Workout Routines

Tony Horton's Fat Shredding Bodyweight Workout

America's most influential trainer reveals his secrets to staying shredded at any age.

Tony Horton's Fat Shredding Body-Weight Workout
Duration 25 min
Exercises 7
Equipment X

Tony Horton could have hung it up by now and retired comfortably. But the creator of the mega-popular P90X series (now used on some U.S. military bases) and its new prequel P90 continues to inspire the masses to break a sweat. After 11 years and 5.5 million workouts sold, the celebrity trainer, author, and TV personality practices what he preaches, staying ripped year-round. “I still weight train. I love it,” Horton says. “My training is everything and as often as possible.”  

Whether it’s a P90X workout, running with Olympic medalist sprinters, doing Pilates, skiing, or inviting guests to his house to train, Horton finds ways to be an athlete.  

“At age 57, I’m pushing the envelope. If there are 40 moves I did when I was younger, I do a majority of them, and I’ve added 50 more,” Horton says. “I’m convinced that yoga [which Horton has integrated into his workout products] has kept me doing what I do.”

In the gym, Horton favors traditional weight-training exercises and stresses variety. 

“I recruit different muscles using several machines,” Horton says. “I’m preventing the three things that cause the most problems for people: boredom, injury, and plateaus.”

Horton has been there and done that in terms of nutrition, too. He was a vegan/vegetarian for 15 years until he started eating free-range chicken, elk, bison, and salmon. He realized the real culprit is sugar.

“I cut out 90% of my sugar 12 weeks ago, and I’ve never felt better,” Horton says. “My waist is a 31, and I eat six to eight servings of vegetables a day.”

Check out Horton’s body-weight core workout below and see if you can keep up. Did we mention the guy is 57?

 

Exercise 1

General Cross Crunch
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2 sets
10 reps
30 sec rest
*Perform two full situps; on every third rep, do a bicycle crunch, touching knees to elbows.

Exercise 2

Dolphin
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2 sets
10 reps
30 sec rest
*From a plank, drive hips up toward the ceiling, return to plank, and tap right knee to right elbow. Switch sides and return to the plank.

Exercise 3

Piston Crunch
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2 sets
10* reps
30 sec rest
*Per side. Lie on your back, and curl knees into chest. Grab one foot with both hands; extend other leg. Switch sides.

Exercise 4

Forearm Jack Curl
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2 sets
10 reps
30 sec rest
*From plank, crawl forward once on each forearm. Jump feet out wide. Return to plank. Crawl backward and repeat.

Exercise 5

The X
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2 sets
10* reps
30 sec rest
*Per side. Lie on back with arms and legs extended out in an X. Tap one hand to opposite foot above core. Lower back down. Switch sides.

Exercise 6

Flip-Flop Crunch
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2 sets
10* reps
30 sec rest
*Per side. From a side plank, crunch top elbow and knee in front of core. Get into full plank, then side plank. Crunch on other side.

Exercise 7

Corkscrew Twist
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2 sets
10* reps
30 sec rest
*Per side. Lie on back with legs vertical. Bring knees toward one shoulder. Lower legs. Tap heels on ground. Twist on other side.
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