Why a good sports bra is important

The last thing I want to think about during my workout, is my boobs being all over the place. And trust me, I’ve had it a thousand times. At first I thought that I might be a little too enthusiastic while working out and that’s why my breasts are constantly bouncing up and down. While running, during my burpees, actually all the time working out… The entire gym could enjoy the view. Until I realized that maybe it wasn’t me, but the sports bras I was wearing. 

During our workouts we’re all very active and it’s only natural that our boobies are moving with us. This has to do with the fact that our breasts consist of fat and don’t have any muscles that can support these movements. That’s why it’s important for us Fit Girls that we don’t just wear a random bra, but a good, professional sports bra. It gives us support during our workouts to maintain the firmness of our breasts. All that bouncing around is not very good for your girlfriends, and on top of that, it doesn’t look very charming. The wrong sportsbra can even damage the connective tissue in your breasts and make them saggy. Yikes, we don’t wat that!

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It’s important to choose the right sports bra and this depends on the size of your breasts and the type of sport you’re practicing. Personally, I’ve recently purchased the Sports Bra of the new Jogha Fearless collection and I’ve got to say: I’m sold! It was a difficult choice, but eventually I went for the Salmon Sports Bra. Except for the fact that it’s reaaally pretty, it fits me very well too! I’ll admit that the pastel colours drew my attention at fit and I afterwards asked myself the question: “ok, but will it also offer me good support?” After I tried it on and jumped around a few times, I thought: “yes, this one is mine!” The bra offers me good support during my workout and I have no trouble with boobies flying around. I also feel super sexy and feminine in them, yes score!

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Moreover, my cup size fluctuates a lot. Some months I find myself wearing a cup B and others even a D no idea how that’s possible but obviously I like to have some options. My closet is full with different sizes sportsbras. The Freedom Rush Racer Back Bra is next one my list. I’ve already got the Freedom Rush Long Tights in my closet so yes, that’s a good excuse to buy a matching bra, right? I really like the cutout detail on the back and the removable padding ensures that you get enough support during your workout.

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Like what you see? Check out www.jogha.com for more sportsbras and matching outfits. Because a Fit Girl can never have too many sports clothes ♥ Also, perfect timing: Jogha is having a 20% discount this weekend on selected items! Use HAPPYWEEKEND and check out the sale items here.

Complete body work out

Looking for an effective bodyweight routine that floats your boat? You have come to the right place! Iris and myself got’chu all set with this on-the-go complete body work out  – Bodyweight AMRAP. AMRAP is an acronym for “as many reps as possible”, so strap on your shoes, grease those elbows and lets go!

Elevated sumo squats

Place two plates on the floor and perform a regular sumo squat on top of them. Make sure you do not bring your knees over your toes and hold proper form. The use of plates will benefit your balance and will activate and work the muscles in your legs and glutes. Squeeeeeeeze those buttcheeks when you come back up for a guaranteed extra burn. Looking for a challenge? Hold a plate or a kettlebell while doing these.

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In contrary to those sumos you just did, this time you will ‘just’ do a perfectly executed squat as many times as possible, while standing on the plates. Form is still key so do not compromise on that. Make sure you wiggle your toes and do not put them on the floor as keeping them lifted will help target your balance while at the same time this will make the exercise more of a challenge.

Elevated donkey kicks

This time you will have to place both hands on the plates and you will work your legs separately. Starting in plank position, you will lift your leg up, bending it at the knee while making sure your foot is flexed and your sole is up. From this position you will keep on lifting your foot up to the sky, keeping your body straight, your back flat and your core engaged. When you have done as many reps as possible, you switch to the other leg of course! We don’t want an uneven booty now, do we?

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Elevated crow hold

Rounding up with some upper body strength, we are throwing in this elevated crow hold especially for you. Start in a wide squat and place your palms on the plates. Bend your elbows back, and rest the inside of your bent knees on the back of your upper arms. Lift up onto your tiptoes, and place most of your weight on your hands. With control, shift forward, lifting your feet off the floor. Hold for a breath or two and then with control, lower your feet to the floor. Repeat rocking in and out of this crow hold to strengthen your core, upper body, and the muscles in your hands.

