Don’t relax your abs as you lower your chest away from your knees during a crunch — you get only half the ab-toning benefit! To get the firmest abs possible, you need to Read the rest of this entry »
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Sit on a stability ball to strengthen your core, and keep dumbbells or exercise tubing at your desk. Squeeze in 12 to 15 reps of Read the rest of this entry »
A side-step squat with wood chop works your arms, torso, abs, back, legs, inner thighs and butt. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart holding a three- to four-pound medicine ball in your hands. Bend your arms up so that the ball is at eye level over your right shoulder. Read the rest of this entry »
The secret to faster fat loss isn’t more time in the gym—it’s targeting more muscles. The more muscles you work and the more intensively you work them, the more calories you’ll burn. The payoff: greater strength and a slimmer waist in less time. These exercises hit your entire body, I find them especially useful in hotel gyms.
Alternate between the two exercises without resting; go as long as you can for up to 15 minutes.
1. Cable reverse lunge with row and single-leg stand
Stand facing a cable station, grab a waist-height (or lower) cable in your right hand, and back up until the cable is taut when your arm is straight. Now step back with your right foot and lower your body until your left knee is bent 90 degrees. This is the starting position. Pull the cable to your Read the rest of this entry »
While cardiovascular activity is essential to good health, muscle strength is important too. The core muscles around your trunk and pelvis help your lower back, hips and abdominal muscles work together to increase balance and stability. Having strong core muscles can reduce lower back pain and make everyday activities easier, including your comfort level while working at your desk. Read the rest of this entry »