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The Old-School Exercise Video That Transformed My Abs

The Old-School Exercise Video That Transformed My Abs

In 1995, Jaime Brenkus had millions of fitness fanatics snuggled into their spandex shorts and scrunchies as he promised chiseled abs in just eight minutes. Now, decades later, I’m here to tell you that he was not lying: abs can be made in under 10 mi…

This Former Bikini Competitor’s Before and After Photos Are Not What You Expect

This Former Bikini Competitor’s Before and After Photos Are Not What You Expect

A post shared by SELF-LOVE | LIFESTYLE | HEALTH (@juliealedbetter) on Apr 18, 2017 at 6:03pm PDT

Getting in shape for bikini season is enough to stress anyone the f*ck out, but Julie Ann Ledbetter, a former bikini competitor, says she became “hap…

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY. Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size. There are women of all shapes and sizes who are unhappy with their bodies and of all shapes and sizes who love themselves and treat themselves kindly. I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body. THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how “fit” we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow. The mental and emotional changes that are NOT seen in these photos began to manifest FAR before any muscle definition did. I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am. I am unashamed of my dreams. I have the courage to set goals, the discipline to WORK for them, and the self belief that I can reach them. Of course at times I still fall back into a negative place. But now those moments are the exception instead of the norm. THEY CAN AND SHOULD BE FOR YOU TOO. Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way. So yes, get out and sweat! Make the healthy choice! At the same time be aware of your self talk and exercise positive thinking. Strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.❤ // mysweat.life . #transformationtuesday #transformation #selflove #bbgprogress #fit #fitspo #fitmom #workout #fitness #fitspiration #sweat #healthyliving #bopo

A post shared by Kelsey Wells (@mysweatlife) on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:40am PDT

Kelsey Wells is just like all of us. She has started and stopped fitness plans countless times, but one day, she decided that was it and Kelsey was committing to Kayla Itsines’s BBG program. Now, more than 60 weeks into the program, Kelsey is reflecting on her journey. For her, it wasn’t about losing weight after giving birth to her son Anderson; it was about finding true happiness and loving the skin she’s in.

The My Sweat Life blogger recently took to Instagram to talk about self-love with her 700,000 followers. “IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY,” she opened her post. “Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size.”

Kelsey talked about her struggle to be happy with herself, and it’s something many of us can appreciate hearing. “I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body,” she wrote. “THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how ‘fit’ we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow.”

While we are totally blown away by Kelsey’s toned photos, she explains that what the photos don’t show is “the mental and emotional changes” she’s accomplished. “I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am.”

She continued, “Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way.”

Kelsey brings up such an important point about transformations: the photos mean nothing unless we love ourselves and are truly happy. Transformation photos cannot show your emotional journey, but that emotional journey is something to be even more proud of. She left her followers with a final message, “strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.”

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY. Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size. There are women of all shapes and sizes who are unhappy with their bodies and of all shapes and sizes who love themselves and treat themselves kindly. I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body. THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how “fit” we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow. The mental and emotional changes that are NOT seen in these photos began to manifest FAR before any muscle definition did. I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am. I am unashamed of my dreams. I have the courage to set goals, the discipline to WORK for them, and the self belief that I can reach them. Of course at times I still fall back into a negative place. But now those moments are the exception instead of the norm. THEY CAN AND SHOULD BE FOR YOU TOO. Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way. So yes, get out and sweat! Make the healthy choice! At the same time be aware of your self talk and exercise positive thinking. Strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.❤ // mysweat.life . #transformationtuesday #transformation #selflove #bbgprogress #fit #fitspo #fitmom #workout #fitness #fitspiration #sweat #healthyliving #bopo

A post shared by Kelsey Wells (@mysweatlife) on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:40am PDT

Kelsey Wells is just like all of us. She has started and stopped fitness plans countless times, but one day, she decided that was it and Kelsey was committing to Kayla Itsines’s BBG program. Now, more than 60 weeks into the program, Kelsey is reflecting on her journey. For her, it wasn’t about losing weight after giving birth to her son Anderson; it was about finding true happiness and loving the skin she’s in.

