Fitness, get with it!

Fitness

Adam Bornstein delivers a no-bullsh*t approach to exercise and nutrition on Born Fitness with posts examining topics ranging fromwhich meal plan is healthiest to why workouts shouldn’t be miserableto judging others by their appearances. Regardless of your fitness level, his words will make you stop and think in addition to providing the tools you need to power up your workouts, fuel your body right, and feel better than ever.

Spend just a few minutes on the self-declared “women’s fitness authority,” and you’ll see why the description is totally appropriate. No three-pound dumbbells here—Girls Gone Strong features workout tips for women who are into legit strength training. Whether your goal is to lose fat, gain muscle, or just reinvigorate your workout routine, you’ll find all the advice, encouragement, and support you need here. We also love reading the profiles of kick-ass women who are killing it in their athletic endeavors—like an inspiring triathlete or a personal-trainer-slash-naturopathic-doctor.

Blogger, personal trainer, and all-around badass Neghar Fonooni serves up equal parts fitness and nutrition tips and positive, empowering thoughts on self-love and self-acceptance on Eat, Lift, and Be Happy. (Case in point: Her inspiring blog post in honor of her muscular legs, titled “Confessions of a Quadzilla,” went viral.) While she doesn’t post as often as we’d like, when she does, it’s always agreat workout or advice on loving your body that you can’t help but share with all your friends (or “friends”).

These days, we like to think that doing anything “like a girl” is not even close to an insult. Fortunately, blogger Nia Shanks is here to reinforce that female-friendly weight lifting is anything but girly. On Lift Like a Girl, she empowers women of all sizes and from all backgrounds to start strength training with in-depth, detailed posts on topics like lifting (really) heavy weights, reasons why all women should strength train, and techniques for busting through plateaus. She also speaks candidly about recovering from bulimia and binge eating disorder.

What do The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix have to do with weight loss and exercise science? Nerd Fitness can tell you! The comic book-esque design and images of superheroes will draw you in, but blogger Steve Kamb’s down-to-earth takes on topics likebuilding muscle (not bulk), trying smarter (rather than trying harder), and putting fitness first will keep you there. Whether you’re really into gaming or you don’t know the difference between Star Wars andStar Trek, this blog delivers practical knowledge about exercise and nutrition to help you go from beginner to advanced in no time.

It’s tempting to think fitness professionals—with their sculpted shoulders and superhuman endurance—aren’t “real” people. At Remodel Fitness, personal trainer Jessi Kneeland proves that she’s very much a “real” person, complete with self-doubt and insecurities. After learning to appreciate her strong yet feminine body, curves and all, she’s now on a mission to “save women from their own negative body image.” You’ll love her funny, well-written, and totally relatable posts about learning to love your body, feeling your best, and getting that little voice in your head (you know the one) to shut up.

If you’re more into saying “om” than counting reps, this blog is for you. YogaDork’s network of contributors report on all things yoga, from new research to the health benefits of yoga and meditation, with plenty of easy-to-read infographics, humorous posts, and instructional videos thrown in for good measure. It doesn’t matter whether you balance in tree pose while brushing your teeth or if you’re just beginning your yoga practice, YogaDork will welcome you with open arms—er, heart. Namaste.

Some like it hot, and editor-in-chief John Romaniello, a.k.a. “Roman,” definitely likes his fitness writing spicy. With a mix of science-backed workout tips, nutritious recipes, and a totally candid tone, Roman Fitness Systems features bluntly named blog posts like “Strength Matters, Ya Big Sissy” and “New Years Resolution: Get Drunk, Not Fat.” Need more convincing? Not only has Roman helped thousands of clients achieve their fitness goals, but he too went through a major transformation from overweight teen to fitness model and professional trainer.

Strength coach Tony Gentilcore (whose last name sounds like a fitness brand on its own) trains pro athletes and soccer moms alike (his words, not ours) in his Boston sports performance center. On his blog, he brings his love of heavy lifting to the masses through his smart, realistic, and encouraging posts on topics from how to do a proper bench press or the form tip that matters most when squatting. When you’ve had your fill of strength training tips, check out his weekly roundups of what he calls “stuff to read while you’re pretending to work.” (We won’t tell your boss.)

Motivating, funny, and totally relatable, U.K.-based FitBits follows the adventures of Tess Agnew, a former smoker and binge eater turned “fitness freak” and marathoner. If you’re all about finding a balancebetween HIIT classes, running, and good food (and wine), you’ll appreciate her witty writing on race recaps, training plans, restaurant reviews, and plentiful #foodporn posts. After reading about Agnew’s inspiring journey to regain her health, you can’t help but cheer along while she trains for her next impressive fitness endeavor.

What happens when you put a bunch of trainers, coaches, and fitness junkies in one room? This incredible blog (and then of course an awesome burpee competition). Breaking Muscle is your one-stop shop for fitness and nutrition news and advice. These bloggers dissect everything from what’s up with the government’s new recommendations for cholesterol to how the food we eat affects the way we run.

