Oh hey, do you like when your workout moves work overtime at helping you get stronger and fitter? Yeah, me too. That’s why I absolutely love this move, shown above — it’s called a Rear-Foot Elevated Split Squat Twist, FYI, and it’s an incredibly effective way to torch multiple body parts all at once. Specifically, this exercise is great for targeting your abs, butt, and legs. Thank you, lunging action! My butt hates you, and I love you for it. As you can see from the GIF above, all you need is a chair and some willpower. And off you go.
Here’s how to do it: Stand two to three feet in front of that chair and place the top of your left foot on the chair seat behind you and place your hands behind your head. Bend your right knee and twist yours shoulders over your right leg. Keep your weight in the front heel, and your right knee stays directly over your right ankle. Stand and return to start. That’s 1 rep. Do as many reps as you can for 30 seconds, then switch sides and repeat for 30 seconds.
Make it easier, if you’d like: Perform the exercise with your back foot on the ground, rather than on a chair seat. Gotta start somewhere!
Or you can make it harder: After bending your front leg, pause and hold at the bottom for three seconds before returning to standing. Ouch, burns so good.
You can add this to your regular workout routine if you want. It’s also part of this incredible seven-minute total-body workout created by Brynn Putnam, founder of Refine Method studio in New York City.