The Fastest Way to Lose 20+ Pounds
- Tone Up All Over
- 1. Body-Weight Squat
- 2. Basic Pushup
- 3. Bent-Over Row …
- 4. Basic Plank
- 5. Curtsy Lunge
Tone Up All Over
Your goal weight may seem far off, but don't sweat it. "The more you weigh, the more calories you burn during easier workouts, like brisk walking," says Holland. So rather than doing killer workouts from the get-go, small, consistent efforts will help you shed pounds early on—and seeing those quick results will motivate you to stay on track.
Your challenge? Keeping injuries at bay.
"Excess weight makes exercise naturally harder on your joints," says Holland. That's why it's important to start with basic body-weight exercises (or "training movements," as he calls them), which put less strain on your body and help you learn proper form. Once you master these fundamental moves, your joints and muscles will be prepped to tackle more-difficult exercises with ease.
Do the workout below two or three times a week, completing two sets of each exercise, 12 to 15 reps per set (except where noted).