The Younger-You Workout

Sculpt, tone and flex your way to a firmer body with these 10 exercises from FitKit co-founders Amie Hoff and Beth Michaels.
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Work It Out

Say goodbye to sags with this age-reversing workout from sisters Amie Hoff (left) and Beth Michaels (right), developers of FitKit.com, a portable exercise program that comes with a resistance band, stability attachment, jump rope and other tools. The 10 exercises in this routine rely strongly on resistance bands. "Using a resistance band is more of a natural movement than lifting weights," says Hoff, a veteran New York City fitness professional. With weights, the resistance comes from gravity and changes as you go through a movement. But bands require a more constant effort on your part. Plus, bands won’t weigh down your purse when you’re on the go. Do this 30-minute routine every other day, and you’ll soon see a difference in the mirror. What you’ll need: a six foot resistance band and stability attachment
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Kickback with Resistance

Muscles worked: Glutes (butt), hamstrings, abs Start (bottom shot): Hold on to the ends of the band as you get on all fours with hands directly under your shoulders. Wrap the center of the band around the bottom of the right foot. Top: Using your glutes, push the right leg back straight, making sure there is tension on the band. Keep your back flat. Return to start position. Complete three reps of 10 to 15 with each leg, alternating sides. You’ll need: A five- or six-foot resistance band
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Bent Over Chair Reach

Start: Space hands evenly on the back of a chair, then stand a few feet back. Move (pictured): Bend at the hips and drop your chest between your arms. For a stretch, pull the hips back as the chest drops. To return to start position, straighten legs and raise chest, letting hands fall off chair. Complete three sets of 10 to 15 reps. You’ll Need: A straight-back chair
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Side Plank with Leg Lift

Muscles worked: Outer hips, obliques, shoulders Start (back photo): Begin by laying down on your left side. Prop yourself up on the left elbow directly under the shoulder, lifting your hips. Keep your body in a straight line. Place your right hand on your right hip for balance. Move (front): Keeping the hips up and your shoulder and feet in a straight line, lift your right leg up as high as possible. Lower the leg. Complete 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps on each side.
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Bird Dog

Muscles worked: Lower back, abs Start: Get down on hands and knees and place both hands directly under the shoulders, keeping the back flat. Move (pictured): Straighten the right leg and extend the left arm. Keep abs tight and head in line with the spine. Return to the start position, then extend the opposite leg and arm. This is one rep. To make the exercise more challenging, close your eyes. Complete three sets of 10 to 15 reps.
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Inner Thigh Cross Over

Muscles worked: Inner thighs, abs Start (right shot): Anchor a stability attachment in the door, six inches off the ground. Stand parallel to the door and place the band around the left ankle (or whichever is closest to the door). Move (left): Using your inner thigh muscles, cross the leg with the band in front of the body. Try not to twist your body, Return to starting position. After one set, switch sides. Complete three sets of 10 to 15 reps on each side. You’ll need: A stability attachment (FitKit.com)
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Reverse Crunch with Resistance

Muscles worked: Abs, hip flexors, quads Start (bottom shot): Tie the resistance band and loop it through a stability door attachment that’s anchored a few feet off the floor. Wrap the band around both feet and lie on your back, hands at your side, legs straight a few feet off the floor. Move (top): Using your abs, lift hips slightly off the floor and pull the legs into the chest at a 90 degree angle pulling with the feet. Return to start position and repeat for three sets of 10 to 15 reps. You’ll need: A resistance band and stability door attachment (FitKit.com)
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Roundhouse

Muscles worked: Hips, quads, hamstrings Start (left shot): Squat with a wide stance in front of a small table that is about knee height. Make sure your knees are not forward of your ankles. Clasp hands together to improve your stability. Move (right): Lift and turn the right leg so that your bent leg is front of you. Then stand and lift the right leg up and over the table. Squat and return to the starting squat position, with right leg wide. Complete three sets of 10 to 15 reps on each leg. You’ll need: A small table
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Single Leg Wrap Around

Muscles worked: Quads, hips, hamstrings Start (left shot): Stand with feet hip width apart, hands at your side. Move (right): Bend the right leg slightly and with the left arm reach to the outside of your right foot. Make sure to keep the bent knee behind the toe. Let your left arm move up in the air. Return to the upright standing position. Switch sides. This is one rep. Complete three sets of 10 to 15 reps.
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Tricep Kickback

Muscles worked: Triceps Start (top shot): Attach tubing to the door at waist height with a door attachment. Stand with your left foot in front of the right. With your right hand grasp the tubing handles, keeping your palm facing back and your elbow at your side at a 90 degree angle. Brace your left hand on your left knee. Bend at the hip, leaning slightly forward. Move (bottom): Contract your triceps and straighten your right arm back in line with your body. Then bend your right arm back to the starting position. Complete three sets of 10 to 15 reps on both sides. You’ll Need: Tubing (with handles) and a stability attachment (FitKit.com)
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Trunk Rotation

Muscles worked: Obliques Start (back shot): Anchor the tubing to the door at chest height with the stability attachment. Stand facing the door. Holding onto one handle with both arms held out almost straight, with just a slight bend in the elbows. For more resistance step further from the door. Move (front): Using your obliques, twist your upper body 180 degrees while keeping hips facing front. Return to the starting position and switch sides. This is one rep. Complete three sets of 10 to 15 reps. Need some inspiration? Check out More’s Ultimate Workout Playlist here. NEXT: Avoid These Summer Workout Mistakes
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