Fitness is such a personal experience — it has its highs and lows, blood, sweat and tears. That should explain why there are so many blogs on the subject. We found what we thought was the best in fitness blogging for 2012. We looked for engaging personal fitness journeys with a unique perspective, as well as the ones chockfull of information and ideas. Poke around the list, and you may find yourself becoming a loyal follower to many, if not all, of the blogs below. Enjoy!
1. Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit
Put a little laughter into your diet with this blog by a guy named Jack who promises to give you “a heaping helping of health and hilarity.” Through photos, videos, song lyrics and snarky poetry about the battle of weight loss, Jack Sh*t reminds us to stop taking ourselves too seriously and stay positive, even when you fall off the fitness wagon. He is one of our most beloved fitness bloggers!
2. No Meat Athlete
Switching to vegetarianism when you’re an endurance athlete can be tough. No Meat Athlete, founded in 2009 by Matt Frazier, can help. You’ll learn how to make the plant-based lifestyle switch with great, easy-to-follow recipes and how-to articles on fueling correctly for your next workout.
3. Meals and Miles
Written by Meghann Anderson, Meals and Miles chronicles the life of a college graduate who traded her active lifestyle for a desk job. She discusses how she balances her health and fitness goals while working in an office 9 to 5. Meghann claims she’s not an expert, but her blog posts are very insightful!
4. Fit Bottomed Girls
The writers of Fit Bottomed Girls post workout DVD and new product reviews and fitness news, and discuss personal accounts of their exercise endeavors, tidbits on healthy food, workout music suggestions and playlists, and fitness humor. We especially like their “Fit Journey” section.
5. Back on My Feet blog
We can’t get enough of Back on My Feet, an organization that is dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. The Back on My Feet blog highlights successes of its members and of the organization. Truly an uplifting read when you need to put your life in perspective.
6. Live Run Love Yoga
Live Run Love Yoga is a must-read for yogis. Join Boston native Whitney as she shares her lessons and experiences from years of running and yoga, and offers her insight into the foods that fuel her.
7. pFit Blog
Power fitness couple Steve and Bonnie Pfiester run Longevity Max Fitness and BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Fla., and are fitness advisers for FitStudio, powered by Sears. Their blog is packed with motivation and fitness tips to keep you on track.
8. Badass Fitness
Shannon Colavecchio is an ACE-certified group fitness instructor with more than six years of experience. She teaches boot camps, group cycling, TRX and core classes. Her blog, Badass Fitness, was launched in 2010 to serve as guidance and inspiration on exercise, recipes, motivation and overall wellness.
9. Carrots ‘N’ Cake
Carrots ‘N’ Cake started as author, blogger, marathoner and CrossFit addict Tina Haupert’s personal food and fitness journal but blossomed into a blog about her love of food, staying fit and living a healthy life. She has an easy-breezy writing style that keeps you coming back for more!
10. Lululemon Blog
Yoga-inspired athletic apparel company Lululemon has created quite the community of like-minded souls. And one of the ways they keep them in the conversation is with their blog. It’s a place where Lululemon staffers talk about their fitness experiences outside the office and motivate you in the process, among other topics. Beware: You may just wander off into the apparel section of the website and pick up that cute new pair of leggings you’ve had your eye on.
The iRunnerBlog is dedicated to training and running and offers a info-packed New York City and Chicago marathon training section, but also has some interesting product finds from “marathon cupcakes” to Gold Bond Friction Defense. The creator, Scott, was wise enough to bring in some experts to write about nutrition, fitness technology, coaching and running physical therapy, among other topics.
12. The Fit Stop
We love that Fitness magazine’s blog, The Fit Stop, regularly posts spotlights of health and fitness bloggers, as well as new workout playlists and recipes. It’s like the magazine’s zany little kid sister, and that’s something we can all get down with!
13. The Fitterati
Another blog by Fitness magazine, The Fitterati is made up of 12 bloggers writing about all things fitness. Since there are so many contributors, you will always get fresh content.
14. Men’s Health
Written by Bill Phillips, editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine, this blog on Yahoo Health is dedicated to, you got it, men’s health issues, as well as general health topics.
15. First Person
This blog focuses on the experiences and thoughts of the editors of Prevention magazine, all written in the first-person, of course.
16. Self magazine fitness blog
The staffers at Self magazine put together a mean fitness blog full of workout ideas and new gear and apparel reviews — all written in a short, to-the-point fashion.
17. Technogym Wellness Blog
Technogym — an innovative fitness company and official fitness supplier for the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Torino, Beijing and London Games — has an exciting and thorough blog about goings-on in the company. You’ll read interesting news like Bill Clinton trying out their equipment in Italy, as well as tips on staying fit and awesome fitness technology posts. Well done, Technogym!
18. Lisa Runs for Cupcakes
Created by your not-so-average supermom, Lisa Runs for Cupcakes is all about Lisa’s running adventures.
19. Dine Dash & Deadlift
Tanya Halliday is a registered dietitian and currently a PhD student studying nutrition and exercise science. Follow her as she writes about the great outdoors, exercise and good food. She often posts great photos to illustrate her story. (We like pictures!)
20. Dori’s Shiny Blog
Dori blogs about her love of the refine method and running, trying new fitness classes and recapping her many, many races. Just her energy alone will inspire you to get out there and run a 10k yourself.
21. Nina Cherie, PhD blog
Nina Cherie PhD has 15 years in health, wellness and exercise science. Among other impressive titles, Nina holds a PhD in kinesiology, nutrition and rehabilitation with concentrations in integrative vascular biology and exercise physiology. Her blog posts are fun to read, and are full of important details about your health and fitness needs. Definitely worth checking out!
22. Outdoor Afro
Founded by Rue Mapp, Outdoor Afro is a social community that reconnects African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through recreational activities, such as camping, hiking, biking, birding, fishing, gardening, skiing and more. The posts are a mix of news flashes, event recaps and outdoor education. Share with a friend if they need to get in touch with nature.
23. The Ski Diva
If you’re a chick and you love to ski, this is the blog for you! It was created by die-hard skier Wendy Clinch as a way for women to connect, learn about and share their love of skiing.
24. Chic Runner
The Chic Runner, Danica, has an amazing list of reviews of all sorts of products and companies either sent to her or that she bought herself. Also, she writes about her favorite workout songs and playlists, complete with links so you can sample the song yourself! After all, music and fitness go hand in hand!
25. Running is Funny
Reminding us all that sometimes we need to lighten up, Running is Funny creator Mike posts hilarious photos of odd races, like the Goosinator in a Colorado park and the Juggling Triathlon, to the wide world of costumed races. Good times.