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How To Nail 5 Important Pool Skills

<i>A step-by-step guide to nail five important pool skills.</i><p>Increasing your comfort level in a pool is a good way to become a more proficient open-water …

15-Minute BOSU Workouts for Better Balance

The BOSU Balance Trainer, invented by David Weck in 1999, was designed to help integrate balance training into all areas of fitness. The unique, …

Workouts

This Is The Single Best Upper-Body Exercise For Men. Are You Doing It?

<i>Add this one-move workout to your routine for a bigger, stronger, and more athletic body. (Photo: Thinkstock)</i><p>Ask me for an upper-body workout, and …

5 Research-Backed Habits of People Who Never Skip a Workout

The first few weeks of a new fitness routine, you couldn’t be more stoked. You practically pop out of bed to hit the gym—rain or shine, snow or …

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6 Rowing Machine Mistakes You Might Be Making (And How to Fix Them)

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>Not sure how to work out on a rowing machine without looking like a total fish out of water? It's easy to make mistakes when using a rower, officially known as an "ergometer," the first couple of times. But you'd be crazy to avoid the machine altogether out of …

2,000-Meter Rowing Challenge

If you can learn to do that, you’ll make real and lasting breakthroughs—because once your mind is strong, the physical part is easy.<p><b>The 2,000-Meter Crucible</b><p><b></b>My favorite way to test—and build—a person’s psychological will is to set a rowing machine for 2,000 meters and have him go for time.<p>It works …

6 Bad Swim Practice Habits You Should Break Now

It was Serbia’s Milorad (Mike) Cavic in the 100m butterfly.<p>Phelps would come back to win in a time of 50.58, out-touching Cavic by 1/100th of a …

Swimming

Can You Really Eat All the Fat You Want?

Scientists say yes, but of course there's a catch.<p>Desperate for the creamy goodness inside that bowl of guac? Well, today's your lucky day. Thanks to new research by the American Medical Association, dietary fat is no longer the bogeyman it once was, and a lot of fatty foods, including fish, nuts, …

Nutrition

21 Vegan Barbecue Staples That'll Make Any Cookout An Herbivore's Delight

Just because you don't eat meat products doesn't mean you have to suffer through a vacuous frozen veggie burger while everyone else at the summer barbecue chows down on hot, delicious grill food.<p>You, dear vegan, deserve the very best. And, as it happens, the very best cookout foods are often vegan. …

The IRONMAN Beginner's Bike Gear Checklist

This foolproof checklist for bike training and racing will free up your headspace to focus on getting fit.<p>Aside from Herculean hard work and …

3 Simple Ways to Improve Running Efficiency

Want to run faster while using less energy? Here’s how to train your body to be a more efficient machine.<p><i>Jacklyn asks:</i> <i>I’ve been running for about two years now, and I want to improve my running efficiency. I follow a program that has plenty of variety (tempo, hills, long run, cycling), but I’d love</i> …

6 TriggerPoint Foam Rolling Tips

When TriggerPoint recently came out with its firmest foam roller yet, the GRID X, I have to admit I kind of winced. Ever since I suffered an overuse …

The Complete Guide to Running Your First Marathon

In the marathon origin story, Pheidippides runs from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message of victory and then promptly dies. We’ve come a long way …

The 2015 Swim/Bike/Run Gear I Use List

It’s that time of year again – the “Swim/Bike/Run Gear I use List!”. Well, ok, it was that time of year like 8 months ago, but life got in the way. …

Smart Ways to Make Intervals Seem Easier

New approaches, backed by research, will make these powerful performance boosters feel less painful<p>It’s a no-brainer that intervals can make you faster on your bike, but these all-out efforts leave many cyclists begging for mercy. Now it appears that those pleas have been answered. Two …

Here’s Proof The Rock Does Not Skip Leg Day

<i>The Rock does not skip leg day. Ever.</i><p>Two weeks ago, we gave you details of The Rock’s legendary diet, which included 10 pounds of food every day and 800 pounds of cod every year. In short, the man eats like a bear preparing for hibernation, shoving as much food into his mouth as possible.<p>But …

Bike Fit: Here’s What You Need to Know to Make Riding More Comfortable

So you just bought a bike. Or you’re about to. And now you find out that maybe you should pay even more money to make sure it fits. Sounds like a lot, but don’t dismiss the idea: A bike fit is designed to ensure your bike fits you properly, which means it could be the key to loving that bike even …

Profit

Back on Track

Fallen out of your regular running routine? How to stage a strong comeback.<p>Even the most devoted runners can get sidetracked from their routine by crazy deadlines, long-awaited vacations, or (worse) nagging injuries. But rather than fret over how long it's going to take you to return to speed, it's …

Your Bike Pedal Guide

Simple tips to buy, use, and maintain the mechanisms beneath your feet<p><b>Think Quality</b> <br>Most of us don’t need the priciest pedals. But when you spend even $50 more than the cheapest model available, you upgrade from lower-quality steel alloy to stainless or titanium, giving you a stronger pedal that’s …

10 Tips to Better Mountain Bike Handling - Part 1

My name is Lee, and I like bikes. I’ve had the privilege of teaching riding skills to thousands of riders of all levels, and I want to share some of …

The 25 Best Abs Exercises

Refresh your workout with these ab exercises<p>Nothing says fit like a washboard stomach. But scoring high-definition abs isn't as easy as cranking out crunch after crunch. To sculpt a stronger, more chiseled core, you need the best ab workout to work the two dozen muscles between your hips and your …

The Best Swim Technique for Open Water

This key technique lies at the core of successful open-water swimming. Here's how to perfect it.<p><i>by Terry Laughlin</i><p>Last summer I marked the 40th …

The 25 Golden Rules of Running

Time-tested, universally accepted axioms of the sport.<p>In most cases, these rules started out as a lightbulb over one runner’s head. After a while, that runner told a few running buddies (probably during a long run), word spread, and before you know it, coaches were testing it, sports scientists …

The Best Stretch for Every Body Part

<b>Feet</b><p>You probably don’t ever consider stretching your feet, but it’s a crucial step in the warmup process, says Stauffer. The muscles in the bottom of your foot connect to the ones in your calf and hamstring. So tightness by your toes can potentially contribute to things like poor ankle …

Safely Improve Your Shoulder Strength And Mobility!

Vital Stats<p><b>Name:</b> Jon-Erik Kawamoto, CSCS, CEP <b><br>Occupation:</b> Personal Trainer & Fitness Writer <b><br>Website:</b> JKConditioning.com<p>What do the bench press, …

To Burn Fat Fast, Sprint, Recover, and Repeat

Wanna know why your gut still jiggles despite hours of ercise? It's all that tedious, molasses-pace jogging. If you want to go shirtless by Memorial Day and cut your workout time in half, say good-bye to five-mile runs and hello to high-intensity interval training<p>You know what's the best part of …

Exercise

Workout Gloves for Rowing and Spades - 2 Killer Rowing Workouts

You may not think about getting a pair of workout gloves for rowing but professional rowing athletes wouldn't think twice about NOT wearing them. …

The Only 30 Yoga Poses You Really Need to Know

Although it's an ancient practice, yoga has become the exercise du jour in recent years. Everyone from A-list celebs to your coworkers are getting …