Fitness

Photo: Nick Tininenko

Photo: Nick Tininenko

A former college athlete (some 12 years ago) and current fitness level go together like contestants on The Bachelor and wedding vows. In other words: they don’t. This is why the fitness portion of The Blonde Side was created – fitness is not something I’m extremely “good” at, nor do I feel particularly jazzed each and every day to wake up at the butt crack of dawn and go for a 5-mile run with sweat dripping down my fake cleavage. But I do it anyways.

There’s something about a chick who writes a sport’s column that people automatically assume she (as in me) is physically fit with tight abs and glutes you want to stare at all day. So here’s my shot at allowing you to keep me motivated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTF Heads to The Woodlands

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Blog, Fitness | 0 comments

OTF Heads to The Woodlands

To all my readers (and friends IRL), add the date October 27th to your calendars because my favorite fitness folks (Orangetheory Fitness, aka OTF) is heading to The Woodlands. This will be the 13th Orangetheory Fitness studio in the Greater Houston area, and the first studio in The Woodlands. If you read any of my fitness posts or follow me on Instagram, you already know I’m obsessed with OTF and the high-intensity (not to mention scientifically designed) workouts they offer. I especially love the rush it gives me knowing if I hit 12 splat...

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Orangetheory Fitness Houston: Weight Loss Challenge

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Blog, Fitness | 0 comments

Orangetheory Fitness Houston: Weight Loss Challenge

It feels good to be part of a gym again. Though I’m on the road a lot and forced to workout on my own (thanks to apps, motivation I’ve found online and some good tips from the coaches at OTF), it’s nice to have contests and motivation inside the gym. It gives me that extra motivation that I need. Orangetheory Fitness Houston recently kicked off their newest challenge – a weight loss challenge – on Monday that will last for 6 weeks (October 22). The requirements are that each participant must work out at the same OTF studio for at...

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VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa: Grand Opening – Cypress

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Blog, Fitness | 0 comments

VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa: Grand Opening – Cypress

I don’t live in the “burbs,” although the recent grand opening I attended almost made me wish I did. VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa just recently opened in Cypress, just outside Houston. It is their 4th location in the United States and the second in our area (The Woodlands was their 2nd ever location, and is extremely popular). Don’t be confused. Although fitness is a huge part of VillaSport’s concept, they are not a gym. In fact, they don’t use the g-word. Because they are much more than that, focusing not only on health and...

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My First Orangetheory Fitness Class

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Fitness | 0 comments

My First Orangetheory Fitness Class

I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve fallen off the fitness wagon recently. In large part to my recent knee surgery (November) and in large part (and full disclosure) because I’ve gotten lazy and continued to use my surgery as an excuse, even after the doctor cleared me to workout again. (Anyone else ever been guilty of using an injury as an excuse?) I had heard the craze about Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) for quite some time, but recently decided to give one of their 11 Houston studios a chance. My past experience with heart rate monitors or...

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MA1 Fitness Studio, Q&A with former NFL Player Jonathan Holland

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Blog, Fitness | 0 comments

MA1 Fitness Studio, Q&A with former NFL Player Jonathan Holland

It seems every corner you turn, there is a new gym (or studio or box or whatever they are called these days) in Houston, but one of the latest (and greatest) I’ve found is MA1 Fitness Studio, located in the Memorial City area. (You can check them out via their FB page.) I had the chance to speak with one of the gym-owners and trainers (and good friend of mine) Jonathan Holland, and his list of credentials are about as big as his biceps. (Seriously, both are impressive.) Holland is a Retired NFL player for the Oakland Raiders, but...

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Change Up Your Running Routine

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Blog, Fitness | 0 comments

Change Up Your Running Routine

Change it up: 5 Ways to Breathe New Life into Your Running Routine: Running is one of the most effective exercises for keeping fit, preparing for a competition or losing weight. However, no matter what your goal is, most runners hit a plateau at some point. Or they get injured, like I currently am. Many people tend to lose steam and give up on their fitness goals once they hit a plateau, but with the right mindset and a few innovative ways to mix it up, you can break free of your plateau (I sound like an inspiring commercial right now, don’t...

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RUN10FEED10 Houston 5k – JOIN ME

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Blog, Fitness | 0 comments

RUN10FEED10 Houston 5k – JOIN ME

I am so pumped (and slightly nervous) to be planning a 5k with Women’s Health Magazine and Runtastic, but I’m ready to meet this task head-on. The 5k is still in the planning stages, but here’s what I can tell you: I NEED SIGNUPS! Also, I’ve got the date nailed down and I promise it will be a casual FUN RUN. No crazy times – your dogs and your strollers and your friends who hate running are ALL invited. This is my fifth year being selected as a Women’s Health Action Hero and something I am incredibly proud...

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Runtastic Interview

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016 in Blog, Fitness, Media | 2 comments

Runtastic Interview

The Blonde Side was recently interviewed for the Runtastic blog. For those who don’t know about Runtastic, it’s a health and fitness community and is an all-around awesome app, that will help keep you on track. This interview and blog post was part of our involvement with Women’s Health Magazine as an Action Hero. Read the blog post: I am lucky to live in a great community like Houston – one that is an active running community and loves giving back to various charities. RUN 10 FEED 10 has been a perfect match. I have been...

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Houston Summer Running Tips

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Blog, Fitness | 1 comment

Houston Summer Running Tips

H-Town super runner talks virtual race, shares tips on running in the heat Avid runners in the Houston community have likely heard Calum “Cal” Neff’s name before. Neff has a number of running accolades credited to his name. To name just a few, he is the Guinness World Record Holder for Fastest Half Marathon pushing a stroller (which he dominated in Katy for a time of 1:11:27), he came in 23rd overall in the 2016 Houston Marathon, and he won the 2014 North American Wings for Life World Run. For those who aren’t familiar with the...

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My New Running Companion: TomTom’s Spark Cardio + Music GPS

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Blog, Fitness | 0 comments

My New Running Companion: TomTom’s Spark Cardio + Music GPS

My running game has been forever changed thanks to my Spark Cardio+ Music GPS Fitness Watch from TomTom. With this new running buddy, you can train to the tune of 500 songs of your choice. And it stands to reason with the recent and sudden passing of music icon Prince, that I would run my heart out to some of his best tunes. Thanks to Billboard Magazine for listing out Prince’s 40 Biggest Billboard Hits of all time. Here are a few features of this new fitness gadget: 24/7 activity tracking GPS tracking Multisport mode Built-in heart...

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