Firm your upper and middle back to eliminate bra bulges; firm up your belly and tone your upper chest to look great in sleeveless tops with these exercises.
Want to blast off back fat, bra rolls, muffin tops, and more? These targeted five-minute workouts will have you sleek and toned in just two weeks.
Technically speaking, your clothes fit. You can zip your jeans (with a little oomph), hook your bra (OK, it stretches), and button your blouses (does anyone really see that little tug?). But you know your wardrobe is on the edge--and not in a good way. Bulges at your armpits, over your waistband, or around your bra band are notorious outfit wreckers. We call them spillover spots, and most of us have them--even otherwise slim women. But now you can eliminate them: Our targeted toning exercises laser in on tiny muscles beneath spillover spots that standard moves miss. When eight women tried the workout plan, they lost an average of three pounds and nearly two inches off their trouble spots in just two weeks. Now it's your turn. You can drop up to six pounds in 14 days and look smoother and more streamlined in everything you wear.
The Expert: Chris Freytag, certified personal trainer, designed this workout and models the moves.
Pick your trouble zone (it may be more than one) and do the prescribed toning moves 3 times a week on alternating days to firm up that area.
Combine that with a cardio workout 5 or 6 times a week to shed fat. (You can do toning and cardio on the same day.)
What you need: A resistance band, mat, and maybe a pair of 3- to 5-lb dumbbells (depending on the routines you choose).
Melt Spillover Fat
Our toning moves will firm up the muscles under those spillover spots. But to fully erase the bumps and bulges, you need to burn off excess fat as well, and that means cardio. Here's what we suggest to see the speediest results:
For under-arm flab and back fat, try...
Cardio kickboxing: Tossing punches and jabs is a super trouble-spot firmer.
Rowing machine: All those arm pulls are particularly good for shedding back fat.
Swimming: Doing laps, especially the breaststroke, works the entire armpit area front and back.
For a muffin top, try...
Zumba: This hot dance trend engages your abs while you shake your hips to shimmy off that unwanted belly roll.
Water aerobics: Twisting and turning moves target and firm your waistline.