Strength

Muscle Up

ROUTINE 1Dead Lift (1)Squatting with a straight back, thighs parallel to the floor and knees behind your toes and pointing straight forward, grip two heavy dumbbells...

Peak Fitness

You don't need any special skills to climb Rainier with a guiding service. You just need to show up in the best hiking shape of your life. This six-month plan, designed by Doug Schurman—co-author...

Joint Effort

It's the dreaded, season-ending pop! Tear your anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, and surgery is in your immediate future—followed by months of rehab. But new research into the way muscles,...

Heavy Metal

THE MOST IMPRESSIVE feat of strength I've ever witnessed—besides the time my girlfriend twisted the cap off the jelly jar when I couldn't—was performed at a class in...

Suspended Oblique Crunch

WHY: Builds the oblique abdominal muscles, which keep you steady during the final stages of a hard run or ride. "If you don't have strong stabilizers, fatigue will set in even...

Suspended Pike

WHY: "It engages the lower and upper abs, the lower back, and the hip flexors—the muscles at the top of the legs and groin—which is a general weakness in both cyclists and...

Core Strengthening: Power Pulls

WHY: "This improves your rotational core," says Dixon. "You're not just working on a pulling action that strengthens the back; you're forced to engage your core at the same time...

You Scrape Your Foot

It's just a tiny cut from a coral reef—no big deal, right?...

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