Call the fire department—this squat variation is about to set everything ablaze. Squats will always light up your glutes and quads. But the cardio king of the squat family—the squat jack—does so much more. For starters, it burns calories like crazy. And since you crank out tons of squats in a short amount of time, the squat
I’ve never taken a hot yoga class, but I’ve always had an easy time imagining what it might be like—thanks, in part, to my roommate (a walking ad for the workout), and also because the A/C in our apartment broke once. After sweating through my sheets, I decided hot yoga belonged on the back burner.
Whether you’ve never exercised before or are coming back after a long hiatus, walking is a great way to get into an active lifestyle. You can do it anytime, pretty much anywhere and it doesn’t have to cost you a thing. That said, as with any exercise, getting the right gear will help you walk
It’s been said that ‘how you start is how you finish’. This goes for workouts as well – the warm-up is vital for effective results. It is easy to skip this step and jump right into getting your sweat on, but here’s why you shouldn’t. Ceri Hannan from Virgin Active gave us the low-down on prepping
You might have some friends who sign up for races on the reg. They know their half-marathon pace versus their sprint speed, and they have the medals to prove their stellar performances. You might also have friends who talk two-wheelers all the time, either memorising their pace to beat in spin class or buying the
Ever wondered how women stayed fit and active before the wonderland of fitness apps and fitstagram? Well, they worked out. And, judging by the waistlines of some of the eighties babes, their exercise regimes worked. All about aerobics Aerobics was the ultimate fitness fad of the eighties and a hit among women who preferred working
Everyone has those days when you feel down about your body or just, you know, yourself. Maybe you tried to impress the family with a roast for the first time and you’re still trying to get the smell of charred bird out of the curtains. Or perhaps you tried on a pair of jeans you’ve
Hands up if you only exercise for that #summerbody? I did too. Until Torpedo SwimRun, where I found myself focusing on an entirely new goal: conquering the ocean. When I started writing for Women’s Health, I realised exercise had a ton of other things going for it: the mental health perks, the general good-for-you status.
Vanilla ice cream, a plain cheeseburger, that little black dress—sometimes keeping it simple is the most satisfying thing you can do. That goes for the core move you’ve probably done in almost every workout class of your life: the side plank. Sure, holding a straight line isn’t as exciting as bicycle crunches, but it’ll make you
When Siphosethu Class transitioned from high school to varsity, her health took a bit of a backseat. Not happy with how her unhealthy habits left her feeling, this student took to fitness to change her body and mind. Through hard work and determination, she lost weight, gained muscle AND bettered her mental health. Siphosethu Class
“What is it with you chicks?” If I had a Discovery point for every time I’ve heard my husband say these words, I would never have to pay for coffee again. But when I read the post that prompted this particular comment, I had to agree – what is it with us chicks? No Pain,
In January, we teamed up with Cricket South Africa to give 40 Women’s Health fans a unique opportunity: to train with the Proteas at PPC Newlands. All-Access Pass The day began with an exclusive locker-room experience in the same locker rooms used by the Proteas and Cobras cricket teams on game day. The Proteas team
Stuck in a training rut? Crush boredom, plateaus and the urge to quit with easy tweaks to your fitness routine… Rainy day workouts Rut: You default to your favourite video or YouTube workout on rainy days. Tweak: Stream an online boutique class. Sculpt lean lines with Studio Tone It Up, the recently launched app from
Okay, let’s be honest: it’s impossible not to move when a Bollywood track comes on. Veena Sukha realised how great this would be for a workout – so say hey to Bollywood Fitness, a dance class with a twist that works everything from your eyebrows to your toes… (Psst: Veena’s bringing Bollywood Fitness to Fit
I decided to study personal training because, as fitness editor of WH, I rated myself as pretty clued up on the subject already and I wanted a piece of paper to make it official. Yup, the humility is strong with this one. Well, turns out, I wasn’t clued up. I got schooled. These were some
Tamzin Thomas is a 100m and 200m track athlete who runs for South Africa. She also trains with her partner, Elroy Gelant, who is a 5km and 10km track athlete. Here’s her top advice for improving your running speed and smashing your next PB! Tamzin’s Top 10 Moves To Improve Your Running Speed “To run
Growing up, Fulufhelo Siphuma knew all about the great benefits of exercise. But when life got a bit too demanding, fitness took a back seat. Not liking the sluggish feelings due to the lack of exercise, she decided to head back to the gym and totally transform her body. Wanting to challenge herself, set her
If you want a six-pack, crunches won’t quite cut it. The side of your core needs to be strong for truly sculpted abs, says Corey Phelps, a Washington D.C.-based certified personal trainer and founder of the online platform Cultivate365. One of the best moves to hit those side (a.k.a. oblique) muscles? You guessed it: bicycle crunches.
If this new year hasn’t given you the inspo for new goals just yet, why not try something completely outside your comfort zone? Don’t give anything the side-eye because you think you’re not up to it. Irma Sparks destroyed the myth that you can be too old to try new sports. In 2016, at age
In today’s world multitasking is a way of life: Cooking dinner, cleaning the dishes, and responding to a text message all at the same time is pretty normal, right? Right! While we’re able to complete many tasks all at once, we’ve also come to expect the products we use to meet various needs all at