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7 Exercises to Look Slim and Sexy in a Cutout Dress

7 Workouts to Rock Any Cutout Dress

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Our favorite trend of the Golden Globes? Cutout dresses! They strategically show off all those muscles you work so hard for. And while we all know that spot reduction isn’t possible, try adding these seven moves to your strength training sessions. They’re guaranteed to have you ready to play peek-a-boo for whatever skin-baring or cutout trend you want to rock. (When you're done, add these 6 Arms Exercises to Stun in Your Cocktail Dress.)

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Stability Ball Russian Twist

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Dress style: Midriff
Works: Abs, obliques, core

A. Sit on top of ball. Walk feet forward until upper back is resting atop ball, knees bent at a 90-degree angle and feet hip-width apart. Interlace hands and extend arms up, perpendicular to floor.

B. Keeping feet firmly planted, engage core and rotate upper torso, turning arms and head to the right keep right shoulder atop ball. Allow pelvis and torso to remain parallel to floor throughout the movement and keep hips lifted. Reverse the movement and return to starting position before repeating to opposite side for one full rep.

Alternate sides for 12 to 15.

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Cossack Squat

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Dress style: Thigh-high split
Works: Thighs, hamstrings, and butt

A. Stand with feet hip-width apart or slightly wider, with arms extended down along sides.

B. Step out to the side with left foot, flexing knee and hip to lower into a squat position. Simultaneously, keep right leg fully extended and, as you near bottom of squat, transfer weight to heel of right foot, lifting toes and drawings hands in front of chest. Reverse the movement and return to starting position.

Do 10 to 12 reps on the left before switching sides and repeating.

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Arnold Press

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Dress style: Shoulder cutout
Works: Shoulders, arms, and core

A. Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand in front of shoulders. Elbows are bent and palms face body.

B. Keeping core engaged, extend arms and press dumbbells overhead while rotating palms to face away from the body. Reverse the movement and return to starting position with dumbbells in front of shoulders.

Do 12 to 15 reps.

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Bent Over Two-Dumbbell Row

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Dress style: Open back
Works: Back, arm, and butt

A. Stand with feet hip-width distance apart holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms extended and palms facing one another. Hinge hips and bend knees slightly, keeping core engaged and spine in neutral position.

B. Without moving torso, bend elbows and draw elbows to outside of ribcage, keeping elbows close to body throughout movement. Re-extend arms to starting position and repeat.

Do 12 to 15 reps.

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Stability Ball Incline Push-Up

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Dress style: Front keyhole
Works: Abs, arms, and chest

A. Get in plank position with hands atop a stability ball, positioning feet slightly wider than hip-width.

B. With core engaged and spine aligned, bend elbows. Allow them to flare out slightly as you lower chest toward ball. With control press back up to starting position.

Do 10 to 12 reps.

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Sprinter Pull

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Dress style: Mid-calf
Works: Calves and hamstrings, and thighs  

A. Start in lunge position with right foot back and left foot forward, left knee bent 90 degrees. Draw right arm forward and left arm back, keeping both elbows bent.

B. Drive right knee forward while rising up onto toes of left foot, balancing on left leg. At the same time, draw right elbow back and left elbow forward, holding for 2 to 3 seconds. Reverse movement and return to starting lunge position.

Do 12 to 15 reps on left before switching sides and repeating.

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Prone Stability Ball Triceps Kickbacks

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Dress style: Single sleeve
Works: Arms and core

A. Lie face down with chest atop ball, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Palm are facing one another and feet are positioned slightly wider than hip-width apart. With core engaged and spine neutral bend elbows until upper arms are parallel with torso and weights are alongside stability ball.

B. Keep arms close to body and, without moving upper arms, extend elbows fully, drawing dumbbells toward feet, palms continuing to face one another. Reverseß the movement, bending elbows to return to starting position.

Do 12 to 15 reps.

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