The Inside Scoop with Parkour ‘star’ Jake Johnson

Have you seen the latest Funny or Die video with Jake Johnson attempting to duplicate amazing parkour stunts? If you haven’t, it’s a must see, so watch it now or re-watch it again!

Read on to learn more about how Jake prepared for the parkour video in an exclusive interview with Men’s Journal.

How did you prepare to do a live parkour video? Have you ever parkour-ed before?
JJ: I prepared for this parkour video by doing months of parkour throughout all the major cities. I did a national tour with the other parkour guys in my parkour gang. We went from Dallas to Seattle to New York. New York was crazy. Parkoured all throughout Manhattan. Got halfway up the Empire State Building just parkour’n. The preparation has been extensive. Its been over six months so I hope we make some magic today.

Parkouring takes a certain amount of fearlessness, and a whole lot of core strength. Do you have both of those things?
JJ: Tenfold. I’m nothing but core strength. I hide it. I think true strength is not meant to be shown off, so I put a layer of fat over my strength to camouflage it. If I were an animal, I’d be an animal who could play like I was dead, so that when you go to strike me, I could attack. That’s my layer of fat over my core strength. Fearlessness? Hell, when I was a baby I was doing parkour. As an infant my mother was throwing me up onto buildings and I was climbing down. So, born fearless – and over 30 years of building core strength.

What’s the best apparel for parkouring? Why did you choose American Eagle stretch denim?
JJ: You need your apparel to be able to stretch, so you can do what you need to do. But I’m also not looking to look like a schlub in sweatpants. In case I’m climbing up a building and there’s a beautiful lady up there, I’d like to look handsome – so I want pants that actually looks like jeans. But, given my flexibility, I also need to be able to possibly do the splits. I can’t have a pair of jeans ripping up the middle making me look like a clown. I need a nice in-between.

Would American Eagle stretch denim have helped you escape angry dinos in Jurassic world?
JJ: Well, considering I was the control room nerd in Jurassic World, the answer is yes.

Is parkour your way of preparing to run from dinosaurs in the next film?
JJ: Yes, the way that I prepare for all the movies I do is I prepare to run from dinosaurs while doing parkour. The movie I’ve got coming out in August, a smaller indie movie called Digging For Fire, made by the director of Drinking Buddies, is about a relationship. My wife in it, Rosemarie DeWitt, and I have a small baby together. We take a weekend apart; she forms a weekend romance with Orlando Bloom, I hang out with my friends in it – Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell. The only way to prepare for that kind of adult indie is to do parkour and pretend I’m running away from dinosaurs. So 100% yes.

Is this outfit a direct nod to Nedry from the first film?
JJ: Is that Wayne Knight? Newman? No, if anything it’s a nod to Samuel L. Jackson in the first film. But, no, we’re not going after a Newman look. The goal of this campaign is not to look like Newman from Seinfeld circa ‘91.

What is your normal fitness regimen?
JJ: I actually go to the gym a couple times a week. And my friend (Steve Berg) and I take hikes at least twice a week. Because you’ve gotta get that cardio going or you’re going to get in some trouble.

Why do this Funny Or Die video?
JJ: I’ve been working with Funny Or Die for a lot of years now, on projects here and there, and I find them to be very funny. The talent that comes out of there – from the creatives to the actors that get involved – it’s just top of the line talent. American Eagle contacted me, I know the brand, I like the jeans and I like the clothes. My character on New Girl wears this stuff so I do know it. I read the Funny Or Die script and thought it was very funny. I think it’s funny to parody a parkour video while also doing some actual parkour, because it looks cool. And I was able to get a good friend and collaborator, Max Winkler, to direct it. He’s done over 10 New Girl episodes and we did a movie together. Amanda Lund, who is really funny, is also in the video. She was also on New Girl and we are going to improvise and have fun. So, it just seemed like it would be a fun afternoon.

