Ask a Trainer: Can I Work Out in a Hotel Room?

zzzzzzzz lift and bitch 033Hello Fitbabe. I am going to be travelling a lot in the next 6 weeks and I was wondering if you could suggest a simple beginner hotel workout that I could do with just my bodyweight. I am staying at hostels and Bed and Breakfasts so I can’t rely on having a gym at my fingertips. Thanks for your time. Mary Continue reading

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Naked in Different Places: France, The Caribbean, and South Korea (Collaborative Post)

merkinParis, 2010

After climbing five narrow flights of stairs, I push tentatively against an unmarked door. Is this the ladies change room? I enter a fitness class in progress. About 20 slender men and women wearing tight black pants are lying on their backs, thrusting their hips into the air to the rhythmic chant of “les fesses, les cuisses.” I slowly back away. Continue reading

Body Nostalgia

Looking back to 2012. My ideal body is big and strong.

Looking back to 2012. My ideal body is big and strong.

Do you long for a “simpler time” when you had a better, fitter body that was under your control? Do you keep an image of this body in your head, using it as an ideal against which to measure the present? If so, like many other people (especially women), you are engaging in body nostalgia. Continue reading

Training Like a Baby: The Latest Fitness Trend

Original strength by and Geoff Neupert was published I 2013

Original Strength by Tim Anderson and Geoff Neupert was published in  2013.

The other day my friend GlamPro–she is a glamorous professor—sent me an email about her new fitness program. “I saw my trainer this morning and we did a workout based on a book he read over the holidays called Original Strength. You may already know about it, but the argument is that we need to regain the mobility we had as babies in order to reset our bodies in the present. Continue reading

The Psychology of Body Positivity

190a4c30-4af7-0133-0aa6-0e76e5725d9dI am tired of the body positivity movement. Everyday my in-box is flooded with memes telling me I am perfect, sexy, and strong. I receive countless messages commanding me to love myself from head to toe. I read stories about the hotness of the fatkini, desirability of cellulite, and sizzling sex life of plus size model Tess Holliday. Tess is indeed awesome. I get it. Enough already. Continue reading