How (and Why) to Do Copenhagen Planks

photo: Bucchi Francesco (Shutterstock) We last saw Copenhagen planks in our rundown of the best bodyweight exercises that actually build strength. But it’s an under-appreciated exercise, and deserves a spotlight of its own. the Copenhagen plank looks a bit like a side plank: You’re leaning on your hand or elbow, other arm away from the … Read more

Why You Feel Cranky on Your Rest Days (and What to Do About It)

photo: Cast Of Thousands (Shutterstock) Rest days are a commonly used tool to manage your workload in an exercise routine. While they’re technically necessary, they can be a good idea, giving your body extra time to recover between workouts. Even when I’m doing an intense workout program, I make sure to give myself, at minimum, … Read more

What to Do When You Can’t Even Run Slowly

photo: ViDI Studio (Shutterstock) Slow, easy running is the bedrock of any running program, whether you’re aiming to beat a race time or just trying to get your heart a bit healthier. we’ve detailed the benefits herealong with tips for sticking to your chosen pace. But what if you just can’t run that slow? We’ll … Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Using a Squat Rack

photo: martvisionlk (Shutterstock) Do squats. That’s a standard piece of advice for getting strong, and if you’re interested in working with barbells, the story generally begins with “do barbell squats.” but how do you actually set up for squats? Today we’ll go through the steps in a way you’ll understand even if you’re a complete … Read more

There’s a New Way to Find Out If You’re Getting Enough Exercise

Photo: Halfpoint (Shutterstock) The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (and similar recommendations from other countries) call for healthy adults to get 150 minutes of moderate exercise, like walking, per week. Vigorous exercise counts double, so if you’re a runner, you can meet the minimum guidelines with 75 minutes. But what if you have the time … Read more

How to Do Kettlebell Exercises Without Hurting Your Wrists

photo: oleksboiko (Shutterstock) Bruising your forearm or wrist is a common problem when you start working with kettlebells, but it doesn’t have to be that way. People who are able to do snatch after snatch without pausing are not simply used to the pain; they have simply learned how to do the move without whacking … Read more

Do These Workouts Next Time You’re Stuck in a Hotel Gym

photo: rotsukhon lam (Shutterstock) Now that you know How to scope out a hotel gym, the next step is knowing what to do when you get there. Hotel gyms tend to be pretty bare bones, so you’ll have to make the most of limited equipment and, often, lighter weights than you may like. But that … Read more

Exercises ‘for Women’ Are Sandbagging You

photo: ViDI Studio (Shutterstock) As a woman who exercises, I find it strange to constantly come across recommendations about the best exercises “for women.” The lists are always full of unweighted exercises like bird dogs, and lightly-weighted ones like overhead presses with cute, tiny dumbbells. Meanwhile, when I work out I just…lift a thing? Maybe … Read more

Should You Stretch Before or After Your Workout?

photo: Dapetrus (Shutterstock) When should you stretch? As with many aspects of fitness, there are different schools of opinion, and I’ve studied, as it were, with each of them. I’ve stretched before workouts because that’s what everybody else does; I’ve given up pre workout stretching because I felt the cons outweighed the pros; and more … Read more

The Fitness ‘Rules’ That Are Okay to Break

Photo: Atstock Productions (Shutterstock) I’ve learned a lot in my many years in the gym, and beginner-me would be shocked and appalled by the things present-me does during workouts. With the benefit of experience, I now do exercises I used to think one should “never” do, and I’ve broken pretty much every other rule besides. … Read more