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The Hardest Bodyweight Workout You’ll Ever Do

This routine’s 2:1 work-to-rest ratio optimizes both your workout and post-workout calorie burn, says the Men’s Health Fitness Director<p>Last week, <i>Men’s Health</i> published a story called “The Workout That Burns 346 Calories In 13 Minutes.”<p>The article was based on new research from North Dakota State …

The 7-Move Upper-Body Upgrade

Target your shoulders and upper chest with this V-shape workout<p>The V-shaped torso is a magical thing.<p>Put two guys with the same amount of muscle and fat on their frames next to one another, and the one with the broader shoulders and slimmer waist will <i>always</i> look more athletic.<p>And the wider your …

The No-Equipment, Total-Body Workout You Can Cram Into 13 Minutes

Build strength and muscle from head to toe with this highly efficient routine<p>This is not your basic bodyweight workout.<p>The routine, created by <i>Men’s Health</i> Next Top Trainer Gideon Akande, uses twists on conventional exercises like squats, pushups, and lunges to challenge your body in a whole new way.<p>…

Why People Happily Spend Money on Snacks, Smartphones, and Slot Machines--But Not Coaching or Therapy.

I recently entered my 29th year of practice in the field of emotional health.<p>Through the decades, I've seen a number of things change--hairstyles, clothing trends, music, cars, technology, and communication preferences.<p><b>One thing hasn't changed, though.</b><p>Today--as always--many people are fine with …

How to Do Low Lateral Squat Switches

Perform the stretch for 2 to 5 minutes before your workout to warm up, start sweating, and prime your muscles<p>This stretch pulls triple duty: It mobilizes your groin, builds muscle, and burns calories.<p>It’s called the low lateral squat switch, and you can watch <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour …

How to Build Bigger Quads Without a Leg Extension Machine

Build quads of the gods with these two natural leg extension exercises<p>One of the best ways to build bigger, stronger quadriceps: the leg extension machine. It zeros in on your quadriceps by preventing other muscles from helping.<p>But what happens when you don’t have a leg extension machine available? …

2 Strength Exercises Every Runner Should Do

Before you step out on the road or trail, build power and strength in your hip flexors, quads, and glutes with these exercises<p>Want to kick asphalt? Then you need these runner’s lunges and stepups in your gym routine.<p>“They not only improve running mechanics, but they strengthen your hip flexors, …

The Most Effective Abs and Quads Workout You’ll Ever Do

It’s also the most efficient, clocking in at 15 minutes<p>Less is more when it comes to building muscle and burning fat.<p>Take this abs and quad workout from <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, shown in the video above. It’s 15 minutes long and boasts one move, the dumbbell lunge. It’s really that …

7 Full-Body Workouts to Jumpstart Your Week

At the start of the new year, we found ourselves reaffirming our health and food goals and knocking out our fitness resolutions. Now that we’re a few weeks into the new year, we’re remembering just how hard it can be to squeeze regular exercise into our plans. Fortunately, there are sweat sessions …

Fitness

The Right Way to Do the Arnold Press

Here’s how to maximize shoulder growth during this overhead press variation<p>If you want bolder shoulders, take a page from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s training book. The bodybuilder’s unique twist on the overhead press is so effective at spurring muscle growth that the exercise was named after …

The 5-Minute Workout That’s So Tough We Call It a ‘Death Set’

Calories won’t survive these 5-minute workouts. Will you?<p>This 5-minute workout will bring you to your knees.<p>Unlike the average strength training session where you spend about 15 to 30 seconds working at a time, this routine requires you to work 5 minutes straight. That’s why I call it a “Death Set.”<p>…

Exercise

The All-New Indoor Cardio Workout That Revs Your Metabolism

Fry fat fast with this 10- to 20-minute bodyweight workout<p>You could ski or trail run for your next winter cardio workout.<p>Or you can avoid the cold altogether and do this indoor equipment-free workout from <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour.<p>The split jack mimics cross-country skiing, and …

Crush Your Fitness Resolutions from Home with These 13 Effective Workouts

The gym is WAY too packed this time of year.<p>Whether you hit up the gym on the reg to use the weight room, take a cycling class, or hop on the elliptical, there's a good chance you'll find yourself wondering, "<i>Where the hell did all these people come from?!"</i> this month. Happy New Year, …

The 5 Exercises Every Guy Should Master

Before you do another rep, make sure you’re an expert on these movements first<p>I know the best way to train my body. But this knowledge took almost two decades to accumulate.<p>So when I look back on my first workout ever, I cringe.<p>There are so many things I would do differently. If I had known back …

Reveal Your Abs with the Belly Fat Inferno

Packed gym? No problem. All you need is a pair of kettlebells for this 22-minute sweat session

