Get a cardio workout while you firm your trouble zones with this circuit routine. Research shows that circuits are great for losing fat and toning muscle in minimal time.
Jog or march in place, circling arms overhead and down, for 30 seconds to warm up. Do the exercises below in order, followed by 1 minute of jogging or marching in place—that’s 1 circuit. Do 3 circuits total.
Exercise #1. Plié Pop-Up (works inner thighs, quads)
With feet wider than shoulder-width apart and toes pointing out, bend knees and lower yourself so thighs are about parallel to floor. Pulse 3 times, going up and down just a few inches. On third pulse, jump and bring heels together while in the air. Bend knees into pilé squat again as you land. Repeat for 1 minute.
Exercise #2. Hop To Jumping Lunge (works quads, butt)
Stand with right foot about 2 feet in front of left. Jump up and switch legs. Swing arms in opposition to legs. Repeat for 45 seconds. Then do jumping lunges (shown above) for 15 seconds: Each time you land, bend knees 90 degrees to lower into a lunge with front knee over ankle. Use arms to help power you through the jumps.
Exercise #3. Squat Thrust (works legs, arms, chest, abs)
Do 1 jumping jack. Crouch down, placing hands on floor. Jump (or walk) feet back into plank position (feet together, hands under shoulders, body in line from head to heels, abs tight). Spring feet apart, then back together. Jump (or walk) feet up to hands and stand up. Repeat for 1 minute.
Exercise #4. Mountain Climber (works arms, chest, abs)
Place hands on floor and walk legs back into plank position. Quickly pull right knee into chest, keeping spine in line, hips low, and abs tight. Switch legs. Alternate legs for 1 minute.