don’t need an expensive gym membership or a personal trainer to shape
up fast. We chatted up pro trainer Missy Beaver to hear about her five
best-ever moves. Even better? They require no additional equipment. We
love her slow-going take on sit-ups. She promises it’ll give ya “a flat,
toned stomach.” These moves give ya a cardio blast, too, so try ‘em out
three days a week.
Set up a chair so it’s an arm’s length in front of you. You’ll use this
for balance, if you need it. Lift your leg slightly off the ground in
front of you and keep your right leg planted. Reach your arms out in
front of you as a counterbalance. Slowly squat down, until you feel like
you’re sitting in a chair. Stand up slowly. Repeat five times and then
switch sides. Do three sets. If you’re a beginner, start out with one
Start with your feet at hip-width apart, with hands by your side. Drop
down to the ground in a squat position, with your butt tucked under.
Roll onto your back. Don’t roll onto your neck! Reach your hands out in
front of you and roll up onto your feet. Stand up. Repeat five times and
do three sets.
Stand with your feet at hip-width, with your hands by your
side. Take a big step forward with your left leg. Lower your right knee
down, until it’s almost touching the floor. Don’t let your left knee
extend over your left ankle. Your thigh should be parallel to the floor.
Slowly stand back up and return to start. Repeat five times on each
leg. Do three sets.
Push Back Push-Up
Start standing, with your legs together, hands by your side.
Crouch down to the floor and get into push-up position. Do one push up.
Stand back up. Repeat five times and do three reps.
Hook your feet under a couch or have your workout partner hold
them for you. Bend your knees and sit up with your hands behind your
head. Slowly ease down to the ground. It should take you five full
seconds to hit the floor. Return to a seated position in a five-count as
BY GL ON 8/18/2011 9:00:00 AM
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