10 Strength Training Moves for Beginners

Try these beginner-friendly moves to get started strength training.

10 Strength Training Moves for Beginners

Strength training helps you control your weight, decrease your osteoporosis risk, and attain a toned, fit figure. To avoid injuries, use your own bodyweight and light dumbbells before moving to heavy lifting. Check out these quintessential moves for a whole body workout — they can be done right in your living room and will work all of your major muscles. Do these exercises three times a week for 30 minutes. Repetition is key when it comes to building strength — start with 10 reps of each move. With these strengthening staples, speed is not the name of the game: Keep your form intact and unleash your strength for a leaner, stronger, and more confident self!


Planks

Planks

This core-strengthening, isometric exercise does wonders for your lower back, shoulders, arms, glutes, and ab muscles. Get into a pushup position and rest your weight on your forearms; keep your elbows right below your shoulders and your body in a straight line from head to toe. Consistency is imperative with planks — perform them several times a week, holding it longer each time. Do some pushups on the side to build your core; you’ll be holding 60-second planks in no time!

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3 Dos & Don'ts for Microwaving Popcorn

Microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

Microwave popcorn is one of the best snacks! But sometimes it's difficult to get that perfect bowl. So microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

DON'T USE THE POPCORN BUTTON

As tempting and easy as it may be, don't fall for the "Popcorn" button on your microwave. Not all microwaves are made the same, so they won't cook your bag the same way either. And there's no sensor to determine when the bag is ready, so it'll just keep cooking your popcorn until the set amount of time finishes.

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