women's fitness

Women Are Not Small Men: Essential Info for Female Athletes

In order to help you understand the special aspects about women and fitness, we've put together the info we feel most strongly about here at Breaking Muscle.

The Role of the Menstrual Cycle in Exercise Recovery

Estrogen levels appear to have a significant impact on exercise recovery, so women can optimize their workouts by taking their cycle into consideration.

Tips For Cultivating a Positive Body Image for Your Female Clients

As fitness professionals, we work with clients on a daily basis, and we are the first line of defense against perpetuating unrealistic expectations for our female clients.

Vanessa's Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Fit Females

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Do you know what you're buying for the athletic lady in your life? If not, don't panic - I've got you covered with these ten gift ideas!

What Strength Training Means to Me: How a Bookish Girl Became a Lifter and Coach

I have a degree in English Literature from Cambridge University and if you’d told me twenty years ago that I would end up building a career in strength training, I’d have thought you were mad.

10 Top 10 Lists of 2013 (Plus Editor's Top 10 Picks)

At the turn of the year, it's nice to sit back and take a look at the top articles of the year gone by. Here they are along with an overall Breaking Muscle top 10 and "Editors Picks."

Top 10 Women's Fitness Articles of 2013

This top ten list of articles is for the female athletes out there who want to get stronger, feel better, and celebrate the female form in athletics and otherwise.

The Top 5 Pregnancy News Stories of 2013

I think you could say I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to pregnancy stuff, and 2013 was chock full of exciting research, controversy, and even a new invention.

Vanessa Bennington's Female Athlete Holiday Wish List

If one of the women in your life takes her fitness pretty seriously, you may be struggling to find gifts. Allow me to help you out. You see, I might have been born to write this article.

SkinnyFit: CrossFit’s Other Dirty Little Secret

Why is there a subculture of skinny-hawking bikini-body programming starting to creep up at CrossFit boxes? I happened upon a box’s website the other day and found this: 2013 BIKINI CHALLENGE.

Big Heavy Squats Can Help Treat and Prevent Osteoporosis

A new study shows squats might have yet another health benefit - improved bone health in women with osteoporosis and osteopenia.

12 Reps With Vanessa Bennington, Nurse Practitioner

Vanessa Bennington brings a valuable medical perspective to the worlds of fitness and nutrition. Find out her favorite sport, cheat food, and quote in our 12 reps.

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