3 Exercises to Ignite your Metabolism

Posted On Jul 10, 2013 By Tim Arndt, Resistance Training Specialist

woman doing a plank exercise

If you're like most people, getting in a workout can be tough. Life always seems to get in the way. From vacation to family to work, it seems that there is always something daily or weekly that attempts to impede your exercise routine. DON'T LET IT!! Be prepared to work around these obstacles. Make a plan "B". Don't have one? Great! I will lay out a plan "B" for you right now! Here are three simple (don't confuse simple with easy!) exercises you can do at home or just about anywhere that are guaranteed to produce cardiovascular, muscle conditioning and fat loss results. You don't even need any equipment!

Exercise 1: The infamous Squat Thrust! Most of us did this exercise in either grade school or middle school as part of your physical education (PE) class. To do it, simply start by standing and then bring your hands to the ground or a raised platform and kick your feet back so you end up in a push-up position. Next, just reverse the process until you are standing again.

Exercise 2: The equally infamous Mountain Climbers! Simply start in a push-up position with your hands on the floor or a raised platform with your arms straight and balls of your feet on the floor. Lift your right knee straight up towards your right arm, then back down and repeat with your left leg.

Exercise 3: You have two options here: you can simply run in place as fast as possible, or you can step up/on and down/off of a raised platform. Either way is fine.

Perform 15-25 reps of each exercise in a circuit fashion– go from one exercise to the other with minimal breaks. Start by doing 3 rounds (if you can) and work up to as many rounds as you need or have time for.

Good luck! This workout is a tough one, but it's sure to kick your metabolism into high gear.