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4 Exercises to Spice Up Your Workout

4 Exercises to Spice Up Your Workout

Faith McKay, CPT

If you are looking to spice up your workouts and want to burn some extra calories, try adding a few conditioning exercises to your routine. Some of the best conditioning exercises are very simple and easily modified depending on your physical abilities. Full body exercises tend to be the best conditioning exercises because you are engaging more than one muscle group to perform the work.
The more muscle groups you are working at the same time will require your body to use more oxygen to perform the work, causing you to burn more calories.

Try these 4 exercises to spice up your workouts. They are simple enough to do in the comfort of your home, but complex enough to kick your butt!

For best results, sprinkle each of these exercises in between your weight lifting sets for 20-30 seconds each.

Mountain Climbers

HOW TO:

1. Begin in a pushup position, with your weight supported by your hands and toes. Flexing the knee and hip, bring one leg until the knee is approximately under the hip. This will be your starting position.

2. Explosively reverse the positions of your legs, extending the bent leg until the leg is straight and supported by the toe, and bringing the other foot up with the hip and knee flexed. Repeat in an alternating fashion for 20-30 seconds.

Plank Jacks

HOW TO:

1. Begin in plank position, with your shoulders over your wrists, your body in one straight line, and your feet together.
2. Like the motion of a jumping jack, jump your legs wide and then back together. Jump as quickly as you want, but keep your pelvis steady and don't let your booty rise toward the ceiling.

Jumping Jacks

HOW TO:

1. Stand with your feet together and your hands down by your side.
2. In one motion jump your feet out to the side and raise your arms above your head. Immediately reverse that motion by jumping back to the starting position.

Squat Thrusts

HOW TO:

1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms by your sides.
2. Lower into a squat position and place your hands on the floor.
3. Kick or step your legs back into a plank position.
4. Jump or step your legs forward to return to a squat position.
5. Return to the standing position.

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