Exercise and Workouts

7 Pieces of Advice for Working Out After Injury

7 Pieces of Advice for Working Out After Injury

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“Pop.” I felt the pain immediately in my low back. I stood up from the stability ball. It was just a stupid core exercise, a simple bodyweight back extension.  Then came the realization I could not set my left foot on the ground without a sharp, shooting zing of pain through my hip. [Insert expletives here.]

I did what many of us do after injury: tried to walk it off, then sleep it off, then ignore it.…

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Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 29

Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 29

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Welcome to my living room workout series! Each week, I share a workout from my personal exercise routine — and then do it in real time so you can follow along. These workouts are optional and are simply one of the many ways you can accomplish your daily exercise.

Living Room Workout 29

This week’s workout is called a “Tabata mash-up.” That simply means we’re going to work for twenty seconds at a time, and we’re going to alternate between two movements.…

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Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 28

Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 28

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Welcome to my living room workout series! Each week, I share a workout from my personal exercise routine — and then do it in real time so you can follow along. These workouts are optional and are simply one of the many ways you can accomplish your daily exercise.

Living Room Workout 28

This week’s workout is built around planks. In fact, all but one of the movements involves a plank.…

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Core-Spo: How to Take Your Plank Game to the Next Level

Core-Spo: How to Take Your Plank Game to the Next Level

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Between yoga abs, power Pilates, and core blast classes, a common theme has held true over the last decade: a good plank is worth every second of your time.

Why do planks continue to win out over crunches? Planking is a core-endurance exercise that trains your ability to isometrically contract your core muscles for longer amounts of time. And, in a plank, your abdominal wall is positioned optimally against gravity.…

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LivingRoomWorkout-27

Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 27

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Welcome to my living room workout series! Each week, I share a workout from my personal exercise routine — and then do it in real time so you can follow along. These workouts are optional and are simply one of the many ways you can accomplish your daily exercise.

Living Room Workout 27

This week’s workout is a series of one-minute hard efforts.…

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Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 26

Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 26

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Welcome to my living room workout series! Each week, I share a workout from my personal exercise routine — and then do it in real time so you can follow along. These workouts are optional and are simply one of the many ways you can accomplish your daily exercise.

Living Room Workout 26

Surprise! This week, we’re exercising outside. But don’t worry, if the weather isn’t as good for you or you can’t get outdoors for whatever reason, you can still do this workout indoors.…

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Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 25

Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 25

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Welcome to my living room workout series! Each week, I share a workout from my personal exercise routine — and then do it in real time so you can follow along. These workouts are optional and are simply one of the many ways you can accomplish your daily exercise.

Living Room Workout 25

This week’s workout is really quick (because I have a meeting to go to — maybe you do, too?)

There are ten different exercises in this workout.…

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Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 24

Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 24

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Welcome to my living room workout series! Each week, I share a workout from my personal exercise routine — and then do it in real time so you can follow along. These workouts are optional and are simply one of the many ways you can accomplish your daily exercise.

Living Room Workout 24

This session is a little different from ones I’ve done in the past.…

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5 Simple Ways Fitness Can Actually Improve Your Work Day

5 Simple Ways Fitness Can Actually Improve Your Work Day

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I’m not going to lie. If I worked in a dress-code free zone, I would wear yoga pants and a sports tank under a suit jacket to office meetings. Heck, maybe with some nice cushy sneakers, I’d do quiet air squats in the back of the conference room instead of trying to sit still in swivel chairs. What’s the worst that could happen?…

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What You Need to Know to Get Started Indoor Rowing

What You Need to Know to Get Started Indoor Rowing

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Want to train your cardiovascular system while toning your backside? Or find a repetitive endurance exercise that does not take a toll on your joints? Or engage in a heart-rate raising sprint without tightening your hip flexors?

Indoor rowing has taken off in popularity over the last ten years, popping up in HIIT training and CrossFit workouts. Indoor rowers are also one of the least expensive pieces of cardio equipment you can purchase to add to your home gym.…

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How Overtraining Can Wreck Your Goals (and How to Avoid It)

How Overtraining Can Wreck Your Goals (and How to Avoid It)

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Most things we read in the fitness world are about motivation for sticking to the gym and eating healthy. But there are a lot of you who are already motivated, disciplined, and determined to achieve your health and fitness goals.

Maybe some of you are competitive athletes or serious part-time fitness enthusiasts. And, unlike the targets of all those motivation articles, maybe some of you are working out so much that you are feeling tired and drained.…

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3 Smart Shoulder Exercises That Will Improve Your Shoulder Health

3 Smart Shoulder Exercises That Will Improve Your Shoulder Health

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Over the years, I’ve read a bunch of articles written by people who told me how hard on the shoulders the bench press can be. I took note of the information in these articles, but only in a circumspect way. I had no real understanding of what was being said.

The reason for that was simple: most of these articles were written by guys who had been training longer than me.…

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