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May 7, 2007

Splurge vs. Steal: Fat Busters

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Trouble spot #3: Inner thighs
Splurge: $2,800-$5,800
Steal: Ball squeezes
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Place a six-pound medicine ball between your inner thighs. Now slowly lift your pelvis straight up toward the ceiling until a straight line is formed between your knees and shoulders. When you get to the top of the lift, really squeeze the ball, says Foster. Gradually lower your butt back down to the floor. For best results, aim to do three sets of 15 at least three times a week. To increase the intensity of the move, hold squeeze longer.

Trouble spot #4: Outer thighs
Splurge: $2,100-$5,500
Steal: Sideways steps
Tie a resistance band around both of your legs at the upper thighs, then literally walk sideways across the room, taking 25 to 30 wide steps to the right, then 25 to 30 wide steps to the left. For best results, do this move at least three times a week.
Tip: To see results sooner, up the intensity by tying the band tighter. If space is an issue, this move can be simulated on a treadmill. Simply set the machine to a low speed and take wide strides facing to the side.

Trouble spot #5: Butt
Splurge: $2,000-$5,000
Steal: Walking up stairs ‑- with weights
Grab two 8- to 10-pound dumbbells and, pumping your arms as you normally would when walking, haul yourself up four flights of stairs (there should be at least 10 stairs per flight), then slowly walk down again, says Foster. For best results, aim to do stair-walking three times a week. If your home doesn't have stairs but you have access to a gym, recreate this move on a treadmill set at a high incline.

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