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If back-to-school time has inspired you to get more serious about your workouts and you’re a hit-the-gym-for-a-class kind of girl, I’m sure you’ve experienced your fair share of fitness instructors – some good, and some not so good. And then there’s this group . . .

The Flirt

This person thinks everyone wants to date him or her; they’re all touchy-feely, winking left and right, and giving away their phone number like class is happy hour. And they never get the hint that you’re not interested.

The High and Mighty

Source: Apatow Productions

We get it. You’re great at what you do, and people love you for it. Please get off your pedestal and come down to sweat with the rest of us.

The Insane Hard-Ass

This teacher is so crazy-intense, you wonder if you walked into an actual boot camp by accident. Your body shakes, your sweat is pooling on the floor, and she makes you do an extra set. And don’t you dare reach for your reusable bottle – water is for wusses!

The Singer

Source: Fox

Oooh, I love this song, who sings it?! BeyoncĂ©, you say? Let’s keep it that way.

The Screamer

Source: NBC

This teacher believes that motivation is measured by decibels in their voice – the louder they scream, the more reps you’ll do. But we really don’t need you to do that the entire 60-minute class, thanks.

The Oversharer

There’s a fine line between connecting with your students and sharing information you’d only share with your doctor, your mom, or your BFF. Sorry, but no, I don’t want to hear about your bathroom issues or any other issues for that matter.

The Show-Off

Inspiration is one thing, but when we’re struggling to get through 20 squats and you’re like, “Look how many I can do while holding this 20-pound medicine ball above my head,” we secretly wish that ball would fall on your head.

The All-Up-in-Your-Space

Helpful adjustments are always appreciated, but it’s totally creepy when you walk by and lay a lingering hand on me every two minutes. Also – that’s my boob, not my shoulder.

The Dork

Source: NBC

It’s bad enough that he’s embarrassing himself up there with those awful moves, but what’s even worse is he wants you to follow along.

The Stinker

Source: NBC

Stinky breath, stinky cologne, stinky I-know-you-haven’t-done-laundry-in-weeks gym clothes – it all stinks.

The Doesn’t-Practice-What-They-Preach

We don’t expect you to do 100 push-ups without a break, but you probably shouldn’t let everyone see you down a Snickers bar and Coke before class.

The Late Bloomer

Source: ABC

We all struggle to get to class on time, but we don’t expect the teacher to be later than us.

The Walking Cold

No cold or flu keeps you from class, but we wish it would. Really.

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When an athletic brand chooses to show at Fashion Week, you know it won’t be a simple stroll down the runway. Athleta showed that being fit can be fashionable too when it premiered its first fashion show during New York Fashion Week with a wild, heart-pumping performance that offered a new spin on the traditional runway.

Instead of the usual runway models, dancers and athletes performed numbers that ranged from parkour to trampoline to contemporary dance. “Athletes come in every shape and size, so you have to have clothes that function for that,” said Nancy Taylor, Athleta’s senior director of design. “I love showcasing healthy, fit women.”

The dancers’ moves were mesmerizing to watch, especially the backflips and break dancing, and offered proof that the clothes are not only comfortable to wear but can also withstand a good workout. Though I couldn’t see each piece up close, the range of options made it clear that women could wear the pieces no matter what activity they choose to do. “A woman should be comfortable and confident, she can go down to the supermarket, have a cup of coffee,” Taylor explained. “It’s the piece that she wants to put on five days a week. She can’t wash it enough because it’s the perfect piece for her life.”

The show included pieces from Fall and Winter as well as some coming next Spring. The look? Bold tops and wildly patterned leggings and bottoms that seemed trendy with a slightly edgy vibe. Scroll through to check out photos and videos from the runway show, plus see the new looks you’ll want to rock all year long!

Courtesy of Athleta

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It’s time to give your love handles a little love. And by love, we mean “work that area!” Get a stronger core and chiseled waist with this five-minute fitness quickie that targets the obliques.

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A new generation of fitness tools can help you stay motivated and improve your athletic performance. Learn how at WebMD.


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You already come to POPSUGAR Fitness for workouts, weight-loss advice, and the latest trends in healthy living, but why stop there? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ to keep up to date on everything that’s going on in the world of fit and healthy living. Here’s how to find us:

“Like” us on Facebook. Our page is filled with workouts, weight-loss tips, and healthy recipes you’ve got to taste to believe! See for yourself and share your favorites with your friends.

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Scroll through our Instagram. Between our favorite gear and the new classes we’re trying out, you’ll definitely find some workout inspiration. And all our snaps of the healthy food we’re noshing on will help you get excited in the kitchen!


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When you’re brand-new to a group fitness routine, everything feels difficult. You’re not sure what to wear, what basic moves you’re expected to know, or even how to get around the gym! All of these things come naturally in time – consistency is key – but there is one important tip newbies should take to get into the groove and find the workouts that serve their needs: try everything three times.

Every new workout will be a challenge, but it’s important to stick it out and not feel intimidated by a mix of levels in your class or your current fitness state. If you felt challenged and enjoyed any part of the workout, try it again. When you attend the same class three times, you’ll have the opportunity to get acclimated with the flow of the workout, build confidence, and get stronger – and just one or two times won’t cut it. As you’re determining what you like and what you don’t when it comes to working out, keeping an open mind is absolutely essential, and this tip makes that possible.

To set yourself up for even more success, take these three tips to every new class:

  1. Keep a positive attitude: When you head into a workout with a bad attitude, it makes every minute feel more difficult. Leave your stresses at the door, breathe deep, commit to have fun, and don’t be too hard on yourself. If you feel intimidated when you look around the room, remember that everyone was a beginner at some point!
  2. Introduce yourself: Don’t feel awkward introducing yourself to the teacher before or after your first class. Giving the instructor a heads-up provides them with opportunity to offer pointers before class or extra instruction throughout the class.
  3. Give it your all: In the group fitness environment, it’s easy to cheat a little or take a break. To make the most of the workout and challenge yourself, don’t fall into this trap. When you give 100 percent, you’re setting yourself up for success and you’ll know you won’t be left with any regrets.

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Study has implications for how long children

Being in good physical condition likely to help boys avoid the blues too, expert says


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There are so many ways to get your sweat on – no need to stick to what you know. If you’re stuck in a workout rut, then take this quiz to see what trend you should try to jump-start your fitness life.

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Long before saying “I do,” newlyweds Derrick and Brittany made a commitment to the gym. It should not surprise you then that they call their perfect date night a serious sweat session together. “It’s amazing to have a partner with the same goals and interests, and it helps push and motivate you to be your best,” Brittany says. “Exercise is just as natural to us as breathing. It’s what we love to do, and [we] fell in love with each other doing it.”

When you think of these two, the story of how they met is suddenly perfect: Derrick caught his first glimpse of Brittany at their gym in LA, lifting in the back of the room! It only seemed natural for the couple to share their passion for the gym at their wedding celebration. Check out all the beautiful and fun photos from their nuptials.

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