One sentence you aren't likely to hear: "Those crunches were so much fun!"

In fact, you'll rarely hear that kind of declaration with any exercise. Which is too bad, for plenty of reasons.

But we've found three new core exercises that are indeed fun. Yes, they work your abs. Yes, they're effective. (Super-effective, actually.) And yes, they're hard. Yet despite this last concession, people absolutely love them. How about you? Check out these awesome moves -- and have a blast, blasting your abs. (And to make sure you can see your abs, discover how to Turn On Your Fat-Burning Genes.)

Mountain Climber with Feet on the Wall
If you're looking for ways to keep your ab workout challenging (and interesting!), then you must try the "mountain climber with feet against a wall." Yes, that's a mouthful. But this move -- from fitness expert BJ Gaddour, owner of -- is without a doubt one of the coolest new core exercises we've seen in a while. It'll fry your abs, but it also works your shoulders and glutes. So much so, that it’ll help improve your performance at all the other exercises in your workout. “There’s no better way to train the weak spots that are holding you back in every other lift,” says Gaddour.

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It's one thing for professional athletes to have to make an ethical decision about using steroids, but college cheerleaders?

Anna Watson has to be America's strongest female cheerleader; the University of Georgia student loves spending time in the weight room, and it certainly shows. But she has more important things in her life: Watson passed up a big money fitness modeling contract because she refused to use a legal steroid.

"It's an elite position to be a cheerleader at UGA," Watson told Red and Black, her school's award-winning student newspaper. "They have hundreds of girls try out, and to be selected out of all of those people to be on the team, it’s kind of a big deal. So those girls were very humble and gracious and patient to help me just learn the basic stuff."

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Just call him LeGreen.

It's not every day that one of the world's most famous athletes takes his bicycle to work, but that's just what LeBron James did on Sunday afternoon. The hoops lightning rod hopped on his two-wheeler to avoid the horrid south Florida traffic caused by Sunday's Miami Marathon. Officials warned the public of long delays around the city caused by road closures.

James, two-time NBA MVP, hopped on his custom-made bike for what he said was a 40-minute trip from his mansion to American Airlines Arena. A Heat fan snapped a photo of LeBron and placed it on Twitter; it was re-tweeted by an NBA blogger and soon went viral.

LeBron sported a spandex outfit and backpack with a giant helmet while pedaling through the streets of Miami. It clearly didn't hurt his performance on the court, as James had 35 points and 11 rebounds to help the Heat to a 97-93 win over the Bulls in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals.

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Imagine if the barbell came with an autocorrect function. One that instantly perfected your form -- no cheating allowed. Yes, you would likely have to remove some weight. But you’d also slash your injury risk while giving your targeted muscles the maximum challenge. As a result, you’d reap the greatest possible benefit from every set.

Turns out, that autocorrect feature already exists -- you just have to choose the right moves. I first learned about these moves, known as self-limiting exercises, from Gray Cook, P.T., whose analysis of human movement patterns is used to enhance his clients’ performance and prevent injuries. Cook notes that barefoot running is a self-limiting exercise: If you don't use proper form or aren’t in shape to run, the pain in your feet is your body's way of warning you to stop before you injure yourself. Makes sense.

That’s why I apply this concept to the exercises we use at Results Fitness, the gym I own in Santa Clarita, California. By choosing movements that are nearly impossible to do without correct form, our clients have boosted both their strength gains and their fat loss. Here are five self-limiting exercises you should add to your workouts. Now if only your diet had an autocorrect function! (In the meantime, watch out for The Worst Chicken Dishes In America.)

Exercise 1. TRX Inverted Row
Why it’s self-limiting:
You’re relying on your upper body’s weakest link to pull yourself up. If your upper back, arms, grip, or core aren’t up to the task, they simply won’t allow you to complete another rep.
How to do it: Attach TRX suspension straps to a chinup bar so the handles are about 4 feet above the floor. Hold a handle in each hand and lie beneath them. Your arms should be straight and your body should be aligned from ankles to head. Brace your core and glutes. This is the starting position. Squeeze your shoulder blades together, pull your upper arms down, and bend your elbows to row your body upward. Pause, and then lower yourself to the starting position.

