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This Gym Introduced a 'Selfie Room'—and the Internet Is Not Having It

While scrolling through the social media accounts for The Edge Fitness Club, a gym franchise in Connecticut, one thing is very clear: their members love a good sweaty, workout selfie. You’d be hard-pressed to find an image in the gym’s IG feed that does not depict someone weight lifting or showcasing their post-workout abs for the camera. Basically, it's the ultimate fit-spiration.

While some people would die of embarrassment from flexing their newly-defined triceps in a selfie, there are many others who don’t think twice about snapping pictures of their booty in front of a mirror at the gym. Plenty of people want to document —with clear, visual evidence—their fitness progress, and who are we to judge?

After noticing that many of their members love a good gym selfie, The Edge recently commissioned an online survey conducted by The Harris Poll of 1,500 adults to learn more about the trend. The result? A whopping 43% of the respondents said they had taken photos or videos of themselves at the gym, and 27% of those photos were in selfie mode. Armed with these numbers, the gym decided to pioneer its way to offering the first ever "selfie room" at their Fairfield, CT, location. Members were told they would soon be granted access to the photo room, which would be equipped with good lighting, hair products, and fitness accessories to help them optimize their gym selfie to the absolute fullest. (And no, it wasn't an April Fool's joke, apparently.)

But gym-goers quickly took to social media to clue The Edge in on how they really felt about the so-called selfie room, and it was not pretty. At all.

Not everyone was against the idea, though.

Regardless, the backlash was enough to make the gym rethink their plan. "As of now, we are unsure if The Edge will be putting this on hold indefinitely or if it will come to fruition," a PR representative for the company told Health in an email. "The Edge is taking into account the feedback they received from our members and are evaluating from there."

So, April Fool's after all?

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This At-Home Pilates Routine Will Tighten and Tone Your Entire Body

There's a common misconception that every single workout should be done lightning-fast—the harder and more grueling, the better. The truth: You can increase your strength by lowering your intensity. “Just because you slow down doesn’t mean your workout isn’t effective,” explains Dani Busko, senior Pilates instructor at Equinox SoHo in New York City. Which is why this Pilates series from Busko is so amazing. It forces you to hit the brakes and be more intentional with how you move, “helping you to zero in on underused muscles, for better tone and definition,” she says. Ready, set, slooow.

1. Half Roll-Down

“This warms up the body, giving it a road map of what you expect out of it for the rest of the series, from...

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The Workout Move That Helps Give Taylor Swift Her Strong, Lean Legs

Chrissy Teigen. Taylor Swift. Jennifer Garner. What do these gorgeous-gammed gals have in common? They’ve worked with celebrity trainer Simone De La Rue, creator of the Body by Simone Method. One of De La Rue’s go-to client toners: the Froggy. "It targets the back, hips, butt, hamstrings, and inner thighs," she says.

How to do the Froggy

Lie facedown with legs extended behind you, squeezing a soft ball between heels with feet flexed and shins lifted off floor. Cross arms in front of you, propping torso up slightly on elbows (A). Squeezing heels into ball, lift knees off floor as high as possible (B); slowly lower back down. Do 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps, 2 or 3 times a week, combined with your current cardio routine, for results in 3 to 4 weeks.

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I Tried This Class Taught by Hot Australian Men—and the Way I Exercise Will Never Be the Same

Last month, Health talked to Lucy Hale about all things self-care. When she needs to sweat, Hale told us that she heads to Training Mate.

"It's high-intensity circuit training but taught by Australians and they're really funny—they all tell jokes," she said. "It's more like the experience but it's also a really challenging workout, too."

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When I checked out the website, my jaw dropped. What Hale failed to mention was what the homepage advertised: These “funny guys” were ripped Australian men with NSFW torsos. So next time I was visiting my family in Southern California, I felt a journalistic obligation to see what was happening over at Training Mate,...

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Kelly Ripa Credits This Unusual Diet for Her Bikini Body—at Age 47

Kelly Ripa is 47 and works hard for her body — even if the internet trolls think she should cover up at her age.

The Live with Kelly & Ryan host, who was criticized on Instagram for donning a gold bikini on a beach getaway, follows a strict diet and exercise regimen to stay in tip-top shape, as her husband Mark Consuelos pointed out.

“She works extremely hard in her professional life and her commitment to exercise, healthy diet is admirable and the benefits show. Yes she’s wearing a bikini at age 47 and will no doubt wear one for many years to come,” he wrote in a reply to Ripa’s critics.

So how exactly is Ripa always “killing it,” as Consuelos said? She first starts with an high-alkaline diet, which focuses...

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How to Get a Decent Workout in While You’re Waiting at an Airport

As a freelance writer, I travel a lot for work—which leaves me with a packed schedule that gives me little time to take a class or hit the hotel gym. When I'm not sleeping, most of my downtime is spent at the airport. Instead of continuing to do nothing before boarding, during layovers, or while I’m waiting for my bags, I decided to figure out creative ways to squeeze in workouts on the go.

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It was definitely weird at first. I’m that kind of person who races to the back of the class because I get self-conscious when people watch me sweat, so you can imagine why the airport wouldn’t be my go-to place for a full-on fitness routine. But I eventually had to get over myself because...

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Mandy Moore Fulfills Dream of Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with Fiancé Taylor Goldsmith by Her Side

 

Most actors would want to take a relaxing vacation during their break between filming seasons of their hit TV show.

Mandy Moore? She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 33-year-old This Is Us star summited the highest mountain in Africa this month, traveling on the adventure alongside a group of her closest friends including fiancé Taylor Goldsmith.

For Moore, the trip was a dream 15 years in the making.

“I have dreamed the dream of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro since the age of 18,” Moore wrote on Instagram Friday. “Thanks to @eddiebauer, my partner in this adventure, this past week saw #1 on my bucket list come to fruition and I lived out one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my...

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