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When Strength Training

  • Exercises that utilize your own body weight have been shown to burn more calories. Instead of doing shoulder presses with a set of dumbbells, get on the floor and do push-ups instead. Here's a printable no-equipment total-body workout that you can do anywhere!
  • Force your body to work harder by creating instability. Stand on one leg for your biceps curls, or work with an exercise ball or a BOSU. You'll use more muscles to hold your body steady — not just the ones you're intending to work.
  • Do supersets, moving quickly from one exercise to the next without resting. This not only saves time so you can get in and out of the gym, but you're also increasing the intensity to work your muscles harder.
  • Do multitasking moves that work more than one part of the body at once. These plank variations are great examples. You can also combine cardio with strength training by grabbing a kettlebell.

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