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Made-for-TV Workout: 5 Fast Exercises

Tone up head to toe in front of the tube -- all before McDreamy returns from commercials! All you need is a couch, a TV remote control, and a throw pillow.

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Chris Fanning
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Chris Fanning
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Couch Push-Up

Targets: Chest, arms, abs

  • Begin in push-up position with hands on side of couch, palms under shoulders, legs extended and feet on floor, hip-width apart.
  • Keeping back straight and abs engaged, bend elbows to lower chest toward couch.
  • Push back up. Do 15 reps.

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Remote Reach

Targets: Abs, obliques

  • Lie faceup on floor with knees bent, abs engaged, holding remote control in right hand.
  • Lift left knee to 90 degrees, straighten right leg and raise.
  • Lift upper body; twist torso to left, reaching right hand under left leg.
  • Grab remote with left hand and lower upper body.
  • Repeat on other side. Do 12 reps, alternating sides.

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Ice Skater

Targets: Abs, glutes, hamstrings, quads

  • Place pillow on floor.
  • Stand to right of pillow, feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent.
  • Lift left leg a few inches off floor and squat, keeping right knee behind toes.
  • Jump over cushion and land on left foot; reach right hand down to left toes.
  • Do 10 reps, alternating sides.

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Pillow Crunch

Targets: Abs, inner thighs

  • Lie faceup on floor with knees bent, legs together, abs engaged.
  • Place pillow between knees and lift legs off floor, knees bent 90 degrees over hips.
  • Place hands behind head and exhale to crunch up while squeezing pillow with legs. Keep elbows out and eyes looking up.
  • Inhale to lower. Do 15 reps.

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Lunge Touchdown

Targets: Glutes, hamstrings, quads

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, abs engaged, with a pillow 3 feet in front of you.
  • Lunge right foot forward, keeping knee behind toes, and grab pillow.

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Lunge Touchdown, Part 2

  • Push off right foot and stand up, lifting right knee while pressing pillow overhead. Hold for 1 breath; lunge to return pillow to start.
  • Do 10 reps, alternating sides.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2007.

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