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Selena Watkins

Move Your Body in Shape with Selena Watkins

This week our #wcw is the gorgeous Selena Watkins. Creator of the caribbean inspired dance fitness program Socanomics, SoulCycle instructor, and Women's Health Next Fitness Star. Get to know about her and how she uses movement--and dance in particular--to stay fit and in shape. Fitness workouts inspired by dance aren't anything new. But for Selena Watkins, her passion for movement, caribbean flavor, and a career in dance that spans over a decade, she was able to carve a space in the dance fitness space that changed the game. From Selena's dance choreography to her love for fitness, it's all rooted in her belief in movement. In order to succeed in life, she believes we must all be active participants. And the "active" part is literally infused into...

Ernestine Shepherd

Body Builder Ernestine Shepherd’s Amazing Transformation

This week's #wcw is competitive body builder, model, and personal trainer Ernestine Shepherd. At 79 years old she is slaying stages and competitions with her body building skills and perfectly sculpted body. But, would you believe us if we told you, she wasn't always this way? We're sharing the story of this world record holder and all around diva, along with a few tips on how you can begin your body transformation as well. Ms. Ernestine Shepherd wasn't always into to athletics. To be honest, she was a certified girly girl. At the age of 56, however, things changed. The loss of her sister drew her closer to an activity they had started together (going to the gym) and from there Shepherd began to transform her...

Here’s Why Early Risers Are Burning More Fat

We have all heard you shouldn’t eat right before a swim. Now there’s a new study that suggests you may not want to eat before exercising to get the most out of your workout. The new trend is called fasted cardio and encourages working out first thing in the morning before breakfast. According to studies, the body will burn more fat. The body typically draws on carbs for energy. Without food, your body will only have existing fat to use for energy. Then, after your fasted workout, studies say that your body will be better able to absorb carbs and proteins. The idea is that your body will use the food to restore energy instead of storing it as fat. The overnight fast should be 10 hours...

LET BGH BE YOUR MOTIVATION TO WORKOUT!

You want to lose weight to prepare for summer, but you have completely neglected your New Year’s Resolution and DARN its spring already. If this is you, don’t be ashamed because you are like the most of us. We know all the excuses as to why you can’t seem to workout, this includes: I’m too busy, I go to work early and get off too late, I don’t have money for a gym membership, there isn’t a gym that’s close by, I have kids to take care of, I have too much school work, and then for those who are really honest with themselves “ I’M JUST LAZY, I DON’T HAVE THE MOTIVATION TO JUST DO IT.” BELOW ARE BLACKGIRLHEALTH’S TOP TRICKS TO KEEP YOU...