Be Well Workout of the Week: 9 Exercises for an Envy-Inducing Torso

It may be sweater season, but that doesn’t mean we’re forgetting about toning your torso: This week’s workout will target your chest and back — with some abs thrown in there for good fun. You have a circuit of nine exercises to complete three times. For the first round, do 15 reps of each exercise, then 12 reps of each for the second round, and finish with 10 reps of each exercise for the final round.

This workout is not a super-sweaty, cardio-challenging type of workout, so focus on your form and engaging your chest, back, and abs to get you through this one. Got it? Good luck!

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Be Well Workout of the Week: High-Intensity 20-Sprint Challenge 

Good news, people: There will be no burpees in this workout. You won’t find any squats or push-ups either. And that is because you’ll be too busy sprinting. This workout is going to challenge your cardiovascular ability as you sprint your way through a high-intensity interval circuit.

Now, do know: When I say sprinting, that means something different for everyone  For beginners, sprinting may be a fast walk, and for seasoned runners, that means an all-out sprint. Regardless of your ability and fitness level, use this workout to challenge yourself to move as fast as you can for a short period of time before recovering and doing it all over again. And if running isn’t your jam at all, know that this workout can be done running outside or on a treadmill, OR on an elliptical, a bike, or a rowing machine — take your pick!

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Be Well Workout of the Week: 7 Moves Guaranteed to Make Your Muscles Shake

50 reps of each exercise: That is what this workout has in store for you. But don’t worry, you won’t have to do them all in a row. Instead, you’ll do five rounds of 10 reps of each exercise for a total of 50 by the end of the sweat session. Totally manageable, right? We guess you’ll just have to try and find out! Happy sweating!

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Ultimate Bosu Ball Workout

You know that half-physioball, half-balance-board thing you always see at the gym but don’t know what to do with? Well, that is called a Bosu ball, and today we are going to use it. All of the exercises in this workout will utilize your new friend, the Bosu Ball, and it will be fun — I promise. (Note: If you don’t have access to a Bosu ball, use a physioball (that’s the totally round one) to substitute for the exercises where you can, and just the floor and your bodyweight for the others.) Now, let’s get sweating!

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Reimagine Your Core Workout

What is your core, exactly, you ask? Well, the core is made up of much more than just the abs on the front of your body. It is made up of muscles on the front, back, and sides of the torso, and muscles that connect the upper body and lower body that are responsible for stabilizing the body. A strong core helps generate power, strength, and stability during not only exercise, but all movement throughout the day. In other words, your core is super important.

So this week’s workout is going to target — you guessed it! — your core. But not with your typical core exercises. Read: You will find no crunches here. Still, when doing these exercises you want to make sure you’re always engaging your core. Think about squeezing your belly button in toward your spine, dropping your shoulders and engaging your lats, and tucking your hips under before beginning any movement. This will put you in a good position to make sure you’re getting the most out of each move.

Your orders are simple: Go through the below circuit three times. And voila! You’ve completed your totally reimagined core workout.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Upper-Body Workout That Sneaks Up on Your Lower Half

Technically, we’re calling this an upper-body workout. But don’t get it twisted and think your lower body is off the hook today: All of these upper-body moves have a lower-body component that sneaks up on you when you least expect it.

Here’s how the workouts goes: You have three sets of exercises, each consisting of two or three exercises. You’ll complete each round four times before moving on to the next round. Happy sweating!

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Get Ripped With a Medicine Ball in 24 Minutes Flat

All you need for this workout is a medicine ball. You know, the one that looks like a basketball but is deceivingly heavy. Most gyms should have a rack of medicine balls available, so choose a weight that is challenging but doable for a variety of exercises.

Here’s how the workout’s going to go: You are going to have four rounds of exercises, with each round lasting for six minutes. Each round will consist of a circuit of four exercises that you will complete as many times as you can in those six minutes. Got it? Okay, get to sweating!

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Cardio Challenge to Push Your Limits

Be warned: Your cardiovascular ability will be challenged in this workout — BIG time. Here’s how it’s going to work: make sure you warm up first, and then begin the workout by running a mile. And I mean run; push yourself to sustain a fast pace (whatever that means for you) for the entire mile.

After you run a mile, you’ll work quickly to complete a circuit of five exercises, starting with 10 reps of each exercising and decreasing the reps by one each round until you end with one rep of each.

And that’s not the end: To finish off the cardio challenge, you’re going to run another mile with everything you have left. Hey, it’s called a challenge for a reason.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The 90-60-30 Challenge

This is a workout for everyone. No matter what your fitness level is, you can complete this workout at your own pace. Here’s the deal: You’re going to be working in timed rounds of exercises, rather than pushing yourself to complete a certain number of reps. That means that you — and only you — are in charge of how many reps of each exercise you complete. (So yes, you could slack off, but we know you won’t.)

For the first round, you’ll set your stopwatch and complete each exercise for 90 seconds. Then, once you’ve gone through all the exercises, you’ll start again, this time setting your timer for just 60 seconds. The third round will be a measly 30 seconds for each exercise. The entire shebang should last you just around 35 sweaty minutes.

Now, what are you waiting for? Grab your stopwatch and get movin’!

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