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We aren't even pregnant and we are pretty sure that Pippa Middleton is fitter than we are.

The 35-year-old has previously detailed the benefits of swimming and tennis whilst growing a human being inside her. 

If that wasn't enough, Pippa is now taking on ballet-inspired workouts to get that sweat on, almost nine months pregnant.


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Pippa is reportedly due sometime this October and wrote in her Waitrose Weekend column about her new workout routine:

"I feel far from a ballerina, but I'm equally determined not to break into a penguin-style waddle and plod around with bad posture."

The 35-year-old explains how she hopes the inspired-ballet workout will keep her muscles tight and toned.- Honestly, she's incredible.

"I've continued to embrace barre-inspired workouts throughout pregnancy—a form of exercise taken from ballet which involves the small, isolated movements that develop flattering muscle tone—or so I hope."


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Pippa officially announced she was expecting her first child with husband, James Matthews, in the Waitrose segment, back in June.

Taking up the ballet workouts could be inspired by her nephew, Prince George.

The five-year-old will reportedly start ballet classes this year in school.

Who knows, family ballet practice could be on the cards soon – and could you imagine HOW cute those pictures would be – a gal can dream.


Gym bunnies, listen up! 

It's time to say sayonara to sports drinks and grab yourself a nice tall glass of post-workout milk. 

A new study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism found that milk and milk alternatives can actually help retain body fluid. 

It's all down to science really – it seems the natural balance of sodium, carbohydrate and protein, make it an effective recovery drink for those looking to repair their muscles after a hard workout. 

For the study, which examined how milk compared to a popular energy drink, 15 men were subjected to four rounds of cycling on different days. 

After each session, participants were given a different drink: cow's, milk, soy milk, a milk-based meal supplement, and an energy drink.

The cyclist's hydration and nutrient levels were then examined, and researchers determined that the milk-based products actually led to better post-workout fluid retention. 

But what about water? Surely nothing can beat a healthy gulp of H20. 

Well, the study authors explain that drinking water after exercise actually cause a drop in sodium level, which in turn, could potentially lead to dehydration – apparently. 

Now, we're not telling you to ditch the water bottled during your next workout, but afterwards, why not indulge yourself in a creamy glass of milk? 


You know those evenings where all you want to do is jump into your PJs, throw on the TV series you're bingeing on and just order in pizza?

Simply put, the urge to interact with your fave TV characters trumps the urge to talk to your personal trainer at the gym.

Yep, it happens to a lot of us – but it turns out that doing this doesn't make us lazy; it just means were smart.

Well, kinda.

The Journal of Health Psychology found some interesting correlations between people who use their brains a lot, and their exercise habits.

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Those who use their brains a lot in work, or love a good cognitive activity, are more likely to spend their off-time lounging around the house than going on a 5km run.

The study measured the candidate's "tendency to engage in and enjoy effortful cognitive endeavours," and found that we don't want to exercise because our brains sometimes need a bit of time off.

So long story short; if you just want to stay in bed all day, you're not actually being 'lazy', you're just resting your body so your brain can work harder.

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Now, obviously you can't take the p*ss with this new description of 'lazy', so here are a few ways how to motivate yourself to exercise: 

1. Be competitive

Even if being competitive isn't your thang, it's a great motivator for exercise.

Whether you compete against your BFF, your brother or some unknown person at the gym; trying to keep up with another person will set you on the right track.

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2. Plan it out

Yes, we know the struggle is real when you get home from work and just want to flop onto the sofa.

But work out a tactical plan – this could be going to a gym right beside your office straight after work or doing a lunchtime workout session.

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3. Make it social

If you hate just being on your own and having to contend with yourself while running on a treadmill for 40 minutes, then try find a group to exercise with.

The social interaction will make your workout go by much faster and having a common goal with your group will help you keep on top of your regime.

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Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!



We love nothing more than a comfy pair of leggings, and Canadian cult brand Lululemon has a reputation for combining comfort and style in their range of work out gear. 

