Monday Motivation: Guardians of the Galaxy’s Gamora

For Motivation Monday we’re looking at the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Gamora and, the actress who plays her, Zoe Saldana.

Gamora is the adopted daughter of Thanos and, like fellow Marvel character Elektra, is a skilled martial artist and assassin. Her powers and abilities include increased speed, agility, and strength.  In an interview with Marvel, Saldana made a point of saying that in adapting Gamora’s fighting style for the film she wanted Gamora to be graceful, which was implemented by choreographers developing a style using Spanish bull fighting stances as well as Saldana’s ballet background.

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As production is underway for the sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Saldana has been sharing behind the scenes images and video on her Facebook and Instagram of her training to portray Gamora. While other celebrities share their personal workouts on social media, Saldana has made a point of sharing the struggles that can come with pushing your body. Since filming the first Guardians of the Galaxy, the actress has had twin sons and she shares in this Facebook post candidly  about the physical changes that come with pregnancy.

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We’ve All Got Hobbits in Us

Tomorrow those of us in, or from, the United States celebrate Thanksgiving. We’ll gather with family and friends to channel our inner hobbits by stuffing our bodies full of food and drink.  Maybe this indulgence lasts for one meal, or maybe it lasts from appetizers  til the last of the leftovers are eaten next week. Either way, far more food is consumed than usual, which can leave a person feeling full, tired, bloated, and maybe a little low.

When trying to lose weight, train for an event, or generally embrace a healthier lifestyle, the holidays can be pretty daunting. Food is fuel, but it’s also a part of socializing and celebrating. So how do we stick to a nutrition plan that’s going to get us to our health and fitness goals, while also allowing for room to enjoy food?

Well, it’s about planning.

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Music to Get Through a Run, a Hallway Fight, and Avengers Training

Music can make a person want to move. Music can be a distraction. Music can enhance tension, emotion, and bring to memory favorite moments, stories, and characters.

The right music playlist on a phone or mp3 player can also make a run or workout go by faster, give the extra push to keep the pace up a little longer or to do one more repetition.

There are dance and run remixes a plenty available through iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play to keep a playlist fresh, but what if I want to run to a John Williams’ score of the original Star Wars trilogy? Or do a boot camp workout with Cap’s theme?

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Black Widow is Awesome and So Are You

I posted a picture on Instagram last night of me doing some Pilates/core work while wearing my Black Widow top from We Love Fine (you can get the top here). I had already worked out that morning, but was brainstorming outfit ideas for Fandom Fitness videos and threw on that top. Wearing that top though, I realized that I had the energy to add a little more exercise into my day, and ended up doing an additional 40 minutes of exercise comprised of barre, Pilates, and yoga.

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Lift, Run, Sweat… And Be Geek Chic While Doing It

New Star Wars. The Marvel Cinematic Universe. Geek fashion shows. Retailers like ThinkGeek.

It’s been said before and I’ll say it again: it’s never been a better time to be a geek.

There is one area that hasn’t been as quick to catch up with the geek chic lifestyle: fitness. It’s an industry we still think of as being dominated by jocks, where it’s difficult to find leggings larger than a dress size 8, where resistance machines look like torture devices, and where “marathon” means running 26 miles not watching every episode of Daredevil the day it’s available on Netflix.

Things are changing though.

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