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Get Slim Without the Gym: Cardio Blasters

Do more than jumping jacks with these calorie-burning cardio exercises you can do at home.

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Double Jack
Karen Pearson
Karen Pearson
Karen Pearson
Karen Pearson
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Double Jack

Targets: Shoulders, arms, abs, and thighs

  • Stand on discs with feet hip-width apart, holding one end of band in each hand, arms by sides.
  • Slide feet out to sides as you raise arms out to sides at shoulder level (like a jumping jack), pulling band tight; slide feet in and bend elbows to bring hands near chest at shoulder level. Repeat.
  • Then, with hands by sides, slide 2 steps to the right. Do 2 jacks, then slide step to the left and do 2 jacks. Repeat combo for 1 minute.

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Step 'n' Go

Targets: Arms, abs, hips, and legs

  • Place dumbbells on floor 2 to 3 feet apart.
  • Stand between weights, holding ball in front of waist with both hands.
  • Step over dumbbell on your right with right foot and back to center 2 times, then bounce ball 4 times.
  • Repeat to the left. Do combo 10 times.

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Penguin

Targets: Arms, abs, butt, and outer thighs

  • Stand in middle of band with feet hip-width apart, holding one end of band in each hand, elbows bent out to sides, hands in front of belly.
  • Step forward with left leg, then lift right leg a few inches, pressing it out to side.
  • Step right foot down a few inches forward, then lift left leg a few inches out to side. Alternate for 8 steps.
  • Next, press out left leg, then right, to rock from side to side, like a pendulum. Do 8 reps.

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Ball Hop

Targets: Arms, abs, inner and outer thighs

  • Sit on ball with knees bent, feet on floor. Bend elbows out to sides at shoulder level so fists are touching in front of chest.
  • Bounce on ball as you bring legs wide out to sides, lifting feet off floor and butt off ball, extending arms straight out to sides.
  • Bounce to bring legs and hands back in. Do 4 reps. Repeat, bouncing twice on every jump.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2009.

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funkymuttart wrote:

A 10 second video?

12/10/2013 06:56:53 AM Report Abuse
funkymuttart wrote:

A 10 second video would be great!

12/10/2013 06:55:58 AM Report Abuse
pluciano2 wrote:

just use towels!

5/24/2011 12:29:20 AM Report Abuse
farshad75us wrote:

it is the best..!! I need mooooooore

5/4/2010 10:13:26 AM Report Abuse
mrmv wrote:

You can use furniture sliders!! They are cheaper than purchasing slider discs and you can even get them at Walmart, Target, Walgreens etc!!!!

3/13/2010 05:49:35 PM Report Abuse
mrmv wrote:

You can use furniture sliders!!!!!!!!

3/13/2010 05:48:08 PM Report Abuse
reginaclapp wrote:

They are called gliding discs by Mindy Mylrea. You can get them online @ glidingdiscs.com

2/22/2010 12:24:44 PM Report Abuse
dmziet33 wrote:

Does anyone know what the discs are?

2/22/2010 12:05:20 PM Report Abuse
KRISENGV wrote:

Yes, more pictures needed.

1/29/2010 10:21:44 PM Report Abuse
kohlerfamily wrote:

what's the "disc" they're talking about?

1/27/2010 07:42:00 PM Report Abuse
irishgurl16 wrote:

I agree! More pictures are needed for workout move descriptions.

1/18/2010 12:16:44 PM Report Abuse
pitton.charlotte64 wrote:

You need more pictures for this one...

1/14/2010 08:51:23 PM Report Abuse

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