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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

Tips For A Flat Tummy

You don’t need to run to a personal trainer in order to get that flat tummy everyone is lusting after. Eating well, exercising regularly and keeping fatty foods to a minimum are the secret to a healthy body. There are, however some exercises that are specially focused on helping to build that flat tummy, that you can do yourself at home.

Plank

The dreaded plank is actually an entire body workout, which focuses on toning arms, legs and most importantly the core muscles. Start off slow if you’re just getting into it, and try to increase the minutes as you train. Remember to stretch before you start!

Crunches

What are the differences between crunches and sit-ups? Instead of lifting your entire body off the floor, the technique requires you to only lift the upper-back. This continuous motion isolates the abdominal muscles without causing back strain.

Squat twist

This one might sound a little strange for toning abdominal muscles, but it really isn’t that difficult to master. Start by standing with your feet apart, and extend you arms straight ahead. Then squat down as usual, but twist your upper body to the left. This workout should be alternated for the right and left side to nail the technique.

Boxing

This high impact cardiovascular workout can help to trim down the inches, and keep your entire body looking toned. Start off by introducing it into your workout routine once a week, and train with a friend to keep super motivated. Boxing engages the entire core as you throw punches and continuously twist your body throughout the session.

Lifting weights

Just like boxing, lifting weights have become a great way to tone the entire body. Give cardio exercises a skip, and focus on implementing weights into your current workout routine. If the thought of weights alone is enough to scare you, CrossFit classes are filled with numerous exercises that feel like fun and work the entire body, rather than repeating the same routine one hundred times. 

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 14, 2014
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