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Popular Workouts

  • Cardio Alternatives
    Cardio Alternatives
    I received a question from a frustrated exerciser who likes to swim, but cannot make the pool's open times. Cross-training with...
  • The Best Shoulder Workout
    The Best Shoulder Workout
    I have received many emails concerning past injuries of Military.com readers. There are many types of injuries; this article wi...
  • Avoid the Gym by Using Calisthenics
    Avoid the Gym by Using Calisthenics
    Calisthenics, or bodyweight exercises, originated thousands of years ago in ancient Greece and have been a major component of f...
  • Achieve Washboard Abs
    Achieve Washboard Abs
    Having a flat stomach or more commonly, "washboard abs" is not just accomplished by working out daily, it has to become an all-...
  • Ramp Up Your Running Program
    Ramp Up Your Running Program
    The Different Levels of Running With the weather getting nicer around the country, people seeking to start a running program a...
  • Knee Injury Prevention
    Knee Injury Prevention
    This article on the knee is the third of three segments on the most injured body parts in military / athletic training. Check o...
  • Perfect Workout Image
    The Perfect Workout
    Upper and Lower Body Workouts Using Super-Set / Pyramid Methods Many people like to do calisthenics based workouts using pyram...

Most Popular in Fitness

  • Army PFT Push-up Score Chart
    Army PFT Push-up Score Chart
    The Army's Basic Training Physical Fitness Test is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. It is used...
  • Army PFT Two-Mile Run Score Chart
    Army PFT Two-Mile Run Score Chart
    To ace the running portion of any PFT, it is most important to learn your pace. Recognize breathing, arm swing, leg stride, foo...
  • Stew Smith in the woods.
    Two Top Lessons on Fitness from a Former SEAL
    Stew Smith
    After reflecting on the last twenty-plus years that I've been involved in fitness as a student athlete, a service member and v...
  • Army Basic Training PFT
    Army Basic Training PFT
    Check out the updated version of the Army PFT. The Army's Basic Training Physical Fitness Test is a three-event physical perfo...

Military Health and Fitness

Get Fit the Military Way

  • Lose the Love Handles
    Lose the Love Handles
    I received an email titled, "LOVE-HANDLES!! Help me lose them." I have been working on a routine that incorporates exercises t...
  • Perfecting the Pullup
    Perfecting the Pull-up
    I received this request from a young Marine seeking to better her PFT scores: "I am a female in the Marine Corps and would lik...
  • 20 Minute Circuit Workout
    20 Minute Circuit Workout
    Lose Fat, Build Muscles With Circuit Training When the weather turns cold, I receive many emails discussing running in the col...
  • Getting Off the Training Plateau
    Getting Off the Training Plateau
    This email comes from a young man seeking to enlist in the Navy after losing weight and getting into shape. He has made signifi...
  • Pull-up Push Workout
    Pull-up Push Workout
    Getting better at pull-ups is a subject of concern for many people. As with the "Pushup-Push Workout," this idea makes little s...
  • Weights, PT and Pullups
    Weights, PT, and Pull-ups
    "I am a 2ndLt in the Marine Corps and I'm about to start the third week of the BUD/S Warning Order. I have been lifting less wi...
  • AM and PM Workouts
    AM and PM Workouts
    One of my favorite things to do is to workout in the AM and PM. I find often due to my schedule that a tough workout needs to b...

Running the Military Way

  • Compartment Syndrome or Shin Splints?
    Compartment Syndrome or Shin Splints?
    "Hi Stew, I am now suffering from shin splints every time I go run. It does not matter if I lay off running for a period of tim...
  • Air Pollution and Running
    Air Pollution and Running
    With the long days of summer, there are more daylight hours in which to exercise. Many people focus on running and outdoor acti...
  • Build Up Your Running Program with the Sun
    Build Up Your Running Program with the Sun
    For the past few years, I have started an outdoor running program as the weather breaks from Winter to Spring. This running pla...
  • The Twelve-Mile Run Plan
    The Twelve-Mile Run Plan
    The chart below is a twelve week plan to build up to a half-marathon. It is not designed for beginners, but rather intermediat...
  • Triathlon Training
    Triathlon Training
    Several times a month, I receive emails from people interested in competing in Triathlon events that consist of swimming, bikin...
  • Marathon Running Plan
    Marathon Running Plan
    It appears the free "Six Week Running Program" (PDF) prompted many to write in not only to say thanks, but to make more specifi...

Weight Loss Tips

  • Need To Lose 40 Lbs
    I Need to Lose 40 lbs!
    I typically receive an email pertaining to weight loss several times a week. "Help! I need to lose 40 lbs. before I can join t...
  • Chow line.
    Calories in and Calories Out: Is it That Simple?
    Stew Smith
    I have used the phrase calories in, calories out when discussing weight loss as a very general statement when describing weigh...
  • Military Spouse Weight Loss Plan
    The Military Spouse Weight Loss Plan
    The Erin O'Neill Testimonial / Life Story As a fitness writer, I often get testimonials from people using fitness programs tha...
  • Lose Love Handles You Hate Part 1
    Lose the Love Handles You Hate! - Part 1
    Personal training clients and gym class participants always ask me, "How do I lose my love handles?" Many think it's just with ...
  • Weight Loss Myths
    Weight Loss Myths
    I have had an alarming number of emails that asked similar questions about quick weight loss through diets, diet pills, or prof...
  • Working Out And Not Losing Weight
    Working Out and Not Losing Weight
    Here is an email from a man you likes to exercise as much as myself, but just cannot drop that last bit of fat off his stomach ...
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