Friday, November 22nd

No matter if you’ve done every workout or you’re just joining the program, today’s workout is going to be a blast—not to mention burn a lot of calories!

As always, today’s workout is designed to last 30 minutes and is developed so each individual can exercise at his or her own pace. Each exercise should be performed to failure—when you feel as though you can’t complete even one more rep—or to the max number of reps listed.  For example if the exercise is squat jumps and lists a max of 50 reps, you should do as many reps as possible up to 50. If you complete 10 reps and find that you can’t do another rep while maintaining good form, then simply move on to the next exercise.  If you can complete all 50 with good form, do so and then move to the next exercise.

If you get through all 5 exercises in less than 30 minutes (which should be the case), repeat the cycle until the 30 minutes is up.

Please note: Before adopting any new exercise routine, you should consult your physician.

 

Today’s full-body, calorie-burning workout:

Exercise 1: Squat Jumps (Perform to Failure or max 50 reps)

Exercise 2: Mason Twists (Perform to failure or max 25 reps each side)

Exercise 3: Alternating Lunges (Perform to failure or max 30 reps each leg)

Exercise 4: Tuck Jumps (Perform to failure or max 40 reps)

Exercise 5: Wide Push Ups (Perform to failure or max 30 reps)

A detailed description and accompanying photo is provided for each exercise below.

 

Exercise 1: Squat Jumps (Perform to Failure or max 50 reps)

How to do it: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and arms behind your head. Squat down with knees parallel to the floor. Don’t bend below parallel. Jump up as high as you can while keeping your core tight. Lower back down to your squat position as you land.

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Exercise 2: Mason Twists (Perform to failure or max 25 reps each side)

How to do it: Sit on the floor. Bend your knees so that your feet are planted on the floor in front of you. Bend your elbows and clasp your hands together in front of you. Lean back slightly so you’re your core engages. Lift your feet slightly off the floor. Rotate first to the right and try to touch your clasped hands to the floor near your hip. Rotate to the left and try and touch your clasped hands to the floor near your hip. Repeat. As you rotate from side to side, try and keep your core engaged and your feet stable.

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Exercise 3: Alternating Lunges (Perform to failure or max 30 reps each leg)

How to do it: Stand with your feet hip width apart, back straight and arms at your side or on your hips. Step forward with your right foot making sure your toes are facing forward and that your knee is at a 90 degree angel – which will ensure that your thigh is parallel with the ground. Push up with your right foot as you return to your starting position. Repeat with your left leg. Note: make sure you don’t extend your front knee over your toes, as this will place more pressure on your knee.

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Exercise 4: Tuck Jumps (Perform to failure or max 40 reps)

How to do it: Stand with your feet hip width apart and knees slightly bent. Bend your knees as you come to a squat position. From the squatting position explode up and tuck your knees to your chest.  While in mid air, grab your knees with your hands. Release your knees and extend your legs as you come back down. Allow the knees to bend upon landing. Repeat. Note: Do not lock your knees on landing.

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Exercise 5: Wide Push Ups (Perform to failure or max 30 reps)

How to do it: Lie on your stomach. Place your palms flat on the floor wider than shoulder width apart. Push up off the ground so your arms are fully extended and you’re on your toes. Keep your back flat and engage your core. While maintaining a flat back, lower yourself down until your chest almost touches the floor. Push yourself back up by fully extending your arms.

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I hope you enjoy today’s workout. Please share your feedback with me by commenting below.

 

About the Author:

d_stone_headshot_finalDawna Stone is a health, fitness, and wellness expert. Her new book, Healthy You!: 14 Days to Quick and Permanent Weight Loss and a Healthier, Happier You is available on Amazon.com. To find out more about Dawna or to view her Healthy Living videos, tips and recipes, go to dawnastone.com

An American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified Health Coach, Stone has contributed health and wellness articles to numerous newspapers and magazines. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, and her master’s degree from UCLA. An avid runner and Ironman triathlete, she lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son.

Disclaimer: This information is intended to provide helpful and informative material and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any health condition, nor is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician before adopting a new eating or exercise regimen. The author and publisher specifically disclaim all responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence of reading this information or participating in the exercises suggested in this material.

Copyright © 2013 by Dawna Stone

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