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Before and After Photos: Real Women Try the Bikini Body Workout

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Why the Bikini Body Workout Works

These FITNESS readers tested our workout, and they're living proof that it gets results. Here's why they loved the plan (beyond tighter abs and firmer butts and thighs), and why you will, too!

1. It's efficient. Trainer Morgan Luzier has created a circuit workout that alternates strength and cardio. Result: Your heart rate stays elevated, so you'll optimize fat burn and blast significantly more calories than you would with a traditional strength plan.

2. It's got variety. Progressing through different phases of the circuit and switching up the intensity and duration of your cardio sessions keeps things fresh. And because you're always working your muscles in different ways, you'll see faster results.

3. It tones your middle. A strong midsection is vital to virtually every move you make, from squats to push-ups. So when it's strong, everything else benefits.

4. You'll get a serious energy boost. Every woman who completed our program reported feeling significantly more energetic after the workouts and throughout the day.

5. You'll feel fabulous! Yes, feeling good in a tankini is worth its weight in gold, but it's the whole package that counts -- more energy, more confidence, and a super mood!

Check out the Bikini Body workout

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"I lost 6 pounds and dropped a full dress size"

Goal: A busy New York City mother of four (the youngest was born last September), Anna, 37, was dying to get her pre-baby body back.

Results: "I went from a size 10 to an 8, and while I'm not quite into my pre-pregnancy jeans yet, at least I can wear some of my more forgiving pre-pregnancy pants."

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"I lost 6 pounds and dropped a full dress size"

Stay-motivated strategy: "I put my exercise clothes on right away when I got up, then worked out after dropping my kids off at school. That way there was no backing out."

Moment of truth: "I'm going to Arizona tomorrow to meet some friends, and I won't hesitate to put on my bikini!"

What I loved about this workout: "At the beginning I had to walk a few times to finish a 1.5-mile lap around a reservoir. Now I can easily run it twice."

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"I can't wait to wear a bikini on my vacation!"

Goal: Jennifer, a 27-year-old marketing associate from New York City, wanted to tone her abs and thighs for a cruise.

Results: "I lost an inch around my waist and feel firmer all over."

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"I can't wait to wear a bikini on my vacation!"

Stay-motivated strategy: "I didn't want to look like a beached whale on that cruise. Having a specific workout schedule helped me put time aside just for me."

Earliest change: "After only a few weeks, I started sleeping more soundly and felt more alert in the mornings."

Diet do-right: "Every two days I buy a gallon of water for myself (plus one for the goldfish on my desk). That way I can see just how much I'm drinking."

What I loved about this workout: "Having a specific plan to follow made it much easier to be consistent. Even when I travel now, I'm more conscious of staying active."

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"My once-tight size 2s are totally comfortable"

Goal: At five-foot-two and 111 pounds, Laura, 37, a PR executive from Katonah, New York, was more interested in toning up than in losing weight, but a full-time job plus two young children at home left her little time to exercise.

Results: "I feel 100 percent better physically and mentally."

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"My once-tight size 2s are totally comfortable"

Stay-motivated strategy: "I love soaps, so I'd put on the TV to catch up on General Hospital while I worked out."

Attitude adjustment: "I never used to go to the gym with my husband, but now I look forward to working out with him on weekends and taking my kids to the pool afterward. They're happier too!"

What I loved about this workout: "Two weeks in, I felt a lot less irritable. That kept me motivated to work out five days a week, even though I sometimes couldn't fit it in until 9:30 or 10 at night."

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"I can wear any style suit with confidence"

Goal: Lisa, 41, from Branford, Connecticut, is a mother of two boys. She wanted to tone her arms and slim her lower body.

Results: "I lost four pounds and my muscles are more sculpted."

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"I can wear any style suit with confidence"

Biggest challenge: "At first I could only do the plank for 10 seconds, but I took some advice from an online chat group we formed -- stop watching the clock and sing a song. That did the trick."

Stay-motivated strategy: "I mixed up the cardio by doing 30 minutes on the bike and 30 more on the treadmill, or 20 each on the elliptical, bike, and treadmill -- it went much faster."

What I loved about this workout: "I used to practically walk through my three-mile jog and wonder why I wasn't seeing results. The intervals made a huge difference. And now I'm using 10-pound weights and love my new definition!"

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"I'm wearing my 'thin' clothes again!"

Goal: A mother of two from Stamford, Connecticut, Allison, 36, wanted to lose a few pounds and tighten her abs and butt.

Results: "I didn't drop a lot of weight, but my thighs look leaner, my butt seems smaller, and my arms are more defined."

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"I'm wearing my 'thin' clothes again!"

Stay-motivated strategy: "Some days I'd get home from work and just want to hang out, but I shifted my thinking from 'I'm too tired' to 'I know I'll feel great when I'm done.'"

What I loved about this workout: "After four weeks I went shopping; it was much less stressful. No more leaving the dressing room feeling like nothing fit! My husband noticed that I looked firmer. All that was fuel to keep me going."

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"I have tons more energy and I'm psyched to keep up my routine!"

Goal: A 36-year-old scientist from Ossining, New York, Dana wanted to kick off a weight-loss plan and tone her lower body.

Results: "Although I didn't lose weight, there's a lot less jiggle all over! And I've definitely improved my endurance."

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"I have tons more energy and I'm psyched to keep up my routine!"

Stay-motivated strategy: "All of us in the online chat group gave great feedback. It made me feel better to know I wasn't alone!"

What I loved about this workout: "By the third week of doing this plan, I started feeling a lot more energetic, especially after the circuit workouts. Those changes kept me coming back to the gym."

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lampc2021110 wrote:

How UN-INSPIRING!!!!! She is whining about her "tight size 2" are you kidding me????? Now I really feel like a whale. Why not show REAL women who are plus sized or larger "toning up" not trying to become anorexic looking....Geez.

1/5/2013 09:49:33 AM Report Abuse
hylian2007 wrote:

these single-digit sized women make me feel even fatter than I already am. Thanks. :(

12/14/2012 02:06:35 PM Report Abuse
reetari wrote:

same pictures

3/5/2010 01:19:48 PM Report Abuse
ff_chik87 wrote:

I think there is a link problem with the photos,

2/2/2010 07:50:23 PM Report Abuse
sjshumate@gmail.com wrote:

Its the same picture isn't it? I mean... seriously?

1/22/2010 02:33:28 PM Report Abuse
trenk wrote:

Put a real person on here, not a tight size 2. Completely unrealistic and very disappointing!

1/12/2010 01:09:34 PM Report Abuse
proscaleny wrote:

I agree. This is not inspiring or motivational at all

1/8/2010 06:40:56 PM Report Abuse
briost4 wrote:

I agree. The only reason they look better is due to professional lighting, clothing, makeup, and a more flatering pose.

1/8/2010 05:36:14 PM Report Abuse
ashley.say05 wrote:

I don't see much of a difference on any of these women.

12/30/2009 01:43:40 PM Report Abuse

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Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2007.
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