The Simple Gym Tweak That Will Help Tone Your Triceps

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There are many different exercises you can do to build stronger, toned arms. You may not believe it, however, if we told you that one of the most popular triceps exercises can be adjusted in a small way to make a much bigger difference in targeting the muscle. Interested? We thought so! The exercise we're talking about is the triceps pressdown. Triceps Are the Key to Toned Arms The triceps are the large muscles on the back side of the upper arm, … [Read more...]

A Trainer Explains How Running (Yes, Running!) Can Give You a Bigger Butt

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When you think about runners, the kind of body type that probably automatically comes to mind is slender and thin, and you may not imagine them having many curves. But Michael Olzinski, MSc, Purplepatch endurance coach and Equinox run coach, wants you to rethink that stereotype, because running regularly is actually one of the most effective ways to strengthen your glute muscles and build your booty. "The glutes control a tremendous amount of … [Read more...]

This 45-Minute HIIT Workout Will Help Shrink Your Belly

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If you're looking to burn calories, lose body fat, and gain muscle, this 45-minute workout designed by fitness instructor John Kersbergen is all you need to maximize your gym time and effectively lose weight in the shortest amount of time. It combines cardio with strength-training moves, so aside from decreasing body fat, it also tones and defines your muscles. Warning: this workout is fast-paced and will leave you dripping with sweat! This is a … [Read more...]

A Strengthening and Heart-Pumping Workout That Will Only Take You 15 Minutes

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Don't waste your time on a long, boring, mundane workout. Here's an eight-move bodyweight workout that moves fast and targets all the major muscle groups you care about: arms, abs, and butt. It will also get your heart rate up, up, up. Directions: Complete 15 reps for each of the eight moves. Repeat the cycle again decreasing down to 10 reps per move, then a last cycle for five reps. Not enough of a workout for you? Repeat this 15-10-5 workout … [Read more...]

3 Workout Myths That Are Stealing Your Time, Robbing Your Strength, and Wasting Your Money

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Frustrating, isn’t it? You want to become strong. So you work out every day squeezing time from your busy schedule. But as you walk to the gym, you feel a tinge of fear. A question pops up in your head. “Am I doing something wrong?” Because you’re just not seeing the results you want. Your lifts are not progressing. You’re not building muscle. And you’re not getting stronger. You rack your brains thinking what could be the problem? Maybe you’re … [Read more...]

All-Time-Best Inner-Thigh Exercises

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A toned inner thigh is a healthy inner thigh - attractive and strong. Show yours some love with these 18 inner-thigh exercises to get shapely legs. RelatedThe Ultimate Inner-Thigh Workout (c) POPSUGAR Fitness - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

This Badass CrossFit Competitor Gives Tips to All the Beginners Out There

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If you've never done CrossFit before, it's really easy to feel intimidated by it. You see all these superfit people throwing barbells over their head and effortlessly swinging from rings that hang from the ceiling. Although your instinct may tell you to turn away, Elisabeth Akinwale, five-time CrossFit competitor and coach, wants you to jump in on the action. Elisabeth has been doing CrossFit since 2010 - long before it became wildly popular. … [Read more...]

Here’s Why the Price Tag at Orangetheory Fitness Is Worth Every Penny

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If you think Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) studios seem to be popping up all over the place these days, you're not mistaken. The bright colors, enthusiastic community, and unique logo are probably enough to make you want to drop in, and you've likely already read a good review that has convinced you to give it a shot. But first things first: how much does OTF cost? Class pricing varies by region, so it's worth giving your local studio a call to find … [Read more...]

Use This 1 At-Home Move to Banish Lower Belly Fat

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Let's talk about lower belly fat. It's OK. Really. Let it out. While it is impossible to spot-reduce a certain area of the body, adding muscle and exercising can be very effective in reducing overall body fat - especially in the lower belly. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn naturally, even while at rest. Doing moves that target your lower abs may sometimes prove difficult and time-consuming, but not if you pick the right … [Read more...]

