Give your core strength – and metabolism – a boost no matter where you are with this metabolic circuit.
What it is: A brief but intense metabolic core and lower body circuit. You perform three to five rounds of the following four exercises: plank, scorpions, walking lunges, and exaggerated jumping jacks.
Why it works: This is a fantastic workout to get your core and big lower body muscles activated and to fire up your metabolism. Many people think about training their abs but neglect taking care of their lower back, obliques, and hips. The core and lower body muscles work together, so they should be trained together. What’s more, since this workout requires no equipment and takes only five minutes, it can be done anywhere.
Core and Lower Body Circuit:
- Plank – hold for 30 seconds
- Scorpion – 20 reps
- Walking lunge – 10 reps
- Exaggerated Jumping Jack – 30 reps
Perform 3-5 total rounds, resting as little as possible between exercises and between rounds.
Scorpion – From a push up position, twist your body to the left and reach your right foot behind you as far as you can. Try to tap the floor. Return and repeat on the opposite side.
Exaggerated Jumping Jack – Perform jumping jacks with straight arms and straight legs; this will require a higher jump than with a normal jumping jack.