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Is CrossFit a Feminist Issue?

High intensity exercise programs such as CrossFit have attracted large amount of women exercisers. Many CrossFitters testify that their workout has changed their lives and allowed them to build strong, muscular bodies. But is Crossfit safe and empower exercise for women?

Can We Exercise Too Much?

Physical activity has been proven to improve physical and psychological health. However, is any amount of exercise good? Too much exercise can prevent psychological well-being. When excessive exercise develops into exercise dependence, it becomes compulsive behaviour that controls the exerciser's life.

Feeling Exercise Guilt?

Confessions of feeling guilty about eating too much but exercising too little are particularly common among women and particularly after holidays. But do these feelings always motivate us to start working out or to sustain an exercise program beyond January? Is it possible to think about exercise without automatically feeling guilty?

Feminine Physique

Many women now work out with weights to reshape their bodies, but can visible musculature be feminine? Building 'feminine physique' continues to be a part of bodybuilding where women can now compete in bikini and fitness categories with emphasis on feminine presentation, not muscle size. Many women feel empowered, but also avoid becoming 'too big.'

The Mirror Tells It All?

Nearly all gyms have mirrors to improve physical exercise performance. The presence of mirrors can, however, reduce psychological benefits of exercise. Women's psychological wellbeing tends to me more affected by the presence of mirrors than men's wellbeing. How can mirrors be used for improved health benefits?

Spot Reduction

It is a common assumption that exercising certain areas of the body will reduce the surrounding fat storage in that area. It is also a biological fact that this is impossible. Why, then, do we continue to believe in 'spot reduction?'

Is It Possible to be Fit and Fat?

Many women exercise to lose weight and tone up. However, over the last 30 years, a strong connection between striving for the thin and toned ideal body and high prevalence of women's body dissatisfaction has been established. With this medical evidence, is there now less pressure to workout for the perfect body shape?

Lean, Long Muscles at the Barre

With a promise to build the long, lean muscles of a ballerina, Barre classes have become one of the latest fitness trends. Do these workouts really work? Is it possible to turn out looking like a ballerina in a fitness class?

From Mindless Followers to Mindful Exercisers

Many exercisers are looking for alternatives to conventional fitness forms such as aerobics or weight training. Mindful fitness is advertised as one such alternative. What does being mindful about one's exercise mean?

"I Have Two Left Feet and the Class Got Extremely Upset!"

Many exercisers find it difficult to follow group exercise programs that require participants to move together in one unit. Are the benefits to learning to act as a group or do these classes produce mindless followers?

Is It About Socializing or Working Out?

Group exercise classes are often filled with women. Some might claim that these types of classes are more for socializing than for serious workouts. However, some men also participate in group exercise. Do they participate in different reason from women? What do women get out exercising in a group?

There Are No Men in My Exercise Class

Group exercise participants and their instructors are mainly women. Many of the popular, profitable exercise brands are, however, created by men. Why don't women succeed in leading the fitness business similar to men?

I Don’t Want to Bulk up – But Why Should You?

Many women are concerned with 'bulking up' if they lift weights. Where does this fear stem from? Does all resistance training results in 'big' muscles?

Build Up Your Guns

What should men's exercise program look like if designed by women? In a recent issue of the British GQ, Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis draws from her experiences as a female elite athlete to give men workout advice. Jessica's program focuses on building a six-pack and the 'guns' in addition to weight loss. Is this the ideal male body that women prefer?

Feeling Guilty About Faking Joy

Standardized exercise classes such as Bodypump and Zumba have become very popular. They are based on pre-choreographed movements to provide good workouts and be fun as well. Why are they so popular? Can everyone enjoy them?

Exercise and ‘Flow’

Instructors often ask if exercisers are having fun during their class. At the same time, we know that many participants do not enjoy exercise and can't wait have their workout done and over with. Why does exercise need to be fun? What does having fun while exercising mean?

Feeling Pain

We are often encouraged to 'work harder' in our exercise sessions. It is sometimes difficult to know when one is simply pushing one's body and when one is damaging it by overdoing. But can one work hard without being in pain? What is the difference between 'good' and 'bad' pain?

Why Do Women Run Ultramarathons?

More women are participating in endurance events such as Ironman triathlon, marathons and even ultramarathons. Preparation for such a event requires a lot of training and completing a race often involves pain. What attracts women to these events? Why do they enjoy such extreme endurance events?

The Buzz of Barefoot Running

Running bare feet instead of using running shoes has become increaslingly popular. Some of this opponents claim types of running only causes injuries, while its pronents find it the 'natural' and thus, the healthies way of running. This blogs looks at the pros and cons of running bare feet.

Thinking Eccentricly

While many women embrace resistance training, others fear it makes them look too muscular. Resistance, however, should be primarily designed to improve body's capacity to move, not to change its looks. Including different types of muscle work, such as eccentric training, can help each exerciser too think what type of resistance training is most suitable for her.

The Stress of Undress: Navigating the Public Change Room Can Be a Challenge

I am putting on my workout gear in the change room at my Pilates studio when another exerciser comes apologizing that she needs to enter the change room: there was no space to hang her coat at the studio entrance.

What Does BMI Tell Us?

With Christmas approaching the women's magazines sport headlines like ‘10 Easy Tips on How to Control Your Weight Over the Festive Season' or ‘Our Five Minutes a Day Workout Will Keep Your Weight in Check During the Holidays.'