Pain-Free HIIT Circuits That Burn Fat, Build Muscle, and Save Your Joints

Pain-Free HIIT Circuits That Burn Fat, Build Muscle, and Save Your Joints

We’ve gotten the message. High-intensity interval training is efficient—workouts are under half an hour, and often just a few minutes. And they’re effective. Research finds that HIIT improves athletic endurance, strengthens the heart, cuts body fat, and makes you a happier person. But not everyone’s a fan. For some, all those tuck jumps, burpees, box jumps, and rounds of speed roping leaves them limping the next day. Pounding movements can lead to joint tenderness, or exacerbate existing muscular or joint issues. And avid runners who pound the pavement may want to avoid impact for cross-training workouts.

Fortunately, high intensity doesn’t have to mean high impact. “Lower-impact exercises are great for people with knee or ankle injuries, or anyone heading back into the gym after a hiatus,” says Josh Woodall, a strength and conditioning coach in Temple, Texas. He put … Read the rest

Young Guns and a Supercharged Catamaran: U.S. SailGP Team Takes on New York City

Young Guns and a Supercharged Catamaran: U.S. SailGP Team Takes on New York City

While sleeker boat designs and GPS navigation have made everyday sailing lax, relatively humdrum (but enjoyable) endeavors, there’s nothing pedestrian about today’s premier sailing races.

You’ve got the Golden Globe Race, a solo nonstop round-the-world event that’s considered the most dangerous sailing endeavor. The better-known America’s Cup, a prestigious match race that dates back to 1851, in which challenger teams duke it out in the World Series, then go head to head round-robin style in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, before advancing to the Playoffs, Semi-Final, and Final against the Defender, competing in foiling AC45S catamarans that’ve been tweaked by each individual team. And the newest race to the yachting circuit, which was just established in 2018: SailGP.

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What is SailGP?

“SailGP is a new sailing league that’s worldwide,” says Rome Kirby, helmsman … Read the rest

The Best Full-Body Barbell Workout You’re Not Doing

The Best Full-Body Barbell Workout You’re Not Doing

THE BARBELL. It’s perhaps the original fitness tool. You’ll never skill out of it, it’ll challenge your whole body, and there’s something deeply satisfying about picking up a weight and putting it down. But it’s possible your go-to routine has gotten stale, which means you might be missing out on certain areas, or are limiting your movement patterns. So we asked Adam Aguilera of CrossFit Sprag, outside Austin, Texas, to put together a set of moves you maybe don’t do. They emphasize functional movement patterns as well. (You can hoist a weight, but can you move it forward and to the side?) Aguilera has put a spotlight on flexibility, as well as greater depth of movement, to improve strength and help stave off injury. The first couple of times doing this workout, keep the weight lighter and find a good tempo, Aguilera says. If you … Read the rest

These 3 Simple Study Break Tips Could Help You Through Every Tough School Project

These 3 Simple Study Break Tips Could Help You Through Every Tough School Project


Do you feel like you can focus better after you get in a bit of exercise? Do you feel invigorated, energized, and mentally fresh after your workout? If so, you may intuitively know these study break tips that oodles of scientific research has already confirmed to be effective.

Studies consistently show that exercise (both before and after study sessions) boosts cognitive performance and, ipso facto, academic performance in children and adults alike. Specific areas of brain function shown to benefit from a bout of exercise include:

  • Memory and recall
  • Focus and attention
  • Impulse control
  • Mood

So, while it may be tempting to burn the midnight oil while cramming for a big test or presentation, taking a break from hitting the books to hit the gym could make your studying session more successful in the long run.

3 Movement-Inspired Study Break Tips To Optimize Brain Power and Boost Your Grade

Exercise—particularly … Read the rest

The Best 20-Minute Tabata Workout Solution for Any Time Crunch

The Best 20-Minute Tabata Workout Solution for Any Time Crunch


The GymIt team loves to see our members busting their butts in the gym—even if they don’t have a lot of time to get in a long session! And for time-crunched days, we’re all about a Tabata workout.

This interval-style exercise, created by Japanese researcher and doctor Dr. Izumi Tabata, is a high-intensity workout that helps you burn calories, bump up your heart rate and metabolism, improve your cardiovascular fitness, and gives you a great sweat. A “true” Tabata interval lasts just 4 minutes: 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest.

You read that right: a 4-minute workout! But don’t let the short time domain fool you: the quick 2:1 work to rest ratio allows you to keep your intensity super high, meaning you could end up doing more work in less time compared to a long, low-intensity aerobic session.


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