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How to burn the most calories in group fitness classes

While it's true getting to the gym and into that group fitness class may the hardest part of a workout, you're not doing yourself any favors if you zone out and mail it in from the back of the room. Here are smart strategies that boost your motivation and, more importantly, your calorie burn, helping...

  • 6 ways to eat for more energy

    6 ways to eat for more energy

    Ever been in this scenario? You successfully drag yourself out of bed (or the office) for a 6 a.m. (or 6 p.m.) cycling or HIIT class. You're psyched to make the most of your workout. Then halfway through, a wave of exhaustion hits, your legs turn to Jell-O and your arms are like wet noodles. What's...

  • How to pick the best yoga class for you

    How to pick the best yoga class for you

    It's easy to assume yoga is mostly a one-Zen-fits-all workout, all oms and sun salutations. And if that doesn't appeal to your sweat sensibilities, well, you'll be over in Studio 2 taking a HIIT class. But don't give up on yoga yet! There are several types, all of which can vary greatly from what...

  • How to choose the best shoes for your workout

    How to choose the best shoes for your workout

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  • Why Spinning is the perfect workout -- and how to have the best ride

    Why Spinning is the perfect workout -- and how to have the best ride

    Ever walk by the cycling room at a gym and wonder why anyone would want to ride a stationary bike inside when they could be outdoors feeling the breeze and enjoying the scenery? Well, just like biking outside has advantages, cycling indoors can be more of a fun, effective and intense workout —...

  • Why you should never leave the gym without stretching

    Why you should never leave the gym without stretching

    If you don't have a lot of time to spend in the gym, it's tempting to just hop off the treadmill and into the shower or to skip a group fitness class's final stretching portion. But sticking around to stretch, if even for a few minutes, is key to reaching your fitness goals. "Stretching helps improve...

  • Magic motivators: 9 super-easy tricks that will make you want to work out

    Magic motivators: 9 super-easy tricks that will make you want to work out

    There's a lot of familiar advice out there about how to stay motivated to work out: Set goals, get a workout buddy, reward yourself. It all can work, but if those things aren't doing it for you, or you need an extra push, check out these insanely easy, super-effective tips from trainers who see...

  • Build a better smoothie

    Build a better smoothie

    Have fun experimenting with different flavors and combos, but always include at least one liquid and one thickening ingredient to achieve the right consistency.

  • How to make swimming laps more fun

    How to make swimming laps more fun

    In terms of fitness, swimming laps could be the perfect workout: It strengthens and tones every major muscle group plus counts as cardio, and it’s low-impact and easy on your joints. “You can’t get injured unless you hit your head on the wall!” jokes Monika Suto, aquatics director for Chicago Athletic...

  • Can exercise actually help you feel better when you're sick?

    Can exercise actually help you feel better when you're sick?

    Some people use the slightest icky feeling as an excuse to call in sick from workouts, while others are loath to miss a session and hit the gym even when not 100 percent. What do the experts say about working out when sick? It depends on what's making you feel not so hot in the first place. Sometimes...

  • 5 ways to take your workout to the next level

    5 ways to take your workout to the next level

    Meet 5 odd-looking, but highly effective tools you'll see around the gym or in group-fitness classes.

  • How to make morning workouts: 5 easy tricks for getting up and out

    How to make morning workouts: 5 easy tricks for getting up and out

    If you feel like your alarm goes off too early as it is, getting up for morning workouts probably seems like the impossible dream. But there's a good reason to make it a goal: Exercising in the morning can be the secret to actually sticking with a new fitness routine. "Exercise becomes a habit...

  • The one thing that could help you reach your fitness goals

    The one thing that could help you reach your fitness goals

    Whether you're new to the gym or a fitness buff in need of a new routine, it may seem like an indulgence to hire a personal trainer, but the payoffs can last a lifetime. "Think of it as investment in your health; it's not an impulse buy," says Jacque Crockford, an exercise physiologist with the...

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