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Pre-Wedding Workout Tips

Tone your entire body in the lead-up to your wedding day with these quick and easy exercises. Whether you have time to head over to the gym everyday, or simply workout in the comfort of your own home, make sure to include these workouts into your weekly routine.

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Jumping jacks

The humble jumping jack workouts out the entire body, and also keeps your heart-rate up and running! Start with 15 per session, then increase 10 over each day. Be sure to use your arms for extra stability.

Squats

Squats will become your best friend (or worst enemy) after this workout is complete. As always, start with 5 squats until your body is ready to progress to 10 or possibly 15 over the next week.

Russian twists

Workout your arms, legs, and core muscles at the same time with a Russian Twist. The most effective way to nail this exercise is by keeping your legs off the ground, and twisting your body from side to side.

Plank

The plank might feel as dreadful as the squat, but it’s so good for you! Keep your arms at a 90º angle, and it will give you enough stability to keep this position for 20-40 seconds, easily.

Kneeling push-up

An effective workout which is taking the pushup to a completely new level! This is a popular method used by NFL Cheerleaders to achieve their toned physiques before each game. Keep your legs elevated at a 90º angle, then push up with your arms.

Superman

Work your love handles with this interesting little routine called Superman. Lie down flat on your stomach, then try and extend your arms and legs off of the floor. You should feel a burn in your abdominal muscles.

Lunges

Finish your workout with a few lunges to make your legs look toned and sculpted. Try a tick-tock lunge in which you quickly alternate the lunge on each leg – your legs and core muscles will feel so good afterwards!

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December 11, 2014

Train Your Legs At Home

If you’re looking to build some muscle or simply tone your legs before the summer season, odds are you’ve probably thought about joining a local gym. Whether you work at home or simply can’t find the time for a proper workout routine, try some of these simple exercises at home. This way, you can work at your own pace and fit in an exercise when you have the time.

Squats

Quads are located on the upper half of the leg, and can often be the most difficult part of the body to tone. Simple but effective quad exercises include squats and lunges. To perform a proper squat, stand with feet shoulder-width apart and extend the arms. Squat as if you’re about to sit on a chair, using the muscles from your upper thighs and keep your weight in your heels.

Lunges

Lunge exercises generally target the upper thighs and buttocks, by strengthening core muscles and using the entire body as resistance. Include lunges in your warm-up exercise if you are preparing an extended workout. Stand up straight with your legs hip-width apart, and hands on your hips. Extend your left foot forward and raise your heel, before bending both knees at a 90º angle.

Toe touch

Not only will toe touches help to increase flexibility in the body, but are a great warm-up exercise if you’re incorporating this routine into your workout. Simply put your feet together then bend at the waist and allow arms and hands to hang naturally. Then stretch as far as you can by keeping your legs straight.

Wall sit

This exercise is typically used to build isometric strength and target the core muscles, glutes and calves. Push your back firmly against a wall, then slide down into a sitting position. Extend the arms out for extra stability and make sure the knees and feet are aligned for a perfect technique.

Jumping jacks

Yes, jumping jacks are very effective to warm-up the entire body and tone legs without much endurance. Think about the amount of times you have to jump up and down before getting tired.

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July 21, 2014