"My go-to 10-minute routine is always a mix of yoga and Pilates done at a decent pace to keep my heart rate up. I add in some calisthenic-type moves to really sculpt and tone as well," yoga, Pilates, and fitness instructor Kristin McGee tells mbg. "I start with the Pilates 100s to get my blood flowing and core fired up."
"Next, I do six to eight roll-ups to work the entire abdominal area and stretch my back and hamstrings," she continues. "On my last roll-up, I come forward over my legs and onto hands and knees. Once I'm on all fours I do some cat/cow for about three to five reps and then do bird dog five times on each side to work my core, back, and butt.
Then, I go into downward dog and hold five breaths. I roll out to plank and stay for 30 to 60 seconds before doing a set of 10 chaturanga-style push-ups. After the push-ups I press back to dog and walk forward into a hang. To work my butt and thighs, I come up to stand and keep my feet hip-width apart and do mindful utkatasana squats into forward hangs and back up six to eight times. Finally, I finish with a few sun salutations incorporating warrior 1, 2, and reverse warrior.
This is an effective little routine and can pretty much be done anywhere, if I'm traveling or up before my 3-year-old son and newborn twin boys!"