Burn 200 Calories in 2.5 Minutes!


By Nicole “NikkiFitness” Glor for Shape Magazine

If working out for 45 to 60 minutes a day takes too much time, cut back your gym session to less than three minutes—but be ready to sweat—a ton!

According to a new research from scientists at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, two and a half minutes of intense exercise performed in 30-second intervals can burn an extra 200 calories by the end of the day.

In the study, men performed a half-minute sprint on a bike, then recovered with four minutes of easy pedaling and repeated this for a total of five times. The thing is, they really pushed it during those 30 seconds.

“The men in our study sprinted at 100 percent of their ability for each of the sprints,” says lead researcher Kyle Sevits. “This is why a four-minute active recovery was needed between each sprint.”

While the men performed all five sprints and recoveries in a row for a total of about 30 minutes, Sevits says men and women may see similar results by performing five 30-second sprints over the course of the day. He also says a bike isn’t the only way to go—any extremely intense exercise, such as running uphill on a treadmill or plyometrics like jumping lunges or burpees, would also work.

To be sure you’re giving your absolute max effort, Sevits recommends working with a personal trainer so you have someone there to make you take your effort to the highest level possible.

Sound too extreme? Try these other interval workouts:
Bob Harper’s 30-Minute Bikini Body Cardio Workout
3 Short Workouts for Weight Loss
Tabata: The 4-Minute Fat-Burning Workout

Nicole Glor is a fitness expert on Fox & Friends, author, and star of eight fitness DVDs, including Hard Core Abs. She is also an AFAA-certified NYC personal trainer, group instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, 200 RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor, author of the new book The SLIMNASTICS Workout, fitness columnist for Shape.com and Military.com, and spokesperson for SilverSport antibacterial fitness products. Get her newsletters, music playlists, video demos, and DVDs at www.nikkifitness.com or follow her on twitter @NikkiFitness.

Three Moves, One Complete Muscle Workout — Pt. 3


In the last week two weeks, I demonstrated the two out of three moves that, when combined together, create a perfectly-​​​​balanced, full-​​body muscle workout. The first move targets biceps, shoulders, inner thighs, glutes, calves, and quads. The second move hits your triceps, outer thighs and abs.

The final move is for your upper back, lower back chest and hamstrings. When you combine them and do 3 sets, you get a total-​​​​body muscle workout in just 15 minutes! Perform move 1-​​“Six Part Plie Squat” and 2– “Wings, Thighs and a Six Pack” as previously described.

Do move 3 — Superman Push-​​up

Start by laying flat on the ground on your stomach (what we trainers call supine position). Place your arms out away from your body extended at shoulder level, so your body forms a “T.” Keep your arms and legs straight and lift everything off the ground except your stomach, keeping your neck in line with the spine by looking at the floor and squeezing your shoulder blades together to engage your upper back muscles. Lower back to the ground and place the hands under the shoulders by bending the elbows.
Superman Pushup

Next, push the hands into the ground and keep your core tight as you push-​​up into a plank position. Lower back down and do the superman T. Repeat 20 times to complete your first set.

Go back and do move 1, move 2 and move 3 twice more for a total of three sets.

Pack these three moves into your gym bag or file them with your home fitness equipment. Any time you need to squeeze in a quick, 15 minute workout without thinking too hard, do my full-​​body Triple Threat routine!

Fitness – fit it in! Nikki

Three Moves, One Complete Muscle Workout — Pt. 2


Last week I demonstrated the first of three moves that, when combined together, create a perfectly-​​balanced full body workout. The first move targeted inner thighs, glutes, calves, quads, biceps and shoulders.

The next move (move #2) hits your triceps, outer thighs and abs.

Lay on the floor on your left elbow and forearm. balancing on your hip, and bend your bottom leg under you. Hold a 5–8 pound weight in your right hand and lift it above your shoulder with the elbow pointing to the sky. Lift your hips off the floor along with your top leg. and right hand. Lower the right leg to the floor and the weight behind your neck, all the while keeping your elbow pointing to the sky and keeping the hips off the ground. Do 15–20 reps for one set.

Three Moves One Workout

Next week I will demonstrate the final move for your glutes, upper back and lower back. When you combine them and do 3 sets, you get a total-​​body muscle workout in just 15 minutes!

