There are only so many times you can go to the gym and lunge, squat, or crunch your way through a workout before exercise becomes painfully boring. That’s why we sat down with celebrity trainer and creator of AKT Motion, Anna Kaiser—who has worked with celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Shakira—to come up with five fitness moves you’ve definitely never done before. Bookmark this for next time you hit the gym.
Half Plank Twist and Tap
Targets: Triceps and core
Starting position: Start in half plank, knees on the ground and upper body at a 45-degree angle with the floor. Pull belly button toward spine. Place right hand on left shoulder.
What to do: Slowly bend left arm and twist torso toward it. Tap the floor with right elbow (if you can). Switch sides after 15 reps.
Reps: 15 each side
Targets: Upper body and abs
Starting position: Start in a plank position with your shins on top of a Swiss ball.
What to do: Press down into the ball as you lift your hips toward the ceiling, then bend your knees in toward your left shoulder. Push the ball back out to a plank, then repeat the same motion on the right side. That’s one rep. Don’t have a Swiss ball? Simply rest your feet on a towel on a hard surface and drag it along the floor instead.
Targets: Kaiser said that this high-energy exercise will tone every muscle in the legs while also raising the heart rate. “You can do it before and at the end of a workout,” she suggested.
Starting position: Start in a squat position. Keep feet shoulder-width apart. Hold hands clasped in front of you. Place all body weight on heels.
What to do: Jump straight up while throwing arms down to sides. While in the air, click heels together. Return to squat position.
Reps: Repeat the full jump 20 times.
Downward V Push-Up
Targets: Biceps and shoulders
Starting position: Get into a downward “V” position, feet together and hands turned toward each other. Stand on the balls of your feet so the majority of body weight is placed on hands. Tuck chin in, keep back flat.
What do do: Slowly bend elbows like you’re trying to tap the top of your head to the floor. Straighten arms again. If this is too hard, try bending at the knees.
Starting position: Start on all fours with shoulders directly over wrists and hips; knees should be aligned. Raise left leg slightly and turn it outward, knee bent a few inches.
What to do: Engage glutes and lift leg toward the ceiling. Keep leg turned out, keep back straight.
Reps: Do 30 reps then switch sides.