Angela Leigh’s “Stacked” Routine

The routine I’m testing out this week was from the February 2013 issue of Self and can, of course, be found on under the title The 13-Minute Fat Melt. It was created by Angela Leigh and served as a sneak peak for her new Stacked class. However, as that was about half a year ago, I’m sure the class is most likely old news by now.

There are two routines here – 1 for strengthening and 1 for cardio. They’re only supposed to take about 13 minutes for each routine and can be done separately or together.

Strengthening moves:

  1. Prisoner Squat (alt sides 30 sec)
  2. Fly Away (30 sec)
  3. On Strike (15 sec each side)
  4. Kick-Starter (alt sides 30 sec)
  5. Grab and Go (alt sides 30 sec)
  6. Walk It Out (30 sec)

Cardio moves:

  1. Tap That (30 sec)
  2. On Thin Ice (30 sec)
  3. Bottoms Up (30 sec)
  4. Sprinter (15 sec each side)
  5. Superstar (30 sec)
  6. Bring It In (30 sec)

The names used for these moves are pretty deceptive. Why don’t trainers ever use the same names? They’re using the same moves so why not the same names? Like the “Bring It In” move is really just a burpee with a tuck jump instead of a hop at the end. True, this burpee doesn’t have a push-up in the middle but not every kind of burpee does. “Tap That” is really just butt kicks. Kick your butt while you jog in place. “On Thin Ice” is skater squats while you also tap the floor to get you to squat/bend further down. A “Prisoner Squat” is just a squat with an added side crunch or side bend. “On Strike” is a reverse lunge with an added knee raise. “Kick-Starter” is just scissor legs/kicks…There’s not even a modification to that one. Just scissor kicks.

Anyway, the way it’s done is you do the 1st move for the recommended time then rest 30 sec. Then you do the 1st move again and add in the 2nd move for the recommended time. Rest 30 sec. Then 1st, 2nd, 3rd moves. Rest 30 sec. Etc. You should end up with a climbing staircase of moves. Move #6 is done only once because it’s the last of the last set. No matter which routine chosen, it should take about 13 minutes.

*DISCLAIMER: I will not be held responsible for any injuries incurred during this or any other workout I post on this blog. Always consult your doctor before starting any new exercises. If you want more suggestions on ways to get fit and healthy, you might consider making an appointment with a personal trainer or trying out a group exercise class at your local gym. Remember to always listen to your body and hold back or rest when you need it. Injuries suck.*


About Katie St. John-Shin

I believe in living life and not letting it pass you by. I mean, come on, if you really want to do something but don't have the courage to do it so you let the opportunity disappear, you may regret it for the rest of your life. How can you know what you're capable of unless you go for it? Like every writer, I naturally plan on becoming world-famous (not really). I love reading, writing, fitness, coffee, watching my favorite movies/shows, listening to music, and trying new things even if they're sometimes terrifying. I'm a writer, a group fitness instructor, a personal trainer, and a nutter for doing all of the above.

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