Category Archive: Exercise

So, You Think You’re Not Good Enough?

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If you’re like most women, you struggle with some insecurities and self-doubt. On some level, you don’t think you’re good enough. Maybe you pepper your language with “shoulds” and apologize for being you, or maybe you preface everything with a, “I know I need to be better…” or maybe you self-judge constantly, saying something and …

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Confessions of a Former Cardio Queen

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“Dear Jill, I want to tell you a story because reading your blogs finally, FINALLY gave me permission to do things a different way and I am so glad I found you!! A couple years ago, a pro fitness competitor was holding a seminar near my house. I followed this woman and so I was …

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9 Ways to Quit Obsessing Over Your Food and Exercise

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In order to attain a very lean physique, it takes a certain amount of obsession. And I say that with zero unkindness and with no judgment. It’s just a fact. It’s difficult to attain a super lean body without prepping and cooking your meals at home for the week. It’s nearly impossible to achieve a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2014/03/04/obsession/

Why the Advice “Just Eat More to Rev Your Metabolism” is Misguided

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Though he hates the attention, one of the perks to being married to a professional brainiac is that we get to constantly discuss really awesome stuff–biochemistry, research, behavior, psychology, natural health, relationships, personal development, learning, growing, risking, improving. Many have commented that we are “so intense” because Jade and I live, eat, breathe this stuff. …

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The JillFit Birthday Workout

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“Holy sh*t.” … seemed to be the only words I could breathe around all the gasping for air that was going on. Tara and I were in the middle of the JillFit Birthday Workout, doing it for the first time last summer when I turned 31. And I wanted to punch myself in the face …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/07/16/birthday-workout/

Next Up For Tara: How To Be A Runner & Keep Your Muscle

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By Tara Ballard I feel like such a hypocrite! As a recovering Cardio Queen, and someone who has struggled with exercise addiction, I have spent the last 5 years priding myself on how little cardio I do compared to the old days when I worked out 3 and 4 hours a day. I get my …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/06/19/run-and-keep-muscle/

Do You Even Sprint? 13 Female Fit Pros Weigh In With Their Own Cardio Routines

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Lately, I’ve been into defending cardio. Mostly because I hate extreme stances, and there’s been a lot of cardio hate in the fitness industry. I blogged on it earlier this week. But I wanted to know … do female fitness pros really not do cardio?? We may talk a weight training game, but the bottom …

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11 Reasons You SHOULD Do (the Right Kind of) Cardio

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Lately, there’s been a lot of hating on cardio among fitness pros. Let’s get this straight–the idea that cardio makes people fat is absurd. Is it the best way to lose fat? No. Can it be detrimental if overdone? Of course. But to say that any kind of exercise is “bad” for you, especially if …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/06/10/do-right-cardio/

The Beauty of Being Humbled: Yoga Retreat Wrap-Up

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Walking down the path to our 7am breakfast with fellow Lululemon’ed up fitness pros Jen Sinkler and Neghar Fonooni, I turned to them and said, “You know, this trip is an example of something I would normally never do.” It was Day 4 of a 6-day yoga retreat in Sedona, AZ and we were 5 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/03/12/yoga-humbles/

4 Reasons Why You Should Be Doing BODYWEIGHT Exercise (Yes, Bodyweight!)

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Ok, I’ll admit it. I used to think bodyweight exercises were a cop-out. I mean … really?? Isn’t that for “beginners” and people who can’t handle “real” weight training? Well, that’s what I thought until my friend (and expert in female fitness) Nia Shanks showed me up with her new Beautiful Badass Bodyweight Workout Guide.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/02/06/bodyweight/

Love Letter to Weight Training: Lift Weights, Build … Confidence?

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Here at JillFit, and over on the Metabolic Effect blog, we tend to strictly profess the physiological effects of exercise, most importantly weight training. I doubt I need to convince you of the many benefits of weight training for the body. BUT, if you’ve forgotten, allow me to be annoyingly thorough Quickie Reminder/Physical Benefits of …

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How I Ran A Half Marathon in 1:30 While Training Only 3 Days Per Week

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I hate running. Ugh. And I would never call myself a runner. I’ve never had that “running build”–you know the one where the people look like it’s effortless, like their gliding over the ground, barely breathing hard? Instead of running, I always felt like I was “muscling.” And I guess in many ways I was, …

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Muscle Building For Women: The SCORCH Model

Physical Fitness for Women

Most posts at JillFit are about fat loss. We do metabolic weight workouts, manage carb intake and sprint real fast. But what about for those who want to build muscle? You’ll have to take a slightly different approach. We use the SCORCH Model: S = Slow Down Your Weight Workouts Metabolic conditioning workouts are great …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/12/11/muscle-building-for-women/

Quitting Long-Duration Cardio: Tara’s Story

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By Tara Ballard I’ve talked before about my ex-exercise addiction. It came up again recently after I posted a post-workout pic on Facebook…Jill and I started talking about the very first email I sent to her almost 4 years ago detailing my workout schedule at the time. I dug up that first email, and I …

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Can Women “Bulk Up?”

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Let’s just get this out of the way right now–under no natural circumstances can a drug-free woman EVER look like this: Bodybuilder Jay Cutler So the idea that any woman will blow up the point of looking like a man is truly absurd–especially considering even MEN have a hard time putting on legitimate muscle, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/12/04/bulk-up/

Black Friday Workout 2012

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The Black Friday Workout is a bit of a tradition here at JillFit. What can I say, except … we like to kick our own asses. Especially after a big meal where we may wake up holding water, puffy, and feeling a little sluggish. There’s no faster way to get you back into fat-burning mode, …

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Core Crusher Workout

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By Tara Ballard I love training my core. Without a doubt, abs are my favorite body part, and nothing is more satisfying to me than feeling them burn during and after a tough workout. Here is a workout I did recently while out of town. I typically like to do heavy weighted ab exercises, but …

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25 Insights on Belly Fat

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If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me about losing their gut….well, I’d have at least $20 But seriously, it seems that for many people, losing lbs from their midsection is a lifelong battle, and no matter how much exercise they do, it’s the stubborn middle that remains. Well, what I am …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/11/02/insights-belly-fat/

20 Min At-Home Hurricane Workout

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Here in North Carolina, Hurricane Sandy is beating up the shoreline as we speak. I hope everyone stays safe! Try not to eat too much bread and milk If you are stuck at home and can’t get to the gym, we created this Special Edition “Sandy” Workout for you to do at home. 20 minutes, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/10/28/hurricane-workout/

How Much Cardio Should You Do?

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I get asked quite a bit about cardio, and we have written on it before. Cardio can be a trap. Especially if you get your body to the place where you can ONLY see results when you do more of it. I was there a couple years ago, and it is scary when you are …

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