The Bodybuilding Superset That Packs on Serious Upper-Body Muscle

Here’s how to achieve an epic chest and back pump<p>If you want to get bigger up top, then you need to stick with the basics: the pushup and the bent-over row.<p>This push-pull pairing is a classic bodybuilding technique that has withstood the test of time.<p>Load up a barbell. Choose a weight that you can …

The One-Dumbbell Workout For Bigger Arms

This high-volume workout will upsize your arms in under 10 minutes a day<p>Muscles respond to both heavy weights and high volume.<p>When you’re talking about arm muscles, though, there’s only so much weight you can use on biceps curls and triceps extensions without screwing up your form and putting your …

Body Fat

The Complex That Firebombs Fat in Just 5 Minutes

Incinerate belly fat at the end of your workout with this metabolic finisher<p>A complex is one of the fastest ways to burn fat. You never have to put down the weights, so you move non-stop from exercise to exercise with zero rest.<p><b>Related:</b> The Anarchy Workout From <i>Men’s Health</i>: 2 Dumbbells, 30 Minutes, …

Winter fitness: try EMOM, a full body blast in just 20 minutes

Christmas is a time for mince pies and indulgence, right? But what about your health? There’s one workout that is perfect for the festive season because it works the entire body without requiring excessive amounts of time or thought.<p>The fitness experts call it EMOM, standing for every minute, on …

Health

22 Kickass Bootcamp Exercises That Will Destroy Your Spare Tire

Use them to create your own high-intensity metabolic bootcamp workout<p><i>Men’s Health</i> Next Top Trainer Gideon Akande is known in Chicago for his high-intensity metabolic bootcamp classes—and now he’s showing you how to create them, too.<p>Check out his favorite bootcamp moves in the video above. Then pick …

The ‘Squat Jackup’ May Be Your New Favorite Cardio Workout

This 3-exercise bodyweight flow will burn a ton of calories and help you get in great shape<p>Whether you’re stuck inside, you’re on the road, or you absolutely can’t stand pounding the pavement, you’ll love this no-run cardio complex.<p><i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director calls it the “squat jackup,” and it …

Can’t Get to the Gym Today? Try the Home Workout from Hell

You’ll do more work and burn more fat in 30 minutes than you normally do at the gym<p>Think it’s pointless to work out if you can’t make it to the gym?<p>Then you’ve never tried my Home Workout from Hell. (Note: It’s just as hellish in a hotel room.)<p><b>Related:</b> RIPTENSITY: The New Training System From <i>Men’s</i> …

3 Ways to Use the Band Pull-Apart during Your Next Workout

You'll strengthen your mid and upper back, improve your posture, and bulletproof your shoulders<p>The band pull-apart is a simple exercise, but a genius one, too, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour, who demonstrates the move in the video above.<p>That’s because the movement strengthens the …

Pump Up Your Biceps, Triceps, and Shoulders with the Triple Crush

Your arms will never look bigger or feel stronger<p>Looking for a good arm workout?<p>You could hit your biceps with some curls, then your shoulders with the overhead press, and finally your triceps with a few extensions.<p><b>Related:</b> RIPTENSITY—Fast Bodyweight Workouts From <i>Men’s Health</i> That Are So Intense, …

The 10-Minute Workout That Will Fry Your Abs

This plank jack complex will crush calories and carve your core<p>The plank strengthens the dozens of muscles between your shoulders and hips.<p>But if you jack your feet in and out as you do it, the plank suddenly becomes so much more than just a core builder.<p>The quick movement of your feet provides a …

The Do-Anywhere Zero-Excuse Bodyweight Burner

It only takes 12 minutes to complete, and it'll chisel, stretch, and challenge your muscles<p>Excuses beget more excuses—especially when it comes to skipping a sweat session.<p>It’s proven by science: Missing just one workout increases your odds of missing another (and another) by 61 percent, according …

15 Amazing No-Equipment Workouts

For when you have zero desire to step outside<p>We totally get it: When it’s pouring rain or temps are at Arctic levels, the last thing you want to do is head to the gym. But if you’ve made big fitness resolutions for 2014, skipping workouts because you’d rather curl up on the couch with hot chocolate …

9 Butt Exercises for a Super-Toned Tush

Yeah, you squat. But aren’t you ready to mix it up a bit?

6 Habits to Chisel a Solid 6 Pack

Use these simple tips to finally reveal your abs once and for all<p>If you can't see your abs, don't assume it's because you're missing out on a magical abdominal exercise or secret supplement. Blame your mindset.<p>You see, losing belly flab is a boring process. It requires time, hard work, and most …

The Workout So Fast and Fun You Won’t Notice It’s Cardio

Blast fat without going anywhere near a treadmill, elliptical, or rowing machine<p>Cardio doesn’t have to make you feel like a hamster on a wheel. Robert dos Remedios, C.S.C.S., head strength and conditioning coach for California’s College of the Canyons, uses fast-paced, metabolic dumbbell circuits …