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Sep
15
2017

As a yoga instructor, I’ve been to my fair share of Bikram classes where I exercised in just a sports bra, and the dude next to me pretty much sported a skimpy Speedo.

We’re sweating, we’re basically naked, we’re breathing heavily it’s basically like a spiritual porno.

So, you’d guess I would have no problem tearing off my baggy t-shirt when it came is high time to hit the gym rather than the yoga studio.

But, TBH, there’s just something about the extremely suspect side-eye I constantly suffer from the old man on the rowing machine that builds me want to wear a full-body space suit during the entirety of every HIIT circuit.

Yoga is my comfortable, happy place. When I’m in the studio , nothing can go wrong.

In comparison, uncovering my midriff at the gymseemed like it would be just as uncomfortable and awkward as demonstrating up to a party alone and standing in the corner pretending to enthusiastically text someone.


But, in the name of not dedicating a f* ck, I decided to suck it up, strip it down, and conquer some commandos sans workout shirt.

Georgina Berbari

As I headed toward the elliptical for some warm-up cardio, my first instinct was to immediately turn around and grab my shirt from my car.

My belly button suddenly felt like international crimes punishable by law, and I could feel sweat beginning to drip down my forehead, even though I hadn’t even started my workout yet.

I managed to talkmyself out of it, realizing I should probably save my irrational anxieties of bellybutton-related felony for something more realistic, like my horrendous parking abilities( yup, shootings fired at myself ).

I finished my warm-up and strolled over to the ab mats with my headheld high, ready to kill the new HIIT workout I had planned.

I was candidly starting to feel various kinds of badass and liberated without my shirt.

However, right when I determined down on the mat, an elderly human decided to explosion my bubble by motioning for me to take out my headphones.

Oh no, I thought to myself.

I tentatively removed one earbud and prepared myself from what came next.


He told me I should set my shirt back on because my stomach was truly distracting to him and others.

Georgina Berbari

Oh, I didn’t realize that my belly button is so disturbing to you? Is it the piercing? The diamond can be kind of blinding I altogether feel you.

That was the heavily sarcastic statement I I’d had the balls to throw back at him.

Instead, I mutely rolled my eyes, gave him a half-hearted nod, and decided to channels my newfound annoyance into my workout.

What seemed like a billion burpees afterwards, I was out of breath, drenched in sweat, and feeling on top of the world.

I refused to let this man’s commentary get at me, or build me put my shirt back on.


And I think that’s actually what made this whole experiencefeel so incredibly freeing.

Georgina Berbari

Other than a handful of not-so-subtle gazes fromguys my age in between their dead-lift grunts, demonstrating my belly was actually a lot less scary than I anticipated.

As for that old dude on the ab mat, perhaps he should try to focus on his own workout routine rather than preoccupy himself with a young woman’s body. Just a think, you know?

Luckily, his comment actually a sort of natural, pre-workout-esque boost of energy for my sweat sesh, so perhaps I should thank him( nah, I’m good ).

I’m sure I’m not the first woman who’s experienced this kind of sexualization, and I’m certain I won’t be the last.

But if you can’t help but be distracted by my midriff, that sounds like a big bowl of your problem not mine.

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Sep
12
2017

I’ve employed plenty of excuses to skip a workout: I’ve had a long day at work; I’m too sore from yesterday’s HIIT circuit; I have amarathon I need to catch. And with summertime in full swing, you better believe I’ve been ducking out of some of my workouts because of the sweltering heat. Seriously, sometimes it’s like my sweat is sweating.( Is that a thing ?)

I know it seems like a ridiculous excuse, but my body only feels too sluggish at times to make it through a productive sweat sesh when it’s humid AF outside.

But good ol’ science is here to back me up. Research from the University of Nebraska at Omaha suggests exercising in the summer heat may minimize the results you want from your workout.

In their study, the researchers examinedexercise’s impact on the participants’mitochondria( which are responsible for creating most of the energy this is necessary) in order to assure how high temperature outside are related to your fitness results.


