Three Fitness Blogs for Women that Actually Don’t Suck
(Photo credit for the lede photo as well as the one shown below, goes to Joy Olayta)
NOTE: I have recently published an updated version of this post with three new blogs: “Three More Fitness Blogs for Women That Don’t Suck”
The fitness industry is a monster. You know it and I know it.
They want us to hate our bodies, loathe our genes, shun our favorite foods and… ultimately – buy their stupid diet plans.
And we do it. Again and again and again.
Because our ideas about food are so messed up that we think we have no idea what to eat (we really do, trust me).
As I’m navigating the sea of rancid crap that is 99% of the fitness industry I am bolstered by the presence of a few truly fantastic fitness blogs written by people like you and me. Real people not hawking products. Real women throwing iron around or enjoying the complete and utter radness of their bodies in all kinds of healthy, enjoyable ways.
They’re level-headed, whip-smart and pretty darn inspirational.
I present, in no particular order, Three Fitness Blogs for Women that Actually Don’t Suck (in fact, they DOWNRIGHT KICK ASS). I’ll also add that these sites are just as awesome for men as they are for women!
I’ve been reading Krista for as long as I can remember – I was initially enamored with her because she was a braniac smarty-pants taking the world of academia by storm.
She’s since quit that scene (bravo, Krista!) and is much happier for it.
What will you find at this site? Smart advice about all things training and nutrition. An unabashed love of power lifting and all the glory that lies therein. A wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor, amazing writing and just the kind of self-assured hot-as-shit woman that we all would love to be.
Subscribe to her feed, send her mail, read the “real stories” section or – at the very least – just go poke around. You’ll laugh your guts out and learn a little in the process.
(PS: Krista does not know I exist, so I am in no way being compensated for this plug – or any of the other recommendations for that matter.)
(UPDATE: As of March 2014, Swigg blog appears to be abandoned.)
Skwigg is hilarious. That’s all you need to know.
She’s also a former health-nutrition-measure-everything-freak. And she is completely reformed.
This gives her the added benefit of truly understanding what it is like to battle disordered eating, fitness-obsession and the Monster that is the Diet Industry.
Skwigg will eat anything that shows up in her mailbox (she receives a lot of samples) and then give you here 100% unbiased opinion about them. Which is to say, she’s your favorite guinea pig! Use her.
She’s also a sucker for devouring all of the latest fitness/nutrition/diet information that hits the market. She reads all the new books, tries all the new gadgets, evaluates new programs. Go to her first to get the down-and-dirty lowdown on this shit.
(UPDATE 3/4/14: Maggie’s site appears to be abandoned. There’s still a lot of interesting information to be gleaned there. We’ll miss her!)
Maggie deviates from the previous two blogs a little bit because Maggie is completely obsessive about both fitness and money management. (Update: Maggie’s been MIA for a few years now. That said, she left a lot of great resources up on her site. Read on…)
Seriously – if Microsoft Excel had a poster girl, she would be it. She also comes up with really crazy recipes (crazier than most of mine!) that are absolutely mind-boggling. (See: Fiber One Protein Bars and Chocolate Protein Fudgesicles)
She’s a self-proclaimed geek (computer games) and has recently become obsessed with making sackboy dolls.
Check out her Fitness Resource Page, marvel at her insane commitment to measuring everything and be inspired by (and hopefully a little afraid of) her absolutely unflagging devotion to changing her life, her body and her money for the better. I have no idea where she gets all this energy, but her OCD is over-the-top entertaining and I’m daily amazed by what she manages to accomplish.
What Maggie really excels at, however, is finding ways to get things done cheaply. She is the ultimate fitness bargain hunter and relentless deal tracker.
People are always asking me about food: what do you eat? how do you eat? when do you eat? The fastest answer I can give is that I more or less follow the Precision Nutrition guidelines. This is their blog. These guys know what they’re talking about when it comes to eating smart. No shortcuts, no gimmicks.
Do you have favorite fitness blogs written by smart people? There are a lot more out there than these three (these are just a few of my faves) and I’d love to collect a nice list of them here so if you’ve got a gem – throw your hat into the ring in the comments section. Shameless plugs for your own blogs are enthusiastically encouraged!
Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link which means if you get all excited and buy something from Precision Nutrition, I’ll get a little kick-back, which really helps me with maintenance costs for this site.
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