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- 01/19/18--08:15: 5 Planks, 10 Minutes: Your Ultimate Abs Workout
- 01/23/18--04:15: 3 Beginner Yoga Poses for Better Balance
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- Jog or march in place for 30 seconds.
- Standing tall, circle your arms backwards, one after the other, (as if you're pretending to do the backstroke) for 30 seconds.
- Finally, perform a front lunge, side lunge and back lunge stepping with the same leg, then switch to the other leg and repeat. Continue for one minute. Now, get ready to HIIT it!
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There's nothing quite as satisfying as flexing in the mirror and noticing some arm muscles you never knew were there. But if you’ve been doing the same old bicep curls for months without seeing results, it might be time to mix things up.
These five creative moves from Daily Burn trainer Anja Garcia — trainer on Daily Burn's Inferno and Cardio Sculpt programs — can be done practically anywhere, and all you need is a set of dumbbells. (No clue which size weights to use? Check out this handy guide.) While these exercises will definitely target your shoulder and arm muscles, you’ll be pumped to know they also work out your back, core, glutes and legs, too.
Garcia advises performing 15 to 20 reps of each move, for three to four sets, for a complete workout in less than 30 minutes. Grab your weights and get ready to flex!
Your 30-Minute Arm Workout Challenge
1. Weighted Punches
Targets: Shoulders, back, core, biceps
How to: Stand with feet slightly wider than the width of a yoga mat, dumbbell in each hand. Bending at the elbows, raise the dumbbells to shoulder height (a). Squat down, keeping knees over ankles, pushing through your heels. As you return to standing, come up balancing on your left leg, while thrusting upwards with your right leg, knee bent. At the same time, using your left hand, punch from left to right, crossing your body (b). Bring arm back to starting position, return to a squat and repeat on opposite side.
2. Weighted Tricep Dips and Leg Switch
Targets: Triceps, abs, glutes, balance/stability
How to: Sit on the ground, legs in front of you. Supporting yourself on your hands and feet, raise your butt off the ground, until your back is flat and your knees are bent to nearly 90 degrees in a reverse tabletop position. Place a dumbbell on your lower abdomen, just above your hips, for added resistance (a). Position your hands so your fingertips are pointing towards your toes. Bending at the elbows, lower your butt until it is just above the ground, while simultaneously lifting your right leg straight up into the air (b). Repeat, raising your opposite leg.
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3. Figure 4 Bicep Curls
Targets: Biceps, glutes, quads
How to: Stand up straight, dumbbell in each hand, palms facing up. Balance on the left leg, knee slightly bent, and place your right foot on your left thigh, just above the knee, making a “figure four” with your legs (a). Engaging your core to maintain balance, curl the weights up to shoulder height. Then, using control, lower the weights again until your arms are nearly straight (b). Complete reps, then switch legs for your next set.
4. Superman Punches
Targets: Back, core, shoulders
How to: Get into a push-up position on the floor, gripping a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing inwards. Make sure your back is straight and your core is engaged (a). Lift the dumbbell in your right hand, performing a rowing motion, keeping your elbow pinned to your side. When your arm is at a 90-degree angle, punch forward with your right hand. Keep your hips square and avoid rocking to one side or the other (b). Lower the arm, planting your hand (still holding the dumbbell) directly under the right shoulder where you started (c). Switch sides.
5. Caterpillar Push-Ups
Targets: Chest, shoulders, core, quads
How to: Position your feet on top of a plyo box, hands on the floor just in front of the box, knees bent. Slowly walk your hands out until you are in a decline push-up position (a). Perform one push-up (can't do one? learn how to start here), then slowly crawl your hands back, until your knees are bent and hands are just in front of the box (b). Repeat. Beginners can perform this move with their feet on a floor, instead of on a box. Or, for further modification, perform with knees on the floor.
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Originally published October 2015. Updated November 2017.
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You’ve probably read about the power of interval running workouts. They can increase your speed, crush tons of calories and help you burn fat. But it’s tough to know when to speed up and slow down without checking your watch every second — not to mention, taking your runs to the treadmill can get boring with a capital B.
Thankfully, we now have the perfect antidote for those tedious treks: a running coach wherever you go! Daily Burn’s new Audio Workouts feature a trainer to map out your workout, count you up and down, plus give you encouragement and form tips along the way.
And as a Life reader, we’re giving you exclusive access to one of our favorites: Get Jogging with coach Rachel Mariotti. All you have to do is pop in your earbuds and put one foot in front of the other.
The Daily Burn Interval Treadmill Workout Anyone Can Do
In smart training form, you’ll kick off this workout with a mobility warm-up, featuring basic squats and lunges. Then you’ll ease into the cardio section with a walk and light jog. After priming your muscles, you’ll kick off the intervals, in which you pick up speed and work through three sets of 60-, 45- and 30-second sprints. The rest times change throughout the workout, and the goal is to pick up your pace with each work round.
This type of interval training works well “for creating heart rate variability, meaning you push more blood through your arteries and veins during those higher-speed bursts,” Mariotti says. “Pairing work intervals with recovery breaks creates the variability that offers a short- and long-term improvement on metabolism.”
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Keep in mind, “intervals” doesn’t necessarily mean advanced. While Mariotti will offer goal speeds, you can feel free to go slower or faster, depending on your skill level. The idea is to listen in, push yourself and feel proud by the time you reach the cool-down.
Ready to step it up? Press play on the workout below, then hit the ground (er, treadmill) running.
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For many people, practicing yoga is like learning a foreign language. Not only are the names of poses usually in Sanskrit (chataranga, utkatasana, say what?), they can be extremely complex, from twists to inversions to backbends. It’s enough to send a new yogi running away from the mat.
But thanks to Daily Burn’s new Yoga Fundamentals program, now you can namaste with your phone, laptop or TV under friendly guidance in a judgment-free zone.
Ariel Kiley, certified yoga instructor and lead trainer of the Yoga Fundamentals program, says, “Many yoga instructors expect students to come into the full shape of a pose quickly. But we’ll break down the poses into bite-sized pieces so your body and mind understand what it’s supposed to be doing.”
Here’s a closer look at what the four-week program has to offer.
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Yoga Fundamentals: The Yoga Practice for Everyone
Forget what you’ve seen scrolling through Instagram or on the pages of glossy magazines. Every body is a 'yoga body' — and the Yoga Fundamentals program celebrates that.
All eight workouts are designed for different shapes, sizes and fitness levels. “There are many yoga programs that claim to be for beginners, but they’re actually best suited for a narrow range of body types,” Kiley says.
Instead, Kiley scales the poses in the program to take a variety of shapes into consideration. People with muscular and skeletal issues can benefit, too. “This program will help bring balance to people with wrist issues, low-back pain, neck pain and tight hamstrings and hip flexors,” she says.
Kiley’s approachable teaching style and careful instruction will make any beginner yogi feel more comfortable on the mat. “There isn’t any Sanskrit. I use playful names for everything, like crouching puppy and unicorn. Understanding the spirit of the pose is just as important as the movement of it!” she says.
The Building Blocks of Beginner Yoga
Throughout Yoga Fundamentals you’ll master beginner yoga poses that build the foundation for better mobility, strength and balance. But instead of changing your body to “fit” the yoga poses, Kiley encourages you to let the poses meet you where your body is. “Use this practice to truly serve the things you love to do. Instead of getting into the aesthetic of the practice, focus on having fun and being silly,” Kiley says.
Since balance is the essence of yoga, it’s the first workout you’ll tackle. Expect to perfect mountain pose (the basic standing posture) before progressing to lunges, triangle pose and tree pose. “Sometimes you have to regress a movement to truly understand the complex ones,” Kiley explains. “You need balance in your body to have balance in your life.”
During the program, you’ll also work on flexibility and mobility. “The hip openers workout will help you increase your range of motion if you’ve got tight hip flexors from sitting all day. The shoulder mobility workout addresses chronic elevation, which leads to neck and upper-back pain,” Kiley says.
And no yoga program is complete without abs. “The backbending routine includes a lot of core work because lack of core strength leads to overusing our low backs,” Kiley explains. The gentle twists and side bend routines also stretch and open the rib cage to help you breathe easier and decompress the spine.
