• Your ticket to a six pack? These 25 new moves that’ll torch your abs fast. [Men's Health]
What would you guess is the safest exercise of all time?
Before you answer, consider this. Fitness trends over the past few decades have taught people to regard as “safe” any exercise that’s done on a padded machine, involves very little weight or requires little-to-no range of motion.
This is very misleading. The problem is that life isn’t padded. Sometimes, we simply have to lift heavy weights (anybody shovel their driveway this winter?), and movement is mandatory (i.e. we are not houseplants).
So I ask again: What would you guess is the safest exercise of all time—considering not just its low rate of injury inside the gym, but its ability to prevent injury outside the gym?
• I don’t buy into that whole thigh-gap obsession thing, but that’s not to say we shouldn’t target our inner thighs every now and again with a few good moves. This routine is done lying down—meaning? You can do it before getting out of bed. Win! [POPSUGAR Fitness]
• Can superfoods cure you of everything that ails? Probably not. But when my nose is clogged with allergy-induced snot (TMI?), I am willing to try ANYTHING. Here, superfoods that (supposedly) help with everything from allergies to muscle pain. [Refinery 29]
Manayunk’s Never Give Up personal training studio is celebrating its one-year anniversary this weekend with (what else?) a whole day of free classes. On Saturday, the studio is packing in eight gratis group classes and competitions (more on these below) between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. All sessions are 30 minutes long except for BodyPump at 9 and boot camp at noon; those classes will last 45 minutes.
Now, about those competitions. Never Give Up is inviting participants to compete in three fitness competitions throughout the day. Here’s how they’ll work:
Ready to get your heart racing?
This week, you’ll be tackling a cardio-and-strength circuit, which you’ll repeat four times. By the end of the workout, you will not only have completed a ton of reps of exercise, you’ll have run a full mile to boot. Neat, right?
You’ll start with 20 reps of one exercise, 18 of another, 16 of something else, all the way down to two reps of the final exercise. Then comes the quarter mile sprint. Complete the circuit four times as fast as you can, with no rest between exercises and a one-minute break between circuits. Good luck!
• Sorry to shatter all your excuses, but you don’t need to schlep to a gym to get a good workout. Case in point: This excellent five-move workout that targets your muffin top (a.k.a. the stock-pile of fat around your midsection) and doesn’t require a lick of equipment. Boom. [POPSUGAR Fitness]
Warning: You’re going to feel pretty darn awesome after completing this workout. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself casually mentioning to every single one of your coworkers, family members and Facebook friends that you crushed it at the gym this week. And for the record, I wouldn’t blame you one bit: This is a totally brag-worthy workout.
Let’s start at the end: By the time you finish this workout, you will have completed an impressive 50 reps of each of the 10 exercises below. That’s a mind-blowing 500 reps in all. The best part is you’ll totally be able to do it, because we’re going to break the workout down into manageable, bite-size pieces.
All you have to do is work your way down the list below five times, completing 10 reps of each exercise for each circuit. Be sure to gather all the equipment you need before you begin—in this case, kettlebells, free weights, a physioball and a pull-up bar (see the modification below if you’re not up for pull-ups)—so you don’t waste precious time. Then, complete five circuits, taking a one-mintue break between each.
Have fun, and good luck!
It’s cardio time, people. But not just the phone-it-in, 30-minutes-on-the-elliptical kind of cardio. (Also, can you say, “Booooooring”?) This is the serious, butt-kicking, praying-for-it-to-be-over kind of cardio—a cardio workout I swear you’ll be so stinkin’ happy you did after it’s over.
Grab a treadmill, elliptical, bike, or head outside and start running. The nice thing about this workout is that it’s flexible—you can use whichever kind of cardio vehicle your prefer. Start with a warmup of five easy minutes, just to get your body going. Then, the fun begins.
Here’s what you’re going to do. Good luck!