Touchdown! Get Moving with Harley Pasternak’s Football-Inspired Workouts

09/03/2014 at 01:43 PM ET

Harley Pasternak
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Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author, with titles including The Body Reset Diet and The 5-Factor Diet. Tweet him @harleypasternak.

It’s the week many Americans have been waiting for: the NFL season officially starts on Thursday! And whether you’re on three different fantasy teams or can only name the celebrity girlfriends of certain players, you can’t escape football fever.

As a tribute, I thought I’d come up with a few gridiron-inspired moves to train your whole body, just like the pros use. Check out the easy-to-follow Vine videos below:

Burpees. Burpees are a classic move for a good reason — they really hit your whole body.

Jump Squat. This move is a must among athletes who need to develop explosive movement. For non-athletes, it’s an amazing toning move that really gets the whole lower body working.

Spiderman Plank. This variation on a traditional plank really activates the whole core — the rectus abdominals as well as the obliques. (Avoid the temptation to stick your butt in the air, especially as you really start to feel the burn.)

Quick Feet. This is a move you can do anywhere — at your desk, in front of the TV during a game — that will be sure to get your heart rate going! Get as low in that squat as you can and try to go faster and faster.

Walkout (a.k.a. Inchworm). This move may not look like much, but it strengthens your core, arms and thighs while increasing flexibility.

Wind Sprints. Recent research suggests that short-duration, high-intensity workouts may be better for us than longer, lower-intensity workouts. That’s where our old friends the wind sprints come into play (remember these from gym class?). If you have bad knees, avoid hard stops and turns and do one-directional sprints instead.

Lateral Squat Shuffle. This classic drill will fire up your glutes, hamstrings and quads and can really help strengthen your hips. Stay in a squat the whole time, keep your back straight (no hunching) and look forward rather than at your feet.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Larry Dickst on

This guy sucks as a personal trainer. I could easily conquer him in a fistfight–that’s how unfit this do#che is!

Aussie cathie on

I have to have a lie down and cup of tea just looking at him.

Lilah on

I love this guy and will start these workouts!

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