Looking to tone up your entire body? This eight-exercise routine will have your arms, core, back, tush, and thighs burning by the end. Grab a set of dumbbells, a bench, an exercise ball, and a block, and get pumping. After you work your muscles, stretch them with this sequence.
Grab a set of five-pound dumbbells and take five minutes to sculpt some seriously sexy arms! This quickie workout, created by celebrity trainer Astrid McGuire, will burn out your biceps and triceps and prep your arms for the little black dress.
Short on time? Don't skip the strength-training session — get playful with the plank! By doing multitasking variations of this basic move, you can target your arms, back, core, legs, and booty to chisel out a stronger, more toned you.
It's true, in five minutes and five moves, you can tone your entire body. Perfect for those traveling over the holidays, these exercises don't require equipment and can be done anywhere. Set the stopwatch on your phone, and get ready to feel the burn. Time is tickin'!
Arms: One-Legged Push-Up
- Start on your hands and knees.
- Extend your left leg behind you so it's parallel with the floor. Engage your abs.
- With your leg extended, bend your elbows lowering your torso toward the floor while keeping your left heel in line with your left hip. Straighten your elbows to push yourself away from the floor.
- Repeat for a total of 30 seconds then lift your right leg for another 30 seconds.
Backside: Standing Booty Kicks
- Stand tall, and place your hands on your hips.
- Put all the weight in your left leg, keep both legs straight, and lift your right leg directly behind you. Let your glutes do all the work. Keep your right foot flexed, and work on lifting your heel as high as you can without leaning your torso too far forward. Engage your abs to help you stay balanced.
- Then lower your right leg so it's parallel with your left, but don't let it touch the ground. Then lift it back up behind you.
- Repeat this move for 30 seconds at a moderate pace. Then lift your left leg, and repeat the same movement for another 30 seconds.
- Lie on your back, and reach your arms rigidly to your side, off the floor. Lift your legs off the floor, and point them so they are at about a 45-degree angle. Lift your head so your shoulders are off the floor as well.
- When ready to begin, lift your upper torso off the floor, and bend your knees. You can lean back to make this move harder or come up more to make it easier. Lower back down to the floor so your legs are straight out and your back is on the floor but not your head, shoulders, or legs.
- Repeat for one minute. Keep your abs engaged as you perform this move instead of relying on gravity; if it gets too hard, then keep your knees bent as you lower down.
Legs: Wide Squat
- To start, keep your hands clasped in front of your chest as shown. Step your feet apart so there's about 20 inches between your heels. Point your toes out slightly.
- Bend your knees and elbows, keep your shoulders over your hips, and lower down so your weight is back in your heels. Then straighten your legs and arms.
- Repeat this movement for one minute.
Obliques: Twisting Side Elbow Plank
- Come into an elbow plank on your right side, with your feet stacked one on top of the other. Rest your weight on your right elbow with your fingers reaching away from your body, palm down.
- Place your left arm behind your head, and inhale to prepare.
- Exhale and pull your navel to your spine to engage your deep abs, and rotate your left rib cage toward the floor. Stay there for a second, and deepen your abdominal connection, pulling your navel in toward your spine even more.
- Return to starting position, and repeat for 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat the motion for another 30 seconds.
Even if you've nixed your membership at the gym, there's no excuse to skip your workout. Forget the days of hauling around free weights, and focus on using your greatest tool — your body's strength! — with these 53 exercises. If you're trying to specifically focus on your upper body, lower body, or core or you want some new plyometric moves to get your heart rate up, click below to head to the right place.
If being able to do 50 push-ups is on your fitness bucket list, it's time to make it happen. Just like the 30-Day Squat Challenge, here's a plan to build your upper body and core strength so by the end of the 30 days, you'll be able to bust out 50 push-ups.
This challenge involves five push-up variations, to not only prevent boredom and overuse injuries, but they'll help sculpt other areas of the body. Here are instructions for the five different variations, followed by a 30-day plan to get you all the way to 50.
Number 1: Basic Push-Up
- Come into plank position with your arms and legs straight, shoulders above the wrists.
- Take a breath in and as you exhale, bend your elbows out to the sides and lower your chest toward the ground. Stop as soon as your shoulders are in line with your elbows. Inhale to straighten the arms. This counts as one rep.
- If this is too difficult, do this exercise with your knees on the floor.
Number 2: One-Legged Push-Up (Left Leg)
- Begin in plank position.
- Extend your left leg straight behind you so it's parallel with the floor. Engage your abs and try to keep your left heel in line with your hips.
- With your left leg extended, and your right toes on the floor, exhale to bend the elbows, lowering into a push-up. Inhale to straighten your arms.
- This counts as one rep.
