It’s time. You’ve decided to get in tip-top shape. You’ve got your mind ready. You’ve got a gym to use. But you don’t know where to begin. Here are 7 workout moves to get you started:
1. The BOSU Burpee
Using a BOSU (flat on the bottom, half-ball on the top), place your hands at each side. Kick your legs out behind you into a push up stance. Lower your body down. Push up. Jump into a squat position, then elongate and push the BOSU up into the air. If this is your first time doing a BOSU burpee, take it slow. Do three sets of 5 to start, and gradually work yourself up to three sets of 15.
2. Plank and reach
In the plank position, lift the right arm and left leg up. Then rotate to the side. Bring your ride side down, and repeat on the left side. Do five on each side and work your way up to more reps.
Do not underestimate the power of the simple squat! Place your feet shoulder-width apart, stretch your arms out in front of you and bend at the knees, to the seated position. Your knees should not bend past your toes. Three sets of 25 will earn you a toned booty in no time.
4. Push up with rows
Take two dumbbells – 5 pounds is a good starting weight – and hold them in your fists. Place your hands under your shoulders and put your feet back into the push up position. Get your body up like a plank. Lower down. When you push yourself back up, bring the right dumbbell slowly up to your chest, then lower it back down. Repeat on the left side. Then do another push up.
5. Plank with leg kicks
Hold yourself in the plan position. Bring your right knee to your chest, then straighten it out and lift it up. Repeat on the left side. This move tones your tummy, arms and butt all in one exercise.
Lie on your back with your hands at your sides, palms down. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor. Lift your torso up, focusing on using the muscles in your abs and glutes. Lower slowly back to the floor. Complete three sets, 10x each.
7. Lunge across the room
Begin on one side of the room. Put your heels to the wall and your hands on your hips. Extend your right leg and bend your knee. Take care to keep your left knee from hitting the floor. Bring your left foot to meet your right. Repeat on your left side and so on until you make it across the room.