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The Best 10-Minute Online Workouts You Can Do Anywhere

The Best 10-Minute Online Workouts You Can Do Anywhere

From cardio workouts to HIIT routines to Pilates sequences, these quick videos targeting your abs, legs, and arms will burn fat and build muscle—no gym necessary.
Source: The Best 10-Minute Online Workouts You Can Do Anywhere

October 3, 20170 commentsRead More
Hugh Hefner Had a Drug-Resistant E. Coli Infection. Here’s What You Should Know

Hugh Hefner Had a Drug-Resistant E. Coli Infection. Here’s What You Should Know

Hugh Hefner’s cause of death has been listed as cardiac arrest (which also killed Tom Petty just days later) and respiratory failure. But the week before he died on Sept. 27 at age 91, Hefner had an E. coli infection as well as septicemia, or bacteria in the blood, according to his death certificate, PEOPLE reported.


E. coli, or Escherichia coli, bacteria live in our intestines normally, but certain strains can make us sick. Some cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and other illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What makes Hefner’s E. coli alarming, however, is that his death certificate listed it as resistant to antibiotics. Drug-resistant E. coli is particularly troubling because public health officials are running out of ways to treat such infections. “There are some infections that we see that are so resistant to antibiotics, we wouldn’t predict that any antibiotic would be able to work,” says Pritish K. Tosh, MD, a Mayo Clinic infectious disease physician and researcher.


Most people with an E. coli infection in the gut, which would cause diarrhea, get better after a few days of rest and extra fluids to prevent dehydration. But more serious E. coli infections may require antibiotics and could be life-threatening, says Dr. Tosh, especially if first-line antibiotics are not effective. (Dr. Tosh did not treat Hefner.) When E. Coli doesn’t respond to treatment, doctors might use older antibiotics, but those can be less effective and more toxic, he says.


RELATED: 5 Ways to Tell if You Need an Antibiotic


Think of antibiotic resistance as a survival mechanism for bacteria, Dr. Tosh explains. Bacteria developed resistance over time to drugs designed to kill them off so they could keep multiplying. But humans may be making it easier for these so-called superbugs to thrive—in part by taking more antibiotics than we need and not using them as recommended by doctors. “The more antibiotics we use, the more pressure there is on bacteria to survive,” he says. “If we aren’t taking conscious steps, we will find ourselves back in the pre-antibiotic era.”


Thankfully, cases of antibiotic-resistant E. coli infections are rare, says Dr. Tosh. The bacteria, which are usually spread through contaminated food, water, or from person to person, first set up shop in the gut. In most healthy people, good gut bacteria keep the bad ones in check. But if you’re already sick or your immune system is compromised, taking antibiotics will reduce your levels of healthy gut bacteria and give drug-resistant bacteria a greater chance of surviving, thriving, and triggering serious illness, he explains.


The cause of Hefner’s E. coli infection was listed on his death certificate as unknown, according to PEOPLE. He also had septicemia, or bacteria in his blood. “Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming response to an infection that leads to organ shut-down,” Dr. Tosh explains. It’s a sign that bacteria infecting another part of the body have infiltrated the bloodstream and provoked a serious, life-threatening reaction.


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While antibiotic-resistant infections of any kind pose a looming public health threat, there are two simple things you can do to help on an individual level: Get your vaccines (so you don’t become sick in the first place and badger your doctor to give you antibiotics you don’t need) and wash your hands on the regular, according to the CDC, which significantly reduces the spread of bacteria and other bugs.


Source: Hugh Hefner Had a Drug-Resistant E. Coli Infection. Here’s What You Should Know

We Worked Out with Jennifer Lopez's Trainer David Kirsch—And You Can Try Her Go-To Routine at Home 

We Worked Out with Jennifer Lopez's Trainer David Kirsch—And You Can Try Her Go-To Routine at Home 

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This article originally appeared on People.com.


What It Is: A 32-minute express workout with celebrity trainer David Kirsch


Who Tried It: Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com associate editor


Level of Difficulty: 10/10


After over a year of working out five days a week, I fell off my fitness bandwagon — and, honestly, I didn’t hate it at first. I began swapping early-morning wakeup calls for an additional hour of sleep, and hit the gym whenever I wouldn’t hit “snooze” on my alarm (which, admittedly, didn’t happen very often). The three-month-long hiatus was nice but I began to miss my daily cardio and strength training.


Enter celebrity fitness trainer David Kirsch — the man behind the super-toned bodies of Jennifer Lopez, Kate Upton and more — who promised to get me back into shape in half the time.


How? Kirsch is known for his 32-minute express workout: a low-impact, body-sculpting exercise that includes wide stance squats, reverse lunges, a variety of plank exercises and more.


“Jennifer [Lopez] uses it all the time. She’s getting ready for Vegas now,” Kirsch told me as we geared up for our session at his N.Y.C. studio. “It’s also very specific to celebrities but also non-celebrities. You’ve got mothers dropping their kids off, who’ve got a few minutes to get a good workout in and then feel great about the day.”




