My Must-Have Favorites

I am the epitome of brand loyalty when it comes to products I love. When I find something that makes my life easier, tastier, or comfier – you bet your bottom dollar I’m obsessing over it and telling all of my friends. Instagram is littered with sponsored content and influencers smiling next to teeth whiteners…

When It’s Scary, Do It

Fear is something we innately avoid. We use fear as an indicator of “no-no.” Giant fuzzy poisonous spider? No-no. Hurtling yourself from a plane in a squirrel suit? No-no. Asking the really cute coffee barista for his number? No-no. Running from fear is logical. Not only logical, it’s biological. But when it comes to your…

5 Common Fitness Mistakes

Mistakes are inevitable and failure is how you learn. Honestly, I’ve been making mistakes in the gym and in my nutrition for YEARS. Thanks to the Internet, and social media, it’s easier than ever to learn from others and improve every day. Here are 5 fitness mistakes I commonly see (and may have been guilty…

Therapy: Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Therapy. It’s a word that makes most people cringe. It’s one of those things we don’t openly talk about because it’s “embarrassing.” No one (*almost no one) wants to admit they’ve actually paid money to sit in a room and tell a stranger about what they’re facing. People don’t like to ask for help. Our…

4 Reasons You’re Not Losing Fat

Good morning beautiful people! Today I have an extra special treat brought to you by my good friend Christy. Christy has her B.A. in Movement and Exercise Science and Marketing. She’s a certified personal trainer and health/fitness blogger. Follow her here: @Christye.livefit Today she shares with us 4 reasons you might not be seeing the…

Mindset Shift: Embracing Enough

What you think in your mind you manifest in your life. For instance, can you remember a time when you or your friend bought a new car? Maybe it was a VW Beetle, and all of a sudden you started seeing Beetles everywhere you went. It’s like the second that specific car became relevant to…

Kail’s Workout Commandments

Never skip a warm-up: get your heart rate up and your blood pumping through your entire body. Stick to dynamic stretches (jumps, skips, hops, etc.) as opposed to static stretches (holds). Warm-ups are crucial to proper muscle activation and injury prevention. Write it down: whether you have a workout journal or use your phone –…

10 Quotes To Live By

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas Edison “Love your freaking life. Take pictures of everything. Tell people you love them. Talk to random strangers. Do things that scare you. Screw it, because so many of us die and…

Taco Breakfast Scramble

Breakfast is my thang, but ya’ll already knew that. Why do I have a love affair with the first (and best!) meal of the day? Because there are so many options: waffles, pancakes, eggs, toast, burritos, bowls, oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, etc. The list could go on and on. My ideal breakfast is full of…

Do More Of What You Hate

When I work with clients or train with friends, the one movement I hear people repeatedly complain about is the burpee. “I HATE BURPEES!!!!” Is usually how the conversation goes. That used to be me, except with push-ups. I don’t know why I hated them so much but just the idea of them annoyed me….

KISS: The Only Diet Advice You’ll Ever Need

Keep it simple, silly. (The true acronym actually uses “stupid” but ya’ll aren’t stupid.) When it comes to nutrition, and health in general, we love to overcomplicate: juice cleanses, fad diets, meal replacement shakes, intricate food tracking, IIFYM, fasting, skinny teas… you get the picture. For some, these may be the answer. For most, they’re…

1-Hour Full Body Workout

Recently I’ve been doing more “full body” workouts as opposed to “splits” (breaking the body up into “days” or “parts”). My reasoning being: I feel more accomplished afterward, I sweat more — always a plus, and full body workouts are oftentimes more exciting. So, if you’re like me and starting this Monday off without a…

Winter Driving Guide

Snow, ice, and grimy sludge all make driving in the winter a complete and utter mess. Now I know what you’re thinking, “What is a winter driving guide doing on SideOfKail?” Well let me tell you a little story… Exactly 5 years ago today I was driving home, from the car mechanic, when I flipped…

3 Habits That Changed My Life

Habits — they’re hard to make and hard to break. The good habits though, once worked continuously into your routine, can change your life. They make everything easier and add value to every day. I’d love to hear what habits you swear by, so please drop them in the comments below. But for now, here are the…

What’s The Deal With Pre Workout?

It seems like everybody uses supplements these days — pre workout, protein powder, BCAAs, creatine… the list could go on and on. Today I’m focusing on a supplement I’ve used off and on for the past 4 years: Pre workout. Obviously, as the name implies, this is a product you take prior to working out…

Shredded Back Workout

Hey ya’ll! Today I teamed up with my good friend Lindsey Rago to bring you an absolutely EXHAUSTING AND EFFECTIVE back workout. A few months ago Lindsey packed up her things and moved to LA (raise your hand if your jealous!) *raises hand* She’s been killing it ever since. If you give this workout a try…

Complete Lower Body Workout

Woohooo! It’s Friday *happy dance* Which means it’s time for my absolute favorite day… LEG DAY Grab your water bottle and some good tunes — it’s going to be a tough one. Today we’re focusing on the entire leg and of course, the booty. It’s important to work both the quads and the hammies to…

7 Steps To A Bigger Booty

I get this question at least once a week: Kaili, how can I grow a bigger butt? And although the answer isn’t that simple, there are steps you can take to perk up your peach. I’m no booty queen, but this is what’s worked for me. And please, like always, do your own research and…

Unwrapped Egg Rolls

I. Love. Egg. Rolls. And I cannot lie. However, my belly doesn’t love fried foods. So that usually results in me skipping out on the glorious goodness that is the fried egg roll. NOT ANYMORE. This recipe changed my life. It’s a new staple in my meal prep routine and I thought I’d share it with…

Your Top 5 Hair Problems Solved

Did you know, hair is one of the fastest growing tissues in the body — the only thing that grows faster is bone marrow. Oh, and you have approximately 100,000 to 150,000 strands of hair on your head… so it’s kind of a big deal! Which is why I reached out to Chloe Olson, a…

5 Steps To Loving Your Body

Look in the mirror. Right now. Lift up your shirt, do a little twirl, and really look. What do you see? How do you feel? What words are coursing through your mind as you stare your body down, just the two of you? 91% of girls are unhappy with their bodies, according to DoSomething.org. That’s…

True Friends: What They Look Like

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a good friend. It’s easy to go through the motions of daily life and forget to put any real effort into keeping friendships healthy and thriving. Recently I was telling a story to someone and they got visibly excited over my news (which…

Workout From Anywhere

You don’t need a fancy gym or tons of equipment to whip your body into shape and get your sweat on. In fact, there are plenty of ways to build muscle, increase endurance, and feel good about yourself, right from the comfort of your own home (or hotel room… or really anywhere!) When I find…

Single On Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is this week, and if you’re one of the 124 million single Americans, this holiday can be anything but romantic. It’s full of happy couples, hearts full of chocolate, and a slew of sappy social media posts that make you want to roll your eyes and scarf down a pint of Ben and…

Guilt Free Chocolate Mug Cake

You know those nights where you’re craving something yummy like really, really bad? This is the recipe for those nights — or any night… or every night? Be ready to be amazed. Ingredients: 1 ripe banana 1 tbsp. cocoa powder 1 egg 2-3 sliced strawberries Peanut butter – 1 tbsp. Water Instructions: Blend together banana,…

What’s On Your Dream List?

On a plain white piece of copy paper, hanging on my whiteboard, I have a “Dream List.” What the heck is a dream list, you may ask? It’s a list of the places I want to go, the things I want to do, the accomplishments I want to accomplish, and the fears I want to…