Month: April 2017

5 Reasons It’s Important to Have a Strong Butt—Besides Looking Good

1 OF 5 Do you know what protects your back? “The ‘two A’s,’” says Sara Lewis, celeb trainer (who’s trained clients like Ryan Gosling, Kim and Khloë Kardashian, Christina Ricci, Nikki Reed, Sofía Vergara, and Jaimie Alexander, just to name a few) and creator of XO Fitness in Los Angeles. And what are the two […]

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6 Smarter Ways to Train for Common Body Goals

From core-centric classes to running to yoga, the variety of workouts and programs you can try are a great way to make sure boredom doesn’t crimp your commitment to fitness. And while every type of exercise plan presents its own unique benefits, some may be better suited to help you meet your personal body goals […]

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The Best Way to Start Exercising Again After Being Sick

A winter cold, flu, or virus can throw a serious wrench in your normally fit routine, leaving you bedridden and (eventually) craving a good sweat. But how do you get back on the bandwagon after an illness passes? How big of a setback did you really take? And how much exercise is too much when […]

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How to Use a Kettlebell for Flat Abs

To look at it, you wouldn’t guess that the simple kettlebell is such a fitness hero—both a superior calorie burner and an ab flattener in one. But thanks to its unique physics, it can elicit more burn and firm than other forms of resistance. Kettlebell Cardio Typical kettlebell moves are calorie guzzlers. Take the snatch […]

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Why Can’t I See My Abs?

Abs. We love them. You love them. We all want them (we think . . .), but sometimes they can be hard to achieve or reveal. Are you struggling? You’re not alone. There’s no magic pill for abs, but that would be pretty sweet. Until said magic pill is invented (fingers crossed), you need to […]

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Why You Should Start Thinking of Yourself As an Athlete

Six half-marathons. Four triathlons. Countless 5 and 10Ks. Sixty days in a row of hot yoga during a two-month yoga challenge. Two trips to a Costa Rica surf camp. If I heard someone else describe these experiences, I’d think, “Wow, this person must be an incredible athlete.” But those accomplishments are mine, and until recently, […]

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12 Fun Facts About Exercising

Are you in need of work out motivation? Well you’re in luck because here are 12 fun facts about exercising that are sure to inspire you. 1. Music improves workout performance             Listening to music while exercising can improve work out performance by 15%. 2. Exercising improves brain performance   […]

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Top 10 Fun Fitness Facts

1. You are never too old to build muscle. My oldest client is 93 and she trains with me twice per week and lifts 5kg dumbells.  Age is no barrier to getting stronger. 2. A muscle dehydrated by a mere 3% will have a decrease in strength of 10%. Always have water handy when exercising […]

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5 Fun and Interesting Fitness Facts You May Not Have Heard Before

#1: The largest muscle in your body is…. Your booty! Well, the gluteus maximus muscle, to be more exact. Good thing we have a ton of great glute-shaping workouts to put it to excellent use (have you tried this Barre Booty routine yet?). Interestingly, it may not be the ‘strongest’ muscle though — did you […]

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50 Fitness Truths That Will Make You Rethink Your Lifestyle

Fitness Truths Carbohydrates, protein, fat, and alcohol have 4, 4, 9, and 7 calories per gram respectively. You need to burn about 3500 calories to lose 1 pound of fat. Insulin and growth hormone have an inverse relationship. You must keep insulin under control if you want growth hormone to do its job of mobilizing […]

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