, is there true ROI?



Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
Silicon Valley Health Trust Director of Wellness, Krisna Hanks says there are practical applications to worksite health programs - even if the already-healthy employees are the first ones to take advantage of the programs. Keep Reading »


Monday, September 7, 2009

Melanie Oudin's shoes: have you caught "Believe" fever?

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Monday, September 7th, 2009 ·
Watching 17-year-old U S Open tennis phenom, Melanie Oudin we can't believe it!

Or, even better, we CAN believe it.

As she said after her match with Petrova, I just started to believe I could win.

And yes, those shoes that are so perfect for her - even they say "believe" on them - an idea she says her boyfriend contributed.

It's happened not only in that match against Petrova, but all the way through the U. S. Open.

She's turned into a powerhouse player this tournament. Ranked 70th she's been beating them all...so far at least.

They are calling her Cinderella, but as stated earlier (Oudin bests Sharapova/Petrova),

"They call it a Cinderella run. Don't you believe it.

No fairy godmother plucked Melanie Oudin out of obscurity, and handed her a magic slipper.

She worked for it, she focused, and as she has said, she believed she could do it."

Add your comment - or share if you have caught the "believe" fever»
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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Jesse Witten: surprise underdog comes on strong at US Open. See what fitness will get you?


Saturday, September 5th, 2009
Of course it's an overstatement to say that 26 year-old, 5'10" Jesse Witten is the surprise player at this year's US Open just because of...
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What is fitness? Teens say nutrition and exercise are keys to health


Saturday, September 5th, 2009
What is fitness? Generally it's considered the healthy condition that allows people to perform the tasks they enjoy and is a result of exercise and...
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Melanie Oudin - her fitness, her workout, her wow factor


Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 · 4 comments
Fitness folks who love Serena Williams, Venus Williams and the other tennis stars just found a new hero. 17-year-old Melanie Oudin, as the Wall....
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

September 2009 - Silicon Valley fitness calendar posted

:en:Mount Hamilton (California) in January.Image of Mt. Hamilton via Wikipedia

The fitness events calendar for September 2009 is live on San Jose Fitness.

It's not a long list like we've seen in the spring and summer months - though there are a number of events - Labor Day Run, Bike MS, etc.

But it is a great month to try some alternative forms of fitness - for instance, as the weather mellows out in San Francisco and the bitter cold fog of summer disappears, it's a perfect time to head up that way for walks on the hills, or in the parks.

A day in Golden Gate Park, a walking tour of one of your favorite neighborhoods, or you could even take the family out to Alcatraz. It's just a perfect time of year to get out and walk.

Or forget San Francisco. Spend a day walking around Mt. Hamilton (pictured above), or go north to the wine country.

And... September is National Yoga Month... honor your body by taking a yoga class. Lots of free classes around in September.

So this month - try something new. Ride a bike, take a hike, or visit nearby fitness studios in search of a "home" for your winter workouts.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Joe Weider, fitness and bodybuilding pioneer, named to California Hall of Fame

 

Sunday, August 30th, 2009
This past week, fitness leader Joe Weider was named as an inductee in the California Museum "California Hall of Fame." He joins Jack...
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Ted Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and the Kennedy clan's contribution to fitness


Saturday, August 29th, 2009 · 1 comment
The deaths of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Edward 'Teddy' Kennedy have affected all Americans. Wiser pundits have covered the contributions to our...
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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Santa Clara County corporate wellness event: Capturing the Value in Worksite Wellness

Corporate (worksite) wellness is increasingly important to the health of workers and employers. Times are stressful, employees are anxious, and yet pressure on employers to cut costs is intense.

A September 9 event being held by the Santa Clara County Public Health department can give you the information you need to measure how health and fitness contributes to the bottom line of your organization.

Go over to the article on San Jose Fitness Examiner for all the info.



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Widget to track the flu updates from CDC


Stay fit this flu season by keeping up with the flu information from the CDC. Here's a widget for your blog or web site.



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Little League World Series teaches kids - and parents - important lessons about fitness


Saturday, August 29th, 2009 · 1 comment
Out of shape, obese kids? Not at the Little League World Series - the 10-day event that has attracted a 137 percent viewership increase on ESPN2. See...
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Silicon Valley senior centers offer activities, fitness and exercise

Senior centers can be a wealth of opportunity for the fitness-minded. Typically they offer a variety of workout and exercise programs at all levels. Don't be too quick to dismiss them as "places for really old people."

Yes, there are activities for active-minded people in their 70's, 80's and 90's, but there are also a lot of low cost options for people in their 50's and 60's too. And face it, sometimes it's nice to know that a class instructor has been trained to work with "the slightly older body."

Here's a list (send in more if you have them) of centers, most of which have programs for residents and non-residents of that city.

Typically the programs are available to people ages 50+:

Click here for a list of Silicon Valley-area senior centers

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Queen Latifah loses weight thanks to Jenny Craig. Have you ever tried Jenny? Vote here

Queen Latifah came out today, talking about her new CD, her guest spot on American Idol, and her weight loss with Jenny Craig.

A few days ago, it was Phylicia Rashad.

And of course we all remember Valerie Bertinelli and Kirstie Alley.

So the question of the day, Have you ever tried Jenny Craig?


Click here and let your voice be heard...have you ever tried Jenny Craig?

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Everyone's Favorite! Wunderlich Park 10 mile hike RT to Skyline Blvd: 4 hrs

From Bay Area Meetup - sounds great - here's the link: http://www.meetup.com/burnfitness/calendar/11180062/

10 mile hike -

..." one of the most beautiful workouts in the bay area! Its 5 miles up ( and you'll be working) and then 5 fun miles down. The scenery is gorgeous, peaceful, and serene while at the same time, you'll be really getting a great aerobic and anaerobic work out. You'll go to sleep well afterwards too... its better than ambien :)! "

Bolt gets piece of Berlin Wall - and of our hearts


The Yahoo! Sports headline reads, Bolt gets piece of Berlin Wall.

Yes, Usain Bolt not only shattered his own world record in the 100 and 200 meters at the World Athletic Championships in Berlin last week - but he captured the imagination of people around the world. To congratulate him, the city of Berlin gave him a giant piece of the original Berlin Wall.

The 12 foot section of the once-insurmountable Berlin Wall will be delivered to Bolt's training camp in Jamaica.

Of course the beauty and speed of Bolt's feat is about the awesome athletics involved.

But it is also about the inspiration to all people. As I wrote in Examiner.com, when we watch these athletes accomplish remarkable goals it a reminder to all of us that we can get out there and do it - whether our goal is to climb a mountain or climb a flight of stairs.
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Final wrap up from World Athletic Championships: 3 world records, 9 championship records, 1984 athletes


If you followed any of the truly thrilling events at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics (Berlin) this week, you know it was a remarkable time. Here is a portion of the final news conference:

Speech of President Diack:

Fantastic achievements on the track

“We have all enjoyed a fantastic World Champs which have been notable for confirming the success of athletics at last year’s Olympic Games.

There have been fantastic achievements on the track – and not only Usain Bolt, who may now be the most famous sportsman in the world, not just in athletics – but other World records, Area records and National records.

In summary we gathered 201 territories from all over the world to Berlin 2009:

1984 Athletes – 1086 men and 898 women
3 World records
9 Championship records
8 Area records
57 National records!!!

(For more information from the press conference, go to the IAAF web site.)



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YMCA Silicon Valley offers variety of programs, services and exercise for 50+


Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Active folks over 50 have a great fitness resource available in the YMCA of Silicon Valley. So far as price, convenience, location and year-round...