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8 Bridal Bootcamp Workouts

You’ve said yes to the dress! And now you want to do everything you can to feel confident and look your best when you walk down the aisle.

Your wedding day is one of the biggest and most wonderful celebrations you’ll have, and you should feel like a million dollars. Whether you need to lose weight, tone up or stay exactly the same size, fitness can play an important part in your preparations for the big day.

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Should You Lift Weights to Lose Weight?

“Muscle weighs more than fat.” You’ve probably heard that phrase a million times before. And although it’s false (a pound is a pound), you may have taken it to mean you should stay far, far away from the weight rack if you’re trying to drop pounds. We get where you’re coming from, but it’s not exactly that cut and dry.

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A 7 Minute Body Weight Workout From Kayla Itsines

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or you’re not on Instagram), you know about Kayla Itsines. The fitness queen of IG (with 6.7 million followers!), creator of the #BBG program and Sweat with Kayla app, and author of The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide created this exclusive 7-minute bodyweight workout for us. The best part? It’s just four moves with no equipment, making it the perfect routine to do at home, on the go, or at the gym. “When you’re ready to get started with the workout, just remember to find a pace that suits you and your body!” Istines says.

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Should You Work Out When You’re Sick?

I get this question all the time!  Should you work out when you are sick?!

You know the scene. You stand up from the water fountain at the gym — just in time to catch a profuse spraying from Mr. Sneezy. Gross.

You think, Doesn’t this coughing, sneezing, mouth-breathing dude belong at home resting, not here at the gym infecting all the equipment? Not so fast. You could be next, and you’ll want to know if it’s OK to hit the gym. (After all, exercise does build immunity, right?) Let’s see if Mr. Sneezy is on to something.

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5 Keys to Firing Up Fat Loss While Still Kicking Ass

If you’ve listened to his interview on the Bodybuilding.com Podcast or tried his recent Ultimate Back or Ultimate Shoulders workouts, you know that Cellucor athlete Craig Capurso is in the middle of a transformation. After an accomplished run as an IFBB pro competitor, he’s turned his sights away from the stage, and put them squarely on what happens in the gym day in and day out. His goals now, he says, are all performance based: Get stronger. Move better. Learn new skills. Perform at a high level every single day.

As a former semi-pro football player, this athletic mindset comes fairly naturally to Capurso. But his training was usually pure bodybuilder: either growing big through heavy volume, or cutting hard, as in his popular program 30 Days Out: Craig Capurso’s Extreme Cut Trainer.

Those fat-loss phases, he admits, were often where the goal switched from thriving to merely surviving. In his new approach, simply getting by isn’t an option! Here are Capurso’s keys for leaning out while maintaining a high level of performance in the gym.

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The 41 Hardest Ab Exercises

Think you’re hardcore — or that you have a hard core? Prove it! These 41 midsection-mangling moves are some of the most advanced on the planet. They’ll help strengthen your torso from a variety of angles and in a variety of ways so you’ll be ready for all the movements initiated by your core — which is just about every move you make!

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The One Trick to Help You Lift More Weight

Nothing beats the feeling of knowing you’re stronger today than you were yesterday. If you train with weights on a regular basis, chances are you know how exciting it is to nail a heavy lift you could once barely budge. To score your next PR (personal record), give post-activation potentiation (PAP) a try. This method can help you go heavier on maximum-effort lifts like squats, bench presses and deadlifts — today. Exercise physiologist Dean Somerset compares PAP to a priming button on a lawn mower. “You pump that a couple of times to get some gas into the chamber, and that helps you to start it up a lot easier and generate some power at the go,” he says.

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45 Insanely Effective TRX Exercises

It’s time to ditch the dumbbells, kick the kettlebells, and forget about those weight-training machines. OK, maybe not permanently, but at least long enough to add something new to your fitness routine: TRX training techniques.

Invented by a former U.S. Navy SEAL, the TRX (short for total-body resistance exercise) turns every exercise into a challenge for the core by using two very accessible resources: gravity and our own bodyweight. All you have to do is anchor the TRX straps to a secure spot (think a weight machine, a door frame, or even monkey bars or a basketball hoop pole if you’re getting creative) and use either your feet or hands—depending on the exercise—to hold onto the straps.

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7 Dessert Recipes With Zero Added Sugar (Seriously, Not Even Honey)

By now we know that most of the world consumes way too much sugar. But it’s not like our sweet tooth cares—when a dessert craving hits, it hits bad. Many turn to alternative ways to satisfy it, using less-refined sugars like agave, honey, and coconut sugar, but we’re going a step further this time, with treats that use no added sweeteners whatsoever. From tarts to mousse, these sugar-free recipes still manage to make dessert even sweeter.

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How to Stop Muscle Cramps in Their Tracks

Whether you call them cramps, stitches, or just pains in the butt, muscle spasms put a serious damper on any workout—especially considering they usually strike without warning.

No one is immune to muscle cramps. Your calf muscles, hamstrings, quads, arms, and abs are most likely to be affected. There are plenty of possible culprits too, including being dehydrated, having poor blood circulation, not stretching enough, or just fatiguing your muscles. The news only gets worse: Cramps can occur up to six hours after exercising (talk about a sneak attack!); the notorious charley horse often happens in the middle of the night—and you thought nightmares were bad. Luckily, scientists have found things you can do to prevent and stop muscle cramps in their tracks

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The Worst Diet Tips Top Nutrition Experts Have Ever Heard

It seems like every time you turn around there’s a new diet trend demanding you become a devotee in order to stay healthy. With all the high-fat this and dairy-free that out there, the world of healthy eating can seem totally confusing.

Luckily, distinguishing the best advice from the bulls**t just got a lot easier. We asked top nutrition experts for the worst diet tips they’ve ever heard—and what we should be doing instead.

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12 Health Victories Worth Celebrating (That Aren’t Just Weight Loss)

It’s easy to think that your health is directly correlated to your weight. And while, yes, losing just 5 percent of your body weight can lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease as well as improve metabolic function in liver, fat, and muscle tissue, it’s really not just about that number on the scale.

If you’re not losing lbs., but you’ve made purposeful lifestyle changes, there are still a bunch of off-the-scale victories to celebrate. Here are 12 things that you might not exactly be boasting about on Facebook, but we totally think you should.

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