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3 Yoga Poses for First-Time Yogis
Want a sneak peak of what you can expect on the mat? Try these three beginner yoga poses taken straight from the Yoga Fundamentals program. After a brief warm-up, aim to hold each pose for three to five breaths.
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1. Downward Facing Dog (Variation: Puppy Dog)
How to: Start on your hands and knees with your fingers gently spread out (a). Tuck your toes under and lift your hips up towards the ceiling behind you, moving towards an inverted "V" shape (b). Press down the base of your knuckles to take the pressure out of your wrists and drive your hips way up behind you (d). Spread your shoulder blades apart, rolling your outer upper arms towards the floor to stabilize your shoulder girdle (e). Keep your knees slightly bent to maintain a long smooth spine. (f).
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2. Up Dog (Variation: Cobra)
How to: Lie on your stomach with your hands beside your low ribs, leg straight and feet pointed (a). Draw your shoulder blades down your back as you peel your shoulders and chest away from the floor, keeping your elbows tucked in (b). Stay in this position with your hips on the floor and elbows bent in Cobra, or try pushing your arms straight while lifting your hips and knees to hover above the mat. Be sure to engage your abdominal muscles to stabilize your lower back (c). Press down firmly with your hands so your shoulders drop away from your ears and gaze straight ahead at the horizon. (d).
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3. Child’s Pose
How to: Get into a tabletop position with both knees and hands on the mat (a). Separate your knees a bit wider than your hips, and bring your big toes to touch (b). Sink your hips back towards your feet as you press your hands forward, stretching your side body (b). Rest your forehead on the mat (or block) and belly on your thighs (c).
Whether you’re newbie or a self-proclaimed yogi, the Yoga Fundamentals program can help you deepen your understanding for the practice. “I love and appreciate yoga, but don’t take it too seriously,” Kiley says. “There’s a level of play and irreverence that makes this program really welcoming, and it talks to people, whether or not they want to make yoga a big part of their life.”
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With 10 minutes on the clock, holding plank after plank can feel like a lifetime. But this ab-blasting plank series from Daily Burn’s new DB10 program is designed to distract your body and mind. Think: creative combinations like the push-up to plank punch, or plyometric variations like plank jacks and plank-ups.
"The idea behind these combo moves is to pair dynamic movement with traditional planks to offer core strengthening with cardio benefits," says Dara Theodore, one of the lead trainers for the DB10 program.
Borrowing moves from Theodore and CeCe Marizu's 10-minute DB10 workouts, these ab exercises work every angle of your core — from your upper and lower abs to your obliques to your traverse abdominis. (And they won’t skimp on your shoulders, arms and legs, either!)
Whether you’re running miles or doing deadlifts, engaging your abs is the foundation for most workouts, after all. "Your core provides balance, stability and power in any workout as well as in daily activity," Theodore says. Do these planks in one continuous flow, and you’ve got yourself a true abs burner that’ll also make you break a sweat. "Being aware of proper plank form and building core strength will allow you to reap the benefits of the dynamic movement, as you will be able to move faster and more fluidly," Theodore adds.
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5 Planks to Strengthen Your Core, Plus Cardio Benefits
As with all of our DB10 workouts, aim to complete as many rounds as possible of the following exercises/reps in 10 minutes. When you move continuously through each exercise at a quickened pace, you’ll ramp up your heart rate and burn more calories. For the ultimate core finisher, we hold a side plank for 30 seconds.
1. Plank to Push-Up to Inchworm
This plank variation does what it says it will: work every inch of your core, including your obliques, transverse abdominis and rectus abdominis, aka your lower abs.
How to: Get into a high plank position with your hands shoulder-distance apart and your shoulders directly in line with your hands beneath them. Engage your abs to avoid arching your back and lowering your hips (a). Perform two push-ups, letting your elbows flare slightly out to your sides at about 45 degrees. Squeeze your glutes and core throughout the entire movement, and maintain a straight line from head to toes (b). Walk your hands back towards your feet and come up to stand (c). Hop your feet forward and then hop them back out to a high plank. This is one rep (d). Do five reps.
2. Push-Up to Plank Jack
Adding a push-up to this abs exercise turns it into a total-body move, so you strengthen not only your core, but your chest, shoulders and triceps, too.
How to: Get into a push-up position with your hands shoulder-distance apart and your shoulders directly in line with your hands. Squeezing your glutes and your abs, lower your body down to the ground and press it back up. This is one push-up. Do one more (a). Next, bring your feet together and do four plank jacks, jumping your feet wide to each side and then hopping them back together. Avoid raising your butt (d). Do six reps.
3. Plank-Up with Diagonal Hops
Sculpting your upper and lower abs might be the key to your six-pack dreams, but if you want better spine mobility and and torso rotation, look to your obliques. These ab muscles help stabilize the spine and help you move more powerfully.
How to: From the high plank position, bring your right elbow down to the floor and then your left elbow down to the floor for a forearm plank (a). Get back into a high plank by lifting your right forearm up and then your left forearm (b). Next, bring your feet together in a high plank and hop them diagonally to your right side. Hop them back out to high plank before hopping them diagonally to your left side. This will work your obliques, which contributes to better mobility and posture (c). Do five reps.
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4. Push-Up to Plank Punch
If you want to give your arms some TLC, this abs exercise throws a punch! Incorporating a jab in this move helps strengthen your shoulders and back, as you recruit your lower abs to keep you stabilized.
How to: Get into a push-up position with your hands shoulder-distance apart and your shoulders directly in line with your hands. You can keep your feet a little wider apart to help you stabilize when doing the plank punch (a). Lower your body down to the ground, keeping your body in alignment and your elbows flaring slightly out to your sides (b). As you press back up, make a fist with your right hand and punch it out in front of you (c). Perform another push-up before making a fist with your left hand and punching it out (d). Do six reps.
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5. Side Planks
Ready to take your two-armed plank to the next level? Side planks force you to use your triceps, glutes and obliques to help you stay upright and find balance.
How to: Lie on your right side and place your right forearm on the ground. Engaging your core, raise your body up into a side plank, creating a straight line from your head to your toes (a). If you can, raise your left hand up towards the ceiling, gazing toward your hand. If you can’t, keep your left hand resting on your left hip (b). Hold the plank for 40 seconds and rest 20 seconds before switching sides.
For more quick, effective 10-minute workouts, sign up for the Daily Burn DB10 program. You can try it free for 30 days!
Note to reader: The content in this article relates to the core service offered by Daily Burn. In the interest of editorial disclosure and integrity, the reader should know that this site is owned and operated by Daily Burn.
Originally published July 2017. Updated January 2018.
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When you flip through the yoga playbook, most routines — if not all — include a balance challenge. “That’s because balance is the essence of yoga,” says Ariel Kiley, certified yoga instructor and lead trainer of Daily Burn’s Yoga Fundamentals program. “Fundamentally, yoga is learning how to go off balance to find balance again,” Kiley explains.
But even if nailing the bird of paradise or eagle pose isn’t your goal, finding balance is key to moving better and feeling centered in your day-to-day. Plus, it can make you a stronger and fitter runner, weightlifter and all-around athlete. “If you’re balanced structurally, then you have sound posture. Posture says a lot about how efficiently you’re using your body,” she says.
Read on for Kiley’s top three yoga poses for better balance, strength and mobility.
Find Balance with These 3 Beginner Yoga Poses
Think tree pose is a little too advanced? Worry not! These poses from the Yoga Fundamentals program focus on bringing more awareness to your feet — the first lesson in balance. “Your feet are designed to articulate movement in all kinds of ways, but we spend so much time in shoes that we limit their range of motion,” Kiley says. Aim to hold each of the following poses for three to five breaths.
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1. Sole Stretch
Balance starts on the soles of your feet, and this pose is a great way to enhance the extension of your toes while stretching the plantar fascia. “By stretching and awakening your soles, you’re going to improve balance and agility as you walk, run and dance,” Kiley says.
How to: Get into tabletop position on your hands and knees (a). Tuck your toes under and walk your hands back towards your heels. Push your fingertips into the floor to lift your knees off the mat (b). Place two yoga blocks under your knees and sit upright on your heels (c). If this feels uncomfortable on your knees, sit on your heels and keep your fingertips tented to the floor in front of you (d).
