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Embarrassed About Your Strength??

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Not everyone can lift a bus. Not everyone can even lift a coffee table. But that's no reason to panic!

There are ways to increase your strength without being embarrassed with how little you start out with — and that's exactly what this FitPerezcious reader would like to know:

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Adam Levine's Yoga Tips!

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Need a little rock star yoga in your life?

Look no further than Maroon 5's frontman, Adam Levine! The dude is a veritable treasure trove of yoga know-how, and he's sharing it with the world!

"Weights made my neck thick, and I would be like, 'I'm turning into a monster!' Yoga takes what you have and molds and sculpts it, which is a much more natural way to look and feel."

"I don't like how people bullshit about how yoga is not about vanity. Playing a show before thousands of people is a highly unnatural state and when I get on the mat to do an hour of yoga before the show, I come out physically relaxed."

And here, folks, are the 5 things Yoga that Adam lives by:

Ashtanga: The basis of Levine's routine, this relatively high-speed style relies on a set sequence of poses and emphasizes continuous movements in between. May be too much for the beginner.

Vinyasa: A less intense version of Ashtanga, this focuses on synchronizing the breath with the movements that connect the poses.

Jivamukti: Combines a movement with music and Hindu spirituality. Levine steers clear of the dogma but is into the music and the physical flow.

Iyengar: A slow-moving style that is based on poses precisely held, often for extended periods of time. Dennis has created his own higher-energy version.

Anusara: This melds Iyengar's clinical sensibility with a Hindu-derived spirituality. Levine does lots of Anusara-influenced chest-opening postures.

The question is — how advanced do you need to be to do this stuff??

We say join a yoga class and find out! It can only help!

Thanks for the tips, Adam!

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Pick up a weight! Women, need not be afraid of resistance training – “bulking up” is a myth. Lifting weights will make you look more tone, lead to a decrease in body fat, and boost your metabolism. Plus the lean muscle you develop will burn extra calories 24/7. For best results, use a weight that challenges you, so that you are only able to complete between 8-15 repetitions per set.

- Personal Trainer Mike Donavanik, CSCS, CPT

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Fergie Won't Be Slouching On Her Fitness During Her Break From Music

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Fergie Fitness Break

Fergie might be taking a small break from music, but that doesn't mean she'll be taking a break from her work outs. Just because you're pressing pause at 38 years old and having toured basically non-stop for the last decade doesn't mean you can slouch!!

Though, she's allowed to cheat once in a while:

"I’m currently obsessed with Taco Bell’s bean and cheese burritos with extra green sauce and extra cheese. Gluttony!”

But that isn't a slipper slope for her, as she's right back into juicing and working out:

“It’s about juicing as a way of life. I don’t plan to make the switch completely, but I’m adding superfoods to my system with her green smoothie. I switch up my workouts all the time. I’ll go from jumping rope to hiking to the elliptical. I also use free weights and bands. It keeps me challenged and fends off boredom.”

Sounds awesome, gurl! Gotta keep that up for the BEP reunion tour in a few years!

Unless of course it really is just a break from things — in that case it'll just be a new tour!

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Gerard Butler Talks About His New Physique

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Gerard Butler, known for being a pretty big and muscular (and seksi) dude, has been turning head with his new super-slim look.

He doesn't want people to worry, but, the secret to his success is that he hasn't eaten in about a year:

"I ate my last meal in October and I run about 40 miles a day. I'm joking. It's just doing a lot of cardio and extremely watching what I eat. I stopped lifting big weights and I'm doing yoga. It's not hard to be in shape…it's hard to be in really good shape. I generally train for a role and give everything to that, and then you stop and then you do it again.

If I wear a long shirt, everyone says 'Oh my god, he lost so much weight!' But this is how I look. I just used to be a lot bigger. But now I'm surfing. I'm doing a surf movie so I have to slim down. I don't know…maybe I'm sick or something!"

We'll be honest, we were wondering what was going on — and we were a little worried. We're glad to hear that we don't have to be AND it explains why we've been seeing you surf so often!

Plus, you're still seksi in our book. Ha!

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The Benefits Of Quicker Repetitions In The Weight Room

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As we've heard from other fitness experts, lifting weights with a combination of cardio is a great way to lose weight, while getting your body in better shape.

FitPerez reader Jodie wants to know if lifting weights at different speeds will yield different results and wrote our favorite boxer Alex Brenes for some help! She asked:

Hi Alex!

Love that you are a new contributor on FitPerez & I am happy to say that I am going to come down and try your class at DeLaBBc.

My question is - I am an average size 27 year old who frequently lifts weights at the gym. Should I lift weights as fast as possible? Or should I slow them down in certain parts of the lifting?

According to Alex:

Hey Jodie!

Thanks!

I can tell you fast reps with low weight will help you with definition and speed. Use heavier weights for strengthening and muscle gain. (Muscle is heavier than fat).

I hope to see you at DeLaBBC some time and keep your hands up…

Got more questions? Tweet Alex @ABrenesBoxing for more answers!

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The Secret Of Cindy Crawford's Body

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Cindy Crawford Body Tips

Ever wonder how Cindy Crawford keeps her body in tip top shape? Especially those arms??

Crawford claims not to diet, although she cut out white carbs, such as bread and pasta, but eats healthily.
She also does regular push-ups, crunches and squats at home.

The bicep curl is great for keeping arms in shape. Stand straight with feet hip-width apart. Hold a dumbbell (or bottles of water) in each hand.

Bend your knees a little and make sure palms are facing forward. Breathe in.

As you breathe out, slowly lift the weights to shoulder level, tensing your bicep muscles as you do so to help firm them.
Keep your elbows tucked in to your waist throughout the move. Breathe in and lower weights back down. Repeat 20 times.

Seems simple enough!

Get to it, people!!

Lookin' fab, Cindy!

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