Workout Routines

The Circuit Workout to Fry Fat in 6 Minutes

Achieve full-body fatigue with this cardio finisher.

Inverted Row
David Yellen / M+F Magazine
David Yellen / M+F Magazine
Duration 6 min
Exercises 3
Equipment Yes

To maximize fat loss, a leisurely stroll on the treadmill or a mindless pedal session on the recumbent bike won’t cut it. You need intensity. High-intensity interval training (HIIT), where you alternate between intense periods of exercise and short periods of rest, is something you’re likely familiar with. This circuit shuns that for a simple workout that has you going all out for six minutes. You’ll torch fat, tax most of your major muscles, and increase your endurance. Use this lower-body/upper-body combo routine when you have less than 10 minutes to train, or tack it onto the end of your workout. Either way, prepare to be toast.

Directions: Set a timer for 6 minutes and complete as many rounds as possible. If you can finish 4, then you’re a savage.

Quick Tip: on your box jumps, step down—don’t jump down—from the box to protect your knees and ankles. If you land with a thud, then the box is too high.

Full-Body Fat-Loss Workout

Exercise 1

Kettlebell Swing You'll need: Kettlebells How to
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-- sets
25 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2

Box Jump You'll need: Box How to
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-- sets
10 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3

Inverted Row You'll need: Barbell, Squat Rack How to
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-- sets
to failure reps
-- rest