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Here's a fact about flab: It results not only from lack of muscle tone but also from excess body fat. "You could do 1,005 crunches, but if you don't do enough cardio, you'll just have very toned muscles under a blanket of fat," says Johanna Subotovsky, learning manager at Equinox Fitness. You need at least 30 minutes of cardio, three times a week. Then try this spot-specific advice.
1. HELP FOR: Bra bulge
To get rid of the little roll that spills over your bra strap in the back, try bent-over rows.
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Stand next to a chair with a dumbbell in right hand. Place left knee and hand on seat and extend right arm toward floor. Bending elbow out to side, slowly bring weight up to chest. Do two sets of 15 reps on each side.
2. HELP FOR: Inner- and outer- thigh mushiness
The hips and thighs are the first place most women tend to store fat and the last place they lose it. In addition to lots of cardio, try the four-way lunge.
With hands on hips, step forward with right foot and lunge (don't let knee go past toes); return to start. Lunge backward; return to start. Lunge right (keeping left leg straight); go back to start. Then with left foot, lunge to left side. Repeat, leading with opposite foot. Do two sets of 15 reps on each side.
3. HELP FOR: Underarm flab
Triceps respond fast to exercise and fat loss, which means that you could see a change here in just a few weeks with chair dips.
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Place your hands on the edge of the seat of a chair and walk your feet out. Slowly lower butt toward floor, bending elbows to about a 90-degree angle; press back up. Do two sets of 15 reps.
4. HELP FOR: Armpit overhang
The flesh that peeks out over the top of a strapless gown can be tightened with push-ups. But the issue may be the dress, not you.
"It's all about the cut," says stylist Cristina Ehrlich, who's worked with Penélope Cruz. "Look for a dress where the top is high enough that it doesn't dig into your armpit skin. It should come up and over the area."
5. HELP FOR: Belly pooch
Along with plenty of cardio, you can flatten your lower abs with planks.
Get in a raised push-up position, except with forearms on the floor; hold the pose with back flat and belly in for 30 to 90 seconds. For more definition, try the bicycle. Lie on floor, knees bent, hands behind head. Lift shoulder blades and twist right elbow to left knee; then twist left elbow toward right knee. Do two sets of 15 reps.
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