CrossFitters, rejoice! You don’t have to check dozens of sites to get the latest and greatest CrossFit workouts, tips, and inspiration. The editors at the Tabata Times work to put all of the best CrossFit content in one spot, from overcoming self-doubt in the box to the simple steps to keep WODs constantly varied (rather than random). That’s enough to make us swoon (or swole).

Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead, the brains behind Fit Bottomed Girls, are real women with busy lives who understand that exercise should be enjoyable, not torturous. And from the friendly voice to the feel-good tagline (“Fit bottoms come in all shapes and sizes”), this popular blog has a lighthearted and practical approach to fitness that we seriously dig. It’s a great combo of positivity, fun (workout song bracket anyone?), workouts, motivation, and more.

Anyone who loves running will relate to Amanda Brooks on Run to the Finish, and she may just convince running haters to change their minds. Addressing everything from dealing with injuries and preventing them in the future to why bad runs can be a good thing, this certified personal trainer’s posts are filled with the inspiration and motivation to stay focused and fulfill your goals.

Healthy Recipes

If you think raw food is the daunting domain of spiralizers and dehydrators, this blog will shift your thinking. Gena Hamshaw‘s recipes make raw cooking accessible, easy, and downright delicious—and she includes cooked meals too. Check out her cashew queso sauce or cacao truffles. As a certified nutritionist, Hamshaw brings lots of nutritional wisdom to the kitchen. She is also candid about being in recovery from an eating disorder and uses her site as a hub to draw together a community of men and women using a plant-based diet to heal their broken relationship. So come for the chia pudding and stay for the nutritional empowerment.

The grande dame of food blogs, Apartment Therapy’s cooking site The Kitchn continues to lead the pack. If you’re stumped on any home cooking subject, they’ve got you covered, whether that’s creating a smoothie drawer, what to do with all that tahini you bought to make hummus, or how to tell if chicken is cooked through. It’s like having a chef BFF you can text at all hours. And recipes aside, this site broke new ground when it published a series of articlesdiscussing what it means to be a foodie concerned with weight loss, opening a conversation that was long overdue.

Raw banana bread balls, salted caramel tahini cups, no-bakepumpkin pie tartsworkout fuel has never looked so delish. Written by an avid triathlete and certified trainer, this blog covers nutritionally dense foods and fitness in a relatable way. Best of all, the author’s healthy eating philosophy is an open door: “There’s no right or wrong way to eat healthy… We’re all different with different nutritional requirements; however we all need to eat whole, nutritious foods. Start there.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Some food blogs make healthy eating overwhelming with specialized ingredients (spirulina powder?) and pricy equipment (centrifugal juice extractors?). It’s enough to make you throw your hands up and order a pizza. If you’re feeling the pressure, let this blog talk you off thestuffed-crust ledge. Hospital dietitian Nicole Morrissey has a no-fuss attitude toward food that’s homey and recognizable, whether it’shoney mustard chicken or French onion soup. It’s a doable approach to health anyone can master.

In some ways, Oh She Glows is like the ultimate love letter. Blogger Angela Liddon reclaimed her health by creating vegan recipes that are free of gluten and soy, but her creations also had to appeal to her husband, who at the time was “a devout fast-food lover” that “drank pop like water.” Her efforts—recipes like no-bake almond joy granola bars and sweet potato casserole—not only swayed her man, but a massive following of readers. It helps that the dishes are photographed so beautifully that we want to swan-dive directly into every plate.

Certain Paleo circles can be overrun with CrossFit dudes making terrible puns about “snatches,” so Juli Bauer’s decidedly feminine take comes as a breath of fresh air. Bauer raves about fashion finds as much as deadlift technique, proving this girl can beast with the best of them. But clothing and workouts aside, one of this blog’s biggest draws is the simple, straightforward Paleo recipes, like pulled pork frittatas and bison burgers. And unlike some Paleo peeps, Bauer isn’t opposed to a little dessert, whether that’s almond butter blondies orcoffee cake.

This blog resembles the pages of a glossy food magazine with a fleet of food stylists making sure every bite looks impossibly scrumptious. But behind the scenes, it’s just the work of one couple, Sara and Hugh Forte. Their division of labor is simple: She cooks and blogs, he photographs. The result elevates whole food ingredients to poetic proportions. Pumpkin bread with walnut-cinnamon swirl, buttermilk berry crumb cake, and vegetarian Asian nuggets with tahini saucehave won several fans including Saveur magazine, which named Sprouted Kitchen one of the best blogs.

All kinds of gorgeous plant-based dishes, including bircher muesli,almond butter cups, or cauliflower crust pizza, are turned out in Ella Woodward’s sunny U.K. kitchen. But not everything here is sunbeams and smoothies: This blog is the result of the author’s struggle with postural tachycardia syndrome, a rare and devastating disease that prompted her to revamp her diet and ditch processed foods. Part of her recovery is to embrace a self-care philosophy, whether that’s enjoying sweet potato brownies, doing yoga, or scribbling in a gratitude journal. It’s this holistic look at health that makes for a truly great read.

