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Tighten and Tone Muscles in 10 Minutes a Day With 4 Resistance Band Exercises (Designed by a Personal Trainer)

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“No pain, no gain” is no longer true. Frankly, it never was. Smart exercises that support, strengthen, and slim your body — rather than strain it — are the goal. Fitness expert Kristin McGee, who works with A-list celebrities like Savannah Guthrie, uses a resistance band to do just that. Below are four of her favorite moves for toning muscles and melting fat quickly and safely.

Warrior lunges help trim thighs.

Lunges are one of the best exercises for burning fat and revealing the lean muscle underneath, particularly in the hips and thighs. Hold your resistance band taut to also engage your rear deltoids (for slimming and toning shoulders).

TO DO: Stand with your feet 3 feet apart, left toe turned to the side. Hold band in both hands, with hands 2 feet apart. This is your start position.

  • Extend left arm to side and pull right hand back to right shoulder.
  • Bend left knee, and lower into lunge.
  • Return to start position.
  • Do 10 reps on each side.

Standing side crunches trim the waist.

This simple standing ab exercise will get you closer to your hourglass figure goals. It utilizes the obliques — muscles that run along the sides of the abdomen and cinch the waist like a corset.

TO DO: Stand straight with feet together. Hold band in both hands, with hands 2 feet apart. Lift band overhead and separate hands until band is taut. This is your start position.


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