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Melanie Radzicki McManus, CNN

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Exercises for core strength if you can’t stomach doing planks

Planks are one of the most effective exercises for strengthening your midsection, as they target all of your major core muscles: the transverse abdominis, rectus abdominis, external obliques and internal obliques. Yet despite the popularity of various 10-minute plank challenges, planking is actually one of the most dreaded core exercises, according to many fitness experts.

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How to select a personal trainer - why it’s worth it

Working one-on-one with a trainer used to be the province of elite athletes, or the rich and famous. No more. Personal training has been rising in popularity of late, with the fitness training market predicted to grow 14% from 2022 to 2032, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. That growth is a much faster rate than the average for all occupations, the agency said.