All posts by Christina Kim

Day 19 – Growing in your fitness journey

Today’s post comes from Trevor, one of our assistant merchandise managers:

“I think everyone’s fitness journey evolves over time. When you first start out you might want to get faster and overcome certain obstacles. As you grow in your workout journey, you might want to help others achieve their first race and their goals they set for themselves. I think that’s where I am at in life. I love pacing people in races and getting to hear their excitements or frustrations about the race they are trying to conquer. #giveback” -Trevor W., Gazelle Sports DC

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Day 18 – Keep an open mind and try new things!

One of our assistant merchandise managers, Elle, had this to share for our 31 Days of Fitness series:

“I love running, but as I’ve gotten older, I can definitely tell that my knees and back don’t love it as much as I do. So, I decided to broaden my horizons. 2018 is the year that I give a chance to activities that I previously discarded as ‘boring.’ I never thought I would enjoy snowshoeing (my exact words were, ‘It’s lame’), but I went for the first time during NYE and loved it so much that I went out again on New Year’s Day! Cheers to trying new things!” -Elle C., Gazelle Sports DC

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Day 17 – A quick warmup set

Today’s post is a quick warmup set from Nicole of Lean Body Studio in Kalamazoo:

“This is an awesome way to warm up before any work out – control your breathing and take each move at your own pace!

1- Standing Jacks 10 reps
2- Jacks + Punches 10 reps each side
3- Low Plank Tap Outs- 10 per side
4- High Spider Plank + Plank Jack

Go through this set 3-4 times.”

 

 

Day 16 – French Toast Mittens

For nearly a decade, a college women’s cross country team in Grand Rapids has enjoyed a tradition on the last Saturday of the fall semester: a morning run followed by French toast mittens at their coach’s house.

The ritual offers an easy group run and a relaxing time ahead of the next week’s exams.

Because it is one of the few Saturdays during the school year without a meet or organized practice, the starting time for the run turns into a negotiation the rivals a hostage rescue or corporate merger. “I’ll push for an early start,” says the coach, “but they all want to sleep in and make it more of a brunch. I give a little, but in the end it’s usually around 8 a.m.”

So around 9 a.m. a dozen or so noisy, layered and steaming runners burst through the front door, leaving a pile of running shoes, discarded hats, gloves and jackets. The family’s black lab mutt is barking and darting between them, sniffing out the true dog lovers and annoying the rest.

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The mayhem quickly organizes into two groups, one clustering around the coffee pot, the other stirring hot chocolate mix into mugs of near-boiling water. Within ten minutes the noise level subsides and the business of eating scrambled eggs, warm homemade applesauce and French toast mittens commences.

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“The idea of mittens came from making Christmas cut out cookies,” explains the coach. “I looked at the cookie cutter mitten and thought that would be perfect for making French toast. There’s a novelty to it and besides, it’s just fun to say ‘French toast mittens.’”

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As the mountain of mittens diminishes, the noise level rises as the post-run and post-meal satisfaction settles in. There are papers to finish and exams to study for, but no one is in a hurry to leave. Eventually, they do, and the syrup-sticky paper plates are collected in a large trash bag and the dog explores under the table for any last crumbs as the shoes, hats, gloves and jackets go back on and out into the clear, cold December morning.

 

Day 15 – Never fear with proper gear

We’re halfway through our 31 Days of Fitness and still going strong. Today’s post is from Robin in Birmingham:

“No need to fear the elements with the proper gear! I’m loving my Lole Hurry Up Outdoor Pants for our outdoor winter activities! They feature wind and humidity-resistant fabric at the front inserts and are extremely comfortable!

Embracing nature in the winter is exhilarating and nourishes your heart soul mind and body! My inspiration and motivation are found within, and with my husband, Carl, and our deerhound, Finn.” – Robin S., Gazelle Sports Birmingham

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Day 14 – Movement leads to cherished memories

Today’s 31 Days post comes from Jeff at our Grand Rapids store:

“Many of my most cherished memories of the last year involved movement and wellness, with family, friends, and community. For me, whether it was teaching yoga, coaching cross country, watching my own sons play sports-soccer, basketball, cross country, and ultimate frisbee-or running a 200-mile relay with college friends, these moments were inspiring and fulfilling.

