Use this clever workout to blast the fat
Diary jam-packed? Our clever fat-fighting workout will prepare your body no matter how time poor you are!
We’ve developed smart, insulin-stabilising and metabolism-boosting workouts that’ll get your body in the best shape possible to deal with whatever your week has in store. The compound exercises are designed to really crank up your metabolism speed by targeting all the big muscle groups. How? Building lean muscle mass means your body has to burn more calories at rest, so this workout will keep your fat burn ticking over. And if you do it all at a high intensity like we’ve suggested, you’ll be working wonders for your body’s insulin sensitivity, making it better able to deal with blood sugar spikes from treats!
How to do it
Perform one set of each exercise in a circuit-style with no rest between moves or sets. Then take a one to two-minute rest and repeat for the allocated number of sets for your level.
Kit you’ll need
2 x dumbbells
Beginner: 2 x 10 reps
Intermediate: 3 x 10-15 reps
Advanced: 4 x 10-15 reps
Areas trained: Legs, bottom, core, shoulders
-Crouch down to place your hands on the floor by your feet.
-Jump your feet back to bring your body into plank position, then immediately jump them back to the starting position.
-Jump up as high as you can, then land softly and go straight into another rep.
Don’t let your hips drop lower than the rest of your body when you’re in plank position
Squat and press
Bottom, legs, shoulders, rear upper arms
-Holding a dumbbell by each shoulder, bend at your knees and hips to push your bottom out behind you and lower into a squat.
-Extend back to the start and press the dumbbells overhead.
-Slowly lower and repeat.
Keep your shoulders back and chest up
Lunge with rotation
Legs, bottom, sides of stomach
-Holding a weight in front of your chest, take a large step forwards and bend both knees to about 90 degrees with the back knee just above the floor.
-As you do this, twist your upper body to the side of the front leg, bringing the weight toward your hip.
-Push back up to the start and repeat on the opposite side. Alternate sides for each rep.
Don’t let your shoulders hunch
Core, shoulders, rear upper arms
-Start in plank position on your forearms, with your body in a straight line.
-Push up onto your hand on one side, then the other side.
-Go back down to your forearm on the side you started with, and do the same on the other side.
Keep your neck lengthened throughout
Press-up renegade row
Chest, upper arms, core, shoulders, upper back
-Start in plank position on your hands.
-Bend your arms to lower your chest to the floor, keeping your body in a straight line throughout.
-Push back up to the start, then row one dumbbell up to your side.
-Lower it, then repeat from the start, alternating arms with each rep.
Don’t let your lower back over arch
Clean and press
Legs, bottom, shoulders, upper arms, back
-Holding a barbell in front of your thighs, bend your legs to create momentum, then row the barbell up toward your chin.
-Rotate your grip to drop your elbows under the barbell then press the barbell overhead.
-Reverse the movement and repeat.
Great whole-body move
Bottom, legs, core, shoulders
-Bend at your hips and knees to take hold of a dumbbell between your feet.
-Explosively extend your body, driving the dumbbell towards the ceiling using the momentum generated.
-Lower and repeat, alternating arms with each rep.
-Stand with a box or deck in front of you.
-Jump up onto the box and land softly.
-Jump or step back to the start and repeat
Plyometric moves help to build power
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