14 Amazing Women Who Prove That Strong Is the New Skinny

14 Amazing Women Who Prove That Strong Is the New Skinny

With CrossFit studios popping up all over country and American Ninja Warrior’s Kacy Catanzaro killing it on our TV screens, never before have so many women started to embrace their strength, lift heavy weight, and take the pressure off of being oh so thin. In need of a little gym inspiration today? Look to these amazing women from Instagram for the push you need!

Whether you follow the hashtag #strongisthenewskinny or #strongisthenewsexy, we’re thrilled this shift has occurred in the fitness landscape. Now, we can focus on what’s truly important: being strong, healthy, and, most importantly, happy.

14 Amazing Women Who Prove That Strong Is the New Skinny

14 Amazing Women Who Prove That Strong Is the New Skinny

With CrossFit studios popping up all over country and American Ninja Warrior’s Kacy Catanzaro killing it on our TV screens| never before have so many women started to embrace their strength| lift heavy weight| and take the pressure off of being oh so thin. In need of a little gym inspiration today? Look to these amazing women from Instagram for the push you need!

Whether you follow the hashtag #strongisthenewskinny or #strongisthenewsexy| we’re thrilled this shift has occurred in the fitness landscape. Now| we can focus on what’s truly important: being strong| healthy| and| most importantly| happy.

Follow This 7-Day Vegan Meal Plan to Help You Shed Pounds

Follow This 7-Day Vegan Meal Plan to Help You Shed Pounds

Celebs like Beyoncu00e9 and Jay Z took on the 22-day vegan challenge for good reason. A diet free of animal products can improve your health| increase your energy| offer better digestion| speed up your metabolism| and help you lose weight. If you’re ready to take on this good-for-you diet that’s also good for animals and the planet| check out this seven-night dinner plan to help make it happen.

These seven dinners include links to each recipe plus a shopping list at the end to bring to the grocery store. To ensure you follow through with this meal plan| shop for all the ingredients over the weekend. You can either take time on Sunday to cut up ingredients and cook up some whole grains or follow the “time-saving tips”” included for each night to help prep for later meals.

| Monday: Mexican Tempeh Quinoa Salad

This tempeh dish is made with quinoa| corn| beans| and avocado| so you get a crazy amount of nutrition u2014 almost 10 grams of fiber and 17.4 grams of protein u2014 all for 350 calories per serving.

Time-saving tips: When cooking the quinoa| double the amount and cook two cups u2014 save one cup to be used for Friday night’s dinner. While cutting up one red bell pepper for this recipe| cut up three more to be used later for Wednesday’s carrot fettucine| Thursday’s burrito| and Friday’s quinoa salad.

| Tuesday: Slow-Cooker Chickpea Curry

Throw everything for the curry in the slow cooker in the morning| so when you get home| all you need to do is make the rice. This sweet and savory dish is under 400 calories.

Time-saving tips: While you’re cutting the one sweet potato for this recipe| cut up two more to use for Thursday night’s black bean burrito.

| Wednesday: Carrot Fettucine With Sautu00e9ed Tofu

Save carbs by making your noodles out of carrots u2014 all you need is a simple vegetable peeler for this 478-calorie dinner. Add protein to this meal by adding some sautu00e9ed tofu.

Time-saving tips: This recipe only calls for one block of sautu00e9ed tofu| but if you make twice that amount| you can save it to add to tomorrow night’s burrito.

| Thursday: Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

This hearty sweet potato and black bean burrito is sure to become a weeknight favorite. If you’re hungry| enjoy the entire burrito for 471 calories| or wrap up half for tomorrow’s lunch.

Time-saving tips: Use the red pepper you previously cut Monday night| the sweet potato cut up on Tuesday| plus boxed tomatoes| canned black beans| and frozen corn| and this meal doesn’t take much time at all.

| Friday: Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad

This 330-calorie colorful quinoa salad can be served warm or cold| and since the veggies don’t need to be cooked| this meal only takes about 30 minutes u2014 as long as it takes to make quinoa.

Time-saving tips: Buy shelled edamame and use red pepper cut up from Monday plus the cooked quinoa| and you’re golden!

| Saturday: Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

This high-protein soup recipe makes eight 250-calorie servings| so either halve the recipe or freeze some for later.

Time-saving tips: If you buy precut fresh or frozen butternut squash| it’ll save you even more time. And since this is a slow-cooker recipe| with just a few minutes of prep in the morning| you can go out| enjoy the day| and have hot soup waiting for you when you return.

| Sunday: Sweet Potato| Chickpea| and Quinoa Veggie Burger

Sundays are the perfect day to make a more-involved meal| so whip up these sweet potato quinoa burgers| which are just over 300 calories.

