This Bodyweight Workout Keeps Burning Calories Long After You Stop Moving

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The cool thing about exercise is that there’s actually science behind it, so if your goal is to get the most out of every minute of your workout, there’s a scientific strategy to help you do that. This 37-minute workout is the perfect example. 

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This bodyweight routine features strategic interval blocks that send your body into a state of EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). Excess whatExcess post-exercise oxygen consumption (also known as the “afterburn effect“) refers to the amount of oxygen required to restore your body to its normal, resting metabolism. It also explains how your body can continue to burn calories long after you’ve finished your workout. Think of it like when your car engine is still warm even after you’ve turned the car off. Here, you’ll do a 5-minute dynamic warm-up followed by 27 minutes of intervals at different levels of effort and a 5-minute cool-down. All you need is an exercise mat. 

To recap: You’ll perform a 5-minute dynamic warm-up, 27-minute workout (see below), and 5-minute mobility and static stretch cool-down.

Warm-Up:
Floor Touch to Toe Tap
Squat Thruster With Rotation
Table Top Heel Drive
Lat Pull Flutter Kick
Down Dog Flow   

Block 1 (80 Percent Max Effort):
Lunge Push-Up Cobra
Rockstar
Reverse Table (With Leg Lift for Challenge)
Plank Crunch to Lunge
Lateral Lunge to Front Kick (R/L)
Push-Up Heel Lift Knee Tap 
Side Squat Toe Tap
Reverse Snow Angel
Lateral Table Top to Row 

Block 2 (90 Percent Max Effort):
Double Punch Jump Squat to Plank Lunge Jack
Air Jack to Jump Rope
Low/High Knee Drive to Split Lunge Jump 

Block 3 (80 Percent Max Effort):
Frog Squat With Roundhouse
Reverse Curtsy Lunge With Rainbow
Single Leg Hamstring Curl (R/L)
Dragonfly Oblique Crunch (R/L)
Side Plank Double Crunch (R/L)
Superwoman With Crossed Leg (R/L)

Cool-Down

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