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The 15-Minute Standing Workout for Flat Abs

Tone your core without the crunch with this stand-up workout for trim, toned abs<p>You got 15 minutes? Then you've got time for this killer stand-up abs workout. Fitness editor Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., author of <i>Shape Up Shortcuts</i>, demonstrates all the moves in this quick video above. Check it out, and then …

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3 Moves That Work Your Core AND Arms

Make multitasking your middle name with these two-for-one strength builders<p>Even if the polar vortex is still in full swing where you live, you'll be trading in puffy coats for tank tops before you know it. Luckily, you don't have to log tons of time at the gym to tone your core and your arms—just …

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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 …

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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> …

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5 Moves for Toned Arms and Shoulders

Five moves to firm your upper bod<p>It may not feel that way just yet, but spring is right around the corner—and that means short sleeves, bathing suits, and generally showing off those glorious shoulders of yours. This five-move circuit contours your arm and shoulder muscles for a sexy …

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3 Moves That Are Secretly Amazing for Your Abs

Bored with planks and all crunched out? Try these little known core exercises<p>When it comes to sculpting strong, tight abs, there's a lot more you can do other than planks, sit-ups, and crunches. Personal trainer Rachel Cosgrove, the genius creator of the <i>Women's Health</i> Spartacus 4.0 Workout in the</i> …

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Weekend Challenge: Drop Lunge

Your standard lunge just got an upgrade.<p><i>Join the</i> Women's Health <i>Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Check out our Facebook page every weekend and challenge yourself to try a new exercise. Thousands of women already have. Join them, and</i> …

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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 …

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3 Moves to Sculpt a Beautiful, Strong Back

Use these tips to strengthen and smooth this deceptively alluring area<p>We'd like to build a case for why your back needs more love in your workouts. For starters, moves that target your back also work your core, and often your arms, too. Fixing weak upper-back muscles helps pull your shoulders back …

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The Best Butt Workout

Try this 20-minute butt workout to solidify your assets<p><b>To get a gorgeous butt</b> do these moves twice a week. Complete the recommended sets and reps, opting for a weight at which you can barely eke out the last rep of your final set with perfect form. <i>Check out all of WH's 20-Minute Workout Series -</i></b> …

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The Secret to Dropping More than 30 Pounds Fast

Tap into the power of negative training.<p>Almost everyone who's lost weight has eventually put the weight back on. Why this cruel reality? It's simple, really: During the first months of any diet, your body loses both fat and muscle. Then, when you gain back the weight, you add back only fat because …

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5 Completely Legitimate Reasons to Skip the Gym

An injury? Yes. The Mad Men premiere? Probably not.<p>You know that working out does amazing things for your body, mind, and general well-being. But <i>sometimes</i> you're better off staying home instead of sweating. We asked Holly Perkins, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a New Balance …

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6 Reasons You're Not Seeing Results from Your Workouts

You're hitting the gym regularly, and you've broken up with Ben AND Jerry. So what gives?<p>When you decided to make fitness a priority, you were pumped. For the first few weeks or even months, things were cooking. You were feeling great, looking slimmer, and totally on your way toward a fitter you. …

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The Fat-Burning Cardio Exercise You're Not Doing

See ya, treadmill, it's been real.<p>If you're like most people, you have a pretty consistent cardio routine at the gym. You go straight to your favorite treadmill/elliptical/bike/stair climber, push the same buttons, and crank it out. The trouble with this (aside from when someone else is using <i>your</i> …

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The 5-Minute Warmup That Makes You Run Faster

Do this quick routine before any race so your body is at its peak to perform<p>Before any local road race, you're bound to see hundreds of runners milling around, lightly stretching out their calves, hamstrings, and quads. But traditional "static stretching"—tugging on a muscle with constant tension …

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The Best Workout for a Toned, Tight Butt

Trust us on this: This is a workout you should seriously get behind<p>Blast unwanted fat and create a knockout butt with this two-phase program from Perkins. First, the "Wake 'Em Up" body-weight exercises are designed to light up your central nervous system and get your glutes primed and ready. …

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"How Can I Tell If My Weights Are Heavy Enough?"

The simple trick to help you know if you're pushing yourself too hard—or not enough!<p><b>The question:</b> "How Can I Tell If My Weights Are Heavy Enough?"<p><b>The expert:</b> Greg Justice, an exercise physiologist and author of <i>Mind Over Fatter</i><p><b>The answer:</b> There's a very simple trick. Basically, pick up a bunch of …

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Get Fit and Sexy—Fast!

You're going to love trainer Anna Kaiser's high-intensity body-sculpting moves.<p>This fast-paced circuit blends heart-pumping cardio with total-body strength and dynamic flexibility for a killer head-to-toe workout. "They're not only fun moves," says Kaiser, who appeared as a backup dancer in …

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8 Ways to Have Smarter Oral Care Habits

For National Women's Health Week, take care of your teeth and gums! Here's how to do it, by the numbers.<p>A bright, clean smile doesn't just make you totally smoochable. It could slash your risk for heart disease, breast cancer, or pregnancy complications. Follow these numbers from Travis Stork, …

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Sculpt and Tone Your Upper Body With Just ONE Move

No bulky gym equipment required.<p>There's a reason that pushups are considered the go-to upper body move everywhere from yoga studios to the military. Actually, there are several: It's the perfect action for working the chest, triceps, shoulders, and core all at once, and it can be done anywhere, …

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Weekend Challenge: Lateral Raise

Did someone say 'sexy shoulders'?<p><i>Join the</i> Women's Health <i>Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Check out our Facebook page every weekend and challenge yourself to try a new exercise. Thousands of women already have. Join them, and achieve</i> …

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How to Lose Weight in 7 Days

Need to lose weight fast? Like in one week? Implement one simple tweak every day to feel lighter and firmer in just 7 days.<p>7 Days to Slim<p>Looking for a realistic deadline diet? Make these tiny tweaks from <b>Shape-Up Shortcuts</b>, a NEW amazing book from Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., <i>Women's Health</i> magazine's senior …

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Lose Your Belly with Just Two Exercise Moves

Seriously!<p>A couple of month's ago, <i>Men's Health</i> asked Alwyn Cosgrove, C.S.C.S.—one of the world's top trainers—to create a cutting-edge fat loss program for <i>Men's Health</i>. And, of course, he obliged. But a curious thing: One of the workouts in the plan featured just two exercises.<p>That's right: When …

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Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Get a tight stomach in just six weeks without doing a single crunch. This may be the easiest workout we've ever printed<p>Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for <i>Women's Health</i> by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines …

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10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 abs exercises for women that are so much better than crunches.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that target all the regions of your core—upper and lower abs, obliques, …

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3 Tips to Melt Your Muffin Top in Weeks

These three tricks are simple and obvious—and if you stick with them, they'll work just as well as any diet out there (if not better)<p><b>Be a Dairy Queen</b>In an <i>International Journal of Obesity</i> study, dieters who had three servings of fat-free yogurt a day for 12 weeks lost more fat around their waists …

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