Do you remember AOL Dial Up? You had to snag a trial disc, download the software onto Windows and then connect your computer to the internet (via dial up) when you wanted to surf the web. You could literally hear your computer slowly connecting while you waited patiently.Read More
This post was originally featured in City Fit Girls newsletter #146 for the week of September 17, 2018. It’s three affirmations that I use to help build confidence. If you have affirmations that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. Share your affirmations in the comments below.Read More
So often we don't think that we're enough but it's true. Every single one of us is enough in our own right and it's up to us to believe it and to be okay with it. Sure, we work out to feel good and look good but it's important that at the end of the day when the selfies are posted and we're alone in our homes, that we are happy with who we truly are.Read More
Raise your hand if you have a gym membership that you pay for but don't actually frequent. You saw that there was a deal for $20/month and thought it was the perfect incentive to get you going to the gym again. And then it happened: you get inside, do your normal routine, and then quickly lose motivation to go again.Read More
In our last book round-up, we shared some of our favorite running books written by amazing women. This time around, we're expanding the list to include non-running books. Why? In order to be a better athlete, you have to improve in all areas of your life - mental health, physical health and professional development, too. Am I right?
That's why this list includes books for motivation, career, fitness and a few to make you laugh out loud when you hit a rough patch.Read More
Fall race season is our favorite time of year. Although many runners are out doing an event for a second or third time, there's a shared sense of fear, not knowing, and excitement that first timers to an event - whether it's a first 5K, half- or full marathon - will experience.
We caught up with a few first-time half-marathoners and marathoners to discuss what motivated them to sign up for their races and to talk a little about what keeps them going throughout their training.
Are you thinking about signing up for your first long distance run? Keep reading to get inspired.Read More
During races and hard workouts, self-doubt can overcome even the greatest of athletes. Being able to overcome the inner battle is a unique experience for all, but something we are all capable of doing. Here are ways that strong women from all backgrounds, ages, and experiences from around the country move past their inner demons during the darkest of hours.Read More
Ten years ago I moved from Massachusetts to Chicago to study improv. When you take improv classes you learn the fine art of play as well as what we call “the rules” of improv. Three-ish years ago I walked into my first group fitness class and realized that the rules of improv which were so ingrained in my brain are entirely applicable in this world too.Read More
If you read fitness blogs and follow lots of fitness Instagram accounts then I am sure you have read that "strong is the new skinny". There is a great article by Megan Clements on Breaking Muscle that nicely sums up how we have transitioned from idolizing thin girls to idolizing super strong, super fit “perfect” body types with the hashtag #strongisthenewskinny. However, these are still mostly unachievable body types.
Strength is more than how much you lift or how smokin’ your arms look (and yes I have friend envy about her arms). Strength is a feeling of empowerment.
Here are ten reasons why you should stop looking at numbers on the scale and instead focus on how awesome strong feels:
By Takia McClendon
Have you ever struggled with finding the motivation to reach your fitness goals? I’ll be the first to admit that even with training schedules, nutrition programs, and all the right gear, sometimes I still lack the motivation to wake up and conquer a long run.
Even if you have really good intentions, sometimes you need a little push to follow through with your training plans.
In this post, I’m sharing tips to overcome excuses and find motivation. I’ve shared this information with hundreds of new and experienced runners over the past few years and thought writing it down could help even more people reach their running and fitness goals.Read More
I feel as though I should preface my interview with the amazing Chicago instructor Theresa Coen by saying that in the three years I have taken classes with her, she has not only become one of my close friends but she has also become one of my mentors.
Theresa’s passion for fitness and constant thirst for more knowledge in the fitness field coupled with her unbridled enthusiasm and goofiness make her, in my opinion, one of the top instructors in Chicago. Many a time I have woken up the day after a Theresa class with an inability to walk due to what I call, “butt death.”
You may join your first group fitness class with a sense of dread and nervousness, but you will leave Theresa’s class with joy in your heart, clothes drenched in sweat and a new bestie.Read More
When I set out to write about mental toughness my intended audience was runners; however, mental toughness can apply to all of us.
We can apply the tricks of mental toughness to runners, basketball players, power lifters and even in the workplace. We spend the majority of our training getting physically prepared and so little time getting mentally prepared, even though it's just as important.
Vince Lombardi defined mental toughness as "a perfectly disciplined state of mind that refuses to give in."
So, how can you get to that state of mind? Glad you asked!Read More
If you're someone who misses workouts due to unplanned work meetings, happy hours, oversleeping and plain laziness, then this is the post for you. We reached out to a few City Fit Girls, including trainers, instructors, and workout enthusiasts to get the inside scoop on how they manage to crush their workouts before the sun rises.
Read their tips to find out how you, too, can become a morning workout warrior.Read More
What happens when you don't quite reach a goal you set out to achieve? You come back stronger than ever. That's exactly what Kristen O'Connell did after falling short of her goal, qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2014.
We caught up with Kristen to discuss her plans for 2016, her tips for new runners, and her "must-have" running gear and gadgets for training.Read More
Want to become a stronger runner? Or are you a beginner looking for tips to train for your first half-marathon?
Look no further. We caught up with Marcy Gialdo, founder of WAVES, an all woman’s racing team, to discuss cross-training, strength building, and how to take your running to the next level. Marcy has been competing in the world of endurance sports for more than 14 years, completing countless running events and triathlons. Check out her tips below!Read More
We've heard the saying, "a 1-hour workout only takes up 4% of your day". Still, sometimes we feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to exercise. Whether you're a stay at home mom, an entrepreneur, or work a traditional 9-5, making time in the day for physical activity may seem like a long-shot. We compiled this short list to help you find ways to squeeze physical activity into your busy routine.Read More