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Talk Takeaway: Fitness with Jackie Warner

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 10:45am

Jackie Warner is a celebrity fitness trainer best known for her past Bravo reality series, "Work Out" and "Thintervention." She is also the author of the bestselling books, "10 Pounds in 10 Days" and "This Is Why You're Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever)."  She joins us for part of our "Talk Takeaway - Fitness" series to share how we can spring into shape this season.  Jackie shows us a variety of exercises that can easily be done outdoors, away from the gym...all you will need is a park bench and a jump rope!


BENCH EXERCISES:

Side Step-Ups: Stand beside the bench and then step up with one foot and lift yourself up until both feet are on the bench and you are in a standing position.   Slowly lower one leg down and then the other leg until you are standing on the ground. This works your glutes, hamstrings and quads.  

Tricep Dips with Leg Raises:  With legs straight out in front of you, place your hands palms down on the surface of the bench.  Bend your elbows to 90 degrees while lowering your body toward the ground. Keep the elbows close to your sides to emphasize the contraction of the triceps.  This move works the triceps.  For an extra challenge, try it while elevating one leg as you come out of each dip.  Alternate your legs. This works out your triceps.

Up-Downs: Get into a plank position facing the bench.  Lift one arm to the bench and then raising yourself, lift your second arm to the bench so you are now planking on the bench.  Then take one arm off the bench and then the other until you are back into the original starting plank position on the ground.  This works the all over core, chest, shoulders and back.  


JUMP ROPE EXERCISES:

Closed to Wide Jumping Squats: Shape the jump rope into a circle on the ground. Perform a close squat with your feet shoulder-width apart inside the circle and then jump outside lowering into a wide squat with your feet on either side of the circle. This works out your legs.

Moving Push-Ups: With the jump rope still in a circle on the ground, get into a push-up position placing one hand inside the circle and the other outside the circle. Perform one push-up and then bring the outside hand inside the circle and the inside hand outside the circle. Perform another push-up.  Jackie recommends doing 20 reps.  This works out your upper body.

Bunny Hops: Straighten the jump rope into a vertical line in front of you. Start at one end and diagonally jump from left to right and repeat six times.  This works out your legs and strengthens your cardio.

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