The Lose the Last 10 Pounds Workout

You eat right, and exercise regularly, but that final plateau is feeling insurmountable. Get over the hump with this simple, 10-move routine from celebrity trainer Amie Hoff, who suggests repeating each exercise for one minute with 30 seconds in between, and doing the circuit twice, three to four times a week. More good news: You don't even have to leave the house to see big results. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

Losing that last 10 pounds isn't just about counting calories, because stress plays a big part in weight management. Many women have an extra "stress weight donut" around their middle due to the chronic overstimulation of the stress hormone cortisol (a chemical that triggers your body to hold onto belly fat). This workout not only decreases stress, but also raises your heart rate to burn body fat while at the same time challenging muscles. The result? A powerful exercise cocktail that helps lower cortisol and increase muscle, which will help you keep the weight off for good.

Hip thrust

What it works: Hamstrings, glutes

How to do it: Lie on your back, knees bent, with a resistance band across your hips, holding the ends tight with your hands on the floor. Tighten your glutes and raise your hips to a bridge position and hold for four seconds. Keep you abs tight and try to maintain level hips.

Side lunge jump

What it works: Cardio, hips, quads, inner thighs

How to do it: Step out to one side with your foot in parallel and your opposite leg straight. Jump up, pushing off the bent leg to land in the same position on the other side. Start with small jumps and land with knees slightly bent.

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Penguin

What it works: Hips, quads

How to do it: Position exercise tubing under both feet, holding onto the handles, and standing with feet shoulder width apart. Using the outer hip, lift one leg out to the side as you stand on the opposite leg. Try to maintain balance. Bring feet closer to decrease difficulty.


Jump rope

What it works: Cardio

How to do it: Stand with a jump rope handle in each hand and the rope behind you. As you rotate the jump rope up and over the body, jump so the rope goes under the body. Start with a pause between each jump and work up to a continuous movement.


Squat twist

What it works: Cardio, quads, hamstrings, core

How to do it: Stand in a squat position, hands on the hips. Jump up and at the same time, rotate the body in the air, landing to the opposite side. Start with small rotations working up to 180 degree turns.

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Squat jump with frog clap

What it works: Cardio, quads, inner thigh

How to do it: Stand in a squat position, butt back, knees behind the toes. Jump up with an explosive move and clap feet together. Bend legs as you jump for more of a challenge.


Oblique crossover

What it works: Abs, obliques, quads

How to do it: Lie on your back, one leg bent with foot on the floor, the other leg straight on the ground, and hands behind your head. Using your obliques, lift the straight leg and at the same time, lift the opposite shoulder blade up and over to the straight leg. Try to keep hips on the floor.

Duck walk

What it works: Quads, glutes, hips

How to do it: Stand with feet a little wider than shoulder width and bend your knees as if squatting. Staying in a squat position, walk across the floor keeping legs wide and chest lifted.


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Mountain climbers

What it works: Cardio, abs, arms

How to do it: Get into plank position. Keeping your elbows soft, draw one knee into the opposite armpit and back out, then bringing the other in to the armpit without stopping in between. Keep abs tight.

Side plank with leg lift

What it works Core, outer thighs

How to do it: Get on your side, propped up on the elbow with arm directly under the shoulder and feet with the body in a straight line, hand on your hip. Keeping hips up, lift the top leg up as high as possible. Lower down. Repeat for 30 seconds and then switch to the other side.


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