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Podcast Ep 69: Replay of Our Olympic-Sized Interview With Mary Lou Retton!

The Olympics are here and we can barely contain our excitement! In fact, “Woot!” is the common shout you will hear from us when talking about the games in Pyeongchang. So what better way to celebrate the occasion than to record a fun, new, Olympics-themed preshow and replay one of our favorite interviews ever with […]


The Olympics are here and we can barely contain our excitement! In fact, “Woot!” is the common shout you will hear from us when talking about the games in Pyeongchang.

So what better way to celebrate the occasion than to record a fun, new, Olympics-themed preshow and replay one of our favorite interviews ever with the amazing Mary Lou Retton? Not only was she the first women to win a gold medal for gymnastics, but also she’s managed to remain a legendary representative for women in sports for three decades, which is no small feat.

These days Mary Lou is a busy mom to four sporty daughters who are pursuing gymnastics and competitive cheerleading. She talked with us about how she keeps her energy going with a busy family life, plus her own personal goals on self-improvement. (And, spoiler: a person with five medals in a super competitive sport can still feel insecure!)

Our favorite quotes from Mary Lou in this ep are …

Podcast Episode 69 Highlights With Mary Lou Retton

  • How even Mary Lou Retton has her off days (really!)
  • Her inspiration for getting into the sport of gymnastics
  • Her work with Nature’s Bounty to help people achieve their healthiest lives
  • The fact that when she first appeared on the scene, her muscular body was described as “fat” by some of the press
  • Her tips for raising strong and confident daughters
  • Where she kept her Olympic medals for years (it’s a doozie!)

Also in this episode, we each talk about favorite Winter Olympic sports and how we all watch the games. (Kristen, in particular, has it all nailed down!)

Get the replay episode with Mary Lou Retton here or below!

Get more info on our podcast here and be sure to subscribe on iTunes so that you never miss an episode!

What games will YOU be watching during the Winter Olympics? —Margo

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Meet Jordyn Barratt, 18-Year-Old Professional Skater and Surfer

Photo credit: Joanne Barratt If you’re looking for a little inspiration in your life right now — whether for fitness or fun — look no further. Meet Jordyn Barratt, an 18-year-old professional athlete from Hawaii. She’s earned medals twice at the X Games in skateboarding, and she’s a competitive surfer. She was the only person to […]


Photo credit: Joanne Barratt

If you’re looking for a little inspiration in your life right now — whether for fitness or fun — look no further.

Meet Jordyn Barratt, an 18-year-old professional athlete from Hawaii. She’s earned medals twice at the X Games in skateboarding, and she’s a competitive surfer. She was the only person to compete in skateboarding and surfing at the 2016 U.S. Open of Surfing.

Photo credit: Joanne Barratt

Jordyn is also in her first year of college, studying business. She’s balancing her time between school and competing in both sports — not to mention doing both sports every day, though she’s starting to focus on skateboarding. To top it off, she maintains a vegetarian diet and she loves hanging out with her dog Kula and, you know, Tony Hawk and Bucky Lasek — just some incredible household names and professional skateboarders who also happen to mentor her.

She began surfing at a young age on the north shore of Oahu, where she grew up. At 11 years old, she discovered skateboarding and loved it immediately.

Photo credit: Joanne Barratt

That passion has fueled her for the last several years as she has competed in many big competitions, even earning a silver medal at the X Games in June. Even with that success, she doesn’t have any expectations for the Olympics at this point because skateboarding is a newer event.

One aspect of the Olympics she’s definitely looking forward to is the equality in men and women’s competitions, which isn’t always the case on lower-level stages. There aren’t typically as many opportunities for women in skateboarding, but with the Olympics, “everything has to be equal, so that’s exciting,” Jordyn says.

Skating with the big names helps push Jordyn to become a better skater and surfer. And even though she hangs out with these big influences, she just tries to be herself. Above all, she advises aspiring athletes (and all of us, really) to just have fun.

It’s clear that Jordyn loves what she does, and she has fun while she stays fit — and fits everything into her schedule.

How can you, like Jordyn, have a little more fun today? —Megan



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5 Minutes With World Champion Skier Mikaela Shiffrin

We love getting the real scoop on how elite athletes train and eat, so we were psyched when our pals at Barilla hooked us up with the opportunity to send a few questions over to alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin, 2017 World Champion and big time food lover. The 22-year-old had a heck of a […]


We love getting the real scoop on how elite athletes train and eat, so we were psyched when our pals at Barilla hooked us up with the opportunity to send a few questions over to alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin, 2017 World Champion and big time food lover.

