What if we told you you could watch TV and burn calories? Before you start freaking out and calling us liars (we wouldn’t do that to you!), hear us out. We tapped trainer to the stars—seriously, clients include Shakira, Kelly Ripa, and Sofia Vergara—and founder of AKT in Motion, Anna Kaiser, to see if this could be done. And to no surprise, Kaiser stepped up with a quick but killer workout! She shared with us five TV workouts you can do during commercials, so you never have to miss your favorite show—but still break a sweat.
Peg Leg: Works shoulders, back, abs, and butt
Start on the ground in full plank position, balancing on hands and toes with your arms extended. Raise your left leg, bending the knee toward the chest. Be sure to keep your foot off the ground. Slowly, extend the left leg diagonally out to the side, parallel to the ground. Remember: Hips remain level throughout. Slowly return to the bent-knee position. Do 10 reps, switch sides, and repeat.
Reverse V-Dip: Works shoulders, arms, and back
With your heels sturdy on a chair seat or ottoman, walk your hands back until your body is extended. Elbows are slightly bend and fingers are pointed toward the chair. Slowly lower your hips (without bending your elbows) until your butt almost touches the floor. Pause for a second, the return to start. Repeat for 15 reps.
Swizzle Stick: Works abs obliques, thighs, hamstrings, and calves
Stand with your feet together with your hands in fists at your chest and elbows out. jump as high as you can, twisting your hips to the left and your upper body to the right. Land and repeat quickly on the opposite side for one rep. Repeat for eight reps.
So Passe: Works abs, butt, thighs, and calves
Start in a lunge position with your left leg forward and your left arm at your side and your right arm bent at the chest. Jump up, straightening your left leg and bringing your right knee up as you raise your left arm overhead and extending your right arm behind you. Return to start as you land for one rep. Quickly do eight reps, then switch sides and repeat for another eight reps.
Twister Teaser: Works abs, arms, thigh, and obliques
Lie on your back. Hold three-pound weights (canned food items also work for this!) in your hands with your arms stretched overhead. Raise your legs off the ground with your feet pointed and inner thighs touching. Lift the upper body, twisting to the right and extending your arms out while bringing your right knee toward your chest. Return to the start position. Repeat this 10 times on the right side, then repeat on the left side. To make it harder, keep both legs off the ground the entire time.
If you want more of Kaiser’s killer workout, she has a monthly streaming membership for $50 a month that guides you through the workouts exactly.
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