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The Power Playbook: Even More Workouts

Fitness expert Justin "Jay the Trainer" McLeod demonstrates six exercises, step by step

Burpees

Toughness level: Beginner
What it works: The full body! Burpees engage the core, hips, legs, butt, triceps, shoulders, hamstrings, and abs
Recommended workout: Do three sets of 10 to 15 reps

 

 

Windmills

Toughness level: Intermediate
What it works: The core
Recommended workout:
Do three sets of 20 rotations from side to side
Not recommended:
If you suffer from back pain

 

 

Inchworms

Toughness level: Beginner
What it works:
The core, shoulders, chest, and triceps
Recommended workout:
Do two to three sets of five reps separated by 30-second breaks

 

 

Duck Walks

Difficulty level: Intermediate
What it works: The quads and calves
Recommended workout:
Move a distance of 15 to 20 feet three times
Not recommended: If you suffer from knee pain

 

 

Spider-Man Push-Ups

Difficulty level: Intermediate to advanced
What it works: The core and upper body
Recommended workout:
Do three sets of 12 to 20 reps

 

 

Up, Up, Down, Down

Difficulty level: Intermediate
What it works: The core, shoulders, chest, and triceps
Recommended workout:
Do three sets of 20 reps

 

 

Photogrpahs by Israel Lemus

Meet Our Workout Guru
Justin “Jay the Trainer” McLeod has been a personal trainer for seven years. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Maryland, the Studio City-based 25-year-old—who was caught lifting five-pound weights by his mother when he was just five—became a fitness buff in high school because he dreamed of being a professional wrestler. Sharing workout tips with friends revealed a passion for helping others and led him to training people professionally. His top workout tip: “Start slow. If fitness is new to you, putting in 15 minutes is a great way to start.”

 

To find out how McLeod helped Los Angeles magazine editor-at-large Amy Wallace achieve her ideal body--plus workout tips from fitness pioneers, previews of new exercise classes, and more--read "The Power Playbook for Getting Fit in L.A."