Finding great health and fitness information online is hard.
One of the best ways to save time and energy, while staying informed, is to follow a very small number of knowledgeable people. That opposed to wasting time with all of the wannabes who happen to be right every now and then.
You already learned about some of the most credible people in the fitness industry, but there’s a flaw with that list. Being a dude, I tend to read sites that are written by guys. It’s nothing sexist, I just relate to them better.
The result – I only included one woman on the list. My mom would not be happy.
Catherine, one of the commenters, rightly called me out:
Take closer look at my website stats and you’ll realize how right she was:
Almost half of my readers are female.
Male and female fitness bloggers are generally cover much of the same information, but you’ll always learn better from people you relate to.
This article gives you eight of the best female health and fitness writers you should be following.
It’s hard to find someone with this much common sense.
Joy shares her knowledge of strength, conditioning, and nutrition in a fun, yet assertive writing style that you can’t ignore. Her writing is extremely practical, meaning she doesn’t just share her opinions on various diets and training programs — she tells you how to implement them.
Joy also practices what she preaches in diet and training (aka — she looks great, lifts heavy, and is completely honest about her struggles getting there).
One of her most popular articles is Your Problem With Sugar is THE Problem With Sugar, which you should absolutely read.
Joy was also kind enough to do an interview with Evidence Radio not too long ago.
If you don’t know about Leigh Peele, then you please pull your head out from under that rock.
Leigh has been writing about diet, training, and psychology for years, and has helped thousands of people transform their bodies. Leigh has also written several books on dieting and cooking to get lean, all of which you should read.
Her article on estimating body fat percentages is my go-to resource for that topic.
Leigh is also a musician, which is pretty cool.
As with Joy, Leigh’s been on Evidence Radio as well, where she talked about “metabolic damage,” from dieting.
Not too long ago, Leigh expanded from just health and fitness to general self improvement, creating a site called The Clutch Society, the goal of which is to be a place for “… flawed human beings who are desperate to be more than who they already are.”
Sounds good to me, check it out.
Aside from having one of the coolest names in the world, Nia is also a top notch writer and coach from Kentucky.
She’s been through her own ups and downs with body image problems, obsessive dieting, and overtraining, and now helps others overcome these obstacles.
Nia writes to help other women achieve the body they want without falling into disordered eating habits, wrecking their sanity, and obsessing over their health and fitness.
Here are a few of her best articles:
Nia is also one of the cofounders of Girls Gone Strong, “a community with the goal of breaking down the barriers of exercise for women.”
Nia also did an interview on Evidence Radio on strength training for women.
Eat, lift, and be happy — that’s what Neghar Fonooni is all about.
Her training tips, recipes, and thoughts on just about everything in the fitness industry are useful, yet also hilarious. She uses a minimalist writing style, which makes her work easier to read and much higher quality.
If you want to learn more, check out these two articles from Neghar:
Where to start — Jen’s writing has been everywhere.
After working for about 10 years as the editor and editorial director of fitness at Experience Life magazine, Jen primarily focuses on writing on her own site, JenSinkler.com.
Not only does Jen give simple, accurate advice, she also gives you the details you need to trust her. For instance, in her article “Close the Thigh Gap, I expected it to be another “ignore stupid advice, love yourself,” kind of article. True, but not very helpful for many people.
Instead, she goes into detail about why, physiologically, trying to achieve a thigh gap just doesn’t make sense — everyone’s body is different, and some things you just can’t change. In short, “There is no wrong way to have a body.”
Jen also gave a great breakdown of the pros and cons of Crossfit in this interview with my buddies Jon Fass and Bret Contreras.
Amber Evangeline Rogers
Amber has one of the most profound transformation stories of everyone on this list. Formerly obese, in a matter of a few years she completely changed her health and physique and is now a lean, powerlifting badass.
One of the things I like most about Amber is she doesn’t take any crap. She tirelessly stomps on nutritional dogma and trolls to help others figure out what’s true and what’s not. Her advice is simple, accurate, and blunt.
Why is her website called GoKaleo? You’ll like the answer.
Molly is another one of the co-founders of Girls Gone Strong, and works as an online and in-person strength and conditioning coach.
Like the other women on this list, she offers her own perspective on a lot of the problems unique to females when it comes to strength and general well being.
For example, most guys can stay leaner with less effort than girls, so how lean is too lean for women? You’ll have to read this article from Molly to find out.
Kate and Brett McKay are the people behind Art of Manliness, one of my all time favorite websites. Despite the name, it’s a great website for women, too.
While it’s often hard to tell who’s writing which articles (they usually list “Brett and Kate” as authors), she definitely deserves to be on this list.
AoM, as it’s referred to, has a ton of great information on basic health and fitness, often with a vintage, classy spin. This is one of their best recent articles.
What Experts do You Follow?
Who are the people you trust in the fitness industry, and why?
It doesn’t matter if they’re a man or woman, if you had to choose three people to follow online (not counting this site — that’s a given), who would they be?
Leave your recommendations in the comments section below.
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