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

The multitasking workout for days when you have, like, 20 minutes to devote to the gym

June 19, 2019 at 11:45AM by CWC There’s a time and place for workout moves that exercise a singular muscle group. Hey, maybe you want to make your arms Superwoman-strong so that carrying your Trader Joe’s grocery haul is a breeze. Or perhaps you’re trying to build up your core so you can (finally!) sit … Continue reading The multitasking workout for days when you have, like, 20 minutes to devote to the gym

This is a trainer’s best-kept secret for working out smarter—not harder—at the gym

June 17, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC Sorry, “more is more” fitness—you’re just not in fashion anymore. Express sweat sessions are now an even hotter trend than bike shorts. And here to accommodate the demand is “strategic laziness,” a lightning fast exercise modality that makes the most of bite-sized workouts. While The 4-Hour Workweek author … Continue reading This is a trainer’s best-kept secret for working out smarter—not harder—at the gym

This is the magic number of days you can skip the gym before your body starts to suffer

June 15, 2019 at 06:00AM by CWC Confession time: I haven’t been to the gym in five days. The first time I skipped my usual 7 a.m. call time was because I was in an Olive Garden-induced salt hangover. The second was because it was my birthday (a given), and the third was because I … Continue reading This is the magic number of days you can skip the gym before your body starts to suffer

Trainers share their favorite (and least favorite!) gym machines

June 11, 2019 at 09:58AM by CWC Let’s face it—gym machines get a bad rap. Nowadays, people are more interested in swinging kettlebell around or heading out to a HIIT class to fire up those muscles, and it’s easy to see why. Since many machines generally isolate specific muscle groups, you’re not getting the multi-benefits … Continue reading Trainers share their favorite (and least favorite!) gym machines

I found the gym machine that gives you a full-body workout in a single move

June 07, 2019 at 04:00AM by CWC There are approximately 10,000 things I’d rather do than use the rowing machine—or the “erg,” if you’re fancy—at the gym: Confront every boy who’s ever ghosted me, participate in the Fear Factor food challenge, or sit next to a crying baby on an airplane whilst hungover (and the … Continue reading I found the gym machine that gives you a full-body workout in a single move

If you’re sick of counting reps at the gym, try German volume training

May 02, 2019 at 06:52AM by CWC I’ll try basically anything in order to get stronger (hey, I’m a fitness editor). I’m bold and grab the heavy weights when I’m so inclined, I’ll do plenty of jump squats for the sake of butt sculpting, and, hell—I’m even suffering through a three month challenge with my … Continue reading If you’re sick of counting reps at the gym, try German volume training

You can skip the gym this many times before you lose your motivation

April 12, 2019 at 08:26AM by CWC I do a pretty good job when it comes to keeping up with my workout schedule. I’m usually on it every single day without a complaint. Every so often, though, I’ll have to skip two days in a row, maybe three. If I’m missing workouts here and there, … Continue reading You can skip the gym this many times before you lose your motivation

It’s official: The bench is the most underrated piece of equipment at the gym

April 11, 2019 at 12:42PM by CWC I can say with full confidence that I have never once, in my entire life, used the bench at the gym. The idea of bench pressing absolutely terrifies me due to my not-completely-irrational fear of dropping a weight on my face and effing up my teeth forever, and … Continue reading It’s official: The bench is the most underrated piece of equipment at the gym

Trainers explain when to actually use those weights machines in the gym

April 10, 2019 at 05:00PM by CWC When I’m wandering around in the gym post-cardio, trying to figure out how I’m going to go about strength training, I tend to alternate between hitting up the weights machines and working with the free weights. I’m going to tell you the honest truth: I choose between them … Continue reading Trainers explain when to actually use those weights machines in the gym

I’m about to tell you strength training’s best-kept secret for spicing things up at the gym

April 10, 2019 at 10:45AM by CWC While spicing things up in the bedroom is a (kind of cringe-worthy) turn of phrase you might hear every so often, people rarely talk about spicing things up at the gym. When your business as usual circuit of burpees, bird-dogs, and deadlifts becomes as tired as your weeknight … Continue reading I’m about to tell you strength training’s best-kept secret for spicing things up at the gym

“Gymtimidation” is real—fight it with the 6 best beginner workouts on YouTube

March 21, 2019 at 12:20PM by CWC When I first started going to the gym, I tried to get there early in the morning so I could  awkwardly fumble with the weight machines before a line of people waiting to use them formed behind me. According to a new study, I’m not the only one who’s … Continue reading “Gymtimidation” is real—fight it with the 6 best beginner workouts on YouTube

Real talk: Gym selfies aren’t *actually* helping to motivate that many of us

March 21, 2019 at 03:00AM by CWC There’s only one thing in the fitness world more aggressively polarizing than burpees, and that’s gym selfies. Sweaty selfies. #swealfies, if you will. Whether you love them or hate them, you’ve most definitely got some sort of strong opinion about your IG feed being populated with flexed biceps. … Continue reading Real talk: Gym selfies aren’t *actually* helping to motivate that many of us