12-Minute Workouts (2/4)

Try a weighted push-up, unique deadlift variation, and balance-testing squat.

The high-performer is not the type to let their diet or workout routine fall by the wayside during the holidays. They plan ahead so they can stay healthy when visiting other people’s homes. To help you do just that, we’re bringing you a series of intense-but-quick workouts, created by Shodan Rodney, a Tier 3+ trainer at Equinox Flatiron, over the next four weeks. They’re tri-sets: three exercises that are done for a set time or number of reps back-to-back with no rest. Tri-sets are concise and hard-hitting,” says Rodney. “Not only are you hitting various muscle groups, your heart rate will get to an ideal fat-burning zone—that's where the magic happens.”

The second set in our series, below, includes an innovative twist on the traditional deadlift. “The staggered stance reinforces good form and makes you engage the hips to properly execute the movement,” explains Rodney. “Having kettlebells in each hand forces better core engagement.”

Then, try an advanced push-up that’ll test your upper-body strength and a balance-challenging split squat to end the set and fire up your quads.

See how many rounds you can do in 12 minutes; shoot for three to four total. If you have more time—and stamina—you can try “stacking” these tri-sets. You can do all of set one, then move on to this set. 

Other workouts in this series: 

12-Minute Workouts: (1/4)

12-Minute Workouts: (3/4)

12-Minute Workouts: (4/4)