Sick of Squats? 15 Workout Upgrades That'll Get Better Results

If you find it harder to get motivated or no longer feel you're getting results, try these amped-up versions of traditional exercises to kick things up a notch (16 Photos)

Linda Melone on Nov 14, 2012 at 5:23PM

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Sick of Squats? 15 Workout Upgrades That'll Get Better Results

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Instead of: Step-Ups

Upgrade to: Step-Ups Plus Another Move

Adding an upper body move or a second leg exercise to a step-up increases the challenge, says Holland. Choose one of these:

Add a shoulder press. Hold onto dumbbells (five to eight pounds) and perform the step-up. At the top of the movement press the dumbbells overhead before stepping back down. Repeat.

Add a glute-toner. Perform the step-up and kick back the second leg before stepping back down. "The kick activates the glutes and the core because it requires stability," says Holland.

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