Basically, the mitochondria in your body barely undergo any changes when you work out in high temperatures.

The researchers detected these findings after looking attissue samples taken from 36 participants both before and after they exercisedin hot and cold environments.

According to Dustin Silvka, analyze writer and exercising physiology laboratory director at the University of Nebraska, these results basically demonstrate the response[ in hot is] about the same as if no workout had occurred.

Well damn, what’s the point then ?!


But don’t go cancelling all your summertime workout plans just yet.

First of all, as the researchers noted to Huffington Post, their findings were only based on a single workout, and future endeavours aim to observe how people’s muscles answer after a few weeks of training in those humid temperatures.

Plus, just because working out in the summer hot may not inevitably yield the results you want, it doesn’t mean you should ditch all your fitness goals until the cold weather returns.

Otherstudies have suggestedworking out incooler surroundings can promise a multitude of benefits and improve your overall progression meaning you’re probably better off sweating it out inside with an arctic AC blast hitting you anyway.

Of course, the options for indoor workouts are practically endless you can go to a local gym, yoga studio, look for a SoulCycle class near you, or simply lay out a mat in your living room and crush an ab circuit or two.

Bottom line: When it feels like the Sahara outside, take it as your cue to spice things up and try something new in your fitness routine, like a class you’ve always was just thinking about looking into, but never have.

FromBox+ Flow( which is literally a combination ofyoga and boxing ), to underwater cycling, there’s no reason why exercise can’t be just as exciting indoors as it is outside.

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Sep
06
2017

I never understood the true meaning of hurts so good until I startedfoam rolling.

And TBH, I still dont understand, because it largely just hurts.

Im still kind of waiting on the good part.

I know, I know. Im not making it seem like a walk in the park, so why would you want to try rolling out post-workout?

Well, if youve ever experienced that cant-even-sit-at-my-desksoreness after leg day, youre going to want to hear this, because this form of self-massagemight just be thecure youre looking for.

Foam Rolling Is A Kind Of Myofascial Release

You use a firm piece of foam( usually in the shape of a cylinder) to alleviate muscle tension, which stops soreness right in its tracks.

It started exclusively with pro athletes, trainers, and therapists, and had now been spread to more familiar faces, like that guy you detest at the gym whos always- hogging the squatting rack.

To understand how it works, myofascial release isa safe and effective hands-on technique, in which youre literally giving yourself a deep-tissue massageby gently applying pressure to the connective tissue of your muscles( fascia) to eradicate soreness and tension.

By seeing the spots with more tightness or trigger points in your body, you help your muscles recover, and allow them to return to normal function more quickly.

Normal Function Is When Your Muscles Are Elastic, Healthy, And Ready To Perform At A Moments Notice

Through foam rolling, you actually possess full ability to control the healing and recovery process of your body. How cool is that?

Personally, I was most fascinated by the fact that you really have to tune into what your body is telling you so that you can apply pressure where you need it most

Only can feel exactly what is happening, so the recovery process is in your hands( literally ).

Everyone hates those days where theyre so sore they can scarcely think of strolling from thefront doorway to the mailbox, let alone get in ascheduled workout.

Thats why five minutes of( admittedly uncomfortable) rolling out after my workout has become something Ive learned to endure and incorporate into my routine.

If You Feel Like You Dont Know Where To Start, Take It Slow

It might feel awkward at first, but I swear it becomes much more natural with practice.

You can basically foam-roll any area with muscle tension, but there are certain points that are more common and naturally build up more tightness.

The calves, the iliotibial band, and thepiriformismuscle are all common trigger points, according to Runners World.

So, what are you waiting for? Go get the ball( puns the working day, every day ).

Most gyms provide foam rollers, but if you feel like youre going to have a pretty committedrelationship withmyofascial release, you can purchase your own online or at an athletic store.

Happy rolling! And recollect: no pain , no gain.

