Forget sobbing over your latest heartbreak, hunnie. The best way to get over that dirt bag? Channel your emotions into a kick-butt workout. We’ve got five moves that’ll have you feelin’ better in no time…with the added bonus of toning up your legs ‘n’ booty, too. How’s that for motivation to get ya back on the dating scene again, huh?
Front Push Kick
Start by facing your target (if you’re at the gym use a heavy bag, but you can use a chair at home). Raise your hands up towards the side of your cheekbones. Then lift one of your knees up towards your target while simultaneously extending your leg. Then push your foot forward like you were trying to kick over a chair.
First, stand with your target on the right side of you. Then start like you are going to do a front push kick with your left foot on the ground while your raising your right foot. However, once you raise your knee up all the way, you’re going to lean on your left foot and kick your right foot out to the side towards your target.
Multi Knee Kick
Stand with both your feet on the ground and your hands up by your face, then throw your arms down to your side and lean back on one leg while you lift your other knees up. The top of your thigh or knee should hit the target. However, if you aren’t working with a partner holding a mitt, you have to be careful not to hurt your knee. Instead, bring your knee up to hit your target in the side to avoid injury.
Stand with your target to your side and your feet in a strong athletic stance (knees bent, shoulder width apart). Pivot front foot out, then using your hip rotate your back leg up and forward into your target. You should hit your target’s side with the top of your foot or shin.
Arm + Back Booster
Tone up your biceps, triceps, trapezius and deltoids—i.e. arms, shoulders and back—by adding some shadow boxing into the mix. Hold your fisted hands up, elbows down and in. Relax your shoulders and arms, and punch like you mean it. To add a little resistance, hold a full water bottle in each hand. Bounce lightly on your toes while you go, moving forward and back.