The express workout uses gliders, resistance bands, dumbbells and medicine balls. That’s it! While I tried out the routine in his gym, Kirsch assured me the workout could be completed at home — and can be switched up to complement anyone’s fitness level.


“Any move can be modified,” he said as we wrapped up, following my attempt to do a pylo push-up — the final exercise in the 16-move routine — without my knees. “I don’t want anyone feeling defeated.”


Keep reading for the full rundown (and watch the above video to see these moves in action) — all of which can be recreated at home. If not directed otherwise, do each move for 20 reps, and hold planks for one minute.




1. Wide Stance Squat


Stand up straight while opening up your legs so they’re a little wider than your shoulders. Keep your toes pointed outwards. Come down into a squat while holding a medicine ball straight ahead and overhead. This targets inner thighs, abs and glutes.


2. Reverse Lunges


“Bring your knee up and come back down,” says Kirsch. In order to avoid injury, keep your ankle and knee aligned.


3. Plank on a Medicine Ball


Place your medicine ball on the floor and hold onto it while performing a 30-second plank. “Put your chest right over your hands,” says Kirsch. Your abs will feel like they’re on fire.


4. Lateral Lunge


While keeping your right heel on the glider, bring your foot out while moving your body down (a lateral lunge!). Do the same on the other side. This targets your glutes. Medicine ball is optional.


5. Dumbbell Row to Tricep Extension


Using dumbbells, start off in a plank pose and bring your left elbow (the hand holding the weight) up toward the ceiling and extend toward the back. Do 10 reps on each side.


6. Shoulder Taps


“From a plank position, keep your hips squared off,” says Kirsch. From there, begin tapping your shoulders with opposite hands. I struggled for two minutes, while Kirsch shared that J.Lo completes a full five minutes. Hero.


7. Side Planks


Rest on your side before putting your weight on your forearm while keeping your hips up high. Keep your opposite arm up, and place that same hand on your head before using that elbow to reach toward your abs.


8. Overhead Slams with Medicine Ball


A clear favorite, this move calls for a medicine ball. Keeping your arms straight overhead and your legs apart, slam down the medicine ball on each side.


9. Torso Rotation with Resistance Band


“Bend your legs. Knees are locked. Arms are straight out. And rotate,” Kirsch instructed me. You’re holding on to a resistance band the entire time, pulling across your body to target your obliques.


10. Squat with Row and Bicep Curls with Resistance Band


Using resistance bands, squat down, then as you come up, bring the band toward your body in a curl.


11. Tricep Extensions with Resistance Band


Standing with your back toward the resistance bands, reach for them and bring them straight overhead, past your face.




12. Medicine Ball Sit-ups


This takes regular sit-ups to the next level. Bring the medicine ball up as you come up to complete one sit-up.


13. Weighted Jackknives


Lying down while holding the medicine ball, bring your arms and legs up to meet above your torso.


14. Russian Twists


Sitting up while still holding your medicine ball, twist your body to tap the ball on the floor on each side. This targets the obliques.


15. Push-ups with Glider


In a push-up position, use one glider on your left hand. As you come down for the push-up, bring out that hand to the side. Repeat the same using your right hand.


16. Pike-up Planks


You need gliders for this one. Starting off in a plank position, bring your feet (using gliders) in then separate them as your bring them back out. This move works the legs and the glutes.




Verdict: What didn’t I love about Kirsch’s workout? Nothing. I enjoyed every single thing about his signature express workout, which not only slashed my time at the gym in half, but also left me drenched. I also woke up with sore inner thighs, butt, abs and arms — the true indication of a killer workout, in my opinion.


Source: We Worked Out with Jennifer Lopez’s Trainer David Kirsch—And You Can Try Her Go-To Routine at Home 

Burn Calories Fast With This 10-Minute Plyometrics Workout 

Burn Calories Fast With This 10-Minute Plyometrics Workout 


This article originally appeared on DailyBurn.com.


Work ran late, you hit rush hour traffic, and dinner took twice as long as expected. Once again, you watch your workout window shrink from an hour to…mere minutes. But not all hope is lost. Thanks to this plyometric workout, 10 minutes is enough to get your heart rate up in no time.


Plyometric exercises — which stretch and shorten your muscles through explosive movements — help build a trifecta of athleticism: speed, agility and endurance. That’s why CeCe Marizu, a lead trainer for Daily Burn’s new DB10 program, uses them when efficiency is key. “Plyometrics are beneficial for strength and cardiovascular training, and for getting those fast-twitch muscle fibers to turn on.” Marizu, a former D1 athlete, also relies on plyometric training to help track improvements in speed and endurance. “I’m always thinking can I get higher? Can I move faster while keeping my form?”


