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  • Try these 'reverse push-ups' to tighten up back-of-the-arm flab

    Try these 'reverse push-ups' to tighten up back-of-the-arm flab

    Oh, you're going to feel this one tomorrow. BarreAmped creator Suzanne Bowen says this is her go-to move for targeting a common trouble spot for men and women — the triceps. This back-of-the-arm area gets flabby without consistent exercise. Worse, it's an area where excess weight can accumulate....

  • Got tight hips and thighs? These stretches are for you

    Got tight hips and thighs? These stretches are for you

    If you're sticking to a New Year's resolution to work out more, you'll enjoy this dance-inspired move from BarreAmped creator Suzanne Bowen. What it does Lengthens and stretches thighs and hamstrings that are tight from working out (or just too much time at a desk). What to do Find a sturdy support...

  • To strengthen the thighs, push through the ups and downs

    To strengthen the thighs, push through the ups and downs

    If you're like most of us, you want tighter thighs in 2016. This dance-inspired move by BarreAmped creator Suzanne Bowen will do the trick. What it does Tightens and tones the thighs. What to do Start with a quick warm-up. A few minutes of walking or jogging will do. Grab onto a countertop — or...

  • How can a 'pretzel' lift and tighten your butt? Try it and you'll see

    How can a 'pretzel' lift and tighten your butt? Try it and you'll see

    It sounds like a promise you'd hear from a late-night infomercial: Lift and tighten your butt in just five minutes! But this move from BarreAmped creator Suzanne Bowen is as efficient and effective as it is subtle. If you go online to watch the video of Bowen demonstrating the move that she calls...

  • P90X's Tony Horton says this workout will boost your balance and flexibility

    P90X's Tony Horton says this workout will boost your balance and flexibility

    It might take you a few weeks to work up to all the moves in this new workout from Tony Horton, the creator of P90X and author of "The Big Picture: 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life." It's not because the moves are so tough but because they will tax your balance and flexibility — and that's exactly...

  • Biceps curls combined with lunges build your balance too

    Biceps curls combined with lunges build your balance too

    Working out your biceps along with your lower body is a classic combination, because those areas tend to be able to handle relatively strong loads, said Kim Lyons, founder of Bionic Body in Hermosa Beach. That means you can really push yourself and still be able to hoist your coffee cup or lower...

  • Try This: 'The Parallel' is a dance move that will push your thighs to the limit

    Try This: 'The Parallel' is a dance move that will push your thighs to the limit

    Here's proof this move will tighten up your thighs: Super-sleek fitness expert Suzanne Bowen, creator of BarreAmped, has been doing this dance-inspired move several times a week for 14 years. And still her legs are like Jell-O by the end of it. (You can go online to see her trembling legs for yourself...

  • Tony Horton shares a circuit to charge up the body and mind too

    Tony Horton shares a circuit to charge up the body and mind too

    Ever have one of those days when you pull on your workout gear and you realize you're mentally exhausted? This workout by Tony Horton, the creator of P90X and author of "The Big Pictures: 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life," is perfect for those times: Once you master these moves, you can keep...

  • Here's one pool exercise that kicks core, glutes and more into action

    Here's one pool exercise that kicks core, glutes and more into action

    You've probably never seen an exercise like this before. But this pool move does it all: keeps you cool during the dog days of summer, provides head-to-toe resistance training and also gives you a cardio jolt. Get ready to salute the flag, says John Platero, chief executive of the National Council...

  • Want a butt like Kim Kardashian? Try this dance-inspired fitness move

    Want a butt like Kim Kardashian? Try this dance-inspired fitness move

    So simple. Yet so hard. That's the best way to describe this dance-inspired move from Suzanne Bowen, creator of BarreAmped. It looks easy and yet ... well, try it for yourself and you'll see. What it does This move is called the fold-over, and it will help you build lean muscle by lifting the glutes...

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