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Where to begin with Pilates? It is not an easy method to master and yet the benefits to your core and upper-body muscular endurance will be noticeable once you begin a Pilates routine.

A very good place with tutorials on correct posture and a variety of exercises is Shape Magazine's Pilates page. Our advice: Learn two moves every day. Soon, you will have a whole repertory of beneficial Pilates moves.

Boot Camp for beginners


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There is nothing more inspiring than a fitness Boot Camp. Most people get to join a group with the illusion that the drills are easy. The truth is that they look relatively easy because we are used to watching people in the movies doing things that require advanced levels of fitness. Also, the lack of gym equipment tricks one into thinking that the exercises should feel natural to everyone. Perhaps they should. But the truth is that Boot Camp is tough. It is also highly rewarding. Make sure you read Shape Magazine's article to get good advice on what to do to turn your Boot Camp experience into a positive and much gratifying one.


Triceps Dip on a Ball

Triceps Dip on Ball
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Shape Magazine regularly features new tweaks on old exercises to get you going and have you constantly challenged. This is the way to see results after all.

Body Parts: Core, Triceps       Equipment: Balance Ball


Sit on a stability ball with knees bent, feet fl at, and hands resting on ball next to hips. Straighten elbows to lift hips, shift forward slightly, and move feet farther away from ball (the straighter your legs, the harder the move).


Bend elbows and lower hips toward ground. Press up and repeat.



The 19 Best Exercises for Women

We were looking for interesting visuals today to match New York City's brilliant sky and we found this colorful and instructional slideshow in Shape magazine. We hope you will try all 19 suggested exercises. Have fun!