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...
Get motivated to run through the winter
September 21, 2017
For many runners, the approach of winter means new challenges—harsher conditions, less daylight, and all too often, less motivation. This doesn’t mean you have to pack up your shoes and shut down for the season, though; you just have to adjust. Nearly every runner, from beginner to pro, grapples...
Music-focused workouts to get your fitness groove on
June 15, 2017
Face it: you’re over your workout. You’ve run every kind of race, from a 5K to a marathon. You’ve done countless CrossFit workouts of the day (WODs). You’ve stepped and spun yourself into oblivion at your gym’s group exercise classes. Or maybe you just can’t get moving without some tunes. It’s time...
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Developing foot strength for functional living
April 25, 2017
While “barefoot running” has become a fad phrase associated with spectacularly unattractive “five-fingered” shoes, it’s actually barefoot strengthening that will bring the greatest benefits to your life. You may not be able to play the piano with your toes, but you’ll find your feet can be very...
One exercise can condition from head to toe
March 25, 2017
“Drop and give me 20!” There’s a reason that drill sergeants (not to mention boot-camp fitness instructors) love to use push-ups to get their recruits’ attention—the push-up is punishing. But it’s also a fabulous way to assess and achieve total-body fitness. That’s because the push-up taxes...
Climb the stairway to wellness with a workplace stair challenge
February 22, 2017
A workplace wellness challenge can do some great things for your team or your company. Yes, it provides exercise and promotes health, but it does more than that, too. Even though a wellness challenge may have a competitive element, the fun and camaraderie it inspires helps foster teamwork and...
Why music boosts your exercise sessions
January 24, 2017
The connection between music and movement is ancient and primal—a good dance song practically forces your body to move. We take it for granted today that music improves an exercise session, yet 50 years ago, American exercise was silent and filled with grim calisthenics. Back then women were not...
Five workouts to try in 2017
December 13, 2016
Stuck in a fitness rut? Tired of the same old bench presses, runs, and sun salutations? The New Year is always a good time to try new things. These five off-the-beaten-track workouts may not be quite as unusual as underwater cycling classes, but they should help shake up your routine—and make your...