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2. Albatross Pose
Kiley likes to think of this yoga pose as a bird about to take flight, or in exercise terms, a hip hinge. The albatross is good prep for the Warrior poses and other standing poses that involve balanced legs because it encourages even distribution of weight. “Albatross awakens and fortifies the musculature of your back, legs and shoulders to train your body to regain its open, upright potential,” Kiley says.
How to: Stand with your feet in a wide straddle and feet parallel (a). Spread your arms wide into a big “T” with your palms facing forward (b). Unlock your knees, engage your glutes and core, and actively pull your legs towards your midline as you hinge forward at the hips. Keep your head level so your neck is a smooth continuation of your spine (c). Stretch your arms wide to the sides like a bird (d).
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3. Single-Leg Balance
A great progression from mountain pose, the single-leg balance helps you access what Kiley calls your “plum-line” or central axis. “When you feel connected to your center in this way, any number of other off-balance poses become more possible,” she says. For true beginners, Kiley recommends stepping your lifted toes onto a yoga block for a few breaths before hiking your knee up to your hands.
How to: Stand with your feet hip-distance apart in mountain pose with equal weight on each foot (a). Begin to shift your weight onto your left foot and lift your right leg up (b). Interlace your hands around your right knee, point your right foot and pull the knee towards the ceiling (c). Firm up your standing leg by drilling the heel down into the mat, and draw your chin in slightly. Aim to create a straight line from your left heel to the crown of your head (e). Repeat on the right foot after a few breaths.
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Pushing a shopping cart, lugging some laundry or even dragging your swolemate to the gym, require you to put some back and chest into it. The best way to make these everyday activities a little less of a struggle? Build strength in both the front and back of your upper body. Besides getting you to boast some bigger muscles, specifically targeting your chest and back will help you push and pull heavy items like they’re light as a feather.
So to train you to toss and tug anything, we pulled six of the best upper-body exercises — all from the Daily Burn workout program, Live to Fail — to create the ultimate back and chest workout. To start, reach for those heavier weights... It’s the key to gaining major muscles and some show-it-off strength.
Build Upper Body Strength with These Exercises
Working through supersets — alternating one chest exercise and one back exercise — is a seriously efficient way to train your upper body. “The model of working back and chest together works well, because they are agonist and antagonist muscle groups,” says Ben Booker, owner of Second Change Fitness in Arthur, IL and lead trainer on Live to Fail. That means, as you work one muscle group, the opposite one gets to rest, which is a good way keep the intensity up. “You maximize your time under tension,” Booker explains. “You can exhaust the chest and give it a bit of a break while you attack the back. This keeps the calorie burn high, and your time efficient as possible.”
To nail this workout and fatigue each muscle group, Booker suggests performing 10-12 reps of each exercise back-to-back. Do four total sets of each two-move circuit, resting for 45 seconds in between sets. Then move on to the next superset. As for weights, Booker recommends two sets of dumbbells — one heavy and one lighter — for both men and women. “Once you can no longer maintain proper form with the weight you choose, then drop down,” he says. “It is called threshold training when you work up to your rep range, while maintaining the best form possible.” After all, that’s how you earn the big guns.
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1. Dumbbell Row
How to: Start with your left knee on a bench or chair, and your right leg extended behind you. Lean your body forward to about a 90-degree angle and hold a dumbbell in your right hand (a). Pull the weight up toward your chest, palm facing you and elbow staying in close to your side (b). Slowly lower it back down and repeat (c). Then switch sides.
2. Box Push-Ups
How to: Place your hands on a plyo box or chair and get into a high plank position with your shoulders directly over your wrists and feet on the floor (a). Perform one push-up with good form (keeping your body in a straight line from shoulders to heels) (b). Repeat.
Trainer tip: If you can bang out these push-ups without breaking a sweat, switch your stance so your feet are on top of the box and hands on the floor. Trust us: You will definitely feel the burn in your pecs.
1. Sitting Shoulder Fly
How to: Sitting on a bench, box or chair, plant your feet on the floor with knees bent. Lean forward to about a 45-degree angle. Hold a weight in each hand, arms extended down by your sides and palms facing away from you (a). Using the muscles of your upper back to drive the movement, pull your arms up and out to the sides, keeping a slight bend in your elbows. For best results: Palms should rotate so they face behind you, thumbs toward the floor (b). Lower your arms back to the starting position and repeat.
2. Pec Fly Bridge
How to: Lying on your back, feet planted and knees bent, hold a dumbbell in each hand overhead, palms facing each other (a). Lift your hips up toward the ceiling to perform a bridge (b). Keeping your hips lifted, slowly lower your hands down and out to the sides, with just a slight bend in your elbows to protect your joints and really target those pecs (c). Return to the starting position and repeat. Your hips should stay lifted the entire time.
1. Wide Row
How to: Sitting on a box, bench or chair, plant your feet on the floor with knees bent. Lean forward to about a 45-degree angle. Hold a dumbbell in each hand down by your sides, palms facing behind you (a). Pull your elbows up toward the ceiling, so your hands reach about chest height, elbows bent 90 degrees (b). Slowly lower your hands back down to the starting position and repeat.
2. Dumbbell Chest Press Bridge
How to: Lying on your back, feet planted on the floor and knees bent, hold a dumbbell with each hand overhead, palms facing away from you (a). Lift your hips up toward the ceiling to perform a bridge (b). Slowly lower one weight down to the ground, bending your elbow 90 degrees (c). Push it back up to the starting position (d). Slowly lower your other weight down to the ground, bending your elbow 90 degrees (e). Push it back up to the starting position and continue alternating. Your hips should stay lifted the entire time.
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Originally published October 2017. Updated January 2018.
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The weight room is no longer a man’s world. Ladies are getting into formation at the squat rack and hitting the bench — and it’s not just about aesthetics. Lifting heavier weights can help strengthen joints and improve sports performance, among other benefits. Yet while super-toned arms and glutes are muscle groups women tend to tackle first, they shouldn’t wave, “Bye Fit-licia” to other areas.
Erika Shannon, certified personal trainer and a lead trainer for Daily Burn’s Power Cardio Program, says, “In general, women tend to have weaker chests and shoulders, just because of how we are anatomically different than men.”
Women also need to strengthen their core and pelvic floor, especially those who recently gave birth and have diastasis recti, Shannon says. And because women have smaller, thinner bones than men, weightlifting is recommended to help build bone density and reduce risk of osteoporosis. Here’s our strength workout plan for women.
The Workout Plan for Women to Get Strong
Ready to get strong head to toe? These compound dumbbell exercises from Shannon’s Power Cardio workout plan for women target multiple muscles at once, while providing cardio benefits, too. “I use compound movements to get the best bang for your buck, time-wise. Why just work arms when you can get legs, core and cardio, too?” Shannon says. Grab a pair of dumbbells and perform eight reps of each move for two to three rounds. But don’t skimp on weight! The heavier you lift, the greater the results.
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1. Hip Hinge to Reverse Fly
Targets: Back and shoulders
This good morning and reverse fly combo engages your thoracic spine, so you can draw your shoulder blades together and open the chest. “I love a reverse fly because it opens up the upper back. When we’re hauling our kiddos around all day, we tend to hunch and the shoulders pull way forward,” Shannon says.
How to: Hold a dumbbell in each hand by your hips, and stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-distance apart (a). Engaging your core and pulling your shoulders back, bend forward at the waist until your torso is parallel to the ground (b). Then, using your back and shoulder muscles, raise your arms up to form a “T” with your elbows slightly bent. Squeeze your shoulder blades together to fully engage the muscles (c). Bring your arms back down and stand back up to the starting position (e).
2. Hammer Curl to Overhead Press
Targets: Biceps and shoulders
Functional movement patterns don’t get more real than this compound move. Since we’re constantly picking things up and reaching high and low, this exercise is great for testing your squat. But don’t forget to also engage your core. “From putting groceries away to throwing our kids in the air, it’s important to contract your abs for balance,” Shannon says.
