mindBODYBEAUTY|August 8, 2012 8:45 am

The 5-Minute Fat Burner

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By: Brian Allen of Brian Allen Fitness

Bring it on booty!

We are right in the middle of summer and if you are like me, you may have been holding off on that bikini until you could whittle your middle.  Unfortunately, the summer sun will soon be setting and you don’t want to regret not catching those rays.

Luckily, one of doB’s favorite trainers will make the most out of 5 minutes in your busy day.  Brian Allen of Brian Allen Fitness and Barry’s Bootcamp (The Best Workout in the World) studied pre-med and sports medicine at Boston College. He knows how to make us sweat indoors and out.

Here’s the fast five on getting that fit figure. What’s the secret?  Working the lower body immediately followed by the upper causes your heart to pump blood from one extreme to the next, ultimately, giving you more caloric burn. Who knew exercise sequencing could be so beneficial?  Let your heart do the extra work for you.

Taken directly from Brian Allen Fitness’ fat-burning routines for New York City’s Slimmest, Try these 2 dynamic exercises in sequence for 30 seconds each with 20 seconds rest. Complete 3 rounds, totaling 2.5 minutes. Complete when you wake and right before bed Monday-Friday. See visual results in just 2 weeks!

Pointer:  Look down at ground just out in front of your hands, this ensures keeping your spine aligned and prevents neck strain.

1)     Push-Up

Get down into a push-up position with your feet hip-width apart and your hands directly under your shoulders (a).  Engage your abdominals while squeezing your glutes (butt). This will align your body.  Lower your body by focusing on squeezing your shoulder blades together until your body is an inch above the floor.  Hold at bottom for 1 second then push back to starting position, focusing on your chest and arm muscles.  Repeat.

2)     Pop-Up

Start in a push-up position (a).  Jump both feet to replace your hands, while throwing your arms up overhead

(b).  Land in a squat, both arms extended overhead with elbows locked, thighs parallel to the floor, and all your weight in your heels

(c).  Hold squat for 1 second then hop down to your starting push-up position.  Repeat.

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