 

How To Make Avocado Toast 3 Ways

Have you jumped on the avocado toast train yet? If not, today’s CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes & Actions to Recreate Girls) post will bring you up to speed on this amazing snack!

How To Make Avocado Toast 3 Ways with Aerie

Avocados are incredible nutrition. They provide more potassium than a banana and 15 grams of healthy fats like oleic acid, which has been linked to reduced inflammation and beneficial effects on the genes that fight cancer. The great thing about avocados is they are so versatile—you can add them to smoothies, throw them on tacos for dinner, eat them plain out of a bowl or even add them to desserts. We are avocado obsessed, and after trying these recipes for Avocado Toast, you will be too! Avocado toast is a quick and easy way to get a healthy and filling breakfast or snack. All of these recipes take less than 5 minutes to make and will keep you full and energized for hours!

  1. Blueberries, Pomegranate & Honey

For our sweet lovers! If you’re looking to take a walk on the wild side and try something completely out of the box, this Blueberry, Pomegranate and Honey Avocado Toast is the best combo.

How To Make Avocado Toast 3 Ways with Aerie

INGREDIENTS

1 mashed avocado

1 toasted slice of bread of your choosing

1 handful of blueberries

1 tbsp pomegranate seeds

1 tbsp honey

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut and pit the avocado and spoon into a small bowl.
  2. Using a fork, mash it until there are only small chunks left.
  3. Spread the mashed avocado onto the toasted bread and top with blueberries and pom seeds.
  4. Drizzle with honey, serve and enjoy!

Red Pepper, Garlic, Egg & Sriracha

If you like things on the spicy side, this is the toast for you!

How To Make Avocado Toast 3 Ways with Aerie

INGREDIENTS

1 mashed avocado

1 toasted slice of bread of your choosing

1 sunny side up egg

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp garlic powder

1 sprinkling of cilantro

1 tbsp Sriracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut and pit the avocado and spoon into a small bowl.
  2. Using a fork, mash until there are only small chunks left.
  3. Sprinkle in half of the red pepper and garlic seasoning and mix well.
  4. Spray a pan with non-stick spray and crack the egg into the center of the pan.
  5. Cook over medium to high heat for about 3 to 4 minutes or until the egg white is no longer clear/runny.
  6. Spread the mashed avocado onto the toasted bread, top with the egg and sprinkle with the remaining seasoning and cilantro.
  7. Drizzle with Sriracha, serve and enjoy!

Strawberries, Feta & Balsamic Vinegar

Still thinking about this toast… and so are my friends! It has a great sweet taste from the strawberries, but the balsamic vinegar and feta add an incredible tang to it.

How To Make Avocado Toast 3 Ways with Aerie

INGREDIENTS

1 mashed avocado

1 toasted slice of bread of your choosing

1 handful sliced strawberries

1 tbsp crumbled feta cheese

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut and pit the avocado and spoon into a small bowl.
  2. Using a fork, mash until there are only small chunks left.
  3. Spread the mashed avocado onto the toasted bread and top with the sliced strawberries and feta cheese crumbles.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, serve and enjoy!

Get creative and make up your own combinations! You really can’t go wrong with avocado, so get crazy and let us know what you come up with.

ABOUT CHAARG

We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weight lifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.

Sound like you? Learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT MORGAN

Morgan Simpson is a CHAARG blogger from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She spends her free time cooking, kickboxing and spending time with her black lab pup, Cabela. You’ll find her snapping pictures of anything/everything she eats.
IMG_6081Looking for other delicious breakfast ideas? Check out our 5 favorite healthy breakfast recipes here!

 

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How to Wear the Patterned Button Down Shirt

Our Patterned Button Down Shirt will make the perfect addition to your Summer style. Solids are always a must, but fun patterns are sure to give your wardrobe the refresher it needs.
Chimed from Nx Style pairs his favorite floral button down with a bright skinny pant and neutral sneakers for a relaxed, yet refined look.

