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The 2008 Drop a Jeans Size Workout

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    Combo 1: Jump Rope/Row

    What you'll need: A pair of 5- to 8-pound dumbbells, a chair or bench and a mat, a jump rope (optional), a stopwatch or a clock with a second hand.

    Cardio: Jump rope (rope is optional)

    Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms at sides, holding rope (real or imaginary) with elbows slightly bent. Jump in place, keeping heels close to floor as you turn the rope.

     
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    Combo 2: Weighted Jumping Jack/Push-Up

    Cardio: Weighted Jumping Jack

    Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand with elbows bent and hands near shoulders. Jump feet out while bringing arms overhead without locking elbows; jump feet back together while bringing hands back to shoulder level.

    Make it easier: Don't use weights.

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    Combo 3: Side Skater/Triceps Dip

    Cardio: Side Skater

    Stand with feet just wider than shoulder-width apart. Hop to right, bending knees to reach left hand in front of right foot as you cross left leg behind you. Quickly hop 3 feet to left; reach right hand in front of left foot, crossing right leg behind you. Continue side to side.

    Make it easier: Keep hands by waist. (Don't reach for floor.)

     
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    Combo 4: Shoot the Basket/Balancing Biceps Curl

    Cardio: Shoot the Basket

    Stand with feet hip-width apart. Lunge back with left foot, bending both knees and lowering hands toward floor (keep head above heart to avoid dizziness). Jump up and extend arms forward, as if shooting a basketball. Lower hands and repeat. For second set, switch legs. For third, do squat jumps (squat down, then jump up), continuing for 30 seconds.

    Make it easier: Bring hands down to thighs; don't jump.

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    Combo 5: Mountain Climber/Bicycle

    Cardio: Mountain Climber

    Get on floor in a full push-up position, legs extended behind you with abs tight and head in line with heels. Bring right knee forward into chest, tapping right foot to floor, then switch legs, bringing left knee forward and right leg back while keeping hands in place. Continue, moving as quickly as possible, keeping hips down throughout.

     
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    Combo 6: Reverse Lunge and Kick/Plank

    Cardio: Reverse Lunge and Kick

    Stand with feet hip-width apart. Lunge back with left foot, bending knees 90 degrees. Keep right knee aligned with right ankle; touch floor. As you stand up, kick left leg to hip height. Lunge back and repeat. For second set, lunge back with right leg. For third set, alternate legs.

    Make it easier: Don't touch floor as you lunge.

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