Ellen Coetzee

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Holy Intense Ab Burn! Carve Your Core With Just These 3 Moves

If you hate crunches, trade them for these three moves! These exercises are so intense, they'll fire up your core faster and more effectively — all you need are two hand towels. Try these moves, and see what we mean — but be prepared to be sore for days. If you're on carpet, use two paper plates …

Here's Why Killing Yourself With Cardio is the Wrong Way to Get in Shape

Want to look better? Forget about the gym.<p>If getting in better shape is something you'd like to do, know this: You'll make more of a dent watching what you eat as opposed to trying to burn calories doing cardio. It's because a person burns roughly 100 calories running one mile, and since you need …

Celebrity Trainer Anna Kaiser Wants You To Stop Talking About Your Abs

Yes, Kelly Ripa is her client.<p>If you were to look at celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser’s clients—Kelly Ripa, Hilary Duff, Shakira, not to mention Kaiser herself—the thought “OMG how the eff do I get her abs” would probably cross your mind.<p>But please, stop right there, says Kaiser. “I want to get you …

Workouts

This 9-Minute Core Routine Will Leave Your Abs Quivering—And Toned

Because we know you've got 10 minutes you can spare.<p>Abs are a tricky thing. You know you want them, but figuring out the right moves to get you there can be tough and time-consuming. Enter: <i>Yoga Moves for Great Abs</i> from <i>Women’s Health’s</i> <i>With Yoga</i> DVD. It features abs-targeting yoga exercises from yoga …

The Only Dumbbell Exercises You’ll Ever Need

There are hundreds of ways you can use weights to ramp up your workouts. But many basic moves target just one group of muscles, such as the biceps or …

This Workout Will Tone Your Butt With Just One Piece Of Equipment

You're welcome.<p>Your stability (a.k.a. swiss) ball is way more versatile than you may realize. Rather than only using it to sculpt your core, this ball can help tone your butt, thighs, and hamstrings, too. Here, a complete workout created by Jeanette Jenkins, personal trainer and president of the …

These 4 Moves Will Help You Sculpt 6-Pack Abs Without Even Leaving The House

Get a toned tummy no matter where you train.<p>Love 'em or hate 'em, abs workouts are essential if you want a toned tummy. And luckily, there are plenty of super-effective abs exercises out that that require zero equipment. We're not just talking about your basic crunches and sit-ups, either.<p>We picked …

These 9 Bodyweight Exercises Will Help You Get Toned AND Lean

Pull double duty—no gym required.<p>While lifting heavy has become very on-trend, that doesn’t mean workouts using just your bodyweight are any less challenging. Besides, who doesn’t love a sweat sesh that can happen wherever, whenever? Think of all the time you save—no traveling to and from the gym, …

Step Up Your Plank Game and Work Those Obliques With This One Move

You're not basic, so why should your planks be?<p><i>Check out Women's Health's FitGIF Friday every week for fun and challenging new moves to make your sweat sesh really count. Here's this week's</i> <i>exercise</i><i>:</i><p><b>Sweep plank:</b> We all know that a classic plank will have your abs feeling the burn, but after a while, …

6 Moves to Flatten Your Lower Abs

Meet your new favorite tummy toners.<p>It’s one of the top questions we get at <i>Women’s Health</i>: How do I get flat lower abs? Without a doubt, it’s one of the most frustrating areas to slim down and strengthen.<p>Lets start with something that probably a lot of you have heard us say before, but we can never …

This 20-Minute Workout Is a Taste of the Hardest Class in NYC

Get ready to sweat. A lot.<p>The latest workout studio to take the NYC fitness scene by storm is none other than Tone House. Talk to pretty much any trainer, fitness devotee, or gym rat in town and they’ll tell you that, of all the studios to try, Tone House is a must. Why? “It’s the first-ever …

These Exercises Zero In on Stubborn Arm Jiggle

Strong triceps are just a few moves away.<p><i>This article was written by Brooke Benten, ACSM-certified exercise physiologist, and provided by our partners at</i> Prevention<i>.</i><p>Not happy with your arms? These four exercises, combined with smart eating and snacking, will help you tone those triceps. Perform one …

15 Ways to Work That Booty, No Lunges or Squats Required

Butt exercises never looked better.<p>Want a poppin’ booty, but getting sick of doing the same old moves? (Oh, hey, squats.) Luckily, there are plenty of ways to sculpt a shapely backside. Emily Burkhardt, fitness instructor at Beebe’s Buttcamp (yep, that’s a thing) in New York City, is here to show …

Get Ridiculously Sexy Back Muscles with This One Move

Bring on the strapless dresses.<p><i>Check out Women's Health's FitGIF Friday every week for fun and challenging new moves to make your sweat sesh really count. Here's this week's exercise:</i><p><b>Renegade Row:</b> If you're ready to rock the muscles from your mid to upper back (you know, rhomboids, deltoids, traps, …

Here's Exactly How to Work Out if You Want to Lose Weight

No more guess work at the gym.<p>If you're trying to drop a few pounds, it can be totally overwhelming to figure out how to make sure your sweat sessions are helping you shed. On a basic level, losing weight and lowering your body fat percentage is a numbers game, says Ippolita Di Paola, a personal …

Our Editor-in-Chief Ate Taco Bell's Entire Vegetarian Menu in One Day

The good, the bad, and the indigestion.

