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How To Stop Neck Pain During Ab Crunches

How To Stop Neck Pain During Ab Crunches

Dear Wendy, I often have a difficult time finding a comfortable position for my neck when doing ab crunches, bicycles and so on. Can you offer some pointers to help me? – J. Dear J., I used to get nagging neck pain when doing ab work too – in fact, I ended...

This Q&D Workout Will Sculpt Your Arms and Shoulders

This Q&D Workout Will Sculpt Your Arms and Shoulders

Need an effective workout you can get done in a hurry? This is when a "Q&D" workout comes into play. Back when I was a newspaper editor, I used to assign "Q&D" stories all the time. Basically, they were stories that got the job done without a lot of flash:...

Learn to Like Burpees (a Little) With This Simple Trick

Learn to Like Burpees (a Little) With This Simple Trick

What if I gave you one less reason to complain about burpees? I mean, I’m not expecting you to actually like them (although a trainer can dream, can't she?). But I'd settle for you hating them a little less. Because I have a little form tweak that can help make...

5 Killer Stacking Techniques That Will Ramp Up Your Workouts

5 Killer Stacking Techniques That Will Ramp Up Your Workouts

There’s a whiteboard in my training studio, and before every group training session I write the planned workout on it. This for two reasons: one, it helps me focus more on the clients than on thinking about what is coming next. And two, it lets the clients know what’s...

Try These 13 New Moves for Healthy, Strong, Supple Shoulders

Try These 13 New Moves for Healthy, Strong, Supple Shoulders

First, the good news: your shoulders are an amazing and complicated feat of anatomical engineering. They can move in nearly every plane of motion, up and down, side to side, and in circles in lots of different directions. But because they can move in so many different...

Cardio Confusion: How Much HIIT is Too Much?

Cardio Confusion: How Much HIIT is Too Much?

The other day I saw a post about a HIIT challenge on social media. Basically, it was all about doing a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout every day for a set number of days.  And I really didn't want to be Judge Judy .... but I did kind of slam down...

How to Sculpt a Strong Core: Try this 360-Degree Workout

How to Sculpt a Strong Core: Try this 360-Degree Workout

  Want to know how to sculpt a strong core, fast? You have to attack it from all directions: front, back, side and even from the top and the bottom. And since your core runs from your neck all the way down to your pelvis (in fact, some experts even include the...

Are these 4 mistakes getting in the way of your results?

Are these 4 mistakes getting in the way of your results?

You're hitting the gym consistently. You're eating a healthy diet. But still -- you're stuck. Why can't you break through to the results you know you are thisclose to achieving? It's so frustrating! Sometimes despite our best intentions, we make workout mistakes that...

Why do leg days hurt so much?

When I walked down the stairs at my place this past weekend, I swore with every step. Not under my breath. Out loud. My quadriceps -- the muscles along the front of my thighs -- hurt like hell. And I had no one to blame but myself, and even while I was incurring this...

Try this Calorie Burning Workout to Lose Fat

What's the best kind of workout to burn fat? If you thought that meant you had to spend hours a week doing cardio, I'm happy to tell you that's not the way it works. Instead, you want to think about short, fast, and intense workouts that get your heart rate...