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THE ITEM: LEATHER SKINNIES
THE TARGET AREA: OUTER THIGHS amp HIPS
Crunch trainer Damien Bourbeau: Lay on your side, barefoot and with your shoulder blades and butt against a wall. With your lower leg on the floor, raise your top leg 45º while keeping the heel against the wall. Repeat 15 times on each leg.
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THE ITEM: BANDAGE MINI
THE TARGET AREA: BUTT
Celeb trainer Kathy Kaehler: Line up 10 playing cards in front of you. Squat down to pick up the first card and stand up. Move to the next card and squat to put the first card on top of it. Stand back up then squat down again and pick up one card at a time from the pile of two cards. With both cards in hand, move to the third and squat to place one card at a time on top. Repeat the pickup process and keep going down the line until there are no cards on the floor.
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THE ITEM: STRAPPY MAXI
THE TARGET AREA: ARMS
Celeb trainer David Kirsch: Start by kneeling on all fours (knees under your hips and hands under your shoulders). Extend your right arm and left leg, then crawl forward Spider-Man-style, extending your opposite limbs. Each time you crawl, lower yourself into an off-center push-up. Repeat 20 times.
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THE ITEM: CUTOUT DRESS
THE TARGET AREA: OBLIQUES
Equinox N.Y.C. personal trainer Jaime Morales: Start on a side plank with your forearm supporting your body. With the opposite hand behind your head twist and turn your hips and body to face the floor. Hold for three seconds before returning to side plank. Repeat 10 times on each side.
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THE ITEM: COLD SHOULDER TOP
THE TARGET AREA: SHOULDERS
Fitness expert and founder of willspace Will Torres: Hold weights (soup cans work too) at the shoulders, keeping your chest up and your feet shoulder-width apart. Lower yourself into a squat, place the weights on the floor, jump back into a plank then jump forward with feet shoulder-width apart. Bring the weights back to your shoulders and raise them overhead. Repeat 15 times.
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THE ITEM: BACKLESS DRESS
THE TARGET AREA: BACK
Crunch trainer Leanne Weiner: Lie face down with your arms and legs extended and a soup can in your right hand. Keeping your feet together, pull your legs off the floor. Simultaneously raise the upper body, pulling your shoulders up and back. Leave your left hand extended and reach back with the soup can, bending at the waist, to create a semicircle with your right arm. Return to starting position and switch hands. Repeat 15 times with each arm.
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THE ITEM: CROP TOP
THE TARGET AREA: ABS
Kaehler: Lie on your left side with your legs stacked, your head resting on your left arm and your right arm on the floor in front of you for balance. Squeeze your legs together and lift them both off the floor as high as possible, engaging the muscles at your waist. Pulse three times and lower. Repeat 10 times on each side.
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