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5 Things You Should Never Do After A Workout

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Showing up for that spin class and pushing yourself through tough intervals is the most important aspect of your fitness regimen—but what you do after you sweat can have a major impact on how your body responds to the work you put in.

“From the foods we eat to the amount of rest we get, the decisions we make post-workout all impact the way our body recovers, repairs, and even grows,” says Julius Jamison, a top trainer at New York Health and Racquet Club. Which is why it makes sense to avoid these five big mistakes active people (AKA probably you) make all of the time.

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1. Forgetting to hydrate

You generally don’t have time to get enough water when you’re busy lifting and lunging, so it’s essential you drink more water than normal right after to re-hydrate says Rebecca Kennedy, a master trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp and the creator of A.C.C.E.S.S. She also recommends reaching for a recovery drink after a particularly sweaty workout (her favorite is WellWell). “You’re going to need to replenish your glycogen levels and replace electrolytes, both of which assist recovery,” she says.

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2. Eating fatty foods

“Fats slow down the digestive process, so you never want to consume too much after your workout,” Jamison explains. “You want to eat ‘fast-acting’ nutrients that are able to enter the bloodstream and get to the cells quickly.” That means refueling quickly, as in 20 to 30 minutes after you work out, with quality protein and carbs to feed your muscles.

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3. Skipping the stretch

Sure, sometimes you have to run out to get to that meeting, but after your muscles have been contracting for an hour, getting in a few good stretches for at least 10 seconds at a time is crucial. “Failing to stretch post-workout could cause limitations in your range of motion, which could make you more susceptible to injuries,” Jamison says.

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4. Sitting still for the entire rest of the day

“You definitely want to start moving at some point or your body’s going to tighten up,” Kennedy says. Of course, you can’t escape your desk job entirely, but she stressed the need for “active recovery” in addition to stretching (especially if you’re doing intense workouts like a HIIT bootcamp). That means spending some time at 50 percent of your max heart rate (so medium effort) doing things like dynamic stretching, foam rolling, and functional body-weight and core work.

If you can’t do it during the day after a morning workout, dedicate a few minutes in the evening or the following day. “There are all different kinds of benefits—like stimulating blood flow, relieving soreness, reinforcing good posture, and more.”

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5. Skimping on sleep

The day you PR during your CrossFit WOD is not the day to cheat your body of the rest it needs to repair and recharge. “Our bodies recover and rebuild the most when we’re sleeping, so proper rest is key,” Jamison says. Overall, “what you do after your workout is not going to make or break it, but it will enhance it and make it worth doing,” Kennedy says. And isn’t that what it’s all about?

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Your Ideal Workout, Accoring to Your Astrological Sign

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What if, instead of scrolling through the ClassPass app, you could turn to the stars for advice on how to sweat it out today?

As it turns out, your sun sign (which indicates the position of the sun at your time of birth—in other words, the sign that you think of as yours) actually has a strong influence on what sort of fitness appeals to you.

“The sun in astrology represents what you have energy for,” says Sandra Sitron, astrologer behind Strong Eye Astrology. “Being the energetic focal point of our solar system, it correlates to the energetic focal point within you and indicates how you want to use your energy out in the world.”

So essentially your astrological sign is directly connected to the type of boutique fitness class or physical activity that inspires you, based on your innate preferences. Consider this your legit excuse for splurging on a rock climbing class or investing in horseback riding lessons.

But that’s not the only way to find the perfect, sweaty match. Whereas your sun sign workout represents your “internal fire,” as Sitron likes to call it, your rising sign—the zodiac sign that was rising over the Eastern horizon at your time of birth—also plays a key role in your physical identity. “This is a great place to look for clues about the best workouts that match your outward personality and your body,” notes Sitron. “Those that correlate to your rising sign should feel natural, as if your body was built for it.”

Of course, you can use your other signs to help you pinpoint the ultimate workout for every mood. Want to release pent-up tension? Check out the best option according to your moon sign, which Sitron says represents emotions. Having trouble actually getting off the couch and onto a mat? Look to your Mars sign, since the planet is tied to motivation. (Don’t know your moon, rising, or Mars sign? Obtain your chart here, or book a session with Sitron herself.)

Ready to look to the stars for your perfect workout? Read on for Sitron’s rundown of the ideal sweat sessions for each zodiac sign.

