Alicia Jackson

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Can You Target Certain Body Parts for Weight Loss?

Trying to lose belly fat or slim your thighs? Make sure you read this first<p><b>The question:</b> Can you target specific body parts (say, stomach pooch) while losing weight? And if so, how do you do it?<p><b>The expert:</b> James O. Hill, Ph.D., executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the …

Your Weekly Workout Plan, Monday - Sunday

Yup, we’re making it THAT easy for you<p>You've heard it a million times: The best way to fit in fitness is to schedule it as a date with yourself. Add these workouts to your calendar <i>right now</i> and you won't miss a sweat session.<p><i>—Amy Roberts, NASM-CPT</i><p><b>Monday</b> It's Tabata time! Speed through fast-paced …

The Fast-and-Furious Interval Routine

Get a full cardio workout in just 20 minutes<p>When you're short on time, your best bet for an efficient and effective workout is amping up the intensity of your slow-and-steady pace, which will burn more total calories each minute during your workout—and, some speculate, may also suppress your …

Take the Pilates Hundred Challenge… We Dare You!

Are your abs tough enough? They will be after this 10-days-to-a-flat-belly team dare!<p><b>The challenge to you:</b> Complete the Pilates Hundred mat exercise every day for 10 days straight. Use the hashtag #10x100 to share your progress with your friends. <b>The reward:</b> A bulletproof core, and a new …

8 Ways to Stick to Your Workout

Get motivated to exercise with these helpful, motivating tricks<p><b>1. Just Show Up</b>On low-energy days, head to the gym with the promise that you can leave after you finish your warmup. "Tell yourself you'll just do the Dynamic Warmup," says Rachel Cosgrove, author of The Female Body Breakthrough and …

The Right Way to Interval Train

In case you haven't noticed, high intensity exercise is in. These days, the focus is on interval training—how the truly elite athletes get in peak shape. And the news couldn’t be more positive. But it’s also incredibly confusing. It seems like a new study comes out every other week claiming to have …

Your Diet Is Going to Fail

There is a terrific commentary in this week’s <i>Journal of the American Medical Association</i> (JAMA) that calls for an end to the diet debate. The idea is that while the research community, public, and various members of the weight-loss industrial complex argue about all sorts of diet schemes, the …

Dave Kalama's Five Exercises for Every Athlete

“It’s essential that you make your workout something you don’t dread,” Kalama says. One way to do that: use your surroundings. “When you go to a gym, it’s one-dimensional. But when you go to a mountain or a park or a beach, the workout is being drawn more from your will. Use the trees, use the park …