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Why are ACL Injuries On the Rise?

Ilen Bell, MS, CSCS, Co-Founder of Black Fitness Today



While watching the New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers game today, I witnessed the second “non-contact” injury to a Jets player in two weeks. Last week, Darrelle Revis, who is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL, suffered a season-ending ACL injury. If losing Revis was not enough for the Jets, it appears that Santonio Holmes may be next, depending on the outcome of an MRI.

Non-contact injuries are on the rise in sports and in non-athletes alike. Thinking back to the 2011-2012 NBA season, Derrick Rose and Barron Davis are some athletes who come to mind with season ending non-contact knee injuries.

What are non-contact injuries?

• Injuries that occur with out an outside force, such as being pushed or tackled

Who is at risk for non-contact injuries?

• Everyone – athletes and non-athletes

When do non-contact injuries occur?

• When the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the body take on more than they have been trained to handle

Where do non-contact injuries occur?

• Anywhere – they can occur in all sports and in everyday life

Why do non-contact injuries occur?

The body moves most efficiently when there is optimal flexibility. When most people exercise, they do not train the body to improve movement and function. The lack of training the body to be more efficient during movement leads to muscle imbalances, due to some muscles being overactive and others being underactive. These imbalances cause other muscles known as synergists or helper muscles within the body to take on a more dominant role and compensate for weakened, unreactive muscles. When synergists take on this more dominant role, muscle within the body become imbalanced, which leads to altered posture and an increased risk of injury. Just imagine a pick-up truck trying to pull the load of an 18 wheeler – that’s what happens in the body when we lose focus of training to be more functional.

How do non-contact injuries occur?

• Bending over to pick up something
• Stepping down off a stair case
• Turning or twisting the body

What else?

If the body is not trained to move in all planes of motion non-contact injuries will likely occur.

• Sagittal Plane – moving the body forward (lunges)
• Frontal Plane – moving the body side to side (side lunges or shuffling)
• Transverse – twisting or turning the body (rotational lunge)

Look at your training program to make sure that you are training the body in all planes of motion. This will increase function during movement and decrease your risk of injury.

Ilen Bell is co-founder and CEO of Black Fitness Today, a digital platform dedicated to empowering the black community through health promotion and performance enhancement. He lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife and daughter and nine-to-fives it as head strength and conditioning coach for a military special operations unit.

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2Chainz Pretty Girls Fit Fest: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music



Atlanta’s Hottest Fitness Trainers Missy Mostrom, Stephanie LeBeau, DaShaun “Guru” Johnson & Lana Ector Whipped Over 200 Pretty Girls into Shape at Center Stage for the Release of 2Chainz “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” Album  

This past Thursday, June 15th over 200 of Atlanta’s prettiest girls showed up to the Loft at Center Stage in athletic gear for one reason…because they love trap music! Event attendees were excited and ready to sweat it out to 2Chainz new album “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” with a few of Atlanta’s hottest fitness trainers and were surprised to receive an official “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” pink yoga mat which came in handy during the three 45-minute workout sessions.

Session 1 featured trainers Stephanie LeBeau and Missy Mostrom of VESTA who opened the night with kickboxing moves and rotational exercises that increased heartbeats and spirits. Then the Guru of Abs himself, Dashaun Johnson, took the stage for Session 2 and after a quick warm up he turned it up and took it off! Always one to focus on breathing during his workouts, you could hear the ladies calling out the numbers of their sets throughout the entire venue. To close out the night in Session 3, Lana Ector came to represent that Black Women Workout Too and showed all the pretty girls that a little twerking can be considered a workout too.

Throughout the evening attendees were able to relax in the Pretty Girls lounge wherein they previewed the “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” album and refreshed themselves with Propel Electrolyte Water.The next stop on the Trap Fitness tour will be….well you just have to stay tuned to find out.

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Fantasia’s ‘Journey to Fit’ – See the Exercises that Helped Refine Her Sexy



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Leading Online Retailer CEO Dishes on Best Swimwear For You and Trends for 2017



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We think it’s fair to assume that our January cover feature, Elise Neal, can rock anything and make it look awesome – especially swimwear. In fact, her black and white mod one-piece suit from Yandy sold out soon after our cover release. 

So, but what about the rest of us (lol)? The summer season is fast approaching, and we’re all working hard to get our bodies ready. However, no physique is the same, so what swimwear works best for different body types? What are the hottest trends we can also look for? 

Black Fitness Today chatted with Yandy CEO Thom Brodeur to answer these questions and more. Beginning as a small, start-up business in 2005, has become the leading online retailer of sexy women’s specialty apparel. offers thousands of stylish items in everyday intimates, lingerie, swimwear and costumes for millions of women around the world, of all shapes and sizes. 

Thom, how is Yandy making a splash in the world of fashion?

Yandy’s goal is to make our mark by transforming the business from a marketplace of 10s of thousands of SKUs across a dozen+ categories to a fashion brand with a sharp eye for on-trend, fashion forward design, quality construction and materials, and the right fit for real women. Our objective is to provide a wide-but-manageable variety of sexy lingerie, everyday intimates (bra & panty), swimwear, active and loungewear to every woman in every shape, size and ethnicity all underscored by our core mission…to help every woman find and own her own brand of sexy.

The brand’s mission is to help every woman discover or re-discover her own brand of sexy. Whether a celebrity like Elise Neal or an everyday woman, how does Yandy swimwear cater to women of varying body types, and what styles/pieces are best for different body types (i.e., athletic, curvy, petite, etc.)? 
Our styles were designed with a wide range of tastes and requirements in mind. Our sporty high neck styles accentuate an athletic physique. Our sexy one piece suits with high cut legs look great on a petite frame, and our high waisted silhouettes hug a curvier figure in all the right places. If you saw the Yandy Swim 2017 Collection that debuted recently at New York Fashion Week; you would have seen models ranging from 5’7 to 6’, size 0 and up, body types from athletic to curvy and full figured, and a range in ethnicities to represent our perspective on what sexy swim is… on a global level. The ideal woman’s look, figure, shape and size is different any and everywhere in the world you go. Yandy wants to continue to bring more of that to the forefront.

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What are the biggest trends in swimwear for summer 2017?
We’ve designed and put a lot of high necklines, long sleeves, high cut hips, low plunging necklines, chic off-the-shoulder looks and high waisted styles into our latest swim collection, and so far, have seen very favorable customer response. We’re excited for swim season to kick into full gear. It’s always great to let the market pick your winners, and then refine your design efforts for future cycles based on real customer feedback.

The suit worn by Elise Neal on our Jan. cover was immediately highly sought after. What can a buyer expect when they receive their Yandy swimwear? 
Yandy customers can expect sophisticated, on-trend swimwear with unrivaled fit and quality, that when worn, will make them feel confident and sexy. 

Browse Yandy’s vast array of swimwear and specialty apparel, and keep up with the brand: 

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