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Happiness tips for Aries

Aries: martial arts

Fiery Aries is independent, highly active, and she loves to win. Her ruling planet is Mars—the Roman god of war. Since she has a warrior spirit, this workout (think karate, aikido, tae kwon do, jujitsu, and kick-boxing) suits Aries perfectly—giving her strength, flexibility, speed, and the ability to defend herself.

Other workouts to try: competitive sports and interval training.

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Happiness tips for Taurus

Taurus: weight lifting

Taurus is the original gym rat. Since her sign rules the physical body and the senses, she knows how important it is to keep her body fit and feeling good. She has inherent inertia, meaning once she’s motion, she stays in motion. Since she can be a little bit stubborn, Taurus has to make the choice to get going—but after she does, nothing can stop her. For these reasons, a good weight-training program is excellent for her. She can always adapt it to suit her ever-evolving progress.

Other workouts to try: anything endurance-related, like long-distance running or jogging, cycling, and triathlons.

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Happiness tips for Gemini

Gemini: group exercise classes

Social butterfly Gemini is high-energy and she loves to be around people. She can get distracted quickly, so the structure and variety of a group exercise class helps to keep her focused. If she can find an instructor who teaches her about fitness during the class, all the better—after all, Gemini loves to learn. The activity boosts her mood while helping her clear her mind and tone her body. (Win-win-win!)

Other workouts to try: walking with friends and five-minute routines.

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Happiness tips for Cancer

Cancer: yoga

The Cancer babe is ruled by the moon, AKA her emotions. She loves the mind-body connection that yoga offers her. It helps her to find her inner stability and balance her emotions, all while giving her a full-body workout. Plus, the meditative practice lets her feel perfectly in sync.

Other workouts to try: water aerobics and swimming.

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Happiness tips for Leo

Leo: play

Leo doesn’t always have the patience for the gym, but she knows that she needs to keep her heart and her body in tip-top shape. Her best solution? Play. Whether it’s with the dog, children, or on a sports team, Leo loves to have fun and act like a kid again. Any activity that feels like amusement instead of work will keep her motivated and healthy.

Other workouts to try: dancing, trampoline jumping, hula hooping, and ice skating.

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Happiness tips for Virgo

Virgo: Pilates

The structure and exactitude of Pilates suits detail-oriented Virgo perfectly. Joseph Pilates (a Virgo rising!) designed this fitness method to strengthen and align the body, which suits Virgo just fine—efficiency is a must for her. The Virgo babe is highly intelligent, practical, and methodical. She loves this systematic workout because it gets results and helps her feel really good in her body.

Other workouts to try: yoga, weight lifting, and IntenSati.

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Happiness tips for Libra

Libra: dance

Graceful Libra is ruled by the planet Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty, and relationships. She’s intelligent and yearns to feel balanced and healthy in her body. As dancing is lively, varied, social, and fun, it’s the perfect workout for the Libran sensibility. She would often rather forget that she is working out, so she especially loves that she can get caught up in the rhythm of the music. Dancing makes her feel totally alive, vibrant, and connected—score!

Other workouts to try: group exercise classes, tennis, any activity done with a partner, Pilates, and yoga.

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Happiness tips for Scorpio

Scorpio: Spinning

Sultry Scorpio is intense and driven. She loves the feeling of working it, and Spinning lets her dig in to realize the full force of her power. (A fun and intense workout in a dark room? So Scorpio.) Plus, she can ride the waves of enthusiasm generated by a brilliant instructor. All-out exertion is good for her, as she wants to completely let go. As an added bonus, Scorpio rules the pelvis, and cycling is said to be well-suited to women seeking pelvic floor exercises.

Other workouts to try: pole dancing, belly dancing, yoga—especially Ashtanga or Kundalini—and (of course) sex.

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Happiness tips for Sagittarius

Sagittarius: jogging outdoors

Sagittarius is outdoors-loving and intelligent. She loves to challenge herself and explore the world, and jogging outside in nature keeps her in forward motion. The activity helps her use up her boundless energy, strengthen her body, and see new things. Don’t turn to the treadmill, however—there’s nothing a Sagitarrius hates more than to feel stuck. Bonus points: The endorphin high she gets from extended cardio activity matches her naturally optimistic attitude.

Other workouts to try: archery, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, and walking.

