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The 10 Most Popular SHAPE Workouts of 2013

#10. At-Home Barre Workout

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Ballet-inspired workouts are a great way to develop lean muscle mass while improving your balance, flexibility, and range of motion. The only downside: Some classes come with a high price tag. To help you get in on the barre craze on any budget, we asked Miami-based fitness expert Jessica Smith to create an at-home, ballet-inspired routine that will help lift, lengthen, and tone your entire body.

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#9. The Proven Way to Melt Fat Fast

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If you're short on time but still want to fit in an effective training session—especially if your goal is fat loss—metabolic resistance training (MRT) is tough to beat. With this training style, the goal is to maximize caloric expenditure while also increasing your metabolic rate. There are many different ways to structure an MRT session, but generally speaking, circuit training lends itself well to this approach.

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#8. Heavy Lifting to Sculpt a Stronger, Leaner, Slimmer Body

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Tired of sweating through multiple cardio sessions a week and still feeling like you're stuffed into your skinny jeans? Start pumping more iron! This total-body workout was designed exclusively for SHAPE by certified strength coach Nick Tumminello, owner of Performance University, to help you add more metabolically active (i.e. fat-burning) lean muscle mass to your frame.

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#7. The Bikini Bottom Workout

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This effective circuit is designed to tighten and tone all the muscles on display in those teeny bikini bottoms, including your lower belly, back, hips, thighs, and glutes. The best part: You don't need any equipment, so you can do these moves anytime, anywhere (even at the beach)!

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#6. Shrink Your Muffin Top! Fat-Blasting Workout

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When it comes to banishing waistband bulge, the best strategy is to use moves that engage multiple muscle groups at once. Miami-based fitness expert Jessica Smith designed this routine that combines calorie-torching cardio and super-effective core sculptors to help you melt off that muffin top, fast. Start today and in a few weeks, you'll be slipping into those skinnies with ease!

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#5. The Only 5 Exercises You Really Need

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Celebrity trainer Joe Dowdell reveals five basic movement patterns that offer the biggest bang for your workout buck. Plus, he outlines the recommended training guidelines (sets, reps, rest) for both beginner and advanced exercisers to reach their fat-loss goals in the least amount of time.

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#4. The Ultimate Arms and Abs Workout

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No. 2 on last year's list, this workout has serious staying power! And for good reason: Who doesn't want to chisel their abs and tone their arms in one fast and effective session?

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#3. The No-Running Cardio Workout You Can Do at Home

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Change up your routine so you can get in a full-body workout in half the time—no gym needed. This at-home cardio workout is an efficient way to burn off extra calories and keep your metabolism stoked through the holiday season and beyond. 

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#2. 6 Moves for Slimmer Hips and Thighs

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Give your legs and tush a firm push in the right direction with these effective shaping exercises. For best results, do them after a cardio session or work them into your existing strength routine three or four days per week.

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#1. Lose the Pooch! The Best Exercises for Lower Abs

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The No. 1 most popular workout of 2013 promises to help you torch that pesky layer of lower-belly fat. After coming in second place last year, this powerful plan was far-and-away your favorite workout of the year. Keep these moves on hand for anytime you need an extra dose of abs.

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Honorable Mention: The Insanely Effective 15-Minute Workout

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A little shout-out goes to this fast, crazy-effective workout which just missed the mark for making the top 10. The secret is that it combines two proven fat-loss techniques—metabolic strength training and Tabata training—into one super-focused workout. You'll maximize every second of your precious time without sacrificing results.

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