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If you have trouble figuring out the best way to stretch a particular muscle, try this chart that has a huge range of stretches for each body part. The stretches are arranged into easy, medium and hard categories, so if the stretches you know don't quite hit the spot, you should be able to find a good alternative.

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Planks are a simple bodyweight exercise that challenges you to hold your body as stiff as a board for as long as you can. It's sort of become a badge of honour to be able to hold it for 60 seconds or longer. But if you're holding it for aeons without the shakes, you're probably not working your core as you should.

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Climbing a gym rope is a wicked way to build upper body strength and muscle endurance. Doing so is definitely not easy, even for stronger folks, but there are specific techniques that involve your feet to make climbing a rope a smoother experience. This video from Ryan Ford shows you how.

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There are typically two trouble points in a deadlift: One is getting the barbell past the shins; the other is locking your hips at the top of the movement (otherwise referred to as the "lock-out"). This video -- and these tips -- from EliteFTS explain the problem, and what you can do.

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Thor "The Mountain" Björnsson is an Icelandic professional strong man and actor best known for popping people's heads like grapefruits on the TV series Game Of Thrones. Björnsson was recently in Sydney to promote Sodastream and raise awareness about plastic bottle pollution in Australia. We asked Björnsson to share his top five power-training tips for beginners.

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So, your workout has you doing 4 sets of 5 reps for this exercise, 3 sets of 8 after that, and -- oh, thank goodness -- only 2 sets of 50 to finish it out. Well, hey, the good news is that these rep numbers aren't just based on a sadistic desire to see you huff and puff. Here's how they differ and what they mean for you.