The Different Types Of College Students That "Exercise"
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The Different Types Of College Students That "Exercise"

Which character are you?

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1. The inspiration.

Wakes up a couple hours before class to run somewhere off campus, and hasn't missed a day since orientation week. A rest day would consist of a 30-minute ab workout. Are they trying to fight off the Freshman 15, or are they training for a triathlon? It's hard to tell, but you hold them in high respect nonetheless.

2. The varsity jock.

Cliche, but definitely deserves to be recognized. No matter how much other people complain about being tired, only the ones who practice at least seven times a week and have a rigid offseason training schedule truly understand the meaning of exhaustion. For D1 athletes, it's basically like having a job that uses double the mental energy and ten times the physical.

3. The jack-of-all-trades.

This person was probably on varsity for multiple sports in high school, but they don't have the time nor the desire to commit to yet another team. So to take advantage of their pure athleticism and their popularity among friends, they join several intramural sports teams and dominate in literally everything.

4. The club athlete.

The perfect in-between. They've got a commitment to one sport that they love, are surrounded by a supportive community of peers, and don't have to deal with any of that high school political drama. And with just enough organization and enthusiastic instruction to put everyone who's playing on the same page. The best part is, you can be a former varsity all-star or someone who hasn't worn running shoes since freshman year PE.

5. The yoga nut.

Characterized by amazing flexibility, balance, and core muscles. These people have also achieved a special mind, body, and soul connection as well that radiates through their confident physical image. Don't be surprised if their Instagram feed consists of yoga poses with those artsy sunset and ocean backgrounds.

Everyone else secretly aspires to one day achieve a similar internal harmony.

6. The fitness instructor.

It's a one-of-a-kind phenomenon to discover such an enthusiastic leader (who's just another student) in a non-academic setting. Always smiling, outgoing personality, it's almost impossible not to be motivated by their energy. Truly dedicated to sharing their passion for staying active with others, just not through the conventional role of a team captain.

7. The fitness class TA.

Spin, Zumba, kickboxing, TRX, not only has this person tried them all, but they are in regular attendance of several of these classes. Their excellent performance occasionally results in them becoming the unofficial instructor's assistant, whether the instructor likes it or not. And because they've basically got the entire weekly schedule memorized, they might as well run the gym's front desk, too.

8. The cardio-machine fanatic.

This person probably has a favorite treadmill, elliptical, and stationary bike in the gym complex. They have also tried every single customizable workout on the machine's digital menu and could provide a detailed comparison of the "heart rate" and "fat burn" options. And to them, listening to music is rudimentary; cardio machines are a chance to catch up on the latest Netflix binge show or Asian drama.

9. The part-timer.

They can be spotted at the gym every once in a while, mainly to avoid getting shit from their friends. And almost always giving 50 percent effort at most.

10. The food-motivated.

Thoughts before jogging: "I don't want to gain back all the calories I'll have burned after this! I always feel sick after anyways. I'm doing this for my own well-being, so I'll get a salad after. You know, I think I'm gonna start eating a salad at least once a day. And I'll go a week without those Dreyer ice cream cups."

While jogging: "While, I'm definitely sweating more than usual! That means I'm burning off more fat, right? I should treat myself for that...maybe get a hamburger with my salad." After jogging: "You know what? I tried sprinting that last quarter lap. Screw just the hamburger. I think I deserve some mozzarella sticks, too. Ooh, and a pint of chocolate fudge brownie ice cream. I'll eat a salad tomorrow. I earned this today."

11. The unlucky dorm resident.

Lives one block away from the main campus. No car. Seventh floor. Broken elevator. Practically forced into physical exertion by their own misfortune.

12. The gym rookie.

Despite the fact that this person has never felt the need to exercise in the last 18 years of their life, they are suddenly struck by a commendable motivation to lose weight and obtain that sacred six-pack in their freshman year of college. Major credit given, don't get me wrong. Unfortunately, that inexperience can become blatantly obvious; even though they'd undoubtedly appreciate some help, you don't want to become their personal gym trainer.

13. (And finally...) The but-walking-IS-exercise people.

If you're seriously calling the 10-minute stroll from your dorm to your first class exercise and not joking about it, then this is you.

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Summer Slim Down: 5 Workouts that Burn the most FAT

You will sweat, you will cry, you will be sore.

I love to workout. I swear my parents signed me up for every sport growing up, possibly because I was the most energetic, annoying kid ever.

Whatever the reason, an active lifestyle has always been important to me because of those early field hockey practices and jazz classes. If you're looking for workouts that shed weight fast, look no further. Just remember to put in the work at whichever class you choose, and the fat will melt away.

