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Why Fad Diets Don't Work, And How To Spot Them

Fad diets come in many different forms. Some are straight up weird, and some are less crazy than others, but pretty much all of them share a few key characteristics. This video shows you how to spot health industry snake oil from a mile away.


Stop Doing Sit-Ups Or Crunches And Do Planks Instead

Sit-ups and crunches might be routine exercises recommended over the years to strengthen your core, but maybe it’s time to ditch these moves for the sake of the rest of your body.


Level Up Your Plank Workout: 11 Planks To Build Core Strength

When you were a kid, you probably did sit-ups at school for an ab workout. But is the sit-up the best ab exercise? That’s actually a simple question. No way! There are far better ab exercises than a simple sit-up, which can exacerbate back problems and only focuses on one small area of the abdominals.


Why Calorie Counting Will Always Be Flawed [Infographic]

You can meticulously count every single Jelly Bean or lick of peanut butter you’ve had, then calculate the number of calories you’ve burned to offset them. But this actually hurts your weight loss efforts (and sanity) more than it helps. Here’s why you shouldn’t rely on “calories in” and “calories out”.


The Perks Of Lifting With Free Weights Instead Of Machines

You walk into the gym for a weight lifting session and you’re immediately given a choice: do you grab the free weights or hop on one of the machines? Here’s an explanation for when you should use both.


Create A Personal 'Fitness Mantra' To Stay Motivated To Work Out

On those days you second guess yourself for setting a 6am alarm to hit the gym, or skip happy hour in favour of a run, come up with and recite your own fitness personal mantra. Since it will be based on your own ideals and values, it’s a powerful reminder to keep you motivated.


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 centres around the exercise shown in this video, can help.


All About Calluses, Your Skin's Natural (And Sometimes Painful) Armour

Calluses, those areas of crusty thickened skin on your hands and feet, are part armour and part liability. Gymnasts obsess about shaving them down; runners worry about keeping them built up. With some smart management, it’s possible to have happy, tough skin that doesn’t give you problems.


Everything You Need To Build Your Own Bodyweight Workout

An effective bodyweight training program can whip you into shape and even pack on muscle, but “effective” doesn’t look the same for everyone. Some people could do with 10 push-ups, others need 20 and some need to do more sets than others. Even how often you work out is a consideration. Let’s get you up to speed, and craft the perfect workout for you.


Strengthen Your Grip With These Old-Time Strongman Finger Exercises

If you’re looking to increase your grip strength, these finger exercises will definitely firm up your handshake. All you need is a really heavy book.


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