Be Well Workout of the Week: Shred Your Abs in 15 Moves

Three’s the number for this workout.  Complete three rounds of each set of three exercises, then move on to the next. You’ve got five sets of exercises to get through total. (Note: The number of reps decreases as you get through the workout, so adjust your weights accordingly.) And if you feel your abs shaking, that’s the idea: Your abs — along with your arms and legs, too — should really feel the burn during this workout. Happy sweating, folks! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Beat the Clock and Feel the Burn 

Are you ready to work, folks? For this workout, you’re going to see how quickly you can get through four rounds of the circuit below, starting with 25 kettlebell swings (if you’re not comfortable doing swings, just swap them out for squats) and ending with five hanging knee raises. Go through the full workout as fast as you can — without sacrificing good form! — then try again later in the week to see if you can beat your time. Now, set your timer and get ready to sweat! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Your New Go-To Bench Workout

What you need for this week’s workout: one bench and one weight — that’s it! Well, a sturdy bench, I should say. Each exercise will incorporate the bench in some way, so you want to make sure it’s a good height for you and can support your weight.

You’re going to complete the circuit below five times, decreasing your reps by four each time. So you’ll start with 20 reps of each exercise, and by the fifth round, you’ll only have to do four. Nice, huh? Now, ready to sweat? Let’s do it! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Feel the Burn with Bigger Weights

Let’s do some heavy lifting this week, shall we? We’ll keep the reps low (about four to eight at a time for each exercise), so grab weights that are a bit heavier than you would normally use. For this workout, you’ll have three circuits of exercises, and you’ll go through each circuit three times doing eight reps for the first round, six for the second round, and four for the third round. Increase your weights as you go and make sure that last rep is tough to get through. And pay close attention to your form: You really want to engage your core and power through these exercises.

Okay, let’s do this! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The Muscle-Burning Mountain-Climber Challenge

Doing this workout is kind of like climbing up and down a mountain — five times. Here’s the deal: You’re going to start with five burpees, then you’ll go through a circuit of exercises, with your reps increasing by five along the way. Midway through the circuit, after you’ve completed 25 mountain climbers, the reps will starts to decrease by five (hallelujah!) until you get to five pull-ups. Then you’ll start over.

Your goal: To get up and down this workout mountain (so get through the circuit) five times, going as quickly as you can without messing up your form. Ready, set, go! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Shred Your Arms and Abs with a Stability Ball

This week’s workout is going to zone in on — you guessed it! — your arms and your abs, with many of the moves in this workout done using a stability ball (otherwise known as a physioball). You’ll do a circuit of exercises three times, alternating between arm exercises and ab exercises. The rounds will decrease in reps, so you’ll do 20 for the first round, 15 for the second round, and 10 for the third round. Happy sweating, guys! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Not Your Average Burpee Workout 

There are many wonderful ways to do a burpee, so let’s explore some of them this week! For your workout, you’ll do some burpees, then plow through a pair of exercises four times, do some more burpees, tackle a different pair of exercises four times, and so on for five rounds. It’ll be fun, I promise. Happy sweating! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The 7-Minute Wall-Squat Challenge 

In this week’s workout, you’re going to spend a lot of time sitting … in a wall squat, that is. You’ll have a circuit of exercises to do between wall squats, and a variety of fun things to do while squatting. And yes, your legs are supposed shake like that.

By the time you finish the workout, you’ll have completed seven full minutes of wall squats, plus a killer arm workout. We think that’s something to brag about, don’t you? Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The 30-Minute Workout for Time-Crunched Days 

Some days, you just need to be in and out of the gym in 30 minutes. (Because there’s dinner to make and dogs to walk and all the other lovely stuff that comes with adulthood.) And this workout makes that possible, while still giving you quite the muscle-burning sweat session.

Here’s the deal: This workout consists of three rounds of exercises, and you’re going to do each round for 10 minutes. And voila! 30 minutes later, once that final 10 minutes is up, you’re done! Complete the round of exercises as many times as you can during each 10-minute slot. Got it? Now, set your timer and get ready to work — fast! Read more »

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