7 anti-chafing shorts that make me feel like I’m running, lifting, and HIITing in pajamas

August 19, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC I snagged my first-ever pair of running shorts off the clearance rack at Marshall’s. They were splattered in highlighter-colored cheetah spots (so. cute.), and after a three mile road test, they dyed the tops of my thighs so pink that the lower half of me looked more Double … Continue reading 7 anti-chafing shorts that make me feel like I’m running, lifting, and HIITing in pajamas

“Heavy carries” are the surefire way to get stronger without lifting weights

August 16, 2019 at 01:00PM by CWC You’ll be hard-pressed to see me schlepping around with less than two bags at any given time. (Gym bag, purse, laptop bag… the list of bags really goes on and on.) But I tend to view this as an annoyance—I’ve grown to hate carrying things. Sometimes I’ll knock … Continue reading “Heavy carries” are the surefire way to get stronger without lifting weights

Why Vitamin B12 is essential for lifting your mood and energy

June 04, 2019 at 10:59AM by CWC The vitamin B12 craze has been around for years, which is no easy feat in the wellness world where there’s a hot new supplement launch every single week. (Borage oil, anyone?) But the B-vitamin has successfully held its ground as an elite-status ingredient thanks to its many researched-backed … Continue reading Why Vitamin B12 is essential for lifting your mood and energy

How to lift light and still get stronger, according to fitness pros

February 26, 2019 at 03:00AM by CWC No matter what workout or fitness class I’m into at the moment, when it comes time for strength training, I tend to reach for light weights rather than heavy ones. Despite the fact that a single Pure Barre sesh can leave my arms on fire after roughly 10 … Continue reading How to lift light and still get stronger, according to fitness pros

Two words to blow your workout wide open: HIIT weightlifting

February 22, 2019 at 06:00AM by CWC As a person who gets quite bored in workouts, I’ve definitely hopped on the HIIT train over the past year. At the gym, you can catch me either doing a HIIT running workout, or alternating (swiftly!) between bursts of burpees and strength training and cardio movements for the … Continue reading Two words to blow your workout wide open: HIIT weightlifting

Cardio weightlifting can save you *major* time in the gym—and who doesn’t want that?

November 30, 2018 at 03:00AM Pretty much all my life, my workouts have stayed relatively the same: run for about three miles, then throw in some impromptu strength training at the end. Of course, I’ve been to countless boutique fitness classes over the years (from cycling to HIIT to Pilates to yoga), but the real … Continue reading Cardio weightlifting can save you *major* time in the gym—and who doesn’t want that?

One side effect of weightlifting I didn’t expect? Tiny holes in my teeth

November 16, 2018 at 03:02AM I have resting gym face (RGF, if you will). Whether I’m pushing my limits in a spin class, going for a deadlift PR, or trying to nail a yoga pose where balance is a prerequisite (read: all yoga poses), I tense my jaw, chomp down on my canines, and grind … Continue reading One side effect of weightlifting I didn’t expect? Tiny holes in my teeth

These are the best exercises for your glutes—and there’s not a squat in sight

October 23, 2019 at 12:00AM by CWC Squats are a sure-fire way to make your glutes burn. There’s no denying that. I mean, you can feel your muscles working every single time you lower down and raise back up. With that being said, dropping it low over and over again can get a little boring after … Continue reading These are the best exercises for your glutes—and there’s not a squat in sight

8 abs moves that go above and beyond to work your entire body

October 22, 2019 at 08:07PM by CWC Ab workouts generally go one of two ways: They feel far too easy (making you question how effective they really are) or they’re so difficult, you’re panting out of breath after just three reps. (No? Just me?) But that’s not to say abs movements should be pushed to … Continue reading 8 abs moves that go above and beyond to work your entire body

4 moves to loosen up your lower half if you’re dealing with restless legs

October 21, 2019 at 09:19PM by CWC If you have restless legs syndrome, you know the feeling: It’s been a long day and all you can imagine doing is settling on the couch to catch up on your fave Netflix show. As soon as you sit down, your legs start tingling and aching and then … Continue reading 4 moves to loosen up your lower half if you’re dealing with restless legs

