The Fastest Way to Lose 5 Pounds

By: Lara Rosenbaum 


It's the cruelest of weight-loss conundrums: The closer you get to your ideal weight, the tougher it is to reach it, says L.A.-based celebrity trainer Holly Perkins. The reason: Your body defends its weight and holds on to pounds to maintain its natural balance. The more weight you lose, the harder your body works to hold on to it. But revving up your workouts can counteract this and prevent your body from getting comfy-cozy at your plus-five weight.

A surefire solution: plyometrics. These explosive moves are great muscle builders, get your heart rate up, and work multiple muscles at a time--all of which leads to an extreme calorie burn. That's what makes this megawatt routine the final piece of your weight-loss puzzle: It'll shed that last layer of fat to show off the sculpted, lean physique you've been building all along.

Complete three to five circuits of the exercises to the right, doing eight to 10 reps of each move and going from one to the next without stopping. Rest one minute between circuits. Do this two or three times a week and you'll be zipping up your skinny jeans in no time.

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Single-Arm Dumbbell Swing


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Step 2
  1. Grab a dumbbell with an overhand grip and hold it in front of your waist at arm's length. (You can also do the exercise two handed, holding the dumbbell with both hands.) Bend at your hips and knees and lower your torso until it forms a 45-degree angle to the floor. Swing the dumbbell between your legs.
  2. Keeping your arm straight, thrust your hips forward, straighten your knees, and swing the dumbbell up to chest level as you rise to standing position. Now squat back down as you swing the dumbbell between your legs again. Swing the weight back and forth forcefully.

 

This move works:
Core, Glutes, Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Shoulders
Photo Credit: Beth Bischoff

Pushup and Row


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Step 2

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  1. Place a pair of hex dumbbells at the spot where you position your hands. Grasp the dumbbell handles and set yourself in pushup position.
  2. Lower your body to the floor, pause, then push yourself back up.
  3. Once you're back in the starting position, row the dumbbell in your right hand to the side of your chest, by pulling it upward and bending your arm. Pause, then lower the dumbbell back down, and repeat the same movement with your left arm. That's one repetition.
This move works:
Abs, Chest, Core, Upper Back
Photo Credit: Beth Bischoff

High Box Jump


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Step 2

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  1. Stand in front of a sturdy, secure box that's high enough so that you have to jump with great effort in order to land on top of it. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Dip your knees.
  2. Jump up onto the box with a soft landing.
  3. Step down and reset your feet.
This move works:
Calves, Core, Quadriceps
Photo Credit: Beth Bischoff

Skater Jumps


Step 1
  1. Cross your left leg behind your right and lower into a half-squat, your right arm out to the side, left arm across your hips.
  2. Hop to the left, switching your legs and arms. That's one rep. Keep hopping from side to side.
This move works:
Calves, Core, Quadriceps
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T-Stabilization


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Step 2
  1. Assume a pushup position. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your ankles. 
  2. Keeping your arms straight and your body rigid, shift your weight onto your left arm and rotate your torso up and to the right until you're facing sideways. Pause for 3 seconds, then lower back down to the starting position. Rotate to your left. That's one rep. Continue to rotate back and forth.

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This move works:
Abs, Core, Hips, Lower Back, Obliques
Photo Credit: Beth Bischoff

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