September 27, 2006 Billy Blanks, a former professional kickboxer, innovated a unique hybrid of martial arts and aerobics that has earned converts around the globe. I admit it looked pretty intimidating — but the high-energy Blanks turned out to be a potent motivator.
July 12, 2006 I was one of those kids who was humiliated on the basketball court. I had no idea how to play, but I was forced in gym class to compete with girls on the basketball team. Two decades later, I'm still just getting over it — just in time to take to the hardwood with the L.A. Sparks of the WNBA.
June 28, 2006 Farai Chideya tours a grocery store with nutritionist Rovenia Brock, aka Dr. Ro, for some aisle-by-aisle advice on how to shop for a healthful diet. Here's a couple of tips: don't shop hungry, and stay close to the produce section.
June 14, 2006 In the last three months, my fitness regimen has played out like a soap opera — I've lost a few pounds and gained a few back. But one thing that's remained a constant are my aches and pains. So I turned to an expert for some advice on how to exercise smart and prevent injuries.
May 17, 2006 Everybody has an ideal type of beauty. Some people like them thin or athletic or round. And some people like them big — real big. I learn to incorporate weights into my workout with help from champion female bodybuilder Dianne Solomons.
May 3, 2006 It's week seven of my fitness challenge, so it's on to the Wild Card Boxing Club. I got a huge adrenaline rush from the pace and speed of sparring. Boxing was definitely the most exciting sport I've tried so far in my six-month program to get fit.
April 26, 2006 Farai Chideya continues her six-month fitness challenge — this week, she takes on a hot new workout: erotic dance. She travels to the S Factor studios to learn the moves on the stage and with the pole with striptease maven Sheila Kelley.
April 19, 2006 Nutritionist and fitness guru Rovenia Brock — aka Dr. Ro — is back to give Farai Chideya some advice on the best way to incorporate vitamins, minerals and other nutritional supplements into your weight-loss regimen.
March 29, 2006 Nutritionist Rovenia Brock, aka. Dr. Ro, knows that eating well is easier said than done. She's an authority on fitness and diet, and her advice to those starting out on a new fitness regimen is simple: Adopt a meal plan and a movement plan that you can live with, right now.