Shape's 10 Most Popular Workout Routines of 2014
#10: The Faster Results Workout
Forget powders or pills—this endurance-focused routine is the only supplement you need to amp up your workout's efficiency and get head-turning results. These bodyweight exercises improve your core strength and range of motion, so when you hit the weights again, you'll perform even better.
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#9: Your Post-Binge Workout
We’re all entitled to chill and let loose on the weekends and holidays—but sometimes we eat a bit too many cheesy carbs, have a few too many cocktails, and party so hard we wind up feeling bloated, regretful, possibly hungover, and just plain gross the next morning. Restore your energy and sweat off that heavy feeling—plus major calories—with this total-body workout. The combination of strength exercises (using a kettlebell, medicine ball, and free weights) and cardio is just what you need to feel as fantastic as you did while letting loose.
See the energy- and metabolism-amping Post Binge Workout routine here!
#8: The Fat-Burning Workout
If you still shy away from medicine balls or kettlebells, it’s time to get friendly with these total-body sculpting tools. Using both in one workout will fortify your core and boost your coordination while you get your cardio and strength training done at once. Add it all up for major calorie-torching routine, courtesy of Kasper Allison, owner of Physical Focus Training Center in Santa Barbara, CA.
See the high energy Fat Burning Workout routine here!
#7: The Chisel and Burn Total-Body Workout
If you want to lighten up, you need to get heavy—lifting, that is. This routine pairs heavy weights with low reps, the perfect power couple for building more metabolically active lean muscle mass to torch body fat and sculpt a hot bod (and all you need is a set of free weights!)
See the heavy weight-low rep Chisel and Burn Workout routine here!
#6: The Hourglass Figure Workout
In order to look in the mirror and see an enviable hourglass frame with curves in all the right places, it’s crucial to not only target your waist but your hips as well. And flattening your stomach while carving out a defined midline calls for working your entire core, butt, and thighs. This routine uses a variety of next-level planks that work muscles from head to toe as well as twisting action to shrink your waist.
See the full Hourglass Figure Workout here!
#5: The Step-It-Up-Plyometric Workout
Amp up your cardio with this session that’s guaranteed to make you sweat! The explosive plyometric moves work your major muscle groups to help you burn more calories while at the same time cutting down how long you spend at the gym. Incorporate this workout into our No-Fail Fat-Loss Plan to shed even the peskiest pounds in 6 weeks.
See the explosive Step-It-Up Plyometric Workout routine here!
#4: The Booty-Sculpting Workout
Your butt’s not the only part of your backside you should work. Strengthen the erector spinae, the muscles of the back, with these move for better posture—which means an instantly flatter belly. Try out seven excercises to tighten and tone your butt and some other assets with these multi-muscle moves.
See the full Booty-Sculpting Workout routine here!
#3: The 6-Week Total-Body Tone-Up
You're happy with your body (and you should be), but you wish you could be just a tad more defined, slimmer, sexier...we get it. This program will deliver the results you crave in six weeks so you look and feel your best. A combination of heavy- and lighter-weight resistance training, bodyweight workouts, and flexibility work helps define sleek muscles, causing you to lose inches in the process.
See the full 6-Week Tone-Up routine here!
#2: Your 4-Week Muffin Top Melter
If winter weather has turned your six-pack into a muffin top, now's the time to start shedding that bulge for spring. This workout combines some of the most effective moves you can do to work deep into your core waistline muscles to develop strong, flat, and pulled-in abs that look great both in and out of your clothes. Combine it with an all-over strength and cardio routine (like our 4 Weeks to Fit plan), and you'll be zipping up those jeans with ease in no time.
Find the full workout, and video of the Muffin Top Melter routine here!
#1: The 15-Minute Belly-Fat-Blaster Workout
While it's true that you can't spot reduce, research shows that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may be more effective than traditional cardio at getting rid of stubborn abdominal body fat. Plus, strengthening your core muscles can help create flatter, more drawn-in abs and improve your posture, contributing to a slimmer, sexier waistline. So get ready to blast off belly fat with this 15-minute circuit that combines fat-scorching cardio intervals with standing core exercises that do double-duty as your active recovery.
See the full Belly-Fat-Blaster-Workout here!