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Happiness tips of Capricorn

Capricorn: rock climbing

Capricorn the goat represents the climb to the top of the mountain—and that can translate literally into the perfect workout for these ambitious souls. Capricorn wants to be able to see the task ahead of her, and completing it feels super-satisfying. She’s not afraid of hard work, and she is always looking for a new achievement. Even better, each climb helps her build her physical strength and her self confidence.

Other workouts to try: hiking, weight training programs.

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Happiness tips for Aquarius

Aquarius: circus workouts

Aquarius is not afraid of being a little bit weird—she’s an outlier and a creative innovator. Above all else, she hates to be bored at the gym. Circus workouts or adult gymnastics suit her magical and transcendent personality just fine. She has a lot of stamina and perseverance, so she’s not afraid of diving into something demanding. Circus workouts help her build her strength and define her individuality while potentially also allowing her to work as part of a team, which she loves.

Other workouts to try: aerial yoga or silk dancing classes, trampoline, diving, ropes course, and wind surfing.

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Happiness tips for Pisces

Pisces: swimming

Mystical Pisces loves to be in the water—so swimming puts her right in her element. She has a meditative spirit, and enjoys the calming rhythm of doing laps. It helps her feel transcendent, which she loves, and the excellent full-body workout heightens her self awareness and keeps her centered. Also important? The Pisces babe is very sensual and can sometimes become overwhelmed by her senses, so being in the water helps her tune in to herself by blocking out distracting sights and sounds.

Other workouts to try: yoga, scuba diving or snorkeling, surfing, walking, and tai chi.

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Jennifer Lopez’s Go-To Butt-Targeting Workout, Straight From Her Trainer

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Like a fine (organic) wine, Jennifer Lopez seems to be getting better with age.

After nearly 20 years in the limelight (yep, Selena came out in 1997), you’d think that the singer, dancer, and actress would be slowing down a bit—but you’d be wrong. This year alone, she released a new single and music video, starred in the TV show Shades of Blue, acted as a judge on American Idol, and performed her show in Las Vegas in between. But how does the star—who just celebrated her 47th birthday in July—keep up her never-ending energetic star power?

She chalks it all up to a serious fitness regimen.

While she’s been known to regularly dabble in dance cardio with Tracy Anderson as her personal trainer-slash-choreographer, she’s also stuck to the classic—but hard-core—mix of cardio and bodyweight training created by her longtime trainer David Kirsch to keep her figure in check (including a certain signature asset).

While she may not be taking up the new boxing trend (on Instagram at least) or trying out every buzzy new studio, she’s definitely not afraid to work up a serious sweat—and rack up the squat count—in the name of fitness.

Scroll down to see the J.Lo-approved derriere workout, straight from her personal trainer.

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Sumo Lunge to a Side Kick with Squat Jump

1.  Stand in a “sumo” position with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, knees bent, and bodyweight over your heels.

2. Take a large step sideways with your right leg, bringing your right knee in toward your chest and then over to the right in one continuous movement.

3. As soon as your right foot touches the ground, bring your knee back into your chest and complete a side kick, kicking your right heel out to the side.

4. Lower your right leg to the floor, returning to sumo position. Squat down while keeping weight in your heels and stick out your butt. Keep your knees directly above—not in front of—your toes.

5. Spring up while thrusting your arms overhead. Land on your heels, rolling forward onto your toes. Repeat with a sumo lunge and side kick with your left leg and another squat jump. Continue alternating right and left until you have completed 15 lunges on each side and 30 squat jumps.

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Reverse Crossover Lunge to Lateral Lunge

1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Step your right leg back and behind your left leg and lunge, almost as if curtsying.

2. Reverse to return to the starting position.

3. Step your right leg out to the side laterally, without pausing. Step into your right heel, keeping the right knee aligned with the heel. Your anchor leg should be in a ninety-degree angle. Keep your hips, heels, and knees forward and aligned. Repeat, but step your left leg back. That’s one rep. Perform 15 reps (or 15 lunges) on each side.

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Plie Toe Squats

1. Start with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart and turned out at 45-degree angles with your hands on your hips. As you squat down, simultaneously lift up your heels as high as you can.

2. Return to starting position—that’s one rep. Perform 15 reps.

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Single Leg Deadlifts

1. Start with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart. Balancing on your right leg, bend at the waist and reach your left hand down to your right foot; extend your left leg straight behind you.

