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Two Weeks of This Workout Brought Me Within Inches of a Perfect Pull-Up Two Weeks of This Workout Brought Me Within Inches of a Perfect Pull-Up

I’ve been doing that pull-up program we posted two weeks ago, and guess what? It works. At the beginning, I could do about half a pull-up, and now I can get my nose up to the bar. I also more than doubled the amount of time I can hang from the bar with my arms flexed. Here’s how I did it.

Box Jumps Are Super Fun Box Jumps Are Super Fun

I did box jumps for the first time last week. I mean, I’ve probably jumped on boxes before, but I only recently visited a gym that had a dedicated plyo box. A box made for jumping. It was fun.

What Your Core Really Is and How to Strengthen It What Your Core Really Is and How to Strengthen It

Crunches and planks aren’t everything. If you want to strengthen your core, you need to think bigger. Your core includes all the muscles in your torso, from your shoulders down to your hips. And it does a lot more than help you sit up.

Work Up to Handstands With Wall Walks Work Up to Handstands With Wall Walks

Handstands are fun and impressive, besides just being a great workout. But if you’re having trouble even getting your feet off the ground—hey, I’m right with you—try walking your feet up a wall.

This Trick Keeps Your Pushups Honest This Trick Keeps Your Pushups Honest

A proper push-up takes you all the way down to the ground—but it’s easy to cheat by only going partway down. To be sure you’re getting the full challenge and benefit out of each rep, pick up your hands every time your chest hits the floor.

The Seven Gym Machines Workout Newbies Should Try The Seven Gym Machines Workout Newbies Should Try

Gym machines get a bad rap from fitness pros who prefer free weights. And it’s true, many are actually overkill. However, if you’re new to the gym, these seven gym machines are a solid balance.

Deadbugs Are an Underrated Core Exercise You Should Be Doing Deadbugs Are an Underrated Core Exercise You Should Be Doing

Despite the weird name, “deadbug”s work your core unlike any other exercise. Crunches and sit-ups do very little to resist letting your back arch and “extend,” which can then contribute to posture problems and low back, knee, and hip pain. This is where deadbugs come in.

Four Exercises to Improve Your Flexibility and Help You Touch Your Toes Four Exercises to Improve Your Flexibility and Help You Touch Your Toes

Being able to touch your toes definitely means you’re flexible, but it’s also a fair indicator of how well you can lift heavy objects, move around in everyday life, and squat or deadlift in the weight room. If you can’t reach your toes, these exercises will help.

A Three-Minute Yoga Exercise Routine You Can Do While Sitting At Work A Three-Minute Yoga Exercise Routine You Can Do While Sitting At Work

Breaking up long hours of sitting at your work desk with stretching or walking breaks sounds very nice in theory, but regularly putting it into practice is easier said than done. Well, here’s a yoga routine that takes you only three minutes to complete. Plus, you don’t even have to leave your desk.

Breathe for iPhone Walks You Through Breathing and Relaxation Exercises Breathe for iPhone Walks You Through Breathing and Relaxation Exercises

iOS: Anyone struggling with stress understands that even a little time to relax can help a lot, and Breathe for iPhone is an app that walks you through simple breathing exercises to help you relax, de-stress, and find a little peace.

The Most Common Pull-Up Mistakes and How to Fix Them The Most Common Pull-Up Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Most people would be happy to do any pull-up, but you still need to follow the cardinal rule of strength training: use proper technique and form. This video from Buff Dudes can help by addressing some common pull-up bad habits.

Do These Three Exercises in Four Minutes to Improve Your Hunched Posture Do These Three Exercises in Four Minutes to Improve Your Hunched Posture

Sitting in front of a screen all day can wreak havoc on the spine. Our posture changes, and that can cause some serious long-term damage. Dr. Eric Goodman, creator of the Foundation Training program, offers these three no-equipment exercises to help.

Get a Full Body Kettlebell Workout With These Exercises Get a Full Body Kettlebell Workout With These Exercises

Kettlebells are a fun alternative to dumbbells, and their unique shape allows you to do some things that aren’t practical with other kinds of equipment—like the famous kettlebell swing.

Easy Stretches Almost Everyone Can Do to Stay Flexible Easy Stretches Almost Everyone Can Do to Stay Flexible

Flexibility is very important, especially as we get older. Here are some basic, everyday stretches to improve and maintain your flexibility.

Reduce Your Risk of Hamstring Muscle Pulls With This Bodyweight Exercise Reduce Your Risk of Hamstring Muscle Pulls With This Bodyweight Exercise

Pulling your hamstring muscle is a common injury for anyone who sprints—including soccer players and runners. Maybe you’ve already pulled yours. The Nordic Hamstring Protocol, which centers around the exercise shown in this video, can help.

Why Squats Are the Best Strength-Building Exercise for Your Legs Why Squats Are the Best Strength-Building Exercise for Your Legs

The story around squats is confusing. Some say “squat every day” while others warn “squats are bad for your knees!” The truth is in the middle—squats are amazing for building lower body strength, but at the same time they can cause problems for the uninitiated. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of the barbell back…

Amp Up Your Bodyweight Workout With These Suspension Exercises Amp Up Your Bodyweight Workout With These Suspension Exercises

A suspension trainer like TRX is a great way to make your home workouts more flexible and challenging: just hook the set of straps to a door or other sturdy anchor, and you’re ready to go. This clickable graphic gives you a ton of ideas for what to do once you’re set up.

What to Do If Push-Ups Hurt Your Wrists What to Do If Push-Ups Hurt Your Wrists

It’s hard to get stronger by doing planks and push-ups if your wrists can’t comfortably support your weight. Here are some strategies to work around those tight wrists and eventually improve your strength in them.

These Bodyweight Exercises Push You Beyond Push-Ups These Bodyweight Exercises Push You Beyond Push-Ups

No-equipment workouts are convenient and can build strength, but when you’re bored with push-ups and squats, here are some advanced moves to try.

Take a Few Minutes to Relax and De-Stress with Some Simple Breathing Exercises Take a Few Minutes to Relax and De-Stress with Some Simple Breathing Exercises

When the workday is in full swing and your boss is starting to get on your nerves, it helps to take a little time to relax and let go of the stress that's been building up over the course of the day. Even if you can't get away from your desk, some simple breathing exercises can go a long way toward making the rest of…

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