How to: Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing in, and stand with your feet slightly wider than hip distance (a). Activating your glutes, squat down with the weights between your ankles, and then curl your arms to lift the weights up to shoulder height (b). Press the dumbbells up overhead, and then bring them back down by your sides (c).
3. Rear Lunge to Row
Targets: Glutes, hamstrings and lats
No workout plan for women is complete without lunges. Lunges are great exercises for improving balance and coordination, as well as strengthening the lower body. “Holding a lunge, even when supporting yourself on one elbow, is a lot of great glute work. Keep the back knee bent and the weight distributed equally to really feel it,” Shannon says. In this combo move, we add a row to work the lats, so you can finally beast those pull-ups.
How to: Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and hold a dumbbell with your right hand, palms facing forward (a). Take a big step back with your right foot into a lunge (b). As you lower your body to the floor, pull the dumbbell up to your chest, forming a 90-degree angle (c). Stand back up and repeat on the left side.
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4. Plank Row to Triceps Kickback
Targets: Core, lats and triceps
The key to maintaining form with this exercise is to have a wide stance and use your core and back to stabilize you. “If you have diastasis recti, perform the rows and kickbacks on all fours. You'll still get core work in there because you're using your abs and back to stabilize yourself while only holding weights in one hand,” Shannon says.
How to: Get into a high plank position with your shoulders directly over your wrists and a dumbbell in each hand (a). While maintaining a plank, pull the right dumbbell up to your chest, bending your elbow to 90 degrees. Then, engage your triceps to fully extend your arm behind you (b). Keep hips square and core engaged throughout the exercise. Repeat on the left side.
5. Glute Bridge to Chest Fly
Targets: Chest and glutes
Want to make everyday activities like pushing and pulling heavy things easier? Work your chest! “When you bring your arms back from opening them up, see if you can maintain the feeling of freedom in the chest when you open your arms!” Shannon says. The bonus is that the glute bridge will strengthen your pelvic floor, too — an essential in every strength workout plan for women
How to: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing each other, and raise them up directly over your chest (a). Lift your butt off the floor to perform a basic glute bridge (b). While holding this position, lower your hands out to the sides with a slight bend in your elbows (c). Bring your hands back in and lower your butt to the ground (c).
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Shakira said it best: Your hips don’t lie. And you’ve probably heard them speak up after a long day of sitting at your desk or being on your feet all night. Because whether you had a sedentary 24 hours or an extremely active one, tight hips tend to get achey in both circumstances — which is exactly why you need regular hip openers and stretches in your life.
“The hip joint is a ball and socket joint, which means it can perform in many different directions of motion. But most of us stay within a limited range based on our typical posture and movement habits,” says Ariel Kiley, the lead instructor for Daily Burn’s new Yoga Fundamentals program, a beginner-friendly yoga plan. “Hip openers are poses that stretch and activate your muscles and fascia [the connective tissue surrounding muscles and organs] in a myriad of ways to keep the hips healthy, mobile and supple.”
Kiley agrees everyone can benefit from a stretch session for this typically tight joint. “For the super athletic, hip openers keep muscle tissue pliable and elastic,” Kiley explains. “For more sedentary folks, hip openers prevent adaptive shortening and maintain circulation. Healthy hip mobility is also imperative to stave off lower back pain.”
Keep your hips happy with these three yoga poses, borrowed from the Daily Burn Yoga Fundamental’s program.
3 Yoga Poses to Loosen Up Tight Hips
Practice these three yoga poses every day to really reap the benefits and loosen up tight hips. Kiley says the supported squat and stalking panther hip openers work particularly well as primers for a vigorous workout. Meanwhile, the lounging pigeon provides the perfect cool-down after work or a workout. “My golden rule, though? Just do them when you actually will do them — that’s good enough,” she says.
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1. Supported Squat
“Squatting is a primal movement that’s essential to healthy hips,” Kiley says. But once people start sitting more often, they often lose the ability to squat with proper form. Practicing the movement on a block, as shown, will help you regain the ability to drop it low and offers the ideal body alignment.
How to: Sit on a yoga block or stack of books. Place your feet about 45 degrees out to the sides with knees stacked directly over heels. Place your hands in a prayer position and wedge your elbows between your knees. Lengthen your spine so it’s perfectly upright, while using your elbows to press your knees open. Engage your pelvic floor muscles and gaze straight ahead.
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2. Lounging Pigeon
Hit all the right spots in your lower half with this deep stretch. “The hip of the front leg offers a deep stretch to the gluteus maximus and other deep hip and buttocks muscles,” Kiley says. “Meanwhile, the back leg creates an incredible stretch for your hip flexors and anterior core. It’s a wonderful pose after a long run…or a long day.”
How to: Place your left shin at a diagonal toward the front of your mat, with the foot pointed. Slide your right leg straight back behind you, also with the foot pointed. Tuck a thick blanket or cushion under the left hip to even out the pelvis and reduce pressure on the front knee. Rest your forearms parallel to each other on the floor and keep your neck long and head neutral. By pressing down with the forearms, you can reduce the intensity of the stretch. If you feel stress in your front knee, add more cushion under the hip.
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3. Stalking Panther
Time to wake up those tight hips with a little movement. “This is a great dynamic stretch for the inner thigh or adductor muscles,” Kiley explains. “By sliding side to side you will both lengthen and tone the often sleepy muscles of the inner thighs.”
How to: Stand in a wide straddle with feet parallel to each other. Hinge at the hips and plant your fingertips on the floor or a yoga block. Activate your back muscles to maintain a long, neutral spine. Gaze ahead, fixing your eyes on a single point. Shift back and forth by bending over onto one knee, then the other. Keep your feet planted on the ground the entire time. Move slowly and mindfully.
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A leg workout isn’t just about chiseled quads, sculpted calves or a toned behind. Building strong muscles in your lower body translates to more power, speed and overall ease of movement. Plus, because your bottom half hosts the body’s biggest muscles, the more you strengthen them, the more calories you’ll burn with every movement.
Don’t believe us? Take it from Ben Booker, lead trainer for Daily Burn’s Live to Fail program (a strength training program for men and women). “I was once the guy that skipped leg day, or at least didn't give it the attention it deserved when I first began lifting weights,” Booker says. That quickly changed when Booker learned how good it was for not only muscle growth in the lower body, but all over. “Men and women alike burn more calories for fat loss and increase metabolism when they consistently train legs. Body composition will change and your body will become more efficient.”
How can you turn that town? Time to turn up the burn with this leg workout, featuring four of Booker’s favorite power moves.
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4-Exercise Leg Workout to Build Strength and Power
In this leg workout, you’ll superset two exercises — or perform them back-to-back to complete one set. When picking weights, Booker suggests starting lighter than you think you should. “Only do an amount of weight that allows you to keep proper form. As soon as you cannot keep the form, drop the weight and complete the rep ranges,” he says.
To maximize gains, do 10 to 12 reps of each exercise and four sets. Aim to tackle this leg day workout at least once a week — but twice is even better, Booker says. Just be sure to have two to three rest days between each session to allow for muscle repair and recovery.
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1. Dumbbell Squat
Targets: Quads, hamstrings and shoulders (for weight stabilization)
How to: Start standing with feet just inside shoulder-width apart, holding your dumbbells in racked position with elbows bent and weights placed at shoulder height (a). Drop your hips down and back, keeping weight in your heels, for a squat. Don’t shift your bodyweight to the front of your foot. Heels should say on the ground, and weights stay directly over feet (b). Stand back up and repeat, keeping your back flat and chest tall (c).
Targets: Upper quads, glutes, hamstrings and helps with hip mobility and balance
How to: Grab a box, bench or chair that’s high enough to challenge you, yet low enough that you don’t have to use your bottom foot to push off the floor. Stand in front of it, right leg on top and arms down by your sides, holding dumbbells (a). Step up on your right foot, pushing off your heel to stand straight up (b). With control, lower back to the ground, keeping your right foot on top. Back should stay flat and shoulders down, with minimal swinging of the weights (c). Repeat, then switch sides. Start each set with the opposite foot.
