Turn Up The Heat

with Premier Personal Trainer, Jo Jo Riccardi

For those days that you can’t find the time or motivation to get to the gym, here are a few exercises that you can do right from your living room.

1. Kick-Throughs

Get into a side plank by setting yourself up with one arm straightened below your body with your palm flat on the ground. Keep your hips, back, and legs in a straight line. Point your other arm straight into the air, with your feet slightly separated. Your arm should be in line with your shoulder. Rotate to face the other direction to complete one rep. Do three sets of 10 reps.

2. Frog Leap Bounds

Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulders’ width apart. Squat and place your weight on the front of your feet, bending the arms in. Use your quads to jump in an explosive movement up and out. Land back on the front parts of your feet. Do three sets of 10 reps. If you’ve got limited space to perform this exercise, take a step backward after each leap.

3. Walking Planks

Begin in plank position and be sure to keep your back flat with your feet together. Rest on your forearms, keeping your elbows directly under your shoulders in down position. To complete one rep, push to a straight arm on the left, then the right. Only move one arm at a time. This exercise works the shoulders, arms, abs, and back. Do five sets of five reps.

4. Skaters

Stand in long lunge starting with your right leg at a 90-degree angle. Be sure to keep your knee in line with your ankle and keep your weight in the rear of the front heal. Push off using the front leg and reverse the lunge so that you land with your left leg at a 90-degree angle. Do three sets of 20 reps.

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