Power Play: Plyometrics for Runners

Pump up your running pace with hardcore plyometrics. Power Play. Want to pump up your pace? Jump! Runners who did plyometrics for two months shaved seconds from their sprint times, shows a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. “These explosive moves recruit fast-twitch muscle fibers,” says exercise physiologist Michelle Lovitt, a strength-and-conditioning pro for Asics America. That’s like tapping into […]

The Biggest Fitness Myths, Debunked

No more wasted workouts. Bye-bye, fat pants. We’ve tackled your all-time biggest exercise roadblocks and debunked your top fitness myths. Now quit wondering and unlock your best body ever. Get Real Results Q. Should you do cardio and weights on different days or not? A. If you’re going all out, keep workouts separate, because whichever comes second […]

Hit Every Muscle in 5 Minutes

Beyond busy? Try this fast, total-body routine from Keli Roberts, a master trainer in Pasadena and star of the TimeSavers video workout series. 1. Clean and Press Minute: 0:00-1:00 Targets shoulders, back, butt, legs a. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and place a 5-pound dumbbell on the floor near each foot. Squat, bringing the dumbbells to […]

Go Off Road to Rev Up Your Next Run

Change Your Running Terrain Change terrain on your run to firm all over. Mix It Up Yo, road warriors: Taking it to the trail – or gravel or grass — can firm your muscles from abs to calves. We asked Reed Ferber, PhD, the director of the Running Injury Clinic at the University of Calgary, how to work in those […]

6 Ways to Exercise Without Realizing It

Six everyday activities help you keep fit and stay active. A group of scientists recently suggested, in a review that appeared in the International Journal of Obesity, that Americans are simply spending too much time talking about how our toxic food environment and our couch potato ways are making us obese. Perhaps there are other […]