Stronger Glutes

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This is a new, fun way to strengthen your glutes and thighs. By using a kettlebell, which is easier to hold than a dumbell, you’ll be able to maximize your results with added resistance while performing this wide-leg drop squat

Stand with your feet a little wider than shoulder width apart, toes facing forward. Hold a 5- to 10-pound kettlebell or dumbell in your right hand. Rest your left hand on your left thigh. Bend your knees, sit back on your heels and lean slightly forward as if you were dropping the weight on the floor. When the weight is a few inches from the floor, straighten your legs and stand up.

At the top of the squat, switch hands, grasping the kettlebell with your left hand. Then straighten your legs and repeat. Bend, switch, straighten. Continue the squats, alternating arms until you have completed 10 to 20 squats.

: Los AngelesĀ  Times

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Simple Exercise for the Back

Strengthen your entire back with this one simple move. The first variation, in which your legs are on the floor, targets the upper and mid-back muscles. The second variation kicks up the intensity by also training your buttocks and legs.
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Lie face down on a level, padded surface. Straighten your legs behind you with your toes down and your inner ankles facing each other. Place the palms of your hands flat on the floor near your rib cage, elbows bent and tucked in close to your body. Inhale, contract your upper back muscles to raise your chest, shoulders and head off the floor. Pause for three breaths.

Exhale while you keep your upper back raised. Inhale again, but this time extend your arms back, reaching your fingertips toward your feet. Now raise your legs off the floor. Keep your knees straight and your feet close together. Hold this position for three breaths, release and rest face-down on the floor for 15 seconds. Repeat two or three times.

Los Angeles Times

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