Work your butt on

Do you ever experience back pain without having a clear reason as to why it is happening? While a variety of things can lead to back pain, one common cause in America's sedentary culture is "glute amnesia." This happens when your butt muscles become weak because you don't use them all day when you're sitting in front of a computer or television. However, your glutes are your largest, most metabolically active muscles, so it is critical to keep this set of muscles active.

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Boxing fitness for a hard core

To build a solid core and improve hand-eye coordination, train like a fighter. Punching power begins in the legs and feet, but in order to transfer the power from the lower body, a boxer must have a strong core.

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David Stone
Planks: Exercise at its core

Crossfit, functional training and bodyweight exercises are the rage in today’s world of fitness. They are becoming go-to exercises for many people because of their practicality and efficiency. These exercises use little or no equipment — kettlebells, sandbags, ropes, chains and dumbbells are acceptable — but one of the best exercises uses nothing but maybe a padded mat. We’re talking about the plank.

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Happy new rear!

So why do you need strong glutes? They are the centerpiece of your body in more ways than one. Strength radiates out from them, supporting both your upper and lower body. The weaker the glutes, the greater the chances of injuring your back, knees, hamstrings and groin muscles.

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Intense bursts of exercise torch fat

If you want to burn more fat, forget about slow steady cardio and counting calories during your workouts. You need to develop more muscle tone to increase your metabolic rate and increase the after-burn effect following your workouts.

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David Stone
Keep Balance a Priority

Your balance actually stems from your core therefore, keeping it strong is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of falling. People with weak core muscles are actually more prone to falls as well as decreased mobility in the spine, slower reflexes and at risk for lower back injuries.

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David Stone