Posts tagged "gym"

18 Types Of Social Awkwardness You Experience At The Gym (In GIFs!)

The gym is its own little microcosm of social norms and awkward moments. You’re not the only one who occasionally feels like a weirdo! If you’ve ever spent even a second on an elliptical, you’ve probably experienced a few of these cringey predicaments…

1. When you get on a deserted treadmill that still has a…

By: Claire Hannum / April 10, 2015

Absolute Beginners: Gym Etiquette 101

After the first installment of Absolute Beginners was posted, I got a few really awesome suggestions for future posts. This one is from reader Cedra, who brought up the point that a lot of total fitness newbies are intimidated by the gym because they simply don’t know exactly how they’re supposed to act there. So…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 19, 2015

Absolute Beginners: Quitters Win

Hi there! Welcome to Absolute Beginners, our new fitness column. I’d tell you to sit down and make yourself comfortable, but that’d really go against the whole modus operandi of what I’m trying to do, here. Instead, I don’t know, go do some jumping jacks, then come back and read this.

So, I…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 6, 2015

Here’s The Exact Date This Month That You’ll Give Up On The Gym

We’re told repeatedly that our New Year’s resolutions are doomed to implode sooner rather than later, but naysayers always keep it vague. “Oh, you’ll quit the second life gets stressful again,” they’ll say, but what the hell does that mean? Sometimes it’s better to know exactly when to expect our own failure to steel ourselves for a grim…

By: Claire Hannum / February 10, 2015

I’ve Decided To Jump On The CrossFit Hate Train

It’s taken me a while to formulate an opinion on CrossFit, but I talked it out today, so I think I’m ready to dip my toe into some controversial waters and speak about a fitness routine/lifestyle/whatever that is related to the fitness routine/lifestyle/whatever that I do — barbell lifting — but in which I have…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 14, 2015

To All The New Year’s Fitness Newbies: Find Your Joy

When I went to the gym early-early on Monday morning, I was shocked: Three of the four squat racks were occupied, two personal trainers were working with clients, and people were already on the Stairmaster (I don’t know why the Stairmaster is the first machine to get used at my gym every morning, but there…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 7, 2015

A Better Gym Selfie

I have so many conflicting feelings about gym selfies. I usually just sort of frown at them, shake my head, and move on. They’re the kind of thing that other people do, and while I totally respect their right to do it, I just don’t understand why. This came to a head this morning when,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 15, 2014

Man Demonstrates The Most Imaginative Way To Use Gym Equipment Ever

Every time I go to the gym (which, I confess, has not been in quite some time), I eye this one machine that has a bunch of wires and weights and wonder how the heck it works. I’ve never seen anyone use it, and I refuse to try it because A) I will likely hurt…

By: Katie Oldenburg / December 8, 2014

This Bracelet Will Give You An Electric Shock For Indulging In Bad Habits

An upcoming bracelet and app called the Pavlok will help you change your habits by giving you an electric shock when you fail at them. You get to choose the habit you’d like to work on, like spending too much time on the internet, going to the gym, losing hard-earned cash, or getting up at…

By: Claire Hannum / July 28, 2014

3 Aerial Workouts That Are Really, Truly, Undeniably Fun

I feel like it’s a complete and total cliché to say things like “We all know your workout routine can get repetitive and boring, so here’s some ways to spice it up!” – So I’m not going to say that. What I am going to say is this: On top of activities you do to…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 26, 2014

This Mother-Daughter Exercise Team Is Totally Adorable (And Strong)!

Meet Cheryl and Tessa, a mother and daughter who pledged to spend 100 days getting fit together — and happened to lose a combined 74 pounds along the way. These ladies are amazing. When I first came across this video, I was skeptical. Sometimes “inspirational” videos about losing weight irk me because they encourage a very…

By: Claire Hannum / May 13, 2014

Found: My New Favorite Running Shorts

In my continuing quest to become a runner, I’ve conquered a number of mental obstacles, but until recently, had yet to figure out the solution to a more tangible challenge: finding running clothes that are comfortable and functional for my big-busted, short, curvy body (not exactly the shape most athletic companies cater to). After finally…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 9, 2014

Sweat In Style: 7 Of Our Favorite Outfits From Fabletics, Kate Hudson’s New Workout Line

Looking to inject a little more style into your workout wear? Check out Fabletics, a new line of fashionable fitness gear co-founded by Kate Hudson. Here’s how it works: you answer a few questions about your style preferences, favorite workouts, and body type, and Fabletics creates a personalized style profile for you. If you opt to…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 22, 2014

5 Invisible Obstacles I Conquer Every Time I Run

I started running regularly about six months ago, moving slowly from the “Oh My God I Hate This So Much” stage to the “Hey This Is Kind Of Cool” stage to the “If I Go More Than 2 Days In A Row Without Running I Miss It And Get Really Aggro” stage, which is where…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 18, 2014

Spotify Teams With Scientists To Create The “Ultimate Workout Playlist”

While many people view their workout music as a deeply personal choice (I’m partial to “Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits” when I hit the treadmill), there’s a scientific reason that some songs get your blood pumping more than others. In addition to beats per minute (BPM) that match up to a person’s running stride and heart…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 14, 2014

Frisky Rant: Actually, I Don’t Find Your “Inspirational” Workout Pics Inspiring At All

Last week, I wrote about Jen Selter, a 20-year-old Long Island woman who supposedly has the “best butt on Instagram.” While Jen does indeed have a fantastic derriere, I was more interested in what she told the New York Post about her booty pics: they are inspiring. I quote: “If [my Instagram account] motivates people…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2014

Here’s A Resolution: Stop Complaining About People Taking Over Your Gym, And Encourage Them Instead

It’s safe to say that if you’re a human between the ages of 18 to 65 with a Facebook account, your friends’ New Years Resolutions have been popping up on your news feed from the moment the ball dropped.

Some hope to cut back on their vino intake, others are trying to become…

By: Katie Oldenburg / January 3, 2014

Compassionate Fashion: Stylish, American-Made Sneakers From New Balance

When it comes to major athletic brands, most companies’ abhorrent manufacturing practices leave a lot to be desired. And then there’s New Balance. Take a spin through one of their stores or pick up one of their colorful athletic shoes and you’ll probably find a little surprise printed on the tag: “Proudly Made In The USA.”…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 24, 2013

Be My Boyfriend: The Treadmill Dancer

Dear Treadmill Dancer,

Do you know how hard it is to find a man who loves to dance? Who is also in excellent aerobic condition? And who seems to have absolutely no inhibitions? You are truly the whole package. Maybe someday we can choreograph a couple’s dance on a pair of side-by-side treadmills.

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 8, 2013

The Soapbox: Just Because I’m Gay Doesn’t Mean That I’m Attracted To You

Moving through the world as someone who identifies as bisexual or queer, I’m always navigating difficult experiences that compartmentalize my sexuality. I’ve been labeled “indecisive” for not being more assertive in which sex I prefer to date. I’ve been called “disgusting” because my desire to date women makes some people uncomfortable or possibly more accurately,…

By: Shanelle Matthews / April 29, 2013
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