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You can get fit by running outdoors, or by exercising at a fancy gym, but in the end all your muscles care about is that they got to contract a bunch of times. Need a workout you can do when you’re stuck in one place with no gear? Ask a former prisoner.

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Killer workouts come with bragging rights: can you believe you survived that? But you can get a perfectly good sweat on without doing anything labelled "high intensity" or headed by a sadistic coach. It's okay for a workout not to feel like torture, but only like work.

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Crossfit's intense workouts are a polarising subject of discussion. It seems the first rule of Crossfit club is that you must never shut up about Crossfit club, and on the flip side, the sport (routine? Discipline? Hobby?) has its share of haters. So let's take a minute to cut through that for anyone who's intrigued but isn't sure what they would be getting into and whether it's worthwhile.

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If you can only work out a couple days per week, you probably do both your lifting and cardio exercises on the same days. While that's not ideal, you can maximise the benefits if you lift before you run. Here's why.

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Video: Flamboyant workout guru Richard Simmons hasn't been teaching classes or releasing videos for the last few years. (He may be the victim of witchcraft, or just of bad knees, depending on who you ask.) But you can still savour his last YouTube workout.

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Is today the day you're going to start working out more often? Or are you just getting back to what you used to do before all the holiday parties messed with your schedule? Either way, it's time to get started. We've picked out six workouts that are perfect for your first (or second) day back.

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Video: Rocky made skipping rope for exercise look easy, but it's more than just hopping to badarse music. It's all in your rhythm, the type of rope you use, the right length of rope and good form. There's a lot of ground to cover, but this video will bring you up to speed.

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Racewalking is like power walking on steroids. In fact, elite racewalkers can move as fast as most people run. The exaggerated arm-pumping and hip swaying actions are a bizarre sight to behold, but racewalking is a slightly lower impact alternative to running that gets your heart rate higher than walking does.