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Burn Out Your Legs (And Torch Serious Calories) With This Lower-Body Workout Finisher

Here’s a lower-body circuit that is sure to set your lower half on fire and torch a ton of calories in the process.

Rustin Steward, a trainer at Equinox Sports Club on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, dropped by the MH Rec Room to share this two-exercise combo that you can do either as a post-workout finisher or as a lower-body workout all its own.  

The entire workout is made up of just two exercises, and all you’ll need is a continuous-loop resistance band.

Start off by placing the resistance band around your shins, between your ankles and your knees. Settle into an athletic stance, hinging at the hips and bending the knees slightly. Maintaining a flat back and solid core, step your right foot out to your right, tap the ground softly, and return it to the starting position. That’s one rep; you’ll be here for 15 reps before repeating the exercise on the other side.

Next up is a hybrid exercise that combines a lateral skater hop with a single-leg reverse burpee. You can take the band off for this one, but keep it within reach—you’ll need it again soon enough.

To perform the second move, assume a skater position and hop to the side, landing on the opposite leg. The way you land should directly mirror your starting position. 

Without allowing your raised foot to touch the ground, jump up as you would for a typical burpee and then kick out into a single-leg plank the moment you return to the ground. (It’s called a single-leg reverse burpee because you’re doing the jump before the plank, and keeping one leg off the ground the entire time.)

Do this move for five reps on each side, rest for 30 seconds to a minute, and then repeat the workout from the beginning for as many rounds as you can in the time you have. 

Three to four rounds will give you a serious lower-body and core workout, whereas one round will do the trick if you’re just looking for a solid way to burn out your legs after your workout.

Source: http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/rustin-steward-leg-workout-finisher

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