Time-saving tips: Make double the batch and freeze the leftover patties for a quick meal down the road. If you don’t have time to make your own veggie burgers| choose frozen ones instead u2014 check out our 22-day challenge.

A Year in Awe-Inspiring Fitness Stories

A Year in Awe-Inspiring Fitness Stories

Finding motivation to work out and eat healthy is not easy u2014 but there are some people who move us to really stick to our goals no matter how many challenges we face. This year| we came across a few stories of strength and perseverance that made our own personal goals seem just a little more achievable. Check out the people who made us smile| cry| and gasp at everything they managed to accomplish| and get ready for enough inspiration to last you for years to come.

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| Mo’ne Davis Throwing Like a Girl

When Mo’ne Davis threw two shutout games in the Little League World Series| she not only made league history| but also inspired girls worldwide to follow their dreams. Her 70 mph pitches landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated| and now the iconic athletics publication has named her SportsKid of the Year 2014. It’s been a great year to throw like a girl!

| Rebekah Gregory DiMartino’s Moving Journey

Rebekah Gregory DiMartino’s story is one of strength and survival. Rebekah survived the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings but made the difficult decision to amputate her leg this year after over 15 operations. Still| Rebekah has persevered| and she has now set a goal of running the 2015 marathon with her new prosthesis u2014 truly an inspiration to us all.

| Team Larry

Larry Evans is on a life-changing weight-loss journey that we can’t help but be excited to watch. With the support of hundreds of thousands of fans cheering him on| Larry gets closer to his goal every single day.

| The World’s Oldest Gymnast

Sure| Johanna Quaas may be 89 years old| but that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to pursue her passion| gymnastics. Watch the inspiring videos of Johanna (who is officially the world’s oldest active gymnast) flipping| swinging| and planking like you’ve never seen before.

| Kacy Catanzaro’s Total Domination

If you were ever told you couldn’t accomplish something| prepare to be inspired by Kacy Catanzaro. The amazing athlete defied expectations when she became the first woman to ever advance to the finals of American Ninja Warrior. Watch how she tackled the course| and get inspired to conquer your own fitness challenges.

| Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

After suffering crippling paralysis from an almost fatal ATV accident| six-time gold medal winner Amy Van Dyken-Rouen has fought every day through painful physical therapy in the hopes of strengthening her body.

| Lauren Hill’s Inspiring Basketball Game

Diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer and told she only had a few months to live| college basketball player Lauren Hill brought the stadium to tears when she took the court in an NCAA game in front of 10|000 cheering fans.

| The First Female NBA Coach

Never say never. Former WNBA player Becky Hammon made headlines when she became the first female NBA coach ever when she signed on with the San Antonio Spurs in August.

| 91-Year-Old Marathoner Harriette Thompson

Despite just undergoing radiation treatment for cancer| 91-year-old Harriette Thompson completed her 15th marathon this past June and became the second oldest US women’s marathon finisher| all in record-breaking time. Since she began running| Harriette has raised over $90|000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society u2014 helping others facing daunting diagnoses like her own.

10 Reasons Jen Selter Inspires Way More Than Booty

10 Reasons Jen Selter Inspires Way More Than Booty

If you haven’t scoped out Jen Selter’s Instagram account yet| it’s time to see what this bootylicious Internet sensation is all about. With a rabid social media following obsessing over Jen’s unbelievable derriere| it seems that Kim Kardashian isn’t the only one out to break the Internet. But what we love about Jen| besides her amazing body| are her positive attitude and commitment to making fitness a part of her life u2014 seriously| this girl can master a squat anytime and anywhere. Check out some of our favorite moments of Jen’s from the year| and get ready for some serious motivation for 2015!

| She Mastered Social Media

Jen credits her success with her devotion to social media. She told Elite Daily| “”Social media has opened the doors for so many to succeed and achieve their goals. I would NOT be where I am today without it!””

| She’s a Positive Role Model

Even with her newfound fame| Jen has remained grounded and works to inspire others with both her body and attitude. “”Despite all my ‘belfies|’ a picture does not speak for who I am; it does not speak for my personality| morals or personal beliefs|”” she told Elite Daily. “”I post my pictures to motivate others and if people see it differently| so be it.””

| She Literally Works Her Butt Off

Like all of us| Jen knows that working out is not a perfect science; some days are better than others. But she continues to push herself with new and fun workouts. She captioned this Instagram photo| “”One of the greatest moments in life is realizing that just a couple of weeks ago your body couldn’t do what it just did!””