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Sep
03
2017

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Aug
21
2017

I knew Cassey Ho and I would get along from the first moment I clicked onto her popular fitness blog, Blogilates.

At the time, her most recent post on the site was titled, Why Im no longer ashamed of exclaiming.In case you guys didnt know, I essentially wrote on the exact same subject merely a couple months ago.

So when Ho and I ultimately met in person, I mentioned our mutual appreciation for a good yell, and she enthusiastically told me it was nice to meet a fellow crier.

Thats the thing about Cassey Ho; despite being a wildly successful female entrepreneur who boasts four unbelievable, internationally known brands, shes still an unbelievably down-to-earth woman.

Or, As She Might Put It, Shes A Shero

Cassey Ho

Ho defines the empowering term:

A shero is someone whos willing to take risks and fight for what they believe in, even in the face of adversity.

A shero is someone who isnt afraid to stand alone.

Though shes expended the last several years building an amazing fitness brand through YouTube and social media, Hos next project will tackle something slightly different.

On June 21, the 30 -year-old fitness guru will officially launch.

Alongside fellow female entrepreneur Lisa Bilyeu, Ho tells Elite Daily she plans to tackle a wide range of topics in the podcast, from body image, to business, to relationships, and anything and everything girls want to learn about.

And, For Real, Women Listen To Cassey Ho

Cassey Ho

Another of her recent blog posts went into detail about what she refers to as her soft body, and why its perfectly natural for her body to seem this way.

Ho tells Elite Daily,

No matter what your body actually looks like, its how strong you are that really matters.

And sometimes, what you is healthy, like having a six-pack, you dont know what means that person took to get there. It may seem healthy, but is it actually?

The viral YouTuberexplained that, at one point, while she was in the midst of training for a bikini rivalry, she may have seemed healthy on the outside, but on the inside, she felt far from it.

Cassey Ho

She tells,

People told me I seemed so good, but the truth was, my cognitive ability wasnt as sharp as it normally is. It was very difficult for me to run my business. I lost myself during that time.

But now, having a softer body, all there is strong, I can hangout with friends, feed food that I love, and I simply feel balanced and like Im in harmony with my body.

At the end of the working day, Ho sayswomen shouldnt scrutinize their bodies for six-pack definition, or obsess over arbitrary numbers on a scale.

Instead, she implores girls to ask themselves, Am I giving my gift to the world and doing what I want to be doing? Am I fulfilling my purpose in this world?

You are so much more than your body. You are, as Cassey Ho would say, a shero.

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Aug
18
2017

Some people will do anything to score the body of their dreams.I happen to be one of those people.

Over the years, Ive basically tried every fitness fad on the face of countries around the world in order to whittle my waistline.

And when it comes to sweating it out at the gym, Ive learnedweight trainingis my least favorite thing to do.

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Aug
12
2017

With “Workout Fails: New Year, Same Me” Fail Army demonstrates us that “Sport ist Mord”( “sports kill you”) as we say in Germany. This compiling of lots of hurtful failings near, under or at weights went viral instantly with over two million views.

“What are you going to do differently in 2017? ”

via: likecool

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Aug
06
2017

The gym is the ultimate experience in intimidation.

If youve never worked out before and feel self-conscious about your jiggly thighs or stomach, those clanking weight machines and whooshing treadmills are enough to cause a quasi-panic attack.

When I first started hitting the gym, route back in college, I opposed the urge to scream every time person looked at me.

Interestingly, though, its not only the fit people casting judgement at the gym.Everybody participates in body-shaming.

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Aug
04
2017

Image: Andrew Lipovsky

Happy hour or a 60 -minute spin class which do you choose on a busy day?

A new dating app Sweatt, might just have the solution.

Simply put, if you combined Tinder and Class Pass, youd have Sweatt. The apps algorithm matches people based on how often and when they work up, what their favorite classes or activities are, and any kind of diet predilection, from raw to paleo. Users also have the option to write a short profile.

