The Easiest Workout to Tone Your Entire Body

JK... but at least it’s fun.

By: Noah Lehava
Photography: Jake Rosenberg

In the words of the wise one, Kanye West (less caps lock, more PG13);

“1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and get them sit-ups right and
Tuck your tummy tight and do your crunches like this…” 

 

OK, so in actuality, the workout plan we’re following is Angela Davis’SoulCycle spinmaster, pro-Nike runner, and World Champion in track.  Yeah, we know what you’re thinking: She’s effing hardcore. Well, duh, why else would we enlist her to show us the fastest (read: most fun) way to tone up for all those cut-out dresses and bodysuits that are finally weather-appropriate? All you need are a few dumbbells, a really wicked pair of leggings, and to look below. #justdoit

 


Move #1

A-Skip

A- SKIP   "This is a great plyometric warmup exercise. Begin to... Read More

Angela Davis SoulCycle

“This is a great plyometric warmup exercise. Begin to skip, and bring your knee to 90 degrees; be sure to keep your arm at 90 degrees as well; continue to alternate. At least 40 skips, 20 on each leg.”

 


Move #2

High Knee Jab Cross Combo

HIGH KNEE JAB CROSS COMBO "Drive your left knee to your... Read More

Angela Davis SoulCycle

“Drive your left knee to your chest; on the drop down, jab with your left fist. Then cross over your body with your right fist, jab cross over your body with your right fist, twisting your torso, keeping  your core engaged. When throwing a punch, be sure to clinch the fist tight and drive from your shoulder. Always keep the core tight across your body, and repeat with the other hand. This should be done a minimum of 20 times for two to four sets.”

 


Move #3

Tip Toes

TIP TOES   "From the plank position, place one toe on top... Read More

Angela Davis SoulCycle

“From the plank position, place one toe on top of one heel, hold for a second, and alternate. Be sure to keep hip and shoulders still, the only movement should be your feet tapping the opposite heel.”

 


Move #4

Speed Split Squat

SPEED SPLIT SQUAT   "With hands raised to the sky, step into... Read More

Angela Davis SoulCycle

“With hands raised to the sky, step into a lunge; ideally you want your body to be at 180 degrees. As you are alternating lunges, your arm should continue to be straight above your head. Jump up and alternate as fast as you can.  Remember to be light on your toes.  ****Think the ground is hot****  Three sets of 40 times.”

 


Move #5

Curl and Press

CURL AND PRESS   "Grab a weight (whatever you feel comfortable with),... Read More

Angela Davis SoulCycle

“Grab a weight (whatever you feel comfortable with), do a bicep curl, and press up. Be sure to have a great base for this exercise, feet shoulder-width apart. Hold the weights out in front of you at shoulder height, curl the weights towards your shoulders. When you get to your shoulder, press the weight above your head, bring down to shoulder, and extend back out to where you began. Do this at least 15 to 20 times, three to five sets.”

 


Move #6

Bus Driver

BUS DRIVER "Sit on the ground, with legs out in front of... Read More

Angela Davis SoulCycle

“Sit on the ground with legs out in front of you. Bend your knees and begin to lean back ever so slightly. Lift your feet off the ground and hold yourself at 60 to 75-degree angle. Have your hands together and rotate the torso back and forth, tapping each side of the floor. You want to make sure you feel a burn not only in your abdominal, but also in your legs. You want to do at least 40 of these. Each time you touch a side with your hands, that is considered one [rep].”

 


Move #7

Speedskater

SPEEDSKATER "Start with your legs shoulder width apart. Going from side... Read More

Angela Davis SoulCycle

“Start with your legs shoulder width apart. Going from side to side, place one leg behind (it should be slightly bent). Tapping he opposite hand on the foot.  Alternative quickly, jumping from opposite legs. Do this  20 times for 3 sets.”

 


Move #8

Starjack

STARJACK   "Place feet about 4 inches apart.  You are going to... Read More

Angela Davis SoulCycle

“Place feet about four inches apart. You are going to squat down (making sure your knees don’t go over your toes), jump as high as you can in the air, while spreading your hands and feet as wide as they will go—just like a star.”

 


Move #9

Burpee with Push-up

BURPEE WITH PUSHUP   "With feet together jump up, come down and... Read More

Angela Davis SoulCycle

“With feet together, jump up, come down, and kick legs out to plank position. Bring legs back to chest and then jump back into the air. That is one. Your goal should be to work your way up to 10.”

 


Move #10

Duckwalks

DUCKWALKS   "Squat down and hold at least 90 degrees (reference sitting... Read More

Angela Davis SoulCycle

“Squat down and hold at least 90 degrees (reference sitting in a chair), and begin to walk with hands out in front of you, for 15 yards.”

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