Why We Need To Celebrate The Beginner

To my fellow fitness friends: We, as a health community, fit family, or whatever you'd like to deem us, spend a lot of time applauding amazing feats. We celebrate everything from heavy weightlifting personal r...
Why I Switched To Morning Workouts

Why I Switched To Morning Workouts

Picture this: 5:30 AM on a monday morning, your alarm blaring, the sun not yet risen, your bed sheets warm and soft. And yet, you're about to get out of bed to walk half a mile in the 20 degree weather to your ...

4 Ways to Keep Your Senioritis In Check

Post-spring break is usually the time when our gym routines start to tapper off, the weather starts to tempt us into laying by the pool instead of going to class, and that little taste of summer vacay has us th...

How to Get at Your Goals, According to Psychology

We got goals. Everyone does, right? Yet how many times have you set a goal, only for it to slowly slip from consciousness and become abandoned within weeks...? I don't know about you, but I have quite the...
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How I Made Adversity My Biggest Strength

Adversity. The word matters to every person with a story to tell. And everyone has a story: tall or short, rich or poor. Adversity has challenged us all in what feel like the hardest of times. T...
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College Athletics: Run With Your High School Passion

If you really want something, what's stopping you from going after it? High school is a time where many students become involved in organized sports. However, after high school, many of these students end th...

Your Pump-Up Jam May Be Killing Your Workout

Sure, we can go ahead and blame Eminem for blessing us with arguably some of the best pump-up songs of all time.   Often times you see a bunch of elite athletes getting #hyped before a big game or t...
Maximize Your Day by Adding a Morning Ritual

Maximize Your Day by Adding a Morning Ritual

If you're like most people (or most college students, to be more exact), your mornings probably go something like this: you set at least five alarms, roll out of bed after multiple snoozes, and head to class wi...

How I Turned Cardio From Punishment To Power

Let's talk cardio.  Are you a cardio junkie? Do you crave a good sweat and the sought-after "runners high"? Do you love the feeling of being soaked in sweat and out of breath? Or are you more of an "str...

Fitness Taught Me To Love Myself No Matter What

My name is Danielle, and I want you to know that my fitness journey is still in progress. I have been a dancer since I was very young, but I became interested in fitness my freshman year of high school....

Easy Travel Snacks to Keep You From Getting Hangry

For people with allergies or those who follow specific diets, traveling can sometimes be stressful. Especially with long itineraries, you might not always know what kind of food can be available. Airp...
I live two lives, and here's how I handle it

I Live Two Lives, and Here’s How I Do It

One part student, one part personal trainer. I dread when people ask me what I do for a living, because I never know what to say. "I'm a dietetics student at Boston University." "I'm a personal trainer...

Bodybuilding: Embracing the Bulk

Bodybuilding is quite a deceiving sport.   body / build / ing (noun) the developing of the physique through exercise and diet for competitive exhibition   You work tirelessly for a number o...
Cultivating a Continuous Meditation Through Exercise

Cultivate Your Meditation Practice Through Exercise

Okay, okay I know what you're thinking. How the heck could exercise ever be related to meditation? The two are polar opposites. Hear me out for a second... When you're working out, for the most par...

How I Got Rid Of My Gym Anxiety

Everyone knows the feeling - you're pumped to do a great workout, you have an awesome playlist, you're excited to sweat - that is, until you walk into the gym and see hoards of people who look more fit and expe...
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Do Not Let Your Mind Bully Your Body

What is body shaming? Where do we see it? Why does it happen? 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat. Of the American elementary school girls who read magazines, 69% say that the...

Why Yoga is Great for a Healthy Mind

Before I started yoga, I was always going a million miles a minute. I constantly looked ahead to the future, which took away from enjoying the present moment and made me tense and anxious... pret...
Going Abroad? Here's 4 Tips to Staying Fit Overseas

How I’m Planning on Staying Fit While Abroad

One of the many perks of being a college student is the opportunity to study abroad. Whether you want to practice another language, take some cool classes, or use it as an opportunity to travel, going abroad is...

