Call us cliché, but on December 31 my husband and I walked into our local gym and signed up for dual memberships. Us, and the thousands of other people in our community who were making a resolution to get fit.
Since the beginning of the year we have been going to the gym consistently. It has been years since either one of us has been a member of a gym, but we both have athletic backgrounds and both work in the athletic industry; me with the magazine, and he as an athletic trainer and director.
We are still in the honeymoon phase and look forward to going to the gym rather than dreading it. One of my new fitness goals is to focus on my core. It seems to be all the rage these days with everyone from fitness professionals to Dr. Oz touting the advantages of strengthening your middle. And instead of basic old crunches and sit-ups, there is a world of other core-strengthening exercises available today that will take you to new levels of fitness. VBM contributor Aric Sudicky walks us through a couple of these strategies in his piece Core Without Crunches.
In addition to getting back into—and staying in—shape, the spring is also a time for reemergence after a long winter. Olympian Caren Kemner knows what it is like to bounce back after a tragedy, and shares her personal story with us in Ups and Downs. Plus, we all love when a volleyball player and coach can cook. Check out Kemner’s crowd-pleasing recipe for pesto pasta and give it a try.
This issue we also honor our annual list of the top female youth volleyball players in the country with the 2012 Girls’ Fab 50. There is simply no doubt about it—these girls rock.
Originally published in March/April 2012