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We would love to know how this workout turned out for you so make sure to let us know in the comments or on Instagram.

XoXo

Ily & Iris

6 tips to help plan and commit to a healthy lifestyle

Working up to 40 hours a week or more can make it difficult to find time to work-out and make healthy choices. No one says it’s easy but there are things you can do to help yourself to make it happen. We can all spend hours making a schedule, some of you may even enjoy colour co-ordinating a pretty timetable, but what good is a plan if you don’t stick to it? At #FITGIRLCODE, we work with the fact that one rule does not fit all. Try applying some of these practices to your life that will enable you to plan and commit to a healthy lifestyle.

1. Meal planning

First things first. Still haven’t tried to prepare any meals or snacks in advance for the busiest days? Having a list of food that you need to buy when you go grocery shopping is the least that you can do but have lunch and dinners jotted down too. Buy ingredients that can be used in multiple dishes and make meals big enough to give you leftovers. That way dinner and lunch for the next day is sorted out. Get started with the art of ‘meal prepping’ which will definitely save you some time during the week. Of course, you have to plan time to work this into your schedule but doing it will create so much more space in your overall weekly schedule and will make it so much easier for you when the going gets tough.

2. Get a little help from your friends

Make a pact with your best fit friends that demands the first one to cancel on your workout, has to take everyone out for lunch. Getting other people to hold you accountable for your actions can be one of the best ways to change something that you don’t like. Agree on a forfeit that will encourage you to stick to your word, because integrity is important and we don’t want to be unreliable. Remember that your BFFF needs you as much as you need them, they will keep you going when you want to quit and you need to be there to do the same for them. If you do decide to cancel and not to go, your friends might then decide to give the workout a miss too!

3. Stop prioritising

“Madness,” you say. “I’d explode. There is simply too much to get done!” Prioritising is often encouraged but exercising is likely to keep getting moved down on the list of your priorities each day when you have a busy schedule and responsibilities where other people depend on you. It is recommended by the World Health Organisation that adults do at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity 5 times a week (read more here). This is something we have known for some time, so why do we keep prioritising other things before our health? Treat all tasks equally because being healthy is your responsibility to yourself and those around you in order to perform everything else.

4. Book a ‘workout appointment’ one night before

The weekly schedule you currently live by has probably been established for some time so its no wonder that a new 5 day work out plan is difficult to stick to. Our lives are busy enough otherwise we wouldn’t need to plan to work out, so it’s important not to overwhelm yourself by looking too far ahead. Each night, a least two hours before your head touches the pillow, check your schedule for the next day. Just like you would do if you were making an appointment at the dentist or the with the doctor, see where you have time to ‘go’ (either to the gym or at home) and enter it into your calendar. Then, don’t look at it again until the morning. Once you have done this, pack your gym bag and put it in the car or beside your jacket to grab on the way of the door the next day. Scheduling your appointment well before you go to bed may also help reduce thinking about it as you try to get to sleep so you don’t dwell on all the other things you think you should do tomorrow instead.

5. Minimise Your Options

Decide one activity, class or exercise and one time slot to do it. When planning your day it might seem like a good idea to have back up plans when things don’t go how they were was supposed to, but I think doing this ahead of time actually provides you excuses to not commit to what you set out to do. Having no plan B emphasises the importance of plan A. When activities have a fixed place in your day so you know exactly when it is going to happen and you can tell others around you; this potentially increases the chances of things going according to plan! Put minimising your options into action a different way by changing into your work out clothes soon as you get home before sitting down on the couch. Taking a break to recharge is a good idea but if you change into clothes that you can exercise in, it means working out isn’t just an option but your plan A.

6. Define what a healthy lifestyle means for you

A healthy lifestyle is not purely setting time aside to work out 4 times a week and choosing to bring carrots sticks and humus instead of cookies for an afternoon snack, it is a way of living that promotes optimum physical health. Acknowledge that making more movement part of your daily life, is essential for healthy internal organs and well being. In the past humans hunted their food but now the most that some of us walk is from our house, to a car, to a desk and to the bathroom or kitchen between times. Thinking about how often you are stationary throughout your day may encourage you to realise that a brisk walk after work for 30 minutes is actually essential, rather than optional, to keep your body functioning properly. If you really don’t have a solid 30 minutes spare then there are lots of opportunities to make a healthier choice every day. Think about how you travel to work, could you take the stairs rather than the escalator or get off of the bus a stop early?

