Take our toughest total-body conditioning workout on the road! We’ve packed eight high-intensity exercises into one workout using plyometrics, or jumping, movements so you can do this routine anywhere, recruit the maximum force of your muscles in the shortest amount of time, and take your speed and strength to the next level. Group fitness instructor Levi James, aka Mr. Abs, of New York Health & Racquet Club, designed this no-gym, body-weight workout to ward off holiday pounds and fortify your body and mind.
How To Do It
Beginners: Start with 12–15 reps; work up to 20 with 20 seconds’ rest between moves. To make it harder, shorten the time you’re in touch with floor. Do at least 2 rounds.
Intermediate/Advanced: Do 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Rest only 10 seconds between rounds. Do 3 rounds and work up to 4 rounds.
Place your hands behind your head and interlock your fingers, keeping abs tight. Lower down into a squat position and jump forward, landing in a low squat. Remain in asquat as you jump forward again, without standing up.
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Jump to your right, landing in a slight squat on your right foot while bringing your left leg diagonally behind right leg, arms crossing your body to the right as you land; don’t let your left foot touch the ground. Quickly jump to the left side, bringing right leg behind left and arms across body without touchingright foot to ground. (If you’re doing reps rather than for time, once right and once left is one rep.)
Stand with feet shoulder width. Jump up and reach arms toward sky while turning 180 degrees, landing in a squat. Alternate directions each time. A 180-degree jump to the left and then to the right is one rep.
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Start in the bottom of a pushup position, body in line from the top of your head (chin down) to your heels. Explosively push yourself up, straightening your arms and bringing hands off the bench. Quickly clap your hands midair before catching your body in the starting position. Keep elbows close to your body.
Begin in a plié squat position with heels slightly wider than the shoulders, knees turned out. Jump up, bringing straightened legs together and gently click your heels. Land in the starting position and immediately begin the next jump. Focus on your glutes powering you up and controllingyour descent.
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Broad Jump to Burpee
Stand with feet hip width and then perform a broad jump, moving as far forward as possible and landing softly. Then place hands on the floor and thrust your legs back behind you into a straight-arm plank. Quickly jump feet back in and stand, immediately launching into the next jump.
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Jump up onto a box or bench, landing in a squat. Be sure the angle of the knees when landing is the same as when you jump, so your knees track over your toes the entire time. To make it easier, step back to the floor rather than jumping.