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Can’t Do Sit-ups? 3 Awesome (and Fun) Ab Workouts for You

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After running a gym for a while, I noticed that many women who have had children can’t do sit-ups anymore. Now there’s a strange gap in evolutionary pressure! I won’t dispute that we were “born to run,” but I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest we were not “born to do sit-ups.”

Which isn’t really a problem, since you don’t need to do sit-ups to get great abs.…

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The holidays are done and whatever transpired can’t be changed. But you can take a more intelligent approach to diving back into your training and making fitness part of your routine again. Here are five guidelines for formulating your own post-holiday exercise plan of attack

How to Launch a Successful Post-Holiday Exercise Plan of Attack

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It’s easy to get derailed during the holiday season. Work accelerates because everyone is frantically trying to finish tasks before the end of the year, but this happens at a time when most people’s brains are already in vacation mode. With more work on your plate and everybody else moving at a slower pace, it’s easy for things like your training to take a back seat.…

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Back Pain, Balance, and the Karate Kid

Back Pain, Balance, and the Karate Kid

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In the climactic scene of The Karate Kid, Daniel is losing badly to his rival opponent. Facing defeat, he stands tall on one leg, holds the posture with his arms out wide, and delivers a tournament-winning crane kick — knocking his opponent out in the greatest underdog story ever told.

Now, we all know we cannot be the Karate Kid.…

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The 4 Principles of Healthy and Effective Exercise After 40

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I am inundated with health and fitness advice daily. I’m sure you are, too, and just like you, I need to apply a careful filter to what I pay attention to and what I ignore.

One of the things I am less and less inclined to pay attention to is the advice of someone much younger than me. The reason is quite simple — a thirty-year-old just doesn’t know what it’s like to try to stay active in their forties.…

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5 Partner Workout Strategies + 10 Workouts

Double Your Fun: 5 Partner Workout Strategies + 10 Workouts

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If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. — African Proverb

Let me ask you something: Would you rather trudge through a workout on your own? Or would you like to meet up with a friend and knock it out together?

5 Benefits of a Partner Workout
  1. You’ll push harder.
  2. You’re less likely to quit.
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Pistol Squat Variations for All Strength and Mobility Levels

Pistol Squat Variations for All Strength and Mobility Levels

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Today we’re going to work on a series of pistol squat variations, one of which is likely perfect for you. The pistol squat is also sometimes called the single-leg or one-leg squat.

This video will walk you through the progressions to the full pistol squat. But even if you can’t do a full pistol squat or never intend to, you can still get a lot of benefit from training its different variations.…

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Do These Crunches Make Me Look Skinny? 5 Truths About "Core" Training

Do These Crunches Make Me Look Skinny? 5 Truths About “Core” Training

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In my sixteen years in fitness, I have been asked one training question more than any other. “What is the best core exercise?” But that inquiry is a smokescreen for the real question people want to ask, which is “How can I have a smaller, leaner, and/or more defined midsection?”

Of course, many people asking this question already know the answer — they just don’t like it.…

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Skater Squat: A Bodyweight Exercise for Balance and Strength

Skater Squat: A Bodyweight Exercise for Balance and Strength

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Today, we’re going through progressions and regressions of a single-leg squat known as the “skater squat” or “shrimp squat.” This version of a one-leg squat is easier on your knees than the pistol and requires less flexibility, as well. So it’s a great way to build up your strength and balance. That said, it’s harder than a regular lunge, so it’s common to need to modify this movement when you first start training it.…

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A Simple, But Not Easy 20-Minute Weight-Loss Workout

A Simple, But Not Easy 20-Minute Weight-Loss Workout

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The idea of “cardio” has a bit of a stigma. Cardio, by definition, is currently out-of-style and because of the tough-guy mentality that pervades many of the training systems in today’s fitness industry, classic cardio for weight loss and conditioning has become taboo.

Well, I’m here to tell you, there’s a workout out there that not only keeps us old timers who love our cardio and our cardio machines happy, but will also give the “hard as nails” group something to chew on.…

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The 6 Degrees of Preparation: How to Exercise Intelligently

The 6 Degrees of Preparation: How to Exercise Intelligently

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“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

There’s an old adage that says luck favors the prepared. Yet, in our modern culture of instant gratification, the preparation mantra doesn’t always seem to resonate. We want results and we want them now. And while discovering your true talents and passion will have a big impact on the outcome you achieve in any endeavor, preparation is what will make or break you.…

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