Workout Routines

Transformation Tuesday: Craig Melvin's workout plan to drop 10 stubborn pounds

Don't settle for "good enough" when you can knock off that last bit of weight like the "TODAY" co-anchor and NBC News correspondent.

Craig Melvin
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Duration 30-45
Exercises 9
Equipment Yes

Everyone knows those last 10 pounds around the belly are the worst. They’re stubborn—and as a result, they often lead most of us down the path of settling.

But who wants to settle for “good enough” when all it might take are a few more readjustments?

If there’s anyone that’s got the fit, family man plan nailed, it’s TODAY weekend co-anchor and NBC News correspondent Craig Melvin. Like a lot of busy guys, Melvin, 37, balances his demanding work schedule with the time he spends with his wife and two kids—and that means his dedicated workout time naturally comes second to a being dad, husband, and committed journalist.

Still, Melvin made the gym time to drop the 10 extra lbs and an impressive inch and a half off his waist. In this week’s Men’s Fitness Transformation Tuesday video interview, Melvin tells us about the TODAY campaign that got him started, what he learned from celebrity trainer Bob Harper, his secret to starting off an ultra-productive day, and the foundation of his motivation: his family.

Follow Craig Melvin on Twitter @CraigMelvin or on Instagram @CraigMelvinNBC

Have you lost a ton of weight, or gained piles of muscle? Follow and DM Mike Simone on Instagram at @Mike_Simone.

Transformation Tuesday Craig Melvin's stubborn-weight-eliminator plan

Exercise Warmup:

Run How to
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-- sets
5 min. reps
-- rest
Use the treadmill or an elliptical.

Exercise 1.

Burpee You'll need: No Equipment How to
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3 sets
15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2.

Pushup How to
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3 sets
12 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3.

Horizontal Cable Woodchop You'll need: Cable Machine How to
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2 sets
15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 4.

Reverse Lunge You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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2 sets
15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 5.

Cable Triceps Kickback You'll need: Adjustable Cable Machine How to
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2 sets
15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 6.

Dumbbell Biceps Curl You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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2 sets
15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 7.

Barbell Hip Thrust You'll need: Barbell How to
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2 sets
20 reps
-- rest

Exercise 8.

Superman You'll need: No Equipment How to
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2 sets
20 reps
-- rest

Exercise 9.

Plank You'll need: No Equipment How to
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3 sets
30 sec. reps
-- rest
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