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Movement

Pull-Up Round-Up

Dave Cruz

Not only is the pull-up the granddaddy of back movements, but it's also among the best bodyweight moves. With just a pull-up bar, you can challenge your arms, back, shoulders, and torso (if you're doing it right). If you work a desk job or do a lot of bench presses, pull-ups will also help balance your strength and improve your posture. In the Q&As that follow, our resident experts explain how to properly perform a pull-up and how to bust out a bunch of them—even if you can't do a single one at the moment.

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Tags: Training, Strength, Biceps, Upper Body Pull, Q&A, Arms, Back

Play Better

10 Steps to Captain a Team to Victory

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For some reason, you accepted the team captaincy. It could be an act of selflessness or quite probably one of moronic proportions. To maintain your sanity, remember a few things: It’s a thankless job. Everyone believes that they could do it better. And at times, cleaning a beach would be easier. But it’s not impossible, and, if you follow some advice, it can be pretty successful.

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Tags: Football, Leisure Time, Tennis, Basketball

Live Better

Is Your Gym Crawling with Bugs?

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Men and women don’t stand on equal footing at the gym, but that’s not because men have a pound-for-pound strength advantage when lifting. According to a new study, it’s because the more muscular sex has fewer bacteria on their hands, meaning women are more likely to infect the gym’s equipment and locker room with MRSA and other bacteria.

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Tags: Health, Disease

Nutrition

All About Fish Oil

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The essential fatty acids found in fish have been shown to ward off heart disease, reduce inflammation, and improve your memory and brain power. They may even help you reach your fat loss goals. If you aren't getting enough of these healthy fats from your diet or through supplements, then you're missing out on big benefits. Below, our experts have answered three of the most common questions about fish oil, so you can figure out what makes it so "essential".

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Tags: Fat, Q&A, Supplements, Nutrients, Longevity, Health

Live Better

BMI: Should You Believe Your Score?

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If you train hard and play sports, body mass index (BMI) may not be the best indicator of your weight health, according to a recent report in the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Performance Training Journal.

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Tags: Longevity, Health, Disease, Weight Loss

Live Better

Heal Your Child's Health

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It’s never too early to instill healthy habits into your offspring. Unfortunately, most parents don’t receive that message. About a third of American children are overweight; one-fifth are obese.

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Tags: Disease, Food, Youth Fitness, Family, Health

Play Better

Prepare for Your Best Ski Season

Hit the slopes better prepared than ever with the training, nutrition, and recovery tips that follow. By conditoning your lower body specifically for the mountain and learning to navigate ski lodge food traps, you'll ski hard all day long. And with some basic recovery strategies, you'll be able return day after day feeling strong, energized, and ready to take on the most challenging slopes.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, Leisure Time, Skiing, Snowboarding

The Performance Life

When You Just Don't Want to Train

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Earlier this week, I had one of those days.

Finishing up homework until the early morning hours the night before, I woke up after only about two and a half hours of sleep. My schedule didn’t cut me a break either: Classes all morning, a three-hour seminar in the afternoon, and a lecture in the evening. I’m sure you all know what kind of day it was going to be.

But on top of that, my training calendar informed me that I was supposed to run eight miles as well, the longest run so far. I was about ready to turn around and call it a day.

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Tags: Motivation, College, Running, Race

Success Stories

Squashing Fear with Sport

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At the start of this year, I set a goal of completing eight sprint-distance triathlons. The idea was to do eight races in 2008, when I would be 38 for most of the year. On October 25, I reached the milestone, finishing race No.8, the Suncoast Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Fla. Having just taken up the sport in September of 2007, not long after the publication of Core Performance Endurance, I felt a great sense of accomplishment. I couldn’t have imagined, however, the lessons I would learn along the way.

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Tags: Swimming, Success Story, Attitude, Triathlon

Play Better

Drain It From Any Range

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Some days you can’t miss. Other days, no shot can be close or easy enough. Sure-fire accuracy in hoops comes down to fundamentals and repetition. Fran Fraschilla, ESPN college basketball analyst, offers up three drills to improve your technique and regain entry into the zone.

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Tags: Basketball

Blogs

Movement

Mark Verstegen’s Hip-Strengthening Workout for Women

Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.

Live Better

Feeling Uninspired? Take a Walk

When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.

Nutrition

3 Steps to World Cup-Worthy Pregame Nutrition

Follow this three-step nutrition plan to improve your focus, boost energy, and power your performance

Well at Work

Survey: American Employees Skipping Vacation Days for Work

A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.