Why a Personal Record in Running Is About Much More Than Just You

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After making major changes to my training and rethinking the way I eat, I finished a race more than five minutes faster than I had at the same race, on the same course, just one year prior. I immediately began celebrating on social media, bragging about my new personal record (PR). But then someone much wiser challenged me to rethink the way I define "personal record." My beloved high school swim coach encouraged me to celebrate a "lifetime best" … [Read more...]

5 Printable Cardio Workouts For People Who Hate to Run

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Hate the gym? Can't stand to run? Or maybe your schedule is such that your home also doubles as your fitness haven? If any of these scenarios sound like you, get excited, because we have five solid cardio workouts you can do at home - many with no equipment needed! And gym rats, don't fret. All of these workouts can be printed out and easily taken with you when you need to design a workout plan for those days that you're on the go. RelatedA … [Read more...]

Photos of Naked Men Doing Yoga. You’re Welcome.

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Yoga is all about self-love and feeling free, vibrant, and full of light. Maybe sometimes you want to feel even more free, and that might mean stripping down and Down Doggin' in just your skin. Not into trying it yourself? That's OK. Seeing these photos of naked men doing yoga is just as freeing, joyful, and therapeutic as doing it yourself. Warning: these might not exactly be #SFW, as you'll definitely see some naked butts. Then again, maybe … [Read more...]

10 Sporty and Cute Backpacks That Double as Gym Bags

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We love our gym bags, but sometimes you need to simplify and throw your gear into something that's easier to carry - aka a backpack. These cute backpacks are great for stashing your gymwear on the go and make for awesome transitional pieces. They're sporty, stylish, and ready to take on everything your day throws at you. We picked 10 of our favorites, from pretty florals to jet-black monochrome style. There's a style in here for … [Read more...]

Get Stronger With This 2-Weeks-to-50-Burpees Challenge

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You have a lot of feelings about burpees. Hatred, fear, and disgust may come to mind, so we understand if you're not psyched about doing a burpee-only challenge. But this burpee workout is different! It involves five different variations and builds up over the course of two weeks so it's a fun way to challenge yourself while getting stronger. It takes only minutes each day, so you can tack it on before or after your other workouts. And by the … [Read more...]

40 Fitness Tattoos That’ll Make You Wanna Get Inked . . . and Hit the Gym

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Thinking about getting inked? Fitness enthusiasts will swoon over these intricate, creative, and unique tattoo ideas for every type of exercise. Are you a marathoner? Maybe a ballerina? Is CrossFit your solace? Or maybe yoga is your daily practice? Whatever speaks to your soul, you can proudly wear on your skin. Related49 Tattoos That Show a Serious Love of Running (c) POPSUGAR Fitness - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Run Like a Pro

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For some, running is a fun pastime; for others, it's a tiresome necessity. But no matter where you fall on the running spectrum, if you're striving to become better, then here are seven things you can do to become a better runner. Keep it consistent: If you stop running for a while, then you'll have to build your conditioning back up. So if you want to take your workout to the next level, then make sure you're staying consistent. Sign up for a … [Read more...]

What 2 Editors Think About the $100 Lululemon Sports Bra

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Hi there! We're Hedy Phillips and Dominique Astorino, POPSUGAR Living and Fitness editors, respectively. We both got the chance to test out the brand-new Lululemon Enlite Bra at different workouts to see how it fits, feels, looks, and performs on two different body types. Hedy Phillips: I admittedly live in my Lululemon pants but am not one for working out a whole lot. Aside from just not enjoying many types of workouts (except dancing - I will … [Read more...]

You’ll Have the Best Run Ever by Avoiding These Foods

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Whether you're tackling your first 5K or training for a marathon, it's important to fuel your body in order to kick some butt during your sweat session. While exercising on an empty stomach isn't the best idea, fueling up the wrong way before a run can cause stomach cramps, dizziness, and headaches. Check out the chart below to learn some good choices for noshing before lacing up those sneaks. 2 Hours Before What to eat: 300- to 400-calorie meal … [Read more...]