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Saturday Morning Drill: The Ultimate Summer Body Tone Up

Are you trying to tone your legs, glutes and core for the summer time? Try this workout that will help you boost your metabolism while sculpting a beautiful summer body.

The majority of these moves are plyometric moves, also known as “jump training.” These moves will target your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, core and glutes. In order to protect you joints be sure to land softly and not come crashing down after each move. When your knees are bent, sit back and do not allow for your knees to come past your toes. To get the most out of this workout, push off the ground through your heel to activate your glute muscles each time you jump. If you are not a fan of jumping or have bad knees, remember that all of the moves can be modified! To modify the move and decrease your intensity, remove the jumping action for each move.

This workout will also elevate your heart rate and doubles as another form of cardio. Keep track of how many repetitions you do each minute, and try to beat your reps the next round. After you complete this workout, save the amount of repetitions you completed for when you do this work out again. This will allow you to know how hard you need to push yourself in order to beat your best numbers and set a new personal record!

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Angeles Burke is an American Fitness and Aerobics A.F.A.A. certified group fitness instructor, national level bikini competitor training with IFBB Pro Shannon Dey’s Team Bombshell, member of the National Physique Committee and Celsius sponsored athlete with a master’s degree in communication studies.



Saturday Morning Drills: 4 Moves for a Firm Tush

We have four moves that will help you get that perfectly shaped derrière you’ve been wanting. Your tush is made up of three muscles: the gluteus maximus – the largest muscle in the body – the gluteus medius and the gluteus minimus. It’s important to focus on all three of these muscles while working out. These moves are great because they work every angle, ensuring the best shape.

To maximize the results from these moves make each rep count. While the glutes will naturally contract during these moves, make sure to give them an extra squeeze. Your glutes are mainly slow-twitch muscles which means they perform best with slower endurance exercises. So while you may be in a hurry to get that firm booty, performing the moves slower will get results faster!

For the following workout, perform each move up to three times per week on non-consecutive days. Do up to three sets of 12-15 reps, with only 30 seconds of rest between each.
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How to Stretch Your Glutes and Hamstrings for Fitter Summer Traveling

Are you traveling during summer vacation? Probably so.

Do you stretch on these trips? You can guess the answer to this is usually NO!!

Personally, I travel at least twice a month and I use these two following stretches all of the time to open my tight hips and lengthen my hamstrings after hours of sitting.

It’s important to remember excessive amounts of sitting may cause lower back pain from shortened hip flexors that can pull the pelvis forward resulting in discomfort. Also, sitting will place increased amount of pressure on the spine compared to standing or lying down.

Here’s a simple solution that will keep you feeling good as you take on all of the adventures and activity in your vacation itinerary.

Hamstring Stretch


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Jersey Shore’s JWOWW Shares her Bikini Body Workout Secrets

Spring is here, which means it’s time to get in bikini shape now. No one knows that better than the cast of the Jersey Shore, who spend their summers on national TV in skimpy outfits.

While Snooki is making room for her expanding baby bump, Jenny “JWOWW” Farley has been sporting a more fit and toned body recently, which she credits to spending quality time in the gym with her juice head gorilla boyfriend, Roger. Wanna know how she does it? Here is her beach body workout she swears by, with just 3 exercises for every body part.

For flat abs that rival The Situation‘s, try:

1. The Bicycle Crunch
2. The Vertical Leg Crunch
3. The Exercise-ball Crunch

Firm up your arms with these three tricep exercises:

1. Triceps kickback
2. One-arm Triceps Push-ups
3. Skull Crushers


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How Rihanna Can Get Her Butt Back

You may have noticed Rihanna’s svelte new silhouette, but you may be surprised to find out she’s not too stoked on her slimmer shape. Rihanna wants to get her “disappearing butt” back.

Rihanna always touted her butt as her favorite body part, and has always been celebrated for her curves. While she worked hard to drop some poundage and slim down, she is now working hard to restore her butt to its natural glory.

The singer’s plan is to “firm the butt,” and told People.com “I’m going to have to start hiking or at least going on the elliptical or walking on an incremental treadmill or horseback riding. Something that firms the butt.”

Unfortunately, her weight loss came from some harsh criticism from someone very close to her. Rihanna’s recent weight loss came after her father, Ronald Fenty, told her she was getting “too fat”.

“I actually thought she was a little fat the last time I saw her,” he recently said. “But when I saw her at this year’s Grammys, I thought she was back to her normal size. I used to joke with her, ‘Robyn, [Rihanna's first name], you’re getting too fat.’ But I think she’s fine. I think she looked excellent, as everyone saw, at the Grammys. She’s dieting, she’s working out.”


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