These Are the 3 Best Exercises for Weight Loss, According to a Celebrity Trainer

Updated 05/17/18
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In the midst of planning summer vacations to far-off beaches and resorts, you might have the itch to reprioritize your fitness goals. If that means shedding a few pounds before enjoying the sun in a new bikini, it's time to add a few new exercises to your routine. According to West Hollywood personal trainer Ridge Davis, some workouts really are more effective for weight loss than others. "When more muscles engage in one movement, more calories are able to burn in your workout in a shorter amount of time," he tells Popsugar. It's all about targeting multiple muscles at the same time for an efficient and quick burn. So what exercises should you be spending your time on? Davis recommends including lunges, squats, and deadlifts into your regular workouts to target your legs, back, core, glutes, and hamstrings. "Doing all these exercises three times per week is the best way to see rapid weight loss," he says. Here's how it's done.

Curtsy Lunge

1. Begin in a standing position.
2. Step your left leg diagonally behind you so that your thighs cross and bend both knees (like a curtsy).
3. Keep your front knee in line with your front ankle.
4. Stand and switch sides.

1. Begin in a standing position.
2. Step your left leg diagonally behind you so that your thighs cross and bend both knees (like a curtsy).
3. Keep your front knee in line with your front ankle.
4. Stand and switch sides.

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Goblet Squat

1. Stand with your feet wider than your hips and toes pointed out.
2. Hold a dumbbell at your chest with both hands.
3. With a flat back, bend at your knees into a squat so that your thighs are parallel to the floor and your elbows come to touch your knees.
4. Push yourself back up to standing.

1. Stand with your feet wider than your hips and toes pointed out.
2. Hold a dumbbell at your chest with both hands.
3. With a flat back, bend at your knees into a squat so that your thighs are parallel to the floor and your elbows come to touch your knees.
4. Push yourself back up to standing.

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Romanian Deadlift

1. Hold a barbell or two dumbbells by your side with straight arms and a slight bend in your knees.
2. Bend at your hips and lower the weights while maintaining a flat back.
3. Look forward, not at the ground, to help you keep your back straight.
4. Use your glutes to return to standing.

1. Hold a barbell or two dumbbells by your side with straight arms and a slight bend in your knees.
2. Bend at your hips and lower the weights while maintaining a flat back.
3. Look forward, not at the ground, to help you keep your back straight.
4. Use your glutes to return to standing.

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