Best Exercises For An Hourglass Figure

We’re revealing the best fitness plans that will tone and slim your particular figure. Next up, hourglasses!

Celebrity Doubles:
Sofia Vergara, Christina Hendricks
 Curvy on the bottom and top, with a small waist
Trouble spots:
Your upper and lower body are pretty symmetric, but you’ll want to focus on the back.
Your plan:
 “With a bigger chest, you should spend twice as much time on your back muscles and posture to be able to stay aligned and strong,” says Jessi Kneeland, personal trainer, coach, and founder of Remodel Fitness.
Combine a two-to-one ratio of back to chest exercises for your upper body. For every one set of “pressing” exercise you do, add two sets of a “pulling” exercise. “Pressing moves will work your chest and shoulders and include push-ups, dumbbell overhead presses, and bench press. To work your back with pulling moves, try chin ups, seated pull downs, and rows,” she explains.

Do three sets of 10 reps for each move below.


Leg Push Up

Start in the standard pushup position: Begin on all fours, and place your hands on the floor slightly wider than and in line with your shoulders. Reach feet out to the back, so that they are slightly wider than hip-width apart, knees lifted off the ground. Your body should form a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Raise one foot off the floor. Lower your body toward the floor and then press back up, keeping your leg off the floor the entire time. ”Squeeze the butt cheek and quad of the lifted leg so that it’s locked very straight. You’ll still be working it hard, even if it’s just a few inches off the ground,” she notes.

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