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Made-for-TV Workout: 5 Fast Exercises

  • Chris Fanning

    Couch Push-Up

    Targets: Chest, arms, abs


    • Begin in push-up position with hands on side of couch, palms under shoulders, legs extended and feet on floor, hip-width apart.
    • Keeping back straight and abs engaged, bend elbows to lower chest toward couch.
    • Push back up. Do 15 reps.


  • Chris Fanning

    Remote Reach

    Targets: Abs, obliques

    • Lie faceup on floor with knees bent, abs engaged, holding remote control in right hand.
    • Lift left knee to 90 degrees, straighten right leg and raise.
    • Lift upper body; twist torso to left, reaching right hand under left leg.
    • Grab remote with left hand and lower upper body.
    • Repeat on other side. Do 12 reps, alternating sides.
  • Chris Fanning

    Ice Skater

    Targets: Abs, glutes, hamstrings, quads

    • Place pillow on floor.
    • Stand to right of pillow, feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent.
    • Lift left leg a few inches off floor and squat, keeping right knee behind toes.
    • Jump over cushion and land on left foot; reach right hand down to left toes.
    • Do 10 reps, alternating sides.
  • Chris Fanning

    Pillow Crunch

    Targets: Abs, inner thighs

    • Lie faceup on floor with knees bent, legs together, abs engaged.
    • Place pillow between knees and lift legs off floor, knees bent 90 degrees over hips.
    • Place hands behind head and exhale to crunch up while squeezing pillow with legs. Keep elbows out and eyes looking up.
    • Inhale to lower. Do 15 reps.
  • Chris Fanning

    Lunge Touchdown

    Targets: Glutes, hamstrings, quads

    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, abs engaged, with a pillow 3 feet in front of you.
    • Lunge right foot forward, keeping knee behind toes, and grab pillow.
  • Chris Fanning

    Lunge Touchdown, Part 2

    • Push off right foot and stand up, lifting right knee while pressing pillow overhead. Hold for 1 breath; lunge to return pillow to start.
    • Do 10 reps, alternating sides.

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2007.

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