Jessica Matthews

Jessica Matthews is assistant professor of exercise science at Miramar College. As a leading fitness expert, writer, and educator, Jessica is a regular contributor to numerous publications including CNN, USA Today, and, and has a featured blog, "Fit For Life," on She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education teacher education from Coastal Carolina University and a master’s degree in physical education from Canisius College. She is also a certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as well as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) through Yoga Alliance and a trained stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga instructor.

Prior to teaching at Miramar College, Jessica worked full-time ACE, serving in a number of key roles including exercise physiologist, certification director, and senior health and fitness editor. Her past work experience also includes serving as aquatics director at Conway Medical Wellness and Fitness Center in South Carolina, and designing health and physical education curriculum for grades K-12.

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Step up your workout by training the same way your favorite athletes do: with total-body moves that test everything from your flexibility to your agility. By blending the health-related...

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So you're standing at the weight rack, eyeing everything from 1 lb handweights to barbells, kettlebells, and more. Don't just grab something at random—what you lift has a significant...

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