A.J. Gibson

Writer, Producer, Model, Athlete

Fitness Articles

How Lita Lewis Became A Champion Of Self-Love

When it comes to fitness on social media, we tend to be inundated with the same images: Thin bodies. Flat abs. Tight butts. In short, "perfect" bodies — or at least, to society's standards anyway. On Instagram, the idea of "fit" only looks a certain way, leaving many people — especially women of color — out of the picture.

But Lita Lewis, a fitness influencer based out of L.A., is teaching women how to love their bodies no matter what. With over 500 thousand followers on Instagram, the 35-year-old Aussie has inspired many by using #ThickFit and hosting boot camps all around the country. She wants to show the world that women that "fit" comes in different shapes and sizes.

Lewis is so passionate about what she does because for a long time she didn't fully embrace her muscular frame. It took her some time and she understands what many other women go through when it comes to self-acceptance. [Cont.]

This Is CrossFit Burnout (and How You Overcome It)

If you’re a seasoned CrossFitter, chances are you’ve reached a point where doing “constantly varied functional movements at high intensity” can feel a bit … bleh.

You know those days when you walk into the gym and everything just feels super heavy? Your body. The barbell. Even your gym bag?

But it’s more than that. Emotionally, you just don’t feel present and you’re finding that there are more and more days where you’d rather not WOD. Maybe you’re even bored.

The irony is that as “constantly varied” as CrossFit is, you can still grow tired of it. [Cont.]

the healing Hack: how to recover much faster from Any injury

Chances are if you are checking out this article, you’re looking for some sort of “Magic Pill” to bounce back from injury. “Magic Pill” meaning:

A special supplement.

A revolutionary stretching technique.

A superfood like Manogsteens (oooh!).

A massage.

A therapeutic puppy.

I’d give you a puppy if I had one.

But to really give you what you came here for, I’m going to have to press pause on any physical solutions you’re pondering. Instead I’ll be your physician, operating on the level of narrative. [Cont.]

MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO IS CHANGING THE WAY PEOPLE SEE CROSSFIT

Watching the world’s fittest athletes compete in the CrossFit Games can scare the booty shorts off of a lot of average gym-goers.

It’s not everyday that you get to see a 5-foot-3 woman repeatedly sling 200 pounds over her head or watch a man walk 60-feet on his hands. To an outsider, CrossFit can seem intimidating, and at times, downright dangerous.

But New York City photographer and multimedia creative Martin Romero documents a very different story, one that many CrossFit fans rarely get to see in person—or even get a chance to see in themselves. The 28-year-old from the Philippines likes to show the playful, yet imperfect humanity in the god-like superstars we idolize on the grand stage. But he also makes stars out of the everyday athlete whose only goal might be to master the basic pull-up. [Cont.]

HOW THREE BROADWAY ACTORS FOUND COMMUNITY THROUGH CROSSFIT

On the surface, CrossFit looks like one of the biggest meathead sports around: At competitions, spectators watch ripped athletes toss heavy weight, roar and grunt to the sound of techno or heavy metal.

It’s a performance that wouldn’t find itself anywhere near the bright lights of the Broadway stage–unless someone were bold enough to turn the Rich Froning story into a blockbuster musical.

But peak behind the red curtain, and the WOD talk might be closer than you think. Turn down the Avicii, and you might find that your gym mate has the voice of a Backstreet Boy; look closely, and you may notice your WOD-wife has the flexibility of a Rockette and the best Liza Minnelli impressions you’ve ever seen. [Cont.]

WORKING OUT WITH FUNNY MAN KEVIN HART IS NO JOKE

On this past Christmas Eve, I was inhaling my mom’s chocolate cake while watching TMZ when my jaw dropped. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had challenged comedian Kevin Hart to bench press 225 pounds, and despite his 5-foot-4 frame, Hart knocked out three reps no problem. I quickly learned that Kevin Hart is a fitness maniac. In 2015 as a part of his comedy tour, he inspired more than 15,000 people to join him on various 5K runs in major cities across the continent.

Now in 2016, Hart kicked off the year with “Move with Hart,” his new Nike sponsored HIIT (high-intensity interval training) series. The first event was on January 2 in the heart of NYC, and I only heard about it through my sister Zoe, who was half-snoozing on the nearby bed. “You should check this out,” said her lazy Instagram message. It was time to get off the couch and see what Kevin Hart was all about. [Cont.]