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This Instagram Star's 10 Favorite Fat-Burning Moves

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This Instagram Star's 10 Favorite Fat-Burning Moves
@HeyGorJess shows us her 10 favorite fat-burning moves. Photo Credit: Travis McCoy/LIVESTRONG.COM

Ever scroll through your Instagram feed and wonder how those men and women look so good all the time? Most of them will tell you (myself included) that it takes work. As much as we’d all like to wake up photo shoot-ready, nothing worth having comes easy. And when you look good, you feel good.

But it’s not just about looking hot, it’s about feeling and performing my best in my career as a lifestyle and fitness influencer. (I'm @Heygorjess on Instagram.) Up ahead are my 10 go-to moves for a full-body workout that torches a ton of calories in the process.

1. Squat Jump With Resistance Band
@HeyGorJess shows us a squat jump with a resistance band. Photo Credit: Travis McCoy/LIVESTRONG.COM

1 Squat Jump With Resistance Band

I love this exercise because it’s an incredibly effective lower-body workout you can do anywhere! Resistance bands are small and light, so you can use them at the gym, at home or while traveling.

HOW TO DO IT: Start with feet shoulder-width apart and pointed slightly outward. Place a single resistance band around your calves and keep it tight throughout the move. Bend your knees, hinge your hips and sink down into a squat. Then drive through your feet to jump up into the air.

Land softly on your feet by bending your knees a little bit. Sink back down into a squat and repeat.

Read more: 12 Essential Squat Variations to Try

2. Kettlebell Swing
@HeyGorJess shows us the kettlebell swing. Photo Credit: Travis McCoy/LIVESTRONG.COM

2 Kettlebell Swing

I have a love-hate relationship with this one because it feels so hard, but it works so good! It’s great for targeting your legs and glutes while also building up your endurance.

HOW TO DO IT: Begin with your feet shoulder-width apart and a kettlebell on the floor between your feet and slightly in front of you. Bend at the knees and hips to pick up the bell with both hands. Swing the bell back between your legs while keeping your back flat and head up. Then swing the bell in front of you up to shoulder level.

Brace your core the entire time — and don’t rely solely on momentum.

Read more: 9 Fat-Torching Kettlebell Moves

3. Step-Up Into Reverse Lunge
@HeyGorJess shows us a step-up into a reverse lunge. Photo Credit: Travis McCoy/LIVESTRONG.COM

3  Step-Up Into Reverse Lunge

This exercise is great for targeting your glutes, hamstrings and calf muscles and helps to build balance and stability.

HOW TO DO IT: Grab a weight bench and two dumbbells. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, and then step up onto the bench with your right foot. Lift your left knee up to hip height, then carefully place your left foot back down on the ground. Step your right foot off the bench and back into a reverse lunge. Step back onto the bench with your right foot and repeat the move. Alternate your leading leg after a few reps.

Read more: 22 New Lunges to Supercharge Leg Day

4. Chest Press With Leg Raise
@HeyGorJess shows us a chest press with a leg raise. Photo Credit: Travis McCoy/LIVESTRONG.COM

4  Chest Press With Leg Raise

I love this exercise because it targets both my chest and abs at the same time! It’s a fun challenge to do both.

HOW TO DO IT: Again, you’ll need a weight bench and a pair of dumbbells. Lie flat on the bench with part of your legs hanging off the bench. Bring the dumbbells up to your chest with your elbows out to the sides.

As you press the dumbbells up to the sky directly over your chest, lift your feet to the ceiling so your legs are perpendicular to the rest of your body. When you lower the dumbbells, lower your legs.

Read more: 8 Moves to Sculpt Your Abs Without Really Trying

5. Front and Side Dumbbell Lateral Arm Raise
@HeyGorJess shows us the front and side dumbbell lateral arm raise. Photo Credit: Travis McCoy/LIVESTRONG.COM

5  Front and Side Dumbbell Lateral Arm Raise

Even though my upper body is my least favorite half to work, this exercise is easy to do and really targets your shoulders and arms.

HOW TO DO IT: Hold a dumbbell in each hand. Stand up tall with the dumbbells at your side. Without raising your shoulders, lift the dumbbells out to the front so they’re at shoulder height. Lower back down with control. Then lift them out to the side. Lower and keep switching between front and side.

Read more: A 28-Minute Boxing Workout for Sexy Arms and Shoulders

6. Triceps Extension
@HeyGorJess shows us the the triceps extension. Photo Credit: Travis McCoy/LIVESTRONG.COM

6 Triceps Extension

Triceps can be difficult to keep toned, so it’s important to do exercises that focus on them.

HOW TO DO IT: While standing, hold a slightly heavy dumbbell behind your head with both hands. Your elbows should be pointing up toward the ceiling. Keeping your shoulders relaxed, use your triceps to bring the weight from behind your head to above it. Slowly lower back down with control and repeat.

Read more: 8 Strengthening Moves to Get Rid of Your Arm Jiggle

7. Bent-Over Row
@HeyGorJess shows us the bent-over row. Photo Credit: Travis McCoy/LIVESTRONG.COM

7  Bent-Over Row

Many back exercises require a gym or large equipment, but this one is great, because it only requires a pair of dumbbells.

HOW TO DO IT: Hold a dumbbell in each hand and bend slightly forward, letting the weights hang directly underneath your shoulders. Using your upper-back muscles, pull the weight up to your chest, letting your elbows flare out to the side. Keep your shoulders down as you lower the weights back to the start and repeat.

Read more: 10 Upper-Body Exercise Swaps to Amp Up Your Results

8. Mountain Climber
@HeyGorJess shows us mountain climbers. Photo Credit: Travis McCoy/LIVESTRONG.COM

8  Mountain Climber

This is one of my favorite ab exercises! It’s challenging with all of the movement, but it’s also really fun.

HOW TO DO IT: Start in a plank with your hands under your shoulders and your body in a straight line. Bring your right knee up to your chest and then quickly switch legs so that your left knee is at your chest. Continue alternating legs and feeling the burn!

Read more: 5 Fat-Melting Mountain Climber Variations

9. Commandos
@HeyGorJess shows us commandos. Photo Credit: Travis McCoy/LIVESTRONG.COM

9  Commandos

It’s similar to a regular plank but with some added movement! I like it better than just holding a plank and counting down the seconds. Instead, I do three sets of 12 to 15.

HOW TO DO IT: Start in a high plank on your hands with your body solid from head to toe. Put your weight in your right hand as you lower down onto your left forearm. Then drop so you’re balancing on both forearms. Next, raise up to a high plank again, starting with your right hand.

Keep going, alternating which hand starts the lowering and raising.

Read more: Carve Your Core With a Plank-a-Thon Workout

10. Side Plank
@HeyGorJess shows us the side plank. Photo Credit: Travis McCoy/LIVESTRONG.COM

10  Side Plank

Not only does the side plank target your abs, but it targets your lower back for stronger muscles and endurance.

HOW TO DO IT: Begin in a high plank to get your bearings. Slowly and with control, roll onto the side of your right foot with your feet stacked and lift your left hand up toward the ceiling. If you need to, you can stagger your feet or drop to your knee. Hold there for as long as you can!

Read more: 11 Plank Variations for Rock-Solid Abs

What Do YOU Think?
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What Do YOU Think?

Well, what do you think? Do you do any of these moves in your regular workouts? Were any of these moves new to you? Which ones were your favorites? Do you think you’ll give any of them a try? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!

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