2. Keep both hips square during the movement and return to the starting position. That’s one rep. Perform 15 reps on each leg.

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The At-Home Workout That Targets Your Whole Body In Under 20 Minutes

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For those crazy busy days when the last thing on your mind is getting in a workout, this routine is an easy solution. It takes less than 20 minutes and works every inch of your body—not to mention it can be done anywhere. That’s the beauty of Keith Johnson’s Evolution6 program.

His workout below has a lower-body focus to maximize your burn. Each exercise in the 20 minutes will safely work as many muscles as possible for an efficient and effective total-body class. Want more Keith? Check out his full six-week program by clicking the discounted link below.

Check out the workout here!

Workout details: Perform each move for 30 seconds. No equipment needed!

Warm up fast with jumping jacks, a T-spine stretch, trunk rotation, and arm circles. Start out the workout with reverse lunges to thrust, side lunges with pop, and stationary lunges. Repeat that sequence a second time. Change over to sumo monkey squats, regular monkey squats, and single-leg deadlifts, then repeat. Jump rope for 30 seconds, then fast feet and skater hops and repeat. End the workout with two rounds of toe touches, crunches, a rotating plank, and a wiggle worm.

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These Are the Top 5 Ways to Burn the Most Calories in One Hour

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Fitting time into your day to get physical is work in and of itself. Whether you’re an early riser who kick-starts her day by breaking a sweat or you hit the gym after your 9-to-5, there’s a laundry list of tasks competing for your valuable time. Sometimes the best we can do is put in an hour or less, so it’s pertinent we maximize our efforts when we get that time.

While deciding which workout is right for you really comes down to what you enjoy doing and what gets you motivated to sweat, there are certain moves that make the most of your limited time, if calories are what you’re counting. How many calories are burned per hour of a certain activity is an accurate measure of the exercise’s intensity.

Employing research published by the National Institutes of Health, the Mayo Clinic listed the top 36 popular forms of exercise in order of caloric impact. While precise figures will vary depending on body type, age, and other factors, the lineup does give a good idea of what exercises will have the biggest burn if you’re crunched on time. Here are the top five ways to burn the most calories in just one hour.

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5 Ways to Workout Without Paying For a Gym Membership

Are you like me: concerned about my health, paying a monthly fee to a gym that I never go to (but mean to!)? Then this article is for you! Every year gyms make millions of dollars on dormant gym fees because people fail to use them. Whether you are paying $10 a month or $70 a month, if you are not actively using your gym you are literally throwing money down the drain. The following are five ways to work out without paying for a gym membership.

1. Walk more.

It is obvious that running outside is a great way to burn calories, increase leg muscles, and save on a gym membership. However, running may be too intense to start with, so walking may be a good alternative. You can begin by leaving early for work—use the extra time to get off a stop early on your commute so you can walk the rest of the way. If your office is on a high floor, take the steps instead of the elevator!

You can also add walking to your lunch schedule. Instead of spending lunch in the cafeteria, take a quick walk around your building. These small actions may seem insignificant but you’ll be surprised at the amount of calories you can burn simply by adding more walking to your daily routine. If you want to track your daily activity, fitness bracelets like Fitbit will track your steps while also providing free workouts.

2. Search YouTube.

The great thing about the information age is that technology can make it easier to access services that would normally cost you. For instance, it used to cost hundreds of dollars per hour for a personal trainer to guide you through a workout. Now, many personal trainers have YouTube channels, and you can be trained by a professional in the comfort of your own home—and for the grand price of zero. Not only does this eliminate the need of having to pay for a gym membership, but you also get top-notch instruction without feeling insecure about people watching you.

See our favorite online workouts here.

3. Purchase home gym equipment.

If you have the space, purchasing home gym equipment may be a good alternative to going to the gym. While there is an upfront cost for purchasing equipment, in the long run you will save money based on the longevity of the equipment. A stationary bike can be easily used while watching your favorite shows or a weight bench can help add strength training to build muscle. If you don’t want to spend money on new equipment, you can search Craigslist or Amazon for used home gym equipment to save money. If you don’t have room for large equipment, start with smaller and affordable options like over the door resistance bands or a fitness ball.

