There are plenty of reasons to start exercising, but the promise of weight loss usually motivates a lot of people to get started. It is only once we start feeling good about ourselves that we realize just how much more there is to it. So for the purposes of helping us get started, The Peninsula Manila trainer Argie Samson has come up with a series of circuit training exercises with one main purpose: busting unwanted body fat.

For circuit training, there is no resting period between each exercise, as it specifically aims to keep the heart pumping. For this first circuit, we'll be tackling problem areas such as the legs and the shoulders. Repeat the exercise 10 times or depending on how much your body can take.

1. BB CLEAN AND PRESS


Step 1: Start by doing a deadlift. Keep your arms extended and the barbell close to your body.

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Step 2: Bend down, push your buttocks out, and lower the barbell as far as you can go while keeping your hands extended.


Step 3: Lift the barbell back up to chin level.


Step 4: Raise the barbell all the way above while still keeping your back straight.

Difficulty rating: 1/5

Click "next" for more.

(Flashbox photo by lululemon addict via Flickr Creative Commons; all watermarked photos by Myra Mortega-Calulo)

2. BB REAR LUNGES WITH DB LATERAL RAISES


Step 1: Stand straight with both arms on your sides. Keep the dumbbells close to your body.


Step 2: Bend one knee down and raise your arms to do lateral swings.

Difficulty rating: 2/5

3. KB SWINGS


Step 1: Stand with your feet apart and knees slightly bend. Hold the kettlebell between your thighs.


Step 2: Swing the kettlebell to face level.

Difficulty rating: 2/5

Click "next" for more.

(All photos by Myra Mortega-Calulo)

4. DB PRESSOUT


Step 1: While carrying dumbbells, stand straight and keep your arms bent at an angle.


Step 2: Extend your arms forward, raising them to face level.

Difficulty rating: 1/5

(All photos by Myra Mortega-Calulo)

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