Tabata: The Express Workout for New Moms

Ready to rev up your metabolism? Get back in shape with a few rounds of high intensity exercise each day.

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High Intensity Interval Training

As a new mom, hour-long gym sessions are a thing of the past. (Who has the time?!) But there's good news: Short bursts of high intensity exercise may have just as much benefit.

Enter: "Tabata," a high intensity interval workout style. Do an exercise as hard as you can for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Do another exercise for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest. That's a Tabata.  Cycle through any 8 exercises for a 4-minute Tabata round. Start with one or two rounds and progress as you get stronger . Eight exercises make one 4-minute Tabata. (See a Tabata in action!)

If it sounds too easy to be true, be warned: By the end of the first four minutes, you should want to collapse on the couch. (Trust us, it's worth it.) Keep clicking for exercises you can encorprate into your Tabata, courtesy of Sara Kova, founder of Kova Yoga.

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The Boat Twist

Remember that beautiful boat cruise you went on for your babymoon? Boat twists are nothing like that. (But, hey, they'll strengthen your abs.)

VIDEO: How to Master The Boat Twist

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The Burpee

Blast fat and carve your core with heart-pumping burpees. Warning: Don't do these at home if you have downstairs neighbors (whom you like).

VIDEO: How to Master The Burpee

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The Boxing Twist

The most common trouble spot for new moms? The core, of course. Boxing twists can help.

VIDEO: How to Master The Boxing Twist

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The Ice Skater

Ohhh, that's why every ice skater ever looks great in a tight, glittery leotard.

VIDEO: How to Master The Ice Skater

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The Mountain Climber

It's the ultimate no-excuses exercise: Mountain climbers tighten your butt, thighs, and abs in just a few quick motions. No mountain necessary.

VIDEO: How to Master The Mountain Climber

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The Side Plank Dip

Sculpt your stomach in record time with these side plank dips.

VIDEO: How to Master The Side Plank Dip

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The Kettlebell Swing

The rule of kettlebell swings: Your legs will thank you later (though definitely not during).

VIDEO: How to Master The Kettlebell Swing

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The Spiderman Plank

Spiderman planks: Yes, they look funny. And yes, they work.

VIDEO: How to Master The Spiderman Plank

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The Thruster

Sadly, thrusters feel as intense as they sound. But you'll notice a clear difference in your legs and shoulders.

VIDEO: How to Master The Thruster

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The Yogi Jog

You may be able to do the yogi jog lying down, but it's no nap in the park.

VIDEO: How to Master The Yogi Jog

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High Intensity Interval Exercise: How to Do a Tabata

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