Monthly Archives: March 2015

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If you’re keeping up with your Workouts of the Week — and of course you are — you did some Fartlek runs a couple of weeks ago to build speed. Use that speed to make this week’s simple but tough workout a little less grueling. Warm up with your usual eight to 10 minutes of dynamic movements then lace up your running shoes because you’re going to be doing one mile, the hard way. What’s the hard way? Stopping every minute on the minute to do 10 burpees before continuing. It might not be the most fun you’ve ever had, but it’ll definitely get your heart beating. When you’re finished, don’t forget to cool down with five to 10 minutes of stretching then sign in or sign up to record your results. Happy running!

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In 2012, Courtney Anderson and Rebecca Colett were, respectively, a Harvard-educated lawyer and a project manager with 100 pounds to lose. Neither had ever tried an indoor cycling class. They hadn’t even met. But life is unpredictable, and if we fast forward to 2015, we find the savvy duo just two weeks away from the grand opening of Vibe Ride, their own Midtown spin studio. We chatted to Courtney about how on earth that happened and what people can expect from the new studio.

DJs, energy, lights, and community >>

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Wow, springtime is busy! After having some sort of sports activity every afternoon for my kids, getting home late every night, and rushing to do a quick dinner, bath, homework, and bed, I realized that cooking at night is going to be close impossible this spring. There just isn’t enough time, so I’ll have to figure out a system. Fortunately, my husband and I cooked enough food last Sunday to eat leftovers a good bit this week, but by Thursday, I needed a fresh meal. That’s when I made this awesome Mustard Lime Chicken. I’ve figured out that if I can cut and prep our meat and/or veggies earlier in the day, cooking later in the evening seems less daunting. Before carpool, I pre-cut this chicken, mixed the ingredients in the bag (which took all of 10 minutes), and put it in the fridge to marinate. When we got home at 6 p.m., all I had to do was pop it in the oven for 30 minutes. Nice, easy, and REALLY good!

The recipe… >>

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Huge congrats to WellATL reader Emily Evans, who was randomly selected as the winner of our most recent contest. She’ll receive a 10-class pass to Pink Barre, recently named Atlanta’s best barre studio. Keep an eye out for more awesome giveaways in the coming weeks. You could be our next winner! Emily and many others who entered the contest got a bonus entry for sharing their fave spot to stop in for a healthy lunch. Turns out, readers’ go-to lunchtime restaurants are Metro Fresh and Fresh 2 Order, both of which received 15.6% of the votes in this super-unscientific poll. Other top options were the Whole Foods salad bar (with 12.5% of the votes), True Food Kitchen (with 9.4%), and Zoe’s Kitchen (with 6.3%). Also mentioned were Argosy, Chipotle, Doc Chey’s, Juicy Jenny, Mali, Moe’s, Panera, Seasons54, Souper Jenny, Sweet Auburn Curb Market, Willy’s, and Yeah Burger.

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Kathleen Lorey is on a year-long mission to improve her health. Part 5 of her story features friendly competition, new goals, and lots of sunshine: “With the good weather, we have started working outside, and let me tell you… it is phenomenal! Since being outdoors, I have felt awesome and have been able to really push myself. There is something about not being confined within walls that makes everything seem possible. Last week I achieved 10 burpees in a row. IN A ROW, PEOPLE! That was my March goal so it feels good to hit it early. It also inspired me to start working on my April goal: running a 15-minute mile.”

The Atlanta BeltLine Fitness Fair
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The Atlanta BeltLine offers a ton of free fitness programs and you’ll have a chance to sample the offerings during their Fitness Fair at Historic Fourth Ward Park on March 24 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Atlanta Beltline Partnership will showcase a little of everything: group runs, HIIT workouts, bike rides, tai chi, yoga, and even kickball for the kids. Partner booths from the Atlanta Track Club, REI, Soccer in the Streets, and others will have additional info. At 7:30, AJC blogger Madison James will announce the 2014 Active Lifestyle Competition Winner and kick off the 2015 competition. (Check out the previous winner’s amazing results.) And, like all fitness programs on the BeltLine, the festival is free!

atlanta rollergirls
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If you think of roller derby and picture a choreographed show à la 1980s TV wrestling, you need to get yourself to an Atlanta Rollergirls bout, stat. There is nothing choreographed or planned about the full-contact, no holds barred sport that is modern women’s roller derby. The Rollergirls are athletes, plain and simple. As entertaining as the bouts and their chosen names (Hate Ashbury, Rudy Huxtabrawl, Maul E. Cule) are, derby is serious business. The sport — played by about 1,250 leagues around the world — involves two teams of five skating in the same direction around a track. One player (the “jammer”) scores points for every member of the opposing team she laps. The other four women try to block the jammer from the opposite team while assisting their own. It’s deceptively simple but requires serious agility, strength, speed, endurance, and strategy. We talked to Rebel Yellow (aka Lee Duh), an eight-year veteran of the Atlanta Rollergirls and former Head of Training, about how these fierce girls stay safe and fit for their intense bouts.
Lunges, lunges, lunges… >>