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Jillian Michaels' No. 1 Trick to Maximize Your Workout


You already know that you can get a good bodyweight workout in anywhere by incorporating moves such as squats, lunges, and supermans. But if you're not seeing the results you want or are bored with your routine, fitness guru and Biggest Loser coach Jillian Michaels has the solution: Start planking.

"Do anything from a plank or push-up position," Michaels says. "You’re basically engaging the entire front of your body and your core—which includes your back—so anything from that position is going to work as many muscle groups as you can pretty much hit in one fell swoop."

Ready to take your workout to the next level? First, check your form. Planks are an effective and easy way to see results, but only if you're doing them correctly. Once you're ready to take on a challenge, try the up-down plank, plank with a knee twist, or push-up to side plank.

What if you're already planking until you're blue in the face, and you still feel like you're not seeing results? Add resistance training to the mix.

"It's about being functional," Michaels says. "You can get a perfectly good workout just using your own bodyweight, but you have to have resistance training. Just working your legs is a waste of time. But if you grab a light pair of dumbbells, now you're working multiple muscle groups at the same time. You're forcing your body to stabilize, and you're getting a more three-dimensional workout."

Want to get a serious dynamic workout? Work 400 muscles with just five total-body toners in this at-home circuit routine.


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