I’m an Olympic gymnast, and these are the 3 exercises for core strength I do on repeat

January 17, 2020 at 06:30PM by CWC Who doesn’t love watching gymnasts flip, swing, and leap their way through the Olympics? They make it look easy, but it requires some serious power to achieve such awe-inspiring feats. Whether they perform on the bars, on the floor, or on the beam, Olympic gymnasts know that doing … Continue reading I’m an Olympic gymnast, and these are the 3 exercises for core strength I do on repeat

‘1. 5 reps’ help you see results at the gym *twice* as fast

January 16, 2020 at 08:36PM by CWC Repetitions (the kids call them “reps”) are the building blocks of any strength training routine. Every rep carries you from the start to the finish of a move, but  Katrina Pilkington, NASM-CPT, a National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified trainer, says that one secret to how to gain muscle … Continue reading ‘1. 5 reps’ help you see results at the gym *twice* as fast

The 12 most unforgivable gym etiquette offenses during the busiest month of the year

January 16, 2020 at 06:42PM by CWC Growing up, my family never missed church on Sunday. Never. As such devout practitioners (aka helpless charges of a devout mother), we liked to complain about the twice-a-year church-goers, the ones who made it unbearably crowded at Easter and Christmas and who never knew what the hell (sorry, … Continue reading The 12 most unforgivable gym etiquette offenses during the busiest month of the year

How an AMRAP CrossFit mentality has benefitted my life outside the gym

January 14, 2020 at 02:00AM by CWC I’m a better person because I do CrossFit. It’s sounds like a sales pitch, and considering that I work at a CrossFit box a few times a week, sometimes it is. But it’s also the capital-T truth (and not just because of the endorphins boost). The way I … Continue reading How an AMRAP CrossFit mentality has benefitted my life outside the gym

The 2 most underrated gym machines for burning out your thighs and glutes

January 01, 2020 at 02:00PM by CWC There are two pieces of equipment that I absolutely love—the abductor and adductor machines. When I ask Maillard Howell, owner of CrossFit Prospect Heights and founder of the The Beta Way, whether they’re worth a share of the small amount of time most of us have to dedicate to our workouts, … Continue reading The 2 most underrated gym machines for burning out your thighs and glutes

The wearable metric you should always check before leaving the gym

December 12, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC Your calendar may not always leave you a whole lot of breathing room. But if you’re scheduling your first meeting 15 minutes after you finish your morning workout, Joshua Clay, trainer and founder of Woke Coaching Systems, wants you to take one crucial step before exiting the gym … Continue reading The wearable metric you should always check before leaving the gym

The next frontier in digital fitness is coming to a gym near you

December 05, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC Take a look around any gym and you’ll see people consulting phones about what move comes next. Digital fitness has brought expert trainers straight to our fingertips, and with Life Fitness On Demand—the newest launch from the cardio machine engineers at Life Fitness—your treadmills, ellipticals, spin bikes, and … Continue reading The next frontier in digital fitness is coming to a gym near you

Is your gym sesh affecting your immunity? Here’s how to avoid workout-induced burnout

November 26, 2019 at 04:30AM by CWC If you’ve ever been told to “sweat it out” while working through the stages of a nasty cold, you have the right to give them a solid “no thanks” followed by a hefty dose of real-talk. That’s because—says Vishal Patel, director of product development at Nuun—the idea that … Continue reading Is your gym sesh affecting your immunity? Here’s how to avoid workout-induced burnout

The best Black Friday fitness equipment deals to bulk up your home gym

November 25, 2019 at 06:00PM by CWC One of my biggest dreams in life is to have a full-on gym in my home. Since I live in New York City, that will never happen (unless I somehow become a countess someday and get myself a mansion). But, at the very least, it’s now that time … Continue reading The best Black Friday fitness equipment deals to bulk up your home gym

The official USA Gymnastics stretching sequence is a full-body workout on its own

November 20, 2019 at 11:00PM by CWC For the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, stretching is as effortless as breathing. At the beginning of each training session, competitors complete a 20-minute warm-up to prepare them to take on the beam, the vault, the uneven bars, the rings, and the floor. And according to some of the … Continue reading The official USA Gymnastics stretching sequence is a full-body workout on its own

So, you’re a gym zombie? Here’s how to bring yourself back to life with quick workouts

November 16, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC I’ll admit it: I’m a gym zombie. If I have a free afternoon, I’ll spend it trying out new machines, practicing handstands, and stretching to my heart’s content. The habit’s not all that efficient, however. If you want to master quick workouts, Tatiana Lampa, trainer with Training with … Continue reading So, you’re a gym zombie? Here’s how to bring yourself back to life with quick workouts

