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Fresh Start to Fitness: Exercises That Target Multiple Muscle Groups

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Fresh Start to Fitness: Exercises That Target Multiple Muscle Groups (File photo: MGN Online)

(KUTV) Do you always seem to neglect finding time to incorporate a workout into your busy day? If so, you’re not alone, says Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray. Beck recommends that you complete the following exercise routine three to four times per week in order to get a total body workout in a fraction of the time.

1) Jumping Jacks With Side Dumbbell Raise: This exercise is great for overall body toning and revving up your heart rate! Hold a dumbbell in each hand and stand with your feet together. Simultaneously lift the dumbbells out to your sides until they are roughly parallel to the floor, palms facing down, while jumping your feet apart. Jump back to starting position to complete one repetition. Do 3 sets of 12 repetitions.

2) Donkey Kick With Single Arm Row: I love this exercise for creating shape in the glutes and middle to upper back! Get on all fours, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Keeping your shoulders square, draw your right elbow straight back until the dumbbell is next to your chest. Lower your right arm back to starting position. Now, slowly lift your left leg, keeping knee bent and pressing sole of foot upward. Slowly bring your knee back to starting position. Repeat on opposite side. Do 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions per side.

3) Curtsy Lunge With Biceps Curl: A little more of an advanced move, this is excellent for toning the quadriceps and biceps! Stand with feet hip width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing forward. Step left foot back behind right. Bend both knees and lower into a curtsy lunge with bending elbows and raising the dumbbells toward your shoulders. Reverse the movement to return to starting position. Repeat on the opposite side. Do 3 sets of 20 repetitions total.

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