3 Quick Moves for Full-Body Toning

Ever wonder how a pro trainer works out? Latreal "La" Mitchell showed us her best can't-live-without-'em moves. When she's short on time, she turns to this fast, effective firm-up to target everything (and we do mean everything) from her ponytail down to her Reeboks.

For best results, do the circuit three times, three days a week.

Move #1: Push Up

What it works: Abs, chest, and arms
Start in a modified push-up position on your knees, with wrists directly below shoulders (as shown). Lower torso until your chest hovers above the floor. Pause, then return to start. Do 10 reps.

Fit tip: Keep your belly button pulled in to engage your abdominals.


Move #2: Super Squat

 
What it works: Glutes and thighs

Stand with feet hip-width apart, a weight in each hand. Lower as if sitting in a chair until thighs are almost parallel to floor (as shown). Return to standing for one rep. Do 12 reps.

Fit tip: Keep weight in heels. You should be able to wiggle your toes!


Move #3: Deadlift

 
What it works: Hips, glutes, and legs

Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees soft, holding a weight (5 to 10 pounds) in each hand at thigh level. Hinge forward, driving hips back until torso is parallel to floor, as you lower weights past knees (as shown). Pause, then slowly return to standing. Do 12 reps. To make it easier, lose the weights or go lighter.

Fit tip: Lightly graze thighs (imagine you're shaving legs with the weights).

Photos: Susan Pittard/Studio D
This story originally appeared in the February 2015 issue of Good Houskeeping.





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