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These 6 Body-Weight Exercises Strengthen Your Back — No Lat Pull-Downs Required

These 6 Body-Weight Exercises Strengthen Your Back — No Lat Pull-Downs Required

No one will deny that the lat pulldown machine is a great way to strengthen your back muscles. But when the gym is closed or this coveted machine is occupied, you may find yourself at a loss for back-building exercises. Training the back muscles without equipment requires some creativity and research, but instead of watching endless YouTube tutorials, Lee Hanses, a physical therapist at Bespoke Treatments in Seattle, recommends you give these six body-weight back exercises a try. 1. Supermans Lie on your stomach, all four limbs extended — arms reaching overhead and legs out straight. Keeping your hip bones and stomach...

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6 Core Stability Exercises From Lia Bartha’s “B The Method”

6 Core Stability Exercises From Lia Bartha’s “B The Method”

A strong core and pelvic floor is the answer to having a healthy, supported, and mobile body and spine—now and in the future. That’s why I regularly incorporate core-focused movements in B The Method, a fitness method I founded that focuses on low-impact, deep, energizing, and restorative exercises. Below, I’ve shared six of my favorite core stability exercises that I regularly recommend to clients (including mbg co-founder and co-CEO Colleen Wachob). You can easily do all of these beneficial moves at home—all you need is a yoga mat and a phthalate-free stability ball. These are also some of the many exercises you’ll find...

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5 Leg Exercises That Are a Waste of Time — and What to Do Instead

5 Leg Exercises That Are a Waste of Time — and What to Do Instead

Here’s the hard truth: Not all leg exercises are created equal. Whether your goal is to get gorgeous gams, build lower-body strength or increase your endurance as a runner, you don’t want to waste your time or energy or risk a potential injury on ineffective, inefficient leg exercises. Here, Geoff Tripp, CSCS, certified personal trainer and head of fitness at Trainiac, shares five ineffectual moves to cut from your leg day, plus what to do instead for a fitter, stronger, more powerful lower body. 1. Leg Extension Machine What the leg extension machine lacks is functionality, Tripp says. “There aren’t many times in...

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Lunges vs. Squats – Which Exercise is Best?

Lunges and squats are two of the most popular leg exercises around. But is one better than the other? In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into both of these moves so you can decide which one is right for you! It doesn’t matter what you are training for. You need to work your legs hard, heavy, and often. Leg training ensures that you develop a well-balanced physique, and, if you play sports, strengthening your legs will have a massive impact on your performance. There are lots of different leg exercises to choose from, and almost all of them...

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The 5 Hardest Ab Exercises You Can Do at Home

The 5 Hardest Ab Exercises You Can Do at Home

Are you sick of crunches? Or maybe planks just aren’t doing it for you any more. If your usual core routine is losing its appeal, it’s probably time to level up. And don’t worry — there’s no shortage of gruelling ab exercises out there. Next time you’re feeling particularly bored with your core workouts, burn out your abdominal muscles with these five exercises, courtesy of Mathew Forzaglia, certified personal trainer and founder of Forzag Fitness on the NEOU App. 1. V-Ups Start lying on the ground with your legs extended and held together, arms above your head, elbows along your ears. Raise your legs, arms...

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