Since summer is here, most of us don't like to spend too much time in the gym. One way to get the job done and still get a good workout is to do moves that target more than one body part, like the Curtsy Curl-Up in the July 2011 issue of Self magazine.
Here is how it's done:
- Stand with light weights in each hand, preferably 2 or 5 lbs., with your arms extended in a v shape from at your shoulder level and you palms down.
- As you step back your right leg behind your left in a Curtsy-style squat, pull your elbows down into your hips and rotate your palms up.
- Return to the start position from step one to complete the rep.
- Do 15 reps and switch to do the other leg.
What this works
Not only will your butt and thighs get a nice workout from the new curtsy squat, but your shoulders and biceps get toned by the pull down curl. This will also torch more calories, since more muscles groups are involved; it will also increase your heart rate, and keep your body pumping.