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Dancing Queen: Chelsie Hightower's Workout

  • Denise Crew

    Wall Sit with Leg Lift

    Targets: Butt and quads

    • With back against a wall, stand with feet hip-width apart so that heels are about 2 feet from wall.
    • Bend knees and slide down wall until thighs are parallel to floor. Lift left foot and straighten left leg so that it's parallel to floor; hold for 30 seconds. Gradually build up to 60 seconds.
    • Switch legs and repeat to complete 1 rep.
    • Do 3 reps.
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    Passe to Second Position

    Targets: Abs, butt, and legs

    • Stand with feet together, left hand holding on to a chair back, right arm slightly bent with hand in front of belly. Rise onto toes.
    • Bend right knee out to side to bring right toes to left knee.
    • Sweeping right arm out to side, extend right leg out to side at hip height; hold for 30 seconds.
    • Do 3 to 5 reps. Switch sides and repeat.
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    Targets: Abs and obliques

    • Lie faceup on floor, legs extended, arms by sides.
    • Lift shoulders and legs a few inches off floor and bring extended right leg toward chest, grasping calf lightly with both hands.
    • Keeping shoulders lifted throughout, switch legs and repeat to complete 1 rep.
    • Do 15 to 25 reps.
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    Ballroom Swivel

    Targets: Abs and obliques

    • Stand with feet together facing a wall, elbows slightly bent and palms on wall at shoulder level.
    • Lift heels to stand on tiptoes, then, keeping palms planted on wall and head facing forward, pivot on toes to rotate hips left and then right.
    • Continue twisting for 1 to 3 minutes.
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    Triceps Push-Up

    Targets: Chest, triceps, and abs

    • Start in modified push-up position (balancing on hands and knees, hands slightly in front of shoulders), forming a diagonal line from head to knees.
    • Keeping arms close by sides, bend elbows directly behind you, lowering body and forearms toward floor; press into palms to push back up.
    • Do 10 to 12 reps.

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2010.