Out of the hundreds we have come across over the past year these are the ones we liked the most, in terms of their design, writing style, article content and the fact that they are regularly updated with interesting new posts.
Going into 2014, if you want to find out more about training, dieting and fitness, these are the top 20 fitness blogs we would recommend following:
Fit Bottomed Girls
One of the most successful and popular blogs is Fit Bottomed Girls. They feature a wide variety of posts by Erin, Jenn, Kristen and Tish which cover fitness news, new product information, personal accounts of their exercise endeavours, healthy food, fitness humour and lots more.
There’s also a wide range of workout ideas for everything from hiking to swimming. The site features a clear and simple design, with the ‘Filed Under’ and ‘Tagged With’ links at the end of each article making it really easy to move between posts.
Tone It Up
Tone It Up is a beautifully designed blog founded by personal trainers and lifestyle coaches Karena and Katrina. The site includes hundreds of articles on a variety of topics including fitness, recipes and lifestyle.
The clean and fresh colour scheme with page after page of high quality photos and well written articles is also fully responsive, meaning you can easily read all your favourite blog posts from your smartphone or tablet.
As well as a comprehensive range of posts covering how to effectively exercise each muscle group, fitness fashion, and dieting, Blogilates also features a collection of workout videos.
With most of these under 20 minutes in length they are an excellent way for anyone that’s short on time to still train their back, obliques, legs, glutes, arms, and abs.
Well and Good NYC
Founded by Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula, Well and Good NYC was created as a wellness wire service, including self-care questions answered by local experts.
As well as the comprehensive list of workout articles which take a look at everything from CrossFit to Yoga, Well and Good NYC also features an equally impressive range of posts covering nutrition, advice, beauty and escape ideas.
Girls Gone Strong
Girls Gone Strong is a blog aimed at fitness for women that provides a wide range of informative and useful articles, written in a way that delivers all the important information in a way that’s easy to understand.
The blog features articles written by Neghar, Molly, and Alli, who between them offer a wealth of experience in coaching clients on nutrition and exercise, writing for sites such as EliteFTS.com, and body transformations.
At the time of writing you can even download their 60 page recipe book and ’99 Weightlifting Tips for real women’ completely free.
Fitness On Toast
Fitness On Toast was created as a way of keeping readers up to date on new workout ideas, recipes and fitness fashion.
If you’re anything like me, one of the things you will notice about this blog is that you end up scrolling through all the photos in an article before going back to the start and reading the content.
The quality of the photography is exceptionally good and just one of the reasons we’ll be following the new blog posts into next year.
If you’ve been a follower of fitness publications such as Men’s Health or Muscle and Fitness then there’s a good chance you would have already heard of Jason Ferrugia.
With over 18 years in the fitness industry training clients as a strength coach, this blog features a wide range of articles covering everything from improving your strength to increasing your mobility.
As well as the blog posts you also get the chance to sign up as a member for a range of extra benefits including new workout programs every week.
Let’s Move is an initiative aimed at solving the problem of obesity to ensure that the next generation can grow up fitter and healthier.
The blog features a range of articles primarily based on new government health initiatives in the United States, including ‘Farm to School’ and how various states are addressing childhood obesity.
As well as being home to a popular fitness blog, Nerd Fitness has created a large and active community of followers.
Although the blog is primarily aimed at improving your fitness, a quick browse back through the archives will find a whole range of interesting ways to improve your life.
These can be anything from the best way to tackle food addiction to how a worldwide travel trip was planned for just $418.
It Sux To Be Fat
The ‘It Sux To Be Fat’ blog was created as a way of sharing the success and struggles of someone trying to lose weight.
The ‘weekly weigh in’ articles follow the progress of Jennifer on her journey to lose over 100lb, complete with motivation and how to overcome problems you might come across in your own diet.
The blog also features recipes for everything from Key Lime Pie to protein shakes, food and product reviews, exercise articles and a section dedicated entirely to the many weight loss success stories.
