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Past articles by Jessica:

Abs Workout with Weights: Exercises to Do with Dumbbells for Abs

Amp up your abs workout with weights. These six dumbbell core workout moves are all easy dumbbell exercises for abs. You'll feel the burn of doing core exercises with weights. → Read More

14 Post-Workout Snacks Trainers and Dietitians Swear By

Replenish your energy after exercise with these delicious post-workout snack ideas from trainers and dietitians. These are the best post-workout snack options for refueling after the gym. → Read More

Trainer-Approved Tips to Strengthening Your Legs In No Time

Toned legs are a coveted thing but, sorry to say, there really is no such thing as "toning" a muscle. Rather, strengthening those muscles through exercise, and decreasing body fat through diet can help give the appearance of toned legs. For help with the best exercises for toned legs, check out these trainer-approved tips for toned thighs and stronger legs. → Read More

How to Set Up a Home Gym You'll Actually Want to Workout in

If you're trying more and more online or at-home workouts, it's time to start creating a home gym. Use this step-by-step guide on how to set up a home gym to create one that will help you meet all of your fitness goals. → Read More

How to Become a Morning Exerciser

Follow our step-by-step plan to make it easy to fit in a workout first thing in the morning. → Read More

6-Week Weight Loss Workout Plan for Women at Home

Lose weight with this 6-week workout plan that combines effective cardio and strength workouts into a killer routine. With a new workout routine each day, you'll target every body part to stay active, burn calories, and build lean muscle all over. → Read More

11 Exercises for Strong Hips and Thighs

Try this hip workout routine to strengthen your butt, hips, and thighs while challenging your core. These hip exercises will help you build an injury-proof lower body. → Read More

10 Creative Ways to Use a Foam Roller (Besides Rolling Out Sore Muscles)

Learn how to use a foam roller in unique ways that show off the versatility of this one recovery tool. → Read More

Belly Dance Exercises for Your Abs That Will Make You Want to Salsa

Planks and crunches aren't the only way to score a flat belly. Tighten and tone your middle while grooving to your favorite hits with this super fun (and effective) workout. → Read More

Consider This Bodyweight Workout Like Paleo But for Your Workout

Animal flow primal workouts are a unique fitness trend that might seem silly, but has real deal benefits. This quick, total-body workout builds strength, endurance, flexibility, mobility, and power—no equipment required. → Read More

How to Choose the Best Gym When You Have a Million Options

Experts reveal how to choose the best gym. Start by Googling "best gym near me," then factor in price (cheap gyms can still be good!), location, and classes. → Read More

Try This Low-Impact HIIT Workout Routine at Home

Try this HIIT workout routine at home for a workout that is easy on your joints, and requires no equipment. You'll boost your metabolism in a few quick cardio circuits. → Read More

The Best Outdoor Workouts to Mix Up Your Routine

Soak up the sun (just don't forget the SPF!) with these great outdoor workout ideas. Inspired by everything from CrossFit to kid's playground, these outdoor exercises are fun and effective. → Read More

9 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes from Breakfast to Dinner

Use these healthy slow cooker recipes to save time and create a nutritious breakfast, snack, or dinner with minimal prep time. These go-to slow cooker recipes range from eggplant pasta to easy fig oatmeal. → Read More

7 Love Handle Workout Moves Using a Towel

This oblique and core workout (or "love handle workout," if that's what you're looking for) tones and strengthens your abdominals without any gym equipment. Just grab a towel, and you can do this at-home workout nearly anywhere! → Read More

The Outdoor Park Workout You Can Do with Just a Bench

This park workout offers a total-body strength training routine that you can complete while enjoying the great outdoors. You just need is a bench to complete this fun park workout. → Read More

This Full-Body HIIT Workout Uses Bodyweight to Burn *Major* Calories

All you need is your body to rock this full-body HIIT workout. High-intensity interval-training circuits burn fat and build muscle from head to toe. → Read More

Do This Home Kickboxing Workout When You Need to Blow Off Steam

These tough kickboxing workout moves that require zero equipment and can be done pretty much anywhere. Try this kickboxing workout for a mental and cardio challenge—and a bit of strength work, too. → Read More

The Ultimate At-Home Full-Body Circuit Workout

This simple full-body circuit workout is the perfect fat-burning strength routine for at home or at the gym. All you need to complete this full-body circuit workout: a pair of dumbbells and a bit of space. → Read More

This Pilates Workout Carves Your Core and Builds a Strong Upper Body

Build functional strength and definition with this arm-, back- and core-sculpting routine that uses dumbbells and a resistance band to mimic Reformer-style moves and add a new twist to traditional mat favorites. Now you can define all the key core muscles at home → Read More