I’m sure most of you are making some sort of promise regarding your own health and fitness regimen for the New Year. Heck, I’ve been a trainer for 20 years and even I have goals, so you should too!

Maybe your resolution is to drop a few pounds, finally run that 5k, or maybe just take your fitness to a new level. No matter, I’ve got some ideas for you that can get a fire lit beneath your fitness rear end.

The fact is while January 1st is a great incentive for getting in shape sometimes it can be hard to know WHAT to do when you hit the gym. So here’s a quick and easy way to give yourself a big New Year’s boost!

My recommendation is super simple – get back to the basics. So many people believe the ultra complicated, hard to follow exercise routines are the way to go. Wrong answer! Answer me this – when was the last time you did a full sit-up, squat thrust, or ran in place? I bet most of you can’t remember. So I suggest you take your current program and add in some good old fashioned, heart pounding, calisthenics.

You already know I’m a huge believer in circuit style training so add in some various new (old) movements to your workout. And plan it – I can’t stress this enough. If you’re not hitting that gym with a regime you’re destined to fail. Trust me!

So here’s a list of exercises that I want you to try. Add them in every second or third exercise. For instance, if you workout on machines or with weights, before every third exercise, plug one of these bad boys in. And if you take Yoga or Pilates, try a full circuit of these before or after your class for a new stimulus. I guarantee you’ll feel the difference.

1. Sit-ups- 2 sets of 25
2. Squat Thrusts- 2 sets of 10
3. Plank- 2 sets of 30 second holds
4. Jump Squats – 2 sets of 10
5. Pushups – 2 sets of 10 (modified if needed)
6. Jump Rope- 2 sets of 30 seconds
7. Alternating Reverse Lunges – 2 sets of 10
8. Jumping Jacks – 2 sets of 30 seconds
9. Leg Lifts – 2 sets of 10
10. High Knees (run in place) 2 sets of 30 seconds.

Trust me, these are awesome movements and will take your fitness to a new level- guaranteed! They’re all basic movements, but I bet you’ll struggle a bit to get them all done. Perform them in the order that I have them listed, and as I’ve said just add them in to your existing routine. These babies will have you feeling – not just looking – fit!