Solid glutes make your waist seem smaller and your booty look amazing in anything form-fitting, says Melody Scharff, C.P.T. trainer at Fhitting Room in New York City. But beyond that, they improve speed, agility, and power, and help protect the back from injury. Not to mention, since lean muscle tissue requires more calories to maintain, a strong booty means a faster metabolism and more calories burned every single day.
I remember your story, how you came into your sexuality to the tune of puberty and your body raced to the pulse of desire and came for the urgency of speed. How full of arrogance, shame, anxiety, need, and joy you were, but mostly of love and the chase of it. Thinking of it now, I drench the keyboard and take a step back to remember the bad poetry you wrote to the teenage love and think nostalgically about the innocent obsession in Sixteen year old self, wine-drunk and desperate, how I wish the happier me I am to you, then. How I wish to go back and impart the lessons you are (I am) still lear
Let’s set the scene: you just screwed your heels into the floor, your hands are chalked up, your fingers wrapped courageously around the barbell, you close your eyes, nod affirmatively to yourself, and begin to deadlift the bar for a 3 rep max PR. On the second pull you pee a little, you keep going, and on the third lift you pee a bit more. You bless the leggings higher-ups that you’re not in your favorite grey leggings and add some more weight to the bar because you’re a badass and something like a little pee isn’t going to stop you.
What used to be a staple of 1970s gym classes has become a common test of gymnastic skill, coordination, upper body endurance, and grip strength for CrossFit Regionals and Games athletes. The rope climb comes up in CrossFit® training just often enough to cause stress and panic (for some folks!) each time it does.
Crawling is a multi-joint, close-chain locomotive exercise that requires reciprocal movement patterns, engages the entire body, and prepares the whole body for movement, Wickham explains. When we were babies, we crawled around until we were strong enough to stand on two feet. But once we graduated to walking we never really looked back. But it turns out that spending time on the floor as an adult as part of an exercise regime can make you a better athlete overall.
There is a further out than outside of the closet, though I cannot say I am even that in every instance. Is gay something I do or something I am? I ask this with nobody kissing me. I want the possibility of being drenched, surprised by my own desire. Does this matter to my writing?
There is a new class of women giving a casual finger to social media and the conventional (polished, controlled, diluted) beauty Instagram traditionally rewards.
Yoga is well-known for its ability to crush stress and help us take on a sunnier disposition, but it’s good for more than just our mood. Yoga can also ease muscle aches, improve posture and muscular endurance, lead to better quality sleep, sharpen mental focus, and even boost your sex life.
Writing about fitness and health for companies based out of the city of go-go-go has its perks. Think: occasional free workout classes, sweat-gear, and a chance to talk to the latest and greatest trainers, athletes, and obstacle course racers. While it’d be untrue to say it’s my favorite part of my job, because TBH the writing itself is my favorite part of my job, I do love sliding into a pair of not-yet-launched-leggings, saddling up for a new-to-me HIIT-class, and finding my power one burpee, pushup, and wall-ball at a time.
This Summer in the Twin Cities, MI we pushed Tough to its limits. We paired 10 obstacles with 10 workouts, and then contained the 20 fitness challenges into a single mile. The Inaugural Tough Mudder X event was the most insane race of Summer, if not, ever. Created to disrupt the competitive sports industry we matched functional fitness fanatics against endurance race athletes for a pulse-pounding, one-mile competition. The result? The good were pushed to greatness, and the toughest athletes on the planets were pushed beyond their limits.
You probably already know that the half-hearted stretch you rush through before lifting isn’t doing much to better your fitness. Stretching and warming up are not the same thing, and hitting the weights without warming up not only limits your performance, but puts you at risk for injury.
Below are nine exercises trainers turn to when they want to really fire up their obliques and develop overall core strength. Try adding three sets of 10 to 15 reps of a couple of these moves to your next workout, suggests Wickham. (Just remember that visible obliques require a healthy diet and low body fat percentage.)
Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of summer: days are getting shorter, you’re packing up your swimsuit and kissing Summer Friday’s “Goodbye”. But instead of sulking as you scroll through pictures of your favorite warm weather memories like beach days, muddy courses, and friend-filled BBQ’s, consider throwing a party with your Tough Mudder team so you can look back on your favorite moments together and start plotting which course you’ll conquer next.
Good news is that when it come to training for a Tough Mudder, you don’t need a fancy gym membership hours to train, or even any equipment to work on your conditioning. We tapped some sun-lovin’ fitness coaches for 9 workouts you can do at the beach.
While we hold-fast to the belief that anyone can complete a Tough Mudder event, the mud can make any First-Timer or Legionnaire toughen up faster than Coach can get a group of Mudders going on event day. When it comes to miles of mud, there are some tough love real lessons to be learned. Check out these 7 and be convinced of what we already know: real life is lived outside your comfort zone.