25 Exercises You Can Do Anywhere
The fitness pro helps you strengthen your whole body with this quickie workout.
Bridge opposite arm-leg reach
This exercise activates all of your abdominal muscles.
How to do it: Lie face up with your left knee bent, left foot flat on the floor, and right leg extended toward the ceiling. Reach toward the ceiling with your the left arm and keep your right arm down by your side. Without moving your hips or shoulders, open your raised leg to the right and raised arm to the left. Now, concentrating on your abs, return your raised leg and arm to the center. Do 10-12 reps, then switch sides and repeat.
Low-belly leg reach
This move targets your six-pack and corset muscles. The corset muscles lie beneath the obliques, and are the body's natural weight-lifting belt.
How to do it: Lie face up with knees bent to 90 degrees, hands behind head, and abs contracted. Keeping knees stacked over hips, lift shoulders and crunch up; inhale and hold for 3-5 seconds. Exhale and extend legs to 45 degrees; hold for 3-5 seconds while squeezing lower belly. Do 2 sets of 10-15 reps.
Straight-line side lifts
The straight-line side lift works your core and obliques to blast belly fat and whittle your waist. The secret for better results: Superglue your legs together and move them as one. Watch this video, do 10 reps for each side, and repeat three times.See the next workout moveSee the full flat-belly workout
A staple in many yoga and Pilates workouts, the swan dive strengthens back muscles to improve your posture. This move is from Kristin McGee's Secret to an Amazing Body Pilates routine.
How to do it: Lie face down on a mat with arms stretched overhead, toes pointed. Lift your arms and legs about 6 inches off the ground. Hold for 1 count, imagining your legs being pulled out and back, away from your hips. Then, circle your arms out to each side of your body behind you. Exhale and reach your arms toward the toes, palms facing the body (as seen in the photo). Hold for 1 count, then bring arms back to starting position and relax entire body to ground. That's one rep. Repeat for 6 to 8 reps.
This super-challenging yoga move, from Kristin McGee's Yoga Routine for Strong, Slim Arms, strengthens your wrists, arms, abs, and lower back. If you can't control your body as you lower it to the floor, try starting with your knees on the ground.
How to do it: Begin in a plank position, keeping your elbows directly above your wrists. Keep your body in a straight line and bend elbows to 90 degrees while lowering toward floor. Contract abs; be careful not to round shoulders forward.
For slim, sexy legs, try eagle pose. Watch this video to learn how to do the challenging move that requires balance and focus in order to sculpt and tone your inner thighs.
Strengthens the lower and upper abdominals, obliques, hips, thighs, and butt.
How to do it: Stand with your feet together. Bend knees, reaching hips back (knees behind toes), lowering until thighs are nearly parallel with floor; raise arms forward and up. Rotate torso to right and secure left elbow on outside of right knee. Hold for 3 breaths; return to starting position. Repeat on left side; that's 1 rep. Do 3 reps.
Take the traditional plank exercise to the next level with this more challenging modification. It does wonders for your upper body and core.
How to do it: Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, bend forward at the waist and place your hands on the floor; crawl forward to plank position with shoulders directly over wrists. Bend elbows to lower your body toward the floor, then push back up. Next, bend your left knee, bring it up and in toward your chest, then rotate your waist as you raise your bent left leg out until it's parallel to the floor. Return to plank and repeat on the opposite side. Return to standing.
Knee lift-leg kick combo
This sculpting move fires the hard-to-target outer-leg muscles, as well as your obliques. If you can't make it through the prescribed number of reps, no worries: do as many as you can to start, then work your way up as you get stronger.
How to do it: Lie on your right side with the upper body supported by the right elbow and tricep, which should be flat on the mat at your side. Stack the legs and hip, and bend the knees. Lift the top bent leg, keeping it level, and then lower it. Straighten both legs and let them fall into a small split position (with one leg split over the other). Hover the bottom leg about 1-2 inches from the floor with knees facing forward. Return to starting position to complete one rep.
Do 30-40 reps, then switch sides and repeat.
Leg extension crunches
This move blasts fat in hard-to-reach areas like the lower-belly pooch.
How to do it: Sit with hands on the floor behind you, palms down and fingers toward butt. Lean back on sitting bones, tighten abs, and raise both legs off floor. Bend knees and crunch legs in toward body; extend legs, then raise them as high as you can. Lower legs toward floor (but don't touch). Do 15 reps.
Opposite arm and leg lift
This dynamic exercise is a fun and challenging way to tone up your entire upper body.
Stand with feet together. Bend over, bringing hands to floor, then slowly walk hands forward to come into push-up position with hands in line with shoulders; do one push-up. Keeping hands planted, walk feet toward them and return to standing; that's one rep. Keep your core tight throughout the move. Do 10 reps.
Squat side kick
This exercise tests your balance and activates muscles throughout your body without you even noticing. It's also great for toning your legs and glutes.
How to do it: With feet hip-width apart, slowly lower into a half-squat, keeping knees over toes. Raise right knee to hip level, then extend right leg to the side, straightening left leg as you push out through your right heel. Pull right knee in, and return to starting position. Do 10 reps; switch sides, and repeat. Do 3 sets.