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You want a consumer culture obsessed with the next fitness craze? Look no further than the history of America's "get fit fast" infomercials, and the lasting impact they've had, though that impact is seldom felt from a fitness perspective. Mike Chang from SixPack Shortcuts does us all a favor and travels back through the fitness time-space continuum, properly displaying the amount of silly in so many of the fitness products millions have bought.

From glorified bed springs to the shake weight, Chang covers the gamut, all with outfits that fit the time period or commercials for the gadgets.

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You've never heard of them, but Mickey Marotti and Bennie Wylie are two of the most important football coaches in America.

They're hires made within the last year at Ohio State University and the University of Texas, and they are already altering the future of both programs dramatically, in more ways than you could possibly imagine.

"I hesitate to say I wear 10 hats," Wylie said. "Because then I'll show up tomorrow and have 12 waiting for me."

Their expertise is labeled simplistically as strength and conditioning, but the job goes beyond the barking of orders and clanking of weights. It is an all-encompassing role, one that can make or break the title aspirations of a program.

Wylie was hired from Tennessee to work under Assistant Athletics Director for Strength and Conditioning Jeff Madden, and was considered a great coup during the overhaul of Texas' staff last winter, and Marotti is one of three crucial members from Meyer's staff at Florida brought to Ohio State with Urban Meyer's appointment, earning a similar title to Madden's at Texas.

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Pilates could make all the difference for a big league hitter.

Consider the case of Giants infielder Aubrey Huff.

To prepare for the 2010 season, Huff, whose wife is an instructor, did Pilates three times a week. He went on to hit .290 with 26 homers, 86 RBIs and an .891 OPS, and finished seventh in the voting for National League MVP.

But then he dropped Pilates from his workouts before the 2011 season. Or, as he put to the San Francisco Chronicle, "For some stupid reason I didn't do it again."

His numbers in 2011 sunk to a .246 batting average with 12 homers, 59 RBIs and a .696 OPS.

This off-season, Huff isn't taking any chances. Pilates is back in the regimen, and he told the Chronicle, "My body is ripped."

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A gym advertisement with a explicit Holocaust connection? What could possibly go wrong?

We thought Newt Gingrich's comparison of failing to be on the Virginia Republican primary ballot to Pearl Harbor was bad. Now a gym owner in Dubai thought a picture of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp would be a great advertisement poster for his gym.

He thought wrong.

Phil Parkinson, 32, posted a picture to the Circuit Factory's Facebook page of the railroad tracks leading to Auschwitz with the caption "Where your calories go to die." Great slogan by itself? Sure. But not when attached to an image like that. The Nazis slaughtered 1.3 million people at Auschwitz.

From The National, in the United Arab Emirates:

Parkinson said he used an image of Auschwitz to advertise weight-loss and exercise classes because "it's like a calorie concentration camp."

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Ever seen a photo of Mark Wahlberg's old home gym? (He recently sold the property.) It was loaded.

Reportedly, the space was 2,500 square feet, with 18-foot ceilings. It housed racks of dumbbells, weight plates, and pre-loaded barbells, along with variety of benches and other necessities. There was a catwalk with cardio machines, and yes, a regulation-size boxing ring right in the middle of it all. Oh, and a full-size basketball court just outside. Plus, a massage table. (Naturally.)

Now, it might be tempting to think, If I had access to all that stuff -- at my home! -- I'd be in great shape, too!

But sorry, that's just not true. Right now, basements are filled with dusty fitness equipment, from infomercial weight machines to expensive state-of-the-art treadmills.

The truth is, it takes very little -- in terms of equipment -- to get fit. What it really requires is time, know-how and effort. "The latter is the most important," says Men's Health fitness adviser BJ Gaddour, CSCS, and CEO of "And I can help with the rest, including the equipment."

That's because Gaddour took all of these major obstacles into account -- including lack of equipment -- when he created the all-new Abs Diet EXTREME Workout.

Our challenge to him was this: How do you design a cutting-edge fat-loss workout that requires very little equipment and maximizes every second of your time?

Gaddour's super-simple solution: the "dumbbell complex."

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