Get Envy-Inducing Arms With This Killer Bicep Exercise

Caution: Shameless flexing ahead.<p><i>Join the Women's Health Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Thousands of women already have. Join them, and achieve your fitness goals faster!</i><p><b>Decline Hammer Curl:</b> Are you ready to pump it up? This crazy …

9 Rookie Mistakes You Can't Believe You Used to Make at the Gym

It's a miracle you made it out in one piece back then.<p>Whether the first time you stepped foot into a gym was totally intimidating or more like finding your home away from home, we're guessing your gym membership didn't come with an encyclopedia-like knowledge of etiquette, workouts, and which stuff …

The Once-A-Week, All-You-Need Abs Workout

Well, hello, crop top.<p>It's been well established that the best strength-training programs allow for some days of rest in between workouts—yet some experts say you should do abs workouts every day. That approach works if you are interested in improving the muscular endurance of your ab muscles. The …

4 Exercises to Lift Your Boobs

Get ready to bust a move—and boost your bust.<p>Nothing short of surgery or gaining body fat can actually increase the size of your breasts. As for making them <i>look</i> bigger, well, that's why the chunk of change we spend on bras each year is larger than the GDP of Iceland.<p>Push-ups and padding aren't your …

7 Squat Variations You NEED to Try

Your go-to butt exercise could use an upgrade<p>Squats are like the LBD of your workout—they’re the perfect staple and they make your body look pretty amazing. But just like your wardrobe, your fitness routine could use some variety. For an upgrade with major results, try these 7 squat variations from …

3 Feel-Good Moves to Blast Cellulite

Say goodbye to dimpling with these easy exercises.<p>Dimples on your cheeks are cute. But dimples on your butt cheeks—not so much. Sadly, cellulite spares few women. By some estimates, 98 percent of us develop these stubborn lumps and bumps in unfortunate places like our tummies and thighs. Recent …

The Exercise Move That Works Your Belly, Butt, and Hips

Trainers, yoga teachers, and pilates instructors love it—and you will too.<p>Even if you don’t know the Bridge by name, we bet you’re familiar with the pose. This resistance move is super popular with fitness trainers as well as yoga and pilates instructors because it’s simple yet strengthens your …

9 Butt Exercises for a Super-Toned Tush

Yeah, you squat. But aren’t you ready to mix it up a bit?<p>So sick of squats? We hear you. The key to a gravity-defying backside is introducing new exercises that tone every inch of your rear. These 9 moves from the <i>Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises</i> target all the muscles in your glutes and …

6 Trainers Share Their Favorite Exercises for a Tighter, Sexier Butt

Show your booty some (tough) love with these serious strengthening moves.

Blast Fat with These 5 Total-Body Combo Moves

Time crunched? This 5-minute circuit makes the most of a quick fit hit<p>A great workout doesn't need to take hours (in fact, it really shouldn't, unless you're training for an endurance event). With the right moves, you can hit all the major muscle groups in limited time—effectively killing <i>that</i> …

The Ultra-Intense Workout Move That Burns Fat Fast

The burpee has a goofy name, but the fat-burning benefits are nothing to laugh at<p>Imagine an exercise that offers big cardio benefits, works every major muscle group, and torches mucho calories. That’s a burpee (aka, a squat thrust) in a nutshell. Developed in the 1930s and used by the military to …

7 Pushup Variations You NEED to Try

Do these moves to boost your upper body burn<p>Pushups give you so much bang for your buck. They not only work your chest, but you’ll also feel the burn in your shoulders, triceps, and your entire core. But doing the same exercise all the time gets boring. Want to change things up? Then click through …

15-Minute Workout: Crush Calories With These Four Power Moves

Up for a challenge? Of course you are! Get ready to SWEAT with this intense circuit workout<p>Happy Workout Wednesday! Got fifteen minutes and a LOVE for challenging, heart-pumping circuit workouts? So do we! Join us in trying out this awesome and intense workout. With just four tough moves (and we do …

Trainer Confessions: 5 Exercises That Don’t Do What You Think They Do

You’ll be shocked when you find out which muscles you’re actually working<p>At the gym, I see a lot of people working hard to tone up, trim down, and get stronger. But I also see folks making exercise choices under false assumptions—some based on outdated advice, some because they’re following the …