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Spring is here and it’s time to shed the layers and show more of yourself to the world. In order to kick the winter blues and tone up, I’ve put together three moves that incorporate a number of different muscle groups so you get the most out of what little time you may have.
I love these three exercises. I use them when I only have a few minutes to train, or when I’m doing other cardio and want a quick toning blast to break things up.
Each exercise focuses on a different area: arms, midsection, lower body. Run through the whole workout three times before/after a short cardio session, or do them on their own. Trust me, they work.
1.The drop kick
What it works: Thighs, butt, hamstrings, core
How to do it: Stand up straight. Kick your left leg out (like a karate kick), then your right leg out, then squat down, put your hands on the ground, kick your legs back, lay flat until your stomach touches the floor, then kick your legs back in, and stand up. That’s 1 rep. Do 15 reps.
For an advanced version of this move, try it like this:
2. The move: The plank with benefits
What it works: Your whole midsection
How to do it:
Get into a plank position on your forearms and toes. Do not come out of the plank until you complete the entire exercise. Plank for 15 second, then touch left knee to the floor, then your right knee. That’s 1 rep. Do 15 reps Then lift your left foot off the ground, then right foot. That’s 1 rep. Do 15 reps. Plank for 15 seconds.
3. 100 arms
What it works: Shoulder, chest, triceps
How to do it: Stand straight with your arms out to the side. Do 100 quick circles forward, 100 quick circles backward, 100 claps with your arms straight out in front of you without your hands actually touching, 100 claps behind your back without your hands actually touching, 100 upper cuts (punching your fists into the air alternating arms).