The My Sweat Life blogger recently took to Instagram to talk about self-love with her 700,000 followers. “IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY,” she opened her post. “Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size.”

Kelsey talked about her struggle to be happy with herself, and it’s something many of us can appreciate hearing. “I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body,” she wrote. “THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how ‘fit’ we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow.”

While we are totally blown away by Kelsey’s toned photos, she explains that what the photos don’t show is “the mental and emotional changes” she’s accomplished. “I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am.”

She continued, “Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way.”

Kelsey brings up such an important point about transformations: the photos mean nothing unless we love ourselves and are truly happy. Transformation photos cannot show your emotional journey, but that emotional journey is something to be even more proud of. She left her followers with a final message, “strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.”

The Best Reasons You Should Exercise Today

The Best Reasons You Should Exercise Today

The following post was originally featured on Jill Conyers and written by Jill Conyers, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

Everyone needs to reorganize and reprioritize their lives so that we put our health first by making the time for regular ex…

5 Motivational Tricks to Get You Pumped to Work Out

5 Motivational Tricks to Get You Pumped to Work Out

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls and written by Jenn, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

Wish you were a gym rat? One of those folks who loved to hit the gym, hit the pavement and, well, HIIT it? Well, researchers …

This Insane Burpee Workout Will Make You Question All Your Life’s Choices

This Insane Burpee Workout Will Make You Question All Your Life’s Choices

Former American Ninja Warrior contestant Warren James Li is taking burpees to the next level – and that’s not just a quote from his Instagram caption. Behold.

Apparently when you get to a certain level of fitness, burpees are not enough. If you’re at the American Ninja Warrior competing level like Li, you must catapult yourself toward space, using a basketball hoop as leverage, do some calisthenics, crazy push-up tricks, and then do it again.

Li says #ChallengeYourself in his caption, but honestly, we feel challenged just watching that video. Holy crap.

7 Before and After Photos That Prove Things Aren’t Always as They Seem

7 Before and After Photos That Prove Things Aren’t Always as They Seem

With perfectly round and well-lit booty pictures taking over our Instagram feeds, it’s almost impossible to not want to get squatting to build that perfect Insta-tush for yourself, but one fitness blogger is using her platform to tell people that those…

Karlie Kloss Crushes Bosu Workouts Like They’ve Never Been Crushed Before

Karlie Kloss Crushes Bosu Workouts Like They’ve Never Been Crushed Before

We now know how Karlie Kloss manages to gracefully strut her way down the runway in sky-high heels without losing her balance. Her secret weapon? A Bosu ball!

For quite some time now, the supermodel has been consistently crushing her workouts at New York City-based Dogpound alongside her fierce trainer, Kirk Meyers. He recently posted an Instagram video of Karlie showing off her insanely impressive stability while “smashing” the Bosu ball. All we can say is, “DAMN, girl!”

#smashcity @karliekloss #smashing the Bosu werking her core, glutes, hamstrings and balance 🐶👊🏻👍🏻#letsgooooo @dogpound

A post shared by Kirk Myers (Keherjot Sing) (@kirkmyersfitness) on Apr 6, 2017 at 9:30am PDT

It looks like her move is a challenging variation of the Single-Leg Forward Reach, one of our go-to booty-sculpting methods, except she’s also targeting her core and hamstrings while working on her balance. Talk about a combo workout! Not to mention she fluidly nailed the workout with such poise and control – as expected, because, well, she’s Karlie Kloss.

43 Quotes That Will Have You Running to the Gym

43 Quotes That Will Have You Running to the Gym

Whether 2017 has inspired you on a healthy path or you’ve been on this journey for a while, we could all use a little inspiration on days when we feel like throwing in the towel (and grabbing a cupcake!). These quotes are just the thing to get you off …