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Jordin Sparks' Hot-Body Workout

The Plan

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How it works: Warm up with 3 minutes of jumping rope, then do 1 set of each move in order without resting in between. Pause for 60 seconds, then repeat the circuit twice more.

You'll Need: A jump rope and a pair of 5- to 8-pound dumbbells. A mat is optional.

Pushup to Side Plank

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Works core and arms

Get in plank position [A]. Bend elbows, lowering chest toward the floor. Push up to starting position, then shift weight to left hand and rotate body to the right. Balance on outer edge of left foot, and extend right arm toward the ceiling [B]. Reverse motion to return to starting position. Repeat, this time rotating to the opposite side to complete 1 rep. Do 10 reps.

Mountain Climber

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Works core, butt, and legs

Get in plank position feet hip-width apart. Pull right knee toward chest [shown]. Extend right leg as you pull left knee toward chest to complete 1 rep. Do 20 reps.


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Works abs

Lie faceup on the floor, arms extended overhead and thumbs interlocked. Raise upper body off the floor as you lift left leg, reaching fingers toward toes [shown]. Return to starting position and repeat on opposite side to complete 1 rep. Do 10 reps.

Squat Thrust to Curl and Press

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Works legs, butt, and arms

Stand with feet hip-width apart holding a dumbbell in each hand at sides, palms facing thighs. Squat and place weights on the floor in front of you [A]. Keeping hands on weights, jump feet back into plank position. Jump feet forward and rise up to starting position. Curl weights toward shoulders, palms facing body [B], then rotate palms to face each other as you extend arms overhead [C]. Reverse motion to complete 1 rep. Do 10 reps.


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