4. Play with kids (or pets!).

Good ol’ playing with your kids or pets can be a great way to increase your movement. Kids and pets have unlimited energy, and can literally motivate you to keep going when you don’t feel like it. Playing with kids or pets may give you a good workout, and spending time with your loved ones is an added bonus.

5. Utilize free local workouts.

Check your local community calendars or fitness stores (like Lululemon) for any free or reduced priced classes. Partnering with a friend or having a workout buddy to stay active with will help keep you motivated. Many studios offer free classes to the community. Or if you are a first-time student you may be able to try classes for free. See our tips for practicing yoga on a budget here.

The money you’d save by canceling your gym membership may not seem like a lot at first glance. However, when you add up the amount you could save over time, especially if you count the interest you are losing if you invested that money into a free high-yield savings account (like what is offered at BankMobile) then you get the real picture. So do yourself a favor: Don’t only save for the sake of your pockets, but save for yourself as well because health is wealth!

 

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How to Maintain Your Workout Routine While Traveling

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It’s hard enough to stick to a consistent, or even semi-regular, workout plan when you’re living your daily life at home. Throw travel into the mix, and it can feel near impossible to keep at it. But traveling can provide some of the best opportunities to work out, like a reason to explore a part of a city you wouldn’t have otherwise visited and an excuse to get to know locals. Here are 10 tips for maintaining your workout routine while traveling:

Many workout apps have programs now that mimic the results you’d get from a personal trainer. Apps like Skyfit ($9 per month), which is marketed towards frequent travelers, provide guided workouts that require as little as a treadmill or even just your bodyweight. Alternatively, you can invest in an app like Yoga Studio ($4.99) which has so many guided yoga videos you’d have to travel for years to get through them all, or set up a training program with Nike Training Club for free.

A huge part of getting to your workout is mentally preparing yourself for it. Before even leaving for your trip, take out the question of, “Should I work out this morning?” by writing it into your itinerary. In other words, squeeze in that “3-Mile Run” before (or on the way to): “See the colosseum.”

If you frequently travel within your country, consider investing in a package of classes from a studio with locations in multiple cities. In the United States, some of these studios include Pure Barre, Soul Cycle, Fly Wheel, Exhale, and several large chain yoga studios. That way, no matter the city you’re in, you know exactly what to expect from your workout and if they’re more expensive than a class you’d normally buy, consider them a travel splurge. If you get tired of doing one workout, consider investing in a month’s subscription to Classpass, an app where you pay a flat fee (currently starting at $60 for 5 classes per month) to attend classes in any of the cities they’re in, which is most large cities in the U.S.

When you’re booking your lodging for travel, consider some basics: Does the hotel come with a gym? Is your Airbnb situated in a good area for running? Is it in a central location, close to workout studios? Answering these questions and making adjustments before you arrive will make you all the more likely to get your heart pumping while you’re there.

Travel is less predictable than daily life and that’s part of the beauty of it—you want to be able to make a last-minute decision to go to the bistro across town for dinner, and your exercise shouldn’t get in the way of that, so get it done first thing in the morning and you’ll have the whole day to enjoy other things.

Often, exploring on foot is the best way to see a city. Plan your runs so that they go through neighborhoods you’ve wanted to visit, then plan a fun endpoint, like a coffee shop, and take a cab back to your hotel once you’ve had a croissant and a cappuccino (everything in balance).

If you’re visiting a coast, take a surf lesson or rent paddle boards; if you’re near nature, go for a hike. Incorporate the environment of the place you’re visiting into your workout to enjoy an activity unlike anything you’d do at home.

You don’t have to bring dumbbells to get a good hotel room workout in. Plenty of effective equipment is also practically feather-light, so go ahead and pack a resistance band, TRX, or sliders without worrying about overweight baggage.

Assuming that you’re traveling to somewhere you don’t visit often, it’s the perfect time to take full advantage of the deals studios offer to new clients. Flywheel, for example, offers their first class free, and many yoga studios offer $30 for a week of unlimited classes. Think of it as your traveler’s special.

The website Meetup has a function where you can search for exercise groups so you can join a group of people you’ve never met and play flag football on the beach to get your heart rate up while enjoying yourself and meeting locals. If you’re not a fan of meeting strangers, sign up for a Nike Run Club outing, which is available at Nike stores across the country, or even sign up for a race if it lines up with your stay to get a locals’ experience in a brand-new place.

