Working out has a way of working its way down to the bottom of to-do lists during summer vacations: When you’re off your normal schedule, away from your gym and sleeping at Mom’s or in a cramped hotel room, fitting in a sweat session can be difficult. So we went to celeb trainer Jay Cardiello, who helps stars stay fit in tight spaces (think tour buses, dressing rooms, trailers), for a workout you can do just about anyplace—we’re talking a 4-foot-by-4-foot area. Practice these eight easy moves to get a tight bod in any tight space, then enjoy your vacation indulgences guilt-free!
You’ll need: Nada! Each move uses the weight of your body to create resistance, sculpting sexy definition without equipment.
Your plan: Perform the indicated reps (or time) for each move three times per week on alternate days. Add 30 minutes of cardio (walk, run—you decide) most days to fast-track firming.
WORKS: SHOULDERS, ABS, BUTT, THIGHS Lie faceup, right arm extended to ceiling. Using left arm for support, sit up, keeping right arm up (as shown), then stand. Reverse to start, keeping right arm raised throughout. Do 15 reps. Switch sides; repeat.
WORKS: SHOULDERS, TRICEPS, CHEST, ABS, THIGHS Start in plank position with arms straight, wrists directly below shoulders, legs together. Engage abs, and jump feet out into a wide V (as shown). Hop feet back together to return to start. Continue quickly jumping in and out for 1 minute.
WORKS: ARMS, ABS, BUTT, LEGS Stagger feet wider than hip-width apart, left foot in front of right, right heel lifted; interlace fingers, pointers out; extend arms to shoulder level. Bend knees until thighs form a 45-degree angle, and rotate torso to left (as shown). Return to start for 1 rep. Do 15 reps. Switch sides; repeat.
WORKS: THIGHS, BACK, ABS, HIPS Lie faceup, knees bent, arms out to sides at shoulder height on floor, palms down. Extend left leg to ceiling (as shown) to start. Pressing your back into floor, slowly lower left leg out to side until it’s hovering above floor. Return to start. Do 15 reps. Switch sides; repeat.
WORKS: ARMS, ABS, BUTT Stand in a wide squat, toes turned out, arms extended to sides at shoulder height, palms facing down. Shift weight to left foot, raising right knee toward right elbow (as shown). Return to start. Repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 15 reps.
BOW TO ME
WORKS: SHOULDERS, BACK, BUTT, LEGS Stand in a wide squat, toes turned out, arms lifted to sides at shoulder height, elbows bent 90 degrees like a goalpost (as shown). Hold squat as you rotate arms forward until forearms are parallel to floor. Reverse to return to start for 1 rep. Do 15 reps.
WORKS: OBLIQUES, BUTT, LEGS Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms extended to sides at shoulder height; raise right knee until thigh is parallel to floor. Engage abs and bend forward, reaching right hand to left foot (as shown). Return to start. Do 15 reps. Switch sides; repeat.
WORKS: TRICEPS, CHEST, ABS, OBLIQUES Lie on left side, legs extended, left hand supporting upper body. Bend right knee, and place right foot in front of left thigh, right arm on hip. Lift hips as high as you can (as shown), to start. Lower hips to just above floor, then return to start. Do 15 reps. Switch sides; repeat.