Ashley is a journalist raised in New Jersey, schooled in Boston, and working in New York City. She's an entertainment junkie, an amateur photog, and has a penchant for traveling the world—the more exotic the destination, the better.
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6 Moves to Do With A Foam Roller

You see it sitting in the corner at the gym, your friends swears by it, but how do you actually use it? Besides rolling over it to work out kinks and sooth sore muscles, you can actually use the foam roller as a great tool to build muscle. To find ou…
By Ashley Mateo

8 Lower Body Moves That Won't Hurt Your Knees

Sure, the temperatures outside are reaching polar vortex levels — but just because you're more likely to be sporting over-the-knee boots than flashing any thigh doesn't mean you can skip your leg and butt workouts. But, how many squats can one person…
By Ashley Mateo

The Best Gym-to-Street Fashion This Season

Recently, the paragon of workout wear, Lululemon, released a glittery explosion of a lookbook for its limited-edition holiday collection. Yes, I was blown away by the sheer number of sparkles dedicated to gym clothes; but I was also impressed by the …
By Ashley Mateo

10 Must-Know Tips for Working Out in the Morning

The last thing you want to do before bed is set your alarm an hour earlier so you have time to go to the gym, right? I get it. I'd rather hit snooze 100 times before hitting the treadmill pre-7 a.m. But those early bird gym-goers are onto something —…
By Ashley Mateo

5 Ways to Improve Your Stamina as a Runner

Whether you've just started running or you already have a few 5Ks under your belt, there's one area runners can always improve on: stamina (that would be your ability to actually go the distance). We're not talking speed here, but rather, endurance —…
By Ashley Mateo
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The 21 Best Workout Songs From 2014

No doubt about it, music can make or break a workout. We're not just saying that — science proves the right tunes can enhance your time in the gym. Just this year, studies showed music can make long cardio sessions more enjoyable and help you work ha…
By Ashley Mateo

All the Cyber Monday Deals You Need to Know

Sure, we’re pumped for Thanksgiving, and all the turkey, cranberry, and pumpkin pie we could possible eat — but, we’re equally excited for the post-Turkey Day shopping. But, Black Friday? Ain’t nobody got time for around-the-block lines, unless your …
By Ashley Mateo

Learn These Exercises Before You Try Aerial Yoga

An aerial workout sounds scary — hanging upside down in a hammock sash while contorting your body into different positions seems best left to Cirque du Soleil professionals, right? But I'm going to let you in on a little secret: This wacky workout is…
By Ashley Mateo

6 Barre-Inspired Moves, No Ballet Bar Required

At some point, most of us probably wanted to be a prima ballerina. Alas, we had to grow up. Now, we're all about the ballerina body — I mean, just look at someone like Misty Copeland. She's the perfect combination of beauty and strength, all long and…
By Ashley Mateo

How to Pick Headphones for Your Workout

You know that feeling when you get to the gym and realize you forgot your headphones? You might as well just turn right around, because it's pretty much impossible to motivate yourself without the right jams. “Music is like is a legal drug for athlet…
By Ashley Mateo

10 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Workout

Some days, just getting to the gym takes serious dedication — and on those days (especially on those days!) I want my sweat sesh to count. The last thing my workout needs is to be derailed before I even hit the spin bike/yoga mat/elliptical. Unfortun…
By Ashley Mateo

Which Fitness Tracker Should You Buy?

Even before the Apple Watch came along to revolutionize our workouts, wearable fitness trackers were becoming a thing. When Tory Burch is designing jewelry for a tech company, you start paying attention, right? But, browsing the options can be a liii…
By Ashley Mateo

31 Reactions When You Say You Like to Work Out

I like to work out, and when I tell people that (or, god forbid, leave work at the very reasonable time of 6 p.m. to make it to the gym), their reactions range from "OMG! Will you train me?" to "Ugh, why would you want to do that?" to "But you're alr…
By Ashley Mateo

8 Ways the Apple Watch Will Change Your Workouts

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably heard the little announcement Apple made this week about its latest tech products. Sure, there's a new iPhone, but what really got everyone talking was the Apple Watch — the company's answer to the…
By Ashley Mateo

7 Ways to Prevent Acne at the Gym

People talk about that post-workout "glow" as if we all walk out of the gym looking like Taylor Swift. In reality, I feel red-faced and messy-haired, and can almost always count on some kind of skin issue arriving along with my day two soreness. It's…
By Ashley Mateo

6 Exercises You Can Do With Just a Chair

Chances are, you've seen Beyoncé's "Partition" video. If you haven't, stop reading right now and watch. Done? Great. Girl can do things on a chair that we didn't even know were possible. I bet the most you think your chair is for after that crazy com…
By Ashley Mateo

Why The Next Fitness Craze Might Be Cheerleading

Raise your hand if you went through a cheerleading phase in middle or high school. Yep, me too. So, you know that behind the pom-poms and pleated skirts is a real workout, despite what anyone says about cheerleading not being a sport. Lifting or toss…
By Ashley Mateo

5 Wacky Workouts That Actually Work

There are a lot of crazy trends in fitness: the Shake-Weight, electric ab belts, face yoga. But among these fringe workouts, some of them — whether they've been around forever and weren't considered exercise, or are brand spanking new versions of a t…
By Ashley Mateo

21 Workout Quotes From Our Fave TV Shows & Movies

I know, there's an endless list of reasons why I (and all of us) should be working out — stress release, a form-fitting bridesmaid dress, better health pretty much across the board... But, then, there are those days where I just. Can't. Motivate. Hey…
By Ashley Mateo

8 Hair Mistakes You're Making At The Gym

I have a bone to pick with Taylor Swift — she's making the rest of us gym-goers look bad. While I come out of the gym looking like a sweaty mess, Swift's all perfectly put-together, like she doesn't even perspire. But, even more than her outfits, I e…
By Ashley Mateo