How to Make Fitness a Life Long Love Affair

“Sometimes, even I get bored with picking things up and putting them down.” -Eileen, weightlifting enthusiast   Every once in a while, I look at a treadmill and think, wouldn’t it be fun to try runn...

New Years Resolutions: Expectation vs. Reality

The start of the new year brings motivation and encouragement to make resolutions. Whether they’re in the gym, in the classroom, or in your personal life, sometimes they just don’t go according to plan. But ...
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Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Every year do you find yourself losing motivation or not following through with your New Year's resolution? Well, this is a new year and you have made new resolutions, so here are a few tips to make s...

You Know You Need a Good Workout When…

There are plenty of times when I find myself feeling off my game. Maybe I'm doing or saying things that I don't normally. Or maybe I'm feeling restless. Those are some of the ways I know it's time for me to hit...
I Was Trained By An Ex-Con, and Here's How It Went

I Was Trained By An Ex-Con, and Here’s How It Went

I grew up in "America's safest city" where the worst crime was wearing the same homecoming dress as another girl in school. If I told my friends and family that I was being dropped off at a secret location...

Taking My Body Back After My Fibromyalgia Diagnosis

You can work through almost anything if you push yourself. During the second semester of my freshman year, I started to notice that I was really tired from walking to class and walking up the stairs to my room...

How To Start Running If You Hate Running

Some people think I’m absolutely crazy when I tell them that I love to run. They say things like: “How could you possibly love something so painful and tiring?” and “Are you nuts? No one actually enjoys runn...

The Importance of Sleep to Your Fitness Goals

The end of the semester is approaching, and so are due dates and exam dates. Sure, you could stop writing that paper and sleep an extra hour, or you could procrastinate and pull an all-nighter. Winter...

Managing Fitness Goals Without the Scale

For many people in the fitness community, the scale has become a demonized entity. While it can tell you valuable information, it causes a lot of stress and anxiety surrounding one's fitness goals. When ...

This One Tip Will Help You Get Fit on A Busy Schedule

I’m a college student, so I fully understand giving the all-too-common excuse to not exercise: there’s just not enough time. I’m also a personal trainer, so I fully understand the importance of making the ti...
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Why Thanksgiving Is Not All About The Turkey

November is known to be the season of thankfulness and giving. With all the activities that usually go on around the holidays, it's easy to forget that we need to be taking care of ourselves (mind, body an...
The Weight Room, and Why I Keep Coming Back; Fitness

The Weight Room, and Why I Keep Coming Back

So you want my fitness story?  I don’t really think I have one.   After putting so many miles in on the treadmill, one day I just walked into the weight room. I don’t know why, but I did know that ...

What I Wish I Knew About High Impact Workouts

I have two main pieces of advice for girls who want to do, or who are doing, Kayla Itsines' Bikini Body Guide* (or any high impact workout, for that matter):  1. Have fun. Don’t take yourself or the...

Ditch These 3 Mindsets if You Want Better Workouts

Everyone knows what it feels like to have had a "bad" workout. This might mean something different for everyone: either you couldn't get a good run, couldn't feel that mind-muscle connection, couldn't lift a...
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Beauty Pageants or Balance Beams? You Choose.

While doing homework one day, I had my TV on and couldn’t help but stop what I was doing to zone into what I was seeing and hearing. Most people recognize the TLC show Toddler and Tiaras... I mean who...
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Beating the Sophomore Slump: My Fitness Journey

I have always liked being active. Whether it was playing sports with my brother or playing tag around the neighborhood, I was that girl that always had to be running. I played soccer starting in fo...
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I Am Not Perfect, And I Am Proud Of That

I'm not perfect. And neither are you. My name is Tori Richardson, I am 22 years old and my take on fitness has evolved over many years. I started dancing when I was four years old. By the time I was 12...

6 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got into Fitness

I love fitness. I look forward to it. I include it in as many aspects of my life as I can. To be honest, fitness is a part of me. It doesn’t define me, but yes—it is a major part of me. Over the past 5 years or...