If you're a woman who wants to learn how to get stronger, optimize your health, and love your body, you've come to the right place. Here's a list of the top ten most popular women's fitness articles from 2013, covering all the things female athletes love to talk about - from cellulite, to birth control, to pull ups.

 

So here they are, counting down from number ten to the most popular one of the year. Which one will it be? And have you read them all?

 

Top 10 Women's Fitness Articles of 2013

 

10. 6 CrossFit Abbreviations Every Mom Needs to Know (Nicole Crawford)

Good CrossFit programming doesn't stop at the box. If you're a mom, here are six CrossFit abbreviations you need to know to improve efficiency and get mad mom-skills.

 

9. Non-Hormonal Birth Control for Athletes (Vanessa Bennington)

You're worried your birth control might be interfering with your athletic goals and your general health, but you're not ready to have a kid. What are your options? There's actually quite a few.

 

8. How My Jacket Convinced Women to Try Weight Lifting (Becca Borawski-Jenkins)

As a coach I was blessed with a genetic predisposition for packing on muscle and sometimes inadvertently frightening female prospects. So my jacket became my tool for initiating women into the gym.

 

7. Is My Birth Control Stopping My Progress in the Gym? (Vanessa Bennington)

Did you ever wonder if the reason you haven't been able to reach your deadlift goal or see your abs might be related to that little pill you take every morning to keep you from having a kiddo?

 

6. Exercise After a C-Section, Part 1: Reconnecting With Your Core (Nicole Crawford

Getting back to normal exercise after a c-section can be a challenge. Here are some tips to gradually reconnect with your core and prevent complications.

 

5. The Female Form: Embrace Your Genetics and Find Beauty in Being Unique (Amber Larsen)

On average, most women will have about thirteen negative thoughts about their appearance per day. I know it can be difficult to stop the negative self talk, but it's time to embrace yourself.

 

4. Women and Pull Ups: 3 Secrets to Success You've Probably Never Tried (Andrew Read)

In my work with females trying to get their first pull up, I’ve spotted three main areas of weakness. I'm going to explain and offer a fix for each of these.

 

3. 2 Myths About Women and Weightlifting Debunked (Andrew Read)

 

It’s long been female gym folklore that to get lean you do high reps with a light load, while those looking to get bigger need to lift heavy. Let’s look at some misconceptions around this advice.

 

2. 144lbs: Why Female Athletes Should Toss the Scale and Get a New Perspective (Becca Borawski-Jenkins)

If I told you I weighed 144lbs would you believe me? Do you even know what 144lbs of female athlete looks like? It's time to get real about what real weights look like.

 

1. The Dirty Little Secret of the Female Athlete: Cellulite (Vanessa Bennington)

I have a secret. It’s one I’ve been trying to cover it up since I was thirteen. I felt that my secret would lead people to believe I was fat, lazy, gross, and unattractive. Do you share my secret?

 

Photo 1 courtesy of CrossFit Impulse.

Photo 2 courtesy of Becca Borawski Jenkins.

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