We Love This Fitness Blogger's Response to Haters Who Say Strength Training Makes Women Look 'Manly'

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As anyone who has ever stepped into a weight room knows, women own the room as much as men do. And they have good reason to love lifting. Studies have shown that lifting weights builds strength, improves overall functionality, and helps maintain muscle mass as you age.

Yet internet trolls and random critics IRL won't stop telling fit chicks that strength training is unfeminine, and that it will make their bodies look manly or too bulky. 

Tired of the unsolicited comments from haters who clearly don't know what they're talking about, fitness blogger Kelsey Wells took to Instagram to say her piece. "Comments along the lines of 'you're looking manly' or 'careful you don't want to be bulky' or 'weightlifting isn't feminine' never cease to amaze me," wrote Wells.

In the post, she advised her female followers to ignore these ridiculous claims and any other comments suggesting that there's a "right" way to be feminine. "THE ONLY THING A WOMAN NEEDS TO DO TO BE BEAUTIFUL AND FEMININE IS TO BE HERSELF," Wells proclaimed. She added that she feels most beautiful at the gym when she's sweating up a storm, and she plans to continue to ignore negative comments about the gym workouts she loves.

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For years, badass women like Serena Williams and Aly Raisman have had their toned bodies critiqued, even though these athletes are fitness inspirations to women everywhere. Yet for some reason, the bulk-up thing just won't die. (For the record, women can't bulk up the way men who lift do, because the typical female body has only a fraction of the testosterone guys have.)

So if you're a weight-lifting newbie or have been benching and lifting for years, use Wells' fierce comeback as motivation to keep at it and revel in how strong, powerful, and beautiful you feel. "Pay attention to the moments in life you FEEL beautiful. What are you doing? DO MORE OF THAT."

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Want a Booty Like Kim Kardashian? You'll Need to Follow Her Insanely Hard Leg Day Routine

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Kim Kardashian West has one of the most well-known (and most photographed) bottoms in Hollywood. And according to the 36-year-old reality star’s Snapchats on Saturday, it takes a lot of work to maintain that legendary booty!

In a series of videos, the mother of two — who is expecting a third child, a girl, via a surrogate — walked her followers through a few of the exercises she does to stay fit.

“Today is major leg day,” the star explained, while wearing an all-black workout ensemble and letting her new platinum hair lay loose.

First up were hex deadlift squats using a cap barbell weight bar (or trap bar).


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Is the Apple Watch Series 3 Worth Buying? Our Fitness Editor Weighs In

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Nothing gets folks more excited than a new gadget, and today the world is all abuzz with news of Apple’s latest release: the Apple Watch Series 3 has officially arrived.

Available in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, and gold aluminum (in addition to classic silver, space gray aluminum, stainless steel, or space black stainless steel), this new wrist bling makes major functional strides from previous versions. The most notable change is built-in cellular access that shares the same number as your iPhone, starting at $399. (There is also a version without cellular that starts at $329.) This is huge. No longer tethered to your phone, you can go off into the world (or maybe just for a run, bike...

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5 Yin Yoga Poses Every Runner Should Do

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Life is full of opposing pairs: sweet and savory, fast and slow, hard and soft. One half of the pair can’t — and shouldn’t — exist without the other. This concept is known as yin and yang, or, the idea that two opposing forces actually create a balance.

If you’re a runner, your weekly mileage falls into the ‘yang’ category, says Eric Jeffers, Life Power Yoga master trainer at Life Time Green Valley in Henderson, NV. Running, like all forms of exercise, is stressful for your body. While it builds up strength, speed and endurance, it can also leave you feeling sore and depleted if you don’t balance...

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