Tighten all over with these quick total-body exercises—no gym or equipment required
Don't have time to spare for exercise? That where this quick equipment-free workout from LA trainer Lacey Stone comes in handy! This plan will get your heart pumping and tighten up your entire body in just 15 minutes—no lengthy trip to the gym necessary.
Lacey suggests starting with a quick warmup of jogging in place combined with jumping jacks, then repeat this five-move circuit three times. The first time you perform each exercise for one minute, the second time you perform each exercise for 30 seconds, and the third time, you'll perform each exercise for one more minute.
Exercise 1: Around-the-World Lunges
Works: Butt and legs
A. Start with feet together. Step right foot forward into a forward lunge, then step right foot out for a side lunge, and finish with a reverse lunge with right foot behind you. Step back to center so feet are together.
B. Then step back with left foot into a reverse lunge, step left foot out to for a side lunge, and finish with left foot forward in a forward lunge. This completes one trip "around the world."
C. Continue moving "around the world," completing as many reps as possible in the allotted time (either 30 seconds or 1 minute).
Exercise 2: Plank Taps
Works: Chest, back, and abs
A. Start at the top of a plank position. Tap right shoulder with left hand, then return left hand to the ground. Then, tap left shoulder with right hand, and return right hand to the ground.
B. Alternate sides for the allotted time (either 30 seconds or 1 minute).
Exercise 3: Side Skaters
Works: The entire leg—including inner and outer thighs
A. Start in a small squat. Jump sideways to the left, landing on left leg. Bring right leg behind to left ankle, but don't let it touch the floor.
B. Reverse direction by jumping to the right with right leg. This completes one rep.
C. Perform as many speed skaters as possible in the allotted time (either 30 seconds or 1 minute).
Exercise 4: Booty Lifts
A. Lie on back, and place hands on the floor for stability as you bend left leg and lift the right leg off the ground.
B. Pressing left heel into the floor, lift pelvis up, keeping body in a stiff bridge position.
C. Slowly lower body to the floor. This completes one rep.
D. Alternate sides (which leg is lifted) in the allotted time (either 30 seconds or 1 minute).
Exercise 5: Jack Knives
A. Lie on the floor or a bench with legs straight out, arms stretched above head, toes pointed toward the ceiling.
B. Raise arms toward toes while raising legs to a 45- to 90-degree angle, keeping shoulders off the floor. Bring arms way up over belly button so the body looks just like a jack knife.
C. Teturn back to the floor or bench with legs and arms stretched out.
D. Perform as many as possible in the allotted time (either 30 seconds or 1 minute).
Once you've repeated the circuit three times, be sure to cool down and stretch for an additional two to three minutes. Then you can head back into holiday mode a little more accomplished with a workout under your belt!