The Ultimate One-Move, Five-Minute Workout


If I had to do one move every day, it would be this one. This exercise (based on a classic “burpee,” but kicked up a notch or two) is great if you’re crunched for time and only have five minutes to spare, because it works the whole body. Get ready to get your heart rate up! You’ll shape the arms, abs, legs, and, in particular, target the fat around the midsection. Do it every day—if you’re up for it, that is.

Although we’ve broken the exercise into steps, one step should just flow into the next.

Holding your arms above your head, leap up into the air, hiking your knees up and forward. Bring your hands to the knees. When landing, land as softly as possible, starting with the ball of your foot then softly landing into your heel.

Once you’ve landed, bring your arms out to either side and place your hands on the floor. Jump back into a plank position with feet together. In plank, your shoulders should be right over your wrists and shoulder-width apart.

After the plank, jump your feet forward to the outside of your hands coming into a low squat. Keep your hands on the floor. Push yourself back up to standing and immediately jump into STEP 1.

Continue this move for one full minute. Take a 30-second break and repeat 3–4 more times.

Kit Rich is Los Angeles-based fitness trainer with endless exercise and nutritional know-how. Hollywood's hottest stars are addicted to Kit's unique, multi-disciplined approach that combines cardio, yoga, Pilates, and weight training. Kit's clients are immediately taken by her funny and honest approach to health and fitness. She treats her clients as she treats herself, "with a hard challenge, sensibility, sensitively, and a good laugh." Follow Kit on Twitter @kitrichfitness.

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