9 Calorie-Burning Exercises For Girls Who Hate Running

So, you want a heart pumping cardio workout but you don’t want to go running. Or biking. Or rowing. Or round and round that elliptical machine. No need to fret, here’s a workout that my trainer (whom I see once in a blue moom) has come up with – it consists of 9 great bodyweight moves that I can mix-and-match for a running-free heart pumping routine that will guarantee to make you sweat.

Here’s how the workout works:

1. Choose 4-5 exercises from the list below.

2. Do the first exercise for 45 seconds, then rest for 15 seconds, then move to the next one.

3. Once you’ve gotten through 4-5 exercises, that’s one round. Complete the circuit for 3-5 rounds total, resting a minute between rounds.

4. P.S. You can pick a different set of 4-5 exercises for your subsequent rounds.

Are you READY?! Here are the 9 calorie-burning moves:

1. Squat Jumps

  • Start with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Keep your core engaged as you jump explosively out of the squat.
  • Land softly in a standing position, with slightly bent knees.


  • Don’t let your knees cave in when you squat.
  • Don’t Jump so high or explosively that you can’t control your landing.

2. Mountain Climbers Crossover

  • Place your arms under your shoulders.
  • Extend your arms fully.
  • Keep your neck neutral and your hips in line with your shoulders.
  • Bring your knee as close to your opposite elbow as possible.
  • Alternate sides for each rep.


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  • Don’t let your hips rise or sag.

3. Lunge

  • Keep your planted knee at 90 degrees.
  • Maintain a vertical torso.
  • Use your arms to help with balance.
  • Keep your weight evenly distributed between your front and back foot.
  • Alternate sides for each rep.


  • Don’t let your front knee travel past your toes.
  • Don’t Lunge deeper than your flexibility allows.

4. Burpee

  • Keep your shoulders over your hands when in the plank position.
  • Land softly when you jump your feet in and out.
  • Maintain a neutral neck and keep your shoulders in line with your hips when in the plank position.


  • Don’t let your hips sag or rise.
  • Don’t jump your feet in or out if it’s too challenging; step forward and backward instead.

5. Alternating Crab Toe Touches

  • Lift your upper back off the ground as you reach.
  • Use your core to pull yourself up.
  • Maintain a neutral spine at all times.
  • Alternate sides for each rep.


  • Don’t strain your neck forward as you reach.
  • Don’t shift your weight too much side to side.

6. Skater Lunges

  • Use your arms dynamically for power and balance.
  • Land softy and with control.


  • Don’t jump so far you can’t control your landing or maintain your balance.

7. High Knees

  • Focus on driving your knees up to hip height.
  • Use your arms for power.


  • Don’t take big steps.

8. Plank Jacks

  • Maintain a neutral neck and keep your hips in line with your shoulders.
  • Place your hands under your shoulders.


  • Don’t let your hips rise.
  • Don’t jack so wide your hips sag.

9. Star Jumps

  • Spread your arms as much as you can while maintaining control.
  • Land softly and with control.


  • Don’t let your limbs go asymmetrical.
  • Don’t squat lower than your flexibility allows.
  • Don’t jump so high that you can’t land with control.

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