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Hitting the beach soon? Well, these targeted moves from celebrity personal trainers should have you feeling more bikini confident than ever before.
Introducing the perfect bikini body workout:
‘My favourite exercise for the upper arms is called The Butterfly,’ says Nathalie Schyllert, who trains Lara Stone at Bodyism. ‘All you need is a 1kg weight (or 1L bottle of water) in each hand. Bring your arms straight out sideways to shoulder height and bend your elbows slightly towards the floor. Then bring your elbows up again as if you have wings. This exercise will give you a nice shoulder definition and firmer triceps without adding bulk.’
‘Try some elbow to knee crunches to really get your abs firing,’ says Scott Laidler, who works with Kate Hudson. ‘Lie face-up with your hips and knees bent 90 degrees in the air and your lower legs parallel to the floor. Place your fingers on the sides of your forehead, lift your shoulders off the floor and hold them there. Twist your upper body to the right as you pull your right knee in as fast as you can until it touches your left elbow, while simultaneously straightening your left leg. Your legs should remain in the air throughout the exercise. Return to the starting position and repeat to the right.’
‘Developing strong obliques can help reduce the appearance of love handles,’ says Scott Laidler. ‘Try a Russian Twist to tackle this area. Sit on the floor with your hips and knees bent 90 degrees, and your feet flat on the floor about one foot in front of you. Keeping your arms straight, hold a weighted object out in front of you, then lean back so that you are at a 45 degree angle from the floor, keeping your back straight. Then explosively rotate your torso as far as you comfortably can from side to side. First to the left, then reverse the motion, twisting as far as you can to the right.’
‘The plié in 2nd position is a
great exercise for the thighs, and specifically the inner thighs,’ says Nathalie Schyllert. ‘Stand with your feet wide apart, with your toes pointing out. Bend your knees, making sure that they do not go over your toes. Repeat 30 times.’
‘Toning the bum is all about going back to basics,’ says Scott Laidler. ‘For a perfectly pert bum you need to do squats, step-ups and lunges – these exercises have been around for ages and that’s because they work. Aim for lots of reps, three times a week, and you’ll see a huge difference, fast!’