We all hit a slump near the beginning of a fitness program. Not at the very start, when we’re excited to get going — more like a few weeks in. It may take six weeks to notice more muscle or better endurance, but how do you get through that time without losing hope?
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Squatting seems so complicated when somebody is telling you all the things that can go wrong — knees behind toes! Butt farther down! Head up! But not too up! If you’re following our challenge, you’re probably doing a lot more squats than you ever have before, so let’s talk about how we’re doing them.
Squats can be as hard or as easy as you want them to be. If you’re doing 100 a day, you may need to ease up to be able to get your quota in without making yourself too sore. And if you’re a total beginner, you may find the simplest squats to be more than enough of a challenge. Here are a few to try.
Get ready for strong legs and a poppin' butt, because July's fitness challenge is squats! This is the classic lower body exercise for a reason: Squats build pretty much every muscle below the waist, and there are a ton of variations for all fitness levels.
It's a beautiful day and we're going on an adventure! For the May instalment of the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge, your mission is to find a fitness trail (sometimes called a parcourse) near you - they're often hiding in plain sight.
Resistance bands are great strength training tools for home or while you travel, but how do they compare to weights when it comes to building muscle mass? This video explains all.
We've written about the benefits of adding kettlebells to your workouts and how the kettlebell swing exercise boosts your leg strength. Now the caveat: the kettlebell swing is hard to get right, with people making little mistakes that put them at risk of injury. Learn to avoid a world of hurt by knowing what not to do.
Parallettes, sometimes also called push-up bars, are a compact version of parallel bars that you can use for more advanced upper body, gymnastic-like exercises in the comfort of your home. Here are some DIY options for parallettes that fit a different range of budgets.
In gym circles, debates over gear like weightlifting belts, gloves or shoes can get ugly. Either they're a crutch or you're a fool for not wearing them. But like belts, weightlifting shoes can help in some cases, but in others they're just for show. The key is figuring out your needs, and your goals.
Video: Remember when monkey bars were easier? Of course, you were probably a kid and way lighter. As an adult, monkey bars are still a fun way to build your upper body strength and endurance to ease you toward your first pull-up, or just feel like a strong-arse kid again.
You've heard that lifting weights is good for you and makes you stronger, more confident and generally more badarse. But maybe you're not sure what to do. That's OK, no one is perfect when they start. If you're just beginning, there's the perfect weight training program for you.