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The Alphabet Ab Workout is All You’ll Ever Need to Get Ripped Abs

To train the abs completely, we have to understand the basic anatomy of this muscle group. We already know that simple crunches will not cut it and …

The Lunge You’ll Want to Do Every Workout

All other lunges will seem boring after you perform this variation<p>Why would you want to do this lunge every workout? Because it’s almost a workout in and of itself.<p>Check it out in the video above as demonstrated by <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour. You’ll start with a kettlebell lateral …

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The 2-Move Butt and Gut Workout You Don’t See In the Gym Every Day

It’s not mainstream, but it should be<p>Real men do butterfly situps and butterfly hipups.<p>Yes, they look a little bit comical, but they’re both super effective, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour.<p>The butterfly situp targets your six pack and loosens your groin, he says, while the butterfly …

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Screw the Gym! Do This Lower-Body Workout Anytime, Anywhere

This iso squat challenge will hammer your glutes and quads for as long as you can take it<p>This iso squat ladder challenge pits you against gravity.<p>By adding an extended pause during the toughest part of the squat—the bottom—you intensify the exercise without adding weights. The isometric hold …

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Pump Up Your Biceps, Triceps, and Shoulders with the Triple Crush

Your arms will never look bigger or feel stronger<p>Looking for a good arm workout?<p>You could hit your biceps with some curls, then your shoulders with the overhead press, and finally your triceps with a few extensions.<p><b>Related:</b> RIPTENSITY—Fast Bodyweight Workouts From <i>Men’s Health</i> That Are So Intense, …

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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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Mens' Health Zottman Curl

***<p><b>Go slower when you lower</b>You can trigger greater muscle growth when you focus on the lowering—or eccentric—portion of the curl. The reason: Gravity is assisting you on the way down, so you can use more weight, says Gaddour.<p>Your fibers are being forcibly lengthened during the eccentric, which …

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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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The 2-Minute Shoulder Screamer

Fair warning: You might not be able to lift your arms afterward<p>Justin Miller<p>This 2-minute shoulder drill won’t be fun. In fact, it’ll feel a lot like punishment, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, creator of the 20-minute equipment-free <b>Bodyweight Cardio Burners.</b> Watch the video above to …

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The Iso Max Out Challenge

Build more strength and size by not moving a muscle<p>Isometric exercises can make even the fittest man’s muscles quiver. But the technique—which requires holding the toughest part of an exercise—is proven to build <b>muscle</b> and brawn.<p>“Keeping your muscle in a fixed position increases its time under …

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4 Metabolic Finishers That Will Destroy Fat

End your workout with these and your belly stands no chance<p>Chris Cuomo, an anchor on CNN <i>New Day</i> and a 44-year-old father of three, recently packed on 10 pounds of <b>muscle</b> in 90 days. One of his secrets: these super fast, high-intensity metabolic finishers. They’re inspired by Cuomo’s favorite …

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Turn the Bodyweight Lunge into a Ridiculously Tough Cardio Challenge

Your glutes, quads, and hips are about to get the workout of their lives<p>The classic <b>bodyweight</b> lunge will never be crowned as one of the most difficult or exciting exercises in your lower-body playbook.<p>Until now.<p><i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, creator of the 20-minute equipment-free …

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Abs Week 2015! Core-Crushing Combo #3

It’s time to hammer your obliques with this 2-move workout<p>The third core-crushing combo of Abs Week 2015 will absolutely obliterate your obliques.<p>Here’s how it works: Holding a dumbbell in your right hand, perform a dumbbell side plank on your left side for 30 seconds. Then, keeping the weight in …

Grow Your Biceps with This Simple Technique

Bodybuilders have used this method for decades. Now it’s your turn<p>Bodybuilders have used pre-exhaustion techniques to supercharge muscle growth for decades.<p>Here’s one way they do it: They use an isometric hold at an exercise’s “sticking point” to fatigue the muscle fibers before cranking out …

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10 Badass Kettlebell Swings

Take your swing to an all-new level with these variations<p>Experts love the kettlebell swing.<p>They’re low-impact on the joints. They have a similar aerobic and metabolic impact to running for the same period of time. And they work the often-neglected but big calorie-burning muscles that run along the …

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The 1-Minute Drill That Will Help You Bench Press More Weight

