Power through rough mornings with an energy-boosting circuit workout from activewear founder

By Sara Angle
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On those mornings when Lorna Jane Clarkson finds it hard to get going, or when the founder of the Australian activewear brand Lorna Jane feels herself approaching that 3 p.m. slump, she uses exercise to get her heart racing-without coffee. "I find that I have the most energy and feel at my best when I workout in the morning," says Clarkson. "It wakes me up, makes me feel good about myself and leaves be feeling positive and energetic for the rest of the day."

To get your own blood pumping, try Clarkson's Energy workout featured in her new book, Inspired (out July 9).

How it works: You'll start with a warm-up, then perform 3 circuits of exercises. In Round 1, do 45 seconds of work followed by 20 seconds of rest between each move. In Round 2, do 45 seconds of work followed by 15 seconds of rest. In Round 3, do 5 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest.

You will need: No equipment

Warm Up

Works: total body

A Do fast alternating high knees, bringing your knees to hip height.

Pop Squats

Works: total body

A Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Push your hips back and bend your knees to lower into a squat (in preparation to leap).

B Explosively jump as high as you can. Land softly, and then immediately squat down to jump again.

Alternating Forward Lunges

Works: total body

A Take a large step forward with one leg, lowering your rear knee towards the ground while keeping your front shin as vertical as possible.

B Push yourself back to the starting position. Repeat on the opposite side.


Works: total body

A Begin on all fours, placing your hands on the floor slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Push up into a plank position, forming a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders.

B Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor, keeping elbows close to your sides. Pause, then push back to the starting position.

Mountain Climbers

Works: total body

A Start in a plank position, hands directly under your shoulders. Squeeze your abs, lift one foot off the floor and bring your knee up towards your chest while keeping your body in as straight of a line as possible.

B Return to the starting position and repeat the movement with your opposite leg. Increase the speed for added cardio.

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