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10 full-body exercises that tone everything in one fell swoop

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

These fitness moves that work several muscles at once will trump leg day

7. Push-up with hip extension

These fitness moves that work several muscles at once will trump leg day
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Functionality: This exercise strengthens your chest, shoulder and arm muscles (primarily triceps) as well as your core muscles and glutes.

Exercise: On your hands and knees, place your hands wider than shoulder distance apart. Extend your right leg straight back, and pull your belly button up toward your spine, tightening your core muscles. Keeping your leg lifted, lower your chest to the ground until each of your elbows is at a 90-degree angle, then push up. Repeat 10 to 15 times for each leg. As you get stronger, increase the angle of your hips, increasing the distance of your knees from your hands. Eventually perform the exercise with straight legs: one leg lifted, the other positioned on your toes.

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