Just in the nick of time! It’s the last day of February and March’s mags are all over the newsstands, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up an old issue and learn some new tricks (With the flu hitting so hard, you’re bound to see something older at a doctor’s office). Here are a few winners in four of my favorite titles.
1. Marissa Miller has a killer bikini workout.
It’s not a surprise when she looks like that on the first page of her feature. I love the “triple-delt duty” exercise sequence to sculpt amazing shoulders and the “burpee” definitely wipes you out! Wanna know how to do it, too?
- Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and put hands on floor in front of feet.
- Hop feet back, then forward again.
- Jump up, catching air and raising hands over head.
- Continue for one minute.
- Add a push-up while in plank pose to make it more of a challenge.
- Hold a dumbbell in each hand out to the sides at shoulder level.
- Circle arms forward 15 times, then back 15 times.
- Next, bend elbows at 90 degrees.
- Rotate forearms down so they’re parallel to the floor, then back up. Do 15 reps.
- Finally bring elbows together in front of you, then back out. Do 15 reps.
Pick up the February issue of Shape to get the rest of this fat-burning workout!
2. You’re not too fat for the gym.
Self had an amazing essay by Renee L. Todd about dealing with weight gain after being a gym rat. At first, Todd never missed a spin class and made a home among the family of women there. But then she turned into a worried mother to an autistic son, and she felt ashamed heading to the gym to better herself when she could’ve been spending her time finding new ways to help her son. After awhile, she simply felt too fat to go to the gym and was terrified of showing herself in front of her former spinning family. This essay is definitely a must-read, especially if you’re looking for that extra boost of motivation.
3. Machines are your friend.
A ton of my clients tell me that they’ve never used strength-training machines simply because they don’t know how and they look pretty intimidating. Well, FITNESS broke it down for us, explaining which machines are the most efficient and how to properly use them. Now you can be confident using the same machines as the guys!
4. Sleek strategies to boost your body confidence.
Dr. Travis Stork, author of The Lean Belly Prescription is featured in March’s issue of Women’s Health (they put out a January/February issue) and shares the secrets that will slim you down and help you feel healthier and more confident about your body. One not-so-fancy tip? “Spend more time in the dairy , produce and meat aisles,” Stork says. “That’s where slim women shop.” Pick up the latest issue to get more of his slim strategies.
Have you read these issues yet? What do you like about them?