From snacks (healthy chocolate peanut butter muffins, anyone?) to one-pot meals (three-bean turkey chili, please), this blog has our food cravings covered. Lee Hersh is a fellow workout aficionado and yogi instructor who develops recipes with nutritionally sound (and mostly gluten-free) ingredients. And her enthusiasm is infectious. Just read her post on DIY almond butter where she gushes about the specks of vanilla bean in the spread and ends with a rousing, “Real food rules.” Amen, sister.

Unlike many food bloggers, Michelle Tam doesn’t post dolled-upselfies with every recipe. Instead, her pigtailed avatar appears all over the site giving helpful tips in speech bubbles, comic-book style. It’s a little aesthetic clue that Tam marches to the beat of her ownPaleo drum. Another major difference is her degree in nutrition and food science, which, paired with her serious foodie know-how, have made her the Paleo point-person for various gourmand publications including Saveur, America’s Test Kitchen, Serious Eats, and The Kitchn. But credentials aside, all it takes in one look at her recipe forporkitos (a.k.a. cripsy prosciutto chips) to know you’re in good hands.

The name says it all: This blog is all about real food prepared with heart and soul. Vegan chef Jenné Claiborne’s recipes look so indulgent and appetizing, we believe her when she calls one cookie recipe “life-changing.” And video tutorials for dishes like buttermilk waffles will take the worry out of vegan tricks like subbing flaxseeds for eggs. Recipes aside, Claiborne does an amazing job covering all the ways her revamped diet has improved her life—from betterdigestion to thick, healthy hair—carrying the banner forward for plant-powered peeps.

Blogger Gina Homolka outlines a simple formula on her site: “Exercise + a well balanced diet + good sleep = a happy life.” And really, why complicate that? Her recipes for lasagna soup and gluten-free s’mores tartlets prove that eating a rainbow of whole foods is appealing to the eye, the palate, and the rest of your body too. Plus Homolka has a sense of humor and isn’t above trying recipes from the 50 Shades of Chicken cookbook.

After her father had a heart attack, Erin Alderson (her initials are E.L.L.A.) broke up with fast food and all processed meat stuff, turning to fresh, seasonal vegetarian food. But despite ditching Big Macs, Alderson doesn’t believe in being obsessive or counting calories. Her philosophy is simply to exercise and eat well. Given the result—beautifully photographed whole foods we want to gobble up immediately (cheesy BBQ loaded baked potatoes, we’re looking at you!)—it’s easy to see why her approach works.

Sure, the pictures are stunning and recipes look amazing (hello,ricotta pancakes with maple bourbon whipped cream). But what we actually love most about Domesticate Me is that the brains behind the bites, Serena Wolf, is just like us. The adventurous, food-loving, 20-something graduated college unsure of what to do next. After an airplane jump here and yoga stint there, Wolf landed at Le Cordon Bleu—humbly the No. 1 culinary school in the country. Since then, she’s been creating healthy, gourmet-yet-doable recipes (like thisCaprese quinoa bake), and we can’t get enough. Oh, and she’s insanely funny too.

Few things are more disappointing than finding what seems like the perfect recipe only to click and learn that it has more than 20 ingredients, several of which you’ve never heard of. Minimalist Baker keeps it real by sticking to 10 ingredients or less and limiting cook time to 30 minutes tops (hence the minimalist title). But trust us: Their recipes are far from boring! From baked falafel burgers tochocolate chip oatmeal cookie pancakes to chipotle tofu chilaquiles, the culinary duo (John and Kate) really know how to pack tons of flavor into simple and oh-so-delicious dishes.

Whether you eat Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, or none of the above, the recipes on this site will meet your dietary needs—and most definitely satisfy your palate. Taste aside, blogger Julia Muelleris also passionate about nutrition, which comes as no surprise when looking at her creations with a health-conscious microscope. And her photography is pretty impressive too! Broccoli salad and cauliflower fried rice has never looked (or tasted) so damn good.

It can be difficult to make vegan versions of classic creations like mac and cheese and pizza, but that doesn’t mean we should throw in the towel and stick to the likes of roasted veggies and salads (though both are delicious vegan meal options). Blogger and author Kathy Patalsky agrees, which is why she’s created hundreds of beautiful and nutritious vegan recipes that taste like a million bucks (and not like chewy or chalky meat- and cheese-free vegan nightmares). Though some of her dishes can be a bit more complicated to make, there are plenty of options that even the most novice chef can master. We’re huge fans of her sweet mango avocado toast, creamy Alfredo pasta(which is arguably easier than boxed mac and cheese), and veganchocolate taco shake—and those don’t even scratch the surface of what she’s capable of!