Ray Rice is one of the smaller running backs in the NFL, but any defense will tell you that he packs a punch. Rice is a gritty and fearless runner who takes a pounding game after game, but he's able to rebound because of the work he puts into his 5-foot-8, 210-pound frame.

This summer a video surfaced of Rice running bleachers while wearing a weighted vest and holding what appear to be two 15-pound kegs. Search "Ray Rice workout" on YouTube and you'll be treated to a plethora of different exercises and techniques. Clearly, the man knows what he's doing.

Recently, Rice treated his fans to a video of a new exercise he has been doing with the help of VertiMax bands. The workout looks like the traditional ladder drill, but the twist is Rice has connected resistance bands to his waist and and ankles.

"The waist connection adds resistance to my leg drive and the bands connected to my ankles load all the muscles that drive my foot through the air when its moving to the next step," Rice writes. The drill is designed to increase foot speed and drive.

Even after Rice's most productive year in the NFL, a season in which he ran for more than 1,300 yards and scored 15 touchdowns, he is not satisfied. Fantasy owners and Ravens executives rejoice.

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A regular pushup works your core. A reverse pushup will work it so hard your abs will want to form a labor union.

How does it work? You lower your body down into a pushup, but instead of pressing up, you bend your knees and press your body backward, almost scraping the floor with your nose. Then you dig your toes into the floor to explosively blast back into a pushup position. (Hard to picture? Check out the video.)

"When your legs fire you out, it puts extra acceleration into the movement, and your core has to work extremely hard to decelerate your body," says B.J. Gaddour, C.S.C.S., creator of Speed Shred, the new 8-DVD workout series from Men’s Health. (It's designed to get you leaner and fitter, faster then ever before.)

The result: All the shoulder- and arm-building benefits of a pushup, plus a killer core workout. Watch the video to see how to do the reverse pushup with perfect form.

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It's been a good week for Paul Ryan, who became Mitt Romney's vice presidential candidate on Saturday. But it's been an even better week for Paul Ryan's abs, which have been glorified in pretty much every news story about the Republican ticket over the past four days.

As you surely know by now, Ryan does P90X, created by the seemingly ubiquitous Tony Horton. Like all follow-along DVDs, its genius is its simplicity. You don't have to figure out anything yourself. You just do what the instructor says. So if you're a busy person who wants a good workout, all you have to do is just pop the DVD in and hit play. Then you get on with the rest of your day.

In the past, fitness DVDs mainly appealed to women. (Think Jane Fonda, Denise Austin, and Richard Simmons.) But P90X has helped to change all that. Like Congressman Ryan, busy men everywhere are realizing how effective and time-efficient this approach can be. You exercise when it's convenient -- like at home when your toddler is napping, or at the office when the Democrats are filibustering -- and it also saves travel time to the gym.

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