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How to do a Standing Cable Chest Press

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Standing Cable Chest Press

Select an appropriate weight and adjust the stabilizing arms so that they are parallel to the ground. Face away from the cable machine and hold the handles with your elbows bent slightly more than 90 degrees. Then, while keeping your forearms almost parallel to the ground,  push the handles away from your chest. Pause and reverse the motion stopping just before the weight stack rests in its original/resting position. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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How to do a Dumbbell Lunge

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Dumbbell Lunge

Stand with your feet no more than shoulder-width apart while holding a dumbbell in each hand. Then, step forward and slowly lower your hips until both of your legs are at about 90 degrees. Next, push-off of your front foot to reverse the motion. Make sure you control the dumbbells by not allowing your arms to swing. Also, keep your torso in an upright position, avoid touching your back knee to the ground, and be careful not to put pressure on your front ankle by leaning forward. Finally, when you reverse the motion, remember to engage your abdominal and gluteus muscles. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do a Barbell Lunge

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Barbell Lunge

Stand with your feet no more than shoulder width apart with a barbell resting on your upper back and shoulders. Begin by stepping forward and slowly lowering your hips until both of your legs are at about 90 degrees. Then push off of your front foot to reverse the motion. Make sure you control the barbell and your upper body by keeping your torso in an upright position, avoid touching your back knee to the ground, and be careful not to put pressure on your front ankle by leaning forward. When you reverse the motion, remember to engage your abdominal and gluteus muscles. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do an Ice Skater Exercise

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Ice Skater Exercise

Stand with one leg forward and bent at approximately 90 degrees while your other leg is crossed behind you with only a slight bend. Then, jump sideways, in the direction of your back leg, switching your arm and leg positions in the process. Maintain your upper body in an upright position, and reach your opposite hand toward your front foot while your other arm is raised with your elbow bent at 90 degrees. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do a Barbell Biceps Curl

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Barbell Curl

Hold the barbell with our hands approximately shoulder-width apart and with your palms facing out. Then, curl the barbell up and in toward your body without moving your upper arms or shoulders, pause and then lower the weight, stopping just before you completely straighten your arms. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do a Bodyweight Lunge

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Bodyweight Lunge

Stand with your feet no more than shoulder width apart. Start by stepping forward and slowly lowering your hips until both of your legs are at about 90 degrees. Make sure you avoid letting your back knee touch the ground, and also be sure to keep your torso in an upright position while being careful not to put pressure on your front ankle by leaning forward. Finally, push-off your front foot to reverse the motion.  When you reverse the motion remember to engage/tighten your abdominal and butt muscles, and return to the starting position. Continue the exercise for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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Summer Leg Shred and Shaping Workout Routine

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5 Ways to Burn Calories and Get Things Done This Summer

Summer is here, which means it’s time to enjoy being outdoors and getting things done: wash the car, plant tomatoes in your garden, paint the trim around your house AND burn calories the entire time!

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How to do a Seated Cable Chest Fly

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Seated Cable Chest Fly

 

Select an appropriate weight. Hold the handles out to your side so that they’re level with your chest. Maintaining a slight bend at your elbows, squeeze the handles toward each other until your hands meet in front of you, pause and then reverse the motion. Pause again just before the weight stack rests in the original position. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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How to do a Dumbbell Lateral Raise

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Dumbbell Lateral Raise

Hold the dumbbells at your sides with a slight bend in your elbows. Now lift the weights away from your sides until your upper arms are parallel with the floor, pause, and then slowly reverse the motion back to the starting position. Continue the repetitions for a duration that best suits your goals and personal level of fitness.

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How to do a Standing Bent Over Dumbbell Row – Palms ‘In’ aka ‘Hammer Grip’

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Standing Bent Over Dumbbell Row – Palms In

Stand with your feet approximately shoulder width apart. Bend your knees slightly and lean forward at your waist so that your torso is almost parallel to the ground. Now hold the dumbbells at your sides with your palms facing-in or toward the sides of your body aka “hammer grip,” and while keeping your elbows bent slightly, use your upper back muscles to lift the weight to your sides. Then, slowly reverse the motion, and return to the starting position, again maintaining a slight bend at your elbows. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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How to do a Lat Pull Down – ‘Chin Up Grip’

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Lat Pull Down – ‘Chin Up Grip’

Select an appropriate weight and adjust the thigh support. Holding the bar at shoulder-width and with your palms facing you, pull the bar down and in toward your chest, stopping just below chin-level.  Return to the starting position as you control the weight, while being careful to keep your shoulders down; not allowing them to scrunch-up toward your ears. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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8 Week Workout to Prep for Summer, Bikini and Swimsuit Season – Weeks 7 and 8

 

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How to do a Dumbbell Biceps Curl

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Dumbbell Biceps Curls

Hold the dumbbells with your palms facing out. Now curl the dumbbells up and in toward your body without moving your upper arms or shoulders, pause and then lower the weight, stopping just before you completely straighten your arms. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your personal workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do a Seated Cable Chest Press

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Seated Cable Chest Press

Select an appropriate weight. Hold the handles with your elbows bent slightly more than 90 degrees. Keep your forearms almost parallel to the ground, and then push the handles away from your chest, pause and reverse the motion, stopping again just before the weight stack rests in the original position. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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4 Weeks to Summer Swimsuit Season Diet and Nutrition Tips

Vegetables, baby…Vegetables! Get ready to rock that swimsuit!

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8 Week Workout to Prep for Summer, Bikini and Swimsuit Season – Weeks 5 and 6

Only 4 weeks until summer is here! 

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6 Weeks to Summer Swimsuit Season Diet and Nutrition Tips

 6 weeks to summer nutrition guide to spice up your health

Bikini and board shorts season is coming…SOON! It’s time to spice up your diet, without all the sodium, and get serious about getting in shape.

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8 Week Workout to Prep for Summer Bikini and Swimsuit Season – Weeks 3 and 4

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The Spring into Summer Swimsuit Freak Out Solution, 8 Week Workout – Weeks 1 and 2

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2 Months to Summer Swimsuit Season Diet and Nutrition Tips

 

Bikini and board shorts season is coming…SOON!

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The 2 Months Until Summer Swimsuit Season Strategy to Blast Away Your Belly

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Define, Tone and Strengthen Your Chest with These Cable Exercises

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Chest Exercises – Cables 101

If you’re like many people, the first exercise that probably comes to mind when you think about chest exercises is the classic barbell bench press. However, chest exercises aren’t limited to the bench press. In fact, there are a variety of other chest exercises that you can perform with cables!

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No Ice Bucket Needed. Help Find a Cure for ALS by Dancing. You’ve Been Nominated!

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#Dance2CureALSChallenge

Do YOU accept the #Dance2CureALSChallenge?

 

Here’s how to do it…

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5 Outstanding Cable Exercises to Define and Tone Your Shoulders

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Learn from the Past with Living Healthy’s Top 5 Series and Articles of 2014…Happy New Year!

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Simply the Best…Exercise for Your Chest!

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The 7 Minute Ab Circuit You’re Probably not Doing, But Should Be!

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Challenge Your Core and Build a Six-Pack with These Medicine Ball Exercises

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2 Simple Exercises to Sculpt Your Shoulders

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Look Your Very Best with These Medicine Ball Exercises

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Medicine Ball Exercises 101 – Single Muscle Group Exercises

Do you want to look your very best? With this combination of exercises you will focus on individual muscle groups in order to tighten and tone targeted areas of your body.

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Burn More Calories and Work More Muscles with These Medicine Ball Exercises

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Medicine Ball Exercises 101 – Multi-Movement Exercises

It’s impossible to miss them. You know, medicine balls, those bright colored balls with numbers on them. Though you have seen them in the gym for as long as you can remember, you’re not quite sure what to do with them, or how to use them, rather.

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Can You Hold Your Own on the Basketball Court? Nike Basketball Wants to See YOUR Best 3on3!

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Traveling this Summer? Stay in Shape with this 20 Minute Workout

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How to Burn 1000 Calories Sunbathing and Having Fun at the Beach!

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7 Plank Exercises for a Tighter and Toned Stomach

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If you’re like most people, this is the time of year you’re trying to define your abs & lose your love handles. After all, we all want enviable abs for the summer. If this sounds like you, these 7 Plank exercises can help you achieve your goal.

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Lose Your Belly and Define Your Stomach with our ‘Beach Abs’ Workout

 

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Father’s Day Hours at LA Fitness Clubs and Kids Klubs

 

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Is LA Fitness and the Kids Klub open on Father’s Day? What are the hours for LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klub on Fathers’s day?

Fathers’s Day – June 15, 2014 hours are normal operating hours for ALL of our LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klubs.

Happy Father’s Day! Enjoy your day and keep LIVING HEALTHY Dads!

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30 Minute Workout and 3 Weeks to Define Your Body for Summer Swimwear (Part 3)

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The ‘Which Way is the Beach?!’ Arm Workout – 3 Week BIG Bicep Challenge

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Summertime is almost here, and for many of you that means you are starting to work out so that you can look great in swimsuits and tank tops at the many beach outings and pool parties you’ll be attending. Well there is no time like the present to make your summertime fitness goals a reality! Seriously it’s time to get started.

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Not Losing Weight? 5 Hard Truths You Need to Come to Terms With

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  1. It’s NOT because you have a SLOW METABOLISM.

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5 Best Butt Exercises to Get You That ‘Brazilian Lift’ in Your Summer Swimwear

 

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30 Minute Workout to Get Lean for Summer! (Part 2)

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Swimwear season is just 6 weeks away! Is your body beach ready?

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Find out how Being in Great Shape Helped this Person’s Career

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The Earth Day Full-Body ‘Around the World’ Workout

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30 Minute Workout and 9 Week Program to Get Lean for Summer! (Part 1)

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Summertime is just 9 weeks away! Are you ready?

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Dumbbells 101 – Sculpting Your Summertime Shoulders

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Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means, right? It’s time to say “GOODBYE” to sleeves and “HELLO” to cut-offs and tank-tops. Oh, and let’s not forget swimsuits. Now that your shoulders are going to be exposed, it’s time to advance your shoulder workouts by incorporating some dumbbell exercises.

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Break Through Weight Training Plateaus with Drop Sets

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We’ve all been there…You’re working hard and seeing consistent results, and then one day you notice the progress stopped…you plateaued.

This is when it’s time to add some additional strategy to your routine with drop sets. Drop sets are an awesome addition to get you past that plateau and on to new results.

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Dumbbells 101 – Chest Exercises

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When you’re just beginning a strength training routine weight machines are an excellent option to help you build a solid foundation. However, as you continue to progress you should begin to substitute some of those machine exercises with dumbbell exercises to help build additional overall strength and balance.[i]

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20 New Ideas for the New Year

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15 REAL STORIES of Fitness and Weight Loss in 2013

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Top 10 TOP TIPS of 2013

blog-top-10The New Year is almost here, and though 2013 is almost over, it has been an incredible year for LIVING HEALTHY and TOP TIPS! We published over 50 TOP TIPS articles this year to help you reach your personal health and fitness goals, and the response, which resulted in record-breaking readership, was amazing.

But before we dash off into a new year of fitness, exercises and healthy trends, we are taking a walk down memory lane and sharing with you the TOP 10 TOP TIPS of 2013…just in case you missed one.

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After Losing Almost 100 Pounds, Karrie’s Next Challenges – A 10K and Half Marathon

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Even though she had lost almost 100 pounds, Karrie wasn’t entirely serious when she said, “Maybe one day I’ll run a marathon.” Well, she didn’t think she was being serious anyway. Immediately after making this statement people began telling her that she should do it. In fact, everyone who knew her believed she could do it…but Karrie had never ran in any such race. A year ago she couldn’t even run one mile let alone consider running 26.2. She was flattered by the confidence that people had in her, but Karrie had her doubts.

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From Recruit to Law Enforcement Officer – James’ REAL STORY

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Get Back to the Basics for a Tight and Toned Body (Part 2 – Lifting Weights / Resistance Training)

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Want to SHRED BODY FAT?! Follow These 4 Steps

If you are frustrated with your body fat, don’t worry. You just need to alter your approach, and combine these 4 Steps to help you shed body fat.

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The Life of a Navy SEAL SERE Instructor – Scott’s REAL STORY

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5 Common Obstacles & How You Can Overcome Them

If you’re like most people, you have likely run into your fair share of obstacles due to work and other responsibilities that have prevented you from exercising as much as you would like to…Hey, it happens!

Even on days that you have your workouts scheduled in your calendar it seems that unexpected obstacles and extra responsibilities just seem to pop up, right?

So how do you make sure that you don’t get derailed by these obstacles?

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The Blue Print for Building Muscle

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Whether you’re a muscle bound fitness fanatic or someone who simply wants to live an active and healthy lifestyle, building muscle can help you!

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Back on Course After Knee and Hip Surgery – Clay’s Story Continues to Inspire

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“I am doing more physical activities than I have in years… and I am doing them better,” Clay said.

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Carbohydrate Loading 2.0 – Eating for Endurance

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10 Fun Beach Activities to Keep You Fit and Active This Summer!

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237 to 147 Pounds and 3.1 Miles Later, Karrie Runs Her First 5K Race

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She Tried it all and Nothing Worked…Until Now! Karrie’s Secret to Losing 90 Pounds

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Sizzling Summer Six-Pack Tips

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Creating a summer six-pack isn’t just about the exercises you perform; it’s also about the lifestyle choices you make each and every day.

After integrating the Sizzling Summer Six-Pack Exercises from our last article into your fitness routine, you’ll probably want some equally sizzling six-pack lifestyle tips to complement your hard work in the gym.

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Check It Out! REAL STORIES Heads to Baltimore for an Incredible Weight Loss and Race Story!

Check It Out! REAL STORIES Heads to Baltimore for an Incredible Weight Loss and Race Story!

Before she began losing weight, the idea of running a 5K race never crossed Karrie’s mind any more than she thought about flying a rocket ship to the moon.  At 5‘4” and 237 pounds, endurance races were not a realistic thing to do.

But things can change…

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3 Super Set Exercises to Increase your Vertical Jump, Agility and Power on the Court

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F.E.S.P. – What it is and How it can Help YOU!

Let F.E.S.P. help you

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Her Goal was to Lose 100 Pounds, So Shannon Gave 110 Percent

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Shannon actually surpassed her goal and lost 110 pounds! When we last caught up with Shannon, she was struggling not to plateau and decided to quit drinking diet sodas as a way to curb her late-night cravings and snacking. She felt that the diet sodas she was drinking, which had no calories, were causing her to crave sweet and sugary foods. Read the rest of this entry

How ‘Philadelphia’ Joe Took Control of Diabetes with Health and Fitness

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Only 4 Weeks Until Summer – Get Lean with this Plan!

Bailey doing Ice Skaters to prepare her body for bikini seasonThere is no time to waste, so let’s get to it! This NEW workout is certain to challenge your body and help you become a tighter and more defined version of yourself (aka YOU 2.0 Summer Edition).

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Are You Ready for a Sleeveless Summer? Define your Triceps with These 4 Exercises

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If you’re looking to build lean, well-defined “tank top arms,” then incorporating quality triceps exercises into your weight training plan is a must. The fact is, your triceps make up two-thirds of your upper arm muscle. This is why having exercises that focus on your triceps is integral to building great arms so you can sport a tank top with confidence this summer.

Start toning your triceps today by incorporating these exercises into your routine:

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