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Category Archives: Strength and Power Training

How to Do a Pull-Up (for Beginners)

Pull-ups are impressive, which means that for many athletes, they’re aspirational. If you can’t do one, odds are you’d like to. If you can, maybe you’re gunning for the single-arm or weighted variation. Once you’re able to do a few pull-ups, it’s easy to see how you might build up to more. But if you […]

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A Four-Move Workout for Better Posture

How’s your posture? Chances are it’s not great. All that slouching isn’t just a bad look; it drags down athletic performance, too. “How we move in daily life directly crosses over to patterns in sports,” says Heidi Greenwood, a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Building strength and mobility in key areas (shoulders, hips, the back) […]

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3 Common Misconceptions About Core Strength

The burning sensation of building core strength can be incredibly satisfying, whether you’re holding a plank or struggling to finish your last set of crunches. That burn might bring you a sense of accomplishment, but it shouldn’t be your only measure of core strength. The core is the literal center of your body, a key transition […]

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A Simple Mobility Routine for Happy Joints

Mobility encompasses all the features of a healthy joint: flexibility, stability, elasticity, strength, and coordination. Good mobility has cascading positive effects—hip and ankle mobility can help resolve knee and lower-back pain, spinal rotation helps us access powerful parts of our bodies as we run and twist—while poor mobility can lead to pain and injury. Our […]

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12 Yoga Poses for Strong Legs

Summertime sends us outside—walking, running, hiking, biking, or standing still trying to catch a breeze. What do these activities have in common? They require us to use the power of our legs. In fact, many of our recreational and mundane activities require strong lower limbs. And while summer shorts and swimsuits put our legs on […]

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Are Muscle Oxygen Sensors the Next Great Fitness Wearable?

On a typical training ride in Spain’s Sierra Nevada, Tokyo Olympics triathlon champion Kristian Blummenfelt might start near Granada, at around 3,000 feet above sea level, and finish as high as 10,000 feet. A key mantra for Norway’s world-beating triathlon squad is intensity control—each workout is neither easier nor harder than what the coach prescribes. […]

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The Best Women’s Workout Apparel of 2022

Norrøna Singlet Top ($49) (Photo: Courtesy Norrøna) Many tanks are either too fitted, too loose, or too flowy. This hip-length option from Norrøna hits the sweet spot. Because of this spot-on fit, we barely noticed it during bicep curls and long spin classes. Its seamless style and deep racerback cut prevent underarm chafing, while the […]

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This Stair Exercise Routine Was Made for Strength and Injury Prevention

Searching for the next great fitness tool? Look no further than your feet. Adding a staircase to your exercise routine can build muscle and decrease your risk of injury, says Chris Lee, a strength coach and the owner of Kinesis Integrated in Boulder, Colorado. Compared with on-the-ground body-weight workouts, stairs amp up the difficulty (thanks, […]

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I Tested Givego, the App That Wants to Replace Your Coach

I’m biking as fast as I can down a mile-long ribbon of singletrack in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, navigating roots, lips, a miniature rock garden, and an abundance of turns—everything from big, swooping corners and twisty hairpins to fall-away berms. My breathing is heavy as I try to maintain my pace. When I arrive at the […]

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