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Three Ways to Work Out at Home Without Exercising

Many people don't like gyms. Personally, after years and years of being an unapologetic gym rat, I've now crossed over to a point that over 80% of my workouts are performed either outdoors or at home using my own personal exercise equipment…

Couch Potatoes Don't Have A Long Shelf Life: Get Up and Do Something

In order to clock in extra steps, I typically park my vehicle far away from every destination. However, on one particular morning I didn't. This was the day I made a decision to never, ever do it again. It was about 10:00am during which…

Establishing a Weekly Workout Plan

People often ask me for advice and tips on starting a workout routine for weight loss, physical fitness or general good health. I always emphasize that such goals are best achieved through a program that combines cardiovascular (cardio) exercise…

Why You Shouldn't Abandon Traditional Strength Training Methods

These days, many gyms are doing away with traditional strength training machines and sometimes even free weights opting instead for trendier fitness techniques like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and Tabata boot camp workouts. While…

Getting Off the Couch and Into a 5K

Whether for weight loss, sport, recreation, comradery, or charity, participating in 5K races has become the thing to do. This is a good thing, as training for such a race requires a great deal of cardiovascular (cardio) exercise training. Cardio…

How to Cardio Sculpt a Great Butt

I've been an avid exercise enthusiast for nearly 20 years yet I remain challenged when it comes to finding the most effective ways to control the size of one particular body part: My butt. As a lover of distance running it's quite difficult,…

How to Tame an Apple-Shaped Body

Do you have an apple-shaped body? Apple-shaped bodies tend to store fat in the midsection or abdominal area (belly fat). If you in fact have an apple shape, gaining any little amount of weight can cause your waistline to expand out of control,…

A 3-Day Weight Training Workout for Women

Are you one of the many women who shy away from weight training out of the fear of "bulking up"? Are you one of the many women who shy away from weight training out of the fear of "bulking up"? For successful weight loss, weight management,…

Spontaneous Physical Activity: What Is It and Why You Need It Every Day

Time and time again, I find myself implementing a tough love approach to empower people to be more physically active. Still, I'm always given the dreaded "I want to get fit but I'm just too busy" excuse. Truth is, the state of being "fit"…

How to Incorporate Cardio Exercise Into Your Workouts

Cardiovascular exercise (or simply cardio) is one of the most effective ways to increase your day-to-day calorie expenditures, which is critical for weight loss, long-term weight management, and overall good health. When coupled with regular…

How to Incorporate Resistance Training Into Your Workouts

Having a solid resistance (weight) training routine is critical for weight loss, long-term weight management, and overall good health. This type of training inherently builds lean muscle mass in the body, which is an integral component of…

Six of the Best Exercises for Sculpting Lean Arms

Women often ask me "how do I get rid of this?", pointing to the flab on their arms and around their shoulders. Some even wiggle their arms for me in order to emphasize the point. If you have excessive flab around your arms and shoulders, the…

5 Cheap and Convenient Ways to Burn Fat Fast

Performing cardiovascular (cardio) exercise is one of the best ways to burn calories and melt away excess fat. But, in spite of popular belief, this type of exercise doesn't require expensive, monotonous equipment or even a substantial amount…

The Ideal Elliptical Stride for Working the Glutes

The elliptical trainer is an excellent low impact alternative to the treadmill in that you can get in a great full body workout without placing undo stress on your joints. Most elliptical trainers allow you to adjust the cross ramp angle to…

How to Get a Bigger Butt Using a Treadmill

The treadmill offers a great form of cardiovascular (cardio) exercise but it also has various settings and modes that allow you to really tone and tighten your lower body, especially your butt. Check out this clip for three treadmill exercises…

The Ab Bench Back Extension

The back extension exercise is a great way to work the lower back and other muscles of the core for greater balance and stability. Performing this exercise on a Roman chair ab bench, not only works the lower back but it also works the glutes…

Alternative Exercises to the Bench Press

While the bench press is one of the most effective exercises for building and sculpting the muscles of your chest, it's often quite difficult for beginners to perform. There are some good alternatives to the bench press. Check out this video…

How to Build Strong, Lean Legs and a Shapely Butt

Most women want a toned, well-sculpted lower half with a shapely butt and strong legs that are lean but not bulky. To sculpt your body this way, you'll have to perform targeted resistance exercises for all the lower-body muscles. Since,…

How To Determine Loads, Repetitions and Sets During Weight Training

Weight training fundamentals tend to be a real mystery for many people. This holds especially true when it comes to determining 'how much resistance' and 'how many times' for a given exercise. Whether you're looking to increase the effectiveness…

Causes of Low Back Pain: Can Exercise Help?

If you regularly experience pain in your lower back, you're certainly not alone. A large percentage of people experience low back pain and its onset tends to increase with age. There are two types of low back pain: Acute and chronic. Acute…