Exercise and Workouts

The Problem with Plugged-in Fitness (and How to Cut the Cord)

The Problem with Plugged-in Fitness (and How to Cut the Cord)

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When I first moved to Colorado, I frequented a lot of coffee shops to work, write, and even go on the occasional date. Picking a coffee shop to patronize seems like a simple enough task, but as a writer, night owl, and java snob, I had three important prerequisites: one that didn’t close early, offered great coffee, and, of course, Wi-Fi.…

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Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 31

Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 31

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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 31

This week’s workout is a little different in that we’re not working with any sort of interval.…

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Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 30

Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 30

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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 30

This week’s workout is an EMOM, which stands for “every minute on the minute.” That means at the start of each minute we’re going to do a set of exercises as quickly as we can (but still with good, safe form).…

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Why Losing Fat Is Not the Best Goal (Plus 3 Actually Fun Goals)

Why Losing Fat Is Not the Best Goal (Plus 5 Actually Fun Goals)

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I pinched a lot of body fat as a personal trainer. At some point, it became normal to meet a stranger in the gym and, a few minutes later, claw-grab the places where they were most prone to store fat.

This person and I would then sit down and talk in-depth about their personal health challenges. The majority of the time, the prospective client would be aiming for “body-fat loss” and have not much else they wanted to work on.…

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How to Build a Better Backside (Strengthen Your Posterior Chain)

How to Build a Better Backside (Strengthen Your Posterior Chain)

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You’ve probably heard all these fancy terms before: upper cross syndrome, weak posterior chain, tight hip flexors, and anterior pelvic tilt. What do they all mean?

Boiling it down to the simplest of terms, a professional is informing you the front of your body is tight as well as stronger than the backside of your body.

Multiple factors contribute to these postural conditions: sitting and typing for hours on end, driving and gripping the steering wheel, a lax core.…

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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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