From leotards and sports bras to running shorts and bomber jackets, the athleisure brand covers it all.

The brand has previously only been available online, but now the yogis of Ireland can rejoice in the knowledge that the brand is en route to our Emerald Isle.


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"Athletic brand Lululemon are coming soon to Brown Thomas," reads a new section on BT's website.

"A Vancouver based brand, they are the leaders in healthy living with an amazing range of athletic wear including running, gym and yoga."

"Discover Lululemon in a new, relaxing and inviting space in our Dublin store this April."


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The high-quality work out gear will be available from Brown Thomas' Dublin branch, and will include clothing and accessories.

We can't wait to elevate our gym gear game to the next level. 


January sees full-to-capacity gyms, a supermarket clear-out of anything green and "superfood-y", and a surge in the hashtag  #IrishFitFam.

If, like us, you over indulged over Christmas and ate all of the cheese and chocolate in sight (even the pieces in your peripheral vision) you might be feeling like a good month at the gym will sort you out. 

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Or maybe your new year's resolution is just to eat a little better and move a little more. 

Either way, stocking a whole new fitness wardrobe with fancy leggings and trendy mesh hoodies isn't always that easy on a January blues budget. 

Black crop top €6, blue sports bra €4

Thankfully, budget high street store Penneys is swooping in to save the day, with a whole new collection of affordable and trendy athletic wear. 

Getting some new workout wear can be motivation in itself to get down to the gym, and really, who needs another excuse to hit Penneys?

Speckled leggings €13, bush pink and mesh leggings €13

Leggings are a necessity for any gym wardrobe, but this speckled, high waisted pair could definitely double up as day wear when teamed with a chunky grey turtle neck and black duster coat.

And who doesn't want to wear comfy leggings all day long?


Mesh ballet hoodie €12, embroidered hoodie €12

Penneys is embracing the popularity of the barre class, with silk ballet wrap tops and hints of blush pink throughout its new athletic line, this mesh hoodie included.

Embroidery was also one of this season's biggest trends, so rocking some on your hoodie lapels is a no-brainer. 

Blue runners €13, blush pink runners, €9

Runners are a necessity to take care of your foot and ankle comfort when walking the dogs or sweating it out in spin class.

At Penneys prices, you could literally pick up a pair to match every work-out outfit. 

Water bottle €3, headphones €12

Accessorising your workout gear with a reusable bottle will save you from spending extra money on disposable bottles, and if one of your new year's resolutions is to become more eco-friendly, you'll be fulfilling that one too.

Headphones are a necessity to block out the world and focus on your favourite workout playlist, and this rose-gold pair is perfect for remaining on trend and on form. 

The only downfall to Penneys new collection? Now we have no excuse not to hit the gym. 



Britney is totally on fire lately, and if her recent workout photos are anything to go by, she is rocking her exercise regime.

What looks totally impossible to mere beings like us, Brit shared photos on Instagram of her stretching in a handstand pose.


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Let's just say first off that her body looks UNREAL and we're totally regretting eating those mince pies for lunch.

We weren't the only ones who noticed how fab she looks, with many flocking to her account to share their opinions on the mum-of-two.


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One user said, "Toned, tanned, fit and ready," while another wrote, "Serious post mamma bod goals right there."

Keep it up Britney, you superstar.


I’m one of those people completely caught up in the Instagram ‘fitspiration’ revolution. I follow posters of pics of coconut protein balls and juices, stare in awe at flexible yoginis doing crow poses on the beach in their Lululemons and find myself hypnotised by the effect the simple squat can have on your arse.

Pity all I’m doing is following, staring and finding myself hypnotised – I’ve yet to, ahem, actually DO anything.

So when the opportunity came up to give Proformer Pilates a go at Pilates Plus Dublin (with ambassador Rosanna Davison – eep!) I jumped at the chance. Who better to take my cues from than model and all-round health and fitness guru Rosanna?