Dr. Michelle Cleere
Dr. Michelle Cleere offers sports psychology coaching to professional athletes as well as Olympic and amateur athletes.
Whereas most of the blogs mentioned so far have been aimed more at improving your physical health and fitness, these articles can help provide you with the focus and positive mentality you need to achieve your goals.
End Of Three Fitness
End Of Three Fitness was created in 2010 by Jerred Moon, creator of the successful ‘One Man One Barbell’ (OMOB) strength and conditioning program, as a way of providing readers with an unconventional look at fitness.
Rather than posting about how to either get strong or fit, the End Of Three Fitness blog offers straightforward and down to earth information which is designed to help you be both.
You can also find a growing community of active members in the forum, where you can ask any questions you might have about the OMOB training program, nutrition, fitness and even record your workout logs.
Rubies and Radishes
Rubies and Radishes is a paleo recipe and lifestyle blog. If you aren’t familiar with what the Paleo Diet is, essentially it is diet where you only eat the same foods we used to eat from the caveman days. e.g. Meats, nuts, seeds, fish and vegetables.
The blog contains a lot more detail about what’s involved if you want to adopt this nutritional lifestyle, complete with great looking recipes.
As well as the recipes, Rubies and Radishes also offers lifestyle, parenthood and travel articles.
The Great Fitness Experiment
The Great Fitness Experiment is a blog that takes a lot of the health and fitness research you often read about in the monthly magazines and tests it out to show the real results.
As well as the fitness articles, you will find new posts are frequently added talking about life experiences of the founder of The Great Fitness Experiment, Charlotte Andersen.
In addition to the new blog posts, Charlotte has also written for The Huffington Post, Redbook, iVillage and even written a book about the workouts she’s tried and life experiences of living in today’s body-obsessed culture.
The Fitnessista is a great blog for anyone that has a busy schedule and needs quick workout ideas and healthy recipes that don’t take long to prepare.
As well as the health and nutrition articles The Fitnessista is also updated with posts about what life is like being part of a military family.
Roni’s Weigh was created by Veronica Noone back in 2005 and is consistently updated with new articles that cover everything you need to stay fit, from her own personal weight-loss journey to training and completion of multiple Tough Mudder events.
As well as the collection of articles, the blog also features a monthly podcast and a growing community of members in the Blog To Lose community. This is a forum specifically created to provide more support with training and recipe ideas for people on their weight loss journey.
Mark’s Daily Apple
Mark’s Daily Apple is currently one of the most popular fitness blogs on the internet, with over 375, 000 subscribers to the weekly newsletter.
A quick look at the archives gives you access to 7 years of blog posts including recipes, workouts, supplements, nutrition, weight loss and how to overcome psychological hurdles.
The blog is updated daily with the majority of articles being posted by Mark Sisson, the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple. As well as the blog, Mark has also written several books on nutrition, workouts and fitness, and regularly talks at Primal Blueprint seminars.
Worlds Fittest keeps you regularly updated with articles on everything to do with fitness, from weight gain to weight loss and even a useful list of high quality supplement reviews.
If you are looking for new ways to help you build muscle then Worlds Fittest is frequently being updated with articles focussing mainly on diet, supplements and workout routines.
Lazy Girl Running
Whether you are passionate about running or just enjoy reading about someone that is, the Lazy Running Girl is definitely the blog for you.
The blog was created by Laura Fountain who as well as keeping the site regularly updated with interesting new articles has also written a book on her journey from novice runner to a runner of multiple marathons.
Whether you want to read about what it feels like to train and take part in cross country races, marathons, half-iron triathlons, 10k races and many other running events, this is a must read blog for 2014.
Born Fitness is a blog started by fitness editor, writer, and best-selling author Adam Bornstein.
After writing for a variety of leading publications including Men’s Health and the New York Times, Born Fitness was created as a way of bringing you fitness plans, diets, and recipes that simplify your life.