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Life is unpredictable so we need to nurture our mind as the tool to cope better with a busy schedule rather than a back up plan. Striving to adapt your attitude when the unexpected occurs will allow you to become resourceful and creative in getting your heart rate up one way or when all of the above fails. The ability to do this will also mean that you can say yes to an impromptu dinner date with friends, because this is part of a healthy lifestyle too. Making your mind flexible will help to avoid the ‘on-the-wagon’, ‘off-the-wagon’ mentality because your body is the only wagon to take you on your journey called life.

Why aren’t you noticing the fitness results you want?

Are you on a fitness train to nowhere? Have you been putting in hours of exercise but aren’t seeing the fitness results you expected? Even though you might be getting sweaty several times per week, there are some reasons you might not be toning or losing in the places you’d like to. 

 

What’s the deal?

These days we are overwhelmed by endless new “it” workouts said to work magic on all parts of the body. I know they are tempting, and it’s tough to resist when friends are constantly insisting, “You haaave to come try this [insert trendy workout here] with me! It’s amazing!” With all these new ways to work out, we can lose touch of what is best for our body, since we are all different and have different goals.

You’re putting so much time and energy into workouts so you are off to a great start. If you find yourself thinking that you should be looking more like the women you see on the workout videos you’re following, you might not be directing your efforts in an effective way.

What’s the plan?

HAVE ONE.

In order to see results, you should tailor your workouts to your fitness goals. For example, if you want to build arm muscle, a Zumba class probably won’t help you much. Do your research and develop a schedule that fits your fitness mission rather than randomly selecting classes or workouts.

Make sure to keep track of your progress and hold yourself accountable for your workouts. You can use a fitness app such as one of these to help you stay on track and make sure you are balancing your workouts well. I for one am sometimes tempted to only do core exercises, but that booty needs some work too!

Remember to have a backup plan. If you were planning to go for a run but the storm of the year has decided to pour down on you, opt for a dance video or a jog on the treadmill instead. If your boot camp class gets cancelled last-minute, do some lunges, pushups, and other body-weight moves at home or at the gym.

Keep your favorite workout in the mix. Even if your absolute favorite way to exercise isn’t directly related to your current health and fitness goals, keep it in your schedule. It will keep you motivated and will give you a good dose of those endorphins to push you through the workouts you aren’t as crazy about!

 

Most of all, remember to listen to your body! If something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t helping you like you want it to. Set goals, keep track of them, and find ways to stay motivated and hopefully you’ll start seeing the fitness results you deserve to! 

 

source: www.womenshealthmag.com

6 tips to get back on track

So you’ve been working your ass off for the past weeks/months. You were finally starting to see some progress, or maybe you weren’t even there yet. But for some reason you’ve lost all of that powerful motivation that got you started in the first place. “How could this have happened”? you might think to yourself. You’re nowhere near your goal yet and still, for some reason, you’ve told yourself it’s ok to just stop/give up/cave in or whatever you’d like to call it. 

Well, you’re not alone. We all reach this point in our journey to living a healthier lifestyle. Really, it’s totally normal. But that doesn’t mean you should wave your white flag and surrender to the ‘motivation killer’ (your own mind!).

I also lost my motivation recently. I was totally in a fit flow and then from one day to another, BAM, gone. To tell you the truth I’m kinda pissed off about it. But there’s no one else to blame than myself. And there’s no reason I shouldn’t get back on track, like yesterday! I’ve listed six tips that will get you up and running (lifting, swimming, yoga-ing etc.) again in no-time…

1. Remember why you started

Maybe the most important tip: remember why you started. Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. You might have started because you’ve set a goal to loose a certain amount of weight. Or maybe you were having health issues which led you to turn your lifestyle around. Get your mindset back to that point, think of the benefits of getting back on track. I promise you, your motivation will be back in no-time!

