Fitness Category

Georges Laraque was known for being a powerful enforcer during his 13 years in the National Hockey League, but he’s stronger in many ways than people realize. At the same time, there’s a lot more to him than tough guy. Born in Montreal to Haitian immigrants, Laraque faced racism growing up, especially in his chosen game of hockey, where there were few non-white players at the time. (The NHL is still a predominantly white league compared with, for example, the National Basketball Association or National Football League.) Laraque openly admitsRead More
It’s 6:27 in the morning. You’re shivering in a stencilled t-shirt in the pre-dawn light. Dozens of hugging people around you vary from couch potatoes to Olympic athletes. The air is filled with exclamations of “f— yeah!” It happens rain or shine. Welcome to the November Project’s group workouts. The November Project started out when two collegiate rowers in Boston – Brogan Graham and Bojan Mandaric – wanted to create accountability to keep working out in the off-season. As you might guess from the name, it was supposed to lastRead More
Brianne Theisen-Eaton is the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist and Canadian record holder in the women’s heptathlon, a grueling combination event involving 100-metre hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-metre run, long jump, javelin throw and 800-metre run over the course of two days. Recently retired from competition, she spoke with us about what she’s learned and what’s next. Parvati Magazine: What’s the one thing most people don’t realize about an Olympic heptathlon? Brianne Theisen-Eaton: You get next to no sleep between the two days of competitions, maybe four hours if you’reRead More
Image credit: Alison Gamble|Photography Elisabeth Akinwale (pronounced Ah-KEEN-wah-lay, a Yoruba name which means “The warrior has returned”) is a top athlete with repeated CrossFit Games championships to her credit. She is also an Olympic style weightlifter with three USA Weightlifting National qualifications. Based in Chicago, IL, she is a coach who inspires tens of thousands of followers on her Instagram and Facebook with her perspectives on fitness and life, often with the hashtag #GrownWomanStrong. We spoke with her about her work. Parvati Magazine: Why do you love strength training? WhatRead More

Posted On July 17, 2017By Parvati MagazineIn August 2017 - Vibrancy, Fitness, Wellness

Fitness: Stand Up Paddleboarding

If you live near water, you might see people standing and paddling on what look like large surfboards. Some may even use their board as a balancing surface on which to practice yoga. A relative of surfing that doesn’t need big waves, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP for short) has taken off in the past decade as a fun, yet challenging way to get out on the water. It’s now being considered as a potential future Olympic sport. Paddleboarding has its origins in Hawaii among surfers who wanted a way to stillRead More
Image credit: John Gillespie/Flickr The world’s longest footrace is, of course, not the marathon. A measly 26.2 miles (42.2 km), the furthest distance in mainstream athletics is only a stepping stone for many to the “ultramarathon” race distances: 50 km, 50 miles (80 km), 100 km, 100 miles (160 km) and beyond. The most legendary of these ultramarathons include the 89 km Comrades marathon in South Africa, the 217 km scorching Badwater race through California’s Death Valley, and the six-day, 251 km Marathon des sables in the Sahara. But theRead More
Kelly Starrett is one of the most influential voices in fitness today. His books Becoming a Supple Leopard, Ready to Run and Deskbound are on almost every personal trainer’s bookshelf. His approach to healthy mobility and injury prevention, as expressed in his daily MobilityWOD videos, has fans from coaches to Crossfit enthusiasts to Olympic athletes. This interview has been edited and condensed. Parvati Magazine: What is the inspiration for the title Becoming a Supple Leopard? Kelly Starrett: Most of us, as modern humans, can’t do or express all the things thatRead More
Image credit: Blogilates/Instagram Cassey Ho is the founder of Blogilates, the #1 female fitness channel on YouTube. Parvati Magazine caught up with her to talk about fitness, fun and transformation. Parvati Magazine: In your opinion, what makes Pilates so transformative? Cassey Ho: Pilates will transform your body because it teaches you how to move functionally while building strength, gaining flexibility and improving posture. It makes you fitter for LIFE. Pilates focuses heavily on the core – your powerhouse, where all your strength comes from. You will tone up and tightenRead More
If the weather or your schedule this past winter has kept you from getting active, you may well be itching for a way to get moving this spring without needing to spend money on a gym membership or hit the streets. Reboot your fitness with these free resources to help you rediscover how much fun it is to get your blood pumping and start working those muscles! POPSUGAR is a long-standing resource. Originally FitSugar, it rebranded several years ago and is now a multi-purpose fitness and nutrition community. Anna RendererRead More
Image credit: Jianca Lazarus The Ironman Triathlon, one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world, consists of a 3.86 km swim, a 180.25 km bike ride, and then a full marathon (42.2 km run). Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae is one of the foremost women competing in Ironman today. Parvati Magazine: What has been your most meaningful experience to date as an athlete? Mirinda Carfrae: The day I realized I wanted to become a professional triathlete was the most incredible turning point of my life. I was invited toRead More