Try this summer workout to target all areas. Strengthen your arms, abs, thighs and back with these simple exercises you can do at home or at the gym.
It’s important to warm-up before you get into your exercises. Get your blood pumping with a brisk walk before you start.
Start out easy with reps for one minute at a time. Create a circuit of all six exercises by doing them one after another in single sets. Repeat the circuit up to three times and do it two to four times a week for best results.
1. Jump squats
Works: Your thighs and bottom
How-to: Stand hip-width apart. Bend at the knees as if you were sitting back into a chair. Push your hands behind you as you squat. Jump upwards into the air and reach your arms up above you. Land back in the squat position with your arms by your side. Continue jumping.
Works: Your upper abs
How-to: Lie on your back with your knees bent. Extend your arms straight out in front of you. Exhale and lift your shoulder blades off the floor towards a 45-degree angle and reach your fingertips towards your knees. Inhale and slowly lower your shoulder blades back down again. Repeat.
3. Side plank
Works: Your arms and core
Equipment: A mat or towel
How-to: Lift your body off the ground and support your weight with your right hand and the side of your right foot. Stack your left foot on top of the right and extend your left arm out straight. Contract your abdominals and breathe in this static hold. Swap sides and repeat.
Tip: To make it easier, drop your bottom knee to the mat.
Works: Your chest and arm muscles
Equipment: A mat or towel
How-to: Start in a high plank position with feet hip-width apart and hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Inhale and lower your body in one straight line until your chest nearly touches the floor, making sure your hips don’t sag. Exhale and push yourself back up to start position. Repeat. To make it easier, do the exercise on your knees.
Tip: To make it easier, do the exercise on your knees.
Works: Your whole body
Equipment: A skipping rope
How-to: Keep your upper body relaxed while jumping a quarter-inch off the ground and skipping so the rope touches just in front of your toes. Keep a slight bend in your knees and your elbows close to your sides while your wrists do the work. Skip on the spot for 1 minute. If you don’t have a skipping rope, just pretend.
6. Wide Rows
Works: Your upper back
Equipment: A fitball and hand weights
How-to: Lie face down with your chest on the fitball and your feet on the ground, hip-width apart. Hold the weights with your arms extended towards the floor. Squeeze your shoulder blades together as you bend your elbows and raise your arms to the side. Lower the weights slowly back down to the start position. Repeat.