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  • Try This: The up and over

    Try This: The up and over

    If time is short and you want to start burning calories quickly, try the up and over. This uncomplicated cardio drill helps you work on your balance and turn a strength workout into a sweaty cardio circuit. Amy Dixon, personal trainer and head of group fitness at Equinox Santa Monica, uses it on...

  • Try This: Shoulder-opening stretch

    Try This: Shoulder-opening stretch

    After a long hard day hunched over the computer, a good shoulder-opening stretch can help melt away muscle tension and create more space for your lungs to breathe deeply, thereby creating a more relaxed you. Why you should try it This pose looks simple — and it is — but it also is delivering a lot...

  • Try This: Bringing fluidity back

    Try This: Bringing fluidity back

    Sitting in front of a computer all day can take a toll on the back. This flowing sequence, demonstrated by fitness expert Jennifer Kries, who uses it on her "Hot Body Cool Mind" DVD series, helps to restore the mobility and ease to your spine using some of the same stretches your pets use. Do it...

  • Try This: Skater lunges

    Try This: Skater lunges

    You want your legs to look great from all angles? Why aren't you doing a lunge that works your thighs all the way around? The skater lunge, demonstrated here by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and featured on his "Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout" video game, hits all the major muscle groups...

  • Try This: Russian twist with stability ball

    Try This: Russian twist with stability ball

    Russian twist with stability ball tones your core, loosens your hips and gets your heart rate up.

  • Try This: The energizing tabletop lever

    Try This: The energizing tabletop lever

    Are you having trouble starting your engine in the morning? This move, called the tabletop lever and derived from the Five Tibetans, a series of exercises used by monks or lamas for more than 2,500 years, helps to energize and strengthen your entire body in about the same time it takes to pour...

  • Try This: Deep breathing in the eagle pose

    Try This: Deep breathing in the eagle pose

    Yogis know that breathing is more than a necessity, it's a luxury, especially in times of stress. Just five minutes of deep breathing can calm your mind and diminish the stress-related cortisol hormone coursing through your body. What it does The seated eagle variation, demonstrated here by Tamal...

  • Try This: The wood chop with leg swing

    Try This: The wood chop with leg swing

    Whittle your waist with this move, which uses the arms and legs as levers to up the abdominal burn and strengthen your back. Amy Dixon, personal trainer and head of group fitness at Equinox Santa Monica, uses the wood chop with leg swing in her "Give Me 10: Core Cuts" DVD. It's a nice change of...

  • Try This! The powerful warrior three squat

    Try This! The powerful warrior three squat

    Too many athletes ignore yoga, thinking it's solely about flexibility and relaxation. This move, the warrior three squat, proves it's also a powerful tool for building strength. It's also a good move for travelers to remember, so they can stay fit on the road using just their body weight. Demonstrated...

  • Try This: Curtsy side lift, then take a bow

    Try This: Curtsy side lift, then take a bow

    This move works the lower body with a blend of dance and fitness.

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