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2 Dumbbells, 5 Minutes, No Rest—One Fat-Melting Finisher

You won’t believe what this super short workout has in store for your muscles and metabolism<p>When you read this headline, you probably thought: <i>Five minutes? Come on … that’s all?</i><p>But trust us, that’s enough.<p>This total-body ladder workout from <i>Men’s Health</i> Next Top Trainer 2015 Winner Gideon Akande …

The 16 Best Workout Moves To Burn Fat

These moves will absolutely torch your fat.<p>If you're asking around your gym about the best way to work out to burn fat, someone will inevitably point you to an open corner and tell you to do one single move until you drop (and can't jump back up again): Burpees.<p>The full-body exercise might just be …

The Chest Complex That Pounds Your Pecs Over and Over Again

No bench pressing required<p>Can you build an impressive chest without going near a bench press?<p>Definitely. You just need to add this complex from <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour to your routine. Check it out in the video above.<p>It consists of three exercises: the dip, the wide-grip pushup, …

How to Make Pushups 3 Times More Effective

This is the ultimate way to build raw strength during the exercise<p>You can do pushups the way everyone else does them—as fast as possible, up and down.<p>Or you can do them with a dead stop at the bottom.<p>The latter is more difficult, but it’s a true test of strength. And it’s the way <i>Men’s Health</i> …

Discover the Exercise We Call the ‘Angel of Death’

There's no time for daydreaming during this move<p>There are a lot of exercises that take almost no thought to perform. (We’re looking at you, curls and calf raises.)<p>The kettlebell halo isn’t one of them, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour.<p>(For an incredible workout that’ll make your abs, …

The 3 Tips That Will Help You Burn More Fat during Your Workout

They’re so extremely simple that you’ll wish you had known about them years ago<p>It’s time for an important gut check. It’s easy, I promise. Just wrap a tape measure around your waist, halfway between your ribs and hips. Look at the number. Is it less than half your height in inches?<p>It should …

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Ease Your Neck and Shoulder Pain in Less Than 10 Minutes

It's not as enjoyable as a massage, but it works better<p>If you regularly get neck or shoulder pain—or even burning sensations down your arm—try this stretch from <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour.<p>It’s designed to relieve the “neuro-tension” in your neck and traps and help mobilize your …

The MetCon Meltdown

This high-intensity metabolic conditioning workout creates a serious ‘afterburn’ effect—for staggering results<p>Are you ready for a metabolic EPOCalypse? The 10-minute shred cycle below will blast calories while you work out, and stoke your metabolic furnace for hours afterward—for a fat-burning fire …

Pump Up Your Arms Faster than Ever

This biceps workout will blast every muscle fiber<p>Getting a great biceps workout doesn’t need to be complicated, and it doesn’t require many words to explain.<p>In fact, it’s a whole lot easier to just watch the video above as <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour shows you his “ARMageddon …

QALO Wedding Rings for Athletes

QALO, you win. Best line I've read all month: "After getting married we realized what a nuisance wearing our traditional wedding band was." I know, …

These are our favorite video game soundtracks

Music can tame the most savage beast, but when you're slinking around a cargo ship as a super spy, playing cowboy or making your way toward a massive mountain in the distance, sometimes you don't want calm. You want dirty, wistful or haunting tracks to fit the action onscreen. The best video game …

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How the Simple ‘1-2-3 Method’ Can Make You Stronger Than Ever

Maximize your strength and blast through plateaus with this easy-to-follow rep scheme<p>Some things are too complicated to possibly understand: taxes, space travel, women. But building <b>strength</b> doesn’t have to be. In fact, it can be as easy as 1-2-3.<p>A long-time favorite of coaches and trainers, the …

Boost Your Bench Press by Strengthening This Small Upper-Body Muscle

Want to lift heavier loads? Zero in on an often-neglected torso muscle<p>If you want a bigger bench press, it’s time to pay attention to a tiny muscle called your serratus anterior, according to <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, creator of <b>Bodyweight Muscle Burners,</b> a 20-minute workout DVD that …