How to Wear the Patterned Button Down Shirt What Inspired Chimed’s Look:
“The main inspiration for the look was the relaxing summer weekend where the weather is perfect for short sleeve button down and rolled up pants. The shirt sleeve button down is not only comfortable but it has a vibrating essence of relaxation thanks to its summery floral pattern. This would be type of outfit I’d wear after work to set myself free from suit & tie.”

How to Wear the Patterned Button Down Shirt

Get Chimed’s Look: Patterned Button Down Shirt | Skinny Pant | Canvas Slip-On Sneaker | Aviator Sunglasses

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Show us how you style the Patterned Button Down Shirt with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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What To Wear: Festival Season

Our summer bucket list is filling up quickly with weekend beach trips, late night runs to the ice cream parlor, days at the pool and more! The events on our list we can’t wait for? Festivals!

Whether you’re picking out what to wear to an upcoming concert or packing for a festival-filled weekend, our stylist, Erin R. pulled her favorite must-haves to get you festival-ready from head-to-toe in a flash.

Day 1: Beachy & Breezy – From lace details to palazzo pants, this effortless look can take you from day to night. During the day, protect yourself from the hot sun with a bit of suntan lotion, sunnies, and a panama hat. At night toss them into a oversized striped tote and dance the night away!

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Shop now:  Striped Crop Tank | Tattly Tattoo | Scoop Bikini Top | AEO Cross Strap Sandal | AEO Jewelry

Day 2: Desert After Dark- We’re taking our favorite fall trend into summer and stocking up on shawls and kimonos. This Beach Shawl will become your go-to layer and coverup for when the temperatures drop at night.

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Shop Now: Sunnies | Floppy Hat | Backpack | Swedish Hasbeens Slip In Shoes

Day 3: Romp n’ Roll – We’re crushing on the “onesie” trend right now – cozy and cute! Try adding our pastel romantic lace triangle bralette to this beach romper for a comfortable, but feminine touch. Festival2

Shop Now: Sunnies | Floppy Hat | Tattly Tattoo | Striped Pullover Sweater | AEO Flip Flops

How are you styling your Aerie faves this summer? Show us with #AerieREAL!

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How to Wear the Oxford Shirt with McLavin Style

Our iconic Solid Oxford Button Down Shirt is a must-have in every guys’ closet. Its classic cut offers a relaxed fit through the chest and arms for your total comfort, so not only will you look great, but you’ll feel great too.

Lav from McLavin Style puts a casual twist on this this classic shirt by paring with jeans and sneakers.

Meet Lav:
Lav is the blogger behind McLavin Style. He’s a 21-year-old university student from the UK who’s currently interning with an Investment Bank in New York. His blog covers Menswear and Fitness. His style is very simple and minimalistically universal with a dash of originality.

How to Wear the Oxford Shirt with McLavin Style

What Inspired Lav’s Look:
“Rather than shying away from unique colors, challenging and implementing them in my style gives me that sense of excitement. Choosing this Lime shirt over any other common blue, black or white color was one of the reasons. A very unique and subtle color, if paired with the right pieces could be pulled off really well. Pairing it with dark denim and adding that bit of camo with my sneakers and quilted jacket to fight the cold and polish the look”

How to Wear the Oxford Shirt with McLavin Style Get Lav’s Look: Solid Oxford Button Down Shirt | Skinny Jean (Similar) | New Balance Running Sneaker (Similar) | Denim Jacket
How to Wear the Oxford Shirt with McLavin Style

Show us how you style our Solid Oxford Button Down Shirt with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery.

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How to Find the Perfect V-Day Date

Looking for the perfect date this Saturday night? Take the quiz to find out how you should spend this V-Day,  whether you’re celebrating with that special someone, or your cat (no judgement zone!). V-Day only comes once a year, so why not make it as unique as you are?

 xoxo,

Aerie

 

 

 

 

 

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