Fitness – Fit it in! Nikki

Three Moves, One Complete Muscle Workout — Pt. 1


Over the next month I will provide you with three multitasking muscle exercises that, when combined, work every major muscle group and give you a totally well-​​rounded workout, with only 4 moves to remember and repeat!

Move 1: Six Part Plie Squat (Works glutes, quads, inner thighs, biceps, shoulders and calves)

Start holding two heavy weights with arms straight, in standing position with your legs wider than shoulder-​​width apart. Squat so that your knees are over your ankles and your hips are almost in line with your knees.

On count 1, straighten your legs and as you stand, raise your arms with palms facing in, into a hammerhead biceps curl.

Then on count 2, push the arms overhead into a shoulder press while rising up onto the balls of your feet to work the calves.

Lower weights back to shoulders on count 3.

On the final count of the four-​​count, lower weights back toward the floor by straightening arms and squatting into a plie, where you began. Repeat 15 times.

Complete Muscle Workout

Tune in next week for move #2 to work your triceps, outer thighs and abs.

Week 3 will work your chest, upper back, lower back and, hamstrings and glutes.

Fitness — fit it in! Nikki

Down and Dirty! One Combo Routine Tones it All and Provides Cardio!

Don’t have 30 minutes? Traveling? All you need to remember is my MAGIC ONE-COMBO ROUTINE!

This combo move fits great with any workout song because it is set to four counts of eight… the normal 32 beat count that workout songs go by!

• First eight count: Start off with two lunges. If you want to make it more challenging do four jumping lunges. (This works the glutes and quads while getting the heart pumping.)
• Second eight count: Burpee/Squat Thrust by placing hands down on the floor next to your feet and jumping back into a plank pose. Lower down like doing a pushup, then lay on the floor and put your arms out at shoulder level reaching away from you. (Works arms, chest and abs)
• Third eight count: Do two lower back airplane moves by squeezing your shoulder blades together, and lifting your hands, elbows, head, shoulders, chest, knees and feet off he ground (your belly is about all that stays down. Place hands back under your shoulders and perform a solid push-up off the ground. (Works upper and lower back with chest and arms.)
• Fourth eight count: Jump the feet back up towards the hands by engaging your core. Jump up to standing with feet leaving the ground, and do two jumping jacks. (Works chest, arms, abs, quads, glutes, calves and cardio!)

Repeat the combo as many times as you can. Lunge, lunge, down, jump back, lower to the ground, 2 airplanes, push-up, jump in, and up to two jacks!

Amazing! What else can you do that quickly without any equipment to tone all of your major muscle groups and burn the fat over the muscles with cardio? Ask any trainer, this workout is like magic for the number of muscles you get moving in such a short amount of time.

The NikkiFitness Slimnastics Workout Book Launches in May


30-minute X-treme No-Equipment Routine Combining
Gymnastics, Plyometrics, and Advanced Yoga

By NikkiFitness
DVD Instructor, Former College Cheerleader, NYC Personal Trainer, Boot Camp Class Instructor, Yoga Teacher, Media Fitness Expert

“Work out because you can, and for all those whose bodies cannot. Motivation plus a tough, quick workout that you can do anywhere, is all you need. Fit in your fitness because your body is a gift.”

This is part of the motivation that Nicole Glor, NikkiFitness, provides in The Slimnastics Workout, released in May 2012, just in time for the Summer Olympics and beach bikini workout time!

She began her fitness journey as a Syracuse University Cheerleader, leading team conditioning workouts, and enjoying the benefits of gymnastic routines, cheerleading jumps, and toning while balancing your body weight in pyramids and partner stunting. She soon became a Manhattan-based group fitness instructor, personal trainer, yoga teacher, and star of seven fitness DVDs, fitness writer for Military.com and national TV fitness expert.

Through her classes, clients, readers and fans, she found the need for a different fusion workout. Something that had not been done, but that you could take anywhere. Something as challenging as P90X or Insanity, but not as complicated with all the DVDs and equipment. Something as short at the 30-minute express classes she taught at Crunch for busy New Yorkers. Something that will chisel your arms, boost your booty, cut up your core, strengthen and straighten your back, and melt away fat. Something like Slimnastics!

