workouts

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...

Here’s Exactly What You Should Be Eating Before a Workout

Want a faster metabolism? Are you working out soon? Trying to gain some strength and muscle? Fun news here: you need carbs. "It's important to eat carbohydrates, especially if you are trying to gain strength and muscle, which leads to a higher metabol...

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 10-Minute, 3-Move, At-Home Workout Will Work Your Entire Body

Finding the time to make it to the gym or even work out at home is tough. The good news is you can burn fat with a total-body workout that takes less than 10 minutes. You heard right: just 10 minutes. That's less time than you spend watching commercial...

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 ...

Sick of the Treadmill? This Machine Burns Way More Calories – and Won’t Hurt Your Knees

You've seen the VersaClimber at the gym - but maybe you're not quite sure what to do with it, or how to turn it into a good workout. Well, it's time to ditch the treadmill, according to Rise Nation trainer Devin Wiggins - a VersaClimber master - who t...

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...

Fat-Blasting, Full-Body Tabata Workout

Tabata interval workouts are all the rage these days, and for good reason. This high-intensity training is fun, blasts calories, and moves so quickly that it's hard to get bored. For Tabata, you perform an exercise at maximal intensity for 20 seconds,...

Gym Braids Will Make You Feel Like a Warrior Princess

Tired of your hair looking like a crusty mess at the gym? Squeezing in a workout on your lunch break? Maybe you just like braids, we don't know your life! But what we do know is that these gym braids are crazy beautiful and mesmerizing and give off som...