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The Best Workout You Can Do When You Can't Hit the Gym

You won't need a single piece of equipment<p>This workout from Bobby Maximus, trainer and author of the <i>Maximus Body</i> from <i>Men's Health</i>, is proof that you don't need a gym, heavy-duty equipment—or even basic equipment—to get in a heart-pumping, fat-melting workout.<p>"The 10 to 1 is one of my go-to …

Chisel Your Core With This Glute And Hamstring Workout

If you want shredded abs, you can't overlook your hips and glutes<p>If you are looking for a strong and shredded core and increased athletic performance, the hips and glutes cannot be overlooked. "Hip stability is a crucial aspect for both high performance and general health," says Andy Speer, creator …

Why You Should Not Be Running - Mark Rippetoe

If you are a competitive distance runner or cyclist who is serious about your sport, this article has not been written for you. This highly …

Muscle

12 Plank Variations For A Rock Solid Core

istock<p>There's no doubt that 'the plank' is one of the best core exercises on the planet. But for many of us, endless sets at the end of each and …

Workouts

The Elimination Workouts: 3 routines that reconstruct your body

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just pick and point where you wanted to cut body fat from your body? It would! But unfortunately it’s not exactly …

Exercise

The 7 Best Exercises to Sculpt Eye-Catching Abs

A six-pack brings all the girls to the yard… but core strength can change your life. “The core is composed of much more than just the abs,” explains …

Why You Should Never Do the Russian Twist

These alternative exercises are better for your back and your physique<p>A guy’s awareness of his muscles has a simple progression. You start with what you see in the mirror: biceps, chest, shoulders, six pack. You quickly realize there’s also some interesting stuff on the other side: lats, traps, …

4 Pushup Mistakes You’re Making

99 percent of guys actually suck at the pushup. Here’s the right way to do it<p>There’s no denying the many benefits of the pushup. Not only is it a fantastic exercise to target the pecs, deltoids, and triceps, but it’s also much more of a <i>full-body</i> movement than people give it credit for. Numerous …

The 12-Minute Leg Workout You Can Do At Home

No equipment needed<p>You don’t need loaded barbells for a great leg workout. Case in point: This lower-body routine, inspired by the <i>Men’s Health</i> METASHRED EXTREME fitness program, uses just your bodyweight.<p>The complex has you mix between three different squat stances: parallel, staggered, and split. …

32 Weight Plate Exercises

Introducing your new favorite way to build total-body strength and muscle<p>Weight plates are made for barbells—or so you thought.<p>In the video above, <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour demos 32 ways to use plates sans bar. He shows you how to build total-body muscle and strength by chopping, …

The 20-Minute Kettlebell Shred

With one kettlebell and enough room to swing it, you can get an awesome metabolic workout<p>A new study in the <i>Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research</i> shows that the length of workouts doesn’t matter. The Danish researchers compared nine shorter sessions to three longer ones, and found absolutely …

The Best Exercises for Your Shoulders

Why Your Shoulders Are Still Puny

It takes more than presses and lateral raises to develop wide, thick, impressive shoulders. A lot more. Here’s how you can do it<p>To understand how to build bigger shoulders than you have now, consider this story from Ellington Darden, Ph.D., a former competitive bodybuilder who’s written so many …

The Exercise Combo That Will Make You Feel Loose and Strong

Want to improve your mobility and build total-body strength? Then do these two crazy movements together<p>If you’re not mobile, you can’t use your strength. And if you’re not strong, you can’t be mobile, says David Jack, owner of ActivPrayer in Phoenix, Arizona, and co-creator of the <i>Men’s Health</i> <b>Body</b> …

3 Tricks That Will Give You Incredible Triceps

Many popular triceps exercises can cause injury. Use these awesome—and safe—techniques to hammer the back of your arms and carve chiseled horseshoes<p>If you want your arms to be in permanent beast mode, than show some love to your triceps. When its well-defined, the muscle forms a large horse-shoe …

The Secret to Doing a Single-Arm Pushup

Find out if you have the shoulder and core stability needed to master this exercise<p>The single-arm pushup is not only an impressive feat of strength, it’s also a great party trick.<p>In fact, the <i>MH</i> staff watched Noah Galloway, winner of the <b>Ultimate Men’s Health Guy</b> and a finalist on <i>Dancing with the</i> …

11 Brutal Exercises You Love to Hate (But Really Love)

Relationship status: It’s complicated. These grueling exercises are super difficult and draining, but they you keep coming back for more<p>The safety squat bar—or SSB—has built-in padding around the neck and shoulders. In fact, the two-pronged piece of equipment resembles a travel pillow attached to a …

Undo Hours of Sitting with This Exercise

Improve your posture and build more muscle with this upgraded glute bridge<p>As an antidote to the negative effects of sitting all day, trainers often recommend adding the glute bridge to your workout routine. And while that’s a good idea, David Jack, one of the co-creators of <i>Men’s Health</i> newest …

The 5-Minute Ab Workout You Need to Try

Add this core-shredding finisher to the end of your next sweat session<p>Check out the abs on Andy Speer, winner of <b>Men's Health Next Top Trainer</b> and creator of the new fitness DVD <b>The Anarchy Workout</b>, in the photo above. He keeps his eight-pack chiseled with fast-paced core finishers like the one in …

The Treadmill Torcher

These lung-busting sprint intervals will test your mettle<p>While jogging on a treadmill is mostly an exercise in willpower, sprinting on one is a true test of your muscles and lungs. "It takes an insane amount of strength and cardiovascular fitness to do it," says Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of <b>The</b> …

5 Plank Exercises That Work More Than Just Your Abs!

The plank may be the ultimate core-building exercise, but here's how you can make it so much more than that<p>The plank can strengthen your core, fix poor posture, and reduce lower-back pain. But as you’re hovering there, why not make the move do double duty? These five awesome plank variations …

The Running Test You Should Be Able to Pass

It’s simple, but by no means easy. How do you stack up compared to the average guy?<p>Back in grade school, you ran one mile for the President's Challenge Physical Fitness Test to show how aerobically fit you were. As an adult, you’re lucky if sprinting on the basketball court or chasing your kids …

The First Workout You Must Do after a Vacation

Your rest and relaxation is over. Here’s the right way to dive headfirst into your normal workout routine again<p>Every guy deserves a vacation—even from the gym. While a short break from your normal routine won’t make your gains completely disappear, the first workout after time away can be …