Research shows that women slim down and tone up faster above the waist; that means upper-body strength training pays off quickly. In just three weeks, you’ll reveal new muscle tone, and by week five you’ll be ready — yes! — to go sleeveless.
Warm up with the first 30-second core charger. Then go through the routine, performing 10 to 12 repetitions of each body-shaping move and 30 seconds of each charger. Repeat the entire workout once. It should all take less than 15 minutes.
- Core Charger: Crisscross
Stand with feet hip-width apart. Bend arms and hold them out to sides, so they form right angles, palms facing forward. Contract abs and pull left knee and right elbow toward each other. Pause, return to start, then crunch right knee and left elbow together. Continue, alternating, for 30 seconds.
- Body Shaper: Marching Shoulder Raise
Stand holding dumbbells at sides. Raise left knee and right arm out in front of you and left arm out to the side. Lower to start and repeat, raising the right knee and lifting the left arm forward and the right arm to the side. Alternate, doing a full set on each side. Firms: arms, shoulders, abs.
- Core Charger: The Twist
Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell by the ends. Extend arms straight in front of you, elbows slightly bent. Twist torso to right as far as comfortably possible, keeping head and neck in line, hips facing forward. Then twist all the way to the left. Continue, alternating, for 30 seconds.