4 moves, 60 seconds, huge gains<p>You’re 60 seconds away from your best bench press ever.<p>Performing this 4-move drill before your next bench press will help activate your arm, pec, and shoulder muscles so you can recruit more fibers.<p>“And when you can use more muscle, you can push more weight and build …

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The Ridiculously Easy Way to Improve Your Pullup and Overhead Press

It’s so simple you’ll wonder why you never did it before<p><i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour wants you to just hang around at the gym.<p>Hanging from a pullup bar offers a long list of benefits, he says. For one, it decompresses your spine which decreases your risk of back injury and helps correct …

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This Fitness Challenge Is Your Worst Nightmare

Test your willpower, strength, and muscular endurance with these 4 ass-kicking exercises<p>There are exercises that you can do with relative ease—and then there are the ones that kick your butt every single time. The ones that leave you standing in a puddle of your own sweat. The ones that make your …

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The Two Stretches You Need to Do before a Workout

Mobility work can be a bore. Cut down your warmup by focusing on these two stretches from world-renowned strength coach Dan John<p>You probably approach mobility work with the same mentality as you do jury duty: Get it done as quickly and painlessly as possible.<p>We get it: Even though mobility …

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Build Bigger Biceps with Just One Simple Exercise

One exercise, five different recipes for smoking guns<p>When it comes to zeroing in on your biceps, there’s probably no better exercise than the old-school curl. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tweak the movement.<p>In fact, making small alterations to the way you curl the weight can lead to bigger …

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5 Plank Exercises That Work More Than Just Your Abs!

The plank may be the ultimate core-building exercise, but here's how you can make it so much more than that<p>The plank can strengthen your core, fix poor posture, and reduce lower-back pain. But as you’re hovering there, why not make the move do double duty? These five awesome plank variations …

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The Secret to Doing a Single-Arm Pushup

Find out if you have the shoulder and core stability needed to master this exercise<p>The single-arm pushup is not only an impressive feat of strength, it’s also a great party trick.<p>In fact, the <i>MH</i> staff watched Noah Galloway, winner of the <b>Ultimate Men’s Health Guy</b> and a finalist on <i>Dancing with the</i> …

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3 Fat-Melting Moves You Can Do Anywhere

These zero-equipment exercises don’t require a gym<p>With the rise of CrossFit culture, shows like <i>American Ninja Warrior</i>, and fitness movements like BarStarzz, more people than ever are looking for equipment-free exercise options that they can do at home, outdoors, in a hotel room, or wherever they …

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This Simple Exercise Will Put Your Strength-Endurance to the Test

Think you're in shape? Test yourself with this brutal lower body challenge<p>It might be time to dig out your mom’s old step aerobics video tape. The one-minute stepup test is a serious strength-endurance challenge, according to a study in the <i>Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research</i>.<p>The …

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The 5-Minute Upper Body Workout

Hit your chest, shoulders, back, and arms in almost no time<p>A well-defined upper body makes you look like you mean business. It relays strength and confidence on the beach, underneath a T-shirt at the bar, and dressed in a button down in the boardroom.<p>But just how powerful is your upper half? Find …

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The 165-Rep Ab Challenge

Can you finish in 2 minutes?<p>No part of your midsection can hide during this fitness challenge. Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of <i>The IMPACT! Body Plan</i> chose three exercises to hit your core from every angle: V-ups will pound the front, Russian twists will hammer the sides, and skydiver holds will …

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This Exercise May Look Weird—but It’s Awesome

Use it to challenge your mind, muscles, and heart<p>To fully understand how to do an exercise called the “kick through,” you need to watch a demonstration. Which is good, since we’ve created one with this video.<p>But to fully understand how <i>valuable</i> it can be, you actually have to try it. Watching …

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3 Exercises That Test Your Total-Body Strength

Elevate your heart rate and make your muscles pop with this high-intensity challenge<p>It seems like there’s an infinite number of exercises out there. But many of them break down in to three neat categories—pull, push, and lower-body movements, says Andy Speer, creator of <b>The Anarchy Workout</b>, the …

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The Cutting-Edge Pushup You Haven't Tried

This variation will smoke your muscles from head-to-toe<p>You get instant gratification when you lift more weight in the gym. And you can get the same degree of satisfaction when you try a new variation of a bodyweight move, says David Jack, founder of ActivPrayer in Phoenix, Arizona and creator of …

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