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The Exercise That Targets Your Legs, but Works Your Core Twice as Hard

Work one leg at a time to blast your entire body<p>When you think "total-body muscle builder," it's not likely you think of a single-leg exercise, but the single-leg straight-leg deadlift will hit your lower-body, core, and upper-body all at once.<p>"You'll use your hamstrings and glutes to hinge …

3 Essentials for a Fast, Effective Workout

Get in, get out, get fit<p>In a perfect world, you'd be able to devote ample time to your fitness goals every day. "Unfortunately, long workouts aren't always realistic," says Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., owner of FitnessQuest10 in San Diego, California. "However, you always have time for a 15-minute …

10 Tips to Relieve Hamstring Tightness

An exercise physiologist explains everything you need to know.<p>When you've got an achy hamstring, it's natural to think you should stretch it out. But when a muscle is tight because it’s over-lengthened, stretching will not resolve the problem because it’s already over-stretched and, in fact, …

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Train Your Brain to Run Your Best

Reciting positive thoughts is fine, but to really run your best, you've got to shut down your inner critic.<p><i>"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n."—John Milton,</i> Paradise Lost<p><b>As I approached mile 19</b> of the Run for the Red Pocono Marathon feeling …

The Truth Behind 7 Muscle Myths

Stop listening to the false info from guys at the gym...<p>The guy lifting beside you looks like he should write the book on muscle. Talks like it, too. He's worked out since the seventh grade, he played D-1 football, and he's big.<p>But that doesn't mean he knows what he's talking about. Starting now, …

15 New Muscle Builders

Read about exercise variations and technique tweaks from some of the country's most innovative trainers.<p>The old reliable exercises are fine for producing old reliable results. But if you want a physique that's better than the body you have now, you need exercises that do more for you than the ones …

3 Moves That Test Your Core Strength

Find out how strong your midsection is with this middle-blasting weekend challenge<p>Your core is made up of more than just your abs. The many muscles between your hips and shoulders stabilize your spine and allow your torso to rotate and bend. "If you want to be stronger in everything you do, you …

Run Faster, Boost Endurance, and Beat Boredom

Advice from Olympic marathon runner Ed Eyestone<p>As a two-time Olympic marathoner, I can testify: Running can be boring. And frustrating. Especially the way the typical guy does it—the same 4- or 5-mile jog, day after day, week after week, year after year. Then along comes some race for some cure, …

The Perfect Post-Workout Smoothie

It's a great way to feed your muscles<p>Finish your workout strong with this strawberry banana smoothie from Mike Roussell, Ph.D., a top <i>Men's Health</i> nutrition adviser. It's not only loaded with muscle-building protein, but a blend of healthful nutrients that speed recovery and nourish your body. Watch …

Run Faster without Running More

Want to increase your pace without logging more time on the road? Supplement your runs with this strength training plan and speed to the finish line<p>Runners are often wary of lifting weights for building speed. But in a recent study in <i>The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research</i>, runners who …

So You Think You Can't Design a Good Workout? You Can—with These 3 Tips

It's not brain surgery. Follow this top trainer's advice to get the results you always wanted<p>The topic of program design is an extensive one. There are entire books, seminars, and conferences dedicated to it. People spend years studying it, so it's no surprise that the average guy has trouble when …

How to Undo the Damage of Sitting - 7 Simple Exercises | The Art of Manliness

If you’re like most men living and working in a techno-service economy, you probably spend a good deal of your day sitting down. You go from the …

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