The 22-year-old had a heck of a season, winning her first season title, earning the Overall Crystal Globe (oh, and by the way, she’s the fifth American and third woman ever to do this) — and this is all in addition to winning her third straight Slalom Gold Medal and earning a bright and shiny Silver in Giant Slalom at the 2017 World Championships. Shiffrin is gearing up for the 2017-18 season which, as you may have already deduced, will include the Olympics.

So how’s she preparing for what’s sure to be a big year? You know we asked her all about it!

What’s your fave workout to do off the slopes? Any moves you really love — or love to hate?

Mikaela Shiffrin: I sort of love to hate all of the moves that I ever have to do! I think my favorite workouts are generally the core workouts. The burn you get in your core is that immediate gratification — you can feel it and you know you’re getting stronger. I feel like my core is strong, my back is strong, and it just ties everything together.

What are your fave foods or recipes? Is anything off-limits?

MS: Nothing is really off-limits. I try to limit the sugar but I like to eat dessert so I don’t cut it out completely. My favorite go-to meal, especially when I’m racing, is a simple pasta dish with maybe some chicken and salad or some vegetables — broccoli or something like that. It’s super easy, and it’s flavored with butter and garlic and salt. It’s one of the only things I can eat before races when I’m really nervous, but it’s also one of my favorite meals outside of competition season.

Can you tell us about how your nutrition or training will change going into racing season?

MS: I try to keep my nutrition consistent — I don’t follow any diet programs. Going into the race season or the Olympics … there’s a theory of carb loading, which I sort of do. Before races, I might go a little heavier on the carbs and then after go a little lighter — just to get a little extra energy for the long race days. But there’s not a very big change in my nutrition program. Or even in my training — it’s just always about trying to make the most of any second I get on the snow, on my skis.

What are your top tips for someone who wants to improve their healthy lifestyle?

I think a lot of people say, “I want to get healthy, I’m gonna detox,” and — I don’t even know what detox means. I think it’s something like starving yourself for three days and only drinking smoothies, or tea, or something? I don’t know how you can do that. I feel you should take it step by step.

Like, I go through phases. I want dessert every night. I make cookies every night and I have dessert. And then I get to a point where I’m like, okay, it’s time for me to stop having cookies every night. You just take little steps. And then I’ll say, I’m going to stop having sugar three days a week. And then, all of a sudden, you’ve gone a week without sugar and it’s really easy to continue, and you don’t crave it.

How do people get it wrong when it comes to carbs?

MS: Some people say they want to cut out carbs, and, for an athlete like me, carbs are necessary. For the average person, [too many] carbs can be a really big bummer, but carbs are necessary for energy so you want to make sure you’re balancing that. You should find a couple of go-to recipes that are delicious and give you what you need. Like I said, go step by step — you don’t need to eat a whole bowl of pasta, but maybe you have an accompanying side dish along with your meat and your salad. It’s like finding loopholes to satisfy what you want and not cut it out all together. I LOVE food. I can’t imagine giving something up — even dessert, even in the name of ski racing. But I can find a compromise.

What are you most looking forward to with the upcoming season and getting back into competition mode?

MS: I’m just looking forward to getting back to racing. Our first race is at the end of October and it’s always a really exciting time. Everyone’s coming back together again, you see competitors you haven’t seen all summer. That first race of the season is always nerve racking because you don’t know where you stack up against everyone, but it’s really fun too. When I’m actually doing it, I’m really nervous and just wish it was summer again. But right now I’m looking forward to that!

We’re wishing Mikaela all the best in her upcoming race season — and in the kitchen, although it sounds like she doesn’t need our luck in either realm. But now, we’re curious — what are some of your favorite healthy pasta additions? —Kristen



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Podcast Ep 47: Duathlete Kristen Hetzel

Talk about a busy life! Kristen Hetzel is is the world’s No. 7 duathlete (run, cycle and run events), a professional cyclist, an actress and a physical therapist. We invited her on the podcast to talk about how she became a member of Team USA and how she manages to fit in all of her […]


Talk about a busy life! Kristen Hetzel is is the world’s No. 7 duathlete (run, cycle and run events), a professional cyclist, an actress and a physical therapist. We invited her on the podcast to talk about how she became a member of Team USA and how she manages to fit in all of her interests and responsibilities … like training twice a day on a regular basis. Whoa!