2. Do a 10 minute workout

Anything is better than nothing! I know like no other that facing an hour-long workout when you’re totally not feeling up to it can demotivate you even more. But to stay in your workout flow, pick out something you can do for just 5-10 minutes. Like a short kettle bell workout or yoga routine.

3. Try something new

Sometimes we can loose our motivation because we feel bored of doing the same thing over and over. This is probably the perfect time to switch things up a bit. Have you been going to yoga class for a while now? Or are your running shoes completely worn-out because of all the KM’s they’ve made lately? Give something new a try. It might re-light your motivation fire!

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4. Buy new workout gear

I don’t know about you girls, but I’m a sucker for clothes. In any shape or form. So when it comes to workout gear I need it to look gooood. Know that feeling of just having bought new shoes, or a new coat? And you actually want to put it on in the store because you’re so excited about your new catch? Well get yourself some new trainers and a badass pair of leggings and I bet you’ll be wanting to slip them on the same day.

5. Buddy up

It sounds so cliche, but it’s so true. When you have a buddy to work out with you will feel a little more pressure to actually go. Plan a rendezvous to go running with your buddy at 8 (or whatever) o’clock. No turning back now girlfriend. It’s not only rude to cancel your workout-date, but you’re now also demotivating your buddy to go! Besides the fact that you have now committed to going, it’s so much more fun to train with a friend or family member.

6. Get inspired

We must all know by now that visualizing your goals helps a great deal to getting there. So when you feel like giving up (or if you already caved in): get to visualizing! Grab a couple of fitness magazines or search your social media channels for anything you find inspirational. Stick it onto a (digital) board and look at it. Every day, twice a day or as much as you feel you need to. If they can do it, so can you!

Good luck! And more importantly: get your ass to work lady!

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4 tools to plan your workouts and life

Planning. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I absolutely hate it. Planning makes me aware of all the things I have to do but also helps me keep track of all the things I have already done. Because I know I am not the only one who likes to keep track of their workouts and also because planning can be quite a task, I share 4 tools I use to plan my workouts and my life!

1. Planner
The first tool is my 18 month Paperblanks planner. In this planner I plan my appointments physically with pen and paper. I usually only plan work appointments and special fitness related events in here. To keep everything nice and neat, I plan my daily workouts elsewhere.

2. Cozi
Everything that goes in to the planner above and has to do with working (out) together with others , I also add to my digitally shared calendar for which I use the app COZI. Cozi is an app that is also used as a family calendar. I on the contrary use it with my colleagues to plan appointments regarding our joint activities and also use it to notify my family and friends whenever they want to know what I am doing. This tool is very user friendly, can be easily shared and has a lot of  other options like grocery lists and to do lists.  I use it mostly on my smartphone, which is a Sony Xperia Z.Cozi

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New Fit Girl In (Cyber)Town: Jasmine

Hi there! I’m Jasmine and in this post I’d like to introduce myself as one of the newest Fit girls! To start with the basics: I’m twenty six years old, am a cat lover, a Communications graduate and last September I started Law school. I know… you must think I’m crazy. But I guess I just like to study. Now that you know my name, how old I am and what I do in everyday life, we can jump to the interesting part. My background, my lowest ‘fit-point’ and my current situation.

Unfortunately, I’ve never been the type that is naturally very slim. Ever since I can remember it’s been a struggle for me to not gain weight (because I loooove food). In my teens, I was already very occupied with my weight and body image. Always trying to get rid of one or two kilos. But the advantage I had back then was that I cycled at least an hour every day (to school and back), which really helped a lot to stay somewhat fit. Now I have a car… you do the math.

The black sheep
To be honest, I never really liked sports. Which is really strange because my parents were both (professional) athletes. So I was always kind of the black sheep of the family (being more interested in music, fashion, dance etc).

My mom had been training track and field with my grandfather since she was a little girl. When she was eighteen she moved to the US to go to college (where she studied Physical Health and Education. Duh, what else?). Of course she also remained a big track and field fanatic and she became US shot put champion. And she met my dad…

My dad (African-American) was studying at the same university and his goal was to become a professional American football player. And so he did. Eventually he played in the NFL (the largest professional American football league in the US) for twelve years and in his last season he even won the Super Bowl (the annual championship game).

