Saturday, February 20, 2010

Free music widget - can you work out to it?

It's no secret I love widgets - so I'm testing the music widget on the right of this page. You'll see it's free from WidgetBox, Internet Archive.

Clicking on a song in the widget takes you to Internet Archive where live concerts are archived. You stream or download the music. So far what I've listened to doesn't inspire me to fitness, but I like a lot of the music ... which makes me feel good and makes me want to move. Yeh, I'm trying to justify having it on a fitness blog.

I don't know how long I'll keep it up, but try it out and see what you think.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Daytona 500 fitness: workouts keep Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Carl Edwards ready

Sunday, February 14th, 2010
Do you wonder if NASCAR drivers really need to be fit and if the trend is, as some say, toward drivers who work out as hard in the gym as they do on the track?

During yesterday's Nationwide event, and again during today's Daytona 500 there seemed to be several examples of why fitness training was just useful, but advantageous.

78 laps to go. Track repairs underway. There's time for snacks, interviews, bathroom breaks...and for drivers who understand their body's reaction...
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

4 reasons to see OVO while it's in San Jose aside from your love of Cirque du Soleil

If you haven't already noticed the blue and yellow tent, the ads, the buzz and the overall excitement about having Cirque du Soleil in San Jose February 4 - March 7, get with the program:

The new OVO is here (the second U.S. city after San Francisco to see the show), and it is set up under the Taylor Street Bridge.

WHAT! Pay $100 a ticket? Times are tough, dontcha know.

Well, not all tickets are $100. They start at $65 for adults. A little hefty, but considering that it is one of those occasional treats, it's worth it. It's priced in line with theater, sports and other spectator events and it definitely delivers in value. And in an era when so much is computer generated, animated, Photoshopped, and air brushed, there is a thrill in taking your family to something that is genuine, live and authentic.

Here are four other great reasons to see the show:
  1. The artistry is beautiful. If you sit for hours and watch the Olympic gymnasts and ice skaters, marveling over what they are able to do, this is your opportunity to get up close and much more personal with body artistry that isn't constrained to doing everything by-the-book. (And note that three of the OVO cast are former Olympians).
  2. It's designed for you to enjoy, unlike the Olympics where routines are designed to eke out another one-tenth of a point given by a judge. For two hours (plus a 30 minute intermission) you see aerialists and contortionists and gymnasts; all in fabulous costumes.
  3. It's like a mini-vacation. Cirque du Soleil shows are must-do stops for tourists visiting Las Vegas and New York. Why wait for vacation? Treat yourself now. And consider this: Cirque shows are so popular that there are SEVEN of them in permanent residence in Las Vegas. Pretty much every discussion board about Vegas says a Cirque show is a "must-see." See the Cirque show here - go to the poker tournament in Vegas.
  4. The buzz factor. Eight or nine of my co-workers (including me) saw the opening show, and the next day it was all any of us could talk about. What was your favorite? Wasn't the spider wonderful? Wow - what about that trampoline work - how DO they tumble up a 20 vertical foot wall? And the creatura!!! How can anyone be so funny and so lithe in a tube costume?
Looking for some behind-the-scenes info about OVO? Check this article: Cirque du Soleil OVO comes to San Jose. Behind the scenes with fitness and training.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Beyonce rocks Grammy Awards; does her music also rock in the gym? (plus Grammy pics)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
Yes, Beyonce rocked the Grammys with her six awards, breaking her earlier record in which she was tied for most wins by a female artist (with Alicia...
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