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The Hips, Waist, Thighs Workout: Dangerous Curves Ahead

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The Right Plan for Your Fitness Level

Q&A: "I'm heavier on bottom and narrower on top. What workout will help me look more balanced?"

In addition to the exercises here, focus on shaping your shoulders and upper back with strength moves like the lat pulldown, front and lateral shoulder raises and dumbbell rows, says celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. Also try doing waist-cinching ab moves, such as trunk twists and "U" crunches, as well as 20 to 30 minutes of cardio three to five times a week to burn excess fat.

The Right Plan for Your Fitness Level

Whether you're new to exercise or a seasoned pro, follow the guidelines to maximize results.

Beginners

Weeks 1-3:
Strength:
2 sets of 15 reps per exercise
Cardio: Three 20-minute sessions per week

Weeks 4-6:
Strength: 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps per exercise*
Cardio: Four 20-minute sessions

Intermediate/advanced

Weeks 1-3:
Strength: 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps per exercise
Cardio: Four 20-minute sessions per week

Weeks 4-6:
Strength: 4 sets of 15 to 20 reps per exercise*
Cardio: Five 20-minute sessions

*After one month, increase weight by approximately 5 percent.

 

Originally published in Fitness magazine, January 2006.

 

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