Meb Keflezighi has come a long way since fleeing East Africa. When he arrived in the U.S. and ran his first race, his teacher asked him if he wanted to go to the Olympics one day. He couldn’t answer because he didn’t speak English and didn’t know what the Olympics were. Now, he’s prepping for his fourth Olympic Games.
Yes, it’s been a very long journey, 100,000 miles to be exact.
Keflezighi is now 40 years old and will be 41 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He will be oldest athlete from the USA to complete an Olympic marathon.
Who knows where to tone up and Zen out better than the celebrities whose jobs require it of them? Follow their ultra-chic lead and book a stay at one of these retreats.
Why fly or drive from Boston to New York City when you can run? That was long-distance runner Simon Wheatcroft’s thinking when planning his journey from one city to the other. He’s been blessed with two working legs and he was going to use them.
The reason this Doncaster, England, native is running to NYC in the first place is to participate in the TCS New York City Marathon this Sunday. He will run about 220 miles through four states over the course of nine days before winding down with a nice 26.2-mile stroll through New York City. But he’s not worried about accomplishing all of this because running is something he can do with his eyes closed. Literally. Simon Wheatcroft was diagnosed legally blind at the age of 17.
CrossFit Kids sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?
When you consider CrossFit, the popular, fast-paced workout used by police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units and now everyday gym-goers looking for that same high-intensity training, you think of bulging muscles, rigorous structure and Workouts of the Day. Kids render thoughts of somersaults at playtime. Apparently though, there is a middle ground between the two, and it exists on the floor of your neighborhood box. (That’s CrossFit speak for “gym.”) Available in over 1,200 gyms worldwide, CrossFit Kids classes are the latest trend in after-school programming—and if they’re anything like the grown-up version, they’re only poised to get bigger.
With all of the fitness trends and swanky equipment that catch our attention, we often forget that the most useful and convenient workout tool is our own body weight. “People have the misconception that body weight equals an easy workout and that's not true,” says personal trainer Joanna Castro of Body Space Fitness in New York City. “With the proper progressions, you can get a great workout that will help you further connect with your mind and body—something you cannot achieve when you rely solely on equipment.”
Castro created a DIY workout you can do at home or when you’re on the road. These six moves target your arms, butt, abs and legs without having to drag yourself to the gym or invest in fancy gear to get the job done. The best part is, unlike a trainer or gym membership, this workout is free!
The ING New York City Marathon is known as one of the largest marathons in the world, attracting about 47,000 runners from all over the world. The marathon's history is rife with hundreds of incredible moments. This year, in the wake of devastating Hurricane Sandy, the race will definitely go down in history. "There will be substantial modifications to the logistics and operations of the race...due to the impact of the storm," according to an email from New York Road Runners to this year's runners. To inspire us to push to the finish line (literally), we dug into the marathon's history to find the 10 most inspiring NYC marathon moments.
While there is something invigorating about running with hordes of people through the streets of New York or London, the crowds and pressure can be overwhelming. Why run shoulder to shoulder with tens of thousands of sweaty people on a cold day in a jam-packed city, when you can run alongside the beach or amongst wild animals with as much room as you want? With the help of ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, we've compiled a list of some of the best—and often overlooked—marathons around the world. Get ready to see what you've been missing out on.
Admit it, even you tear up a bit when you watch NBC's The Biggest Loser. This show about average people struggling with obesity has inspired viewers (overweight or not) to get and stay healthy for almost a decade. But you have to wonder, does the cash prize play a huge part in a contestant's success? And do the contestants really remain healthy once the show is over? We caught up with Dolvett Quince, the newest trainer on the show, to get the inside scoop. Watch our video and find out why he always has a smile on his face in the gym and other surprising facts about the show that he revealed to us in the interview.
It’s easy to promise yourself that you’ll run at least one marathon in your lifetime. But following through on that promise? That’s a different story. Why: figuring out how to start training can be the biggest hurdle (no pun intended) in the process.
To help out the rookies, we went to the Bahamas Marathon to consult with Bahamian marathon winner and fitness trainer Sidney Collie to find out what novice runners can do to get a head start on training for their first marathon.
We’re all too familiar with Ronnie’s blowouts with his girlfriend and Jersey Shore costar Sammi Giancola. Well, perhaps the two should hit the gym together. Ronnie told us that working out with your girlfriend can be a good bonding opportunity—if you follow a few rules. Watch this video and learn how to help her tackle a strength session and what to expect when you train as a couple. (Yes, she’s probably going to bitch about heavy weights.)