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Your guide to mastering the most common workout moves

cross training for runners_pu 2When it comes to working out, getting to the gym or a class is only half the battle. Once you’re there, you’ve got to do it right.

Thankfully, we talk to super brilliant, top trainers all of the time, who offer their tips and tutorials on how to properly work out every muscle—from the best ab strengtheners to how to target your triceps.

Here, we’ve compiled many of our top stories on workout moves (and tips) that you can use for full-body fitness, whether you’re hitting the gym, a group fitness class, or are going solo in a hotel gym on a vacay or business trip. Now go forth and sweat.

FULL-BODY

How to start lifting heavy weights
Lifting heavy weights is a super-efficient way to build metabolism-revving muscle, strong bones, and a toned body. Here’s how to get started.

3 smart, creative ways to do a deadlift
Full-body exercises that will shake up your gym routine.

7 cross-training exercises every runner should be doing
Want to beat your last time? Run less. And strengthen up. (Trust us!)

different types of push-upsUPPER BODY

How to train your body to do pull-ups
Three practices that will help perfect and progress your pull-ups until you can do a real one (or five).

3 moves to improve your push-ups
EVF Performance owner Eric Von Frohlich demonstrates three moves that will strengthen the many muscles involved in making you a push-up champ.

…And 3 more to get better at push-ups
These push-up variations build the actual form and strength you’ll need for the real chest-to-floor thing.

3 easy moves for stronger triceps from Barry’s Bootcamp
To start working your triceps, all you need is a will and a wall. And even New York apartments have those. Here are three moves to get you started.

Brynn JinnettCORE

5 ab exercises that are better than crunches
Crunches are on their way out, so that means you’ll need new ways to strengthen your core. Here, Brynn Jinnett shares five smarter ab exercises that sculpt.

5 kettlebell moves for a seriously strong core
Kettlebell Kickboxing creator Dasha Libin Anderson shares a (pretty killer) kettlebell workout for building serious core strength.

squat form

GLUTES

Perfect squat form, or Why you should stick your butt out at the gym
Celebrity trainer David Kirsch, known for his ability to sculpt models’ derrieres, has a simple strategy for perfecting your squats.

3 explosive moves to tone your glutes
Exercises that get your heart rate up and simultaneously attack the glutes are super fast booty-toners, says Adam Rosante, the founder of the People’s Bootcamp.

Need to stretch out, now? Check out these 5 brilliant tips from top yogis on doing yoga at home.

Originally published August 28, 2013, updated January 13, 2016. (All photos: Lisa Elaine Held for Well+Good)

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  1. October 29th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Making sure I have correct posture and technique gets harder the more tired I get. Great tips!

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