4-Minute Tabata For Strong, Toned Legs

We all want that quick fix and instant gratification. You know, the magic trick that helps you lose those last 5 pounds. Well, the cold, hard truth is that there is no instant fix. But this four-minute tabata of leg-burning, lung-expanding, calorie-destroying moves will get you a lot closer to your dream legs!

Even if you're short on time for a full workout, you have four minutes for this!

A tabata is simply an exercise routine in which you perform a move for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest. Here are two killer leg exercises, to perform in tabata style, for eight rounds (four minutes). Download a tabata timer app on your phone to make this as easy as possible!

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1. 180° Jump Squat

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Drop into a squat. Explode up and rotate 180°, before dropping into another squat. Repeat this movement for 20 seconds. Then rest for 10 seconds before moving onto the next exercise.

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2. Sumo Squat Jump Taps

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Drop into a squat, keeping knees behind your toes. As you come up out of the squat, explode into a jump and click your heels together. Perform this movement for 20 seconds before resting for 10 seconds. Then, return to Exercise #1. Continue this pattern four times for a killer workout!

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