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Looking for a new move to add to your strength training routine? This one will tone your shoulders (just in time for tank top season), and also work your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves and just in time for short and skirt season.
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Here's a fun and easy way to work your abs and booty anywhere. All you need is a hand towel if you're on a wood or linoleum floor, or a plastic bag if you're on carpet.
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Chances are, if you have time to sneak in a workout over the holidays, you'll have a small window of time in which to do it. So save time by going big — big muscles, that is.
One way to make the most of quick holiday workouts is by focusing on the big muscle groups, including your chest, back, glutes, and quads. The bigger the muscle, the more muscle fibers activated, which means you're burning more calories and boosting your metabolism.
Try doing squats, such as these dumbbell squats (above), which work the quads, hamstrings, glutes, and lower back. Other big muscle moves include chest presses, lunges, back exercises, and planks. Do you focus on large muscle groups for short workouts?
It's time to get off your tush and work it. These walking wide squats will tone your backside, but will also strengthen your quads just in time for ski season.
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Squats are essential in your strength-training tool belt if you want to tone your booty and thighs. Here's a variation that will also challenge your sense of balance and strengthen your core.
This is a four-part exercise. To see all the moves and learn the details on doing this exercise keep reading.
When I write that Hannah, my trainer at Equinox, is kicking my behind, I mean that she's really working my glutes. No joke. Here is a move she taught me recently; it's highly effective for toning the backside. The side lunge works the muscle on the side of the pelvis, that I affectionately call the glute med, as well as the inner thighs. The curtsy move really works your glute max and the smaller booty muscles that help lift the seat.
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If you have been working your abs to get ready for bikini season, I am here to remind you not to forget your booty and the backs of your legs. All styles of suits bare your backside, so tone it with these moves after warming up with five to 10 minutes of cardio. Here is the downloadable PDF of this workout, so you can print it and take it to the gym.