Erika Nicole Kendall

About Erika Nicole Kendall

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and crtified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because lol why not.
19 04, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: How to Handle the Gym ‘Alpha Dog’

By | April 19th, 2017|It's All Mental, Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

Q: so i know this is going to sound a little weird, but i am terrified of the gym. i mean, it scares the sh-t out of me. like, i get all siced to get up and go workout, but then i envision some a--hole in a muscle tank pointing and laughing at me as i struggle with two one pound kettlebells or whatever, and then i flip out and decide to stay on my couch in the comfort of shonda rhimes instead.

17 04, 2017

Why You Shouldn’t Lose Weight to Get a Man

By | April 17th, 2017|Beauty|0 Comments

There are a million reasons to choose to lose weight. Don't let "because I need a man" become one of them.

7 04, 2017

5 Ways Fitness Can Improve Your Sex Life

By | April 7th, 2017|Did You Know|0 Comments

Erika's note: This post gets graphic. This post is for grown folks. Notice I didn't say mature folks. I just said grown ones. I might make a couple of dick jokes in here, and I don't want any e-mails about how you were clutching your pearls while you read this. I have pearls, too. I [...]

3 04, 2017

You Knew That Flat Tummy Tea Was a Scam, Right?

By | April 3rd, 2017|Fad Diets|0 Comments

Flat Tummy Tea, FitTea, and all the other products? They're 10x more expensive than any other laxative tea, and they don't work any better. What's the deal?

29 03, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: I Have a Good Week with My Diet…Then BOOM!

By | March 29th, 2017|Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

Q: I had a good thing going with my diet, right? I was feeling good, doing my cardio workouts, and staying committed to it until..................

27 03, 2017

Your Water Bottle is Gross—Here’s How to Clean It

By | March 27th, 2017|Did You Know|0 Comments

When's the last time you cleaned your reusable water bottle? No, I mean, REALLY deep cleaned it?

24 03, 2017

10 Tips for Safely Exercising at Night

By | March 24th, 2017|Exercise 101|2 Comments

Tips for exercising safely at night from a pro at safety and an avid runner.

22 03, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: How Do You Fit It All In?

By | March 22nd, 2017|It's All Mental, Q&A Wednesday|1 Comment

Q: How do you fit fitness and healthy eating into your day with some of the challenges of living in a big city?

20 03, 2017

Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery Goes Wrong at Clinic That Has Killed Before

By | March 20th, 2017|#ScaleFreeBaby, Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|1 Comment

"...died from fat clots that caused her organs to fail by blocking her arteries, Miami-Dade coroners concluded in an autopsy report."

14 03, 2017

The Case for Universal Health Care

By | March 14th, 2017|Health and Health Care, The Op-Eds|5 Comments

If we truly value human life the way we say we do, then we should find it abhorrent that people are forced to choose between dying and the expense of living.

8 03, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: I’m a Gym Newbie—What Do I Do First?

By | March 8th, 2017|Exercise 101, Q&A Wednesday, Strength Training|0 Comments

Q: My problem is that I am overwhelmed when I go to the gym. There is so much equipment and I don't know where to start. Any suggestions?

6 03, 2017

If Only 50% of Subway’s Chicken is Really Chicken…What’s the Other 50%?

By | March 6th, 2017|Fast Food|1 Comment

The oven roasted chicken scored 53.6% chicken DNA, and the chicken strips were found to have just 42.8% chicken DNA.

27 02, 2017

Don’t Stress Over the Post-Baby ‘Snap Back’

By | February 27th, 2017|#ScaleFreeBaby|0 Comments

Take deep breaths, relax, and accept that the added pressure and shame for not having snapped back will not motivate you. It might actually do harm.

24 02, 2017

The Science of Motivation: How to Develop It, Keep it, and Achieve With It

By | February 24th, 2017|It's All Mental|0 Comments

I know why you think you aren't motivated to workout, and how to change it to achieve your goals.

22 02, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: I Lost Weight, But Now My Clothes Don’t Fit!

By | February 22nd, 2017|Beauty, Fashionably Fit, Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

Q: I can't wear my after baby clothes because they are too big and I kept all of my pre-pregnancy clothes hoping to fit into them one day soon. I am stuck in the "in between phase" and now pretty much NONE of my clothes fit me.

20 02, 2017

On Serena Williams, Equality, and Her ‘Porn Shoot’ Sports Illustrated Feature

By | February 20th, 2017|Body Image, The Op-Eds|1 Comment

Writer claims that "By baring all, Serena reinforces sexist view that what women look like is more important than their achievements." I couldn't disagree more.

15 02, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: Exercise and Weight Loss Post C-Section

By | February 15th, 2017|#ScaleFreeBaby, Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

Q: I just had a baby by emergency C- Section. I was told by the doctors no lifting and I can only do limited cardio. What u would suggest I do?

13 02, 2017

The Beauty Shop: There’s Still Bias Against Natural Hair

By | February 13th, 2017|Beauty|0 Comments

Natural hair still faces opposition in the workplace, but what does that mean for black women?

10 02, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: Help, I’m Losing Weight but My Booty is Shrinking!

By | February 10th, 2017|Booty, Exercise 101, Q&A Wednesday, Strength Training, Tools For Weight Loss|0 Comments

Q: Erika, I finally figured this weight loss thing out. I'm eating clean, I'm working out, but my booty is going away!!! Nooooo!

6 02, 2017

The Funny Thing About Pepsi Zero Sugar and Other ‘Sugar-Free’ Diet Drinks

By | February 6th, 2017|Food 101|0 Comments

Whenever you hear people talking about Pepsi Zero Sugar, remember: Just. Say. No. Here's why.