Oxygen Challenge 8 Category Winners
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by marnold
3d ago
This year, we had an incredible turnout of amazing women who challenged themselves physically, mentally and emotionally through Oxygen Challenge 8. Five athletes stood out and today, we recognize them for their individuality, perseverance and dedication to Oxygen. (Photo: Nneka Gerrard) Biggest Transformation: Nneka Gerrard Age: 34 Location: Raleigh, NC Occupation: HOTWORX Franchise owner Team: Coach Sohee “Oxygen Challenge 8 came at the absolute perfect time in my fitness journey. When I first saw a post about signing up, I was nine months postpartum and having the hardest time I have ever ..read more
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Jana Redwine-Landfried: The Oxygen Challenge 8 Winner
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by marnold
3d ago
For the past five years, Jana Redwine-Landfried competed in every Oxygen Challenge. (Yes, this is her fifth time.) She participated in OC3, OC5, OC6 and OC7, when she was named the Biggest Team Player. She was never crowned the winner—until now. Yet that grand prize was never her motivation…  “Each time I finished a challenge, the journey itself gave me satisfaction,” Redwine-Landfried says. “So to say that I won is just icing on the cake.” (Photo: James Patrick – jpatrickphoto)Strong Beginnings  Fitness has always been part of Redwine-Landfried’s life in Lubbock, Texas. An active t ..read more
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4 Mobility Exercises to Improve Upper-Back Pain
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by amoosbrugger
3M ago
Because of its tendency to be so achy-breaky, your lumbar area usually hogs all the spinal glory, but the thoracic spine (T-spine) is an important link in the chain and is perhaps the most disregarded area when it comes to mobility: Stiffness and lack of extensibility in the soft tissue surrounding the T-spine can cause shoulder strain and promote compression of the nerve roots, which can lead to pain and numbness in your shoulders, neck and fingers. And if you do a lot of chest presses, crunches and even lat pulldowns, you could be tight in your pecs, lats and shoulders. This can affect your ..read more
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10 Standing Ab Exercises
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by Carmen Harbour-Taylor
3M ago
You might be used to hitting the floor to train your abs. But don’t think the floor is your only option. In fact, adding standing core exercises could be the ticket to a stronger, more efficient midsection. While traditional exercises like sit-ups or crunches work your core muscles, they don’t teach your core to brace. “The purpose of the core is to help stabilize your thorax to the pelvis during movement,” says Jason Shaw, metabolic specialist and certified personal trainer at Life Time Burr Ridge in Illinois. Plus, traditional ab exercises like these can stress your hips and lower back. So ..read more
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This Versatile Running Shoe Just Got Better
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by Emily Lessard
3M ago
One run in the Under Armour HOVR Phantom 3 is all it takes to confirm Under Armour has done it again. The running shoe design team at Under Armour loves to innovate—as evidenced by the entire HOVR line, built on the brand’s trademarked HOVR cushioning technology. That’s why every new feature of the third iteration of the fan-favorite Phantom has purpose. Katie Lau, global product director at Under Armour, says the shoe “delivers continuity with its premium fit and feel, but with thoughtful adjustments.” HOVR Phantom 3 (Photo: Under Armour)What’s New for the Phantom 3 When making updates to it ..read more
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2 High-Volume Leg-Complex Workouts
Oxygen Magazine | The Best Workouts, Fat Loss and Nutrition Info for Women's Fitness
by amoosbrugger
3M ago
Just like ice cream, your leg workout should have a different flavor each time you train. Some days you hit it hard and heavy and go deep into the pain cave, and others you want to turn ’em till you burn ’em with some high-volume programming. These two leg complexes are perfect for the latter scenario, giving you that high-volume blaze using only your bodyweight or lightly loaded exercises arranged in circuit format. Best of all, all you need to do them is a set of dumbbells and a box or a bench. But even though you’re not edging toward your one-rep max here, you’re still building muscle and ..read more
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5 Healthy Freezer-Friendly Meals
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by kmackesy
3M ago
Health experts are quick to advise you to eat more nutrient-dense foods, but during the winter, most imported fruits and veggies are subpar: They’re picked before they’re fully ripe — and are shockingly expensive. Time to peruse the freezer section. Now, before you give frozen produce the cold shoulder, consider this: Frozen fruits and vegetables are cheaper and just as nutritious (if not more so) than their fresh counterparts. Modern flash-freezing techniques preserve their nutrients, and most companies freeze their items within hours of harvesting. Think of it as Mother Nature’s pause butto ..read more
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6 High-Intensity Incline Cardio Workouts
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by kmackesy
3M ago
Ever since the escalator was introduced in 1896, fit folks have been grumbling, stuck behind those who embrace moving stairs as the perfect excuse to, well, stop moving. Don’t they know that every incline is an opportunity to incinerate a few extra calories and power up your cardiovascular system? It stands to reason that doing cardio on an incline is more physically challenging. In fact, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, each 1 percent increase in grade will burn as much as 12 percent more calories per mile. Running uphill was shown to activate 9 percent more muscle in yo ..read more
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7 Delicious Toast Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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by amoosbrugger
3M ago
Just the smell of toast is enough to make anyone’s mouth water, and now this breakfast staple is topping trendy restaurant menus across the country, starring in main courses to be eaten with a fork and knife. And why not? A great slice of bread is the perfect canvas on which to layer unique, nutritious ingredients that go way beyond butter. If you ask us, the toast trend is the best thing since, well, you know! Time to break bread! PB&J Yogurt Parfait Toast Hands-On Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 7 Minutes Makes: 4 Servings This grown-up version of PB&J reminiscent of a parfait inc ..read more
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How to Injury-Proof Your Workouts
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by ademarsh
3M ago
It’s ironic: Strength training can help prevent numerous muscle and joint injuries, yet many people still get hurt in the gym. The good news is that old injuries can be protected and new ones prevented by just slightly altering the way you work out. Here’s a joint-by-joint look at some of the most common areas that cause us pain — and how to tweak your routine to end up stronger than ever. Problem Area: Shoulders Because of its structure, your shoulder joint is one of the most vulnerable areas on your body, and up to a third of weightlifting injuries occur here. “You can exert relatively larg ..read more
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