My history with exercise is spasmodic at best, but with a definite pattern. I try different things all the time (pole dancing/aerobics in community halls with ladies of a certain vintage/boxercise) going hell for leather for a few months to lose a bit of weight. Then, when my jeans get a bit looser, I get complacent and quit.

But I’m getting older now, and trying to get back into it each time is getting harder and harder. I’ve been unfit for so long now that I need to find a consistent form of fitness I’m going to keep up. Could Proformer Pilates be what I was looking for?

So I pulled on my brand new ‘tights’ (prior to that I exercised in scuzzy trackie bottoms because I couldn’t fathom wasting money on sportswear – how times have changed) and a sports bra and vest from Penneys (because I’m easing myself in gently obvs) and bounced out the door, a little apprehensive but excited. I even slicked on some lippy, mascara and blusher, because, well, Rosanna.

As a complete newbie to Proformer Pilates, I got a bit of a fright when I arrived in the Dun Laoghaire studio – the machines had an air of the medieval torture chamber about them, something I joked about nervously. And when Rosanna was asked how hard the class was, she responded by laughing: “The first time I did it I sat in the car afterwards with my legs shaking”.

A groan of terror moved like a Mexican wave throughout the group.

Proformer Pilates is a full body workout using resistance and stretching on the Proformer machine, all while keeping the core engaged. Developed in LA (where else?) the workout is a favourite of the Victoria’s Secrets Angels, Michelle Obama and Kimmy Kay, and can burn up to 700 calories in one session.

Not the worst credentials.

It was time. Pilates Plus owner Emma Forsyth was bubbly and encouraging, and told us to get ready to use muscles we had never used before – gulp. Lying down on the machine, I was resigned to the fact I would probably make a holy show of myself, but hey, I was making a holy show of myself for work, so what harm, right?

Saying that, I had a moment of panic when I noticed there was a photographer snapping away at the class. I’m a notoriously minging exerciser, red-faced and sweaty with an unappealing expression that generally says, “Help me” or “Make it stop”. And now it was going to be captured in HD? Christ on a mountain bike.

We started with arm exercises using the straps, and just when it got to the point I couldn’t do any more, we suddenly stopped and moved to the next exercise. Bit by bit we worked out all muscle groups slowly, smoothly and with control – but don’t get me wrong, it was intense.

The 40 minute class actually passed in no time – and I put that down to the fact we moved so quickly from exercise to exercise, so I never got too sore or too bored: two things that usually characterise how I feel when working out. Props to Emma too for being so helpful and chatty throughout.  

Would I do it again? Deffo. I loved the way I didn’t have to run around like a lunatic with my boobs bouncing all over the place. I actually could LIE DOWN for most of this workout – while still busting my arse.

The dream.

Yep, this could definitely be new favourite exercise.

You can find out more about Emma's Pilates Plus studio and Proformer Pilates here.


Close-to a year after shedding a load of weight – reality TV star Lauren Goodger is still working up a sweat and keeping the excess pounds at bay.

However, the 30-year-old – who is known for her love of heavy contouring, false lashes and HD brows – showed why OTT makeup and the gym rarely mix.

In a selfie posted to her Instagram account yesterday, Ms Goodger can be seen working out with enthusiasm… so much so that her mascara is smudged around her eyes and her foundation is practically dripping down her face. 

It seems that the snap may have been an attempt to answer her critics: late last week, the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant was criticised for piling back on the weight that she worked hard to lose when unflattering photos of her came to light.

It was an issue she addressed in the same Instagram entry. "Sunday afternoon gym session," she wrote. "When I train I trainnnnn hard, this is one of the hardest targets to date."

She continued: "Since seeing bad pap pics lately even though I don't agree I look like that at all, I've been training extremely hard and I nearly feel as Amazing as I did on my DVD it works and I'm sticking to it not long now."

Last month, Lauren also posted a super-fit throwback snap of her at a svelte 9st. 

