Equipment-Free Strength Training

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrEw7HlCrYU This week, I have another terrific set of toners that require no equipment whatsoever! Your body weight acts as the resistance—which will feel like plenty after you get through a solid set of each. These moves build off basic strength exercises (the single leg squat, balancing table and tricep extension) and add a new dimension for an extra muscle challenge. All require core strength as well, so ...continue reading

Grill While You Chill This Holiday Weekend

Happy Memorial Day weekend! First of all, thank you to all who are serving and who have served our country. Your sacrifices are much appreciated! Second of all, who’s ready to head outside to enjoy some amazing summer weather? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been experiencing a bit of cabin fever due to a wet spring. But the past few days of sun and warmth have pepped me right up and inspired today’s recipe ...continue reading

Butt-Blasting Exercises

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS7u7xnHGwU There are some times—in fact many times—in which you’re without a pair of dumbbells, but still want or need to get in a strength session. That’s exactly why I’m sharing these three butt-blasting moves today! And don’t you worry, toning your booty can come in more forms than the simple (yet super-effective) squat. Simply find a bit of free space, a stair or small step and ...continue reading

See You at #Fitbloggin!

Are you attending this year’s Fitbloggin conference? If so, save the date for Friday at 4 p.m.—I will be speaking on a panel about “Blogging From Hobby to Career.” It’s an honor to be included in such great company for the seminar (Andrea Metcalf, Kelly Olexa and Liz Neporent, not to mention the magnificent moderator Carla Birnberg). If you’re not planning to be in Baltimore for the event, you can follow ...continue reading

May’s Top Five Magazine Bites

Welcome back to our monthly recap of the best the health magazine world has to offer! May’s crop of periodicals cover your medicine cabinet, breakfast plate and more… Be vigilant about an OTC OD. Popping anti-inflammatories like candy because of sore muscles or general body aches? Research mentioned in SELF says that you should think twice—overuse of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may increase your risk for ...continue reading

Weight Training Basics With a Twist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B42-1zk0ZA Think of today’s video as the advanced track of our basic strength favorites: squats, shoulder presses, lunges, push-ups and planks. We’re fusing these together for an effective, fun workout! You’ll need a set of medium-heavy dumbbells (you can probably handle a slightly heavier pair on the clean and press than the other two moves) and just a bit of free space. A couple ...continue reading