So. Now you see how it’s pretty strange that the only child of these two athletes has never really been interested in sports… Even my grandfather, who is eighty three, still participates fanatically in track and field competitions! Sports have never been, and probably never will be one of my favorite activities. But I have come to appreciate it more and more the past few months.

Enough is enough
Let’s travel a bit back in time. It’s spring 2012 and I’m on vacation in Bali with my mom and stepdad (cool!). Yes, super cool and fun and all. But on that vacation I was at my heaviest. My mom (who of course is always super fit) told me, “Jasmine, when we get back from this vacation, you really need to do something about your weight. ” And she was right. I had been a little bit overweight for a while, but now I was really heading towards being unhealthy.

I just really love food, you know. And at that time I basically put anything and everything I liked in my mouth. This had to stop. Not only because of my appearance, but also concerning my health. I always say that I’m actually glad I can’t eat anything I want without gaining weight. If that were the case I would probably eat and be super unhealthy. Because it wouldn’t show anyway.

Pro-slow progress
Since we came back from that vacation in Bali in 2012, I really started to turn my lifestyle around. Not drastically and at once, but gradually. I started to really change my diet structurally (not without any struggle, of course) and since the beginning of this year I started working out three times a week (mostly strength training). Now, it’s spring 2015 and I’m fifteen kilos lighter than in 2012 (thank god! no wait, thank me!).

Could I have done it faster? Absolutely. But in my opinion the number one priority is to get results and not necessarily to reach your goal as fast as possible. How often haven’t we all experienced some kind of super strict diet, which made the kilos fly off? But once you stop they come back just as quick, and then some. That’s why I’m pro-slow progress. When you really manage to change your lifestyle it’s much more lasting than when you deprive yourself from everything for two months, only to fall back into your old eating habits afterwards. So, you might not get to where you want to be as fast as you want, so what? It’s not like I’m less happy about my weight loss than if it had gone faster. But it is staying off now. Especially with the help and support of the #fitgirlcode community I’m glad to be a part of!

If you want to contact me about anything, you can always leave a comment and I will definitely respond!

I also just launched my own blog about fashion, (curly)hair and make-up. So don’t forget to follow @jazzyjoyner on Instagram too!

Until the next post!

Love,

Jasmine

Ultimate tip for a happier & healthier life

The execution of this tip can be very simple, or very complicated. You can make it as big as you want, by putting loads of effort into it or doing something a bit more petite. I’m talking about doing a good deed for someone else, it sounds kind of cute doesn’t it?! It’s because doing a good deed for another is a very sweet thing to do and by doing so, you will also boost your health and happiness! It’s a win win 🙂

Ultimate tip for a happier & healthier life

I wanted to start 2015 with an original new year’s resolution, so I started brainstorming. I have a background in healthcare and I really like taking care of others. I figured it had to something related to this. After my brainstorm session I came up with the idea to start my own blog, do as many tiny good deeds as possible and write about my adventures. I named my blog ‘One tiny good deed‘. The last few months I enjoyed it so much that it kind of became a part of my happy and healthy lifestyle.

You’re probably curious to know why doing tiny good deeds will boost your health and happiness? Read on! According to the Guard Your Health research it has shown the following:

Doing good deeds gives you a sense of belonging, reduces stress, improves your self-esteem and expands your life.

They also made a super cool list to get you on your way to a healthier and happier lifestyle.

If this has got you all excited and you’re looking for more inspiration, check out ‘One Good Deed A Day‘. You can order this book here. I personally adore this lovely little book, my favorite good deed from it is ‘Smile at a stranger’. You’ll be surprised how this deed will make your day so much more fun!

Last but definitely not least. Dear Fit Girls, I challenge you to do the deed above, or any other good deed and as always I’d love to hear your stories!

xoxo

Safira Audrey

 

5 inspirational #THICKFIT girls on Instagram

Just like I like my money right where I can see it, hanging from my closet, or on my shoe shrine represented by some 9 inch platform heels,  I like my bones with a little bit of  meat on it. Ok I lied, I like a whole lot of meat, especially when it is accompanied by muscle. When scrolling through my instagramfeed,  I’ve noticed this preference also applies to the accounts where I get my inspiration from. So I thought I’d share with you 5 inspirational #THICKFIT girls on Instagram.

