Exercise and Workouts

How to Do Crunches the Right Way

How to Do Crunches the Right Way

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Crunches are one of those exercises that frequently and easily get butchered when performed the traditional way. I often see people do crunches by rounding their head and upper back forward and curling into a ball. That curling motion puts a ton of stress on your head, neck, shoulders, and lower back. Not to mention, this form of crunches often doesn’t even properly engage the abdominal muscles.…

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How to Build Strength and Coordination with the Bear Crawl

How to Build Strength and Coordination with the Bear Crawl

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Try the bear crawl for an awesome total-body workout that gets your heart rate going. You might be surprised how well this works your body from head to toe. The bear crawl is also a great brain activity because you’re moving opposite sides of your body in coordination with each other.

While this exercise is “simple,” it is not easy. It’s going to work your shoulders, core, and legs, as well as your cardiovascular system.…

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The 5 Factors to Getting the Most From Group Training

The 5 Factors to Getting the Most From Group Training

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Six hundred calories torched and 28 of my hard-earned dollars burned along with them, I walked out of a group training session, drenched in sweat and puzzled as to how after a full hour, the only feedback I received from the coach was, “Nice work.”

Granted, we met at 6:00am, I was a drop-in, and she was a substitute. We were never going to be a thing.…

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How to Do Stork Walks (for Better Balance and Hip Strength)

How to Do Stork Walks (for Better Balance and Hip Strength)

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Stork walks are a super simple way to work your hips and core — which are critical to better balance. And better balance is the key to everything from athletic performance to a long, healthy, and independent life.

Plus, stork walks might just be more challenging than you think!

You can use stork walks as a warm-up before a workout. Or, try the stork walks at your office as a break from sitting at your desk.…

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The 4 Core Exercises You Need to Be Doing After Age 40

The 4 Core Exercises You Need to Be Doing After Age 40

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A strong core is crucial at any age, but it’s something we lose focus on as we get older. This is something I see is many adults over the age of forty. Often, we train less as we get older, and as a result we do fewer core exercises and lack core strength. We may also have a bit of extra weight around the mid-section, and if we already don’t have adequate strength to support our core, then adding extra weight is only going to lead to complications such as hip and back pain.…

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How to Strengthen Your Belly and Back with Just 2 Exercises

How to Strengthen Your Belly and Back with Just 2 Exercises

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Let’s be honest — we all know that a strong core is good for our back health, our posture, and our performance in our activities of choice, but core workouts aren’t really the most fun thing to do.

We’re all busy people, and we all want the most bang for our buck when we set aside the time for exercise. Am I right?…

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Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 17

Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 17

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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 17

Today’s workout has a bit of a funny name.…

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The Truth About Gaining Muscle (and How to Do It)

The Truth About Gaining Muscle (and How to Do It)

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I recently went to a brand-new supermarket that opened by us. I had on a pullover branded with my business name, “MH Performance and Nutrition.” We had guests staying with us, so I was buying a few items for a cookout. While my shirt boasted that I was a nutrition guy, I carried a basket of bacon, beer, chips, eggs, and a few different guacamole dips.…

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Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 16

Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 16

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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 16

In this week’s workout we’re going to build your endurance, but not in the way you might traditionally think.…

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The Best Leg Exercises for Barbell, Kettlebell, and Bodyweight Training

The Best Leg Exercises for Barbell, Kettlebell, and Bodyweight Training

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Having covered the best pulling exercises and pushing exercises in previous articles, that leaves us with legs. Many people would think finding the best leg exercise is simple — just pick squats, work hard and heavy, and move on.

But are squats really the king of lower-body movements?

A Critical Point When Picking the Best Leg Exercises

Before we pick our best leg exercises, we need to remember what our legs can do.…

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Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 15

Exercise with Andy: Living Room Workout 15

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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 15

Today’s workout requires no equipment and is what’s known as an EMOM, which stands for “every minute on the minute.” That means at the start of each minute you’ll do a sequence of three movements.…

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Strength Training for Women: 9 Things That Bust the Myths

Strength Training for Women: 9 Things That Bust the Myths

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I admit I cruised through school as a full-time nerd with no time for sports. In my senior year of college, I finally discovered the world of strength training at an all-women’s gym. That’s right, all female members, all female trainers. And I can still tell you the names of each of the women who showed me how to correctly lift weights, whether it was by volunteering to be my workout buddy or sharing new workout programs.…

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