Ask the Celeb Trainer: 3 Moves You Should Be Doing
Are you wasting your time with ineffective exercises?
Q: If you could only pick three exercises to give women their best chance at getting lean and fit, what would they be and why?
A: To maximize your results, I recommend adding the following three exercises into your routine.
If you're a beginner, perform 3 sets of 10-12 reps, resting 60 seconds between each set. For intermediate/advanced trainees, do 3 sets of 8-10 reps, resting 60-75 seconds between each set.
Chinups are a great upper-body exercise to target your lats, mid-back, and arms. If you're not strong enough for bodyweight chinups (as shown), try band-assisted chinups. Simply loop one end of a large rubber band around a chinup bar and then pull it through the other end of the band, cinching the band tightly to the bar. Grab the bar with a shoulder-width, underhand grip, place your knees in the loop of the band (or have someone pull the band around your knees for you), then perform your set.
The band-assisted method will allow you to do full chinups, and it more accurately mimics the movements than does the assisted-chinup machine you'll find in most gyms. As you get stronger, you can use a band that gives you less assistance.