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Fight Flab in 15 Minutes

  • Jay Sullivan

    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.
     
  • Jay Sullivan

    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.
  • Jay Sullivan

    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.
     
  • Jay Sullivan

    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.
  • Jay Sullivan

    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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