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Flexibility 101: What IS Flexibility? Why is it Important?

August 26th, 2016|0 Comments

A beginner's guide to understanding flexibility, and how to improve it step by step, begins with a basic question: what does it mean to be flexible?

5 Inspiring Examples of Black Girl Awesomeness from the 2016 Olympics

August 22nd, 2016|3 Comments

Claressa, Jenny, Simone, and many, many, more, all showing the world their skill, their talent, and just how incredible they are as role models and inspiration.

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Q&A Wednesday: I Lost Weight While I Was Sick, but Now I’m Scared to Eat!

August 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Q: I was ill, had to stop eating for a few weeks, and I lost that I'm no longer sick, I'm scared to start eating again!

Q&A Wednesday: Do’s and Don’ts of Working Out at 300lbs

August 10th, 2016|5 Comments

Q: Have you already answered the question of "What do I do in the gym when I'm 300lbs?". What are the do's and don't do's when you are a newbie to working out?

Can You Lose Weight—and Keep it Off—On a Diet?

August 9th, 2016|0 Comments

An essay published in the NYT says no, and I agree...but for very different reasons. The deal on diets, weight loss, and 'set points.'

3 Myths About Exercise During Pregnancy, Debunked

August 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

"Working out deprives your baby of nutrients!" or "Lifting your arms above your head too much will result in the umbilical cord wrapping around the baby's neck!" or even "That baby's bouncing up and down against all your organs in there!" and beyond...

Q&A Thursday: Do I HAVE to Give Up Carbs?

July 21st, 2016|6 Comments

Q: Erika! Did you give up carbs to lose the weight before? Are you giving up carbs to lose your baby weight?

It’s Time We Talk Honestly About Gyms and Locker Room Culture

July 18th, 2016|2 Comments

There are some cruel and inhumane people in this world, like Dani Mathers, and unfortunately you are likely to meet at least one or two of them at the gym.

Q&A Wednesday: We All Fall Off the Wagon, Including Me

July 13th, 2016|4 Comments

So many of you talked about how you'd 'fallen off the wagon,' and how you regretted it. Here's how to hop back on the wagon, and stay there.

5 Tips Every Parent Considering Breastfeeding Should Know

July 11th, 2016|3 Comments

After one failed attempt and one successful attempt at breastfeeding, here's everything I learned to help you achieve success when you give it a shot.

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Speak Out, But Do More Than That: Understand, Empathize, Act

July 8th, 2016|2 Comments

We feel the need to say "black lives matter" because, when you treat a population with apathy and skepticism, you're trying to tell them they DON'T.

Q&A Wednesday: What Do You Think About Intermittent Fasting?

July 6th, 2016|5 Comments

Ebony asked me about my thoughts on intermittent fasting, and I was actually surprised that I'd never written about it before. Basically, it works, but I still wouldn't do it. Here's why.

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Hi, I'm Erika! Lovingly known as Evil Fitness Barbie or The Fitness Fairy Godmother, I'm a wife and mother of two (!) who has gone from couch potato to NASM-certified trainer, with specialties in weight loss, women's fitness, and nutrition.

Oh, and I also lost 170lbs on my own through diet and exercise. Read more about that here.

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