| She Landed Herself a Major Photo Spread

Jen’s rabid social following (she has over five million followers) and amazing physique helped her earn a sexy photo spread in Vanity Fair this past April.

| She Works Out Like the Rest of Us

No| she doesn’t have expensive trainers or fancy gear; Jen is a do-it-yourself fitness girl. In her Vanity Fair interview| the tan and toned fitness gal confessed| “”I would follow the trainers and when they were training someone I was like| ‘oh| what does that do?'””

| She’s Also Into Healthy Eating

For a body this great| Jen knows eating healthy is important too. She told The Huffington Post| “”Regardless if I am in serious exercise mode or not; eating healthy is always a part of my daily routine.”” She also mentioned that she loves food like oatmeal| eggs| veggies| and u2014 for a special treat u2013 dark chocolate.

| She Made #Seltering Happen

If you haven’t heard the term yet| #seltering is Jen’s take on the #planking phenomenon. To copy her signature move| pose somewhere with your feet and hands on the ground and your booty in the air.

| She Fights Against Her Haters

After suffering from bullying at a young age| Jen says that she’s passionate about ending the cycle. “”I would love to try to make people feel stronger about themselves where any negative or mean comments don’t [affect] them because they have built up their self esteem|”” Jen told The Huffington Post. “”This is something I will actively continue to help people with.””

| She Knows Consistency Is Key

“”Fitness is a lifestyle|”” Jen told The Huffington Post. “”You must be mentally prepared to commit to it and be consistent with your health and fitness lifestyle in order to see results and as we know results don’t happen overnight.””

| She Made #Belfies Happen Too

Yes| Jen has mastered the art of showing off her best “”asset”” on her Instagram account. Though some viewers accuse her of not gaining her derriere the natural way| she opened up to Elle magazine on how she really works it: “”It’s all about the angles| let’s be honest.””

Our 15 Most Pinned Desserts Will Have You Drooling

Our 15 Most Pinned Desserts Will Have You Drooling

If you want to lose weight| indulging a little is actually recommended. So if your sweet tooth has been kicked into high gear with all of the holiday treats being passed around| whip up one of these healthy dessert recipes u2014u00a0they were the most popular of the year| after all!

Source: Jenny Sugar| Lizzie Fuhr

| Smudgies

Made with just three ingredients| this 92-calorie frozen dessert will beat ice cream sandwich cravings instantly.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes

For you ice cream addicts| these 30-calorie frozen yogurt cupcakes will hit the spot.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters

A treat for those who are vegan or Paleo| these dark chocolate nut clusters are easy to whip up and only require four ingredients.

Source: Jaime Young

| Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake Mousse

This healthier pumpkin pie alternative doesn’t even need to be baked.

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| Frozen Nutty Banana Nibblers

Made with bananas| peanut butter| and Greek yogurt| these frozen nutty banana nibblers are 166 calories per seven-piece serving.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Strawberry Banana Creams

Use the natural sweetness of fruit| and enjoy these strawberry banana creams.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Oatmeal Pumpkin Spice Bread

Warm and spiced| this oatmeal pumpkin bread is always a crowd-pleaser.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Low in sugar and high in protein| these lemon raspberry muffins are sweet| soft| and delicious.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Vegan Chocolate Cranberry Zucchini Bread

Try this decadent twist on the classic zucchini bread recipe| made with cocoa powder and dried cranberries.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Chocolate Almond Protein Bars

These vegan chocolate almond protein bars are meant for a snack but could easily count as dessert.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Pumpkin-Carrot Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

Low in calories while remaining full of flavor| these pumpkin bars make a great dessert that would be perfect for potlucks since they’re much easier to share with large groups than pies.

Source: Lizzie Fuhr

| Peanut Butter Protein Balls

These bite-size peanut butter chocolate chip balls are much healthier than grabbing a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Source: Lizzie Fuhr

| Banana Strawberry Apple Grape Muffins

Sweetened with nothing but fruit| these fruity muffins are only 100 calories.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Slimmed-Down Brownies

At 125 calories| these brownies offer all the chocolaty goodness you crave.

Source: Lizzie Fuhr

| Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Whip up a batch of these healthy pumpkin muffins u2014 the oats make them extrafilling.

Source: Jenny Sugar

Our Top 25 Workout Songs of 2014

This year has been full of upbeat pop tunes that topped the Billboard charts and inspired us to start sweating. If you’ve been losing your motivation at the gym or are simply in need of a music refresh, we’ve got you covered with this mix that includes 90 minutes of our favorite workout music. Subscribe to the Spotify playlist and check out our top 25 tunes of 2014.

