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11 exercises personal trainers swear by to get in shape fast — and 3 they'd never recommend

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  Getting in shape
  takes time and dedication, but focusing on certain exercises can
  help build strength and agility in all parts of your body.
  
  Functional exercises, or exercises that combine various
  muscle groups, can support daily movements and make anything from
  walking to running to lifting your child easier.
  
  The key is performing exercises slowly at first, and then
  working your way up to more intense and challenging movements.
  
  Here are 11 exercises personal trainers suggest for getting
  in shape fast, plus some exercises they think aren't worth the
  hype.
  

  When you're out of shape, it can feel like a major challenge to
  get back into your workout routine or even start a regimen for
  the first time. But if you focus on key movements that strengthen
  your entire body, getting fit can be a rewarding experience.

  The key is to focus on functional exercises, or 
  movements that work various muscle groups all at once,
  according to celebrity personal trainer Kira Stokes.
  "Connecting mind to body is
  important for every movement we do," she told INSIDER.

  To get a better idea of which exercises can help create that
  mind-body connection and get your body in shape, we asked five
  trainers to share the exercises they love, plus the moves they
  suggest you skip.

  • Getting in shape takes time and dedication, but focusing on certain exercises can help build strength and agility in all parts of your body.
  • Functional exercises, or exercises that combine various muscle groups, can support daily movements and make anything from walking to running to lifting your child easier.
  • The key is performing exercises slowly at first, and then working your way up to more intense and challenging movements.
  • Here are 11 exercises personal trainers suggest for getting in shape fast, plus some exercises they think aren't worth the hype.

When you're out of shape, it can feel like a major challenge to get back into your workout routine or even start a regimen for the first time. But if you focus on key movements that strengthen your entire body, getting fit can be a rewarding experience.

The key is to focus on functional exercises, or movements that work various muscle groups all at once, according to celebrity personal trainer Kira Stokes. "Connecting mind to body is important for every movement we do," she told INSIDER.

To get a better idea of which exercises can help create that mind-body connection and get your body in shape, we asked five trainers to share the exercises they love, plus the moves they suggest you skip.

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