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Stay Slim on the Road: Express Workout

Tone your abs, arms, butt, and legs with this quick, do-anywhere routine from California-based trainer Annika Carlson. Her six-move full-body express workout will have you toned in no time.

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Dolphin (step 1)

Targets: Shoulders, triceps, chest, back, core

Start in downward dog with forearms on mat (body in an inverted V, hips lifted, knees slightly bent, heels pressing toward floor).

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Dolphin (step 2)

Contract abs and move body forward into plank. Hold for 1 count. Return to start. Do 10 reps.

(By the way, our fabulous model, Mary Claire, does Pilates or yoga three times a week.)

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Three-Legged Table

Targets: Arms, core, butt

Sit on mat with knees bent and hands under shoulders, fingers pointing toward butt. Lift butt until knees are at 90 degrees. Extend right leg toward ceiling, foot flexed, then lower to knee level, toes pointed; keep hips still. Do 10 reps, keeping hips lifted. Switch legs; repeat.

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Grasshopper

Targets: Butt, legs

Lie facedown on floor, forehead on hands, with legs lifted in V position, toes pointed out. Pull belly button in; push hips down. Keeping legs lifted, bend knees, flex feet and bring them toward butt. Release. Do 10 reps.

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Balancing Clam

Targets: Shoulders, back, abs, obliques, butt

Lie on right side (body stacked). Place right forearm on floor, and bend knees 45 degrees (feet together behind you). Place hand on hip and lift hips off floor. Open knee, then close. Do 10 reps, staying lifted. Switch sides; repeat.

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Hover Scissors

Targets: Shoulders, core, butt, legs

Get into plank position with forearms on floor, abs engaged. Lift left leg, keeping it level with hips, and move it 1 foot to the left. Keeping leg elevated, bring it back to center and cross over right leg. Do 10 reps. Switch legs; repeat.

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Cross Arch

Targets: Core

Lie faceup on mat with hands behind head and shoulder blades lifted. Extend left leg a few inches off floor, toes pointed. Pull right knee in, twist torso to right, and reach left hand past right knee. Raise left arm straight overhead by ears. Do 10 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2007.

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lilacillusion3640 wrote:

I need a a workout that is very easy or I want do it but I do need a good workout to do so can you help me?

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Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2007.
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