1. Shaineree (@iamshisha)
This lady right here, hailing from Rotterdam, the Netherlands gives a lot of people a run for their money when it comes to showing how determined she is. I can only respect that and I salute her. Wearing the #THICKFIT crown like a #BOSS  and keeping it real all day every day.

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2. Lita  (@followthelita)
When I say #QUEEN, I mean Lita. I mean her body, her drive, those thighs! Lita has been an inspiration from day one and I just love her positivity. Did I say love her thighs already? 🙂

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3. Aisha (@proudtobeaisha)
Please allow me to introduce to you, also from Rotterdam,  Aisha. She just looks absolutely awesome, is so motivated, lifts heavy- ass- weights, has been around for a long while and oozes positive vibes. I like me some Aisha. Follow, follow, follow!

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7x abdominal exercises & win your own BLACKROLL

I like to keep things simple, however effective. Working out with your own bodyweight and gravity, is something I believe to be smart movement: it’s all you need to stay super fit, in a safe way. However, some intelligent and simple product design to support training can really get my spirits lifted too. Small training tools that I can take along when I travel (and I do this quite a bit!) I especially enjoy to get moving on days I would rather just don’t.

Resistance bands, (self massage) rollers, ankle weights or just some simple water-or sand filled bottles, are enough to add just a tad more challenge and fun to your work out. In the following series of articles ‘simply fit’ we will go through some of my favorite and most effective body-inspired exercises to stay fit, lean and strong, using as little as your own bodyweight and some real simple, cool tools.

In this kick-off, we’ll start with some great and effective abdominal exercises that I do daily to strengthen the core: the very centre of our body that needs to be strong to be able to train all other parts of the body in a balanced manner. The only thing you need is your lovely body and a floor. And gravity. Ok, so far so good – and no money is spent ;-).

Check out these 7 abdominal exercises & win your own BLACKROLL

As you already read in my last article on foam rolling, I like adding a Blackroll to my workouts. Not only to recover faster by ‘rolling it out’ and to shortly warm up, and stimulating my blood circulation, but also to actually use it during my work out to make things more challenging and fun. The following exercises* are inspired by experiences I have collected over the last year, from Pilates and Yoga classes to studying Essentrics . Using the legs as levers, our own body and gravity we’re working on a strong, flat stomach. Simplicity is AWESOME! Check out all the exercises and don’t forget to enter the contest to win your own Blackroll!

* Some of these exercises can (also) be executed with the roller, to make it more fun and challenging.

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5 Most Stylish Fitness Bloggers

Fitness bloggers – we see them everywhere. Seriously everywhere. One of my main struggles when I’m browsing for good night-time reads on these things is that I’m just too overwhelmed! Not only are there gazillions of blogs roaming through the web, but they’re also on multiple networks: Tumblr, Instagram,  websites, webshops, you name it!

So in light of making your lives a bit easier and spare you some growing time at night when all you really want to do is read and scroll through, I have collected 5 fashionable fitness bloggers. These women are inspiring, motivating and insanely driven!

1. Finders Keepers x Fit

This blog was born out of a high-end streetwear brand. Its aim was to extend from just a clothing line to a label with a focus on lifestyle, as much as fashion. I fell in love with the founder’s, Kate Anderson, most recent extension to her collection and blog to a Fitness section. She expresses her gratitude to extending her brand to something even closer to her own lifestyle and passions – Health & Fitness. Fun Fact: her motto is almost the same as ours, Anderson’s aim is to help girls around the world “achieve their full potential”.

2. Sweat the Style

This blog is everything I look for in fashion, health, and fitness. The founder, Adrianne Ho, reflects her inner wanderlust and edginess through her writing style and her approach to taalking about issues. Her aim is to portray  an active lifestyle culture and a brand devoted to fashionable fitness, natural beauty, positive health, and real food. Icing on the cake: she keeps it real by having straight-up talk about the challenges of staying fit, healthy, and stylish in our ever-changing, fast-paced modern environment. Hence her creation of a fun community to stay fly, strong, nourished and most importantly hydrated.

