Aesthetic to Asana: How I Discovered the True Benefits of Yoga

“Yoga? Isn’t that the new fad where skinny blonde women run around with rolled-up mats?” That’s what my dad told me when I broke the news to him that his daughter was going to use her UCSD education to become a full-time yoga instructor. I had to admit that simply from looking at social media … Read more

The 10-Minute Abs Workout You Can’t Miss

Pair this simple abs workout with a longer cardio session, or use it when you only have a few extra minutes in your day for a workout. Perform each exercise for 20 seconds, followed by 20 seconds of rest. Repeat the circuit twice, with two minutes of rest after you finish the first round. Plank with … Read more

Full Body Couples Workout for You and Your S.O.

Make a boring workout more fun by grabbing a partner and running through this couple’s workout. Repeat 3 to 5 times, 10 to 15 reps each.  Plank High Fives Medball Pass w/ Squats Crunch Passes Assisted Pistol Squat Leg Press Partner Leg Drop Wheelbarrow Pushup w/ Squats Side Plank High Five Check out all the exercises … Read more

Prehab: Foundational Exercises to Add to Your Routine

When we hear “rehab” in the fitness world, we often think of physical therapy and the rehabilitation that takes place following injury or surgery. Prehab isn’t as sexy as a power clean or snatch, isn’t as grinding as a deadlift, and isn’t as introspective as yoga. However, it’s something that should be included in every … Read more

How I Learned to Love My Body

“Jessica, remember, it’s going to take time,” said my therapist, six months into our sessions together, for the hundredth time. She knows me well—I’m a go-getter, I make things happen, I don’t wait for the changes to come, I make them come, and when they don’t appear all at once, my impatient self feels like I … Read more

10 Running Tips to Reach the Next Level

It’s easy to get into a running rut—you may even be in one now. A rut can come in many forms: You enjoy your runs, feel good from start to finish, but are doing the same route every day, going at the same pace—not improving. You’re bored, you don’t like the routes you’re used to … Read more

Strength Training for Beginners: A Brief Guide

Strength training is an important part of any well-rounded exercise program. Strength training allows you to build muscle, which increases the number of calories you burn at rest. It also improves bone strength, boosts weight loss, reduces your risk of heart disease, and improves balance and coordination. Planning Your Splits Strength training, like any other … Read more

5 Ways to Increase the Intensity of Any Workout Routine

Most exercises are extremely versatile, allowing you to take it easy one day and then up the intensity another, using the same exact movements. The question is: Are you bringing more intensity to your workouts or are you just going through the motions in each session? If you answered “going through the motions” to that … Read more

My Digestive Health and the Endless Road to an Answer

My first misdiagnosis was in 2007, at age 18, when I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) after dealing with digestive health struggles, including searing gas pains and constipation, for more than a year. The GI appointment took a few quick minutes: The doctor briefly described IBS and sent me out the door with … Read more

Is Lack of Sleep De-Railing Your Fitness Goals?

We’ve been told since we were young that it’s important to get a good night’s sleep. Now, as healthy adults, it’s more important than ever. Sleep plays a significant role in your healthy lifestyle, giving you energy for workouts, reducing cravings for unhealthy food, and helping your muscles recover properly—and lack of sleep can de-rail … Read more