The star, who once weighed-in at 13st, wrote alongside the snap: "My eye is on that goal – here I go again."


As far as we knew, munching on some fruit was the healthy option, but now some experts have come up to say that we're all wrong, and eating too much fruit is actually bad for you.

According to personal trainer Callum Melly, eating too much fruit or eating it at the wrong time can lead to gaining fat.

Apparently, we all need to understand how carbs are broken down in our bodies so then we can decide what times are wrong and right to each fruit.

While speaking to the Mail Online, Callum explains that when you consume carbohydrates, they are stored in two forms – either muscle glycogen or liver glycogen.

"The thing people forget or just don't understand when it comes to food in general, let alone fruit, is that food is fuel and we should only eat what is required to fuel our daily energy requirements, especially when it comes to carbohydrate intake."

And one of the biggest mistakes, Callum says, is when people eat fruit after a workout.

"Fruit will only replenish liver glycogen and not muscle glycogen.

"Glycogen is our muscle's fuel source and will be used during exercise and therefore needs to be replenished afterwards with starchy carbohydrates such as rice and potatoes."

And as for when we all should eat fruit?

"We want to ensure that when we eat fruit we will maximise the energy we receive from it, but more importantly ensure that the fructose is used by the body as an energy source and doesn't get converted and stored as body fat," Callum explains.

"Therefore, the best time to eat fruit is first thing in the morning and 15 minutes before a workout as your body will use this readily available energy to fuel morning activity and then your exercise."

So, there you go ladies, be careful with your fruit.


To much delight, McDonald's brought back the all-day breakfast last year, and to celebrate… it's launching a line of workout gear.

I kid you not.

The new Maccy D's tracksuit is plastered with Egg McMuffins, hash browns and hotcakes, and it also threw in a few palm trees for fun.

But don't be too quick to think the fast food chain has lost it's mind.

It actually ties in with the brand's Olympic sponsorship for this year's games and all of the profits will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which provides housing close to hospitals for families of children undergoing treatment.

According to Ad Week, the trackie is available on eBay with prices starting at $50 (€45).


She has one of the most enviable bodies in Hollywood, and we LOVE how she promotes the curves as one of the most beautiful parts of the human body.

And while she's preparing to go on her world tour, Queen Bey is embarking on a major fitness regime to get her ready to sprint around on stage.

The singer has enlisted the help of top personal trainer, Marco Borges, to get her ready and he absolutely swears by this routine and promises if you perform it three times a week for six weeks, you'll feel as fab as the Queen does.

Speaking to Glamour, the trainer first says you should up your energy levels by boxing and swinging weighted ropes.

"You run out of gas fast; by pushing through that fatigue, you develop a ton of endurance," he says.

Marco also explains that running fast is great for building up Bey's energy so she can leap around on stage.

"Sprints are ideal for building stamina and explosiveness, which B needs to move across the stage. Marco recommends alternating between one-minute sprints and then two minutes of brisk walking for a half an hour.

For building strength, he says it's all about the kettlebell squat and press.

"It's an exercise that hits all the major muscles. If you did nothing else, you'd still get a great workout.

And to finish off the regime, the exercise expert urges you to stretch it all out.

"I stretch B at the end of every workout." It majorly improves your flexibility and will make you feel less ~achey~ the day after you exercise.

Check out here for more of Queen Bey's tips.


Khloe Kardashian just got busted for photoshopping her gym seflie… and she's not happy. 

After receiving abuse on the Instagram picture, she quickly deleted it, but a few hours later took to the social media site with the unretouched image saying, "If only hatin burned calories how dope yall would be. Too bad it doesn't. Here's the OG shot. The petty movement ain't cute. Oh and I almost forgot… Namaste."

By posting the original image, Khloe made it obvious that very little was photoshopped anyway, just a small part of her thigh.

The reality star didn't touch her tummy area, which we have to say is slaying. Koko, you're killing it.