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Dumbbell Box Step-Overs Will Give You Your Tightest Butt Ever

When it comes to leg day, it doesn’t get more classic than the squat. But if a squat is the only lower-body movement in your leg-day routine, not only do you risk getting bored, but you’re missing a chance to work not only your legs and glutes but your core and upper body, too.

Enter: the dumbbell box step-over. The exercise is a lot like a box step-up, but with the addition of two weights, either dumbbells or kettlebells. Stepping not just up but over taxes and tones the lower body in a different way than just squatting. “Dumbbell box step-overs are a challenging movement and a great way to train and challenge the entire body, but also more specifically to sculpt and train the gluteus maximus, hamstrings, quads, core, and even upper body,” explains...

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This Simple Stair Test Could Predict Your Risk of Dying

Last year around this time, I made it my New Year’s resolution to take one extra flight of stairs every day at the office. I arrive every morning smugly congratulating myself for being a superior human being for not taking the escalator. Oh and I also happen to live in a third-floor walk-up apartment. Nothing could have prepared me more for headlines this morning that how well you do on a new stair test could determine your risk of dying.

Those headlines are riffing off a new study presented at a European Society of Cardiology meeting in Milan this week. Spanish researchers found that high performers on an exercise test had a lower risk of death from heart disease, cancer, or other causes, and the level of fitness required for those life-extending benefits turns out to...

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Your Peloton Membership Just Got a Lot Better

If you're a Peloton fan, you’ll love their latest offering: yoga. That’s right, the brand best known for its high-energy, interactive indoor and streaming cycling classes, and more recently their treadmill classes, is now ready to help you get Zen.

To start, there will be four live yoga classes taught each day by one of three instructors: Aditi Shah, Anna Greenberg, and Kristin McGee. Classes will range from 20 to 45 minutes, and will include a variety of styles, including Vinyasa flow, a vigorous power yoga, a restorative class, a basics class geared towards helping beginners build the foundation of a practice, and even guided meditation. Plus, a bank of yoga content that will be available anywhere, any time.

Studio classes for new members will...

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You Don't Have to Do Cardio to Lose Weight (But There's a Catch)

When you think of exercise geared specifically toward weight loss, you likely imagine spending long hours on the treadmill or elliptical. And while it's true that doing steady state cardio probably will help with weight loss, experts say it's totally unnecessary if your main goal is fat loss. In fact, you can lose weight just by lifting weights. (Yes, really. Just peep these weight lifting body transformations.)

However, that doesn't mean you should never do cardio. Here's why you might want to prioritize strength training if shedding pounds is on your to-do list—but you can't forgo breathing heavy forever.

RELATED: 5 Ways to Build Lean Muscle Fast

Why You Don't Need Dedicated Cardio Sessions to Lose Weight

"Cardio is one of the least effective...

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