Black Widow Image: Marvel.com

The Her Universe Black Widow Workout

Last month’s live streamed workout hosted by Her Universe and Fierce Lotus Fitness on Periscope is now available to view and participate in on YouTube! I’ve previously written about participating in the workout in a Motivation Monday post from April 18th. (You can read that post here.) 

The choreography for the routine incorporates fitness elements before flowing into a basic fight sequence inspired by Black Widow, which you better believe I was thinking about while watching her moves in Captain America: Civil War (currently available for viewing in a theater near you).

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Motivation Monday: #BeAHero with Her Universe

Have you ever had one of those moments where it seems as though the universe is talking to you? You know, maybe you have an idea or a conversation and the next time you pick up your phone, turn on the tv, open a magazine, or walk outside, you see something that reminds you of that idea or conversation. You just cannot get away from it.

Well, as I mention in the About section of this site, I started thinking about the idea for Fandom Fitness when I was in my first semester of my Fitness, Nutrition, & Health certificate program (Spring 2014). Now that the site is in its fledgling stage (the Maz Kanata egg muffin recipe marks the 20th post on the site!), I’m seeing other outlets like blogs, YouTube channels, Instagram accounts, and retailers also focus on pairing fitness with nerdy/geeky passions. One brand in particular that is using fandoms to make fitness accessible and fun is Her Universe.

Her Universe is one of my favorite brands for geek fashion, which I’m sure is obvious  if you’ve read any of the posts about activewear, but it’s also one of my favorite brands for the positivity that it brings to the greater geek and nerd community. Not only is it one of (if not THE) first brands to make fashion specifically for female fans of Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and Marvel, but it celebrates being a member of a fandom as well…. whatever that may be. Her Universe specifically celebrates female fandomonium with its “Fangirl of the Day” posts, size range (kids’, juniors’, plus size), and Ashley Eckstein’s positive and inclusive demeanor.

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Nerdy Activewear Alert!

NERDY ACTIVEWEAR ALERT: Both Her Universe, Under Armour, and DFTBA Records have released activewear.

Her Universe has partnered with Kohl’s to launch an Avengers inspired line of junior’s activewear. The line has prints and details inspired by Black Widow, Iron Man, and Captain America with a size range that includes plus sizes (WOOHOO!). If your local Kohl’s doesn’t have the full line or a specific size, the entire line is available for purchase at a sale price on the Kohl’s website.

 

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Channel Your Daredevil

It’s the final countdown! Season 2 of Daredevil will be available for marathoning this Friday, March 18th.

I’ve mentioned before that what we’re wearing while we workout can motivate us to push ourselves harder. What I haven’t mentioned is that activewear is made with specific movements and types of training in mind. Obviously, most activewear will use materials that wick sweat away from the skin and facilitate range of motion, but material and fit variety lend some activewear better to some activities than others.

In Daredevil season one we see Matt both hitting up Fogwell’s Gym to work on his boxing moves and taking time to meditate to recover from his encounter with Nobu. I’ve put together gym and yoga looks inspired by both of these exercise modalities we see Matt include in his physical conditioning. So whether we find ourselves lifting weights, doing burpees, heading into a vinyasana, or sitting back in child’s pose, these Daredevil looks will keep up with our bodies as we bring ourselves a little closer to being like the man without fear.

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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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