Movement and fitness truly bring people together and help each one of us be our best, healthy self, which is a win for the community. So join that training group, sign up for that run or walk with some friends, or become a coach or trainer. Here’s to more memories in 2018!” -Jeff B., Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids

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Day 13 – Utilize combo moves to maximize effort

As a part of our 31 Days of Fitness, The Barre Code Metro Detroit share this great tip:

“Looking for a way to shorten your workout time and maximize your output? Combo moves can give you a two-for-one punch that will leave you feeling sore, sweaty, and successful. Think lunges with rows (pictured!), squats with a weighted press, burpees with a pushup at the bottom, kickboxing with hand weights… let your imagination run! Working multiple muscle groups at the same time will not only maximize the muscle burn, but will also give you an additional cardio boost!”

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Day 12 – A girl’s best friend is her sports bra

Today’s 31 Days of Fitness post is for the ladies:

We can’t stress how important a good sports bra is. Like your best workout buddy, a sports bra gives you support every step of the way. Too often, women are in the wrong size or kind of sports bra (or that thing is just too old!) and end up causing damage to the skin and Cooper’s ligaments that support your girls.

The good news – we offer complimentary bra fittings all day, every day, so you can get the right bra for your body.

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Day 11 – Feel the yoga love

As a part of our 31 Days of Fitness, Aleksandra, our Northville store manager, has some yoga love to share with everyone:

“I love YOGA! I have been practicing this beautiful art form for many years..and never get tired of it. The very best thing about yoga of any kind is that you can do whatever YOU want with it! If you want it to be a very hard physical activity, it’s there for you. If you want it to be relaxing and de-stressing, then that is what is waiting for you on your mat. If you want it to be spiritual, boom, you can have that too! Whatever YOU make out of it, it’s waiting for you. It can be practiced at home, studios, gyms, alone or with your favorite community.

I am very excited because here at Gazelle Sports Northville we are collaborating with community studios to bring all kinds of different styles to you for FREE with the opportunity to donate to Girls On The Run.

Starting Jan 8th at 6:30pm, every Monday we’ve got something different for you! Sign up on our Facebook page. Space is very limited! We can’t wait to have some fun with you!” -Aleksandra S., Gazelle Sports Northville

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Day 9 – A running story

Today, Dan from our Holland store shares his running story and a little advice for new runners:

“In High School (1998-2002) I was a wrestler. I was in the heavyweight weight class (203+ lbs) and had to take frequent walk breaks during our 3-mile conditioning runs. After High School, I joined the Marine Corps, dramatically increasing the volume of my running. Unfortunately, I had no idea what I was doing and had also started smoking at that point in my life. Running was MISERABLE!

Eventually, despite my best efforts to keep away, a good buddy of mine talked me into running my first 10k while I was still in Iraq in the spring of 2008.

For reasons I can’t explain, that race really hooked me, and I have been ramping up my running ever since. I eventually quit smoking after a low point of 2 packs a day (gross, I know) and got serious about training for longer distances. My first half marathon was the Great Turtle half on Mackinac Island with my future wife and her family, a running tradition that prompted a marriage proposal.

I think running quite literally saved my life and led to my marriage. Without the drive to improve my running, I would have never worked hard to quit smoking. My wife and I reconnected because we both love distance running.

I would tell someone who is thinking about running that it is one of the greatest ways to get fit and explore the world around them.” -Dan K., Gazelle Sports Holland

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Day 8 – New year, new goals

Continuing our 31 Days of Fitness, Andrew, one of our merchandise managers, shares how the new year brings him back to running:

“I’m not certain what it is about the new year, but like clockwork, a part of me always gets excited about running again. I love our winters for alpine sports, don’t get me wrong. But it’s the thought of dirt-covered, sunny trails that brings me back to the Dirty Herd and West Michigan Trail Runners events to tune-up for spring races. Come join us out there!” -Andrew H., Gazelle Sports DC

Click here to learn more about the Dirty Herd running group: http://gazellesports.com/…/the-dirty-herd-trail-running-gr…/

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