Empowerment in a Bar

Nutritional Empowerment Bars made by Sable's Foods are an excellent fuel source for athletes with an interesting backstory.

Alicia Sable-Hunt, a veteran oncology nurse, originally created Nutritional Empowerment Bars for cancer patients undergoing chemo or radiotherapy. The fact that many cancer patients experience a loss of appetite or a change in the way foods taste presented a challenge she wanted to solve. Her Nutritional Empowerment Bars are packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein that other bars lack. Sable-Hunt wanted cancer patients to have an energy bar just like everyone else--so she made it! The result is a healthy energy bar that's baked like a brownie (most bars aren't baked), full of flavor and coveted by the cancer community and athletes alike. A "bite of every bar" is donated to cancer research. Wow! Alicia Sable-Hunt has definitely raised the bar in the performance food category.

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Barefoot Simulation

This is the article everyone's talking about:

Long-Awaited Barefoot Running Study Finds Sneakers Are Harmful

I'm a proponent of barefoot running but only on pristine sandy beaches...and even then there's no guarantee you won't come across something prickly. On my last barefoot run in the Mayan Riviera, I nearly ran over a piece of broken glass. Luckily I was paying attention, but that's not always the case especially when I'm running to music.

Sarah Dassault, a fitness correspondent and producer for, fears the worst when it comes to barefoot running. I don't blame her.

I've written about barefoot training before (READ IT HERE) which I think is beneficial to developing under-used muscles in feet. I'm a huge fan of yoga, pilates and martial arts which are all brilliant ways to exercise these muscles without going to extremes. Our feet are conditioned to wearing sneakers and whether it's good or bad for them in the long run, it's what they're used to. If you...

May The Forza Be With You


I heard that Forza, a group fitness class at Equinox gym, was martial arts inspired but I had no idea it involved a sword. When I walked into class, I thought this is going to be a piece of cake. C' much can you really move with a big, heavy stick? Well, I got my answer within minutes as Stephen Bel Davies, a Forza certified instructor, began to lead the class through a series of fast-paced samurai sword routines.

Forza is a full-body, cardiovascular workout that involves quick arm movements and rotations to make warrior-style "cuts" in the air. It's actually pretty cool--when else do you have the opportunity to wield a sword without being laughed at? The Forza sword is called a bokken, modeled after a Japanese Katana and made from either plastic or wood. Plastic bokkens are heavier (they have a metal rod center) and provide a more challenging workout. Wooden ones are recommended for beginners. I found using the bokken comparable to working with free...

New York Sports Club to give away inflatable dolls and free gym passes for mouth 2 mouth

New York Sports Clubs has partnered with FDNY and NYC Service to host free CPR classes for the public at locations throughout the five boroughs. FDNY’s CPR to Go offers basic “bystander” CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) training. In just one hour, trainees learn how to be Good Samaritans, gaining the knowledge and confidence to save the life of a child or an adult.

As part of the class, it’s requested that trainees pledge to give back by sharing their knowledge with five other people. To do so, they take home their kits, including an inflatable CPR training doll, and DVD in English and Spanish. Everyone who completes the training gets a free, one-week pass to NYSC.

Classes will be offered from January through March in all five boroughs. To find a class in your neighborhood or to register go here.

Kudos to NYSC and the FDNY for turning us into life-savers. I love starting the new year with NYC love and pride, and I’m happy to see the fitness community...


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