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Lie on your belly and place your hands behind your head. As you inhale, slowly lift your upper body and legs from the floor and hold the extension for 3-5 seconds. Slowly release your body back to the floor.
Waist Slimming Squat
Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart, holding the ends of one dumbbell. As you push your hips back and lower into a squat, bend your arms and “chop” the dumbbell across your body to the outside of your left hip. As you press back up to standing, extend your arms and swing the dumbbell over to the right side of your body, turning your torso to the right (the dumbbell should stay at chest level as you twist), pivoting your left heel off the floor, and rotating your left hip to power the swing. Quickly return to your squat and repeat the chop.
Start by sitting on the floor and extending your legs, keeping them pressed firmly together. Lean back 45 degrees from the hips. Keep your abs engaged as you bring both of your arms overhead like a ballerina. Slowly twist your torso to the left, placing your left arm on the floor; keep right arm reaching overhead. Continue to twist to your left for a slow count of 3, keeping your butt and both heels on the floor. Contract your abs to support your spine as you return to center, bringing both of your arms overhead. Repeat by twisting to your right side and placing right arm on floor.
Knee Cross Crunch
Stand with your shoulders in line with your hips, and extend your right arm up and your left leg to the side, toes pointed. Next, lower your right elbow and raise your left knee, crunching them together on a diagonal line. Return to start and alternate sides.
Start by lying on the floor with a 3-foot-long towel wrapped around the ball of your right foot, knees bent, left foot on the floor. Hold the towel in both hands, and extend your right leg, keeping your foot flexed. Slowly walk your hands up the scarf as you lift your head and shoulders off the floor. Hold for a count of 2. Now lower yourself back to the starting position, walking your hands back down the scarf. Be sure to keep your head neutral — don’t tuck your chin or tilt back.
Stand with your feet more than hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell with both hands in front of your body. Keeping your chest upright, bend your knees to lower into a squat. As you stand, rotate your torso to the left as you raise the dumbbell over your shoulder (like you’re swinging a golf club). Return to start; repeat, rotating to the right side.
Lie face down, arms out to the sides at shoulder height. Lift your right leg off the floor, bend your knee 90 degrees, and, twisting your torso, reach your leg across your body and touch your foot to the floor near your left arm. Hold for two seconds, then return to start. Repeat on the other side, and keep alternating until you’re done.
Hold a dumbbell in front of your midsection with both hands. Twist 90 degrees to the right, then 180 degrees left. Keep your abs tight and move fast.
Begin by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Hold weights in both hands at your chest with your elbows on the floor. Keeping your hands at your chest, roll up to a sitting position. Twist your ribs to the left as as you “punch” your right hand to the outside of the left knee. Bring the right hand back to your chest as you untwist, bringing your torso back to the center, and roll down to the ground. Repeat the sit-up, twisting to the right side.
Twisted Side Plank
Come to a side plank position with the feet and legs stacked, hand directly under your shoulder and your top arm extended. As you exhale, reach your hips higher from the floor while threading your top hand under the body, reaching behind you. Return to face forward.
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