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Lucy Liu's Lean Routine

  • Yordanka Poleganova

    Ice Skater

    Targets core, hips, butt, and legs

    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, hands on hips.
    • Lower into a squat as you step right leg directly out to side.
    • Step right foot back in as you stand up to return to start. MAKE IT HARDER: Using gliding discs or a towel on hard floor, slide foot out and back.
    • Continue, alternating legs.
  • Yordanka Poleganova

    Long Stretch with a Twist

    Targets triceps, chest, abs, obliques, butt, and hamstrings

    • Start in full plank position.
    • Bring right knee in toward chest; return to start, extending heel behind you, and bring left knee in toward chest.
    • Bring right knee toward left elbow; return to start. Bring left knee toward right elbow.
    • Lift bent right knee out to right side; return to start. Lift left knee out to left side.
    • Continue to repeat series.
  • Yordanka Poleganova

    Pike with a Twist

    Targets shoulders, triceps, chest, abs, and obliques

    • Start in full plank position with shins resting on a stability ball, palms on floor.
    • Bring knees diagonally in toward left elbow, keeping hips high while rolling stability ball down shins; return to start.
    • Repeat, bringing knees toward right elbow. Continue, alternating sides.
  • Yordanka Poleganova


    Targets butt and hamstrings

    • Lie faceup on floor with knees bent 90 degrees and feet resting on a stability ball or the seat of a sturdy chair. MAKE IT HARDER: Position yourself at arm's distance from a wall behind you and press palms into wall.
    • Lift hips so that body forms a straight line from knees to shoulders. Slowly lower spine to floor, one vertebra at a time. Repeat.
  • Yordanka Poleganova


    Targets shoulders, abs, obliques, and butt

    • Lie on left side in side plank position, body balanced on left elbow, feet flexed, left foot in front of right, hips lifted off floor to form a straight line from head to heels, right hand on hip.
    • Rotate hips so that pelvis is facing floor. Return to start. Do 12 to 15 reps per side.

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2013.