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A Beginner's Guide to Dieting and Meal Plans

If you want to tap into a complicated topic, just type the word "diet" into Google—that search term yields 432 million results. You'll find diets and meal plans galore, ranging from vegan to Paleo, some with complex rules about food combinations while others mandate what you can't eat.

How can you navigate all the options, especially if you're just getting started with figuring out what's best for you? Here are some tips to consider:

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Family Fitness: 4 Ways to Get Your Family Excited About Exercise

With schedule in hand, you begin to look at all the great-sounding fitness classes you can slot in, not to mention some solo workouts and personal training appointments to really up your game. But your family? Not so enthused.

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4 Active Ideas for Kids Who Love Watching Sports on TV

Just as we do every four years, many of us – and our kids – have spent a lot of time this summer watching elite competitions on television. These events have been inspiring and motivational — from gymnastics to swimming, top athletes truly show us the value of dedication and focus.

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Eat like a Champion: Gold-Medal Worthy Tips Healthy Eating

Whether you’re a pro athlete or just starting on your fitness journey, what you eat is just as important as how much you train. In many ways, the two have a direct effect on each other — your nutrition can help fuel performance, and getting fit can help you make better food choices.

You don’t have to be prepping for the next games to get your eating up to gold-medal standards, either. Here are some tips that can help you sprint toward healthy habits:

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Train Like An Elite Athlete in These 5 Fitness Classes

Right now, the very best, most elite athletes are competing at what is often heralded as the pinnacle of sports.  From a young age they put in hours upon hours of sweat equity to make it to the top of the podium during the games, each one vying for the gold. Want to train like these elites? These five classes will get you on the fast track to gold and is a summer games staple:

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4 Steps to An Even Better Upper Body Workout

As a way to build muscle quickly and more efficiently for upper body areas like triceps, shoulders, biceps, pectorals and other muscles, most people concentrate on strength routines that use free weights. While there's enormous value in "arm day" and you'll get some top results that way, why stop there?

Take your upper body workouts to a new level by incorporating some variety into your routine. By mixing it up with different strategies—rather than simply adding more weight on a consistent basis—you'll likely see better results in a shorter time. Here are some steps that can get you there:

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The Best Ab Workouts: Finding What Works for You

When people say they want to get “shredded” the immediate thought is a washboard set of abs so chiseled you can do your laundry on them. The fundamentals of training abs are much more than skin deep. Having a strong core stabilizes the spine and lessens the chance for injury. For a well-rounded ab workout, you need to target your abs from different angles. Here are a few tried and true best ab workouts. Experiment with them during your next workout and find out which one suits you best:

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Fitness for the Whole Family: Why Staying Fit Together Works Best

There are many types of gyms that are promoted as being family friendly, but at some of them, "kids activities" often involve being parked in front of a TV in a childcare area, or exercising only their thumbs because they're playing games on their iPads. At others, kids might get some activity, but it might be running around in a large space or inventing new forms of dodgeball.

That's unfortunate, because it represents a huge missed opportunity. When family members focus on fitness together—even if they're all pursuing different sports or workout options—it brings huge benefits in terms of family cohesion, motivating each other, and reduced stress.

For kids, taking classes that focus on skill building of some type can have advantages that extend far beyond the gym:

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UFC GYM's Favorite Moments from UFC 200

On Saturday July 9, UFC reached an incredible milestone in its 23-year history. UFC 200 was not just an impressive collection of great bouts but it was a celebration of how far the sport has evolved to become the largest and best form of combat sports in the world.

Fighters put in weeks of preparation, and for Anderson Silva, just two days, to get on the historic card the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. To celebrate the event we list our 5 favorite moments from UFC 200 in what was a memorable night of MMA action.

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Understanding Gym Membership Prices: What Are You Really Paying For?

When you’re looking to get fit, you have a wealth of options, from creating an at-home setup with a few key pieces of equipment and plenty of apps to keep you motivated to taking classes at a boutique studio where you can specialize in one type of workout like hot yoga or kickboxing. Although each of those options might appear more affordable than joining a gym, your membership fee can actually be a larger return on your investment, especially with faster results.

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