8 grippy, non-slip sneakers that will keep you secure and up your gym game

November 14, 2019 at 07:00PM by CWC Footwear is probably the most technical piece of equipment that you slip on in your day-to-day gym regimen. A shoe has to fit properly, it’s got to suit the workout that you’re doing, and it has to hold your foot in place to stave off injury and make … Continue reading 8 grippy, non-slip sneakers that will keep you secure and up your gym game

Follow this simple AF gym cheat sheet to feel like Queen Bee of the weight room

October 09, 2019 at 06:30PM by CWC The weight room at the gym gives me stage fright. I know, I know: exactly zero people care what I’m doing. But the aimlessness I feel between the squat rack and the free weights makes me feel like I’ve been plopped into the arena from The Hunger Games. Which is … Continue reading Follow this simple AF gym cheat sheet to feel like Queen Bee of the weight room

62% of you hate working out at night—here’s how to get to the gym anyways

October 05, 2019 at 04:00PM by CWC After a full day of sitting through meetings that could have been emails and trying not to lose your cool at Karen for forgetting to re-fill the office coffee pot again, the last thing most people want to do is haul to the gym. In fact, in a recent Instagram … Continue reading 62% of you hate working out at night—here’s how to get to the gym anyways

With the rise of digital fitness, gyms need to be built differently

September 04, 2019 at 10:12PM by CWC Hot take: the way we use gyms is changing, which means gyms themselves need to change with us. Thanks to the rise of digital fitness, gyms have become a playground, rather than a maze. With coaches in our pockets and on our wrists, we can work out anywhere, … Continue reading With the rise of digital fitness, gyms need to be built differently

Here’s why using the same towel on your face *and* your gym equipment is a germ-spreading no-no

August 20, 2019 at 08:57AM by CWC A trusty gym towel is truly a girl’s best friend. It keeps sweat out of your eyes—and mascara from streaming down your face!—during your last mile on the treadmill. And it ensures you’ll never leave a puddle behind after doing bench presses in the weight room. But please, … Continue reading Here’s why using the same towel on your face *and* your gym equipment is a germ-spreading no-no

15 at-home cardio exercises that will make you want to cancel your gym membership

August 17, 2019 at 05:00AM by CWC No matter what your exercise of choice is—whether you’re Pilates-forward or prefer to sweat it out in the boxing ring—cardio is an important part of every routine. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find any coach or trainer who wouldn’t tell you to make it a priority. … Continue reading 15 at-home cardio exercises that will make you want to cancel your gym membership

The hardest plank of my life came courtesy of this under-the-radar gym equipment

August 13, 2019 at 07:00AM by CWC At my gym, there are these three-foot long horizontal tubes with cut-outs. They look like foam rollers, but are far from it. They’re actually not meant to help with recovery at all, they’re supposed to add some serious intensity to your sweat sesh. And boy, do they deliver. In … Continue reading The hardest plank of my life came courtesy of this under-the-radar gym equipment

Everyone at my gym is sipping coffee mid-workout, and nutritionists told me why

August 07, 2019 at 06:00AM by CWC I’ve noticed a new trend in the gym of late, that’s become about as pertinent as one-shoulder sports bras and wide-leg yoga pants: People drinking coffee during their workouts. As a morning-exercise fan, I’ve always gulped down a cold brew before hitting the megaformer, which RDs say is totally … Continue reading Everyone at my gym is sipping coffee mid-workout, and nutritionists told me why

The demand for “wellness under one roof” means good things for your local gym

July 25, 2019 at 06:03AM by CWC There is a new “gym” on 14th Street in New York City, called Complete, that has three stair-masters, seven elliptical machines, and 10 treadmills. It also has a rooftop garden, a juice bar, a full spa, and a “Himalayan Salt” member’s lounge. The gym, which opened its doors … Continue reading The demand for “wellness under one roof” means good things for your local gym

This 10-minute, at-home leg workout will make you want to cancel your gym membership

July 05, 2019 at 01:32AM by CWC Wanna burn out that lower body? Try this 10-minute leg workout from Charlee Atkins, here.  It’s easy to focus on your ab, arm, and—of course—your butt workouts, since it feels like you’re hitting your legs naturally by, ya know, going places. But your lower body could use some … Continue reading This 10-minute, at-home leg workout will make you want to cancel your gym membership

The most boring-seeming piece of gym equipment is actually a HIIT secret weapon

June 21, 2019 at 03:00AM by CWC Ah, the assault bike. It’s one of those pieces of equipment, like the Bosu ball and the battle ropes, that just kind of hangs out in the corner of the gym with nobody on it. It’s like the workout machine equivalent of the smelly kid no one wanted … Continue reading The most boring-seeming piece of gym equipment is actually a HIIT secret weapon