By Alix Martichoux, SFGATE and Filipa Ioannou Updated 4:00 am, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Now Playing: Two SFGATE reporters see what it is like to workout with the San Francisco Police Department, from burpees to jumping over five-feet-tall walls. Media: Katie Wood/SFGATE It began, as so many of the worst ideas do, as a joke at a happy hour after a couple of beers. Wouldn't it be hilarious, I asked my boss, if I, a person who avoids physical activity and unnecessary sweating at all costs, were to try the free workouts the San Francisco Police Department runs each month for prospective cops? Unfortunately for me, my boss agreed. So I enlisted my coworker Alix to join me in the humiliation. That's how we found ourselves walking into the SFPD station in Mission Bay one recent Saturday morning and joining a group of officers, possible future officers and people looking for a free workout for two hours of exertion. "It's gonna be basic and easy," one of the officers … [Read more...] about 2 out-of-shape office workers tried to work out with the SFPD. It didn’t go well.
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Atlanta (CNN)In her prime, Julie Mignerey was on her high school swim team. The statuesque woman grew up in a health-conscious household. Her father played professional football, and her mother, she says, was "fit and healthy." Fast-forward to 2018: Mignerey is 48 and married, with four teenagers. Staying fit is harder now. "I felt healthy my entire life until the last few years. As age has crept up on me, I noticed little things -- going up the stairs with a full load of laundry, I'm a little out of breath," she said. "Go hiking with my family, and I'm the last one in line." Julie Mignerey, seen here with her husband, had a hard time keeping up with her family after turning 40. It wasn't a good feeling, the suburban Atlanta mom says. Read More Mignerey tried to walk her dogs more often, get on the treadmill at home and take online yoga classes -- but it wasn't enough. "I needed an inspiration," she said. "I needed someone there who was going to push me and be more … [Read more...] about How to achieve ‘functional fitness’ in middle age without injuring yourself
If you want abs like Jennifer Aniston or "jacked" shoulders like Hugh Jackman, you better work. These fit famous people hit the gym hard to sculpt their hard bodies. But they've been open about the diet and exercise strategies that help them get results. Here's what it takes to look (and sweat) like a celeb. Chris Pratt Actor Chris Pratt prepared to defend us all in "Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2" with what he called "straight conditioning, like high-intensity interval training and CrossFit-style moves," according to Men's Fitness. While in Star-Lord training, Pratt would do five rounds of eight exercises, including pushups, high box jumps, ball slams and burpees. While training for a triathlon, Pratt said he also focused on flexibility with vinyasa hot yoga. Gal Gadot Gal Gadot transformed herself into Wonder Woman with a full-body workout, designed by Mark Twight, according to Muscle and Fitness. It included rowing, burpees with broad jumps, crab walks and pull-ups, … [Read more...] about Celebrity fitness tips and diet plans
Story highlights Already dropped your fitness resolution? You can bring it back The key is to maintain a positive connection between your mind and body Dana Santas is the creator of Radius Yoga Conditioning, a yoga style designed to help athletes move, breathe and focus better. She's the yoga trainer for the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, Orlando Magic and dozens of pros in the National Football League, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. (CNN)At the start of every year, millions of people resolve to get in shape. A few months later, the majority of them have abandoned their commitments. The likely cause? Too many of us view diet and exercise programs as punishment for bad behavior rather than a positive lifestyle change. We think we can achieve our aesthetic goals of trimming and toning by forcing ourselves -- like it or not -- to show up at the gym and go through the … [Read more...] about Reboot your get-in-shape goals with yoga’s mind-body connection
Eight years before he had the chiseled physique you see now, Andre Crews was like most guys: an average Joe who wanted more out of life and his body. By day he was a banker poring over financials at PNC's Pittsburgh headquarters, and by night he was a party animal with a taste for Jameson Irish whiskey. Here and there he'd squeeze in a workout or a run, but his body — at 200 pounds, the same weight he is now — was more flab than muscle. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below That all changed in 2010, when Crews decided to ditch the desk job. "I wasn't happy doing banking," he says. After a stint of bartending, he found his true calling as a trainer. Now he's in the best shape of his life and co-owns a New Jersey CrossFit box called 150 Bay. Plus, at 31, Crews is the reigning champion of the Men's Health Open fitness challenge. Here's his advice for other average Joes. 1. Make S.M.A.R.T. GoalsThis acronym — a vestige of Crews's business days — stands for … [Read more...] about 6 Fitness Tips for Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted