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The bicycle maneuver is a famously efficient abdominal exercise--pumping your legs while rotating your torso works the obliques and your entire six-pack. This Swiss-ball variation from Scott Rankin, C.S.C.S., is even more challenging.

Lie on your back on a Swiss ball, with your knees bent at 90 degrees, your feet flat, and your hands behind your ears. Keeping your right foot planted, lift your left foot off the floor and bring it toward you as you curl your torso up and to the left so your right elbow meets your left knee. Do 12 repetitions. Then plant your left foot on the floor and curl toward your right knee for another 12 reps.


Mon. Nov 28, 8:00pm

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you know, since reading the community section on this site, i've found that men's health is a really good source for good workout tips.

i bought the mag the other day to make sure, and it's true! there are all sort of healthy tips. why aren't there any good mags like this for girls? allure and self give you tips, but nothing like men's health.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 12:45 PM

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I know! I love men's health and steal it before my boyfriend even has a chance to see it. And it's funny. I feel like they are talking to me. I would LOVE a men's health style mag for us.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 1:07 PM

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what do you guys think of shape? i have a friend who likes it, and i'm curious.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 2:25 PM

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i think shape's ok, but not great. it's still too flluffy somehow. men's health just gets to the bottom line faster.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 5:22 PM

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Several years ago I used to read Fitness and loved it. Do they still publish it?

Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 5:37 PM

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Women's Health

I heard very recently that the same publisher's of Men's Health are going to start producing Women's keep an eye out.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006, 5:14 PM

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Ten years ago Shape was GREAT! Used to have stuff like "my favorite workout," pages and pages of exercises, and some real reporting. Now it's all about which lipstick to wear and puff paragraphs.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006, 5:35 PM

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I like shape's website. It puts all their workouts from the magazine out there online. Good place to go if you hit a plateau and want to change things up a bit.

I wonder if Men's Health has a decent website?

Tuesday, January 17, 2006, 5:54 PM

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Fitness is alive and well!

I find it to be very good, useful and motivational.

However I have never read Men's Health, so cannot compare. I find Shape to be more than a little 'fluffy' as a previous poster put it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 1:48 PM

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Fitness Mag

I really enjoy fitness magazine. My temptation used to be Cosmo, but now its Fitness. I highly recommend it!

Monday, February 06, 2006, 7:38 PM

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Hi Everyone,
I love this new magazine called LOOKING GOOD. They have alot of great food tips and workout tips. Also, all the people in the magazine are REAL people and not a bunch of models that look perfect. Trust me, its great. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you all think. Best part, it's only $1.99. I love my magazine's and thats a great price.

Monday, February 06, 2006, 10:58 PM

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HerSprots is a great magazine for female atheletes.
It focuses on indepenent sports --- running, triathalon, swimming etc and is not at all "fluffly"

Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 12:56 AM

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Looks like a great exercise, I will have to try it! ;-)

ONe of my friends used to stand on his balance ball (make sure there is nothing around you to injure yourself on if you fall.) I understand that it helps you to use muscles all over and to really strengthen your core... :-)

Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 1:25 AM

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I've seen people standing on the balance balls too. First you have to work up to just kneeling on the ball. It is really tough and works alot of muslces ( butt, abs, etc). But, definately be very carefull about your surroundings, it's easy to fall.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 7:35 AM

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Fitness Magazine

I love fitness magazine!!! They have lots of health tips for women and great exercises for every part of the body. They even have workouts you can try on different machines (treadmill, bike, elliptical, jump rope, etc.). They even have tips on gear and gadgets to use. When I was pregnant the articles on pregnancy fitness in each issue really helped. Fitness Magazine is great for any woman.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 9:09 AM

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Women's Health

They do now have a Women's Health magazine and I only have read the Jan/Feb issue but it seems like a really good resource.

Monday, February 13, 2006, 9:11 PM

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I read the Jan/Feb issue of Women's Health, and was shocked by how bad some of the reporting is. Just off the top of my head, in the article on acupuncture, written by someone who is supposedly a professor of science journalism, the author calls Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences a "medical journal." PNAS is not only NOT a medical journal (although it carries some papers of medical interest), it is not exactly conventionally peer-reviewed.

The other thing that floored me in that article was that she dismissively referred to large study population size as something necessary "for Western medicine." It's more like something necessary for any SCIENTIFIC study, you know, like when you want a sample large enough to give you a statistically significant result instead of anecdotal results.

Shape magazine used to have doctors and scientists on the masthead as consulting editors, although I think this is no longer the case. Women's Health would do well to do the same -- in any case, I wouldn't trust it, and I wouldn't trust Men's Health either, if this is the quality of editorial oversight.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 11:21 AM

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Womens Health

i just got the march issue of it today in the mail. I find it a great magazine with a lot of good resources.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 9:48 PM

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women's health magazine

They already have womens health magazine and it's great I love it. Has alot of exercise tips and health sections. Wonderful! Reccomend it to anyone.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 7:59 PM

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Fitness is a great magazine! It gives great weight loss tips, along with exercises, beauty tips, spiritual tips, etc. I really enjoy it.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 8:54 PM

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