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Top Exercises for a Bikini Body

Updated on June 18, 2011

It’s almost the dreaded bikini season; are you ready? Prancing around half naked may seem especially daunting, but the following exercises are designed to target the most common problem areas many women are self conscious about. Carve out a few minutes a day for awork out plan, and soon you will be feeling more confident strutting your stuff with a great bikini body!

Plank (works the abs)

Get in a push up position, but on your forearms instead of your hands. Lift your hips so your back and butt is in a straight line. You should really feel this in your abs. Hold for 10-20 seconds, and then repeat 5-10 times.

Pilates Leg Workout (works the lower abs)

Lay on your back, arms at your sides. Lift your legs with your knees bent so your calves are parallel to the floor. Place your hands behind your head and lift your head slightly. Bring one knee in toward your chest and straighten the other leg, holding it slightly above the floor. Hold this position for a second and then switch legs. Repeat 10-20 times, doing 5-10 sets.

Sideways Crunch (works the oblique muscles)

Get in a standard crunch position, with your feet on the floor, legs bent, hands behind your head. Lift one foot and put it on the opposite knee, then let the leg of that knee fall to the side so your foot is once again on the floor, but the outside of your waist is facing the ceiling. Do a standard crunch, focusing in on your oblique muscles. Repeat 10-20 times on each side, doing 5-10 sets.

Bridge (works the butt and thighs)

Get in the standard crunch position again, this time without your hands behind your head. Breathe in and slowly lift your hips as high as you can, so your head hips, and knees are in a diagonal line. Squeeze your butt at the top. For an added challenge try lifting one foot at a time while your hips are in the air and pointing your toes. Repeat 10-20 times on each side, doing 5-10 sets.

Squats (works the butt and thighs)

Stand with your feet at hips width apart, hands on your hips, toes slightly out. Slowly bend your knees and bring your hips down to create a straight line from knee to knee. Hold for a few seconds in this position. For an added challenge, bring each heel up one at a time so you are on your tiptoes. Repeat 10-20 times on each side, doing 5-10 sets.


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