Traveler Exercise of the Week: Twisting Jacks…No Equipment Required!


Want to work your legs, glutes, and core all in one fabulous move?  And! Want to burn the max amount of calories in the shortest time?  Then folks, let me introduce you to the Twisting Jack…you’re going to hate this exercise so much you’ll love it!

Depending on your fitness level, there are two ways you can do Twisting Jacks. The advanced version requires a jump, so if you aren’t already doing high impact movements in your current workouts, then start with the low-impact beginner version…no jumping required. Whichever version you do, go for a full minute, then recover. Do this 3 times, and then wipe that sweat off, you’re done!

Twisting Jack Jump ExerciseTwisting Jacks for Advanced Exercisers:

Start by standing with your feet together.  Jump into a wide squat as you reach your left hand toward your right foot and extend your right arm behind you (as shown). Jump your feet back together, and then repeat quickly on your other side. Continue alternating for 1 minute.

Twisting Jacks for Beginning Exercisers:

Stand with your feet together. Step your right foot out to the side and do a wide squat as you reach your left hand towards your right foot and extend your right arm behind you (as shown). Step your right foot back to start, and then repeat on your other side. Keep alternating for 1 minute.

And there you have it! Yet another portable exercise you can do while traveling. No equipment required, so no excuses! See you on the road, friends!



Stef spent 15 years as an educator in both the public K-12 setting and at the University level in Special Physical Education before making the leap to her true passion… the fitness world. She’s currently a personal trainer and wellness coach with a specialty in working with people with medical conditions and injuries. Stef has been a running enthusiast her entire adult life, and shares James’ love of cycling. She feels lucky they have a shared hobby in bicycling that enhances their RV lifestyle.


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