The 10 Most Popular SHAPE Workouts of 2012
#10: Two-in-One Toners
#9: HIIT for Faster Fat-Burning
We're not surprised this high-intensity interval training(HIIT) plan made the list. It doesn't require any equipment at all and it fires up your metabolism for up to 48 hours after you finish your last set. The result: A tight, toned physique that you actually have time to show off, not to mention it does wonders for your heart health!
#8: 5 Minutes to a Flat Stomach
We all want a tight, toned stomach. No surprise there. But this 5-minute workout's popularity reminds us that we don't all know the best way to get it (yet!). Fitness expert Jessica Smith, star of the
DVD created this sculpting plan exclusively for SHAPE to help you torch belly fat and uncover sculpted abs fast. For best results, make sure you're using perfect form in plank (Don't let those hips sag!).
#7: 6 Moves for Slimmer Hips and Thighs
Fave jeans a little snug this winter? Not for long! This workout is designed to sculpt your lower body while challenging your core and zapping excess fat.
#6: The Short Shorts Workout
Clocking in at number six, this workout combines lower-body strength moves and cardio bursts to help you burn fat and build lean muscle for even more gorgeous gams. And you won't just tighten your rear with this workout: Strength training is proven to help defy the effects of aging, and, when combined with cardio, it's one of the most effective ways to lose weight for good.
#5: Bikini Belly Bootcamp
A boot camp designed to prep your body for bikini season, this effective routine from certified personal trainer Jessica Smith mixes targeted strength moves and intense cardio bursts to help you develop a rock-solid core and melt away fat.
#4: 10-Minute Belly-Blasting Workout
We'll let you in on a secret: Those OMG abs (pictured) belong to the creator of this killer core workout, fitness expert Nora Tobin. The super-effective plan combines intervals of jumping rope with six core-sculpting moves to melt belly fat, improve core strength, and uncover your carved stomach. Grab a jump rope and give it a go!
#3: The Ultimate Arms and Abs Workout
This fast and effective circuit tones your arms and abs without any equipment. With classic moves like pushups/a> and dips, you'll build core strength and sculpt your arms, chest, and shoulders.
#2: Lower-Abs Moves to Lose the Pooch
Want to zap away lower-belly fat? You're not alone. Most women (and men!) are constantly searching for exercises that will help eliminate that dreaded pooch. But contrary to popular belief, "lower abs" is actually a misnomer—your rectus abdominis muscle, or abdominal wall, covers your entire midsection and connects at your pelvis. That's why most of these exercises target multiple abdominal muscles, so you'll maximize your belly-burn with every rep.
#1: The NFL Cheerleader Workout
Our most popular workout of the year, the NFL Cheerleader Workout, is no walk in the park. Try it and you'll have an entirely new respect for the ladies on the sidelines this Sunday. We went behind the scenes at the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders' training session. What did we learn? These athletes work hard to sculpt their bodies, and they work even harder to make it look so effortless!
Honorable Mention: Sexy Back Workout
The sexy back workout came in at number 11, but we just couldn't resist giving it an honorable mention. Why? Because a strong, toned back does more than allow you to look your best in the most revealing dresses, it's also a key to perfect posture and preventing back pain—a problem that affects more than 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. These exercises target your entire backside and your core to help counteract "computer back" and build a posterior that turns heads.