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 Oprah.com, and has a featured blog, "Fit For Life," on WeightWatchers.com. 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.

It's the million-dollar fitness question: Cardio before strength training or vice versa? And where do flexibility training and neuromotor exercise—which focus on skill-related components...

1207 shared this

Step up your game and sculpt a strong, sexy physique with this total-body, tennis-inspired workout that burns some serious calories. These multi-directional moves will boost your balance...

649 shared this

Not only are strong shoulders so important for the many activities we do in our daily lives, but who wouldn’t want to have svelte arms and sexy shoulders shine when sporting a sexy...

487 shared this

Each year the IDEA World Fitness Convention serves as a mecca for all things health- and exercise-oriented. Over the course of several days in Southern California, hundreds of...

652 shared this

The mantra “no pain, no gain” has long been present in the world of fitness. This misconception is quite commonly translated to mean if you’re not super sore the day after a workout,...

641 shared this

If you’ve been on a quest to build strong, svelte arms and are curious which exercise will best target your biceps, the American...

1875 shared this

Step out looking fabulous and feeling confident in that itsy bitsy bikini with this high-intensity, total-body workout that burns fat and torches major calories. These moves work all...

2467 shared this

You don’t need to be a trainer or any other type of fitness expert to determine what type of workout to do on any given day. Just follow this flowchart! By answering a few basic...

4387 shared this
Test your fitness and burn 12 calories a minute with these workouts of the day top coaches swear by
364 shared this

For some people, running on a treadmill for an hour sounds like a perfect way to break a sweat. For others the idea of basically trotting in place sounds like torture.

Being the...

848 shared this