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Look Like Brooke: Brooke Burke's Workout

  • Brian Bowen Smith

    Crisscross Lunge

    Targets butt, legs

    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, elbows bent, hands clasped in front of chest.
    • Cross right leg behind left, stepping right foot out to left, and then bend both knees about 90 degrees to lower into a curtsy.
    • Return to start; switch legs and repeat.
    • Do 20 reps, alternating sides. Do 4 sets.

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    Cheek to Cheek

    Targets abs, obliques

    • Start in plank position, balancing on floor on forearms and toes, a straight line from head to heels.
    • Keeping shoulders level, twist midsection to lower left hip toward floor; touch floor if possible.
    • Return to plank and then lower right hip to floor.
    • Do 20 reps, alternating sides. Do 4 sets.

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    Swimmer Squat

    Targets back, abs, butt, legs

    • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, arms by sides.
    • Lower into a deep squat.
    • As you stand, lift extended right leg behind you and hinge at hips, reaching left arm forward so that body forms a straight line from left hand to right foot, as close to parallel to floor as possible.
    • Return to start.
    • Do 20 reps, alternating sides. Do 4 sets.

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  • Brian Bowen Smith

    Atlas

    Targets shoulders, triceps

    • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a 3- to 5-pound dumbbell in each hand, palms up, with elbows bent by ribs and forearms pointing diagonally up out to sides.
  • Brian Bowen Smith

    Dead Bug

    Targets abs, obliques

    • Lie faceup on floor with arms extended behind head, knees bent 90 degrees with feet raised, shins parallel to floor.
    • Crunch up and hold position throughout as you bring left arm forward to reach toward toes and extend left leg.
    • Switch sides and repeat.
    • Do 20 reps, alternating sides. Do 4 sets.

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2012.

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