3. Jen Selter

An all time classic. I don’t think you can get much more motivation from anyone else! Known as Instagram’s best ass, Jen Selter does not fall behind on the list of my top fitspo bloggers. This instagram sensation shares workout videos to get killer bootays and abs as well as day dream photos of beauty locations and a top notch

4. Sporteluxe

This blog is run by a full-time power girl — Australian Bianca Cheah. What started out as her personal blog about fitness and fashion, soon developed into a cult following. Being affiliated with some leading health and fitness experts and top sports brands, Sporteluxe incorporates informative into their fresh and spunky equation, which is something that I usually weight strongly when I follow a blog. And when it comes to article topics, they do not run short! From beauty, fashion, drinks, health, lifestyle, food, etc, I can guarantee you will not exhaust all the recent topics in one go 😉

5. Fashercise

This last blog, which was originally just a webshop as well, covers all things  health, fashion, and beauty. What first attracted me to them was the fact that their brands vary from big names to smaller independent young designers — which already says a lot about the essence of their brand. Secondly, the two best friends and founders Alex and Cam reflect their spunk and humbleness by really showing that they are real girls, living real lives, and they aim to reach just the same. The website is all about keeping fit, but having a blast and looking great doing so.

Top 5 Sporty Musthaves for Fall

Some of the Fit Girls got together and made a short list of the Top 5 sporty musthaves for fall, especially for you fit chicks reading this! We sat down and debated, eventually coming up with these items to brighten you up during this transitional season and keep you warm in the process! 

 

1. Nike tech butterfly hoodie

 

This asymmetric, comfy fleece hoodie is at the top of our (wish)list! It’s gonna keep you warm in the windy autumn days, but also going to look stylish no matter what. You can even choose from more colour options here.

 

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2. Adidas yoga mat by Stella McCartney

 

Whether you’re already taking yoga classes or not (this is a good reason to start), a mat in a bright cheerful colour might just be what you need to keep up your good spirit! Gloomy days get brighter with a good session and a pop of colour, so get motivated, get balanced and get your yoga on.

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You guys made the sweater!

A little while ago we asked you guys which sweater we should make next. Almost all of you wanted both and hey, maybe we’ll just do that. But for now the majority of you voted for the awesome  I Am Sorry For What I Said When I was Hungry. YAY! So here it is, specially made for all you Fit Girls worldwide. Hope you’re as happy as we are! 

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Fit Girl Nathalie:” I love the ‘I Am Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry’ quote. It’s totally applicable to my life since I sometimes can turn into a real hangry bitch when I’m hungry. I think many girls can relate to this. And we have some good news for you, this awesome sweater is now available in the webshop!”

 

 

Tank Top Time WIT

 

Fit Girl Anna: “I think ‘No Pants Are The Best Pants’ is the best quote ever. I love it when you get back home from work, get rid of those thight pants and just relax on your couch. That’s why this quote totally fits my lifestyle when I am home alone…I like to run around naked 🙂 ”

 

Tote Mermaid ZWART (2)

 

 

Fit Girl Bella: “I believe that ‘Reasons To Be A Mermaid: No Thigh Gap, No Pants, Free Clam Bra’ is the perfect quote, because, you know, who doesn’t want to be a mermaid and have all of those privileges? That’s why I also have the Mermaid tote in my collection of bags.

 

abs

 

Fit Girl Danique: “My favorite quote is ‘My Abs Are Like My Boyfriend, I Don’t Have A Boyfriend.’ I don’t have abs and I don’t have a boyfriend, that’s why I think this quote is hilarious. I’m working die hard on my abs though;)! And some more good news, we’re going to have this quote printed on one of our new tank tops soon!

 

Now that we have shown you our favorite quote, we would really like to know if you have one! Let us know in the comment section!  

Win a Fitgirlcode bag!