Kristen has a degree in biochemistry from Wheeling Jesuit University and a masters in physical therapy, so she knows her stuff, both as an athlete and expert. She was kind enough to share her best advice on how to avoid injury (including the four most important stretches you should perform after your workouts). And that’s not the only good info you’ll get from our conversation!

Some of our favorite takeaways from Kristen in this ep include …

Podcast Episode 47 Highlights With Kristen Hetzel

  • How she was introduced to duathlon
  • How her work as a physical therapist helps her to avoid potential injuries
  • The workout schedule she keeps when training for race season 
  • How she manages her three busy careers when she is in training
  • The visualization techniques she incorporates into her workout schedule
  • The paralympic athletes who inspire her to achieve greatness
  • Her best nutrition advice to stay healthy and remain focused

Also in this episode, Jenn, Kristen and I each discuss the logistics of planning our busy lives.

Get the episode with Kristen Hetzel here!

Get more info on our podcast here and be sure to subscribe on iTunes so that you never miss an episode!

How do you find time for your workouts? —Margo

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Podcast Episode 11: Fitness Queen Kathy Smith

Behold our latest Fit Bottomed Girls’ Podcast episode with THE Kathy Smith. The woman needs no introduction. She is the fitness queen! And, the gems of knowledge she drops on us. Wow. It makes us giddy and brings us to tears in our conversation with her. From finding therapy in running after a hard childhood to […]


Behold our latest Fit Bottomed Girls’ Podcast episode with THE Kathy Smith. The woman needs no introduction. She is the fitness queen!

And, the gems of knowledge she drops on us. Wow. It makes us giddy and brings us to tears in our conversation with her. From finding therapy in running after a hard childhood to starting her career in aerobics to raising an Olympian (her daughter Kate Grace competed in track in Rio!), Kathy is the real deal and so gracious with her time and heart-felt advice. This ep is a must, must, must listen!

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Podcast Episode 11 Highlights With Kathy Smith

  • The sudden deaths of both of Kathy’s parents at a young age and how she found therapy in running
  • The bad advice of doctors in the 70s who did not believe women should be running marathons
  • Being one of the front-runners of the aerobics industry in the early 80s
  • The way her daughter’s time in Rio inspires her own views on “winning” and “losing”
  • Her secrets for staying in shape in your 60s
  • Her views on body image and if there has been any improvement over the years in how women feel about their bodies

Plus, you’ll have a blast listening to Margo, Kristen and I geek out about talking to Kathy and hear about the workout superstars we worshiped back in the VHS/DVD days. (Oh, those were the days!)

Get the episode with Kathy Smith here or below!

Get more info on our podcast here and be sure to subscribe on iTunes so that you never miss an episode!

She’s hella cool, right?! We’re so totally going to have her back on … she’s just one of those people that you could talk to for hours and hours and hours.Jenn



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A Look at How Good Canine Athletes Really Are

How much do you love watching the canine athletes of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge on TV? A few years ago, I had the opportunity to attend the finals near St. Louis, and you guys, I don’t think I could’ve been more pumped up about it if it had been the Olympic Games. (It […]


How much do you love watching the canine athletes of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge on TV? A few years ago, I had the opportunity to attend the finals near St. Louis, and you guys, I don’t think I could’ve been more pumped up about it if it had been the Olympic Games. (It would at least be close.) I love witnessing the close bonds between the dogs and their owners — the celebrations they have after every competition, regardless of performance, warms the cold cockles of my heart.

(FYI, this year’s National Finals actually just took place on October 1, so keep an eye out for news about when the footage will air!)

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As an athlete, though, I always wonder just how athletic these dogs are. I got a chance to see how tough the agility course was when I attended, but Misty May-Treanor one-upped me (like that three-time gold medal winning beach volleyball record setter is always doing — darn her!) when she went head to head with a few of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge competitors to see how humans compared to canines in agility, speed and power.

The interspecies competition resulted in some rad Incredible Dog Science videos explaining the science behind the strengths and weaknesses of both Misty and the canine athletes. If you have any interest in body mechanics, dogs or just cool fitness facts, all three videos are well worth your time. (Of course, there’s a bit of an ad for Purina Pro Plan dog food in there, but that doesn’t make the rest of it any less fascinating!)

What’s your favorite Incredible Dog Challenge event? I am SO into dog diving.Kristen



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