Caught in the Web

From Flabby to Fit!

The World Wide Web is a resource rich in dieting secrets, fitness tips and workout routines.


by Laura Emery, Field Editor 


After months of wet, wintry weather, the long sweaters and heavy coats are tucked away and out come the shorts, sandals, sarongs and swimsuits. Sandals get skimpier, shorts and shirts get shorter, swimsuits get showier. The world begins to embrace the unveiling of skin after months of cover and concealment.

Though being comfortable and confident in your own skin — flabby or fit, young or old, short or tall — should have nothing to do with how buff your biceps are or how thin your thighs are, a few lunges and a couple of jumping jacks can do wonders for your health and self-image.

One of the fitness world’s untapped resources is the Internet and its fitness-focused websites. For those who fear flaunting their not-so-fabulous flab or are simply too busy to get to the gym, there are many websites that feature workout routines people can do in the privacy of their own homes. So, if your crunches are crooked or your weightlifting wobbly, nobody will be the wiser.

The World Wide Web gives you access to a wide assortment of dieting secrets, fitness tips and workout routines, as well as informative articles on everything from conquering crunches to cutting carbohydrates.

The First In Fitness ( articles/fitness-exercise) is a hugely popular website that focuses on fitness and dieting. One of its greatest services is the email newsletter, where you can sign up to get a daily dose of fitness and diet techniques and tips, as well as entertaining articles and columns.

Workout Central’s Workout Center has it all.

Visit for everything from the 10-minute vacation workout to the pyramid upper-body workout. The information is divided into such categories as strength training, circuit training, abs, cardio workouts, weight loss, nutrition, fitness tools, careers in fitness, and fitness gear.

Yearning for Yoga

More and more athletes and average exercisers are turning to yoga, the ancient Indian meditative technique of twists, stretches and poses, in order to slim their shape and relax the mind, body, and soul.

The Yoga Journal ( is dedicated to the qualities that yoga exemplifies, including peace, integrity, clarity and compassion. You can sign up for a free weekly newsletter, try the featured pose, correspond with yoga experts, find yoga poses, and learn yoga basics.

Another highly rated yoga website is The Yoga Site ( This general guide outlines the various forms of yoga, helps users find a yoga teacher, and offers yoga books for sale.

At, you can learn the basic techniques for correct breathing, chanting, stretching and relaxing.

A Guy Thing is a great website for men who are determined to beef up their biceps and achieve a rock-hard summer body through intense weight training.

Men’s Health ( is an all-around great resource for men of all ages, but it’s also a good place to go for men’s fitness information. Currently featured: build a beach-ready body, The Home Workout Bible, and how to bust off the beer belly in just four weeks.

Mostly For the Ladies

Shape Magazine ( is a great place for step-by-step exercise instructions. Get weight-loss advice, beauty secrets and exercise tips from this health and fitness magazine. has informative articles, and you can choose from a large selection of toning and strength-building routines designed for women and men.

No Train, No Gain

For in-depth reviews of the top personal-training websites, be sure to check out Top fitness websites like Gym America, Changing Shape, Fast Track To Fat Loss, Train With Me Online, Free Trainers, iTRAIN,, Workouts For You, Gyminee, and ABC of Fitness are reviewed by the site’s editors. An excerpt of the review for Gym America: “Just looking at Gym America’s high-powered homepage, emblazoned with images of heaving muscles, sweaty, toned flesh and red, white and blue text may well be enough to make the flabby and un-American amongst us feel slightly intimidated. Make no mistake, this is a no-nonsense fitness website that aims to get results, fast. It does so by taking the very latest computer technology and medical know-how and applying them to your specific fitness needs and goals.”  


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