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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.

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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.

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Pull-ups and chin-ups are both great strength-building bodyweight exercises, but they're not the same exercise. People tend to use them interchangeably, but the differences are distinct enough that you should avoid lumping them together.

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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.

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If you'd rather not fight for kettlebells at the gym or just want to work out at home, one well-chosen kettlebell is versatile, compact and pretty cost-effective. You just have to sift through the myriad sizes, brands, styles and weights. Here's how to tell what matters and what's useless.