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Get a Better Booty Without Surgery

Blame it on Kim Kardashian, although I would like to think people are actually realizing that a high, tight butt is the ultimate sign of a fit, healthy person, but butt enhancement surgeries have claimed the top spot as 2011′s top cosmetic procedure.

Big butts have long been praised by men as a sexy asset, while women have strived for tiny, tight rear ends for years. Now, it seems women are starting to get the message that big butts are in, and are willing to go under the knife to get one. There are two types of big rears, however: the dimply, flat and wide butt that comes with a sedentary lifestyle and high BMI and the round, pert rear that looks awesome in your favorite pair of yoga pants. While surgery may get you the latter by injecting fat into strategic areas, the only way to get a butt you can be proud of is to put in the work.

The glutes are terribly, horribly, outrageously overlooked in most people’s fitness routines. Many think that your butt is the shape it is meant to be, and you just have to deal with it. Not so. Your glutes are completely under your control, and if you want a firm, tight butt, with no crease below your buns and upper thigh, you gotta work for it, and cardio isn’t going to do jack to get any results.

By putting in just a little effort and focusing on the muscles that give you a more shapely backside, you will be shocked how quickly you see your butt lift and round out. While traditional squats and lunges will hit them a bit, really focus on the glutes with these easy to do exercises you can perform anywhere.


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Give Pole Dancing Fitness Classes a Whirl

Lisa Johnson is a fitness blogger at LisaJohnsonFitness.com. She has been teaching Pilates since 1998 and owns Modern Pilates in Brookline, MA. She can frequently be found on Twitter @LisaJohnson.

I’m standing between an adorable blonde wearing red, sparkly boy shorts and a lanky brunette with a gorgeous, flowing ponytail and a tank top that says “Survivor.” I’m feeling the very awkward duckling.

I grab the tall, shiny pole with my hand and yank my t-shirt sleeve up over my shoulder so I can show more skin. This isn’t to be sexy; skin is stickier than cotton and it will help me to stay up longer. I take two big steps, my other hand grabs the pole, feet go in the air, and I whiz around once, twice, and then land my two feet almost gracefully. Success! I give out a little squeal because I finally did it on the tenth try.

“Good,” smiles Star, my instructor/torturer, as she nods approvingly. “Next time, step bigger.”

I’m bruised, I’m sweaty, my hands hurt from gripping the pole so hard, and I know my shoulders and legs are going to feel it tomorrow. And I’m only halfway through my first Pole Fitness class not sure I’m going to make it.


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Hula Hoop to Trim Inches From Your Waist and Arms

Lisa Johnson is a fitness blogger at LisaJohnsonFitness.com. She has been teaching Pilates since 1998 and owns Modern Pilates in Brookline, MA. She can frequently be found on Twitter @LisaJohnson.

I love hooping! Yes, the hula hoop, that simple, round, plastic circle, has come a long way from whizzing around your waistline. It’s now a fitness tool to be reckoned with, sculpting abs, of course, but also toning arms and legs.

A good hooping session will burn over seven calories a minute, the same as a boot camp class and, in my opinion, a whole lot more fun!

Don’t think of the hula hoop as a toy for kids. Now hoops come in different sizes and weights and can be used for different training regimens. Heavier hoops are good for a quick workout to tone the abs. The lighter hoops are more fun and are meant to be used for a series of movements both on the body (whizzing around your legs or torso) and off the body (in your hands or on your arms).

Hooping is so much fun you don’t even notice the minutes flying by or the sweat soaking into your t-shirt. It’s great cardio that you can do indoors or out, although outside is more fun because you’ll have more space to move.


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Jillian Michaels Makes The Cut, Again

Jillian Michaels - Making The Cut

Jillian Michaels - Making The Cut *Enhanced Edition

Jillian Michaels is gearing up for the new year with the enhanced edition of her Making The Cut fitness book. Jillian Michaels, best known for her previous role as trainer on NBC’s show Biggest Loser hasn’t slowed down since leaving the show. Michaels is busy releasing new books, enhancing old one and is now a regular on The Doctors, serving as the panel’s fitness expert.

The enhanced edition of Making the Cut includes 80 demonstration videos by Jillian herself designed to show you how to shed those pesky pounds.

Michaels’ 30 day program uses the process of oxidizing as a way to determine what kind of metabolism your body has in order to burn fat in the best way for you. It is a full body program that walks you through step by step and even includes helpful tips to improve self-esteem and confidence.


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Train Like Your Favorite Celebrity with Ramona Braganza’s 3-2-1 Training Method

Trainer Ramona Braganza‘s 3-2-1 workout has been the go-to method for may Hollywood stars and starlets including  Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds and 2011′s Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper to get into fantastic shape fast for roles in big time movies and TV shows.

Ramona Braganza was a cheerleader for The Raiders in LA then began fitness training and modeling, but credits her mental focus to her childhood as a competitive gymnast in Canada. The 3-2-1 method, which Braganza says really came together with Jessica Alba while shooting Into The Blue, consists of three 10-minute intervals of cardio, two 10-minute intervals of strength training, and one 10-minute interval of abdominal training. All of the sequences are then repeated twice to complete one workout.

Want to get the body of your favorite celebrity? Try the 3-2-1 workout for yourself!


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