5 Days of 5 Minute Workouts – Day 2

These next 5 minutes will be sure to tone your arms, core and glutes! Each exercise needs to be timed, so keep a stopwatch or clock nearby. You’ll need to move directly into the next exercise, resisting any breaks. Each exercise should only be performed one time as the whole workout totals 5 minutes!

Mountain climbers: 1 minute

Start in a high plank position on your hands and feet. Keep your wrists directly below your shoulders and while you drive one knee into your chest, hold your back flat and keep your hips down. Continue bringing one knee into your chest while jumping back and switching to the other knee.

Pulsing squats: 1 minute

Begin in a squat position with your hips back and weight in your heels. While keeping your chest up, lower your squat further until you hit a 90-degree angle between your hips and feet. While raising back up, slightly pulse back into a deeper squat and repeat. Try not to straighten out your legs until your minute is up!

Lateral raise and Front raise: 30 seconds for each exercise, 1 minute total

Grab some dumbbells. While keeping a slight bend in your elbows, lift the weights out to the side of your body and halfway up. You should see the weights in your peripheral vision. For the front raise, do the same thing but bring the weights forward while keeping a slight bend in your elbows. This is a shoulder burnout, so do your best to control each movement and resist using your hips to help bring the dumbbells up.

Jumping lunges: 1 minute

Begin standing up, then step one foot back to put yourself in a lunge position. Both legs should be bent, front foot and knee should be at a 90-degree angle and your back foot should be up on your toe. Using your momentum, jump up, switch your feet and land back into your lunge.

Push-ups: 1 minute

This exercise begins in a high plank position with a wide hand stance. Hands should be placed just wider than your shoulders. While holding yourself in this plank, bend your elbows and bring your chest to the floor. Press yourself back up into the starting position. Make sure to keep your body completely straight while you perform the push up.

-Kelsey Reinert