Fitness fads come and go as surely as jean styles fluctuate from bell­bottom to skinny (and back again), but there are certain movement patterns that are timeless. Not only are they functional in the sense that they train you in ways you need to move in everyday life, they also work a tremendous amount of muscle mass to boost metabolism and increase strength. "These are five of our most basic, primal movement patterns, covering the entire body," says Joel Sanders, manager and performance coach at EXOS. "If all you did were these five movements, you would have a complete strength workout."

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-- Amy Roberts is a certified personal trainer.

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