If weight loss is your goal, you're probably wondering what kind of workouts are the best use of your time. Rather than prescribing specific workouts or certain gyms, Ridge Davis, a personal trainer based in West Hollywood, CA, laid out the five best exercises that will help you reach your fitness goals in the fastest, most effective way.
"When more muscles engage in one movement, more calories are able to burn in your workout in a shorter amount of time," Ridge told POPSUGAR. That's why all of these exercises are compound movements — they work multiple muscles at once, so they require the most effort from your entire body. Ridge lays out the five movements he regularly uses with his clients, as well as what parts of the body they work.
- Lunges: Legs, Core, and Stability
- Squats: Back, Legs, Core
- Deadlifts: Back, Glutes, Hamstrings
- Renegade Rows: Back, Shoulders, Core
- Dumbbell Push Press: Legs, Shoulders, Core
"These exercises engage two to three different muscle groups at once," Ridge explained, so you get the most bang for your buck. "Doing all these exercises three times per week is the best way to see rapid weight loss," he added. Just be sure to add some weights to these exercises, whether it's a barbell, dumbbells, or a kettlebell. That's the only way you'll see major results in your body.
So set up a time to get to the gym, and add these movements into your routine! "My biggest tip for working out is to keep a journal or log of your workouts," Ridge said. "Keeping a detailed log of your exercises, sets, reps, and weight is great for keeping yourself accountable and seeing your progress!"
Here are more details on each of the exercises. Have fun with it!