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The Only 4 Exercises You Really Need

I do my best to exercise 5 to 6 times a week, but there are days when I simply cannot pull myself out of bed in time to sweat before work, or when I'm traveling and my normal routine is completely thrown off track. Instead of completely scrapping my routine, I’ll try and squeeze in a few bodyweight …

The Simple Way to Activate More Muscle During Your Favorite Exercises

If you can travel a little farther every rep, you can maximize your strength and muscle gains<p>This total-body muscle-building circuit includes the sumo deadlift, decline pushup, Bulgarian split squat, kettlebell swing, and calf raise.<p>You may have done the standard version of these movements …

Workouts

A Killer Core Workout for Cyclists Who Hate Crunches

Fantastic news for crunch-haters: doing this short core workout just once a week gives you the same strength benefits as doing it two or three times weekly.<p>This 10-minute routine will work the key muscles that can improve your power and endurance in the saddle. Do 12 reps of each move, one after …

The 70 Best Bodyweight Exercises to Seek and Destroy Fat

Use these cardio movements to wipe out calories and get seriously lean<p>What happens when you ask <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director how he burns fat fast?<p>He answers your question with this video—a compilation of his favorite 70 bodyweight cardio exercises.<p><b>Related</b>: METASHRED EXTREME—the Ultimate Fitness …

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The Lunge That Smokes Your Hips and Thighs

If you’re not already doing this lunge variation, you need to start today<p>For wheels of steels, lunges are a must. They build single-leg strength and stability, and a lean-looking lower body.<p>But if you want to kick up the intensity level a few notches, then do threaded lunges. They’ll improve your …

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The Better Way to Do Bicycle Crunches

Instantly upgrade this old-school abs exercise by adding a bench. Here's how to program it into your workout<p>You’ve probably done bicycle crunches before—but have you ever done them on a bench?<p>Performing the exercise while elevated allows your legs to move more freely and your hips to travel through …

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The Phenomenal Fat-Burning Swing-and-Squat Workout

This power couple will light your muscles on fire<p>Barack and Michelle, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and Bill and Melinda are some of our favorite power couples.<p>But now <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour wants to add a new duo to the list: the swing and the squat.<p>“In their own right, the swing and the …

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How to Do 100 Deadlifts Non-Stop

This variation of the strongman move promotes serious fat loss and muscle growth<p>Ever watch a Strongman competition on TV? It starts with huge guys picking up something super heavy from the floor. They deadlift.<p>And that’s exactly what I want you to do today. But I’m not talking about your standard …

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The Stretch You Need to Do Every Time You Squat

Add this to your leg day warmup for serious gains<p>Your quads and hip flexors are probably tight.<p>How do we know? These areas are stiff on most guys due to all the chair time we log.<p>Here’s why that’s a problem: This restricted range of motion thwarts your gains at the gym. You won’t be able to produce …

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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 …

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Build a Bigger, Stronger Back with This 55-Rep Row Ladder

We hope your back muscles are ready, because they're about to get absolutely hammered<p>The dumbbell row is one of the oldest and most effective ways to build muscle in your upper back. But the bent-over row ladder takes the old staple to an entirely new level. With this routine, you can target your …

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The One Exercise You Should Do Before Every Single Workout

It'll open up your hips, ankles, and upper back, and activate your core and glutes—all so you can perform your best<p>Warmups are important. They improve your range of motion, reduce your risk of injury, and prime your muscles so that you can perform at your absolute best.<p>But what if we told you that …

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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> …

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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 …

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Max Minute Meltdowns

This fat-loss workout is unlike anything you’ve ever seen<p>If you want to lose fat fast, you need to maximize your entire workout. Every. Single. Minute.<p>So <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour created the Max Minute Meltdown workout. It’s designed so that you can go all-out from start to finish …

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The Squatzilla Challenge: Your Leg Day Nightmare

100 reps, 10 minutes. Good luck . . .<p>Doing 100 goblet squats is hard.<p>Doing them while holding a dumbbell or kettlebell that’s half your body weight can be an absolute nightmare.<p>And doing that nightmare in 10 minutes or less is the Squatzilla challenge, created by <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. …

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The Maniacal Way to Do Mountain Climbers

Use this variation to push your exercise intensity off the charts<p>Burpees are the trendy way to blast fat with your just your body weight.<p>And if you like those, you’ll love this new version of the mountain climber, courtesy of <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour. That’s because it has some …

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Discover the Exercise We Call the ‘Angel of Death’

There's no time for daydreaming during this move<p>There are a lot of exercises that take almost no thought to perform. (We’re looking at you, curls and calf raises.)<p>The kettlebell halo isn’t one of them, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour.<p>(For an incredible workout that’ll make your abs, …

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How to Make Pushups 3 Times More Effective

This is the ultimate way to build raw strength during the exercise<p>You can do pushups the way everyone else does them—as fast as possible, up and down.<p>Or you can do them with a dead stop at the bottom.<p>The latter is more difficult, but it’s a true test of strength. And it’s the way <i>Men’s Health</i> …

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The “Metabolic Mobility” Movement That Can Be Used As a Warmup or a Fat Torcher

Use it to turn on the power to your muscles, blast calories, or do both<p>You’ve heard of metabolic training and you’ve heard of mobility training. But the squat press—shown in the video above—fits into a category <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour calls “metabolic mobility training.”<p>The …

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