Toning the body is something essential as you inch closer to your fitness goals. The routine below will give you an excellent cardio workout as you firm up the trouble spots. Research shows that these kinds of circuits are excellent for fat loss and toning up muscles within a minimal time frame.


No exercise begins without a warm up. To begin this circuit, March or jog in place, while circling arms overhead and down for 30 seconds. Do the exercises below in their order, followed by 1 minute of jogging or marching in place. Do three circuits in total.

Exercise 1. Pile Pop-Up (works inner thighs, quads)

Put your feet wider than shoulder-width apart and toes pointing out, bend the knees and lower yourself so thighs are almost parallel to the floor. Pulse 3 times, going up and down just a couple of inches. On the third pulse, jump and bring the heels together while in the air. Bend the knees into pile squat again as you land. Repeat for 1 minute.


Exercise 2. Hop to Jumping Lunge (works quads, butt)

Stand while positioning your right foot about 2 feet in front of the left. Jump up and switch legs. Swing arms in opposition to legs and repeat for 45 seconds. Follow up with jumping lunges (shown above) for 15 seconds: Upon landing each time, bend knees at a 90 degree angle or lower into a lunge with front knee over ankle. Use arms to help give you power as you do the jumps.


Exercise 3. Squat Thrust (works legs, arms, chest, abs)

Do 1 jumping jack. Crouch down, while placing your hands on the floor. Jump (or walk) your feet back into the plank position (feet together, hands under shoulders, body in line from head to heels abs tight). Spring feet apart and then back together. Jump (or walk) feet up to hands and stand up. Repeat for a minute.




Exercise 4. Mountain Climber (works arms, chest, abs)

Place hands on the floor and walk your legs back into position. Quickly pull the right knee into the chest, as you keep the spine in line, with your hips low and abs tight. Switch legs. Alternate for 1 minute.


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