How to Make Sure Instability Exercises Aren’t Working Against You

Ever noticed those people in the gym that are doing some wild combination of instability and strength work—like standing on a BOSU ball or one of those blow-up cushions while performing overhead dumbbell presses as they fight to lift the weight and simultaneously stay balanced? It looks super impressive and challenging, but it’s probably not […]

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Lifting Heavier Weights: A Beginner’s Guide

If you want to get stronger or build muscle, at some point you’re going to need to lift heavier weights. After all, strength results hinge on your ability to progressively overload your muscles, meaning you need to gradually increase the physical stress you put on a muscle to keep challenging it so that it can […]

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Work Your Entire Lower Body With This One Bodyweight Exercise

Trainer Kira Stokes wants to change your definition of “the gym.” “The gym exists far beyond four walls,” the New York-based fitness instructor and creator of the Kira Stokes Fit app, tells SELF. “The biggest gym and the best gym is often just the great outdoors.” Stokes, whose clients include Ashley Graham, Shay Mitchell, and […]

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Why You Should Try Sit-ups With a Mini Resistance Band Around Your Wrists

The mini resistance band is a small, but extremely mighty exercise tool. These colorful looped bands provide an effective, versatile, and convenient way to amp up your workouts. And though they’re commonly worn around the thighs or ankles as a way to fire up the muscles in your lower body, that’s not their only power. […]

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Work Your Entire Core With This Stability Ball Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Astrid Swan

If you’re looking to seriously work your core, locate a stability ball and keeping reading. Celebrity trainer Astrid Swan, NASM-certified personal trainer who clients include Julianne Hough, Shay Mitchell, and Alicia Silverstone, recently posted an Instagram video of a challenging two-part stability ball move that zeros in on your core and targets essentially every part […]

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5 Things to Know Before Doing a Beach Workout

A couple of months ago, I found myself on the sandy shores of Oahu, being told to run down the beach and back up while carrying a 15-pound sandbag. The trainer instructing our small group was Samantha Campbell, C.S.C.S., who trains the Red Bull-sponsored big-wave surfers on that very same beach. Campbell had us doing […]

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18 Lunge Variations That Will Work Your Butt From Every Angle

Lunges are right up there with squats on the list of Best Exercises You Can Do. Not only does the lunge work your entire lower body and core, but it’s also super functional—which is just a fancy way of saying that it helps you do everyday movements comfortably. (Think: the lunge position you get into […]

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All About the Kang Squat, Rumer Willis’s Go-to Glute-Strengthening Move

If you haven’t heard of the Kang squat, you’re not alone. This variation of the back squat, though often performed in some CrossFit classes and bodybuilding gyms, has yet to permeate the mainstream fitness world. But it recently got more exposure, thanks to an Instagram video series posted last week by Los Angeles-based celebrity trainer […]

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Strengthen Your Glutes and Hamstrings With This Pulsing Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea

Your glutes are one of the biggest, most powerful muscle groups in your body. But you don’t need to move them very much—or for very long—to challenge them. In fact, you can get a great glute workout by moving your butt just one inch for four minutes. That’s if you attempt a move that Nashville-based […]

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Why Everyone Should Own a Set of Mini Resistance Bands

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that if you only ever purchase one piece of exercise equipment in your life, it should be a pack of resistance bands. I’m talking specifically about the looped ones known as mini bands. I believe in their powers wholeheartedly. I have a set at […]

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Ashley Graham Strengthens Her Core With This Surprisingly Challenging ‘Rolling’ Move

Ashley Graham is a longtime fitness buff who isn’t afraid of complex and challenging exercises. BOSU curtsy squats, banded hip bridges, and double-banded sumo deadlifts are just a few of the many tough workout moves the model has shared with us over the years. Now, thanks to a recent Insta share, there’s another move we […]

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17 Squat Variations That Will Seriously Work Your Butt

The almighty squat is in so many workouts for a reason—for many reasons, actually. It’s an effective lower-body exercise that works a bunch of muscles at once, including the glutes, quads, and core. You don’t need any equipment to do a squat in its most basic form—your bodyweight and gravity give you all the resistance […]

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