These 2 Exercises Will Target the Muscles in Your Legs and Abs You Didn’t Even Know You Had

These 2 Exercises Will Target the Muscles in Your Legs and Abs You Didn’t Even Know You Had

As much as I try to stay active, I tend to stick to the same types of workouts: Spinning, weight training, Rumble, and running on the treadmill. And even though I like HIIT-style training, the difficulty and style of workouts depends on which boutique studio I go to.

In an effort to get outside of my comfort zone and try something new, I took a HIIT class at Exhale Meatpacking, which offers barre and HIIT classes. Since I had two free classes at Exhale from the Get Fit package at the Gansevoort Meatpacking hotel (and I’m not a huge fan of barre), I figured I would try something new.

The class was an hour and consisted of a variety of stations, including a TRX, free weights, resistance bands, and disc sliders. Each station had two exercises, and each exercise was done for a full minute followed by 10 seconds of rest. We did the whole circuit two times through. Although each station provided a unique challenge, I was particularly sweaty and sore after the disc slider station.

We started with side lunges on the sliders, focusing on one leg per round (do the first minute on the left leg, then the second minute on the right leg). After that, we did a plank to bear, which also worked my abs. Since my core is the weakest part of my body, I especially felt that move.

Read through to see how to do each move. If you don’t have a set of disc sliders ($10 on Amazon), feel free to use two towels on a hard surface or paper plates on carpet. Start with the side lunges for a full minute, then rest for 10 seconds before moving on to the plank to bear for a full minute, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Do this four times through for a total of a little over nine minutes. This is great to add to your leg day workout or to incorporate into your own HIIT circuit.

Get ready to be sore and sweaty!

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