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The Little Black Dress Workout

Look Hot for the Holidays!

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Few occasions pose as many opportunities to show off your fit physique as the holidays. Personally, I love this time of year! While holiday parties—rich with hard-to-resist treats, festive cocktails, and decadent appetizers—can seem like a nutritional minefield, there is a way to enjoy your favorite treats and still look fabulous in your little black dress: Fire up your metabolism before you head out the door.

A morning workout not only revs up your metabolism all day, but working out before an event can also help amplify muscle tone and increase circulation (giving you that rosy glow). You don’t even need to go to the gym. Grab a resistance band, turn on some music, and do 3 rounds of this circuit at home. Move at a quick pace to keep your heart rate up, and get ready to rock that LBD with confidence!

Squat to Biceps Curl

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Stand on top of the band with your feet hip-width apart, holding the handles with palms facing in. Lower into a squat by bending your knees and shifting your hips back like you are sitting in a chair. Return to standing, and immediately do a biceps curl, keeping your elbows fixed in place. That’s one rep. Do 20 reps at a quick pace.


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Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees and place both hands on the ground in front of you. Jump your feet back into a plank position and perform a pushup (if you can). Hop both feet back in toward your hands and explosively press up, jumping up as high as you can. Land softly and repeat. Do 10-15 reps at a quick pace.

Ready to take your burpees up a notch? Add a weighted overhead press to the move for an extra challenge to your arms and core.

Mountain Climbers

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Come into a straight-arm plank position with wrists directly below and in line with your shoulders, feet hip-width apart. Draw your right knee into your chest, keeping hips level. Quickly alternate, drawing left knee into your chest. That’s one rep. Repeat this movement at a quick pace until you’ve completed 20 reps.

Single-Leg Squat to T-Raise

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Stand on your right leg with the band directly under your foot. Grasp the handles of the band, palms facing in. Bend your left knee, shift hips back, and lower down until your left thigh is parallel with the floor. Drive through the entire foot to come all the way back to standing. Raise your arms up to shoulder height, keeping a slight bend in your elbows and palms facing down. Lower your arms and repeat. Do 15 reps on that side; then switch legs and repeat.

Figure-8 with Band

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Sit on the floor with your feet together and knees bent. Hold the band with your hands shoulder-width apart. Shift your torso back to lift your feet off the ground. Keep your back straight and core engaged the entire time. While keeping tension on the band, draw a figure-8 in front of your chest. Repeat the pattern for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Calf Raises with Arms Overhead

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Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding the band directly overhead. Draw your shoulder blades down and back, keeping tension on the band the entire time. Raise your heels off the ground as high as you can, then lower all the way back down. Repeat the movement with arms in the air the entire time. Do 20 reps.


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