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The Dark Side Of Complimenting Other Women

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I came across this on Instgram yesterday, and I couldn’t help but feeling a little disheartened by it and the 6,000+ self-deprecating comments from women: “So sad she’s thinner than me” “Sometimes I wish I was pregnant as an excuse to be fat” “Even her tiny cellulite bumps are cute” “This isn’t fair” “She totally has a better beach body […]

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Fitness Is Not A Punishment.

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Please don’t buy into the cultural idea that “working out” is something miserable you’re obligated to white knuckle through solely because you are unhappy with your pants size. Exercise is not a punishment. Nor is it a begrudging burden. Or something that should be driven by guilt and shame. It’s not to be used to “work off” indulgences or castigate […]

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Exercise Spotlight: Crawl Your Way To A Better Body

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Whenever I hear Kanye say “You need to crawl before you ball”, I always just imagine he’s talking about bear crawls…because, you kind of do need to crawl before you ball. Am I right? Crawling, a seemingly elementary movement, is one of the best nourishments for your body and your brain and works magic for your strength, mobility, health and […]

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Shut Up About Toxins.

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I was going to add a “please” into the title of this post in order to be polite, but I’m honestly over trying to be polite about my distaste for pseudoscience, quick fixes and bullshit in the health and fitness industry. The advertisers who scam you with promises that you can detox your body by drinking their tea or taking […]

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Reader Question: How Does Strength Training Help Weight Loss?

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  “How does strength training help you lose weight? I’ve always been told that it comes down to cardio and burning calories.”   When we workout, especially if we’re seeking fat loss and a change in body composition, we want to chase a hormonal effect from exercise rather than an amount of calories burned.  Our hormones run the show and […]

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Exercise Spotlight: Scapula Push Ups

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When was the last time you thought about your shoulder blades? Gave ’em a little TLC? Moved ’em around a little bit? Do you even know where they are? Of course you do…but does your brain? (Photo Cred: Jessica Serra Huizenga) If you can’t make the mind-muscle connection to control your scapulae through their full range of motion, it can […]

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Fat Loss Is Okay.

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My philosophy will always be deeply rooted in body embracement – feeling confident, worthy and whole in your current physicality. Health and fitness, to me, is not constant strict dieting, using exercise as a penance or tying your self-worth to a number of pounds and constantly feeling like you need to fix your body. And I do believe fitness is […]

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What To Do When You Have A Crappy Workout

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Have you ever had one of those workouts that leaves you curled up in the fetal positioning questioning your own existence? Or maybe wondering “what the heck is happening to me??” Every lift feels like an all out war with gravity or you feel like you’re running through quicksand and your body feels like it’s just given up. Of course […]

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Indoor Cardio That Doesn’t Suck! (+6 FREE WORKOUTS)

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If I could choose just one cardio modality to use for the rest of my life and to prescribe, it would definitely be hill sprints. Cranking up a hill at full throttle like a freakin’ gazelle is one of the most effective things you can do for both fat loss and conditioning, doesn’t require any equipment AND gets you outside, […]

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The One Movement You MUST Master: The Mighty Hip Hinge

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One movement. To rule them all. Okay I’ve never actually seen Lord of the Rings, I just know the reference from Clerks 2… BUT, there really is one movement that does rule them all and that not one person can afford to skip in the gym. Whether your goal is to build a great physique, get really strong, or to […]

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