1. Kickboxing.
If you have a lot of stress or pent-up aggression, this is the class for you. There is nothing more rewarding than kicking the shit out of a boxing bag, trust me. Aside from the mental health benefits, kickboxing requires you to engage your full body, which torches fat.

2. Spin class.
All spin classes are great for weight loss, but RPM classes are where it's really at. Normally with these types of classes you have two options. The first being a 45-minute spin-only class and the second being a 45-minute spin and 15-minute core workout. Honestly, you can't go wrong with either.

What makes RPM even more intense is the idea that you are spinning to the beat of the track the instructor has picked. Normally, the playlist to these classes is EDM or remix-heavy because they have a quick rhythm. This means you will be doing a lot of quick sprints and climbs so don't forget your sweat towel because you'll need it!

3. HIIT training classes.
Any combination of cardio and weight-lifting speeds up the weight loss process. However, HIIT classes, like Orangetheory fitness or CrossFit, take it to the next level. Besides the benefits of having an instructor there to keep you going, these workouts are specifically created with the idea of weight loss in mind.

4. Hot yoga.
Contrary to popular belief, both yoga and pilates classes burn fat just as well as some of your favorite cardio classes. The interesting thing about hot yoga though, is that while you are striking a pose, you are doing so in very high temperatures that are upwards of 100 degrees. Literally pools of sweat, everywhere.

5. Running.
Shocker! Running on the treadmill burns more calories and engages more muscles than a lot of the other workout machines offered at gyms. Aside from the erg machine, getting on the treadmill is your next best bet for slimming down.

Well, there you have it. Grab a friend or two and get your asses to the gym! These are arguably some of the most engaging workouts most gyms or studios offer. Just remember, your hard work will pay off!

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Don't Make Your Workout Routine So Routine

You will get bored of it eventually.

"Routine" is one way to get real tired of doing something real fast. Classes, work shifts, and even some relationships allow us to fall into a routine until we absolutely DREAD them. When you go to the gym every day and do the same workouts every day, it's a sure way to make working out a chore. Surprisingly, getting in shape should be something you enjoy doing, perhaps even a stress reliever from the other routines in your life.


Fit is the new skinny and kale is the new Big Mac. Gen-Y has continued to make health and fitness a huge trend, as it always should be. But it isn't easy. I started to fall into the pit of squeezing workouts into class, work, and exams, resulting in week-long breaks from the gym. Yet unlike breaks from school, breaks from the gym usually have me feeling even crappier. I started trying to go more, but it was looking less and less appealing every day, performing the exact same handful of exercises on each body part. I WAS DOING IT ALL WRONG.

The key to falling in love with your fitness regime is mixing it up every once and a while. When it comes to cardio, I was always relying on the treadmill or elliptical to get in a quick 30 minutes. Mixing in my ADD, that's a workout in itself.

Instead of doing the same routine on the treadmill, I started doing interval training. It's not only a better way to burn fat, but it gives me something to do. I can focus on the clock to switch up the speeds or hills every few minutes depending on what intervals I'm doing that day.

There are tons of sample interval training programs on Pinterest! Another way to switch up your cardio is by trying new things outside of the gym. Instead of running, I would ride a bike or jump rope. Jumping rope is actually one of the best cardio exercises you can do for your body.

As for everything else, the opportunities are endless. The best thing I ever did was trade my a two-week gym membership for a boxing class. I got in the best shape in the shortest amount of time and fell in love with boxing. We would warm-up with various cardio exercises for 15 minutes, complete 30 minutes of various boxing combinations, and cool off with 15 minutes of ab workouts. Other than boxing, there are plenty of options like cycling, aerial silks, acro-yoga, hot yoga, taekwondo, kickboxing, boot camps, pole dancing, and SO much more! To be honest, getting in shape is only getting more and more fun these days.

A few tips to keep in mind... the optimum time of the day for cardio is first thing in the morning, never go three days without working out, and put lemon in your water! You know the rockin' six packs, big booties, and killer legs you always see on Instagram that you would die for? You don't need to die for them, you just have to work for them! Drop it like a squat, boo.

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Why Beach Volleyball Should Be Your Next Summer Workout

Burning calories and a beach day? Say less.

Ah, summer. For all you fitness junkies and athletes out there (including me), the time has come to finally break out our Nike tanks and take our workouts outside. If you're bored of the same track workouts, trail runs, bike rides, and bleacher climbs, then take it to the beach for your next sweat session. While running on the sand is a great leg workout, it can get old pretty fast. That's why you should look no further than beach volleyball. Why?

