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Past articles by Esther:

Why battle ropes are worth a swing

Not just for CrossFit, here’s what personal trainers want you to know about using battle ropes for cardio and strength workouts. → Read More

Everything you need to know about doing Pilates at home

It’s easy to do Pilates workouts at home with a workout mat from Amazon, ankle weights from Bala, or a reformer from Flexia. → Read More

Can you treat a UTI at home?

Over-the-counter UTI pain relief from brands like Azo, Stix, and Uqora can alleviate symptoms of urinary tract infections. But what is the right treatment for a UTI? → Read More

Does your jump rope need to be ‘smarter’?

The Tangram Factory SmartRope aims to display a floating image of your fitness data mid-air. We took it for a whirl to see if it’s worth its luxury price tag. → Read More

Why battle ropes are worth a swing

If you’re looking for new ways to challenge yourself at the gym, why not try your hand at using battle ropes? While these coils of heavy rope might look intimidating, they can deliver an all-in-one, low-impact cardio and strength workout. Though you’ll likely need a couple sessions to get used to swinging them in a way that delivers results, they aren’t as tricky as they seem to get the hang of.… → Read More

Can you rollerblade yourself into shape?

Rollerblades are a summer staple widely available at Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, REI, and more. Here’s how rollerblading compares to your favorite form of cardio, and how to start. → Read More

Want to give pole dancing a spin? Here’s what to bring to the studio

Make your first class easier with these essentials. → Read More

Dive into a new fitness routine and start swimming this summer

If you’ve only taken a dip in pools for leisure, learning how to swim for fitness isn't as challenging as it seems. → Read More

Is mobility training the key to improved strength and flexibility?

Exercises targeted at improving how you move your muscles can help you avoid injury. → Read More

What OB-GYNs want you to know about the birth control that lives in your arm

Nexplanon is more than 99% effective and lasts for up to three years. → Read More

What to know about IUDs, the most effective method of birth control

Hormonal or copper, IUDs are highly effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy. But how does an IUD work? How long does an IUD last? And how much does an IUD cost? → Read More

Considering online therapy? Here’s what therapists want you to know

Online therapy programs from sites like Better Help, Talkspace, and Cerebral can be a great option for mental health and may cost less than traditional therapy. → Read More

Give your home gym a sleek upgrade with these NordicTrack dumbbells

NordicTrack’s iSelect adjustable dumbbells are a high-tech option to include in your home strength training routine. But how do they compare to Bowflex, Core Home Fitness, Powerblock? → Read More

This bralette makes wearing your fitness tracker surprisingly comfortable

The Whoop Any-Wear Bralette provides a new way to wear its fitness tracker, making the brand stand out from others like Fitbit, Garmin, and Withings. → Read More

Stressed-out muscles? Here’s how a massage gun can help

Massage guns from brands like Therabody, Hyperice, Sportneer, and Amazon are popular options for stress relief. Are they as good as a massage therapist? → Read More

Can Peloton's strength training camera help you workshop flawless form?

The Peloton Guide is great for spot-checking form, but it has its limitations. → Read More

How to find the right pair of gym shoes

Running shoes, walking shoes, and cross-trainers all differ. Shop the right pair for you from brands like Adidas, Hoka One One, Brooks, Nike, New Balance. → Read More

Yes, you can test yourself for STIs at home—but should you?

What to know about home STI tests' safety and reliability. → Read More

Can Echelon’s new exercise bike compete with Peloton’s?

The EX-8s will make it feel like you're back in the studio. → Read More

The Oura Ring promises holistic health data at your fingertips—here's what it delivers

Like a Fitbit, Whoop, or Amazon Halo, the Oura Ring fitness tracker keeps tabs on your activity levels, heart rate, sleep data, and recovery time. → Read More