08:40 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 05/27/2014 01:15PM
Barbie Thomas didn't win any major awards at the recent NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championship in Charleston, South Carolina, but the audience made her feel like a star.
Originally posted 05/23/2014 03:00PM
Watching YouTube fitness star Cassey Ho smile as she does a million squats (at least that's what it feels like if you've tried her most popular video, Call Me Maybe Mighty Squat Challenge), you would never guess she grew up chubby.
"There were some mean kids back then, and that affected me," says the bubbly host of YouTube channel Blogilates, which has 1.3 million subscribers. "I became conscious of my body at a young age."
But it wasn't until high school that Ho discovered fitness – from an infomercial. "I was 16, and Mary Winsor was on TV trying to sell her Pilates DVD. And I was like, 'That's really cool!' So I asked my parents to buy me the DVD and absolutely fell in love."
Originally posted 05/22/2014 12:30PM
When it comes to hitting it big on social media, bum's the word!
At least that's the case for the 20-year-old New Yorker Jen Selter, who has squatted and lunged her way into the hearts and Instagram feeds of folks around the world thanks to her "belfies," or butt selfies, she posts online.
A couple of years ago "I started posting motivating fitness pictures and quotes that got me up and wanting to work out," Selter explains in this week's issue of PEOPLE featuring Hollywood's Most Talked About Bodies. "When I randomly added a photo of my own body, I saw a lot of likes."
Originally posted 03/27/2014 11:15AM
Milk may do a body good for some people, but don't count Danica McKellar as one of them.
Originally posted 01/15/2014 12:30PM
The celeb trainer shares his top tips on healthy distractions during exercise
Originally posted 11/24/2013 09:50AM
Lisa Whelchel has tried every exercise in the book – and she's suffered the injuries to prove it.
"I hurt my shoulder playing racquetball, I have a lower back injury from an aerobics class and I messed up my feet while training to climb Mount Whitney," she tells PEOPLE. "Even on Survivor, when I did the mud challenge, I developed sciatica that has continued to give me trouble."
So what's an active gal to do? "I decided to make my own exercise video," says Whelchel, who turned 50 in May. "It's a doable full-body workout that you can do in 20 minutes. It has stretching, resistance, cardio and a cool down. Exercise is different once you get a little older. It doesn't always have to be high impact."
Originally posted 11/19/2013 04:00PM
The trainer and wife Heidi are "so incredibly grateful" for their new daughter Ruby Lane, born Saturday
Originally posted 11/12/2013 02:30PM
If Miranda Kerr is feeling down about her recent split from Orlando Bloom, it sounds like she has a surefire solution for perking herself back up.
"If I'm having a challenging moment, I jump for joy. Literally," she tells SELF for its December cover story. "After a minute, I feel better, and after a few minutes, I'm really happy. Everything else just drops off. It gets me out of my head and into my body, and it makes me feel present."
Kerr, 30, who publicly separated from her husband of three years last month, accentuated the positive during her new interview – and encouraged others to do the same.
Originally posted 08/14/2013 12:20PM
Looking at Shakira's rock-hard abs, it's hard to believe that the singer delivered her first child earlier this year.
But the new mom, who's featured on the cover of the September issue of Self, tells the magazine that she didn't snap back into shape immediately after her son, Milan, was born in January.
"After the delivery, you look like a shar-pei!" the 36-year-old admits.
Originally posted 07/17/2013 12:20PM
Since becoming a mom nearly 11 months ago, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has been focused on getting fit.
And on Tuesday, the Snooki & JWoww star showed off the stunning results.
"I work out in the gym seven days a week. I go with my trainer five days a week, I have a treadmill downstairs or I do crunches," Snooki, 25, told PEOPLE at SELF Rocks The Summer Party in Manhattan. "I try to do something at least once a day."
Once famous for going clubbing and her drunken shenanigans on MTV's Jersey Shore, Snooki now seems to be a proudly reformed party girl.
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