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Fit Friday: Body-Weight Workout

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(WXOW) -- Right around this time is typically when those New Year's Resolutions start to fail. For whatever reason, six to eight weeks into the year, it gets harder to get to the gym.

But, that's no excuse to give up on fitness.

You don't necessarily have to pump iron for hours on end or spend your precious time toiling away on a treadmill. In fact, a high-repetition, body weight circuit can be a good change of pace.

"Just because of the repetition amount, that's going to send a whole different effect on the body, which a lot of times will help them in the long run," said Snap Fitness Trainer Jordan Rudolph.

When you're on the go or you're fed up with fighting for equipment at the gym, Rudolph said you can still get a quality workout.

"So you want to try to get big muscle groups," he said. "You want to try to get your legs. You want to try to get squats or lunges in--all that good stuff. You want to try to get your pushups and things like that."

Those time-tested moves remain essential, according to Rudolph. He also suggested, with a little extra time and a one-time (roughly) $20 investment, supplementing a body-weight routine with some resistance bands. Then again, if you're in a pinch and seeking a little extra punch, then it's time to get creative.

Rudolph said, "I've had people using phone books, laptops and book bags as weights before--getting creative--throwing on their back, doing lunges down the hall, putting it on their back doing a plank, things like that or push-ups, anything of that nature."

And whether high reps means you do 10-12 or 100-120, and no matter your time restrictions, it all comes down to just one major factor.

"Anything that gets your heart rate up is going to help," Rudolph said. "So if you can spike your heart rate, whatever you're doing, you're doing it right."

He also suggested being careful about the many different articles online or in magazines that promise specific results from a body-weight workout. Rudolph recommends making sure to tailor those moves and repetitions to your own level of fitness.

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