The NikkiFitness “Slimnastics” Workoutis an athletic routine that gets you ripped in a radical new way:

* · A yoga-​​based sun saluting warm-​​up readies the body but keep your sneakers on- you are going to need them!
* · Slim and tone your legs while melting away fat and cellulite with gymnastic/​cheerleading inspired explosive plyometric cardio drills like toe touches, spring squats, jump tucks, and jumping lunge kicks.
* · Alternate the intense cardio intervals with upper body and core-​​cutting balance moves from gymnastics and yoga with poses like forearm stands, eight angle (astavakrasana), and firefly (titibasana).
* · Finished off in a yoga-​​based stretch and cool down for the mind and body.

In The push-upstics Workout (GT Media; June, 2012; Amazon $35.00), NikkiFitness shares motivation, helps the reader change their life “starting today”, provides shape-up instructions to get you ready for Slimnastics, then shows the Slimnastics routine with step-by-step instructions and photos. From the novice to the extreme athlete, anyone can learn how to change their bodies and have fun without taking a lot of time to do it.
Time is often the key to a fitness routine. Aside from the Slimnastics routine, Nikki uses NikkiFitness tear-out sheets, she shows how to “fit in your fitness” morning, noon, and night; how working out helps at work; how to go from two modified push-ups to 100 full pushups per routines; how one move called “Down and Dirty” amazingly tones every major muscle group and provides a cardio workout; how to cross train; how to learn interval training and plyometrics; how to protect and strengthen your back; and how to “exercise your soul.”

The companion DVD and Vook (video book) The Slimnastics Workout DVD launches in June as well.

Slimnasticsis the workout you love to hate, and will have you loving the new you in no time.

About the Author
NikkiFitness, Nicole Glor, is 34 year-old fitness contributor on Fox and Friends, and the star of 7 fitness DVDs including new Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s workouts have been featured in over 100 national media outlets. She is also an AFAA certified NYC personal trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, a 200 RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor, author of the upcoming book “Slimnastics”, a fitness columnist for Military.com and a spokesperson for SilverSport antibacterial fitness products. Her “Slimnastics” workouts focus on multitasking toning and cardio intervals to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Get her newsletters, music playlists, video demos and DVDs at www.nikkifitness.com Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter!

Thanksgiving Fit Travel Booty Camp

You’ll be perched at the dinner table, and maybe slouching in a car, plane, train or bus to travel for your Thanksgiving meal next week. Your booty will need a break from all that sitting, and instead of packing weights or finding an open gym, there is an easy way to pack some boot camp toning for the backside while you’re on the road.

1) Glute rainbows: On all fours, straighten your right leg and lift it in a half circle (or rainbow) at hip level, and lower to left side to arch over your left heel. Tap the floor, lift back to hip level and tap toe back on the right side. Repeat the rainbow 15 times per leg before changing sides.

2)Floor kicks: Remain in all fours position and with your weight distributed on both hands and your left knee. Bend right knee in towards the belly and then straighten it to kick it back diagonally to the ceiling/​wall behind you.Return the bent knee towards the floor for one rep and repeat 15 times on the right leg. Do another set of 15 on the left.

3) Front thigh lifts. Lay on your side, supported on your right elbow and right hip. Bend the right knee to 90 degrees under you. Bend your left leg on top so that your flexed foot drops in front of the right knee (if you do this move in front of a mirror you should see the reflection of the sole of your left sneaker, not your shoelaces). Lift the leg so the knee is close to your chest and left shoulder, and lower the bent left leg 15 times.

4) Side lunge and twist. Start in a standing position and lunge to the right side, facing forward. Your right knee should bend at 90 degrees, while your hands support you on your right quad (above the knee) and your toe points diagonally to the right. Your left leg is straight, with the foot on the floor, toe pointing diagonally left. From here, push off the right leg to transfer to a standing position with your weight now on the straight left leg. Your hands should reach diagonally up and to the left, creating a twist for the abs. Your right straight leg will lift up for a glute raise of the floor. Transfer the weight back on the right to a side lunge for one rep. Repeat 15 times on the right and then switch legs.