It burns hella calories.
Sand is an unstable surface, which means you have to work harder to move. Add in all the running, quick shuffles, and jumping that volleyball entails, and we're talking a major burn of about 500 calories in an hour. Nice.

It's a full-body workout.
Going along with #1, all that moving around in the sand is going to get you a fantastic leg workout (you'll feel it the day after, I promise). You're also working your core to stay balanced, and your arms and shoulders to swing and serve. This totally counts as cardio too. You're hitting everything at once...what's not to like?

It's a great partner/group workout.
You're obviously going to need a couple buddies to join you in order to get a game going, so grab some fitness-minded friends and get swingin'. Volleyball is the ultimate team sport, so it's a great excuse to get your competitive edge going with some friends.

You won't feel like you're working out.
You read that right: volleyball is one of those magical sports that doesn't actually feel like a workout. You won't have to force yourself into a crowded gym and be miserable. You're in the sand, on the beach, playing volleyball with friends, having a great time, and still reaping major exercise benefits.

It's a great way to show off your six-pack.
Beach volleyball = perfectly acceptable excuse to wear a sports bra and spandex or a bikini. Just keep in mind that you're gonna get a little dirty diving in the sand.

It's FUN.
Bottom line, this sport is flat out fun! It's fast-paced and exciting, and there's something about nailing a perfect hit for a point that gives you an awesome rush. And as I mentioned, you're with friends, you're outside on the beach, and it's summertime.

You've found your solution to the summer workout blues. There are often countless summer beach volleyball leagues and tournaments to join, and many bars and restaurants have sand courts available for pickup games during the summer. Grab your shades, some friends, and go hit the sand!

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Thoughts All Gym Newbies Have

What the hell is that stretch?

Walking into the gym for the first time can be intimidating as fuck. Between all the hot bods and meatheads, it can be pretty easy to find yourself wondering what the hell you're doing there. It's definitely a whole new world to someone who's idea of a workout is walking to the clubs or bars on the weekend (and even then you'll probably ditch walking for an Uber). This is for all those gym newbies out there. We get it.

What is that machine? Depending on how your gym is set up, there is probably a section filled with rows and rows of things that look like ancient torture devices. You're too scared to even try to work one of those contraptions out of fear you'd make yourself look like a total dumbass. You're also a little freaked to head over to the free weights because what the fuck are you supposed to do with those? Maybe you'll just stick to the treadmill for now.

How long until I can lift that much? While you're walking on your treadmill (because I know you're not running), you watch in awe at the girl lifting more than you think your dad can. You wonder at what point in your gym career you'll be able to lift like that. Helpful hint: the answer is never if you continue to do nothing but walk on the treadmill.

How the fuck has she been biking for sooo long? You've only been walking for 15 minutes and you already have 911 on speed dial. You peep the girl in front of you on the bikes screen only to see that she's on minute 58 and has been going HAM the whole time you've been here. Fucking nuts, dude.

Do they live at the gym? You literally cannot figure out any other way someone could get so huge. It doesn't even look natural. You can barely imagine being able to flex and seeing the faint outline of a muscle, let alone be so built that you can't put your arms all the way down. While it's not necessarily a flattering look, it is fascinating to imagine how much time they have to spend here to look like that.

What the hell is that stretch? All I'm going to say here is sometimes you see someone in a position that actually pains you.

How long can I keep this up? Half an hour into your treadmill walk and you're just not sure how much longer you can keep this up. If you can barely take a leisurely stroll for a workout how are you supposed to do anything that can actually be considered a true workout? But stick in there, pal. I promise you'll figure out the whole gym thing in no time.

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Why I Hate To Run

Jogging, amirite?

Probably a strange title for a fitness post, right? Well it's true, I just don't really enjoy running. Sure color runs are fun and I'll partake in the occasional run on the beach over vacation, but running through the same town, down the same streets all the time gets boring.

To the people who enjoy running, you guys are to be admired. If you don't enjoy your workout, it probably won't be an effective one. There is no way you are going to put your all into a run if there are a million other things you would rather be doing. No, I'm not talking about going for a walk with your dog or power walking to the killer sale at Saks.

There are a bunch of different classes offered that work just as well as running for your daily dose of cardio. I personally love my cardio kickboxing class--like hello, I get in a killer workout and learn how to be a badass at the same time. What could be better? If kickboxing isn't your thing, try a Zumba or a spinning class.

There are a million forms of cardio. Running is not the only option and, if you're anything like me, running is probably the last avenue you'd take. So, try a few new classes at your gym or download a new fitness app (I personally love theNike Training app).

So the lesson is: don't throw in the cardio towel just because you don't want to run.