3. Chair Squats with Calf Raise
Targets: Thighs, quads, calves and hamstrings
How to: Start standing with feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointing slightly outward (a). Lower your butt back and down until you come to sit on the chair (it should be low enough to provide a challenge). Move slow and with control to activate your hamstrings and stabilizer muscles (b). Stand back up, coming onto your toes as high as possible at the top for a calf raise (c). Repeat, minimizing the dumbbell swing and keeping your back flat and chest tall.
4. Side Lunge
Targets: Inner thighs, glutes and hamstrings
How to: Start with your legs at least six inches wider than shoulder-width apart, toes pointing forward. Hold one dumbbell with both hands under your chin (a). Shift your butt back and move your body over your right leg, bending your knee and going as long as you can while keeping the opposite leg straight. Your left foot can roll to the side, but keep your entire right foot planted (b). Stand back up straight (c). Repeat on the other side and continue alternating.
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Let’s be honest, most men and women would love to eliminate a little arm jiggle when we wave or high five. But an even better goal: Scoring stronger triceps. That’s why we’re arming you with this workout from Daily Burn 365, designed to tone the back of your arms.
Aesthetics aside, strong triceps make any pushing movement easier, because they’re the prime movers in elbow extension. They also help with shoulder extension and stabilization (hello, better push-ups!). So next time a door feels a bit too heavy to open or you have trouble hauling your grocery cart around, turn to these best triceps exercises. Strong and sculpted arms await.
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3 Triceps Exercises for an Awesome Arm Workout
Feel the burn in the back of your arms with each of these Daily Burn 365 exercises. Perform the moves in order for 45 seconds each, resting for 45 seconds (or less!) between rounds. Do as many rounds as you can squeeze into your session. Using dumbbells for each move will up the resistance, but sticking to bodyweight only works, too. Either way, both men and women will benefit from these upper body exercises.
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1. Punch Sequence
How to: Start standing with feet hip-width apart, and a slight bend in your knees. Hold your hands in fists in front of your face, elbows bent (a). Punch your right hand straight out in front of you, extending your elbow fully and twisting your palm to face downward. Then, like a rubber band, quickly bring it back to your face (b). Do the same forward punch motion with your left hand (c). Repeat one more punch with each hand (d). Then bring your right elbow up, palm facing downward and perform a hook or semicircle punch in front of you. Use your hips and core for more power (e). Perform a hook with your left hand (f). Continue alternating between four punches (two each hand), then two hooks (one each hand).
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2. Triceps Push-Up Row Kick Back
How to: Start in a high plank position, straight line from shoulders to ankles and wrists under your shoulders (a). Lower your chest as close to the ground as you can go, keeping your elbows tucked by your sides (b). Push yourself back up (c). Pull your right elbow up, bringing your hand up to your chest to perform a row (d). Then straighten your arm behind you, pausing briefly in the extension (e). Bend your elbow again and lower your hand back down to the ground (f). Perform another push-up, then do the row and kick back with your left arm (g). Continue alternating, with push-ups between each side.
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3. Triceps Lift and Hold
How to: Start standing with feet hip-width apart. Bend forward at the hips, maintaining a flat back with shoulders rolled down away from your ears (a). Bring your arms up and behind you, thumbs facing down and palms facing each other (b). Squeeze your arms toward each other like you’re trying to give yourself a high five and hold it there for 45 seconds (c).
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Originally published June 2017. Updated February 2018.
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Let’s get one thing straight: This workout has nothing to do with getting ‘thigh gap’ or ‘skinny thighs.’ Because if you want a body that’s strong enough to support you through challenging workouts, awesome runs and plain old everyday challenges like climbing stairs, you want strong, toned thighs — not scrawny ones.
“It's important to strengthen the whole thigh, and these moves target front, back, inner, and outer thighs, because all of these muscles are working together to support the knees,” says Daily Burn 365 trainer Cheri Paige Fogleman. “Doing squats are great, but the proof is in the pudding when we can feel strong and supported while walking up and down stairs or crouching down to pet a dog.”
This workout from Fogleman is simple enough to do anywhere — and you can even squeeze it in before or after your regular routine. Complete 15 reps of each exercise, running through the entire routine three times. We promise you’ll feel the burn!
The Ultimate Outer and Inner Thigh Workout
1. Basic Bridge
What makes glute bridges an excellent inner and and outer thigh exercise is that you have to engage all of your thigh muscles to reach full extension and maintain balance. Glute bridges are especially good for strengthening the pelvic floor, a key area for pregnant women.
How to: Lie flat on the ground, hands by your side. Engage your glutes and thighs to lift your hips off the ground (a). Squeeze your glutes at the top and return to starting position (b).
2. Side Lunge
This lateral lunge exercise tones your thigh muscles through abduction and adduction. It also challenges your balance because you need to re-adjust your bodyweight as you move from side to side.
How to: Stand upright, feet hip-width apart. Step out to the side with you your right leg, toes pointed forward, coming into a lunge. Make sure your knee stays behind your toes (a). Engage your glutes and inner and outer thighs to return to standing (b).
RELATED: 5 Power Lunges for Killer Glutes
3. Plié to Lunge
Plié essentially means bending of the knees. In the compound exercise above, you'll perform a demi plié, so you'll lower into a half bend in your knees before transitioning to a lunge. The key to getting the most out of this exercise is to squeeze your thighs and glutes.
How to: Complete a plié squat, with your toes pointing outwards to 45 degrees. At the bottom of your plié, shift your weight onto your right foot, bend your right knee and move into a lunge, lowering until your left knee almost touches the ground (a). Return to a plié squat and repeat on opposite side (b).
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Originally published November 2015. Updated February 2018.
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Before you start running fast, jumping high or lifting heavy, it’s important to learn how to simply move better. That includes relieving tension in typically tight areas, going through a full range of motion on exercises and learning how to tackle moves with precision. And all three essentials require one thing: mobility.
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What Is Mobility and Why Do You Need It?
“Mobility is flexibility, plus strength and movement control,” says Gregg Cook, lead trainer on Daily Burn’s new program, Mobility. “With good mobility training, you get your joints working the way they were originally designed to move.”
Most Americans spend the majority of their day in a seat, whether commuting in a car or working at a desk. And that sedentary lifestyle can lead to stiff and often achy joints. “If joints are stationary too long, it can cause a cast-like effect,” says Cook. (Ever have trouble walking after sitting on a plane for hours or just at your desk all day?) “If you're sitting, no fluid moves through the joints. And the only way to heal that is through movement.” In other words, the more you move, the better you’ll feel.
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How Daily Burn Mobility Can Improve Your Fitness
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According to Cook, mobility work should become your prerequisite before jumping into strength, HIIT or any other type of intense workout — especially if you want to avoid injury. But even if you don’t plan to crush calories, this program can help you get loose in the morning, or midday when you need a quick, active stretch.
With six workouts — ranging from 10 to 30 minutes — you can either follow the full program or pick and choose what’s best for your body. You get everything from a total-body mobility workout (and one that involves some strength for extra sweat), a pre-workout warm-up, an upper body and a lower body session, plus a 10-minute standing routine that you can do at the office, airport or right in your bedroom.
“If you’re feeling tight in your shoulders or neck, opt for the upper body workout that day,” suggests Cook. “If you’re going to do a lower body workout or feel tightness in your hips or hamstrings, go for the lower body-focused routine. Think about what you’re dealing with in your daily life and focus on that.” If that means you want to stretch out from head to toe, there’s a routine for that, too.
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Making the Most of Your Routines
The key to gaining flexibility, strength and control with this program: move slow and with focus, Cook says. “Really try to listen to your body. You always want to have a conversation between your mind and your body,” he explains. “Movement is telling your body what you want it to do. Then tune into how it feels and the range of motion it’s comfortable with — all without trying to just get the workout over with. Most importantly, realize you’re going to feel better if you take it slower and with more concentration.”
One strategy for actually slowing down is deep nasal breathing. Cook recommends inhaling on a four-count through exercises and exhaling longer, on an eight-count. “That’ll help calm down the nervous system, which helps with mobility, too.” Also, make sure to stop if you feel any pinching or pain. Those are signs you’re taking a stretch too far or might need to see a doctor.
So whether you want to get more from your workouts or just move better and feel better, Daily Burn Mobility will get you there. All you have to do is press play.
