Summer is approaching quickly, and many of us have turned up the intensity of our workout routines. One of my favorite ways to blast body fat is to perform quick, full-body circuit workouts. Not only do circuit workouts increase your metabolism and blast through body fat, they are also very efficient. So, NO EXCUSES—you do have the time to train with fast and efficient workouts like my Fat-Blasting Circuit Workout. Give it a try & get yourself in tip-top shape for summer!!
GINA’S FAT-BLASTING CIRCUIT
Warm Up: 1-mile Run
Then, perform 3 sets of 15 reps of the following exercises. Minimize rest between exercises. Rest 45 seconds between sets:
1. SUPERSET: Crunches with Butt Blasters
Crunches: Squeeze for a second or two at the top of your crunch really engaging those core muscles.
Butt Blasters: While performing the Butt Blaster, use your heel to press the platform up. Squeeze your glutes throughout the entire rep. Keep the movement slow and controlled. If you don’t have access to a Butt Blaster machine, perform Glute Kick-Ups on the floor (see demonstration picture).
2. Hyperextensions with 10lb plate
While at the bottom of the rep, be sure to engage your glutes and hamstrings. When at the top position, be sure to squeeze your glutes for a few seconds before lowering back down to the bottom position.
3. TRI-SET: Assisted Pull-ups, Step Ups (off the Assisted Pull-Machine) & Stiff Leg Deadlifts with barbell
Assisted Pull-ups. While performing an assisted pull-up, allow your body to hang at the bottom position before pulling yourself back up. Be sure to keep your chest out during the entire exercise.
Step Ups. Use the handles of the Assisted Pull-up machine for stability while you use your heel to step up onto the platform. Do all reps on one side before moving to the other.
Stiff Leg Deadlift. Make sure your knees are slightly bent, and your chest is out. Allow your body to fall forward until the bar almost reaches the floor. Engage your glutes and hamstrings before coming up to the starting position. You don’t need to come all the way up—instead, just come up to a 45-degree angle before beginning the next rep.
4. Machine Shoulder Press
This can be performed with either a close or wide grip.
5. SUPERSET: One-arm Side Laterals with Standing “V” Angled Front Raises
One-arm Side Laterals. I suggest you holding onto something that allows you to lean to the side and position your body on a diagonal. By leaning, you are isolating your deltoids and deactivating your traps.
Standing “V” Angled Front Raises. To begin, hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing up. Bring the pinky side of the dumbbells together with your thumbs open 45 degrees—this should form a “V” shape. Rather than bringing your arms straight forward, angle them out, in a “V” motion. This exercise is also done leaning forward a bit, rather than upright.
Dig deep, and have a great workout!