Strength

Jump Start

THERE'S A PLEASING objectivity about the slam dunk that sets it apart. The rim is ten feet above the ground, and either you can dunk or you can't. Those hoppy few who can are assumed to be...

What Is Fit?

As if all the hype about "natural male enhancement" weren't enough of a challenge to men's self-confidence, a recent study at the University of Central Florida found that ads featuring muscle...

Karen Merrill's Basic Training - Explained

NOTES: Complete three sets of 10-12 reps of every lifting exercise, starting with a light weight. Finish each day's session with five minutes of stretching.MONDAYCardio:...

...And Look Good Doing It

Once you've picked the spot and put down the cash for a high-end fitness room in your palace, it's time to say goodbye to cheapo sweats and get the proper garb. Working out at home doesn't mean...

Bringing It All Back Home

TIME FLIES WHETHER YOU'RE HAVING FUN or not, and one of the first things yanked on a busy day is your workout. But you can reverse that effect with an intelligent invention called the home gym,...

The Spartan Loft

1. The quick-change plates on HOIST FITNESS's ROCKETLOK DUMBBELL AND BARBELL ENSEMBLE ($370) save precious room, and HOIST's collapsible five-position bench ($200) breaks down nicely. 800...

The Performance Lab

1. Put on a heart-rate-monitor strap, then plug a target rate into the TRUE 550ZTX CI TREADMILL before your workout. It'll automatically adjust the speed and grade of the belt to keep...

The Zen Studio

1. The submerged paddle wheel and hardwood construction of the WATERROWER ROWING MACHINE provide a full-body experience that'll make you think you're pulling oars on a river. $995; 800...

No-Tech Options

1. SQUATS Drop drown until your thighs are parallel to the floor; keep arms and torso as close to vertical as possible. 2. LATERAL REED REPS Flex to the right as far as possible without bending...

No-Tech Options

THIS STRENGTH REGIMEN—designed by Los Angeles–based coach Steve Ilg, author of Total Body Transformation (Hyperion)—was built to match the groove of the Zen room. »...

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