Beginner Fitness Tips

It Took Me 1 Year, but I’m Finally Comfortable Hitting the Gym Alone

We all have those horrifying recurring dreams that intermittently bubble up from time to time, leaving us panicked and drenched in sweat at 2 a.m. For some, it's about forgetting to wear pants to work or being eternally chased by a stranger in a dark alley. But my repeated nightmare takes place in a gym, as dozens of buff meatheads laugh and point at me struggling to lift 20 pounds. I was born, and still remain to this day, pretty darn scrawny; I'll just rip the bandage and get that one out of the way right off the bat. With such a genetically slender figure comes a wealth of insecurities that often aren't discussed. As I witnessed my friends and classmates naturally gain muscle and fill out while going through puberty, I kept my bony elbows, flat chest, and stick-esque arms.RelatedConque...

Burn More Calories on the Elliptical With These Tips

Elliptical trainers are a gym favorite. Not only is this cardio machine joint friendly, it's incredibly versatile. You can go forward and backward, work your arms and legs, or focus on your core - all while getting your heart rate up. Here are some ti...

The 1 Thing Your Trainer Wishes You Would Do

Trainers say a lot of things. You genuinely try to retain it all, but sometimes all you're trying to do is get through the next set. Between engaging your core, keeping your spine neutral, and counting your macros, your trainer's advice may start to s...

The 1 Thing Your Trainer Wishes You Would Do

Trainers say a lot of things. You genuinely try to retain it all, but sometimes all you're trying to do is get through the next set. Between engaging your core, keeping your spine neutral, and counting your macros, your trainer's advice may start to s...

5 Ways My Life Changed When I Switched to Morning Workouts

I've read stories like this one before - "getting up early changed my life" - and rolled my eyes more times than I can count. If I were to describe my sleep type, it would be "constant." I love sleep. I plan my evenings and mornings around how much qu...

Are Your Weights Too Light? 3 Ways to Know When to Go Heavier

Going to the gym can sometimes seem as mystical as teleporting to Asgard (if you're a fan of the Marvel Universe, you'll know what we're talking about). We get that. There are just so many unanswered questions: When do I work out? What exercises? How ...

The Old-School Gym Machine That Will Transform Your Butt

A post shared by Jen Selter (@jenselter) on Apr 13, 2017 at 1:36pm PDT Talk about a throwback Thursday - remember the StairMaster? Arguably an icon of the '90s wellness scene alongside eight-minute abs, sugar-free everything, neon spandex, and cottage cheese out of a cantaloupe, we had almost forgotten about this cardio machine - until now. Lately, tons of women have been heading back to the StairMaster. Just take a look on Instagram and you'll see fitness stars like Jen Selter showing off more advanced routines mixing up this otherwise monotonous stair-climbing workout. And the results are well . . . eye-catching. To say the least. Let's just say it's peach season. Can the StairMaster transform your derrière? Trainers are saying yes. "You get great glute and core activation in...

7 Hacks to Ensure You Wake Up and Work Out!

The best way to never miss a workout is to cross it off your list first thing of day - so easy, right? Wrong! Some early birds have no problem with this, but for many of us waking up and working out is quite a challenge. We love our sleep; we love our ...

Overlooked and Underappreciated: How to Use the Rowing Machine

The rowing machine can be intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, it's an effective way to spice up your cardio routine. But while the rowing machine, also called an ergometer, is a calorie buster (about 280 calories in 30 minutes for an 130-pou...

After Years of Exercising, This Is the Workout That Changed My Body

When I started working out with a trainer a few months ago, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but if there's one thing I am certain of, a barbell was never part of the equation. Yet here I was, standing in front of one with my trainer off to the ...

The Workout That Finally Made Me Fall in Love With Fitness

I only ran my first 5K ever about two years ago and it wasn't even by choice. I was doing it as a guest of the 2015 Tone It Up Retreat, and we all thought it'd be fun to throw me in there without any training and see how I did. Thankfully, I survived ...

This Is Exactly What You Need to Do For a Strong, Lean Body and Fast Metabolism

I recently sat down with DIAKADI personal trainer Liz Letchford, MS, ATC (and PhD candidate!), and lamented about how sore I was after a recent Megaformer class. "It's because of the eccentric exercises," she told me. Those slow and controlled resista...

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