Mind and Body

Burn fat fast

Our secret for preventing weight gain during the busy holiday season: multitasking body-weight moves that combine cardio and strength training for a metabolism-revving workout you can do anywhere. (Coupled with our tips on how to prevent winter weight gain, of course.)  

"Incorporating exercises that require multiple muscles boosts heart rate and burns more calories in less time," says Jarett Perelmutter, owner and head trainer at Brick Sport Performance Training in Los Angeles and the creator of this routine.

To perform: Do each move for 1 minute. Without sacrificing form, complete as many reps as possible. Rest for 20 seconds after each exercise. If you're up for the challenge, perform the entire circuit 3 or 4 times.

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Speed Skater
Targets: Butt and thighs
Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms by sides. Hop to right, landing on right foot while sweeping left foot diagonally behind right leg and swinging left arm across body and right arm behind back. Jump to left, switching legs and arms to complete 1 rep.

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Mountain Climber
Targets: Abs, shoulders, back, and butt
Begin in plank position, wrists directly under shoulders and body in straight line from head to ankles. Keeping upper body still, bring left knee toward chest. Return left leg to starting position while simultaneously bringing right knee forward, as though jogging. Continue alternating legs.

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Inchworm With Push-Up
Targets: Abs, arms, shoulders, chest, and back
Stand with feet hip-width apart. Fold forward, bringing palms to floor (bend knees if necessary) (A). Walk hands forward (B) to plank position, wrists under shoulders (C) . Perform 1 push-up (D) (modify by bringing knees to floor if needed). Walk hands back to feet; stand up to complete 1 rep.

Squat Jump
Targets: Butt and thighs
Stand with feet slightly more than hip-width apart, hands behind head, and elbows out. Squat, pushing hips back and bending at knees; keep chest upright and knees behind toes (A). Push off floor and jump as high as possible (B), immediately lowering into next squat.

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