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Tip: Do Diagonal Back Exercises

Do you use diagonal pulling movements? Here are two great examples guaranteed to build your back.<p>Most lifters classify upper-body pulling exercises …

Why You Should Try Meditating While Running (and How to Do It)

Yes, you can get your Zen on while getting miles in. Here are nine tips for making your next run extra-serene.<p>I’m running down Kelly Drive in Philadelphia on an unseasonably warm fall day, my purple sneakers softly thudding against the ground. As I run, I notice a young boy skateboarding on the …

Meditation

Gym Showdown: Free Weights vs. Machines

If you want to get stronger, some kind of resistance training is the way to go. So when you walk into the gym, should you start loading plates onto a …

Exercise

Beyond GPP: The New Model of Performance Training

<b>“Movement training” is a becoming popular buzz phrase within the fitness industry</b>, especially as an increasing number of “average” people are …

Biomechanics

Best Chest Workout & Pectoral Exercises for Muscle

Best Chest Workout & Pectoral Exercises for Muscle<p>Updated on March 24, 2016<p>To have a good-looking, sculpted chest you have to know the best chest and …

Workouts

Sculpt Your Abs Into a Six-Pack in Six Weeks

<b>Duration</b> 6 weeks<p><b>Exercises</b> 4<p><b>Equipment</b> Yes<p>We’re as into working the core as anyone, but save the planks and transverse abdominus training for another …

Tip: One Exercise For Big Delts and a Strong Grip

You've done tons of lateral raises, but you've never done them like this. Take a look.<p>Strong Grip, Healthy Shoulders<p>Grip strength and shoulder …

5 surprising, myth-busting facts about high-intensity interval training

Jordan Metzl, MD, is serious about high-intensity interval training. So much so that HIIT is becoming his go-to Rx.<p>The New York City physician has …

6 tips to get bigger calves

Some people are born into money. Some people are born with amazing intellect. And then there are those that have been blessed with massive …

Pimp Your Push Up: 3 Common Mistakes and 5 Challenging Variations

<b>Push ups - the purest, most powerful tool in your training arsenal.</b> That is, provided you know how to use it! In this article, I’m going to show …

Workouts

The Ultimate At-Home Arms Workout

Between weather and work schedules, it’s easy to miss a gym session. Notice, we said <i>gym</i> session and not <i>lifting</i> session.<p>Whether you’re in the gym or …

Big Gains in Balance and Strength with Unilateral Training

<b>This cycle of the bodyweight workout series focuses on developing balance and strength with the use of one-limbed movements.</b> This combination of …

Workouts

How to Use Bodyweight Training to Build Bigger Muscles

Building mass and brawn has long been synonymous with the clanking of weights and the heavy grunting of guys and gals cranking out extra reps on …

Exercise

5 Cutting-Edge Core Training Progressions

<b>You would think every exercise that could be done to strengthen the core has already been done.</b> Since Charles Atlas first advertised his bodybuilding …

Exercise

Everything You Need To Start: Meditation

The secret to sculpting a firm, toned and strong body is constantly varying your workouts so your muscles and mind won’t get bored. And now is the …

Meditation

QI: The Russian Training Secret

Quasi Isometrics for Strength and Hypertrophy<p>Russian Torture for Gains<p>A Russian martial arts instructor exposed me to super slow reps – which are …

Build Athleticism and a Superhero Body With Rest Pause Training

<b>When we first take an interest in fitness, the most popular reason is to make changes to our physique.</b> We crave strength. We crave athleticism. We …

Time I

9 popular exercises you're likely doing wrong

From stretches to squats, here's how to nail your next workout.<p>The decision to exercise is always a smart one. Research confirms that anytime you …

The 'End Heavy' workout plan for greater gains and fewer injuries

Shutterstock<p>Shutterstock<p><b>Duration</b> 45<p><b>Exercises</b> 5-7<p><b>Equipment</b> Yes<p>We know you're anxious to get in the gym and move those big weights. That’s why you …

Exercise

Want to Raise Your IQ by 23 Percent? Neuroscience Says Take Up This Simple Habit

In less time than it takes you to have lunch, you could be expanding your brain -- literally.<p>There are two types of intelligence: crystallized intelligence and fluid intelligence.<p>Crystallized intelligence is your ability to utilize information, skills, and experience already learned -- basically, …

Meditation

6 exercises to reduce stress

<b>(CNN) —</b> Calming activities such as yoga and meditation can be very effective stress relievers, especially when integrated into daily life. However, sometimes stress, like steam trapped under the lid of a boiling pot, needs a more powerful release.<p>There's a common saying in sports for that type of …

Tip: Build An Iron-Clad Chest Without Iron

Ditch the barbell. Or at least back off traditional benching for a bit and add these exercises to your workouts.<p>The bench press is the best overall …

7 Plyometric Exercises to Build Power Quickly

Whether you’re a serious athlete or just want to add some cool new tricks to your repertoire, <b>plyometric exercises are the key to increasing your</b> …

5 Fantastic Exercises You Should Be Doing After 40

<b>For many of us, finding time to train the way we would like</b> to dwindles as family and career responsibilities continue to grow as we get older. …

Workouts

How to Sprint Your Way to a 6-Pack

Why Sprint Training Is the Best Abdominal Workout<p>There are so many great abdominal workouts out there and in the gym that are based around resistance …

Body Fat