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30-minute Full-Body Kettlebell Workout

Do you have 30 minutes and access to a kettlebell? Then you can do this workout. (Dumbbells work too!) Great for home or gym, this can serve as a stand-alone workout or can be done in conjunction with big lifts and/or a metabolic finisher. If you only have one kettlebell (like I do), it should be of moderate weight. If you have access to multiple weights of kettlebells, feel free to mix and match what suits you best per exercise.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017 for a Healthy and Happy Season

Well...it is here. We are now in the thick of the holiday season. 

If you're like me, you haven't gotten all your gifts yet. Fortunately, we live in an age of extra-fast shipping, so there's still time (but not much). 😳

To save you from coming up with ideas, I've compiled my top 15 gift recommendations for this year. All of these ideas are designed to improve the health and happiness of its recipient, and all are an excellent value - well worth their price point. Ranging from $5 to over $1000, there are options for everyone on your list and every budget.

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Common Cardio Questions

Which is better: cardio or strength training?

I’ll come straight out and admit it: I’ve been both a cardio bunny and a cardio hater in my past.

A cardio bunny is someone (stereotypically female) who spends lots of time doing cardio. This could be in the form of fitness classes of all kinds, long sessions on the treadmill or elliptical, or following guided workout videos. Cardio bunnies typically eschew all strength training or stick exclusively to light dumbbells.

A cardio hater is the exact opposite; someone who focuses predominantly on strength training with the claim that cardio is overrated. Sometimes cardio haters will do some conditioning, but you’ll never catch them doing classic cardio of any kind...ever.

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Pain Is a Signal. Are You Listening?

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

If you’ve been training for a while or you follow “fitspiration” accounts on social media, you’ve likely heard this phrase and all of its various incarnations many time over. Perhaps you too are motivated by the concept of being so hardcore that even pain doesn’t stop you.

The thing is, it should.

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The Yoga Your Life Needs: Introducing #norulesyoga

Yoga. I’m a big fan. In fact, people often assume that I am a yoga instructor, which currently is not the case. While lifting weights has literally changed my life, yoga has been a constant for over 13 years. Sometimes I feel the need to apologize for my yoga practice, because with such a lengthy history I feel like I should be able to perform some super-cool inversions or arm balances. (Nope.) Truth be told, I held myself back for most of that time. Why?

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Holiday Workout of the Year: 12 Days of Christmas

You know what I'm about to say. I'm not the first to say it, and it is a problem we all share: working out during the holidays is HARD. 

There is little time, less energy, and we are often out of our routine. Many of us travel during the holidays, adding another layer of challenge. Some may even get backlash from family or friends and feel pressured to skip workouts. 

We all know that staying active helps manage our stress, combat sluggishness or weight gain from holiday indulgences, and improve our mood, especially in these shorter, darker days. And of course, it is just what we do. #fitlife ;) In an effort to make your holidays a bit saner, happier, and fitter, here is my Holiday WOY ("workout of the year"). 

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