Just in time for shorts sea­son – this work­out is de­signed to torch fat, tone your mid­sec­tion and sculpt your booty from ev­ery an­gle

Women's Health (South Africa) - - BEST BODY - B y Wa n i t a N i c o l

Hooray for spring, when hem­lines are shorter and tops are strap­pier. And bums… Well... Let’s just say win­ter was kind. Too kind. If your ex­er­cise regime has been in hi­ber­na­tion the last few months, you’re prob­a­bly feel­ing slug­gish, un­fit and to­tally un­pre­pared for cloth­ing that shows more skin than your go-to win­ter uni­corn one­sie. Even if you look like the same pow­er­house you were pre-cold and dark days, tak­ing a hia­tus from ex­er­cise tends to leave you feel­ing frump­ish. And frump­ish feel­ings don’t slip into a pair of short-shorts and go strut­ting around in pub­lic.


The best strat­egy for one­sie-wean­ing? A cracker of a work­out that tar­gets all those bits you’re feel­ing in­se­cure about and de­liv­ers enough heart-thump­ing car­dio to give you an en­dor­phin high. This work­out, from Vir­gin Ac­tive mas­ter trainer Aneeka Buys, de­liv­ers ex­actly that. “Aes­thet­i­cally, this work­out is specif­i­cally de­signed to cre­ate a strong, stable and de­fined core and also a round and pert bum,” says Buys. Yes, please! “Look­ing past the aes­thet­ics, these ex­er­cises ac­ti­vate into the glu­teus medius, ham­strings, lower back, ab­duc­tors and ad­duc­tors – al­le­vi­at­ing pain in the knees by strength­en­ing the sta­bilis­ers. The core ex­er­cises are de­signed to strengthen the trans­verse ab­do­mi­nis (the part that keeps your in­sides in) and in­ter­nal obliques.” In other words, you’re go­ing to sculpt your abs, lift and round out your butt, im­prove your pos­ture and have fewer aches and pains. And you’re go­ing to feel that spe­cial combo of sore mus­cles and post-work­out high that makes you feel like your fit, Su­per­woman self again.

Ex­tracted from Shed­ding For The Wed­ding, the ul­ti­mate sus­tain­able, shape-up plan for brides – and any­one else in­ter­ested in ton­ing up and slim­ming down! – from the ed­i­tors of Women’s Health. Check out Shed­dingForTheWed­

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