One of the best ways to reshape your body (and save time!) is to combine calorie-torching cardio with resistance training. Multitask with the new TRX Rip Trainer ($190; trxtraining.com), a portable resistance tool that gets your heart pumping while helping to develop power, strength and balance.
On the following slides is a seven-exercise, total-body circuit. Warm up with five- to 10-minutes on the treadmill, rower, bike, etc, and five minutes of dynamic stretching. Then perform each exercise for 30 seconds per side (1 minute total), with a 45-second rest interval between sets. For maximum benefit, go through the full circuit two to three times. Enjoy the burn—and your new, lean body.
Targets: Internal and External Obliques/Glutes/Pecs
Step 1: Grab the Rip Trainer with the hand closest to the resistance cord palm up (Power hand), the opposite hand palm down, stand sideways to the anchor point, step away from the anchor to increase tension on the resistance cord
Step 2: Engage abs, rotate bar, hips and shoulders away from the anchor point
Step 3: Maintain "tall" spine, rotate bar, hips and shoulders back toward anchor point
Tip: For increased difficulty, add a squat with every rotation
Step 1: Grab the Rip Trainer with the right hand closest to the resistance cord palm up (Power hand), the left hand palm down. Place the Power hand near the right shoulder (the bar should be in a horizontal position relative to the ground), stand facing away from the anchor point, step away from the anchor to increase tension on the resistance cord
Step 2: Engage abs, extend right hand off shoulder while pulling left hand towards navel
Step 3: Return to the starting position and repeat
Tip: Keep ankles, knee's and hips slightly flexed throughout the exercise