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Pair Up and Slim Down: The Couple Workout
Quit the cuddling and spend some QT time at the gym instead. "Research shows that 94 percent of couples stick with their fitness programs when they work out together," says Jari Love, certified personal trainer and fitness DVD star. Here, some moves to try together.
Targets lower back, butt, and hamstrings
Knock all your trouble zones out with this exercise that'll cinch belly fat, sculpt your legs, and strengthen your lower back all in one shot.
- Lie facedown on ground, facing your partner so that your arms are extended with palms completely touching.
- With palms still touching, lift chest and feet off ground a few inches, squeezing glutes and keeping head up, looking at partner.
- Hold for 30 seconds and gently lower. Do 3 sets.
- Do it solo: Lie facedown on ground with arms by sides, raising them a few inches off ground so that palms are facing forward, thumbs pointing up. Lift chest and feet off ground a few inches, squeezing glutes. In lifted position, use arms to form letters, holding each pose for 3 counts: First bring arms out from hips at 45-degree angle (to form an M); then move out to sides at shoulder level (to form a T); then bend elbows about 90 degrees (to form a W); lastly extend arms diagonally overhead (to form a Y). Reverse movement (forming Y, W, T, M), then lower chest and legs. Do 3 sets of 6 reps.
Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, February 2011.
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