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The 7 Best Fitness Blogs to Follow

Whether you want to tone up for your fast-approaching beach vacay or simply switch up your daily workout, you can do it all with a little help from the fiercest fitness bloggers on the Internet. You’ll discover routines that fit your busy schedule, new ways to achieve your workout goals and so much more. It’s like having a personal trainer right at your fingertips. So throw on your cutest workout gear, surf this list of HC-approved blogs and get your fitness on!

If You’re Looking for the Best Workout Products and Tunes, Check Out Fit Bottomed Girls.

When it comes to fitness, the eight-woman blogger team of Fit Bottomed Girls covers just about everything. Their posts with stories of fitness achievements will inspire you to become the strongest and healthiest version of yourself. And product reviews for exercise DVDs and equipment (anyone else have trouble finding ear buds that fit “freakishly small ears” like Fit Bottomed Girl Erin?) are sure to help you achieve the best workout possible. If you want to branch out and try new activities, look no further. The blog is full of ideas – from cycling to boxing to CrossFit and more. And, of course, the Fit Bottomed Girls haven’t forgotten one of the most important ingredients of a butt-kicking, heart-pounding workout: music. They put together hot playlists that vary from your typical “iTunes Top 100” songs, and they even post their own personal playlists that keep them moving.

If You’re Looking to Make Your Workout More Exciting, Check Out The Fitnessista.

Meet Gina: certified personal trainer, nutritional advisor and group fitness instructor. At The Fitnessista, she blogs about boredom-killing workouts, like interval training on the treadmill and healthy recipes, like veggie and goat cheese enchiladas. She even includes a few dessert recipes, sweet-toothed collegiettes! Creatively named routines such as the “Turkey Treadmill Workout” or “My biscuits are burning!” elliptical plan may make you smile, but these challenging exercises are no laughing matter. And when you add a few sets of her strengthening moves to the end of your cardio or weight session, there’s a good chance you’ll start to notice a more toned body. Through Gina’s personal photos and expert advice, you can snag some great tips for healthy living and learn the message she wants everyone to understand: “Being fit is always in style.

If You Want to Have Fun While Mastering Pilates, Check Out Blogilates.

This can’t-miss blog will take the “work” out of “workouts” and refresh your daily exercise routine. With her upbeat attitude, fitness guru and POP Pilates (a workout involving pilates and cardio) creator Cassey Ho will make you excited to get off the couch and follow along with her workout videos. Kimberly Drummond, HC SUNY Buffalo campus correspondent, says the blog’s videos are so fun that she doesn’t even feel like she’s working out while she does them. After all, is it really possible to resist sets of squats choreographed to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”?

Deepa Lakshmin, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, says Blogilates allows her to do pilates when her university’s gym doesn’t offer classes that fit her schedule. “It inspires me to see [Cassey’s] progress and dedication to a strict diet and workout plan,” Deepa says. “It’s even more inspiring that all of her tips and blog posts are about true health, not about ridiculous fad diets and dangerous starvation diets.”

Cassey also shows you how to make your own workout T-shirt, and has a Blogilates fashion line that will help you make the treadmill look like a runway.
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If You’re Looking to Get Fit Without the Gym, Check Out Fit Chick in the City.

Between your work, school and social life, sometimes a trip to the campus gym just doesn’t happen. For those days, experienced marathon runner Jess Underhill has your back. On her blog, Jess has rounded up some of the simplest ways to work those muscles using everyday household items. Cranking out mountain climber planks with the help of a kitchen towel? Using a water bottle as a tool during core-strengthening exercises? With instructed videos, she shows you how to do it all. If you’re a runner (or want to become one), Jess also blogs the answers to your biggest questions, such as which shoes are best for your feet or how to train for a 10K in a mere six weeks.

If You’re Looking for Answers to Your Toughest Fitness Questions, Check Out Cranky Fitness.

Okay, you caught us. While we wish we could say hitting the gym is always a good time, that’s not exactly true. Since the bloggers at Cranky Fitness agree, their posts focus on helping you change the way you think about exercise. The blog has just the right amount of motivation and encouragement to pump you up, while remaining realistic about the challenges you’ll face while getting fit. With a huge index of activities and exercises you’re sure to find workouts that are less of a chore and more of a reward. And make sure to keep this page bookmarked for when you need answers to all your exercise questions, including “do I really have to do cardio to lose weight?”

If You’re Looking for Three-Minute Workouts, Check Out Quickie Chick.

Quickie Chick blogger Laurel House knows it’s possible to squeeze in a workout anytime and anyplace. With her “Daily 100” videos, Laurel shows you little moves that can tone and tighten your body, whether you’re stuck at your desk job, catching up on “New Girl” reruns from your couch or waiting at the bus stop. She even has a section dedicated to workouts that you can do without having to leave your bed! This blog has all the solutions to help you get your blood flowing, even in a tiny dorm room.

If You Want to Hear Fitness Tips from a Professional, Check Out MizFitOnline.

At MizFitOnline, get tips for motivating yourself before workouts, eating healthy and stretching without scrolling through tons of words on your computer screen. Blogger Carla Birnberg, a personal trainer and bodybuilding competitor, posts free fitness podcasts. Her page also directs you to her collection of creative and informative YouTube workout videos that will take you back to your younger days. She’ll show you how she breaks a sweat at the playground, burns calories bouncing on trampolines and more. So stop reading, turn up the volume and start exercising!

Now that you have HC’s rundown of some of the best fitness blogs, it’s easy to see how many different ways you can get in shape fast. Follow these bloggers and expert exercisers for their best tips, and remember to have fun while getting fit. Happy workouts, collegiettes!

Ali is a junior studying journalism, education and leadership at the University of Florida. Internships in broadcast journalism and public relations convinced her to follow her original dream: a career in magazines. This summer, she will intern with SELF Magazine in New York City. Ali is an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority and maintains a lifestyle and entertainment blog (www.idealist-ali.blogspot.com). She loves photography, city lights, Steve Madden shoes, Modern Family and Florence, Italy (where she studied abroad in the summer of 2011).
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