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One of the biggest advantages of a punch-wielding kickboxing workout is that it strikes a balance between strength and cardio. You fight with your full body to drive force through your fists — keeping your core engaged for control and using your lower body to power each punch. But it also gets your heart racing to knock out more calories. (Not to mention it's a pretty perfect way to squash stress!)
To mix it up with more muscle-building, though, you can even hone in on a specific muscle group. That’s what we do in this strength-focused arm workout. Not only will you work your chest, back, biceps and triceps with the routine, but you’ll also hit more muscles from head to toe by moving with speed and precision. So follow the moves below, borrowed from Daily Burn’s Undefeated kickboxing program, to give your fitness the strength-meets-cardio one-two punch.
6 Arm Exercises for a Kickboxing-Inspired Workout
You’ll alternate between punches sequences and strength exercises in this HIIT arm workout. Make sure to put some power behind each jab, cross, hook and uppercut. And grab some dumbbells for the strength moves to up the muscle-building benefits. Go through each move, in order, for the designated reps, and repeat the entire circuit at least once — twice if you’re really ready to fight. You want to be breathless by the end. Go get 'em!
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1. Jab Cross
How to: Start in your boxer’s stance, feet staggered on a diagonal and placed about hip-width apart with your dominant foot toward the back. Hands should be in fists up by your face (a). Punch your front arm straight out in front of you for a jab, quickly returning your fist to your face (b). Then punch your back arm straight forward, pivoting on your back foot and using your hips for extra force, for a cross. Quickly return your fist to your face (c). Continue alternating between jabs and crosses for 45 seconds.
2. Triceps Push-Up
How to: Start in a modified plank position, with knees on the ground and shoulders directly over your wrists, toes tucked under (a). Keeping your elbows in close to your sides, lower your chest down to the ground (b). Push yourself back up to the starting position (c). Repeat for 8-12 reps. If you have the strength, come up to an extended arm plank position, off your knees.
How to: Start in your boxer’s stance, feet staggered on a diagonal, about hip-width apart with your dominant foot toward the back. Hands should be in fists up by your face (a). Pivot on your back foot and use your hips for extra force to drive your back hand upward for an uppercut punch, then quickly reset in your starting position (b). Driving off your front toe and twisting your hips for extra force, punch your front arm upward for an uppercut, then quickly reset in your starting position (c). Continue alternating back and front uppercuts for 45 seconds.
4. Kneeling High Pull
How to: Start in a low lunge position, and bend forward at the waist, keeping your back flat (a). Pull your right elbow up so the dumbbell reaches your shoulder, then straighten your arm back out (b). Repeat on the other side, pulling your left arm up to your chest, elbow high (c). Continue alternating arms for 8-12 reps, then switch legs and repeat.
How to: Start in your boxer’s stance, feet staggered on a diagonal, about hip-width apart with your dominant foot toward the back. Hands should be in fists up by your face (a). To perform this power punch, pivot off your back foot, using your hips for extra force, and lifting your back elbow so your arm is parallel to the floor. Punch to the side, with fist facing downward. Then quickly return to your starting position (b). Repeat the motion with your front leg and arm, pivoting off your front foot, using your hips for extra force, and lifting your front elbow so your arm is parallel to the floor. Punch to the side, then quickly return to your starting position (c). Continue alternating back and front hooks for 45 seconds.
6. Renegade Row
How to: Start in a high plank position, wrists directly under shoulders and both hands on dumbbells. Your body should be in one straight line from shoulders to heels (a). Gripping a dumbbell in your right hand, pull your arm upward, elbow close to your body and bringing the dumbbell to chest height, palm facing your body (b). Place your hand back down, returning to your plank (c). Repeat the row on the left side, bringing the dumbbell to your chest, elbow in close to your body (d). Place your hand back down to the plank position and then continue alternating rows for 8-12 reps per side.
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A sore neck, tight hips, tense shoulders — these common aches can arise whether you’re sitting at a desk all day or running around from dusk to dawn. But if you move more (and more importantly, smarter!), you’ll help them feel better, faster. Just take it from movement master, Gregg Cook, creator of Daily Burn’s Mobility program who preaches that physical health isn’t just about getting to the gym and busting through a heavy weight set or HIIT session.
“Your body responds to what you do and what you don’t do,” he says. “If you’re stationary for most of the day, you’re not taking your joints through big ranges of motion regularly, so they’re going to start to get stiff.”
The thing is, mobility workouts don’t have to be complicated. And you don’t even have to get up from your seat to get loose. Enter this three-minute mobility workout from Cook — perfect for your desk (or couch!).
Your 3-Minute Mobility Workout
You can follow along with this mobility workout on your bed, midday at your desk, in an airplane seat or even on a bus out of town. All it takes is three minutes and a slow, mindful approach to loosen up from head to toe. “This can be done multiple times throughout the day,” Cook says. “Do it four to five times a day and see how it changes your overall movements — and your spirit.”
You’ll start the routine by slowly making circles with your upper body, helping you gain movement in your spine and stretching your neck. Then you’ll work down to your legs, focusing on releasing tension in your glutes and hips. You’ll finish the workout with a chest opener paired with shoulder mobility. So sit up straight, press play and get ready to stretch it out — your “ahh” moment is three minutes away.
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So you want to get your sweat on, but getting to the gym seems as difficult as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Our answer: Make moves right where you are! You can snag a serious cardio workout right at home — sans machines, weights or even a lot of space. Thanks to plyometrics and fast-paced bodyweight exercises, you’ll rev your heart rate to that aerobic zone, squashing calories without the treadmill.
The secret to boosting your burn even more: compound exercises that work multiple muscles at once. Not only do the five moves below from Daily Burn 365 test your brain power, they’ll keep your metabolism revving even after you’re done. Plus, they’ll keep the workout fun so time flies. Before you know it, you’ll have cruised through 10 to 20 minutes of work, without even thinking of another excuse to stay in your seat. Step one: Stand up. It’s go time!
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The Best Cardio Workout You Can Do in Your Living Room
Make sure you have enough room to jump front-to-back and side-to-side as this workout has you moving in all directions. Start with a light jog in place to shake out any stiffness, then tackle the five exercises below. Perform each one for 30 to 60 seconds, with no more than 15 seconds rest in between. Take a full minute to recover at the end of round one, then repeat at least once. It might be easier than climbing a mountain, but this cardio workout should still take your breath away.
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1. Jump Rope Sky-to-Floor Reach
How to: Start standing with feet a little closer than hip-width apart, arms down by your sides (a). Begin swinging your forearms in a circle, as you would while holding a jump rope, as you jog your feet, kicking your heels toward your butt (b). Jog for six steps while swinging your invisible rope (c). Then, reach your arms straight up into the air, coming up onto your toes for a calf raise (d). Then reach down to the floor, bending at the knees for a narrow squat (e). Repeat another sky-to-floor reach (d). Continue alternating between six rope jumps and two sky-to-floor reaches.
2. Pop Squat
How to: Start standing with feet hip-width apart (a). Drop down into a squat, pushing your hips back and your butt down, with weight in your heels. Get low enough to touch the floor with one hand (b). Jump back up, bringing your feet together at the top (c). Then pop your feet back out to a squat, touching the ground with your other hand (d). Repeat.
3. Grape Vine Hip Twist
How to: Stand facing forward and take one step to the right with your right foot. Then, step your left foot behind your right. Next, step your right foot out to the right again and tap your left foot to your right. This is one grape vine (a). From here, bring your arms up to shoulder height, elbows bent so arms are parallel to the floor. With your feet together, jump and twist your hips to the right, then the left, repeating two times to each side (b). Then, repeat the grape vine to the left (c). Continue alternating between grape vines and four hip twists.
4. Lunge to Double Hop
How to: Start standing, facing forward. Step back into a lunge on your right foot. Knees should each bend 90 degrees and back right knee should hover just above the floor (a). Step back up to stand (b). Repeat the lunge on your left leg (c). Then take two hops at the top (d). Continue alternating lunges and double hops. If you need more of a challenge, make your lunge switch explosive, turning it into a plyometric exercise.
