The crop-top workout
No matter what you think about your midsection, you can rock a crop top, and this workout will help give you the confidence to do so. Instead of just targeting your abs, the routine focuses on moves that work multiple muscles at once to build fat-burning muscle all over and fire up your entire core to make sure your abs look flat and fantastic in that revealing shirt.
How it works: Three or four non-consecutive days a week, do 1 set of each exercise in order. Repeat the entire circuit up to two more times.
You will need: Free weights, mat.
–By Jessica Smith
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Squat pass press (A)
A. Stand with feet hip-width apart holding a dumbbell in left hand in front of shoulder. Bend knees and lower into a squat position, sitting back into hips and keeping knees over toes and spine neutral.
Squat pass press (B)
B. Extend legs as arms extend overhead, passing the dumbbell from left to right hand. Immediately lower into a squat position, bringing dumbbell in front of right shoulder. Continue, alternating arms each rep.
Deadlift row (A)
A. Stand with feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent, abs engaged, holding dumbbells. Hinge forward, bringing chest toward the floor, keeping spine naturally straight.
Deadlift row (B)
B. Bend elbows and pull dumbbells to sides of torso, squeezing shoulder blades back and together. Extend arms to return to starting position.
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Alternating reverse chest press (A)
A. Lie face-up on the floor or a bench with knees bent and feet flat, holding dumbbells. Extend arms above chest (weights should line up over midline of chest) with palms facing away from body.
Alternating reverse chest press (B)
B. Bend right elbow, lowering arm toward the floor to the side of shoulders (arm should make a 90-degree angle from shoulder). Extend arm to return to starting position. Continue, alternating arms each rep.
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Triceps kickback lunge (A)
Reps: 12 per side
A. Begin in a split stance with right foot forward, holding a dumbbell in left hand. Lower into a lunge, bending both knees about 90 degrees. Hinge upper body forward about 45 degrees with both arms straight. Bend left elbow behind body, keeping spine naturally straight and abs tight.
Triceps kickback lunge (B)
B. Extend left arm behind you. Bend elbow back to starting position.
Biceps curl squat
Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding dumbbells with palms facing forward. Bend knees and lower into a squat position, sitting back into hips and keeping knees over toes and spine neutral as you bend elbows to curl dumbbells in toward body. Extend arms and legs to return to starting position.
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