- If this is too difficult, the photo above shows how to do this push-up variation with your right knee resting on the floor.
Keep reading to see the other three push-up variations and the 30-Day Push-Up Challenge Plan.
Unless you'll be rocking a Batgirl costume come Halloween night, a set of bat wings, or that notorious underarm jiggle, does not need to be part of your costume! Nothing can change overnight, but if you're looking to tone and tighten up your arms, then this four-move triceps workout will help you reach those healthy goals.
- Position your hands shoulder-width apart on a secured bench or stable chair.
- Move your bum in front of the bench with your legs extended (as pictured); for more stability, keep legs bent and feet placed about hip-width apart on the floor.
- Straighten out your arms, and keep a little bend in your elbows in order to always keep tension on your triceps and off your elbow joints.
- Now slowly bend at your elbows, and lower your upper body down toward the floor until your arms are at about a 90-degree angle. Be sure to keep your back close to the bench.
- Once you reach the bottom of the movement, slowly press off with your hands, and push yourself back up to the starting position. This counts as one rep.
- Do two sets of 12 to 15 reps.
- Start in plank position with your legs straight or knees resting on the floor.
- If your knees aren't on the floor, then you can separate your feet so they're about shoulder-width apart to help you stay balanced throughout the exercise.
- Place your hands together directly under your sternum, with the tips of your index fingers touching and thumbs touching. Your fingers and thumbs should form a diamond or triangle shape.
- As you inhale, bend your elbows out to the sides, and lower your chest toward the floor. Then exhale to straighten your arms. This counts as one push-up. Do two sets of 12 push-ups.
Now grab some weights for the next two moves that get rid of bat wings.
Do you have a mini panic attack when your yoga instructor says it's time to work on Headstands? Whether you've tried inversions a hundred times and can't stay balanced for more than half a second or are too intimidated to even try, here are five reasons Headstands aren't happening for you and how to get started hanging upside down.
You're Scared of Falling
This is a very real fear and a valid reason for not even attempting Headstand, but how will you know whether or not you can balance upside down if you never give it a chance? There are many ways you can do a Headstand and avoid the risk of falling. Try one of these: do Headstand in front of a wall, have someone spot you, slowly lift into Headstand instead of kicking up, or start with a Bound Headstand Prep where your feet never leave the ground (it's still a Headstand if you're balancing on your head!).
Your Base Is Unstable
Whether you're doing Bound Headstand (shown in the photo above) or Tripod Headstand with your palms on the ground, your base needs to be strong and stable in order to support the weight of the rest of your body. In Bound Headstand, make sure the heels of your palms are pressed against the back of your head, and your elbows are a few inches away from your ears. In Tripod Headstand, keep your elbows at 90-degree angles. A strong base is the first step in building up to Headstand.
Your Upper Body Is Weak
Although Headstand takes a strong sense of balance, a strong upper body is also essential. If you feel like your upper body is weak, you won't be able to create and hold your stable base. Tone up those biceps, triceps, shoulders, and the muscles in your upper back by doing these upper-body sculpting poses, and throw in some of these push-up variations.
Your Core Is Weak
Slowly lifting into Headstand rather than jumping into it will help prevent falling, since the momentum of your flailing legs tends to make you lose your balance. And although getting into Headstand this way is much safer, since you're moving slowly, it takes a whole lot of core strength. Start in the Bound Headstand Prep position, with your legs straight and your feet on the floor. Try bending your knees into your chest in the Tuck position, and eventually you will be able to lift your legs straight into the air. If your midsection isn't strong enough yet, practice Boat pose and scissor abs to target your core.
Your Alignment Is Off
From the photo above, you can see that your hips should be stacked over your shoulders, and your feet stacked over your hips. If your torso isn't in a straight line with your abs engaged, it will be impossible to balance, even with a strong base. Ask your yoga instructor to watch you do Headstand so they can help you get your alignment right.
When you're at the gym, there is no need to work on only one body part. Multitasking moves not only save time, they also challenge the body in new ways. Add some rowing action to your plank to target not only your arms and back, but your core and glutes, too. Talk about a full-body exercise!
- Start in a plank position with your legs wider than hip-width distance; the wider stance makes you more stable. Hold onto your dumbbells, keeping your wrist locked to protect the joint.
- With your core tight and your glutes engaged, exhale, stabilizing your torso as you lift your right elbow to row; feel your right scapula sliding toward your spine as you bend your elbow up toward the ceiling.
- Keeping your neck long and energized, return the weight to the ground and repeat the movement on your left side.
- Do 10 reps per arm, and repeat for three sets.
Try this exercise first without dumbbells, and focus on your torso staying level as you alternate your arms in the reverse row. Then choose appropriate weight for your strength level, between five and 10 pounds.