    “Fancy” ¡ª Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX”Pompeii” ¡ª Bastille”Summer” ¡ª Calvin Harris”Can’t Remember to Forget You” ¡ª Shakira and Rihanna”Bang Bang” ¡ª Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj”I” ¡ª Kendrick Lamar”Shower” ¡ª Becky G”Wake Me Up” ¡ª Avicii”Rather Be” ¡ª Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne”Red Lights” ¡ª Tiesto”I Wanna Get Better” ¡ª Bleachers”Maps” ¡ª Maroon 5″Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” ¡ª Chromeo”Come With Me Now” ¡ª Kongos”All of Me (Tiesto Remix)” ¡ª John Legend”Waves” ¡ª?Mr. Probz”Drunk in Love” ¡ª Beyonc¨¦”Fireball” ¡ª?Pitbull and John Ryan”Burnin’ Up” ¡ª?Jessie J and 2 Chainz”Break Free” ¡ª Ariana Grande and Zedd”Real Love” ¡ª?Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne”So There” ¡ª?Alexa Goddard”When a Fire Starts to Burn” ¡ª?Disclosure”Do It Again” ¡ª R?yksopp and Robyn”A Sky Full of Stars” ¡ª Coldplay

If this mix isn’t your style, then check out all our workout playlists here to find something that suits your needs and taste.

Remember: you will need to download the free Spotify software or the app to listen to our playlists.

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Our Top 25 Workout Songs of 2014

This year has been full of upbeat pop tunes that topped the Billboard charts and inspired us to start sweating. If you’ve been losing your motivation at the gym or are simply in need of a music refresh| we’ve got you covered with this mix that includes 90 minutes of our favorite workout music. Subscribe to the Spotify playlist and check out our top 25 tunes of 2014.

    “Fancy” ¡ª Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX”Pompeii” ¡ª Bastille”Summer” ¡ª Calvin Harris”Can’t Remember to Forget You” ¡ª Shakira and Rihanna”Bang Bang” ¡ª Jessie J| Ariana Grande| and Nicki Minaj”I” ¡ª Kendrick Lamar”Shower” ¡ª Becky G”Wake Me Up” ¡ª Avicii”Rather Be” ¡ª Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne”Red Lights” ¡ª Tiesto”I Wanna Get Better” ¡ª Bleachers”Maps” ¡ª Maroon 5″Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” ¡ª Chromeo”Come With Me Now” ¡ª Kongos”All of Me (Tiesto Remix)” ¡ª John Legend”Waves” ¡ª?Mr. Probz”Drunk in Love” ¡ª Beyonc¨¦”Fireball” ¡ª?Pitbull and John Ryan”Burnin’ Up” ¡ª?Jessie J and 2 Chainz”Break Free” ¡ª Ariana Grande and Zedd”Real Love” ¡ª?Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne”So There” ¡ª?Alexa Goddard”When a Fire Starts to Burn” ¡ª?Disclosure”Do It Again” ¡ª R?yksopp and Robyn”A Sky Full of Stars” ¡ª Coldplay

If this mix isn’t your style| then check out all our workout playlists here to find something that suits your needs and taste.

Remember: you will need to download the free Spotify software or the app to listen to our playlists.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography

Our 10 Most Pinned Workouts of 2014

Our 10 Most Pinned Workouts of 2014

If you’re anything like us| you have a Pinterest board (OK| maybe more than one) devoted to collecting inspiring| challenging| and creative workouts. Now| if these 10 workouts haven’t crossed your path yet| pin away u2014 they happen to be our most popular sweat sessions on Pinterest of the entire year. From arm sculpting to booty toning| there’s a little something for everyone. So no matter what your goals are for the coming year| you’ll want to hang on to these workouts; they’re probably going to come in handy.

