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Fitness

The 2008 Drop a Jeans Size Workout

These exercises will burn fat, tone muscle, and boost your metabolism. Challenge your body by combining strength and cardio exercises, and you'll be struttin' in your skinny jeans in no time.
Jump Rope Combo 1: Jump Rope/Row

What you'll need: A pair of 5- to 8-pound dumbbells, a chair or bench and a mat, a jump rope (optional), a stopwatch or a clock with a second hand.

Cardio: Jump rope (rope is optional)
Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms at sides, holding rope (real or imaginary) with elbows slightly bent. Jump in place, keeping heels close to floor as you turn the rope.

Row Combo 1: Jump Rope/Row

Strength: Row (targets upper back)

Stand holding both weights in right hand, arm at side with palm facing body; place left foot forward. Hinge forward 45 degrees from hips, resting left hand on left thigh. Draw weights to ribs, keeping elbow close to side; lower weights and repeat. For the second set, switch sides. For the third, keep feet aligned and use both arms, one weight in each hand.

Make it easier: Use just one weight for the one-arm rows.

Put it together
Jump rope: 90 seconds
Right-arm row: 30 seconds

Jump rope: 60 seconds
Left-arm row: 30 seconds

Jump rope: 30 seconds
Two-arm row: 60 seconds

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