Be Well Workout of the Week: The Muscle-Burning 12-Rep Challenge

This workout starts out deceptively easy with only two reps of each exercise — but have no fear: As the workout goes on, the reps increase by two each round until, during the last round, you finish with 12 reps of every exercise on the list.

You are going to need a set of weights for the plank rows, the lunges and single-leg dead lifts. Complete the forward, side and back lunges and the single leg dead lifts all on the right side first before moving on to do the whole sequence on the left.

Now, who’s ready to work their way up the exercise mountain? Let’s go! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Get Killer Legs With Lateral Moves

For this week’s workout, we’re switching it up and focusing on lateral movement. We are all so used to moving forward and backward throughout the day, so this is a good chance to change it up and challenge your muscles to do something they aren’t quite as used to doing.

You’ll start with a set of two lateral exercises, then complete a circuit of exercises. Then, you’ll move back to the lateral exercises, adding a lateral exercise each round for a total of four rounds. Ready, set, sweat! Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: A 5-Star Workout for a Refreshing Change of Pace

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This Week’s Workout: 32-Minute Hilly Treadmill Challenge

The Breakdown
Total time commitment: Ideally, 32 minutes. In reality, 45 minutes.
Difficulty (out of five): 4.5. That elevated heart rate makes this workout a beast
Soreness Factor: Amazingly, I don’t think we’ll be too sore after this one.
Overall Grade (out of five): 5. This workout provided a refreshing change of pace. Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The 32-Minute Hilly Treadmill Challenge 

This workout will only take you 32 minutes (after you warm up, of course) and is even better to do with a partner. (Yay for buddy workouts!) Here’s how it’s going to work: You’re going to bounce back and forth between running hills on a treadmill (or on a steep outdoor hill, if you can find one!) and doing a set of exercises. So first, you’ll spend two minutes on the treadmill, sprinting up the hill — just crank the incline on the treadmill up as high as it will go — for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, grab onto the treadmill and jump your feet to either side to rest for 30 seconds before you jump back on one more time for 30 seconds. And please, be careful! After that second hill, rest for another 30 seconds. Use this second recovery to get off the treadmill and get ready for the exercises.

Once you’re off the treadmill, you’ll get on a mat and do four exercises for 30 seconds each. The goal is to with this workout is to get through 32 minutes, so ideally, you’ll make it through the circuit eight times. And note: In order to get the most out of this workout, you’re going to want to set yourself up ahead of time so you can quickly and easily jump on and off the treadmill. If you’re doing this one with a buddy, have one person do the hills while the other person does the exercises for efficiency’s sake. Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Shred Your Entire Body With Just a Kettlebell

For this workout, you just need one thing: A kettlebell. You may even want a few kettlebells if you plan on varying your kettlebell weights throughout the workout. Here’s what the workout looks like: You’re going to alternate between 20 and 10 reps of various exercises to complete a circuit of nine exercises, all done holding the kettlebell. Your goal? To make it through the full circuit four times.

If you don’t have a kettlebell lying around, you can totally substitute with weights. And if you don’t know how to do kettlebell swings, just do squats instead. Now that all those housekeeping notes are out of the way, happy sweating! Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: “It Wasn’t Pretty, But We Got Through It”

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This Week’s Workout: The Do-Anywhere Workout to Bookmark


The Breakdown
Total time commitment: 40-50 minutes (less if you are some kind of superhuman)
Difficulty (out of five): If we could give it a 6, we would.
Soreness Factor: If your shoulders and hips aren’t made of steel, you’re going to be sore.
Overall Grade (out of five): 5 Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The Do-Anywhere Workout to Bookmark

All you have to do this week is complete two exercises, back and forth, five times. No problem, right? Oh, yeah! And there are six pairs of exercises. Each exercise will use only your body weight, so you can do this workout pretty much anywhere. Move your coffee table out of the way in your living room, clear some space in your kitchen, or close your office door and get to work Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: A Workout You Can Knock Out in Under 30 Minutes

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This Week’s Workout: The 29-Minute Challenge


The Breakdown

Total time commitment: 30-35 minutes
Difficulty (out of five): 3
Soreness factor: This workout went by quickly and wasn’t too hard, but we were a touch sore in our shoulders and calves the next day.
Overall grade (out of 5): 3.5. If you’re looking for a quick workout that isn’t too tough, this is for you! Read more »

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