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Fight Flab in 15 Minutes

Five exercises designed to prevent flab and fight gravity at any age.

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Jay Sullivan
Jay Sullivan
Jay Sullivan
Jay Sullivan
Jay Sullivan
Jay Sullivan
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Standing Twist

What you'll need: A large bath or beach towel

Targets: Arms, core, legs

  • Stand with feet together, left foot on towel, one end in each hand.
  • Pull on towel and lift left leg straight in front of you.
  • Grab ends with right hand and twist torso to left, extending left arm out to side at shoulder level.
  • Hold for 10 seconds; lower. Switch sides; repeat.
  • Do 5 reps on each side.

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Half-Moon

Targets: Arms, core, legs

  • Stand with legs a few feet apart, knees slightly bent, left foot turned to side, right foot forward.
  • Holding towel behind back, one end in each hand, extend arms out to sides at shoulder level.
  • Keeping arms out and back straight, hinge from hips to left, lifting right leg until parallel to floor.
  • Straighten left leg. Hold for 15 seconds. Lower. Switch sides; repeat.

  • Do 5 reps on each side.

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Crunch Tuck/Pike

Targets: Arms, core

  • Start in full push-up (legs extended, abs tight, back flat, wrists under shoulders) with folded towel under toes.

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Crunch Tuck/Pike

  • Keeping upper body still, slide feet on towel toward hands into a tuck. Push back.
  • Do 10 reps.

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Boat Pose

Targets: Arms, core

  • Lie faceup with towel under arch of left foot, one end in each hand. Lift left leg straight up and right leg and shoulders a few inches off floor.

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Boat Pose

  • Engage abs and pull on towel as you lift to near-sitting position and raise right leg as shown.
  • Hold for 1 count; lower.
  • Do 10 reps. Switch legs; repeat.

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King Dancer Pose

Targets: Shoulders, upper back, chest, legs

  • Stand with towel in one hand.
  • Lift right leg back, knee bent, and wrap towel around top of foot, holding one end in each hand.
  • Lean forward as you lift arms toward head, pulling towel and foot up behind you.
  • Hold for 15 seconds; lower. Switch legs; repeat.
  • Do 5 reps on each side.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2008.

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12/16/2011 01:47:06 PM Report Abuse
sd8400ph wrote:

I like the article as well as the exercises recommended...innovative, boredom breaker and fresh. However, it is very annoying to not be able to download or print the workout...printing for my exercise area. "Slide shows" are ineffective, time wasters and not user friendly. Copy-paste is not only old school but it is time waster bc of the required reformatting.

8/2/2011 05:48:35 PM Report Abuse

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