8 Most Effective Exercises For Weight Loss

Kate Hudson. Based on this approach, Doubroff created a routine he does regularly with Fabletics’ chief stylist, Ginger Ressler. Her motivation: “As a working mom, it’s imperative I keep my core strong so I can keep up with my kids and the demands of working on the Fabletics business. Focusing on our core not only helps us women feel great about our bodies, but also helps to prevent back problems, maintain great posture, and keep us resilient for all of our daily rituals.”

Here, the former track athlete and fitness model demos the moves for you. The key to this workout’s effectiveness: Each exercise puts you off-balance to make stabilizer muscles fire all through your body, explains Doubroff. Perform each one as fast as you can with good form to keep your heart rate high for serious core toning and fat melting.

1) CRAB-WALK REACH Works shoulders, back, abs, butt, hamstrings Sit with knees bent, feet flat, palms on floor behind you with fingertips facing away from body. Press into hands and feet to lift butt 2 inches off floor to start. Rise up to tabletop as you extend left arm behind you, gazing at hand [shown]. Lower to starting position. Switch sides; repeat. Continue alternating sides for 40 to 60 seconds.


2) SINGLE-LEG BURPEE Works shoulders, chest, biceps, abs, butt, thighs, calves Stand on left leg, arms at sides. Crouch, place palms on floor [A], jump left leg back to single-leg plank (keep right knee bent and foot off floor) [B], lower chest to floor, press up, hop foot forward, then jump [C]. Without letting right leg touch the floor, repeat for 20 to 30 seconds. Switch sides; repeat.

3) SINGLELEG SQUAT TWIST Works abs,obliques, butt, quads Stand on right leg with left knee bent and foot behind you, hands at sides to start [A]. Squat and rotate your torso right, bringing hands outside of right foot, keeping hips square [B]. Return to starting position. Without lowering left foot, repeat for 20 to 30 seconds. Switch sides; repeat.

4) CURTSY-SQUAT KNEE DRIVE Works abs, obliques, butt, quads, inner thighs Stand on left leg, hands at chest with elbows bent to start. Bend left knee and reach right leg behind and across left as far as you can [A]. Stand and drive right knee up to hip height [B]. Return to starting position. Without lowering right foot, repeat for 20 to 30 seconds. Switch sides; repeat.

5) PLANK ROLL-OUT TO PIKE Works shoulders, back, abs, butt, quads Start in plank with shins on ball. Press into palms to roll back until ball rests on thighs and body forms an inverted diagonal line [A]. Drag ball forward, coming up to balls of feet so body forms an inverted V [B]. Return to starting position. Repeat for 40 to 60 seconds.

6) SINGLE-LEG BRIDGE Works abs, butt, hamstrings Sit with back against ball, knees bent, feet flat and hip-width apart. Lift hips so body forms a straight line from shoulders to knees (head, shoulders, and upper back rest on ball); place hands on hips [A]. Extend right leg out in line with left knee, foot flexed [B]. Lower leg. Switch sides; repeat. Continue alternating sides for 40 to 60 seconds.

SIZE MATTERS The right-size ball should be a bit taller than your knees when you’re standing next to it; when you sit on it, your knees should bend 90 degrees (it’ll feel like you’re sitting comfortably in a chair).

7) ROTATING BRIDGE Works abs, obliques, butt, hamstrings
Sit with back against ball, knees bent, feet flat and hip-width apart. Lift hips so body forms a straight line from shoulders to knees (head, shoulders, and upper back rest on ball); extend arms up, palms together to start [A]. Rotate torso to right and extend right leg to right [B]. Return to starting position. Switch sides; repeat. Continue alternating sides for 40 to 60 seconds.

8) PLANK PULLTHROUGH EXTENSION Works shoulders, abs, obliques, butt, quads Start in plank with shins on ball. Draw right knee toward left elbow [A], then extend right leg back and up, opening hip but keeping shoulders square [B]. Repeat for 20 to 30 seconds. Switch sides; repeat.

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