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| 10-Minute Arm Sculpt

Sexy| sculpted arms look amazing no matter what time of year it may be. This 10-minute arm-toning workout is quick| simple| and leads to results you can see (and show off).

| Victoria’s Secret Model Workout

Inspired to work toward your Angel wings? This fat-blasting Victoria’s Secret model workout is something you can do in your very own living room.

| A Heart-Pumping Video Workout With Jessica Alba’s Trainer

Don’t be intimidated by CrossFit; with the help of Jessica Alba‘s amazing trainer| you can get in a rewarding heart-pumping workout in no time at all.

| 30-Minute Treadmill Shred

Even if you only have half an hour to spare| you can still get in a great workout. This 30-minute treadmill shred will challenge your endurance and speed and leave you feeling satisfied.

| Bedtime Yoga Sequence

If winding down at the end of the night often feels challenging| you might just be in need of a little yoga. This calming sequence will have you ready to hit the hay.

| 10-Minute Arm Routine

It may not be tank-top season just yet| but keeping your upper body in shape will have you ready to flaunt your muscles as soon as the sun comes out. This quick arm-sculpting routine will have you seeing results.

| Inner-Thigh Toning Workout

Whether you love to rock skinny jeans or a miniskirt| this inner-thigh workout will help you rock your look with confidence.

| 20-Minute Treadmill Workout

If you’re looking for a workout that will blast calories in no time at all| check out this 20-minute treadmill workout that’s great for when you’re short on time.

| The Anti-Arm-Jiggle Workout

Banish arm jiggle with this 10-minute toning video that will have you feeling your best all year long.

| Butt-Toning Pilates Workout

If you’re working to target your booty| this bum-toning Pilates video will have you flaunting your backside whenever possible.

10 Workout Videos You’ll Want to Do Again and Again

10 Workout Videos You’ll Want to Do Again and Again

Sure| we ran| spun| jumped| and pumped our way through 2014| but not every workout was created equal. These 10 fun and fast-paced videos were the very best of the year u2014 they were easy to follow and actually helped us all see results. Now that the year is winding down| we’re rounding them all up| so we can have our favorite workouts handy no matter what kind of sweat session we’re in the mood for. So check out these top picks| and don’t be afraid to just press play and get to work.

| 10-Minute Workout to Tighten the Arm Jiggle

Get the gorgeous chiseled arms you’ve always dreamed of with this simple 10-minute toning workout. All you need is a set of dumbbells| and you’re ready to get to work.

| The Quickest Muffin-Top Workout

Short on time? This five-minute ab workout targets that dreaded spot: the muffin top. With a focus on the obliques| you’ll tone your midsection in no time. Just press play| and it’s on!

| 10 Minutes to Tighter Abs and a Stronger Core

A strong body starts with a strong core. Even if you aren’t aiming for a six-pack| this quick ab workout will help you achieve tight and toned abs you’ll love to show off.

| 5-Minute Leg-Toning Workout

Yes| you’re proud of everything your legs can accomplish| but if you’re still looking to say goodbye to cottage cheese thighs| here’s a workout for you. This quick video will help you work your way toward the tight and toned legs you’ve always dreamed of.

| The Ultimate Inner-Thigh Workout

Working those inner thighs is always a challenge| but this straightforward 10-minute video will help you target exactly the right spot. Scoop up your mat| and get ready to get your best legs ever.

| Rock Your Bottoms With Our Bikini-Butt Workout

Sure| it may not be bikini season yet| but a great backside is always in style. A simple 10-minute workout is all it takes to tone| lift| and sculpt your glutes. So press play| and get to work.

| An Easy-to-Follow 10-Minute Yoga Session

Yoga is all about stretching and strengthening your body. Travis Eliot| creator of the Ultimate Yogi DVD series| designed this quick sequence that is easy to follow| thanks to his clear instructions. So grab your mat| and get to it.

| The Ultimate 30-Minute Cardio Pilates Burner

Taking the best of Pilates and cardio| this 30-minute workout will get your heart pumping. Your workout will fly by as Lisa Corsello| the founder of Burn SF| leads you through 30 minutes of her signature fitness routine. And if you want more of Lisa| check out the Burn DVD.

| The 30-Minute Brazilian Body Workout

This fast-paced and fun 30-minute workout is led by trainer Brett Hoebel. Get ready to feel your abs burn as you learn the basics of the Brazilian dance-like martial art capoeira. So press play| and be prepared to zip through your workout with a smile on your face.

| The Lazy-Girl Workout

How about a workout that doesn’t even involve getting up. Yep| you heard it right: this is a workout you can do all from the floor. In just 10 minutes you’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish. So grab your weights| lay back| and get ready to work.

| The 10-Minute Fat-Incinerator Workout

Get your whole body revved up with this fat-burning| muscle-building workout| compliments of really feel the burn.

| Quick| Intense| and Full of All Kinds of Awesome: 10-Minute P90X3 Workout

If you’re squeezing in a fast sweat session| make sure to give it your all. Tony Horton| creator of metabolism and blast fat quickly. Just press play to get busy with the burn.

| 30-Minute Bodyweight Workout

NYC-based celebrity trainer squeeze in an awesome workout.