Be Well Workout of the Week: Your New Favorite Countdown Workout

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This week’s workout is about to be your new favorite workout — promise. Here’s the deal: You’re going to start with 21 reps of the seven exercises listed below, then work your way down by three reps to 18 reps of each, and then to 15, then 12, 9, and so on until you’ve done three reps of each exercise. And then you’re done! Who doesn’t love a workout that gets easier as you go? Good luck!

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Back-to-Basics Bodyweight Workout 

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For this workout, we’re getting back to the basics with five bodyweight exercises that we’re guessing you’ve probably done before. So find a local track, a big field, or an open space somewhere and get ready to sweat, equipment-free.

Your workout looks like this: You’re going to do the five-exercise circuit — squat jumps, push-ups, sit-ups, ski jumpers and burpees — and then run a fast-paced lap around the track (or pick a distance in whatever space you have). Once you’ve done your lap, you’ll repeat the circuit and do another sprint You’re going to do the circuit, followed by the sprint, as many times as you can in 30 minutes. Now, ready, set, go!

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I Tried It: The Awesome (and Insane) Hot Barre Class at City Fitness

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When I tell you that there was not a minute — not a single minute — during the new hourlong hot barre class at City Fitness’ recently opened Old City location that I was not wishing I would have a full-blown asthma attack just so I would have a legitimate reason to dash out the door (because so hot! And so hard!), I am not exaggerating. That said, after the class, I felt like a warrior princess who’d gone to battle (somewhere very, very warm) and made it out alive. In other words, I felt like a beast. And, in my book, that’s a pretty great review of a fitness class.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Sculpt Your Muscles With Stairs 

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Find a set of stairs — the Art Museum! Your office building! Your house! — and get ready to run up and down. For the first round of this workout, you’re going to run up and down one flight of stairs, then complete a circuit of bodyweight exercises. Next, you’ll run two flights of stairs, and repeat the circuit, then three flights, and the circuit and — well, you get the gist — until you get to five flights of stairs. Once you’ve completed the circuit after running five flights of stairs, you’re done!

Now, ready to sweat? Good luck!  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The 20-Minute Calorie-Buster Workout

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Your workout this week is extra quick (You can thank me later). Here’s the deal: You’re going to set your clock for 20 minutes — after you warm up, of course — and finish as many rounds of the seven exercises listed below as you can within that time.

Start with one rep of each exercise, then do two reps of each, and then three, and then four, and five, and so on until you reach the end of your 20 minutes. Before you start, pick a number of reps you’d like to reach and push yourself to get there. Maybe you’ll surprise yourself and make it even farther! Good luck, guys.  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The Decrease-Increase Ladder Challenge

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For this week’s workout, you’re going to start with a set of four exercises at 25 reps each, then the next set will be four different exercises for 20 reps, and the next set will be 15 reps, and the last one will be 10 reps. Between each set of exercises, for a little bit more of a challenge, hop on the treadmill, elliptical, or bike, and do a one-minute sprint before moving on to the next set.

Here’s where it gets tough: Once you finish the last set, you’re going to climb back up the ladder so to speak, and do each set one more time, finishing with 25 reps of the first four exercises you did. Got it? Good. Happy sweating people!  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Get in and Out of the Gym in 30 Minutes

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For the workout this week, put 30 minutes on the clock and get ready to complete the following seven-move circuit as many times as you can in those 30 minutes. But don’t get sloppy people — you want to be moving fast while also maintaining good form. Got it?

The idea is to work hard, work fast, and push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Simple enough, right? Good luck!  Read more »

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