Home Workout: A Challenge, a Blender, and a Mea Culpa

Home Workout: A Challenge, a Blender, and a Mea Culpa

May 1, 2009
AT regulars will have noticed the recurring "Home Workout" posts. You may have enjoyed the links, ignored them, or thought, "Get your fitness junk out of my design blog?"

Ouch! And fair enough.

Back story: Way back in 2004, when Martha was in the Big House, Maxwell and I launched AT.com together. Time passed, and then one day in yoga class, I thought: "This crazy urban fitness scene -- gyms, yoga studios, Lululemon, etc. -- needs a blog too."

People struggle mightily to take care of their bodies, and that impulse comes, at its best, from a similar place as the desire to live in a clean, uncluttered, beautiful home. Sometimes the overlap is not strictly metaphorical: Homes need space for stretching, or (god forbid) exercise equipment, not to mention industrial strength blenders for making kale smoothies. Please forgive us if some of our cross-posts to date have been off point, or just lame. We suck, but will redouble our efforts to make our links painfully relevant, and/or brilliantly funny. Which brings us to today...

  • Should you be in the market for a mind-body spring cleaning, consider joining the second Social Workout Challenge. Here's the drill: Work out 26 days in May, and blog your progress on SocialWorkout.com. The working out part can happen anywhere, i.e. your living room, the local gym, a park. The blogging can be terse, or poetic. Upside? Make friends, feel amazing, and win big: A free year of gym, a bottomless supply of coconut water, a month of Fierce yoga, and more.

  • If the professional Vita Mix isn't burly enough, consider spending a ridiculous amount of money on the Green Star Green Power Gold juicer/extractor. Our raw foodies worship the thing.

  • Don't underestimate the beauty of the emergency home workout. Push aside cocktail table, whip out yoga mat, draw curtains, crank up overhead projector (lucky you).... Our hardcore girly-girl DVD fans go with Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, which is currently also topping the Amazon fitness video charts. If you're a yogi though, simply stream the impossibly wholesome gurus of Yoga Today for free via your computer. Or, if you just want to have some fun, go browse the high def offerings at beYou.tv.

Best, Oliver

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