THE BODYSHRINKING WORK­OUT A new fat-fight­ing reg­i­men yields se­ri­ous re­sults, but crit­ics say it may be too ex­treme. Ni­cole Catanese weighs in.

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AAlthough many women ob­sess about their weight, what they re­ally want to gain from con­stant work­outs and cut­ting carbs is less fat. So the scale can be de­ceiv­ing. “You don’t know how much of that num­ber is mus­cle and how much is fat – and mus­cle weighs more,” says Jinger Gottschall, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of ki­ne­si­ol­ogy at Penn State Univer­sity. En­ter S10 Train­ing, a new work­out method that stands for sub-10. The goal is not to con­cern your­self with your scale but to fo­cus in­stead on low­er­ing body fat be­low 10 per­cent (rec­om­mended for men; women are en­cour­aged to achieve 15 per­cent). Many see those num­bers as ex­treme – “A very fit woman would be 19 to 22,” says Gottschall – but Stephen Cheuk, an Equinox ex­pat, cer­ti­fied per­sonal trainer, and the brains be­hind the New York­based S10 work­out stu­dio, dis­agrees: “From an aes­thetic stand­point, 10 for men and 15 for women is where you start to see a lot of def­i­ni­tion.”

The eight-per­son-max 60-minute ses­sions start with a warm-up and what Cheuk calls the “6-1225”. Typ­i­cal pro­to­col for a three-day-a-week S10-er: On day 1, six Ro­ma­nian dead lifts, straight into 12 push-ups, then 25 lunges; on day 2, six sumo dead lifts, 12 weighted body rows, and 25 hip raises; and on day 3, six hang­ing knee raises, 12 jack­knives on sus­pen­sion ca­bles, and 25 V sit-ups. Each se­quence is re­peated three times the first week, four times the sec­ond, and five times the third. The 15-minute fi­nale in­volves heavy lift­ing, such as push­ing a weighted Prowler across the stu­dio. Cheuk tracks body fat us­ing a “med­i­cal-grade de­vice” to pinch “sites that are calo­rie lie de­tec­tors,” he says. “If a client says, ‘I’m eat­ing su­per­clean,’ but the fat goes up, I know it’s a lie – it keeps them hon­est.” Clar­ins Body Lift Cel­lulite Con­trol, RM222.60 BI - MONTHLY

RIT­UAL Do this to get rid of the stub­born flab that just won’t budge de­spite all your gru­elling work­outs and colour­ful di­ets. In­cor­po­rat­ing Clar­ins’s sig­na­ture re­lax­ing breath­ing ex­er­cises, this treat­ment en­cour­ages drainage by pin­point­ing pres­sure points

on the thighs, stom­ach, and arms via man­ual mas­sages and Clar­ins Shap­ing Cream. The ther­a­pist is re­ally well-versed: in just one hour, al­low her fist tech­niques to re­ally work that

stub­born fat away.

NO TIME? TRY THE 20X2 WORK­OUT X Body is all the rage for quick work­outs that re­ally de­liver. Tone up in just 20 min­utes, two ses­sions per week. Bio­elec­tric im­pulses pul­sate deep in all mus­cles, work­ing them hard with min­i­mum move­ments. Burn up to 500 calo­ries per ses­sion, and 1,200 rest­ing calo­ries over the next few hours. Avail­able at Be Ur­ban Well­ness. www.


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