Bear planks make your whole body roar—and that’s a good thing

October 21, 2019 at 06:42PM by CWC Most trainers would agree that it’s a great idea to begin every workout with a plank. Whether you’re trying to remain sturdy on your forearms, balancing on one leg, holding a pushup position, or alternating arm lifts, there’s really no easy variation. But nothing makes your whole body … Continue reading Bear planks make your whole body roar—and that’s a good thing

This week’s waning quarter moon calls for things to simply fall into place

October 20, 2019 at 11:00PM by CWC With the nights growing longer, those of us in the northern hemisphere are forced to adjust to a diminishing duration of sunlight duration with each passing day. And since this week begins with a waning quarter moon, we’re also being asked to adjust to dwindling moonlight. A waning … Continue reading This week’s waning quarter moon calls for things to simply fall into place

How to strengthen your lower back so you can have good posture for life

October 19, 2019 at 04:00PM by CWC When it comes to strengthening and toning, some parts of the body get all the attention. Entire classes are devoted to abs, glutes, and arms, but lower back? Not so much. “It’s not one of those muscles we think about often,” certified personal trainer and Love Sweat Fitness … Continue reading How to strengthen your lower back so you can have good posture for life

The future of skin care is genderless, which is a win for everybody

October 19, 2019 at 02:00PM by CWC For as long as I can remember, there were two sides to skin-care aisles: Those lined with bottles brimming with floral scents and feminine touches and those that were sturdy and gray, meant to signify manliness. Now, though? The two are converging. Instead of a segregation between the … Continue reading The future of skin care is genderless, which is a win for everybody

If you’re going to do one move every single day, make it a push-up

October 18, 2019 at 04:00PM by CWC As far as workout moves go, push-ups are the great equalizer. No matter where you are in your fitness journey, there is always going to be a way to use push-ups to challenge yourself—whether that means working up from your knees onto your hands (no small feat!) or … Continue reading If you’re going to do one move every single day, make it a push-up

The ‘dragon flag’ is a martial arts-inspired ab exercise that sets your core on fire

October 17, 2019 at 09:30PM by CWC World-famous martial artist Bruce Lee was known for many things, including his signature abdominal strength-training move known as the dragon flag—the ultimate test of core strength. And considering it involves essentially turning your body into a human flag on a flag pole, I’d have to say it probably … Continue reading The ‘dragon flag’ is a martial arts-inspired ab exercise that sets your core on fire

7 resistance band shoulder exercises that will correct your posture in no time

October 17, 2019 at 06:00PM by CWC Our shoulders are like the steering wheel of the body—they help direct the rest of our limbs and champion good posture. Hunch ’em forward, and you’ll slouch, but pull them back and you’ll stand up straight. Rocket science? Nope. But, it can be helpful to remember that they … Continue reading 7 resistance band shoulder exercises that will correct your posture in no time

I tried 6 minimizing bras to make my boobs look smaller—here’s how they stack up

October 17, 2019 at 01:00AM by CWC My boobs were the first part of my body I ever felt confident about, and I usually take every opportunity to emphasize them accordingly. But sometimes—like when your job-interview-appropriate blouse starts to strain against its buttons so badly you look like you’re posing for the cover of a … Continue reading I tried 6 minimizing bras to make my boobs look smaller—here’s how they stack up

How to marry strength training and yoga so you can be stretchy-strong

October 16, 2019 at 03:00AM by CWC Stretching and strength training are like the sister-and-law and grandpa you don’t want sitting together at family gatherings. That is, you love them… but separately. Not every school of fitness thought thinks the two modalities should be separated, however. Anabolic stretching, a fairly new way to train your … Continue reading How to marry strength training and yoga so you can be stretchy-strong

Strengthen your core and massage your hip flexors with hanging leg raises

October 15, 2019 at 07:00PM by CWC Sometimes, the title of things can be misleading. Some examples: the entire Real Housewives series (uh, many are divorced, working ladies), Gossip Girl (spoiler alert: it’s a guy, actually), and hanging leg raises. If I asked you to imagine what a hanging leg raise exercise is all about, … Continue reading Strengthen your core and massage your hip flexors with hanging leg raises

Why trainers say you should start every single workout with a plank

October 14, 2019 at 07:30PM by CWC Think of your core as the Cher Horowitz of your skeletal muscular system. It’s the leader of the pack, the glue that holds things together, and the central force that influences everything that you do (including your workouts, which remains true in both cases). Pretty much every move … Continue reading Why trainers say you should start every single workout with a plank