TRY IT NOW: Daily Burn’s DB10 Program


And your first challenge starts here. These bodyweight-only plyometric exercises will not only burn calories fast; they’ll help improve your balance, quickness and mobility. Just remember to nail the fundamentals before adding height or speed, Marizu says. “It’s a great way to mix up your workout. And who doesn’t want to fly?” Even better: No passports (or equipment!) necessary.


Your 10-Minute Plyometric Workout


Like any DB10 workout, put 10 minutes on the clock to tackle this AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) workout. Do six reps of each move before continuing on to the next one at a constant and consistent pace. Take as little recovery time as possible — you’ve only got 10 minutes, after all. If your body feels like giving up, remember that you can do more, even if it’s just one more rep. “We can always test ourselves. That burning sensation is change,” Marizu says. So hop, squat and jump to it!


RELATED: 10-Minute Workouts to Get Fit Fast with DB10


 Side Burpees Exercise


GIF: Daily Burn DB10


1. Quick Feet Side Burpees


How to: Stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart and your knees slightly bent. Raise your arms to chest height with your palms parallel to each other (a). Run in place as quickly as you can for five seconds (b). Then, jump laterally to your right side and perform a burpee. To do so, drop down and extend your legs behind you into a high plank position, then hop your feet back to your hands. Stand back up and return to quick feet (c). Continue alternating sides.


RELATED: Got 10 Minutes? Your 3-Move Kettlebell Workout


 180 Squat Hops Exercise


GIF: Daily Burn DB10


2. 180 Squat Hops


How to: Stand with your feet hip-distance apart, and sit back into your heels, so your butt is back and down. Your core should be tight and your chest lifted (a). Bring your right hand down to touch the floor (if you can’t, lower it as much as you can without sacrificing form) (b). Driving from your heels, jump off the ground to complete a 180-twist, and then drop back down to a squat with your left hand touching the ground (c). Repeat the same movement, alternating sides.


RELATED: Your 10-Minute Total-Body Dumbbell Workout


 Pendulum Lunge Exercise


GIF: Daily Burn DB10


3. Pendulum Lunges


How to: Stand with your feet hip-distance apart with your hands at your sides (a). Take a big step forward with your right leg and land on the ball of your foot (b). Lower your body towards the ground, and bring your left hand forward with your right hand down at your side (c). Now, bring your right foot back to standing and take a big step forward (d). Lower your body into a lunge with your right hand forward and your left hand at your side (e). Next, scissor-jump your legs and land with your feet hip-distance apart. Alternate sides and take a step forward with your left leg (f).


Source: Burn Calories Fast With This 10-Minute Plyometrics Workout 

How to Be More Confident in the Weight Room, Dance Class, and More

How to Be More Confident in the Weight Room, Dance Class, and More

Intimidated by the weight room? Or feeling nervous about trying that new dance class? Our fitness pros will help you get rid of gym angst for good.
Source: How to Be More Confident in the Weight Room, Dance Class, and More

October 2, 20170 commentsRead More
Selena Gomez Boxes for Her First Post-Kidney Transplant Workout: ‘She Killed It’

Selena Gomez Boxes for Her First Post-Kidney Transplant Workout: ‘She Killed It’

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This article originally appeared on People.com.


Selena Gomez is back in fighting shape!


The singer threw more than few punches at Rumble in New York City on Thursday for her first workout after her kidney transplant, and according Rumble co-founder and co-owner Noah D. Neiman, “she killed it.”


“She just came in and went hard. We were all, ‘Okay, that’s what I’m talking about!’ ” Neiman tells PEOPLE of Gomez, who took his colleague Joe Ferraro’s class.



But Gomez, 25, told them that she can go even harder.


“She said, ‘No guys, I’ll bring my A game next time’ and I was like, ‘What?! Look at you, you just had surgery,’” Neiman says. “She legit has a whole new kidney! But she was great.”



Gomez revealed on Sept. 14 that she had undergone a kidney transplant as part of her lupus treatment, and her donor was her best friend, actress Francia Raisa. A source close to Gomez told PEOPLE that the popstar is feeling better than she has in months.


Selena Gomez Says Her Kidney Transplant Donor Was Her Best Friend, Actress Francia Raisa


“She’s really bounced back more quickly than everyone expected,” the source said of Gomez, who hit the gym in a Maje x Schott coat in between filming an untitled Woody Allen movie in New York City.


And Raisa, 29, is also hitting the gym after the transplant, posting on Sept. 22that she’s “happy to be back” as she lifted weights.



Rumble, which is known for their group fitness classes featuring 10 rounds of boxing and strength training, is a favorite of many celebs. Justin Bieber, Kendall JennerTeyana Taylor and Hailey Baldwin have all been spotted at the gym when they’re in the Big Apple.


  • Reporting by JANINE RUBENSTEIN


Source: Selena Gomez Boxes for Her First Post-Kidney Transplant Workout: ‘She Killed It’