We have excuse-proofed your fitness routine with our latest Class FitSugar. It's 10 minutes long, so you can easily squeeze the workout into your busy day. Plus you don't need to drag out your dumbbells for this one: this full-body routine requires no equipment. These are pure body weight exercises, and you can do them anywhere. Get pumped up to get your sweat on, then press play and start moving.
We all know that the elbow plank is a great core exercise. But this move, like any other, can get a bit stale. And if you're bored with an exercise, chances are high your body has become accustomed to the move and you're no longer benefiting from it.
If you're ready to add variation to your core routine, here are five moves to strengthen your mid-section courtesy of Core Performance Women. These exercises target the back, glutes, abs, and inner thighs. Add two to three of these exercises to your strength training sessions and you will notice a more toned middle and stronger core in all your activities.
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Weekends are often jam-packed with traveling, errands, socializing, and chores — gardening anyone? All these activities can push your workout off the to-do list, but here are three time-saving moves, and with no equipment necessary you can do them anywhere. All three exercises will work your core. Plus the first move will also tone your glutes and hamstrings, the second targets your upper body, and the third move is great for your thighs and abs. Do the exercises in the order shown, and complete the circuit three times.
Reverse Elbow Plank
With Leg Lifts
Eight reps each leg
Five reps each side
Side Plank Star
Hold each side
for 30 seconds
Still itching for more? Check out these Weekend Workouts to learn how to tone other areas of your body.
Maybe you can't make it to the gym, or you're on the road, or you can't afford any fitness equipment of your own. Guess what? Not good excuses for being lazy. The great thing about exercise is that you can do it almost anywhere without the need for equipment. If you find yourself in a situation when you want a full-body workout but are limited by locale, try these eight exercises. Your heart will be pumping, muscles worked, and all without the use of any equipment!
Don't worry your pretty little head full of hair, this exercise really doesn't require any equipment — not even a razor. The shaving I'm talking about comes in the form of your hands and it's in reference to the motion. It will, however, shave your triceps down into sculpted muscles.
Simply take your hands behind your head with your thumbs touching each other and your index fingers also joined together to form a diamond shape. Place it at the nape of your neck and in one singular smooth motion, press your hands above your head as if your hands are shaving the hair off the back of your head. It is a diagonal motion that will leave you looking ready to dive into a pool of water. Bring your arms back down to your neck and repeat the move while keeping your abs engaged and the tops of your shoulders down. Do three sets of 10 and hug yourself for all your hard work (and a stretch, too!).
Easily performed in a standing or seated position, it is a simple way to add a little oomph to your workday routine or your holiday travel.
Want sexy legs and a tight tush? Get going on the lunges. A simple "no equipment necessary" kind of exercise, these can truly be done anywhere, anytime. It may look a little odd if you start doing them in the middle of a meeting with your boss, but there are some other unusual places that actually make sense. Come check them out.
Just when I thought I knew most of the moves in Pilates, I was introduced to a new one that I'm kind of digging. A simple yet burn-worthy motion, the swimming frog helps open the chest while working back and booty. Living up to its name, the steps are exactly what one might imagine Kermit doing as he swims downstream.
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If you need a workout but there are no dumbbells or a treadmill in sight, you can still get your blood flowing and strengthen your upper body, core, and legs without any equipment. Here's a six-move routine that's sure to have your heart pumping, your lungs working hard, and your muscles burning. Repeat this sequence twice through.
I love exercises that work multiple areas of my body; challenging moves never bore. Plus, you can feel the benefits of core strength work almost immediately. This variation on the side plank targets your shoulders, waist, abs, back, outer thighs, and glute meds (the gluteal muscle on the side of the pelvis that helps stabilize your hip joint).
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It's time to get off your tush and work it. These walking wide squats will tone your backside, but will also strengthen your quads just in time for ski season.
For details on how to do this move, and tips on making it more difficult, read more