Trainer tip: To help with balance and make the move even more effective, squeeze your butt as you lift your leg.
Want to lose your arm jiggle for good? Watch this video and learn how to do triceps dips. This no-equipment exercise will tone the muscles on the back of your arms from shoulder to elbow, and will get you ready for tank top season. Keep your shoulders down to prevent injury. Do 15 reps. See the next workout moveSee the full workout for sleek, sexy arms
Side incline with a twist
This popular yoga move targets your triceps, biceps, core, and waist. You can also try to combine this with a traditional plank to maximize your strengthening and toning routine, by transitioning from a plank into the side incline.
How to do it: Lie on your right side with forearm directly under shoulder, hand perpendicular to your body, and legs stacked. Engage your abs and the right side of your waist, lifting your hips so your body forms a straight line from head to feet.
Extend your left arm toward the sky, staying engaged through your core (shown). Now scoop your left arm in front of your body and reach under the space between your chest and the ground, twisting only from the waist up.
Come back up; repeat 4 times, then lower body to the ground. Repeat on the opposite side.
Strengthens the core and arms, as well as the pelvic floor, which helps in everything from better sex to better posture. This move is from Bethenney Frankel's Flat-Belly Workout.
Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position with hands on a mat next to your hips. Tighten your pelvic floor (as if you have to pee and are holding it in), push into your hands, and lift your entire lower body off the mat.
Hold for 3 breaths, then lower back down. This is a pretty challenging move, so if you can't lift your whole lower half, keep your feet on the floor and just lift your butt. Do 3 reps.
Low lunge hover
This balancing exercise tightens up your legs from butt to ankle. You can add in some hand or ankle weights for an added challenge.
How to do it: Stand with feet hip-width apart before stepping your right foot back, and lowering into lunge stance with the left knee over the ankle. Bring your arms over your head and hinge forward from the waist. Lower the chest forward toward the thighs as your arms reach forward. Lift the right leg while straightening the left. Hold for 3 breaths before returning to the starting lunge position.
Do 3 reps; switch legs and repeat.
Get your heart racing with this challenging cardio and strengthening exercise.
How to do it: Sit up straight with knees bent, feet hip-width apart on ground, knees over ankles. Hinge back at waist; place hands on ground below shoulders, fingers out. Lift hips to raise body, then bend elbows to point directly back as body dips toward the ground. Push into heels, and straighten arms to come back up; punch right arm across chest, rotating torso to left. Return hand to ground, then immediately dip and twist to opposite side. Continue alternating for 1 minute.
Make it easier: Instead of twisting and punching, alternate lifting hands off ground.
This move really gives your glutes a run for their money! This exercise not only strengthens and tones your butt, but it also attacks the fat in your thigh muscles.
How to do it: Begin on your hands and knees with hands directly under shoulders. Keeping your right knee bent to 90 degrees, lift your right leg up and out to the side, like a dog at a hydrant; do 30 reps.
Next, straighten your right leg out to the side (toe on the floor) so it's in line with your hip, then lift the leg until it is parallel to the floor. Do 30 reps, then return to starting position and repeat entire series on the opposite side.
Engages, strengthens, and tones muscles from head to toe: triceps, biceps, chest, core, quads, hamstrings, and butt.
How to do it: From a seated, feet-forward position, place hands on ground slightly behind waist, fingertips facing forward. Straighten both legs, pressing heels and palms into the ground, and contract abs while lifting hips up, forming a straight line from head to toe. Keep gaze forward and shoulders pressed down; don't lock your elbows. Lift your left leg straight up as high as you can (shown), then lower it without allowing your right hip to sag. Do 4 reps; repeat on opposite side.
Hip heist push-up
Take your cardio routine up a notch and kick your body into overdrive with this calorie burning and strengthening exercise.
How to do it: Get into "up" part of a push-up; lower chest and bend elbows, stopping at 90 degrees.
Lift right hand and left foot, rotating upper body to the right while bringing left knee across body toward right armpit. Pivot on right foot and continue rotating torso until you're face up. Hands should be directly beneath shoulders and feet hip-width, knees bent at 90 degrees. Lift hips until torso is in tabletop position.
Lift left hand and right foot, rotating upper body to right, pivoting on left foot until you are back in the "up" part of a push-up. Repeat in opposite direction.
Side crunch and pulse
Reveal your six-pack! This move works the entire core, including the obliques and hard-to-target muscles below your chest.
How to do it: Lie face up, knees bent to 90 degrees, hands behind head. Lower knees to left and crunch up; do 15-25 reps. Return to start, lift shoulders, extend left arm, and pulse forward for 15-25 reps. Repeat sequence on right side. This is 1 set. Do 2 sets.
Y-squat calf raise
This amazing all around exercise works your quadriceps, butt, back, abs, and calves, providing a well balanced workout for your whole body.
How to do it: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and toes pointed slightly outward. Reach your arms up toward the ceiling, forming a Y. Keeping arms raised and chest lifted, lower into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor (shown at left). Raise yourself up quickly, coming up onto the balls of your feet, then immediately lower into another squat. Do 20 reps. Then do 1 minute of jumping jacks.
Trainer tip: While lowering into the squat, push your hips back as if sitting in a chair.