When you’re looking to get back into fitness, or indeed get into it for the very first time in your life, it’s always wise to start with a short and achievable challenge. Giving yourself a target you can complete within a month will give you a motivational boost...
Fitness DVDs are big business. If you’ve ever fallen down a Sky box-shaped hole and found yourself scanning the depths of cable television you’ll have been exposed to the alarming array of options. But one that deserves your attention is the somewhat threateningly titled Insanity workout. It’s one of...

How To Do The Cable Row

When it comes to adding serious size, it is arguably cables (rather than dogs – sorry) that are man’s best friend. The pulley attachment creates a constant level of tension that free weights struggle to beat. And the cable row is one of the best cable exercises around,...
The pull-up is the toughest bodyweight move there is, requiring your back and other muscles to work hard to lift and lower your entire body. Muscles in your back, shoulder and arms all get a workout with pull-ups, and you’ll definitely feel every one of them when you...
Back in 1996 if you mentioned HIIT most people would probably have assumed you were talking about an Oasis record rather than an exercise style, but it happens to have been the year one of the most well-known branches of HIIT was born: Tabata training. What Is Tabata Training? Tabata...
Move your body as a single unit Tyre flips are a highly effective and intense full-body movement, making them one of the best session “finishers” to improve cardio conditioning and accelerate fat loss. Need to know “Flips develop your posterior chain as well as enhancing leg drive, flexibility, endurance and explosive...
Be honest: when did you last train your back really well? So well that you worked these muscles as hard as your “mirror muscles” on chest, shoulders or arms day? If it’s been a while since your back last burned with lactic acid and had a big pump...

How To Get Strong

There’s more to training than big muscles. Fine-tune your sessions to ensure you’re making your body stronger and more functional – and improving your everyday life. Boost Your Big Three Tweak your technique in the bench press, deadlift and back squat for near-instant gains. 1. Find your width A narrow grip on...
In the past men hit the weights room with the primary aim of bulking up, but today the main fitness goal of many is to “get lean” – namely to strip away the fat in your body to reveal the array of muscles beneath. Think Brad Pitt in...

The 21 Best Workout Apps

Unless you really know what you’re doing, it can be easy to waste time when working out, aimlessly drifting from machine to mat without actually doing much working. You can solve this problem with a personal trainer, or extensive planning, or you can just download one of the many...