5. Cross Climbers to Plank Jacks
How to: Start in a high plank position, wrists under shoulders and body in one straight line from shoulders to heels (a). Drive your right knee in toward your left elbow, then step it back to plank (b). Drive your left knee in toward your right elbow, then step it back to plank. This is one mountain climber. Do three (six on each leg) (c). Next, jump your feet out to the sides, wider than hip width, then immediately back to your regular plank. This is one plank jack; do two (d). Continue alternating six total mountain climbers with two jacks.
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Just because you’re new to fitness doesn’t mean high-intensity interval training isn’t for you. Otherwise known as HIIT workouts, these fast-paced routines have been shown to torch tons of calories in a short amount of time — so you don’t need to spend hours in the gym. This type of training will have you alternating between periods of maximum effort (think: 20 seconds of jumping jacks) and short recovery.
If you’re just getting into fitness — or starting over after an injury — the key to success lies in doing the right moves, at your own pace. Yes, HIIT workouts should be intense, but pushing too hard, too fast can result in injuries and other setbacks. Your task: Listen to your body, modify as needed, and complete each movement with proper form.
To kick off your journey without a hitch, we’ve tapped Justin Rubin, trainer for Daily Burn’s True Beginner program, to create three workouts, ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. Each one has easy-to-master moves, made just for you. All you need is a chair and a yoga mat. Then, start with this dynamic, two-minute warm-up to get your muscles ready to go:
Beginner HIIT Workouts You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less
10-Minute HIIT Workout
Work up a sweat in less than the time it would take you to drive to your gym with this simple routine. Best of all, you don’t need any equipment to jump right in.
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Jab, cross, front (right side): Stand with the right foot in front of the left, hips facing to your left side. Bring your arms up into a boxing position. Jab (punch) forward with the right arm, then throw a “cross” punch with the left arm, letting your body rotate as your left arm crosses over your body to the right. Your bodyweight should be over your right foot, with your back heel picking up off the floor slightly. Bring both arms back into the body, shifting your weight back to the starting position and facing front. (This is the "front" move.) Repeat on the left side. For more detailed instructions, try Cardio Kickboxing 1 and 2 in DailyBurn’s True Beginner program.
Jumping jacks: Start by standing upright with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. Jump your feet out while raising your arms. Repeat as fast as possible. If a regular jumping jack is too difficult, step side to side while raising your arms instead.
Sumo squats: Position your feet a little more than hip-width apart and point your toes out at a 45-degree angle. Keeping your weight in your heels, back flat and chest upright, lower yourself until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Engage your glutes and quads and push back to the start position. Repeat.
Cool down with an overhead stretch, reverse lunge and forward fold.
20-Minute MetCon: HIIT Workout
Metabolic conditioning is designed to maximize your caloric burn, so you should expect this workout to feel challenging. You’ll go through five moves that focus on full-body exercises. Try to do as many reps as possible during each 45-second interval, then rest for 15 seconds before repeating.
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Squats: For extra assistance, use a chair for added support. Remember to keep your feet under your hips and your bodyweight in your heels, says Justin.
Butt kicks: Jog or walk in place, kicking your right heel up to touch your bottom. Repeat with the left leg.
Tricep dips: Place your hands on a chair or a low table, with your back to the chair. Put your legs straight out while balancing on your palms. Bending from your elbows, lower as far as you can, then press up to the original position. Engage that core!
Side Lunges: With your bodyweight in your heels and your toes facing forwards, step to the left in a deep lateral lunge, keeping your knee above your toes. Alternate legs.
Cool down with an overhead stretch, a quad stretch and a forward fold.
30-Minute MetCon: HIIT Workout
Got half an hour? Try this longer workout to challenge your core, and your upper and lower body. (Fun fact: This will burn more calories than 30 minutes spent walking on the treadmill!) Complete the same three-minute warm-up as in the previous workout, then get ready to move it, move it.
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For exercise descriptions, see above.
Cool down with an overhead stretch, a reverse lunge, a quad stretch and a forward fold, holding each move for 30 seconds.
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Originally published February 2015. Updated February 2018.
Nine months ago, Abigail Brown had zero desire to sign up for a kickboxing class, much less work out. The stay-at-home mom preferred to stay put, taking care of her daughter. But at 257 pounds, raising a newborn was exhausting.
Today, Brown is a new woman: She works out to Daily Burn 365 every morning and shares her workouts on Instagram. Under the handle @AbbyWorksforAbs, Brown uses social media to connect with other members and share her inspiring workouts.
“As a stay-at-home mom, it’s hard for me to get to the gym. I had been doing different at-home workout DVDs, but I found it to be too repetitive,” Brown says. “I love the variety of workouts and the different trainers Daily Burn offers. They each have their own special way of motivating me.”
Losing the Baby Weight…and Then Some
Brown had previously lost 40 pounds by following Weight Watchers, but after she became pregnant with her daughter, she gained it all back. “I didn’t exercise at all. At the time, I was working at a bank and was on my feet all day but didn’t get much activity,” Brown says. She realized that she wasn’t going to be able to keep the weight off for good through dieting alone. She learned that achieving permanent weight loss means leading a healthy lifestyle that includes fitness, so she signed up for Daily Burn after finding a Groupon deal. Fast-forward nine months later, Brown lost a whopping 83 pounds.
“I wanted to be able to keep up with my daughter. She has so much energy, and it was a struggle to chase her around the park,” Brown says. “My husband and I would like to have another child someday, and I knew that I needed to get my health under control before then,” she adds.
Getting Fit at Home — and Beyond
When Brown joined Daily Burn in June 2017, she kicked off her home workout routine with Daily Burn 365 every morning. “It’s just a great way to start off my day. I have more energy and it gives me something to look forward to. My daughter is often in the background of all of my Instagram workout videos,” she says.
In addition to Daily Burn 365, Brown enjoys working out to Power Cardio, Cardio Sculpt, Undefeated (kickboxing), Barre Harmony and DB10 (a series of high-intensity 10-minute workouts). Brown says Daily Burn has expanded her fitness repertoire and inspired her to try different workouts. “I played soccer for eight years growing up but wasn’t very active as an adult. I love Erika’s workouts the best, especially her kickboxing routines. It helped me try workouts I otherwise wouldn’t,” she says.
Living in Portland, Oregon — an outdoor mecca — Brown has also grown to appreciate being active in nature. On sunny days, she and her daughter will go for a walk in the park or hit up a new hiking trail. Being outdoors has helped her realize that you don’t have to be at the gym to get moving. “I’m going to Hawaii in May and I’m excited to learn how to surf for the first time. I would never have considered doing something like that before,” Brown says. Brown recalls during the last family vacation she went on, she didn’t even want to get out of the car to go for a short hike. “I limited myself so much because I didn’t think I could do it,” she says.
Meal Prepping to Make Clean Eating Easy
Brown continues to follow Weight Watchers to help her maintain her weight loss, but she also adopted meal prepping to ensure she has healthy meals on hand for her and her family. “I usually prepare some sort of soup or chili in my crockpot, grill meat and roast vegetables in the oven,” she says. Brown plans her meals for the week every Saturday or Sunday, and sometimes, her husband will join, too. “My husband is a garbage man and starts work at 4:30 a.m., so he has to have all his meals prepped before he gets up. When he sees me cooking in the kitchen, he’ll start prepping stuff for himself,” Brown says.
Brown uses the Weight Watchers’ points and calorie system to help her prepare a balanced meal at home. “Every meal usually has a starch, like sweet potatoes and brown rice, lean protein and veggies,” Brown says. For a healthy snack, she’ll pair fruit with a protein, like an apple or banana with peanut butter or string cheese.
Posting Sweaty Selfies, Workouts and More
Aside from the physical benefits of exercise, Brown also enjoys interacting with other Daily Burn 365 members on social media. “Staying at home with my daughter has made me feel very isolated at times, so it’s nice being able to connect with other people on the same mission as me,” Brown says. “I’ve connected with so many amazing and driven people on [Daily Burn’s] community Facebook page and Instagram.”
Brown also feels better in her clothes and dropped eight pant sizes. She even had to get her wedding rings adjusted two full sizes down. These changes have given her more confidence to try new things and improved her self-esteem. On her Instagram, Brown often posts her Daily Burn kickboxing routines, heart-pumping Tabatas and weightlifting supersets.