Image: Sweatt

Image: SWEATT

Most dating apps match users based on things in common, whether its friends, ethnicity or music. Similarly, for many people, fitness isnt merely a pastime; its a lifestyle, which can be a building block toward deep emotional connection.

You don’t have to love the same kinds of fitness; someone into yoga could match well with a marathon runner simply because they understand each others priorities.

While you’d think it would be easy to satisfy other people at the gym, you are able run into some familiar problems: people work up employing headphones or while watching their phones( not very inviting ), or you just see the same people every day.

Sweatt connects people you don’t consider every day but who share one of your top interests.

Image: SWEATT

While Sweatt presents opportunities to create real relationships, the app is ripe with gym selfies, so beware. In fact, Sweatt sets major emphasis on the importance of profile paintings with the option to post five full-size profile photos.

While the creator of the app Dan Ilani insists Sweatt isnt a hookup app, judging by the photos of the user base, some might be mistaken. This could potentially be frustrating for some people.

Image: SWEATT

However, the app could help shake up the first date. Sweatt users might forgo dinner and beverages for a physical activity instead, such as hiking or taking a class together, a playful opportunity to to know person.

And even if the date doesnt go well, at the least users won’t miss their workout.

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Jul
26
2017

Fitness trends come and go( remember the Power Balance Bracelet? #TBT .)

New exercises enter the scenein the fitness world each and every day.

But some of the classics are here to remain whether you like it or not.

The burpee is one of those oldies that’s proven time and time again to be super effective when it comes to enhancing your overall fitness routine and toning your bod.

It also happens to have this magical ability to automatically construct you groan at the mere mention of its name.

I kind of wish that burpees would get out of my life forever.

But at the same day, the awesome results I tend to see whenever I consistently add them to my routine, tell otherwise.

If you’re a total burpee novice, here are seven fluctuations to seduce you into the world of the most curiously named workout out there.

And yes, you can all curl up into fetal positions and cryabout it when you’re done. I’ll bringing the tissues.

1. The Standard Burpee

It’s like the vanilla ice cream of the burpee world: the foundation of it all, without any sprinkles or magical shell.

This classic foundational move combinesa squat, a push-up, and a jump.

Ugh, I’m depleted simply writing about it.

Pro tip: Always recollect to engage your core, and to continue efforts to land softly to avoid injury.

So, you know, you can do more burpees( yay ?).

2. Spiderman Burpee

I’m no Peter Parker, but I sure do like a superhero when I successfully complete 10 reps of these bad boys.

The spiderman burpee will tone your abs and attain you feel like you got bit by a radioactive spider, just like in the comics( literally I’m in pain; send help ).

3. Single-Leg Burpee

I’ll admit, just because you’re subtracting a leg on this, it doesn’t make the variation any easier.

Sorry fam, but that burn is real AF.

But so are the endorphins, amirite?

4. Side-Plank Burpee

This baby right here involves acombination of the OG burpee with a side-plank.

Holy coordination.

OK, yes, I’m being a bit dramatic. It’s not as scary as it sounds.

Practice the exercises separately before combining the two, so you can be a pro and vex your friends by showing off at parties( yes, I am friend ).

5. Tuck-Jump Burpee

Jump up as explosively as possible for this variation.

You know the meme that tells the floor is gluten?

Yeah, like that.

6. Box-Jump Burpee

Yep , now you have to add someprops.

Literally, SOS.

But, in all seriousness, this is a workout, and it’ll give you so much satisfaction after you complete a few sets.

Make sure this is right comfortably, and safely, complete standard box jumpings before you embark on this combo.

Then get to it, you lil’ jumping bean.

7. Weighted Burpee

Last, but surely not least( there’s a whole world of burpees out there it frightens the crap out of me ), you’ve got the weighted burpee.

You will definitely feel the burn with this one. I can actually feel my muscles getting stronger within simply hours of doing these exercises.

Am I exaggerating? Perhaps. But adding these into your HIIT routine will work every damn part of your body like nothing else.

It’s equal proportions exhausting and effective hand over the free weights.

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