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Better Body Plan: The Tighten It Up Workout

Lose 10 pounds in one month with our fun, fast, four-week workout and diet plan that promises to get you there even if you've bailed or failed before. Start here now.

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James Michelfelder
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How This Workout Works

Buh-bye, juice-cleanse trend. This real-girl slim-down is fun, it's simple, and it bleeping works. Our testers lost as many as 10 1/2 pounds and 4 inches from their waist and hips in four fly-by weeks. Even better, "you ease in with short 20-minute sessions," says FITNESS contributor Monica Vazquez, the New York Sports Clubs master trainer behind this winning firm-and-fry formula (she's the one demo'ing the moves). "You'll trim all over, sizzle fat, and still have plenty of gas left in your tank to crush it the following week." Do two circuits of the Tighten It Up series, three times a week, starting off with 12 reps per move. You'll need only a set of 5- to 15-pound dumbbells. Use the to-do chart on the following page to turn up your toning and calorie burn as you go. Check off the boxes and -- bada bing! -- you're 10 pounds down and totally hot.

Watch the full workout here

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Your 4-Week Plan

Welcome to your dashboard for dropping 10 pounds fast and forever. Download your weekly plans to help you stick to your workout.

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Rockette Press

Targets shoulders, biceps, butt, and legs

  • Stand holding a dumbbell in right hand, left hand on hip. Raise bent right arm out to side; angle forearm 45 degrees toward floor.
  • Lunge backward with left leg, then press off left foot to stand on right leg, rotating right forearm to point up and lifting bent left knee.
  • Next, press right arm overhead and kick left leg forward.
  • Return to lunge. Do all reps. Switch sides; repeat.

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Toe-Drag Plank

Targets abs, obliques, butt, and outer thighs

  • Lie on floor on right side with left leg staggered in front of right; prop torso up on extended right arm and raise hips until body forms a straight line (side plank).
  • Lift right foot and drag toes along inside of left leg until they reach left knee. Return right foot to floor.
  • Do all reps. Switch sides and repeat.

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Flamingo Curl

Targets biceps, abs, butt, and legs

  • Holding a dumbbell in each hand, sit on a stool, chair, or bench with elbows bent 90 degrees, palms up.
  • Slowly stand up on right leg, arms by sides.
  • As you return to sitting, curl weights to shoulders. Do all reps; switch legs and repeat.

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Wood-Chop Crunch

Targets chest, abs, and obliques

  • Holding a dumbbell in each hand, lie faceup on floor with knees bent 90 degrees, shins parallel to floor, and arms out to sides, slightly bent with palms up.
  • Keeping arms slightly bent, raise dumbbells to touch above chest.
  • Lift head and shoulders off floor and reach dumbbells by right hip; then return to center and lower to start.
  • Repeat to left side. Do all reps, alternating sides.

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Tabletop Row

Targets back, triceps, abs, obliques, and butt

  • Holding a dumbbell in right hand, palm facing behind you, get on all fours.
  • Lift bent right elbow out to side at shoulder level as you bring bent left knee to chest (tuck position).
  • Lower dumbbell to floor as you extend left leg behind you. Return to tuck position.
  • Do all reps; switch sides and repeat.

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Touch Up

Targets chest, triceps, abs, and obliques

  • Holding a dumbbell in each hand, lie faceup on floor and extend arms and legs toward ceiling, palms facing each other.
  • Crunch up, bringing dumbbells toward toes.
  • Lower shoulders to floor as you bend elbows to bring dumbbells by temples and lower legs to 45-degree angle with floor. Return to crunch.
  • Do all reps.

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Pendulum Raise

Targets shoulders, butt, and legs

  • Stand holding a dumbbell in right hand; lunge back with right leg, bending both knees 90 degrees.
  • Pass dumbbell under left knee from right hand to left hand; then raise both arms out to sides.
  • Maintaining lunge, pass dumbbell under left knee to right hand; raise arms out to side to complete 1 rep.
  • Do half the reps. Switch legs; do the rest.

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Curtsy Salute

Targets shoulders, triceps, butt, and legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in left hand overhead, palm facing forward, and right hand on hip.
  • Lunge right leg diagonally back, bending both knees (as if doing a curtsy) while bending left elbow to bring dumbbell by right ear.
  • Stand on left leg, extending left arm up, as you raise right leg out to side. Return to curtsy.
  • Do all reps. Switch sides and repeat.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2013.

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rehanainhawaii wrote:

can i download the whole workout to print off?

7/8/2013 01:40:32 PM Report Abuse
atubman75 wrote:

I would love to watch the video and start doing the workout but as soon as the Crocs ad in the upper left pops up (which happens after about a second of the ad that plays before the workout), I can no longer see anything; I can only hear the audio. I don't see anyway to minimize the ad, which would be helpful. And I even have to watch an ad before submitting this comment? Not coming back to this site!

6/3/2013 05:42:39 AM Report Abuse
laureng822 wrote:

Does power vinyasa yoga count as cardio?

5/15/2013 01:22:39 PM Report Abuse
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2/23/2013 11:57:20 AM Report Abuse
awayla1068 wrote:

Ok - this is my first foray into fitness... I'm committed to doing the "reach your resolution" plan. However, does the "tighten it up" series count towards the strength or the abs check-off boxes? I'm clear about the Cardio and the Eat right boxes.

2/4/2013 07:48:04 PM Report Abuse
amri_v wrote:

@riskiss1 did you figure out an approximate calories burned? I use my fitnesspal too...

2/4/2013 06:54:23 PM Report Abuse
anwt520cjm wrote:

When it says a set of 5-15 lb dumblells does that mean all of them or pick a weight and use 2 of them?

1/24/2013 07:59:11 PM Report Abuse
lperry86 wrote:

@kgochenour- 1. I'm sure no one cares if you come back to this website. 2. They are giving you a workout instruction FREE of charge. 3. I think a personal trainer may be better suited for your needs. Personal trainers cost a bit more, but they have no ads or pop-ups. P.S.- No need to thank me.

1/23/2013 02:26:43 PM Report Abuse
riskiss1 wrote:

how many calories are burned per workout? Im having a hard time entering into my fitness pal...

1/2/2013 03:02:44 PM Report Abuse
ulatula wrote:

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12/31/2012 11:30:16 AM Report Abuse
kgochenour wrote:

Do not like to watch an ad before the video. Too many pop-ups. If I can't find what I want or what I'm looking for without a lot of distraction then I won't come back to the web-site.

12/31/2012 07:29:13 AM Report Abuse

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