Use a medicine ball to get in shape for summer racket sports
May 10, 2018
The neon-green tennis ball: it may not be quite as bright as the sun, but for racket-sports enthusiasts, it’s just as enticing. With the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open broadcasting in the background, summer draws the weekend-warrior tennis player like no other season can. It also brings...
Turn your cubicle into a gym
May 3, 2018
At the gym we push, pull, and lift; in the office we sit, think, and talk. Our gym work adds density to our bones, mass to our muscles, mobility to our movements, and perhaps years to our lives. So I’ve often wondered why, in the act of doing that day job of sitting, thinking, and talking, a person...
Sculpt your lower body with one key move.
April 19, 2018
If you’ve ever set foot in a gym or exercise class, chances are you’ve done a lunge or two. This seemingly simple, go-to exercise has been a fundamental part of getting in shape since well before the age of group classes and boot camps. And for good reason: done properly, lunges give you a lot of...
Strengthen your lower body to improve body balance
April 5, 2018
Millions of people worldwide experience neck and back pain. It’s one of the most common ailments, yet it can be difficult to pinpoint what causes it, and its source is often mistakenly placed in the upper back. Think about it—collectively, we get countless shoulder massages a year, yet the pain...
The training before the training
March 29, 2018
Spring is here, and like a bear emerging from its cave after a long winter’s hibernation, we’re all shaking off the sleep and ramping up our activity levels. For the runners among us, that means it’s the season of base-building. Building your base means laying down a foundation of aerobic fitness...
Six steps to get you on the road
March 9, 2018
With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, it’s time to consider making your commute healthier, more environmentally friendly, and a lot more fun than sitting in a car. Just get on your bike! Maybe you’ve never done it before and are ready to take the plunge. Maybe you already...
Get a workout without paying for a gym
March 8, 2018
Sometimes it seems like there are just too many barriers to getting fit. You have no time. You have an overuse injury. It gets dark at 5 p.m. You don’t like getting out of bed at 5 a.m. You don’t have enough money to join a gym. Hold up. That last one may seem like a barrier, but it really isn’t....
Get over the bar with our pull-up guide.
February 1, 2018
When Yassine Diboun, ultramarathoner, trainer, and coach at Portland’s Wy’east Wolfpack, wants to put the cherry on top of a hard boot-camp workout, he invites his students to the pull-up bar. “It’s a great way to build all-over upper body strength,” he tells his class as they groan their way...
Add a jump-rope routine to your workout for mega benefits.
January 18, 2018
Although it was once used mostly by boxers, old-school calisthenics enthusiasts, and those under the age of 12, the jump rope is rapidly gaining popularity as a workout tool for the masses. It’s surprising that it’s taken so long for this exercise tool to experience a renaissance, considering its...
7 ways to push yourself out the door to exercise
December 14, 2017
It rained extra hard today. The weather forecast calls for snow all week. When it gets dark at 5:00 p.m. and the weather is cruddy, saying “never mind” to your planned workout is easy. You suddenly get to have an extra hour of sleep in the morning or more time to make dinner after a hectic day at...