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Whether you're most concerned about your arms, thighs, or midsection, I've got moves specifically designed for you.
But why not just improve all of those trouble spots together in one fell swoop?
Just as it's important to incorporate cardio and a healthy diet into your fitness routine, it can sometimes be better to focus on overall body changes than to simply fixate on one area of your body. That can lead to unhealthy and oftentimes obsessive tendencies.
Below, I'm sharing a few bonus exercises for those "trouble" areas. Try doing a few reps of each, putting them all together for a workout that's as comprehensive as it is effective.
Begin in a crab position. Bring one arm up off the ground to meet your opposite leg, and tap your foot with your hand. Then, alternate so that you're using your other hand with the opposite foot, and alternate again. Be sure that your elbows aren't too stiff as you go through the reps. Do a set of ten (where one rep includes a left and right hand touch), then repeat.
Stand with feet hip-width distance apart and knees slightly bent. Hold a 5-pound weight with both hands, positioning hands toward the outside. Begin making a figure-eight movement, and continue this for 20 reps. Then, change directions and do another 20 reps.
Stand with your feet wider than shoulder-width and position your toes so that they face outward. Bend your elbows and bring your hands to prayer position. Lower yourself into a squat position, and bend your knees to "pulse." Do 12-15 reps.
One leg butt raises
Lie on your back with your arms at your sides, knees bent, feet on the floor. Extend one leg to the ceiling, then lift your hips upwards. Then, lower back down before repeating. Repeat for one minute. Remember to use your stabilized leg to help lift. Continue for one minute, then switch legs.
Ab rocker V’s
Sit on the floor with your feet flat on the ground and your knees bent. Hold a five-pound weight in each hand, and lift your feet off the ground until you are balancing in a "V" position. While balancing, lift the arms out to the sides and pulse toward the ceiling with your knuckles facing upwards. Continue pulsing for 60 seconds.
Plank foot lifts
Get in a plank position with the forearms resting on the ground and fingers outstretched so as not to put too much tension on them. Lift the feet individually with heels facing the ceiling, alternating: Right first, then left. Continue for 60 seconds.
Push up jacks
Get in a pre-push-up plank position on the ground. Arms should be shoulder-width distance apart and feet should begin together with toes on the ground. Do one push-up as you normally would. When you come back up, "hop" the feet out to a second-position stance (slightly wider than shoulder-width), then quickly "hop" back in. Do a set of 10-15 reps.
Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and feet facing front. Hold a 5-pound weight between the palms of your hands. Bend knees and bring body between them, pulling down into a squat. Instead of coming back to where you began, pivot on the left heel to bring your body up to the opposite side, arms reaching up and extending to the right on a diagonal. The entire torso should also turn. Go back into the squat position, bending the arms once again, then pivot the opposite foot and extend back up to the other side. Do two sets of 15 reps.