So recently I have been on a little bit of a conquest, to discover Fitness Magazine’s for women that don’t completely suck.
From before I was trainer to now, I still enjoy reading Fitness Magazine’s, but what I have discovered lately is they simply are loaded up with way too much advertising, and not nearly enough relevant or interesting content.
I thought I would share a few magazine’s which I have discovered really branch out from the generic overly-photo-shopped, and frankly lame women’s health magazines.
The first one I discovered was “The Box,” magazine. I have purchased this on a few occasions, and also been given a few copies. The Box describes themselves as… “The box is where CrossFitters work out, home to all the equipment they need to max out their fitness levels. It can be a brand-new state-of-the-art CrossFit training facility or it can be someone’s garage. Quite simply, The Box is where CrossFit happens.”
At first I thought the concept of a CrossFit magazine was relatively cheesy, but they do have some great content. They often interview prominent or upcoming athletes, they have some killer paleo/zone recipes, and the advertisements they do have are really relevant (think workout specific equipment) unlike so many of the women’s magazine’s which advertise things like allergy medicine or cosmetic fillers like Botox… And on a side note …Talk about a way to make women feel insecure… Here they are talking about empowerment, becoming stronger, and more confident in your own skin, and next to your article is an advertisement for Restalyn or Juvederm. It’s just not right.
Anyway back to The Box, I really have enjoyed the copies that I have read. Since I am doing my own programming now, I like that they have workouts that are really challenging, and not something I would have to do repeatedly for hours to actually get a sweat on. The Box, is not actually women’s specific, but I do think the content is pretty gender neutral. They highlight both male, and female athletes equally, and I don’t find it to be to biased in the advice they are giving, unless specifically identified to be that way.
I know you can order this magazine online… however it is harder to find. Occasionally I have found it at Barnes and Noble, and once I purchased it at Shaw’s Grocery Store, but it is not always easily accessible, which is a pretty big pitfall. If you are an avid magazine reader, I would say your best bet is to just subscribe, but for the occasional reader such as myself, it’s unfortunate its not easy to locate.
The second magazine which I have enjoyed lately, is a women’s specific magazine- STRONG Fitness Magazine is a new favorite. I discovered this at Target before my last trip to North Carolina. I do not often purchase magazines, as I truly am more of a book nerd, but when I travel I like to indulge a bit. I found this magazine at Target, but I know they also sell it at Barnes and Noble, and I have seen it at CVS on a few occasions as well.
STRONG Fitness Magazine is a magazine for the more dedicated female athlete. Not only do they feature CrossFit athletes, but also Body Builders, Olympic Weightlifters and Figure Competitors alike. All of which have very different training styles, but great to learn about none the less.
STRONG Fitness Magazine has a women to watch section with upcoming athletes, as well as more everyday success stories, which I love ( we all aren’t perfect!). They also feature lots of different nutrition content, highlighting not just Paleo, but IIFYM, Clean-Eating, information on Supplements and tons of recipes.
They also feature Trainer Tips, Gear Guides, and more serious health content. They also have their very own Strong Camp which I will be investigating a little bit further!
This magazine seems to build off the platform of a typical Women’s Fitness Magazine, but just offers more diverse, unique and well researched articles. It’s different every month, and the articles really don’t feel recycled like so many in the more popular women’s magazines.
Lastly I would definitely suggest taking a peek into is Yoga Journal Magazine. If you are a fan of Yoga at all, you will love this one. It is easy to locate, at grocery stores, convenience stores, Barnes and Noble, etc.
The content of this magazine is obviously more Yoga specific, but I still find it to be much more enjoyable then many of the generic magazines.
Some of the content includes; tips for meditation, suggested trips, poses for specific injuries or limitations, as well as highlighting great instructors, classes and studios worldwide.
They do offer some nutritional content, lots of Vegan and Raw Recipes- pretty much what you would expect from a Yoga Magazine ;).
So there you have it, three unique magazines for women (athletes) which don’t suck. I highly recommend checking these ones out. Share and comment below if you have any magazines which you absolutely love!