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Have you guys heard about Pilates Platinum? This hot new studio, a favorite haunt for drool-worthy celebs including Alessandra Ambrosio and Marcia Cross, uses the same principles as traditional Pilates but adds extra resistance and repetitions to give you a hardcore fat-burning, body-toning workout. Unfortunately, not all of us have a ZIP code of 90210. (Or anything Los Angeles-related. You get the point.) Thankfully, Pilates Platinum owner Healther Dorak shared three moves you can do at home or in the gym. "Each of these three moves targets and challenges several different muscle groups at once so you get more bang for your buck," says Dorak. "Do this routine three times a week, and you'll start to strengthen and tone your abs, legs, glutes, and arms."
Start on hands and knees with hands directly below shoulders. Place a four-pound hand weight at the back of one knee. Bend same leg to hold the weight in place, and lift the knee up to hip level, heel reaching high to the ceiling. Simultaneously, reach the opposite arm straight out in front of you. Press the knee up toward the ceiling about two inches, keeping the weight still and foot flexed. Count to 10. Hold knee still, two inches above hip, for about 10 seconds. Do five reps, switch legs, and repeat.
Get the other two moves after the break!
Forearm Plank With Leg Lift
Press forearms into the floor. Curl toes under, and lift knees up off the floor to plank position. Bend right knee so heel is parallel with the ceiling, keeping knee level with opposite leg. Hold for 10 counts. Switch legs, and hold for 10 counts. Repeat on each side 3 times.
Sit with knees bent, hands making a circle in front of you with a slight bend in the elbows, fingertips touching. Balancing on the tailbone, straighten legs to a high diagonal, pressing them firmly together. Keeping legs completely still and chest lifted, open arms out to the side, and roll from spine down to the top of shoulder blades. Roll back up, bringing your fingertips back together. Repeat 10 times.
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