Whether it’s awards season, wedding season, the hubby is just home from the field, there is a military ball, or just time for a big night out, your big red carpet moment is here!
You need to look perfect in that dress and the photos afterwards, and a tight pair of Spanx can’t suck everything in. With that in mind, I’ve created the NikkiFitness Red Carpet Runway Workout to give you 5 quick moves that target the areas that must be chiseled for your close-up: triceps, biceps, and shoulder firmers for sleeveless dresses, chest lifters for strapless, backless dress upper-back toners and calf lifts for those short dress styles and high heels.Included is a cardio fat-melting move to slim all over. Grab a pair of 10 pound weights and get started.
Move 1: Cardio Squat Trusts (melts fat, increases metabolism, lifts chest, firms shoulders, tightens abs and tones quads, glutes and calves.) Perform this move to an 8 count with your favorite up-temp music. Do 2 jumping jacks (counts 1,2) touch the floor with your hands and jump back to a plank (counts 3,4), do a pushup (counts 5,6) jump back to standing (counts 7,8.) Repeat 10 times.
Move 2:French Press Calf Raises (tones back of the arms for sleeveless dresses, and calves for short skirts.)Begin standing up with one heavy weight (10 pounds, like an Oscar trophy), and hold it overhead in both hands. Lower the weights behind your head, keeping elbows and triceps close to your face. Press back up for one rep and as you lift the weight, rise up onto the balls of your feet. Lower on to our heels as you lower the weight each time.
Move 3:Reach For The Stars (sculpts shoulders and strengthens obliques). Stand with a 10 pound weight in each hand. Raise right hand to shoulder level. Bend to your left, sliding left hand and weight down your leg as you push the right hand weight to the sky. Return to standing and lower right hand weight to the shoulder. Focus on tightening abs (obliques on our right) in order to lift the body back to an upright position.Repeat 10 times and perform on the opposite side.
Move 4: Martini Shaker (works biceps and obliques for an hourglass photo pose). Sit on a mat with one 10 pound weight and lean back at a 45 degree angle. Lift both legs off the ground. Place the fat ends of the weight in each palm. Drop the weight into the palm of the right hand and turn your body to the right. Return to center with legs lifted and then drop the weight into the left palm and turn to your left.Pretend the weight is a drink shaker and create your concoction with 20 reps.
Move 5: Plank Rows (works upper back, for backless and halter dresses, shoulders and abdominals for a tight tummy pose).Put a 10 pound weight in each hand and support yourself on top of them in a plank position, hands directly under shoulders and toes on the ground, knees lifted. Your heels, hips and shoulders should form a straight line, like a plank or a board. From here, lift the right weight off the ground to your ribcage and push your elbow to the sky. Repeat on the other side for one rep. Perform 10 repetitions.
Do moves 1-5 three times for a complete 30-minute multitasking workout sure to mold your body into model shape wherever your dress style shows skin. Maybe you can even leave the Spanx at home! For a great stretch and more multitasking workouts on DVD, visit www.nikkifitness.com
Fitness, Fit it in. Nikki