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The Minimalist's Strength Workout

Like most athletes who would rather be outdoors running, riding, swimming, or hiking, I don’t set aside much time for the gym. Yet I fully realize the importance of building general strength and mobility—not just to support my outdoor activities, but also for everyday health and fitness. I’d like …

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The Kettlebell Weight Loss Workout

If you want to minimize your time in the gym and maximize your calorie burn and results, grab a pair of kettlebells. Most exercises using the …

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The Most Effective Interval Workout For Burning Fat

This new take on interval training will do far more damage to your belly fat than the treadmill<p>High-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are scientifically proven to fry more fat and improve fitness faster than long, slow, and boring cardio.<p>Typical approaches to HIIT revolve around using a …

Microsoft slams Apple with a new Surface Pro commercial

Two weeks ago, Apple released "What's a computer?" a commercial — which you can watch below — designed to sell the iPad Pro super tablet as a full-fledged replacement for a laptop.<p>Well, Microsoft didn't like that much, judging from a new Microsoft Surface ad called "What's a computer? Just ask …

The No-Equipment, Total-Body Workout You Can Cram Into 13 Minutes

Build strength and muscle from head to toe with this highly efficient routine<p>This is not your basic bodyweight workout.<p>The routine, created by <i>Men’s Health</i> Next Top Trainer Gideon Akande, uses twists on conventional exercises like squats, pushups, and lunges to challenge your body in a whole new way.<p>…

How to Do the Incline Reverse Bench Crunch

All you need is a bench and your body weight to do this core exercise<p>The hanging leg raise may be the holy grail of core training. There’s just one giant problem with the move: It’s ridiculously tough, and most guys can’t do more than one or two reps with perfect form.<p>That’s why <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness …

The 15-Minute Core-Carving Complex

Burn fat fast and shrink your middle with this brand-new MetCon workout from Men’s Health Fitness Director<p>A complex is one of my favorite metabolic conditioning weapons.<p>It works like this: You perform a series of exercises back-to-back with zero rest—and you never put down the weight. It’s one of …

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 …

The Ultimate Fat-Frying Tabata Workout

These high-intensity interval workouts are popular in gyms around the world. Here’s how you can use them at home to shrink your belly<p>Tabatas. The word strikes fear into the hearts of fitness enthusiasts around the world.<p>But the 4-minute, high-intensity interval workouts named after Japanese …

Burpees Suck. Here’s How to Make Them Suck Even More

Thought burpees couldn’t get much harder? Wait until you try these variations<p>No one <i>likes</i> burpees. But we continue to add them to our routines because they work. They hit every last muscle in your body, they melt fat everywhere, and they force you to dig deep.<p>But they’re about to suck even more. …

The MetCon Workout That Only Requires a Bench and Your Body Weight

Use this fast and furious routine to torch fat<p>A bench is for more than just pressing!<p>Use one for this insanely effective metabolic conditioning routine, which supersets two explosive exercises on the bench for maximum results in minimal time.<p><b>Related:</b> Check Out the Get Back in Shape DVD—30-Minute …

The Better Way to Do Bicycle Crunches

Instantly upgrade this old-school abs exercise by adding a bench. Here's how to program it into your workout<p>You’ve probably done bicycle crunches before—but have you ever done them on a bench?<p>Performing the exercise while elevated allows your legs to move more freely and your hips to travel through …

The Quadriceps-and-Hamstring Combo Move You’ll Want to Do Every Leg Day

Work the front and back of your legs, build a ton of lower-body muscle, and crush calories with this incredible combination exercise<p>I call this combo exercise a “quad-ham sandwich,” and it’s one of my favorite ways to simultaneously hammer the front and back of my legs.<p>First, perform a dumbbell …

How to Do 100 Deadlifts Non-Stop

This variation of the strongman move promotes serious fat loss and muscle growth<p>Ever watch a Strongman competition on TV? It starts with huge guys picking up something super heavy from the floor. They deadlift.<p>And that’s exactly what I want you to do today. But I’m not talking about your standard …

