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Have Your Strongest Summer Ever with These Circuit Workouts Created by Jillian Michaels

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Jillian Michaels
Don Flood

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, which means more time being active outdoors.

Even if you’re short on time, you can build muscle and endurance using only your body weight and a set of free weights with these two circuit training workouts created by fitness guru Jillian Michaels.

“These metabolic circuits combine the most effective fitness techniques to rev your metabolism, improve your athleticism and get you lean for summer,” Michaels, who will be doing a live TRAIN event in L.A. on July 8 with a portion of the proceeds going to Stand Up to Cancer, tells PEOPLE. “They incorporate HIIT intervals, bodyweight training, free weights and compound movements for total body conditioning and optimal calorie burning during the workout and long after it’s over.”

No matter what your goals are, Michaels designed these workouts to have you feeling like your best self.

“For me, fitness has never truly been about buns of steel and six pack abs,” she says. “Sure, those things definitely don’t suck, but it’s much deeper than that. Ultimately, your health is the platform you build the rest of your life on top of, and when you feel strong physically you feel strong in all facets of your life — more confident and capable of taking on challenges, surviving setbacks and handling adversity in general.”

Try Michaels’ circuits below, and for even more workouts you can do at home, check out the Jillian Michaels App:

Do both circuits twice a week: circuit 1 on Monday and Thursday, and circuit 2 on Tuesday and Friday. 

Circuit 1

Do each move for 30 seconds, and rest 10 seconds between exercises. Perform each circuit twice from first move to last.

1. Chest Tap Heel Tap Combo

2. Bear Crawl

3. Triceps Dips

4. Table To L Sit

5. Hanging Mountain Climbers

Circuit 2

Do each move for 30 seconds, and rest 10 seconds between exercises. Perform each circuit twice from first move to last.

1. Static Squat With Wide Row

2. Crescent Pose with Low Row

3. Super Man

4. Renegade Rows

5. Surfer Get Ups