Morning workouts sounds nice in theory, but when the alarm goes off an hour earlier than you’re used to, you suddenly forget about all the benefits of exercise and your brain drifts back into dream land. That’s why we decided to find a compromise that helps you reap all of the benefits of an a.m. gym session, but in just 10 minutes and from the comfort of your own home. John Rowley, certified personal trainer, best-selling author, and ISSA director of wellness, put together this 10-minute power workout to get your body moving and your heart rate up—no equipment (or gym membership) required.
Scroll through to see how it’s done!
Start with 45 seconds of jumping jacks to get your heart rate up and warm up your entire body.
Target your arms and core with 30 seconds of push-ups. Tip: “Keep your hands a little wider than your shoulders, and keep your body in a straight line.”
Do one minute of bicycle crunches to work your abs. Tip: “Don’t clasp your hands behind your head. Tighten ab muscles to lift your head, shoulders, and upper back.”
To get your legs burning, spend one minute in a wall sit. Tip: “Be sure to bend your knees, keeping them parallel to the floor.”
For another quick burst of cardio, do 30 seconds of mountain climbers. Tip: “Be careful not to lock your elbows.”
Then, do 30 lunges on each leg, alternating as you go. Tip: “When lunging out, bend your knee until it’s parallel to the floor.”
Hold a plank for one minute. Tip: “Engage your core, and keep your body in a straight line with your head up.”
Stay in plank position to do 30 more seconds of push-ups.
Legs are up next with another minute of wall sits.
One minute of burpees targets your chest, arms, and legs. Tip: “Make sure you don’t go too fast. Stay in control of your body.”
Work your abs one last time with one minute of regular crunches. Tip: “Remember a crunch is not a full sit-up. Contract your ab muscles and just lift your shoulder blades off of the floor.”
Finish with a quick 30-second set of high knees for a final blast of cardio. Tip: “Try to lift your knees as high as you can for the entire time.”
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