Do two-​​minute cardio intervals between the moves to complete your 30 minute routine. Good cardio moves for travel include jacks, mountain climbers, simulated jump rope, squat thrusts, plie squats, and jumping lunges (or get the moves in real time on my DVDs).

After your workout and dinner you can be thankful that these Fit Travel Booty Camp moves will help make sure that the turkey, potatoes, gravy and pies don’t spend forever on your hips.

Big Ball, Little Belly: Stability Ball Abdominal Workout, Part 2

If you’re looking for a way to challenge your abs more than crunches and planks on the floor, the key is instability! A stability ball will put you off balance to add an extra level of toning to each move. I have many abdominal ball workout moves, and these pictured below place you on the floor, next to and on top of the ball. Next week I will list other ways to work your abs (along with arms and legs) with a stability ball.

Elbow plank (works abdominals, chest and arms)

Start in a kneeling position with the ball in front of you. Roll up onto the ball on your stomach and place your forearms and elbows on the ball and clasp your hands together beneath your chest. Straighten your legs to balance on your toes and slowly push into the ball with forearms to raise the belly off the ball. Hold the plank for 30 seconds at a time for 3 sets, and work up to 60 seconds per set.

Hip Crunch (works obliques)
Kneel on the right side of the ball and straighten your right leg out to the right side of your body, with your foot on the floor. With your left hand hug the ball in close to your hip and then push your weight into the ball so the left hip is anchoring the ball down. Start with your left hand still on the ball and put your right hand behind your head. Lower your left side ribs onto the top of the ball and engage your right side obliques to bring you back upright. Once comfortable with the move you can put the left hand behind the head as well because your hip is anchoring the ball. Do 15 repeat on the other side for one set. Do 3 sets.

Jackknife (Works abs, quads and hip flexors)
Lay face-​​up on the floor with the ball between your feet and arms extended overhead. Lift the legs off the floor as you raise the arms and shoulders by “crunching” and engaging the abs. Transfer the ball into the hands and lower the legs and arms back to the floor slowly. Crunch and transfer the ball back to the feet, keeping the arms and legs straight, to complete one rep. Do 10 reps for 3 sets.

Big Ball, Little Belly pt 1

Stability Ball Workout for Abdominals

If you’re looking for a way to challenge your abs more than crunches and planks on the floor, the key is instability! A stability ball will put you off balance to add an extra level of toning to each move. I have many abdominal ball workout moves, and these pictured below place you on top of the ball. Next week I will list other ways to work your abs with a stability ball or a power ball (power balls have 7–8 pounds of sand inside).

Here are some of my favorites:

Ball Plank/​Pike

If just starting out, chose the plank, if you’re looking for a challenge, add the pike to the plank. Start kneeling with your stomach on the ball push forward to roll onto your feet and hands and continue walking your hands out so that the ball rolls from your stomach to your shins/​shoelaces and you are facing the ground. Hold here for 30 seconds for the plank. Make it harder by contracting the abs and pulling your feet and the ball in closer to your hands while raising your hips up to the sky. Repeat 15 times.

Oblique Twist

Start sitting on the ball and walk your feet away so that your slide down to a bridge position, with your head and shoulders comfortably resting on the ball. Your head should be in line with your hips while you contract your glutes and quads to hold you up. Place the hands in prayer position extended directly above your neck. To perform the move, roll up onto your left shoulder and bring your gaze and your hands directly to the left as pictured. (Be sure to roll onto the shoulder and not just move your hands! our head will come off of the ball.) Return to center and repeat on the other side for one rep. Perform 15 repetitions.

Oblique Crunch

Start in a seated position on the ball with your hands behind your head and lay down, then return to sitting by engaging the abs. That is a normal crunch. Start there if you are a beginner. If comfortable with the regular crunch, then lay back and engage your abs while sitting up and twisting your shoulders, head and torso to the right. Lay back down and twist to the left for one rep. Perform 20 reps. (Make it even more difficult by crunching up half way, pausing there, then twisting to the right without coming completely up to a sitting position, so your abs engage throughout the entire move.)

Check back in next week for more moves and have a ball working those abs!

