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37 Ways to Turn Your Lower Body into a Machine

Build unparalleled strength with these unilateral leg exercises<p>Pistol squats are extremely tough. In fact, most guys are wobbly disasters when attempting one. But the exercise is the ultimate test of single-leg strength. That's why it's so impressive that BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., creator of <i>Men's …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

Score a Beach-Ready Body by the Fourth of July

Want a body you're proud to show off shirtless this holiday? Then cap off your workouts with this 3-move fat-shredding finisher<p>You're proud to say you're an American. But this Fourth of July, be proud to go shirtless, too. From now until the Fourth, tack a three-move metabolic finisher to the end …

3 Crazy-Fun Ab Exercises

Crush your next ab workout with these moves<p>One sentence you aren't likely to hear: "Those crunches were so much fun!"<p>In fact, you'll rarely hear that kind of declaration with any exercise. Which is too bad, for plenty of reasons.<p>But we've found three new core exercises that are indeed fun. Yes, …

The Best Leg Workout You Can Do without Weights

You don’t need barbells and dumbbells to make your legs scream. Attack your big lower-body muscles with this do-anywhere high-intensity circuit<p>The largest muscles in your body are in your legs, so you want to work them hard. But you don’t always need a heavy barbell or pair of dumbbells to truly …

The Chest and Shoulder Blaster that Will Leave You Spent

Redesign your upper body with this brand-new, 3-move circuit<p>It takes more than a steady diet of presses and curls to reach your full potential for size and strength. "You need to challenge your upper-body muscles in fresh ways to stimulate new growth," says Sean De Wispelaere, a coach for <b>Men's</b> …

Turn Your Pushup into the Ultimate Abs Exercise

One simple twist to this classic exercise will light up your obliques and rock your core<p>A regular pushup works your upper body and core. Rotating your leg underneath you as you lower to the floor turns the move into a complete abs blaster. "The cross-body pushup forces your abdominal …

The 60-Second Scorcher You Can Do Anywhere

How strong is your single-leg strength? Put it to the test with this weekend's tough body-weight challenge<p>This weekend's challenge may look like a party trick, but don't be fooled—the single-leg hip hinge is the ultimate test of unilateral strength and total-body stability, says Todd Durkin, …

The 4-Move Fat-Loss Workout That Will Destroy Your Gut

Find just 30 minutes for this metabolism-revving routine<p>Do this 30 minute workout, and your metabolism will shoot through the roof for hours afterward. Using just your bodyweight, you'll go fast for one minute intervals, blasting fat and calories at a blazing pace. In fact, this type of workout …

Upgrade Your Abs Routine with One Move

Your core workout is about to get a heck of a lot better<p>On a daily basis, your core's main job is to stabilize your spine. The many muscles between your hips and your shoulders hold you steady while you stand, sit, mow the lawn, carry groceries, do pushups, or even walk. At the same time, they …

The Crazy Way to Improve Your Deadlift

Maximize your lower-body performance by hitting the floor<p>Want to take your deadlift to the next level? Lie on your back. "The active straight-leg lift on the floor loosens your hips, helping you move more weight when you stand back up," says Sean De Wispelaere, a trainer for <b>Men's Health Thrive</b> in …

You'll Never Believe the Weird Exercise That Sculpts Your Core

You probably haven't done this move since you were young, but it works<p>Crawling probably isn't part of your regular core routine, but it should be. "The bear crawl strengthens your midsection and improves your ability to stabilize your spine," says Sean De Wispelaere, a trainer for <b>Men's Health …

The Lower-Body Move That Protects Your Knees

You're strong, but you're not injury proof. Add this drill to your weekly routine to safeguard your joints from pain<p>You can spend hours at the gym pumping iron, but if you don't train your strength for motion, you're setting yourself up for pain.<p>"Whether you're stepping off a curb or …

The Best Cardio Workout You'll Do All Summer

Because there's no way you'd have this much fun on a treadmill<p>Want to instantly make your cardio workout more intense? Move it off flat terrain. "Performing the same moves on a hill forces your muscles to work harder because you're fighting against gravity on the way up and on the way down," says …

The Uncommon Exercise That Will Make Your Glutes Burn

It'll also wake up your backside and help you lift more weight during all other lower-body moves<p>A <b>miniband</b> might not be the first tool you reach for when building a stronger, more powerful lower body, but it should be. "When placed around the tops of your shins as you move side to side, the miniband …

6 Trainers' Favorite Workout Moves for Stronger, Flatter Abs

These go-to exercises are seriously challenging—and seriously awesome.<p>Get ready to revamp your abs strengthening routine. We asked six trainers to share their ultimate move for creating a flat and strong core, and they definitely delivered. Check out their go-to exercises—from dead bugs to body …

5 Surprising Ways to Make Your Biceps Grow

Help your guns reach their full potential with these expert-approved sleeve busters<p>Guns, pythons, pipes, weapons of mass destruction. There are plenty of nicknames for your biceps—and plenty of ways to work them, too. So if your only strategy is do 3 sets of 10 of the classic curl, you’re missing …

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 …

The Gut-Blasting Gauntlet

Build muscle, shed pounds, and become fighting fit in less than 20 minutes a day

The Chest and Back Blaster

Smoke your pecs and lats with this two-move weekend challenge<p>When it comes to working your chest and back individually, you probably favor two moves: the bench press and the pullup. And it’s no wonder, since those exercises work your pecs and your lats, the main muscles on either side of your upper …

3 Ways to Use Ropes to Get an INSANE Workout

Crush calories and blast fat with this incredibly versatile workout tool<p>Whether you're climbing up them, jumping over them, or throwing them around, training with ropes helps tighten and tone nearly every muscle in your body. What's more, experts say it can improve your coordination and reaction …

The Only 5 Exercises You'll Ever Need

If you're the type spending hours at the gym—chest fly, back row, biceps curl, repeat—it's time to reconsider your routine. Find out how to get …

Workouts

The Best Piece of Gym Equipment for Working Your Abs

Improve your core strength and endurance with this popular fat-burning tool<p>There’s a reason why kettlebells are now a mainstay in gyms everywhere: Few other pieces of equipment are as multifunctional. Because of their unique, unruly shape, they can be used to build real-world strength, improve your …

The Lower-Body Move That Blasts Your Abs

Combine an isometric exercise with a dynamic weight to build strength and incinerate calories<p>The isometric split squat is a simple technique to build serious lower-body muscle. It increases the time your glutes, hamstrings, and quads are under tension at the most difficult portion of the move—the …

Fitness Expert Says the Best Workouts Are Simple and Free. Here's Why

Training doesn't have to be expensive or complex to increase your gains<p>I have moved a few times in my life. Dragging fitness equipment over multiple state lines is very expensive and can be a royal pain. Through the years, I have bought and re-bought several Olympic bars, collections of smaller …

The Cutting-Edge Ab Exercise You've Never Heard Of

Want a stronger core? Grab a resistance band and start writing your ABCs<p>If you want a stronger core, steal a lesson from kindergarteners: Practice your ABCs.<p>The Alphabet Band Belly Press requires you to draw the letters A to Z in front of your chest with an anchored resistance band. “It’s tougher …

Get Stronger without Lifting More Weight

Make your favorite exercises harder with this one tip<p>You can work out longer to get bigger and stronger—or you can just make your <i>body</i> longer.<p>Positioning your elbows under your nose instead of under your shoulders during a plank forces your core to work nearly two times as hard, according to a study …