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How To Do A Burpee

For such a goofy-sounding exercise, the burpee strikes dread into the hearts of novice exercisers and athletes alike. If you ask me, though, this stems simply from the fact that people fear what they don’t understand. The burpee isn’t an exercise that only intense CrossFitters do; it is a body-awesome combination that anyone can do. In truth, the burpee is actually a whole bunch of functional movements strung together: the squat, the plank, the push-up, the squat thrust, and the straight jump. Not only do you get all those great dynamic exercises in one, but by doing them in rapid succession, pretty much all of your muscles must work together in beautiful synergy, offering a full-body workout in just one move. The key is to maintain good form throughout.

Here’s the video on how to do it right: http://www.refinery29.com/how-to-do-a-burpee-exercise.

Step 1: Squat down and plant your palms on the ground on either side of your knees.

Step 2: Quickly hop both your feet out behind you, so you’re in a tall-arm plank. If the jump is too much, step out one foot, and then the other to meet it. Firm your arms into the ground so your shoulders are strong, pull your bellybutton in slightly so your core is tight, and squeeze your cheeks together so your hips don’t sag.

Step 3: Purists will say this is where you’ve got to perform a push-up. Hold your plank nice and tight — and don’t forget to squeeze your glutes. Inhale as you lower your body down by pitching forward slightly on your toes and allowing your elbows to bend back to form an “A” shape with your head (not flared out to the sides). Your shoulder blades will pinch together as you go. Exhale as you push up, maintaining that strong core.

Step 4: Hop your feet together in between your hands, so you’re squatting with your hands on the floor like at the end of Step 1. Don’t want to jump? Step your feet in, one at a time.

Step 5: Jump for joy! (Hey, you’re almost done.) Throw your arms up to the sky and launch yourself off the ground from both feet into a nice, straight jump.

Step 6: Repeat from the top. Don’t groan — at least you know what you’re in for now!

Not sure how to work this magical move into your repertoire? You can use a set of 10 burpees as a warm-up (go slowly) or a power finisher (go hard) to your regular workout.

For a quick 10- or 20-minute workout you can do anywhere, try 30 seconds of burpees, then 30 seconds of squats, 30 second of burpees again, and finish with 30 seconds of alternating reverse lunges. Rest for 30 seconds; repeat the whole thing four (or eight) times.

Another idea: if you tend to get bored with cardio machines, you can spice things up with burpees (and get a strengthening boost): run/elliptical/cycle/row for five minutes at a good clip; then, hop off and do 10 burpees. Repeat for 30 to 45 minutes total.

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Unique Fitness Classes To Try Across The U.S.

With bikini season quickly approaching, it’s always a goal of ours to kick up our workouts right around this time. Instead of getting stuck in a rut, Glitter Guide tried some new and unique classes across the country, and want to make sure their readers know about them, too! From underwater cycling to aerial Pilates, it’s time to get fit—while having fun!

Unique Fitness Classes To Try Across The US 2The Monster Cycle – New York City: Our NYC editor, Carly, can’t get enough of this fitness studio, and it’s not just because of its Beyoncé-themed spin classes! This SoHo spin studio is extra fun, thanks to the music videos displayed on huge flat-screen TVs, to help give you extra motivation and energy in class.

Unique Fitness Classes To Try Across The USY7 Studio, Hip-Hop Yoga – Los Angeles and New York City: Sweat it out while listening to old school hip-hop during the strengthening candlelit hot yoga classes.

Unique Fitness Classes To Try Across The US 3Air – Chicago, Charlotte, N.C. and Los Angeles: Using aerial silk hammocks, get an intense workout that combines yoga, ballet and Pilates—while floating in the air!

Unique Fitness Classes To Try Across The US 4Pop Physique – Atlanta, Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco: We love a good barre class, especially when it specializes in giving us an extra-toned butt! With multiple locations across the country, fun music and chic studios, we can’t get enough of our weekly workouts here.

Unique Fitness Classes To Try Across The US 1Barry’s Bootcamp – Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, Nashville and New York City: Get ready to SWEAT! These super-intense interval classes combine running, weights and everything in between for lots of fat burning in one hour.

Unique Fitness Classes To Try Across The US 6Aqua Studio – New York City: Spin while you swim! Using water as your resistance, this cycling class utilizes bikes submerged in a pool, giving you both a relaxing and strengthening workout!