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Com­plete four rounds in de­scend­ing or­der, do­ing 40, then 30, 20 and 10 reps of the fol­low­ing, try­ing to beat your time in each round: This ex­er­cise really works your car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem. SET-UP As­sume a pushup-ready po­si­tion, rest­ing on your toes, hands di­rectly un­der your shoul­ders and your body forming a straight line. This one is called “dead bug” for good rea­son, and you may get a few funny looks while do­ing it, but it’s a great move for your core. SET-UP Lie flat on your back with your hands and feet point­ing straight up in the air. EX­E­CU­TION Take your weight onto your hands mo­men­tar­ily as you jump both feet up to­wards your chest (pic­tured), then kick both feet back to the start­ing po­si­tion. This is 1 rep. Th­ese are harder than they look so rest if you need to. This is your start­ing po­si­tion. Re­mem­ber to keep on breath­ing through­out. EX­E­CU­TION Us­ing your core, si­mul­ta­ne­ously lower your left hand and right foot to the floor, then lift them back up to the start­ing po­si­tion. This is 1 rep. Go into a rep on the other side.

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