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Should You Still Exercise If Your Body Is Sore From The Last Time??

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Here's our latest Q&A with Jen Cohen… and it's something we've always wondered about too, but just kept forgetting to ask someone who'd know!!

A reader asks:

Some days after I have done a hard work out my body is really sore.

Should I still exercise even if my body is sore?

According to Jen:

Depends on what type of sore. It's normal to feel sore or stiff after a hard workout, especially when you're starting something new - if you're having physical pains, then it's time to see a doctor. For regular soreness, here are 4 things you can do to prevent soreness and help work through the discomfort you have now:
1. Dynamic stretching at the beginning and end of your workouts; dynamic stretching is controlled stretching while moving. A good move is high-stepping, bringing your legs up high as you go.
2. Change the muscle groups you work from day to day. If your legs and abs are sore from yesterday's work-out, focus on arms, chest and back today.
3. Stay hydrated - your body won't function efficiently if you don't water it!
4. Work away soreness with low intensity exercise, like walking or like cycling. These activities get the blood flowing and reduce the build-up of lactic acid built up from working out, which will help soreness.

We figured this was the case, but it's definitely good to know!

Keep up the good work, Perezcious Reader! We're glad to hear you're keeping in shape! And thanks, Jen!

If you have any questions for Jen, email them over at tips@fitperez.com or tweet @JenCohenNGR!

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Getting Rid Of Unwanted Underarm Flab

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No matter how physically fit a person is, we can promise you that EVERYONE has a problem area. FitPerez reader Julie is no different!

Despite having lost a bunch of weight since she began working out last year, she still has annoying flab under her arms. She came to the right place for help and wrote celebrity trainer Jennifer Cohen, author of No Gym Required, asking:

Hi Jennifer,

I started working out last year and have lost a ton of weight, but still have flabby underarms! What can I do to get rid of it?

According to Jennifer:

For underarms, your best approach is some specialized chest exercises and reduce overall body fat with cardio. You can't spot reduce (take away fat in just one area), so the combination of moves will help with "pocket fat." Try this 4 minute workout of low-jacks and dynamo pushups - the low-jacks will burn a ton of calories, and the dynamo pushups will work the inner arms.

Check out the video tutorial here for a demonstration.

Chest flies will also help underarms. If you don't have a set of weights, start out with water bottles or soup cans. Lie on your back, holding weights above your chest. Straighten your arms, and slowly lower the weights outward. Stop when your arms are parallel to the ground and go back to the start position. When you can do 12 reps comfortably, use something heavier — full bottles of laundry detergent work well.

Thanks for writing, let me know how it goes!

If you've got a question for Jennifer, tweet her @JenCohenNGR and keep checking FitPerez.com for more fitness advice from El Lay's leading trainers!

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Getting In Shape For College

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With college right around the corner, a new class of freshmen students will be entering into unfamiliar territory with all too familiar insecurities.

Let's face it. Doing well in school doesn't just mean getting good grades anymore, it means having a good social life too! For some, getting physically fit is a way to fit in with their peers.

FitPerez reader and college freshman, Dana, wrote to celebrity personal trainer Jennifer Cohen for advice with these insecurities in mind and asked:

Hi Jennifer,

I'm going to college for the first time next week and I'm worried I'm not going to be as hot as all the other girls, AND I'm worried about classes. I want to do well, be happy AND like the way I look - What can I do??

According to Jennifer:

Those other girls are thinking the EXACT same thing you are! Everyone has insecurities, and the best thing we can do for ourselves is to recognize them and not let them get us down.

You can actually retrain your brain and change your bad habits into good ones! Check out my new blog post for ways to feel better about yourself and start out right at college. Read: Start College with a High GPA (Good Personal Attitude)

Good luck Freshman! Tweet me @JenCohenNGR, let me know what your biggest challenges are at school or home, I'll answer!

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Is Walking The Dog Effective Exercise?

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Not everyone is the gym type, but everyone should still be exercising.

Nobody knows this better than Jennifer Cohen, author of No Gym Required, who has made a living off of staying fit without spending money on a pricey gym membership.

A FitPerez reader named Heather admits she isn't a "work-out type of girl", but loves to walk her dog, so she asked:

"I am not really a work-out type of girl. I have a black lab and usually just walk him a lot. Whats the best way to get the most out of my walks with him, if anything?"

According to Jennifer:

Walking is GREAT exercise, keep it up! Here are some tips to get more out of it; -At the beginning of your walks, do 10 push-ups. If you're in a park, use the pull-up bars halfway through the walk.

-Walk in a hilly area as often as possible; going up and down works different muscles in your legs.
-Bring a rockin playlist; music has been proven to keep you going faster and longer during exercise.
-Play fetch with your lab, but run alongside him after you throw the ball. You'll both get a workout from the sprints, and he'll love having someone to play with!
-Use wrist and ankle weights, or NGR shoes, to burn up to 50% more calories than you would burn only walking.

Got any more questions? Feel free to tweet them @JenCohenNGR and don't forget to keep checking FitPerez.com for more great Q&A's from some of the best trainers working in Hollywood today!

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How To Lose Annoying Back Fat

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One of our favorite fitness experts, Jennifer Cohen, who wrote the handy dandy workout book No Gym Required is back to help FitPerez readers get in the best shape of their lives.

This week, she's using her gym free philosophy to help readers shed unwanted back flab after receiving the question:

Hi Jennifer,

I was wondering if you could please help me as I am trying to lose back fat!

Thanks!

According to Jennifer:

To get rid of back fat, you can combine cardio and back-toning exercises in the same workout. Try my 4-minute at-home workout; the low-jack move will help you reduce fat overall, while the dynamo push-up will help tone your back AND burn a ton of calories.

Want a video demonstration? Click here!

To target your back muscles even more, put a pull-up bar in a doorway of your house. Every time you pass through the doorway, do 3 pull ups. Keep it up and you'll see improvement in your strength AND tone!

Got any more questions? Feel free to tweet them @JenCohenNGR and don't forget to keep checking FitPerez.com for more great Q&A's from some of the best trainers working in Hollywood today!

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Jennifer Cohen Explains Different Exercises For Different Body Types

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Jennifer Cohen is quickly becoming one of America's favorite personal trainers!

The No Gym Required author was back on NBC's TODAY to show different exercises for different body types!

It's no secret that not everyone has the body of a supermodel, but it is a little bit of a secret that specific exercises are better for specific body types.

Embrace your natural figure and check out the video above to see what exercises will have the best results for your body!

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Celebs Face Off In 3-On-3 Muscle Milk Charity Basketball Tourney!

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Some of Hollywood's hottest guys faced off in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for charity on Friday night at the Muscle Milk Fitness Retreat in Beverly Hills.

Kellan Lutz, Scott Porter, Doug Reinhardt, Ryan Rottman, Allen Evangelista, and Austin Stowell faced off on the court to compete for a donation to the charity of their choice.

Good Wife star Scott Porter sunk the game winning shot and earned a check for his favorite foundation, Gridiron Heroes, which supports individuals sustaining a catastrophic spinal cord injury through activities associated with high school football.

Victorious star Victoria Justice spectated the event and goofed with the guys on the sidelines while they took water breaks.

The event also included various training sessions that kicked guests butts into high gear for the summer, including a high-energy Pussycat Dolls workout lead by founder Robin Antin, Adam Ernster's Power Plate class, and Jennifer Cohen's class teaching guests to stay in shape using tools at home!

Check out more pics of hunky Kellan Lutz and others at the event below!

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