10 Moves to Do Before Breakfast

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10 Moves to Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are crazy. We get it. Between late night deadlines, err, happy hours with friends and early morning meetings, it can sometimes be hard to prioritize your workout. Been there, done that. But good news: we spoke to Shay Kostabi, a master trainer for ReXist360 Training System, resistance bands designed to intensify any exercise without adding pressure to the joints, to bring you a 15-minute workout that will have you up, moving, and feelin’ energized throughout the rest of your day!

Take on the day with these 10 moves. Ready, set, squat!

moves-before-breakfast-drop-popDrop and Pop Step your right foot back into a reverse lunge and bend both knees to 90 degrees. Engage core and push off your back foot, driving your right knee up towards the chest as you jump straight up. Step straight back into reverse lunge. Do 30 seconds on each side for a duration of 1 minute and 30 seconds. (Works: glutes, thighs, hip flexors, and core.)


moves-before-breakfast-plank-jacksPlank Jacks Start in an elevated plank position with feet together. Keeping hips low and abs tight, hop feet out and in like a jumping jack. If you need a break, hold your plank or try some pushups. Repeat for 1 minute and 30 seconds. (Works: chest, shoulders, core, and abductors.)


moves-before-breakfast-cycle-punchCycle Punch Sitting on a mat or floor, rock back off sits bones, lift legs up to 90 degree position, find balance and place hands behind head. Pull right knee in and extend right leg out while rotating torso toward the left knee and punch with the right arm. Switch to other side to complete the rep. Repeat for 1 minute and 30 seconds. (Works: obliques, deltoids, quads, and lower back.)

moves-before-breakfast-sumo-star-powerSumo Star Power Start in a squat position, making sure you have tension on the bands. Press off both feet and jump, sending arms out into a high V and extending the legs out wide, creating a star shape with your body. Do as many as you can; if you start to get fatigued move to traditional squats. Don’t quit! Repeat for 1 minute and 30 seconds. (Works: glutes, quads, hamstrings, inner thighs, and calves.)




moves-before-breakfast-killer-curtseyKiller Curtsey Start with right foot crossed behind left, so inner thighs touch. Bend knees to a curtsy position, keeping upper body in straight, upright position. Then step out to the right into a side lunge, send hips back but keep chest lifted. Do 30 seconds on each side for duration of 1 minute and 30 seconds. (Work: glutes, abductors, inner thighs, and hamstrings.)

moves-before-breakfast-rear-enderRear Ender Start in a lunge position with right foot back and elevated on small box or step. Bend knees down to a 90/90 position. Take 2 counts up and 2 counts down, make sure torso stays upright with core engaged. Do 30 seconds on one side then switch.  Repeat for duration of 1 minute and 30 seconds. (Works: glutes, quads, hip flexors, and core.)

Ready for the next 4 moves? See the entire workout on Self.com!

Photos: Jesse DeYoung


  • Zardoz

    You forgot the one where we put the coffee pot on

    • Michelle

      Drop and pop to the coffee pot? lol

  • sandy

    It would be nice if showed exercises that were doable for people not young in shape vs those already in shape and young. Popping before your body has loosened up will only add pain and injuries for folks not already in shape.

  • AJ

    What’s the benefit of doing these before breakfast and not after?

  • Alice

    I feel sick working out before not putting anything in my stomach, at least an apple or a cup of yogurt. I also agree with Sandy, I’m 61 and in great shape…I must loosen my body up first!!

  • Tzara

    Those bands she is wearing are OVERPRICED and require you to buy pants. And if you’ve got weight to lose, have fun when you drop a size and they don’t fit anymore. Cash grab! I’ll wait until something similar is at Walmart for 1/4 of the price that doesn’t need pants, tyvm.

  • hey 10-15 minutes normal warmup really helfpdul.