I’m busy and lazy so if I can find a quick fix when it comes to working out I’m all in. Unfortunately there is no way to cheat on workouts and consistency will lead to results in the long term. But there is a way to maximize your efforts in minimal time by choosing exercises that target multiple muscle groups. Whether it’s doing a full on body workout on an exercise ball or adding some extra moves to your squats to make them more effective, below I selected 10 exercises that will do just that and make you look crazy, sexy, cool for carnival, the beach or when you look at yourself in the mirror.
1. Squats + Curtsy lunges = Booty building
I do squats almost on a daily basis so it gets boring very quickly. By adding curtsy lunges or an extra move into the mix I target more muscles around my legs and booty and make it more effective. The next day my butt and legs feel very sore and I love it because it means it’s working
See the video on instagram
2. Full body workout on an exercise ball
I love exercise balls because they’re amazing at targeting multiple muscles and are so much fun! It reminds me of the skippy balls I used to play with when I was a kid. But don’t let this fool you because even though exercise balls are fun to work with it doesn’t take away from their impact on our muscles. The biggest advantage with exercise balls is that you need to use more muscles to stabilize yourself which means bigger impact in less time!
3. Squats +
There’s a lot going on in this video by Brazilian actress Sheron Menezzes but I want you to focus on the top right video where she’s squatting. It seems simple but just by adding an extra move (and weight) you target more muscles around your legs and butt. Sheron gives me so much motivation to workout because she’s very focused and motivated and shares her ‘fitness selfies’ very often giving me inspiration on different types of exercises.
4. Squat from side to side
I selected multiple squat exercises in my list because squats are so complete and effective. I see results very quickly compared to other type of exercises so I always look for ways to do them more often and remix it.
5. Abs & Legs
Jennifer Lopez has Tracy Anderson to thank for her killer abs! The celebrity trainer not only gives her tips and tricks to celebs who can afford her but from time to time shares some fitness inspiration on her instagram. Such as this exercise where you target your abs and legs at once. Me like!
See the video on instagram
6. Jumping rope with an exercise ball
I mentioned the skippy ball before and this exercise comes very close to it Jumping rope with an exercise ball (or bosu ball) targets cardio, your arms, abs, legs and butt at the same time. This exercise alone would be ideal when you’re in a rush and want a complete workout.
7. Squat + Side Kick
Again another popular twist to my favorite squats
8. Beach workout
I’m going to Rio de Janeiro mid February and even though I never workout when I travel seeing these two girls workout on Ipanema beach made me think again. Once you’re finished you can easily cool off in the sea
9. Curtsy lunge + side kick
When it comes to exercising it’s important to keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Doing squats have become ‘easy’ for me so I wanted to try some curtsy lunges + weights and side kicks. As I’m sitting here right now I can feel my sore muscles which is very good since I want to continue to see progress.
10. Plank Variation Workout
It seems like February is officially plank challenge month as I’ve seen numerous updates on my instagram feed about it. But it makes sense because just like squats planking is a complete exercise that targets multiple muscle groups in a minimum of time.
What exercise do you use to target multiple muscles in minimal time?
Thanks for reading!