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December 5, 2015

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!

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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

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.

2. Sumo Squat Jump Taps

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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Erin Oprea
Erin Oprea

Erin Oprea, former Marine, owner of Oprea Personal Fitness, and author of the forthcoming book, The 4x4 Diet. She provides elite, in-home, one-on-one training for busy professionals in the Nashville area. Currently working with Loews Hotels in Nashville, Balance is Erin's collaboration to bring her successful style of training and eating to the traveling public. With a focus on functional fitness and a straight-forward approach to nutrition, she has helped create healthy lifestyles for celebrities, executives, music industry leaders and great people dedicated to an active, fun life for over a decade. For more information, visit the website at