The Fat-Frying Kettlebell Workout from Hell

Your spare tire doesn’t stand a chance against this routine<p>I call this workout Hell’s Bells because it’s your belly fat’s worst nightmare.<p>It consists of two kettlebell movements: the swing and the suitcase carry. The swing will light up your metabolism and work your entire body from head to toe, …

The Complex That Firebombs Fat in Just 5 Minutes

Incinerate belly fat at the end of your workout with this metabolic finisher<p>A complex is one of the fastest ways to burn fat. You never have to put down the weights, so you move non-stop from exercise to exercise with zero rest.<p><b>Related:</b> The Anarchy Workout From <i>Men’s Health</i>: 2 Dumbbells, 30 Minutes, …

Crush Your Core with the Semicircle Mountain Climber

Your abs, shoulders, and glutes won't know what hit them<p>The mountain climber is an excellent strengthening and conditioning drill. But if you want to dial up the intensity of the exercise, try the semicircle variation, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour.<p>Just like the standard version of …

Build Your Chest and Back with Just One Dumbbell

This simple workout takes only 20 minutes, but it yields big results<p>This upper-body workout from <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour is incredibly simple and ridiculously effective.<p>All you need is one dumbbell and 20 minutes.<p>You’ll perform 10 reps of the single-arm chest press every minute on …

Why You Should Never Skip the Bodyweight Lunge on Leg Day

If you’re skipping this movement, you’re missing out on huge gains<p>Make sure to include the bodyweight lunge in your next leg workout.<p>Just yawn?<p>We get it. The classic exercise isn’t the most exciting move in your arsenal. It probably gets tossed aside to make more room for running or the Bulgarian …

This Workout Is Short, Sweet, and Will Rock Your Core

3 exercises, 3 rounds, the ultimate abs burn<p>You have to try this core-shaking threesome.<p>(We’re talking about the abs workout shown in the video above . . . What did you <i>think</i> it was?)<p>Designed by <i>Men’s Health</i> Next Top Trainer Gideon Akande, the bodyweight circuit—which consists of plank jumps, oblique …

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 …

Build Strong, Athletic Legs with Nothing More Than Your Body and a Chair

Go from chicken legs to beast mode with this 5-exercise bodyweight workout<p>Think you can only build significant size and strength in your legs with heavy weight training?<p>Then you haven’t tried this bodyweight workout from <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour.<p><b>Related:</b> THE 21-DAY METASHRED—an …

How to Get an Incredible Rowing Workout—Without a Rower Machine

This all-new way to row will challenge your upper and lower body, increase your aerobic capacity, and torch belly fat<p>An indoor rower can give you a tremendous fat-burning cardio workout.<p>Now you can get a similar workout <i>without</i> the actual rowing machine, thanks to this cardio band row routine from</i> …

How to Chisel the Sexiest Muscle on the Male Physique

A shredded serratus—the muscle group that runs from your pec to your shoulder blade—screams fit. Here are the 6 best exercises to define it<p>The serratus anterior muscle may be the sexiest muscle on the male physique. This is the muscle group on the side of your rib cage that resembles shark gills …

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 …

3 Ways to Use the Band Pull-Apart during Your Next Workout

You'll strengthen your mid and upper back, improve your posture, and bulletproof your shoulders<p>The band pull-apart is a simple exercise, but a genius one, too, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour, who demonstrates the move in the video above.<p>That’s because the movement strengthens the …

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, …

54 Ways to Work Your Glutes

And a 6-week training plan to make you a lower-body beast<p>Back in college, I thought the stepup was a stupid exercise. They were a part of my strength and conditioning program when I played football at Amherst College.<p>Every guy on the team trained together, and we tended to use the same weight to …

The 10-Minute Workout That Will Fry Your Abs

This plank jack complex will crush calories and carve your core<p>The plank strengthens the dozens of muscles between your shoulders and hips.<p>But if you jack your feet in and out as you do it, the plank suddenly becomes so much more than just a core builder.<p>The quick movement of your feet provides a …

Build a Bigger, Stronger Back with This 55-Rep Row Ladder

We hope your back muscles are ready, because they're about to get absolutely hammered<p>The dumbbell row is one of the oldest and most effective ways to build muscle in your upper back. But the bent-over row ladder takes the old staple to an entirely new level. With this routine, you can target your …