WE’RE GIVING AWAY MORE FREE FITGIRL GOODIES! You can win this awesome bag and be an even bigger bad ass at the gym. What do you have to do to enter the contest? It’s real easy!  

Win a Fitgirlcode bag!

We’ve been planning it for a while and we are super psyched that we can finally give away some awesome goodies! We ♥ these bags and you were all super psyched about them too! So we want you to have them…but not just like that. What do you have to do?

WIN ON FACEBOOK

Go to our Facebook page (be sure to like our page) and tell us why you are a fit girl, or better yet: SHOW US! We’d love to hear all your awesome stories. We’re giving away 6 bags on Facebook and will be selecting the winners next weekend so be sure to stay tuned! And the great news is…You can also enter the contest on Instagram, so keep on reading! Be sure to use #Fitgirlgoodies.

WIN ON INSTAGRAM

So if you want to double your chances, go to our Instagram account and be sure to also follow us there. We are going to give 6 Fitgirlcode bags on Instagram too! What do you have to do?

1. Follow Fitgirlcode on Instagram
2. Repost this picture
3. Mention @fitgirlcode
4. Tag #Fitgirlgoodies

What are you waiting for!!! Go and enter our contest…NOW!

RULES & REGULATIONS CAN BE READ HERE.

Roos’ Fit Journey

Hi girls! Today I give you an update on my fit journey. Because I have made quite a turnaround! The most important change? I am 100% done with doing exercises to achieve a certain look. You know, like doing this exercise for your bottom and that for your shoulders. Now, I only do functional training in the form of CrossFit. It’s been such a refreshing change! Today, I share (on your request via my Instagram) my experience. How did I do  this and why?

SIX PACK MISSION

In April I wrote an article about my mission to get a six pack. Getting a six pack is not so complicated: you just need to grow muscle mass in your abdomen, while not overeating. For a long time. A very long time, haha! It was not possible to me to grow a ‘real six pack’, for two reasons. First, I am not vain enough, I think. And secondly, I like really like good food and drinks. In short, I didn’t feel like it was a priority to give any of this up.

After this six-pack mission, I felt I was in limbo. I didn’t feel like working up a sweat four times a week just for looks. In short, the motivation to really bust a move at the gym was hard to find.

SOMETHING NEW: CROSSFIT

Luckily there was my dear friend, Fit Girl Anna, who dragged me to Sixforty Crossfit Wildhearts. A gym where there are no mirrors and everyone goes hard: running, rowing, and carrying heavy weights. I had finished my membership with my ‘standard’ gym, and decided to enrol. Why not!

In this movie, it explains what the “idea” of CrossFit is!

FIT JOURNEY

Honestly, it took getting used to. I tried every workout and completely analysed them, keepig track of which muscles I had trained. With CrossFit, that’s not necessary! Because every workout is a full body workout! Also, my condition wasn’t as good as I thought and I frequently stood puffing after training. Crikey hey, this was really different. What a challenge! I was hooked immediately.

CHANGE IN THINKING

And then came the revelation. I realized that the people here were not at all concerned with developing more definition in their triceps. Also, no one did hip thrusts for a rounder butt. Those kind of “trivialities” were not important. Therefore, there was no need for a single mirror on the walls. The ultimate goal of CrossFit is to get fit all round. So: better, faster, stronger. The best version of yourself. The point is that you train your body optimally for ALL functions. Jumping, lifting, pulling, running, pushing. Functions that you use outside of the gym.

RESPITE

Well you may think, “Roos, I believe nothing of it. You still want to still have a lean body don’t you?” Yes this is true! But the difference is, I’m not thinking about that while I’m training. I am totally focussed on the workout. I do not think, “hmm, would my delts grow with this exercise?” And that, precisely that, is a relief.

I can enjoy the training itself so much more. The loud music. The sweat. The struggle to finish the kettlebell swings as quickly as possible. Breaking your own time records. Or competing in a game against someone. There is so much laughter and chatting. People talk more with each other. To me, all of those things are much more valuable!

At the moment I really enjoy my sporting progress! Each workout is a feast! Better than that, I can’t even explain it!

Do you do functional training yourself? Why or why not? Let me know! X @fitgirlroos