APRIL 2009
Happy Spring and Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there!  Enjoy this special day with your kids, your mother, grandmother or friends.  I always love Mother's Day brunch whether it is at a restaurant or in my own kitchen.  We all know that if it's Mother's Day it's May, and if it's May...summer is right around the corner!  Here in NY we just had a few 90 degree days and a taste of summer, shorts and tank tops earlier than we would have liked.  A very good reminder that we are close to baring our arms and legs for a few months.  

I dedicate this newsletter to a few quick exercise tips for those bare arms and legs that will get you bikini ready for June!  See below for some killer, quick-working moves.

 

 2 Arm & 2 Leg Exercises to Get Ready for
Sleeveless and Legless Clothing!  

ARMS:
Strong Shoulders and Triceps flatter any tank top or sleeveless dress.
Try these 2 exercises, 3 sets, 12-15 reps of each exercise.  Try 5 lb dumbbells and go heavier if you do not feel anything on the shoulder lift.  Remember you need to feel the muscles working.

Shoulder Lateral Lift:

No bench? Lean on a wall or use a mat on the floor to mimic the exercise shown. You will feel this much more than a standing up straight lateral lift, but both work!

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Tricep Bench Dip:     No Bench? Use the edge of a sturdy chair.
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LEGS:
These 2 leg exercises are killer!  Start slowly and work up to 3 sets and 15 reps of each.  For both exercises, land as lightly on your feet as possible.

Jumping Squat:  Jump straight up and land as lightly as you can on your feet with your knees at 90 degrees.
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Jumping Alternating Lunges:  Start in Lunge position as shown and jump straight up.  Land in a lunge position with the opposite leg forward.  Continue to alternate with each jump.  Try as many as you can.  These are very challenging and will also serve as cardio!
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