20-Minute Workout: Burn Fat Before Breakfast!
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20-Minute Workout: Burn Fat Before Breakfast!

Six exercises to burn fat and tone your body in less time than it takes to sip a morning latte with this total-body workout from Sarah Slattery, a trainer at Equinox Fitness in New York City.
1. Windmill

Targets: Abs

  • Stand tall with arms extended out to sides, abs engaged.
  • Bending from waist, reach right arm toward left toes; repeat on left.
  • Do 25 reps, alternating sides.

2. Pulsing Lunge

Targets: Butt and legs

  • Lunge forward with right leg; hold for 4 seconds, then pulse up and down 5 times.
  • Repeat on left.
  • Do 2 reps.

3. Triceps Kickback

Targets: Triceps

  • Hold dumbbell in right hand.
  • Bend at hips until almost parallel to floor.
  • Bring elbow to ribs, straighten forearm back, and return.
  • Do 15 reps on each arm.

4. Plank/Push-Up

Targets: Chest and core

  • Start in plank position (palms on floor, hands below shoulders, abs engaged, back straight).
  • Hold for 30 seconds. Drop to knees.
  • Do 15 push-ups.

5. Squat/Biceps Curl

Targets: Arms, butt, and legs

  • Squat, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Do 8 reps.
  • On last rep, stay down and do 10 biceps curls.

6. Bridge/Chest Flye

Targets: Chest and butt

  • Lie faceup, knees bent, holding dumbbells over chest with arms extended, palms in.
  • Press into heels, lifting hips toward ceiling into bridge.
  • Lower weights out to sides, toward floor (5 reps); lower hips.
  • Do entire sequence 5 times.

Rest for 1 minute; repeat circuit.




Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2007.

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