August 4th, 2014
crossfitters:

Andrea Ager

crossfitters:

Andrea Ager

(Source: onlyfitgirls, via fitnessgifs4u)

the-exercist:

This article is not just for running women, it’s for everyone - If you see harassment and you have the ability to interfere, it is your obligation to step in. The victims should not be carrying the entire burden by themselves: The only way that we can protect women is by engaging in a culture shift and making it a point to stand up for one another at all times. Being a silent audience is only teaching harassers that their actions are acceptable. 

August 3rd, 2014
fitbeliever:

FITNESS YOUTUBE CHANNELS

There are literally thousands of fitness videos on youtube, but how do you find the right ones? Sometimes if you just type in “ab workout”, you can get some…pretty strange results. So, if you’d like some trusty channels to subscribe to for workout videos, nutrition and wellness information, and more, check out the following!

For Fitness and Nutrition Tips:
123 Be Healthy
American Council on Exercise
Funeral For My Fat
The Lean Machines
Lean Secrets
Michael Kory Fitness
Nicole M. Wilkins
Omar Isuf
PopSugar Fitness
Precise Nutrition
SarahFit TV
Scott Herman Fitness
Tara Stiles
Zumba Fitness
For Workouts:
Amanda Russell
BeFIT
Blogilates
Bootcamp: MC
Bodyrock
eHow Fitness
Fitness Blender
Gym Virtual
LauraLondon
Livestrong Woman
RidgeLine Fitness
SparkPeople
Tone It Up
»These are just my personal favorites. Feel free to add more of your own!

fitbeliever:

FITNESS YOUTUBE CHANNELS

There are literally thousands of fitness videos on youtube, but how do you find the right ones? Sometimes if you just type in “ab workout”, you can get some…pretty strange results. So, if you’d like some trusty channels to subscribe to for workout videos, nutrition and wellness information, and more, check out the following!

For Fitness and Nutrition Tips:

For Workouts:

»These are just my personal favorites. Feel free to add more of your own!

(via livelaughandlose)

everythingisexactlythesame:

will be added to my life hacks list

(Source: kittiezandtittiez, via the-exercist)

August 2nd, 2014

the-exercist:

cardio-and-calculus:

the-exercist:

complexmindsimpleheart:

the-exercist:

Fitness magazines don’t help us get fit. Gazing at images of caricatured breasts, buttocks and biceps gives you the impression this is how a fit body should look, that every fit body needs to be shaped in the same vein. Fitness magazines use exactly these images to “inspire” women to look this way. Yet most of us can’t identify with what we are looking at because we don’t believe ordinary us could ever be them. 

[…] What are we teaching our young women who want desperately to believe that they too can be as ripped and shredded? They don’t realize what it takes to look so tight. They want to be there and harm themselves to reach an almost unattainable ideal. When will it be acceptable to lift heavy, building confidence and brainpower while strengthening your body, not concerning yourself with how cute your bottom looks in booty shorts?

[…] Being fit in a functional rather than sexual way means you are entirely capable of being powerful no matter what your height, bust size, shoe size or hair color. You are empowered from the depths of your DNA because you did the work, you earned your place and you walk confidently because of it. A functionally fit You welcomes all sizes, shapes and colors, your boobs and butt are incidental. What we really need to build in the gym is a sense of self and what we are capable of.

!!! But add boys/men

No.

We’re talking about women right now. 

Or we can talk about everybody because there’s an unrealistic expectation for men as well as women

A word to everyone who reblogs posts with responses like the above:

If you actually cared about men’s issues, you wouldn’t tack them on as an afterthought to a woman’s conversation: You’d instead be actively engaging in dialogues that explore the nuances of men’s problems in society. You wouldn’t simply wait until a woman is speaking and then shout “Yeah, men too!” You’d talk about these things independently and give men the attention that they deserve as individuals, instead of waiting for a woman to do the work, shouldering her aside and then insisting that men be given a spot on the stage too. 

If you actually cared about women’s issues, you wouldn’t demand that they give up their space. You’d recognize that conversations by women and about women are perfectly valid. When a woman is talking about her personal experiences and the way social pressures have affected her life, you wouldn’t allow her to be interrupted or derailed. You wouldn’t actively talk over her or steal away attention, focusing on issues that are outside of her point, until the conversation drifts so far away that you aren’t even discussing women anymore. 

So both now and in the future, my answer here is going to remain the same: Can we talk about everyone?

No.

We’re still talking about women right now. 

health-fitness-food-humour:

Sculpt Session For Abs and Glutes - source

(Source: healthfitnesshumour, via the-exercist)

August 1st, 2014
piecesinprogress:

This workout is really based around you doing the exercises with as much control as possible. You should use the numbers given as a loose guideline, if this is not challenging enough (keeping in mind there are two cycles) then go ahead and add more. If you need to do less then use these numbers as a goal but don’t sacrifice form or control for number of reps! You can also replace the 5 minute warm up with whatever cardio you like, especially if you’re looking for more fat burning! I use 5 minutes of jogging around my apartment as a baseline for warming up haha but if you want to run or power walk or do whatever you do then go for it!
For more at home, equipment free workout ideas go here. :)

piecesinprogress:

This workout is really based around you doing the exercises with as much control as possible. You should use the numbers given as a loose guideline, if this is not challenging enough (keeping in mind there are two cycles) then go ahead and add more. If you need to do less then use these numbers as a goal but don’t sacrifice form or control for number of reps! You can also replace the 5 minute warm up with whatever cardio you like, especially if you’re looking for more fat burning! I use 5 minutes of jogging around my apartment as a baseline for warming up haha but if you want to run or power walk or do whatever you do then go for it!

