3 compound exercises to try now
Your summer-prep jump-start.
Looking to see results a few weeks before you’re beachside? Start now, as there is no joy in the 24-hour cleanse or Kourt/Khloé K-esque training sessions. (The Snapchatting alone would be exhausting.) Make compound exercises (those that involve two muscle groups at once) your go-to. “These burn extra calories while sculpting your legs, booty, shoulders, core, arms and back,” says Katrina Scott, one half (with partner Karena Dawn) of the extremely fit duo behind the fitness website and program Tone It Up. Do three to four circuits three times a week and you’ll see major results in a few months. Use a five-pound weight and shift up to eight once you’re feeling strong.
1) Dead Lift + Fly
Tones butt, hamstrings and upper back.
Begin by holding a dumbbell in each hand and maintaining a slight bend at the knees and elbows. Hinge forward from the hip as you lift your right leg back and open your arms out to the sides. Engage your core to help maintain your balance and keep your spine neutral. Slowly return to start. Complete three sets of 15 reps on each side, alternating with each rep.
2) Plank Row
Tones core, shoulders, biceps and upper back.
Begin in a plank position with hands directly below your shoulders. Grab a dumbbell with one hand and pull it up by your chest, keeping your elbow tucked by your side. Slowly lower your arm. Complete three sets of 15 reps and then switch sides.
3. Jump Tucks
Tones lower abs with a cardio boost.
Begin in a standing position with your knees bent. Jump high into the air, bringing your knees up to meet your elbows. Land softly on your feet. Complete three sets of 15 reps.