“I can actually do push-ups and burpees. When I first started, I had to modify almost everything,” Brown says. And on days when she’s lacking workout motivation, she looks to the community for support. “They all motivate me to keep putting in the work, especially on days I don’t feel like it.”
In an age when social media can sometimes be a difficult place to share your weight loss struggles, Brown says that Daily Burn is a safe place to share her journey. “There are so many negative people out there who will compare you to everyone else, but I haven’t seen anything like that on Daily Burn,” she says. “It’s so uplifting.”
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*Note to reader: The content in this article relates to the core service offered by Daily Burn. In the interest of editorial disclosure and integrity, the reader should know that Daily Burn owns and operates this site. Always talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise or weight loss program and note that the results highlighted above are not typical. Daily Burn users who worked out for 30 minutes or more at least five times a week for 60 to 90 days reported an average weight loss of about one pound per week. For those seeking to lose weight, keep in mind that extreme weight loss can be harmful to your health if done improperly or too suddenly.
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There’s no piece of workout equipment that can make you feel more powerful and strong than a pair of dumbbells. Unlike exercise machines, dumbbells give you freedom of movement and force you to recruit more muscles at once. That’s why they’re the preferred choice for total-body workouts.
But in order to get the most out of your dumbbell workout and ensure that you’re moving safely and efficiently, maintaining proper form is key. Ben Booker, lead trainer of Daily Burn’s Live to Fail program and founder of Second Chance Lifestyle, says, “When you can’t follow a smooth up and down motion, or the weight gets squirrely, then drop the weight to get the form right.”
As you get stronger, your heavy set of dumbbells will feel lighter, and you can increase weight by five-pound increments. “It’s called progressive overload; you’re going to slowly add weight and it should be done within a targeted rep range,” Booker says.
20-Minute Total-Body Dumbbell Workout for Beginners
Ready for a full-body tune up? Working your glutes, arms, chest and back, these four fundamental dumbbell exercises focus on targeting major muscle groups. Booker recommends starting with four sets of six to eight reps.
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1. Dumbbell Squat
Targets: Quads, hamstrings and shoulders
How to: Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell in racked position with elbows bent and the dumbbell at shoulder height (a). Lower your butt down and back into a squat, keeping your weight in your heels. The dumbbell should stay directly over your feet (b). Stand back up and repeat, keeping your back flat and chest tall (c).
2. Glute Bridge Chest Press
Targets: Glutes and chest
How to: Lie down on the ground with your feet flat and knees bent. Hold onto a dumbbell in each hand and keep them shoulder-distance apart (a). Press your hips and lower back up into a bridge so they’re off the ground. Keeping your torso and thighs aligned, press the dumbbells up above your chest, palms facing away from your face (b). Bend your right elbow to lower the dumbbell down to your chest, keeping the left arm raised (c). Push the right dumbbell back up to starting position and repeat with the left arm (d).
3. Single-Arm Dumbbell Row
Targets: Rhomboids, lats, shoulders and biceps
How to: Stand behind a plyo box with your right knee on top of it and your left foot behind you. Grasp a dumbbell in your left hand and bring your torso foward you so your back is flat and parallel to the floor. Put your right hand on the box (a). Pull the dumbbell back towards the left side of your chest to perform a row, squeezing your shoulder blades together (b). Lower your left arm back down, and then switch sides (c).
4. Seated Tricep Extension
How to: Sit on a plyo box and hold one dumbbell in each hand. Press them directly overhead with your palms facing each other, chin up and elbows right by your ears (a). Lower the dumbbells behind your head, while keeping your elbows by your ears (b). Straighten your arms and return to the starting position (c).
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When you think about what running really entails, it’s actually a single-leg sport. You run with two feet, but it’s the big, long strides that help you go the distance. “A stride in running is essentially a shifting single-leg hop,” says Cheri Paige Fogelman, Daily Burn 365 trainer and certified run coach.
So why are single-leg exercises the best type of strength training exercises for runners? They closely mimic the work required for running. “Often, we have one leg stronger than the other, and when we work single-leg style, we take away the possibility of one leg helping the other along,” Fogelman explains.
Get a Leg Up on Your Training
Whether you want to PR your next race or finally address those muscle imbalances, now is the perfect time to incorporate more single-leg exercises into your workout repertoire. Going single-leg also requires coordination and balance — two essential skills that will help you run more efficiently. Not to mention, at the end of a race, you’ll need as much strength and power from each leg to help you sprint to the finish line. “Single-leg moves are great for non-runners, too, as walking and going up and down stairs all require single-leg strength,” Fogelman says. Read on for Fogelman’s single-leg workout.
30-Minute Leg Workout for Runners
Whether you’re running a 10K or half-marathon, these single-leg drills will help fire up your core, quads, glutes and hamstrings. Because when fatigue really sets in during a race, you’ll rely on these muscles to help you maintain form and charge through the finish line. Do eight to 10 reps for each exercise for four rounds.
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1. Single-Leg Deadlift
During a sprint, you want to cover as much ground as possible in the least amount of time. "That action of quickly pushing the ground away behind you is achieved by rapidly firing the hamstrings and glutes," Fogelman explains. These single-leg deadlifts are a great way to both strengthen and lengthen your hamstrings and glutes.
How to: Stand with your feet together with your hands at your sides. If you want to take things up a notch, hold a dumbbell in each hand (a). Shift your weight to your right foot and keep your right knee slightly bent for support. Then, extend your left leg behind you and hinge forward at the waist, keeping your spine long and straight. Avoid rounding your back (b). Lower your hands until your back is parallel to the ground, and then return to the starting position (c). Alternate sides.
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2. The Clam
Weak glute medius and minimus muscles can cause hip instability, which leads to IT band friction, a common issue among runners. “When our hips are stable, these glute muscles prevent the knee from collapsing inward,” Fogelman says.
How to: Lie on your right side with knees bent and prop yourself up on your right forearm into a modified side plank (a). Square your hips and place your left hand at your waist, so your body forms a diagonal line from the top of your head to the ground (b). Engaging your core, glutes and thighs, rotate your left leg open. Keep the knee bent and hips square to form a diamond (c). Then, bring the left leg back down to the starting position (d). Repeat on the left side.
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3. Pistol Squats
As one of the most challenging squat variations, it’s important to practice these simple progressions before you tackle the real deal. “Even if you’re only descending and ascending a few inches, or have your forward heel on the ground, you still benefit from the focused strength work of squatting,” Fogelman says.
How to: Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and hands by your sides (a). Shift your weight to your left side and lift your right foot off the floor with your chest up, back straight and your left knee slightly bent (b). Sit into a squat by hinging your hips back and extending your right leg in front of you, so it’s parallel to the ground. At the same time, bring your hands in front of you (c). Once you reach the bottom of the movement, begin standing back up to the starting position with control (d). Repeat on the right foot.
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In addition to engaging your core, the breakdancer helps strengthen the adductors, as one leg swings under and across your body while the other one stabilizes. You’ll also hone your coordination skills with this move. “The breakdancer requires a connection through the obliques to swing one arm in opposition to the striding leg. This is the same coordination we use when walking or running,” Fogelman says.
How to: Get into a tabletop position with your shoulders directly over your hands and knees bent on the floor (a). Lift your knees an inch off the ground (b). Then, lift your right hand off the ground, and rotate your hips so you kick your left leg out to the side to touch your right hand (c). Repeat on the left side.
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5. Single-Leg Glute Bridge
If you have muscle imbalances, this exercise is for you. This single-leg glute bridge will tone up your glutes and hamstrings on both sides. “When you raise your toes, you strengthen the anterior tibialis, which is a muscle that can help keep shin splints at bay,” Fogelman says.
How to: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor (a). Lift your left leg up to make a right angle with the floor and raise your hips off the ground, while your right knee remains bent (b). Pulse your left leg up and down without dropping your hips. Be sure to flex your left foot and press down on your right heel (c). Switch sides.
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Exercise Your Right to Vote on November 6 – and Exercise Your Body All Year Round NEW YORK – Nov. 1, 2018 – With the midterms just days away, Americans are showing increasing strain against the backdrop of a contentious political climate – and it’s clearly impacting our personal lives and habits. According to a […]