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Squats a.k.a. the perfect exercise

wide stance barbell squat Forget diamonds; squats are a girls best friend. I can attest, first hand, to the transformative powers of this exercise. Not just because I fell in love with my personal trainer turned husband as we got to know each other between squat reps, but because it really is the perfect exercise. You engage your core, back, arms, thighs and legs to make a squat happen AND you are blasting the largest muscle in your body while doing so, which turns you into a fat burning machine. Yet, as perfect as the squat is, it also seems to be one the hardest exercises to master in regards to form. Take a minute and watch the video below, and then get to add this move to your 3-days a week weight workout. You will see a noticable difference before you can even realize what's happening. 

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Summer is here and your beach tote is packed full of goodies to keep you entertained while you bask in sun. COVERINGS magazine? Check! Bottled water? Check! Big floppy hat? Check! But don't get to comfortable. Sure you've remember to slather yourself in sunscreen, but if you're anything like me there is one crucial bodypart you ALWAYS miss. Your lips. I have literally sunburned my lips not once, not twice, but at least three times in my life. Lying out trying to get my legs to catch up with the rest of my already sunkissed body and a few hours later my lips are bright pink and in agony. Don't be like me. Make sure you show your lips some spf love with fun summer flavors like Lemon Drop from eos.

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Win the war on muffin top with these 4 side plank moves

side plank exercise ab workout

The arrival of low-rise jeans created the phrase "muffin top" and we've been going to war against it ever since. Well, let us give you a hand. These 4 side plank moves are sure to be your new BFF in battling the bulge. Incorporate them into your workout regimine along with a healthy diet and you are sure to shed pounds and see results. 

Side Plank

Side Plank

Let's start with the basics. Side plank is great for toning your midsection and works the obliques nicely. 

  • Begin in a plank position (the top of a push-up) and roll to your left side allowing your feet to roll too, so you're balancing on the outside of your left foot and the inside of your right. To advance this move, stack your right foot on top of your left. 
  • Reach your right arm toward the ceiling and lift your waist away from the floor to make your obliques fire away. Press your left inner thigh up into your right inner thigh; this helps stabilize you even more.
  • To take pressure off of your wrist, press your left fingertips into the floor.
  • Hold for 30 seconds; work toward holding this position for a full minute. To complete a set, repeat on the other side. Do three sets.

Pulsing Side Elbow Plank

Pulsing Side Elbow Plank

This exercise is great for working the lat, the largest muscle in your back.

  • Begin in a side elbow plank on your right side with straight legs and your feet stacked.
  • Inhale and lower your pelvis to the floor, so your right hip hovers just off the floor. Exhale and press up through your right waist to lift your pelvis and return to side plank. Pull your right shoulder blade down your back to stabilize your shoulder.
  • Repeat for a total of 10 to 15 reps to complete a set, then switch sides. Do three sets.

 

Star Plank

Star Plank

Do this exercise and you will become a fitness superstar — really!

  • Balance your right hand and the outside edge of your right foot. Flex both feet and lift your left arm straight in the air. 
  • Keeping your spine lengthened and your abs engaged, lift your left leg up as high as you can without letting your waist sink to the ground. Then slowly lower your right leg back to the starting position.
  • Do 10 to 15 repetitions on each side, and do three sets.

 

Elbow Plank with Twist

Elbow Plank Twist

Here's how to add a twist to your side plank.

  • Start in side elbow plank on your right side, with your feet stacked and your right fingers reaching away from your body.
  • Place your left arm behind your head, and inhale to prepare.
  • Exhale, engage the deep abs, and rotate your left ribcage toward the floor bringing your left elbow to your right hand. Hold this a moment, and twist and deepen your abdominal connection even more by pulling your navel in toward your spine.
  • Return to starting position and repeat for a total of 10 reps, then switch sides. Do two to three sets.

Source: POPSUGAR Studios

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