Be Well Workout of the Week: Total-Body Tone Up

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Your workout this week is pretty straightforward. It goes like this: Complete the following circuit four times, performing the exercises below as fast as you can while keeping good form. At the end of the circuit, do a quarter-mile sprint. You can do the sprint on the treadmill, elliptical, bike, somewhere outside, or if none of those are an option, you can always do the workout without the sprint. Try not to rest for more than a minute or two between circuits; this keeps your workout efficient and your heart rate high.

Good luck!

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Fast-As-You-Can 40-Rep Challenge

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Ready to burn some calories and build some muscle? You’ve come to the right place. This week’s workout goes like this: You’re going to do 10 reps of the eight exercises listed below, as fast and as hard as you can. The goal is to go through the circuit four times, working as hard on the last rep as you did on the very first one. And don’t even think about slowing down—you should be moving as quickly as you can from start to finish. Then, once you’re done with all four rounds, give yourself a big ol’ pat on the back. You totally deserve it.

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Thanksgiving Workout: 7 At-Home Moves to Torch Calories Before You Feast

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Thanksgiving is a day filled with family, fun and indulgences galore. Do yourself a favor and carve out a little extra time for some exercise before you sit down for the big meal.

I know what you’re thinking: Who has time to work out on Thanksgiving? Well, you do — because you don’t even have to leave the house for this one. So put the turkey in the oven and let the potatoes boil, because this workout is best done in your living room.

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BeWOW: 8 Tough Exercises Using a Bench

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You only need two pieces of equipment for this week’s workout, guys: A bench and a weight. You’ll be using this bench for each exercise, so pick one that’s nice and sturdy, that you can lie down on, jump up on and sweat on, problem-free. You’re going to do five rounds of the eight exercises listed below. Get ready to sweat!

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BeWOW: Build Power and Burn Fat with This Explosive Plyometric Workout

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This week, get ready to jump—we’re doing some plyo, people!

If you’re unfamiliar with plyometrics, also called jump training, you’re in for a treat. Plyo exercises are all about building power, speed and explosive reaction. You’ll challenge your body with short bursts of movement aimed at stretching and shortening muscles in rapid-fire succession. Serious athletes love (well, love/hate as these things go) plyo drills because they increase vertical jump, muscle strength and overall performance while helping build defenses against joint injuries. And, of course, they leave you totally breathless.

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BeWOW: Can You Complete This Tough 3-Minute Challenge?

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Grab a stopwatch, guys. For this week’s workout, you’re going to complete six three-minute rounds, each round with two exercises. You’ll start by doing one of each exercise in the round, then two of each exercise, then three, and so on, switching off until your stopwatch reaches three minutes. Then you’ll move on to the next round of exercises.

The goal is to keep moving until you reach the end of the six rounds—you’ll be sweaty, but it’ll be worth it. Now, set your stopwatch for three minutes and see how many reps you can squeeze in. Good luck!

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BeWOW: Calorie-Blasting HIIT Sprint Workout

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When you’re short on time, or just looking for a way to boost your workout and burn more calories than you would in a regular cardio session, high intensity interval training (HIIT) is the way to go. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do for this week’s workout: some high intensity intervals.

You’re going to start by warming up for five minutes with a walk or light jog. Then you’re going to do a combination of sprinting and resting for the duration of the workout. And the nice part is, you get to choose the length of your workout—you’re going to repeat the circuit of intervals as many times as you can during the time you’ve set aside. So if you only have 15 minutes to spare, that’s totally fine.

No matter what your fitness level, trust me: you can handle this sweat session. Maybe your sprint is just a faster walk, increased resistance on the elliptical, or increased incline on the treadmill—wherever you are on the fitness spectrum, just work as hard as you can during the sprint, and then take advantage of your recovery. Good luck!

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BeWOW: Get Shredded With This Short Circuit Workout

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For this week’s workout, we’re doing a timed circuit. And the best part about this sweat session? The time for each exercise gets shorter as the workout goes on. Can’t say no to that, can you?

Here’s the deal: The first time through the circuit, you’ll do each exercise for one minute. Next, you’ll go through the circuit again, doing each exercise 45 seconds. Then, the final round will be short and sweet, with each exercise lasting just 30 seconds. Simple as pie, right?

Now, get your stopwatch ready and get moving, folks. Happy sweating!

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