Do This Stretch for Bigger, Bolder Shoulders

It’s super simple, but super effective at combating tight shoulders and increasing muscle gains<p>There’s nothing that defines a well-shaped torso like a pair of broad <b>shoulders</b>.<p>As a result, guys spend a lot of time working their shoulders with overhead exercises. But if you’re not doing the wall …

How to Do a Muscleup

Here’s your 6-step plan for mastering the muscleup<p>Want to impress everyone you know? Learn how to do a muscleup.<p>“The muscleup is the hardest pullup you’ve ever done combined with the most difficult dip you’ve ever done,” according to Sean Garner, a contestant on the 2015 season of <i>Men’s Health</i> Next …

How to Pack on 10 Pounds of Muscle

Chris Cuomo, an anchor on CNN New Day and a 44-year-old father of three, took our 90-day challenge. He achieved more than he ever imagined.<p>More. That is what we all want, right? It is an existential force, but you don’t have to bone up on Sartre to see how it applies to your body—more strength, …

23 Battle Rope Moves That Blast Fat

This is so much more fun than running<p>For a high-velocity workout that absolutely destroys fat, just grab battling ropes. (After all, they're one of the 10 Exercises That Burn More Calories Than Running.)<p>Making a variety of “waves” with these heavy, long ropes provides a killer low-impact cardio …

Why You Should End Every Chest Workout with This Pec Stretch

Think of it as the icing on the cake<p>If your pecs feel tight after bench pressing or after a grueling chest session, you’ll want to do the extended range of motion pushup hold, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour.<p>The active stretch uses a technique called eccentric quasi-isometrics to help …

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 …

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 …

The 5-Minute No-Crunch Core Challenge

These four explosive movements chisel your abs, boost your metabolism, and skyrocket your heart rate. How fast can you do them?<p>Skip the crunches this weekend. Instead, blast your midsection with this lightning-fast 5-minute challenge from Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of <b>The IMPACT! Body Plan</b>.<p>You’ll …

How to Naturally Raise Your HGH Levels

<b></b>How to Naturally Raise Your HGH LevelsFor as long as man has wanted a better body, he’s been looking for a wonder drug that will give it to him. Of …

The One Exercise You Should Do on Your 'Off' Day

Use this simple recovery workout on the days between workouts to reach your fitness goals faster<p>Gym Jones draws a certain type of masochist—our average client wants to explore his physical and mental limits every single workout.<p>We like that. That mindset is what gets you in the door at Gym …

4 Ways to Become a Pullup Powerhouse

Every man should be able to perform 5 reps of the pullup. Here’s how to get there<p>The pullup is one of the best training movements you can do. It’s unparalleled for building grip, upper-body, and core strength, and should be a staple in your routine.<p>Your goal: five pullups with perfect form. That’s …

The 5-Minute Workout Finisher That Will Melt Stubborn Belly Fat

Accelerate your weight loss with this bodyweight afterburner<p>A fast-paced, explosive finisher at the end of your workout is a fantastic way to fire up your fat burners.<p>“But you don’t always need to jump around and do high-intensity exercises to rev your metabolism,” says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., …

Build a Superhuman Upper Body With This Workout

<b></b>Build a Superhuman Upper Body With This WorkoutThis just in — your upper-body workout just isn’t cutting it anymore. The problem with most programs …

Normal-Sized Guys Who Are Freakishly Strong Tell You How They Did It

Hit new PRs with secrets from these Hulk-like average Joes<p>The following three men look totally non-descript—they’re not big or small, simply average sized.<p>But in the weight room they’re anything but ordinary. They’re freaks of fitness with the ability to perform truly amazing feats of strength. …

8 More Amazing Fat-Burning Intervals

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The Forgotten Piece of Weight-Lifting Advice That Will Make You Stronger

Fitness expert Dan John reveals why adding more reps—not weight—can help you build more strength, power, and muscle<p>I started lifting weights in 1965. Since then, I've been lucky enough to train at some of the best facilities imaginable. But one surprising place I always make the greatest progress: …