6 Tummy-Toning, Butt-Sculpting Moves You Can Do Anywhere
On Thursday I shared with you my top 6 foods to help you get fit in 2014. Welcome to part two: 6 simple exercises that'll tone your tummy, butt and more. But don't wait until January 1 to get started—there's no time like the present! Do as many reps as feels right for your body, but don't give up too soon. These should feel tough, especially by the end of a set.
Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author, with titles including The Body Reset Diet and The 5-Factor Diet. Tweet him @harleypasternak.
On Thursday I shared with you my top 6 foods to help you get fit in 2014. Welcome to part two: 6 simple exercises that’ll tone your tummy, butt and more. But don’t wait until January 1 to get started—there’s no time like the present! Do as many reps as feels right for your body, but don’t give up too soon. These should feel tough, especially by the end of a set.
Single Leg Squat
I love this thigh- and butt-toning move. Start with all your weight on your left foot, with your right leg slightly bent and your right toe slightly touching the ground. Squat using only the muscles of your left leg, then come back up using only those muscles. Once you’ve done all your reps, switch legs.
Single Leg Dead Lift
This one targets the back of your thighs, starting from the back of your knees and running all the way up to your butt. Start with all your weight on your left leg with your knee very slightly bent, and your right leg straight and extended behind you. Kick your right leg back, keeping your spine erect and in line with your leg the entire time. Once you’ve finished all your reps, switch sides.
Single Arm Row
This exercise hits the muscles between your shoulder blades and gives you a natural chest lift. Start in a lunge position with your left knee forward and your right leg extended all the way back. Place your left hand on your left thigh for support, and row a dumbbell with your right arm. Once your done all your reps, switch side.
This exercise strengthens the muscles of the lower back and can create the illusion of a longer torso. Lie flat on your stomach with your legs and arms extended out. Lift your left arm and right leg off the ground at the same time, holding that pose in the air momentarily before lowering. Once you’ve done all your reps, switch sides.
This is my favorite ab move—it’s a great way to strengthen and stretch the front of your abs. Get into a push-up position with your knees and hips on ground, then arch your back so your chest is out and you’re looking at the ceiling. Imagine a rope attached to your tailbone pulling your butt straight up to the ceiling as you look at your shoelaces and contract your abs, the drop your hips back down to the ground and look up at the ceiling. Repeat until you’ve done all your reps.
Alternating Lying Triceps Extension
This is the key to toned triceps. No more flabby arms when you wave goodbye! Lie on your back with your arms extended straight up and a dumbbell in each hand. Bend your left elbow and lower the dumbbell until it’s next to your left ear, then straighten your arm again. Do the same with the right, alternating until you’ve done all your reps.