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.

A staple upper-body exercise, the barbell bench press can be performed with the hands either slightly wider than or slightly less than shoulder-width apart to work different muscles.

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With nearly 10 million CrossFitters worldwide—60 percent of whom are women—

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Prehab may seem like something that’s only important for athletes who make a living off of their physical talents and abilities, but if you want to prevent injuries (and the subsequent...

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If you’re in the market to strengthen and sculpt your lower body while also functionally preparing for the activities of everyday life—like walking and climbing up stairs—the lunge...

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With the notion of boosting fitness in just four short minutes, it’s no surprise that...

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If you’re looking for creative ways to train smarter, not longer, look no further than some of the workout of the day (WOD) formats commonly used in CrossFit.

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With an ever-increasing number of mud run races across the country, it’s clear that this fun way of being active is resonating with people of all different fitness levels.

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Instead of buying a medicine ball, dumbbell, and kettlebell, save money and buy the one piece of equipment that combines all three: a...

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