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Boot Camp For the Holidays

The 12 Boot Camp Moves of Christmas

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If all of the eating and drinking of this holiday season has made your waistline a bit merrier, take action now. End this year on a lighter, more toned note by incorporating top boot camp moves from former Marines, Alex Fell and Ruben Belliard of Warrior Fitness Boot Camp, into your workouts. Get ready for fat-blasting cardio and tough total-body strength training.

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  1. Jumping Jacks: 25 repetitions

    Stand with your feet together hands at your sides. In one motion, jump and spread your feet apart while raising your arms up from your sides. Clap your hands together above your head and bring them back down to your side while bringing your feet together. Repeat. It should be 1 fluid motion.

  2. Traditional Push Ups: 10 reps

    Upper body and core exercise. Hold the push up position and lower your body to the ground until your biceps are parallel to the floor. Then push up. Do the Push Up on your knees if you are a beginner and off your knees if you are more advanced.

Learn the next 10 moves when you keep reading.

  1. Flutter Kicks: 25 repetitions
    Start by lying flat on your back with your hands under your buttocks. Raise your legs about 6-10 inches off of the ground. Holding your legs steady and off of the ground, raise your right leg up to a 45 degree angle, pause and then switch legs. Repeat for 25 repetitions. Change it up by increasing or decreasing the tempo. Bonus: Get more moves for your best butt ever!
  2. Squat Thrusts: 15 repetitions
    From the standing position, squat down and place your hands flat on the floor in front of your feet. Transfer your weight to your hands and shoot your feet back so that you end up in the push up position. Pull your feet forward back to the squat position and stand up.

  3. Russian Twists: 20 repetitions
    Sit on the floor with your feet together and straight out in front you. Slightly bend your knees. Lean back slightly. Hold a light weight about 6 inches to 1 foot in front of your chest, twist to the right and twist to the left, touching the weight to the floor each time you twist. Turn your head with your torso as you twist and complete in a controlled manner. You can increase the intensity by using a heavier weight and/or increasing your tempo.

  4. Mountain Climbers: 15 repetitions with each leg (30 total)
    Start in the Push up position with your knees off of the floor. Bring your right leg forward towards your right elbow resting on the balls of your feet. Keep your weight on your hands and move your right leg back while moving your left knee to your left elbow at the same time. Repeat the motion of alternating one leg forward and one leg back quickly for 15 repetitions on each leg. Self:

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