Ten Plank Variations for Perfect Toning

Planks are one of the cheapest, easiest and quickest ways to tone your body anywhere you go. They work your abs all over, and if you get creative you can also add glutes, and thighs, triceps, shoulders, upper back and pecs to the list! Here are some of my favorite plank variations (From my Fit Travel Workout) for your next sweat session.

Note: When I mention a regular plank position, I mean balancing on your elbows (forearms) or hands (the top of a push-​​up) and toes, facing the floor, with hips in line with the shoulders and knees and hands or elbows directly under shoulders. Look in front of our hands to keep neck in line with spine. You’ll look like a perfect straight plank — parallel to the floor, lifting the belly button towards the spine. In a side plank you will balance on one arm and face the side of the room instead of the floor.

1. Forearm plank hold:
Balance on your forearms and toes, hold this for 30 seconds and work up to 3 minutes!

2. Push-​​up plank (pictured):
Do a push-​​up, then turn to the right, balancing the weight on your left hand, opening right hand to the sky and staggering or stacking the right foot on top of the inside of the left as you balance on the outside of the left foot. Come back to a full plank, do a push-​​up, and then repeat on the other side.

3. Plank knee cross:
Hold a regular plank and then balance on your left foot and bring your right knee under you towards your left elbow. Keep your hips low to the ground. Return to full plank and repeat on other side. Make it harder by taping the opposite hand to the foot or by “can caning” the leg — after you bring the knee toward the opposite elbow, straighten the knee and kick the leg out toward the left. Bend it again and return to start.

4. Outer thigh side plank (pictured):
Plank on your right hand or forearm and lift your left straight leg off the right leg and toward the sky. Lower leg and repeat 10 times. Move into a plank on the other side and repeat. Make it harder by bending your lower leg and holding a weight in your top hand. Straighten the arm to the sky as you lift the top leg. As you lower the leg lower the hand and weight behind your neck, keeping the elbow pointing to the sky the whole time to work the triceps in a half french press!

5. Glute plank:
Balance on our hands or forearms and lift your left straight leg off the floor, move it over the right foot and then return to start. Repeat on that side 10 times and then switch to the right leg lift and cross. Make it harder by bending the left leg at 90 degrees, with the sole of your foot facing the sky. Lift and lower in pulsing motion for 10 reps. Repeat on the other side.

6. Hip Taps:
Get into a side plank on your left forearm. Lift hips off the floor and then lower them to tap the left hip to the floor and lift again. This works your obliques in an extreme way if you do 20 or more! Repeat on the other side

7. Thread the needle (pictured):
Get into a side forearm or full side plank on your right arm. Lift left arm to the sky and stagger the feet so the top (left) leg is in front. Sweep your left (top) arm toward the mat and “thread” it under your right armpit, reaching for the back of the mat, while rotating your hips to face the ground and balancing on your toes. Rotate your body back to a side plank and repeat 15 times then do the same on the other side.

8. Plank crunch:
Hit the obliques again by getting into a full plank on your left hand and stagger your feet with the bottom (left) foot in front this time. Bend your right elbow and put your hand behind your head. By balancing on your right (top) foot, bring your left knee across to your right elbow to “crunch” then return to start. Repeat 15 times and then switch sides.

9. Spiderman plank:
Get into a full plank on your forearms or hands. Balance on your right toes as you bend your left knee out to the left and towards your left elbow. Return to start and repeat 20 times, then do the other side.

10. Upper Back Plank Rows (pictured):
Get into a full plank position with medium weights under your hands. Lift the right elbow to the sky and return to the ground. Repeat on the other side. Do 20 reps switching arms each time. Wrists hurt? Instead of balancing on weights, you can also work the upper back by doing down dog planks or dolphin planks. Start in a plank on your forearms or hands and then push hips to the sky and push hands into the mat like you are trying to rip it in half between your feet and hands, Your biceps should be next to your ears. Return to start and repeat 20 times.

BONUS Reverse Plank stretch:
Get some relief from your hard work and sit on the floor with your hands on the floor next to your hips, fingers pointing towards feet. Your knees should be bent and feet flat on the floor. Push into your hands and lift your hips off the floor, letting your neck be an extension of your spine and looking at the ceiling. This stretched the chest and shoulders while toning the core, glutes and quads.

So next time crunches make you crazy, fight the plateau with this plank series!