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Banish Every Bulge: Ab, Butt, and Thigh Workout

  • Alex Palombo

    Bicycle Roll Up

    What you'll need: a pair of 5- to 10-pound dumbbells

    Targets abs and obliques

    • Lie faceup with arms crossed, legs slightly bent, heels on floor.
    • Curl up, then rotate torso to left as you simultaneously bring left knee in toward chest.
    • Return to start.
    • Do 18 reps, alternating sides. Do 3 sets total.
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    T Stance

    Targets butt and legs

    • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and place right hand on a wall or chair back for support, left arm extended out to side at shoulder level, palm down.
    • Bend left knee 90 degrees behind you and lower into a half squat.
    • Return to standing, balancing on right leg, and repeat.
    • Do 18 reps, switch sides and repeat. Do 3 sets.
  • Alex Palombo

    Balance Pli? Squat

    Targets arms, abs, butt, and legs

    • Stand with feet together, heels touching and toes pointed out, holding ends of a single dumbbell with both hands. MAKE IT EASIER: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, keeping heels on floor when you squat.
    • Rise up on toes, heels touching.
  • Alex Palombo

    Balance Plie Squat Step 2


    • Bend knees 90 degrees out to sides to lower into a squat.
    • Staying on tiptoe, return to standing; repeat. Do 3 sets of 18 reps.


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    Rotating Squat

    Targets arms, abs, butt, and legs

    • Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms by sides; bend elbows and bring dumbbells in front of shoulders, palms facing each other.
  • Alex Palombo

    Rotating Squat Step 2


    • Squat, extending right arm behind you as you twist torso to right to bring left elbow toward right knee.
    • Return to start, then repeat to left side.
    • Do 3 sets of 18 reps, alternating sides.


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  • Alex Palombo

    Hip Circle

    Targets abs, obliques, and hip flexors

    • Lie faceup, legs slightly bent, heels on floor, and prop up torso 45 degrees by resting on forearms.
    • Keeping legs straight and together and pointing toes, raise legs about 45 degrees.
    • Trace a figure eight pattern with feet: Draw a large counterclockwise circle to left, return to center and then draw a clockwise circle to right to complete 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 18 reps.

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2012.