Are you interested in adding some more “umph” to your workouts? Would you like to see some abs poking through, a little thigh gap, or toned, sculpted shoulders? If so, it’s time to say buh-bye to your traditional crunches and elliptical routine because they just don’t fit the bill. Women’s Health agrees and they’ve created a fab list of 10 exercises to turbocharge your routine and blast fat like a boss.
Dumbbell Pushup Row
Place a pair of dumbbells about shoulder-width apart on the floor. (A) Grab the handles and position yourself in a pushup position. (B) Lower your body to the floor and then press back up. (C) Once you’re back in the starting position, pull the dumbbell in your right hand up toward the side of your chest. Pause, then return the starting position and repeat with your left hand. That’s 1 rep. Try to prevent your torso from rotating each time you row the weight.
Dumbbell Curl to Squat to Press
(A) Grab a pair of dumbbells and let them hang at arm’s length next to your sides with your palms facing forward. (B) Without moving your upper arms, bend your elbows and curl the dumbbells as close to your shoulders as you can. Immediately push your hips back and lower your body into a squat, until your thighs are at least parallel to the floor. (C) Stand up and press the dumbbells over your head. That’s 1 rep. Return to the starting position and repeat.
(A) Grab a pair of dumbbells and hold them at arm’s length at your sides, your palms facing each other. (B) Step forward and to the side so that your lead foot ends up in front of your back foot (like a curtsy). Lower your body until your front knee is bent at least 90 degrees. (C) Pause, then return to the starting position and repeat with your other leg.
Resistance Band Bent-Over Row
Grab a resistance band and step on it with one foot (use both feet for more resistance). (A) Hold the band in each hand at arm’s length, about shoulder-width apart, and then bend at your hips and lower your torso until it’s almost parallel to the floor. Your knees should be slightly bent and your lower back naturally arched. (B) Squeeze your shoulder blades together and pull the band up to your upper abs. Pause, then return the bar back to the starting position.
Dumbbell Squat Thrust
(A) Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides holding a pair of dumbbells. (B) Push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body as deep as you can into a squat. (C) Place the dumbbells on the floor, then kick your legs backward into a pushup position. (D) Kick your legs back to the squat position. Stand up and jump. That’s 1 rep.