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Torch Calories and Work Your Abs, Shoulders, and Glutes With Just 2 Moves

No fat cell will go untouched<p>Last week, I showed you how to pair a jump rope with a medicine ball to create one of the best cardio and core workouts of your life. (Check it out here: The Core and Cardio Workout That Turbocharges Your Metabolism.)<p>This week, let’s swap out the ball for a bell.<p>The …

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Get Strong AF Abs with This Old-School Move

Basic is back.<p><i>Check out Women's Health's FitGIF Friday every week for fun and challenging new moves to make your sweat sesh really count. Here's this week's exercise:</i><p><b>Situp</b>: Think you're too cool for the old-school situp? No matter how long you can hold a plank, there's no denying this O.G. abs …

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20 Simple Exercises That Show Results After One Workout

Yes, for real.<p>First thing's first: No, you can't get ripped overnight (no matter what that Instagram ad says.) But even though muscles aren't built in a day, that doesn’t mean a solid workout can't give you instant definition. See, by performing certain moves—think, three to five sets of eight to …

The Weightlifting Technique That Will Change Your Body

Ever plan to go to the gym and stop dead in your tracks because you just don't know what to do? Maybe your goals are too broad? Maybe you're expecting too much? How can you really lose weight, gain lean muscle, and build your dream body with just one simple workout plan that doesn't require you …

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11 Healthy Grilled Chicken Recipes in Under 30 Minutes

<i>Header image: Grilled Chicken with Nectarine Barbecue Sauce from CHOW</i>Grilled chicken is an easy and versatile protein that you can eat alone or serve …

This easy Wendy's-style chili recipe can be made 3 days ahead — dinner is done!

Take control of dinnertime with this easy make-ahead chili recipe that's loaded with beef, beans and veggies.<p>Meaty Wendy's-Style Chili<p>Casey Barber<p>Watch: Willie Geist makes his dad's "Gonzo Chili"

Urban Turban Cooking: How to Make Tandoori Chicken Quesadilla

Yes! You heard correctly. I recently made Tandoori Chicken Quesadillas for my friends and they were very delighted. I love bringing different cultures together and serving some delicious home cooked dishes. The greatest asset living in California is the diversity and the mix of cultures everywhere …

Thai Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups

5 stars based on 112 votes<p>This dish is similar to <i>Larb Gai</i>, the Thai dish made from minced chicken, fish sauce, lime juice, chilies and fresh herbs. …

5 Weight-Lifting Moves That'll Help You Drop a Size (Or More)

Strength training isn't one-sex-fits-all. Sculpt muscle and drop pounds with this routine tailored for women.<p>Few things are clearer: If you want to torch calories, lower your body fat, and stay trim for life, you need more muscle. Yet rarely do I hear women talk about their success with weights. …

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The Crazy Intense Workout That Britney Spears Loves

Ready to get <i>drenched</i>??<p><b>Part</b> <b>1</b> <b>15-Minute Treadmill Routine</b><p><b>2 minutes:</b> Warm up with a walk or slow jog at a 1% incline <b><br>1 minute:</b> Jog at a 2% incline <b><br>1 minute:</b> Run at a 2% incline <b><br>1 minute:</b> Fully recover (i.e., walk until your heart rate returns to normal) at a 2% incline <b><br>30 seconds:</b> Run an all-out sprint …

How to Tightline Eyes

Tightlining your eyes (also known as "invisible eye liner") is a great way to add subtle definition to your peepers. Most people think that the point …

20-Minute Power Workout: 2-in-1 Dumbbell Exercises for Faster Results

These 8 moves pull double duty to tone your whole body in half the time<p>Love to multitask? This workout has got you covered.<p>By hitting multiple muscle groups at the same time, this workout scores you a total-body, everything-hurts-the-next-day workout in 20 minutes flat. Plus, since it doesn’t dwell …

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30-Minute Workout: Get Total-Body Toned with this No-Equipment Circuit Workout

Get a full-body calorie-blasting burn without any equipment—anytime, anywhere<p>Ready to sweat, fit chicks?! Check out these supersets for a crazy intense all-over toning workout.<p><i>Women's Health</i> Senior Fitness Editor Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., author of <i>Shape Up Shortcuts</i>, takes you through these supersets. …

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The One Move That'll Help You Get Strong, Toned Abs FAST

A trainer shares her go-to exercise for a flat tummy.<p>It's time to stop cranking out endless crunches if you want to achieve killer abs. Holly Perkins, C.S.C.S., recommends one basic move that you can do in your living room: the single-leg holding plank. "It's a bit challenging, but it's super …

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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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Get a Strong, Toned Core Like Olympian Susan Francia's

Score a rock-solid middle with these five ab exercises<p>With the serious total-body strength that rowing demands, it's no surprise that Susan Francia, 2008 Olympic rowing gold medalist, rocks some killer abs. Her winning secret: core stability. Each of the exercises in this workout engages your …

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5 Minutes to Tight, Toned Abs

No crunches required!<p>One of the funny things about flat abs is that to get them, you don't necessarily have to do workouts that directly involve your stomach. Rather, it's just as effective—if not more so—to focus on exercises that engage your core as well as <i>other</i> parts of your body, like your …

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15 Minute Workout: Get a Flat-Belly Yoga Body

Strengthen your core with these key poses.<p>A regular yoga practice can prep your tummy for bikini season faster than banging out a million crunches.<p>In general, yoga is full of core-strengthening moves, but these stomach toners take top honors. They challenge your balance and stability and force your …

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Unwind and Debloat With Low-Calorie Cucumber Mint Soup

Ingredients<p>1 1/2 pound English cucumbers, peeled and chopped<br>• 1 cup chopped mint<br>• 1/4 cup chopped chives<br>• 2 teaspoons chopped garlic<br>• 1 1/4 cup plain nonfat …

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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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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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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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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5-Minute Workout: Tone Your Butt and Thighs

Sweat with us in real time!<p>When you're short on time, it's a great idea to focus on your legs and butt, because that's where about 60 percent of your body's muscle is. This five-minute routine will work your lower half <i>hard</i>.<p>The key to this routine? Efficiency. For each of the five moves, go as hard …

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