For more at home, equipment free workout ideas go here. :)

the-exercist:

Raw Apple Pie Bites from The Healthy Maven:

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup dried apple rings, chopped
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Add dates and apple rings to a food processor and process until pea-sized.
  2. Add in cashews and process until dates, apple rings and cashews come together in a sticky ball.
  3. Break up the ball with your hands and add in the oats, spices and salt.
  4. Continue processing until all ingredients are well combined and have a sticky consistency.
  5. Roll into 20 or so balls.
  6. Store in fridge or freezer.

sebaestans:

there’s Sebstan working out

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then there’s Sebstan working out

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(Source: stehvenrogers, via marvelfitspiration)

July 31st, 2014
the-exercist:

Lying Dumbbell Triceps Extension

Start by lying on a bench with your arms extended forward and your palms in. Slowly lower the dumbbells until they nearly touch your forehead. Pause for one second and then straighten arms and flex the triceps. It’s important here to keep the elbows in a fixed position and control each dumbbell through a full range of motion for maximum effect.

the-exercist:

Lying Dumbbell Triceps Extension

Start by lying on a bench with your arms extended forward and your palms in. Slowly lower the dumbbells until they nearly touch your forehead. Pause for one second and then straighten arms and flex the triceps. It’s important here to keep the elbows in a fixed position and control each dumbbell through a full range of motion for maximum effect.

(Source: bodybuilding.com)

the-exercist:

"Exactly What to Say to Pay Less For a Gym Membership" from Women’s Health:

Gym memberships can get expensive. Like, steal-the-shampoo-from-the-locker-room-to-break-even expensive.  
Luckily, the guys and gals sitting behind the front desk know that not everyone can afford their prices—and are generally willing to work with members (both potential and existing alike) in order to keep the facilities full and humming along, says Nikki Metzger, owner of BODI gym in Scottsdale, Arizona. 
So, if you want to score a less expensive deal, flag down a manager and drop whichever of these lines apply to you:
"Your gym is totally worth the price!" It might seem a bit backward, but kicking off negotiations by affirming that the asking price is fair is a solid step toward getting a less expensive deal. “Gyms believe—and want you to believe—that their services are worth the rates they are charging,” says Metzger. “Make sure that you don’t come off as devaluing their service.”
"I’m a ______" Are you a student? Teacher? Military service member? Ask if the gym has special rates for cool people like you, she says. Many do, but don’t advertise it.
"I just don’t have that much money.""Explain your current financial situation," suggests Metzger. Nobody wants you to go broke paying for their services, and they might be able to help.
"I’ll sign up for a longer-term contract!" Gyms like sure things. So ask if signing an extended contract will help you get a lower rate, she says. Even if it’s reduced only for the first few months, every little bit helps.
"I’ll work for it." Some smaller studios will let people trade in a few hours of work—swiping fobs at the front desk or wiping down gym equipment, for example—in exchange for services, says Metzger. Also, most gyms offer free memberships to anyone who teaches there. 

the-exercist:

"Exactly What to Say to Pay Less For a Gym Membership" from Women’s Health:

Gym memberships can get expensive. Like, steal-the-shampoo-from-the-locker-room-to-break-even expensive.  

Luckily, the guys and gals sitting behind the front desk know that not everyone can afford their prices—and are generally willing to work with members (both potential and existing alike) in order to keep the facilities full and humming along, says Nikki Metzger, owner of BODI gym in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

So, if you want to score a less expensive deal, flag down a manager and drop whichever of these lines apply to you:

"Your gym is totally worth the price!" It might seem a bit backward, but kicking off negotiations by affirming that the asking price is fair is a solid step toward getting a less expensive deal. “Gyms believe—and want you to believe—that their services are worth the rates they are charging,” says Metzger. “Make sure that you don’t come off as devaluing their service.”

"I’m a ______" Are you a student? Teacher? Military service member? Ask if the gym has special rates for cool people like you, she says. Many do, but don’t advertise it.

"I just don’t have that much money.""Explain your current financial situation," suggests Metzger. Nobody wants you to go broke paying for their services, and they might be able to help.

"I’ll sign up for a longer-term contract!" Gyms like sure things. So ask if signing an extended contract will help you get a lower rate, she says. Even if it’s reduced only for the first few months, every little bit helps.

"I’ll work for it." Some smaller studios will let people trade in a few hours of work—swiping fobs at the front desk or wiping down gym equipment, for example—in exchange for services, says Metzger. Also, most gyms offer free memberships to anyone who teaches there. 

July 30th, 2014

If any of you can…

backonpointe:

I hate to do this, but here’s the thing: since my move back to Milwaukee, I haven’t been working. Not by choice, but because somewhere along the line my transfer information got lost and had to be redone. I’m finally about to start work again, but without a car, I’m relying on the bus. But the bus doesn’t run on weekends. Or at night. Or early mornings. Which means my schedule will be very limited.

Due to not working the past two months, I’m broke. Broke broke. I’ve been living off savings and generosity of my friends, but now I’ve reached the end. I’m behind on my bills, anxious all the time, and too poor even to pay for the bus passes I’ll need to get to work for my limited hours.

I make next to no money from this blog. My advertising income is about $10-40 every two months, while I pay $9 a month to sell ads. I get some free products for reviews, but those don’t pay my bills. I’m trying to make Back On Pointe something I can make consistent money on, as then I’d be able to spend more time on it, but for now it’s just a hobby (that takes up more time than it should).

I know times are tough for everyone, but if you have it in your wallet to help me out, I’d really appreciate it. If you have it in your heart but not your wallet, please help me get the word out. I just want to pay my bills and go to work.

Thank you.

p.s. If you send me hate mail about this post, you will be blocked.