Healthy Hollywood: Try It On Tuesday – Sculpt Your Tush Like J.Lo!
First Published: May 22, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Credit: Getty Images
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- With summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how your bottom half is measuring up for beach season.
So, why not cut out a picture of Hollywood’s most iconic bum – Jennifer Lopez’s – and be inspired to tone your tush.
At 42, Jennifer has never look better! Women’s Health magazine is celebrating 25 of the summer’s hottest bodies and Ms. Lopez is #21.
The magazine’s fitness expert, Jen Widerstorm, shared with Healthy Hollywood a few of Jennifer’s favorite toning exercises:
1. Sumo Squat: You want to step your feet out farther than hip width apart with your toes points out at 45-degree angles. With your stomach tucked in and rib cage lifted, keep your shoulders back and spine straight as you sit your hips down until you create a 90-degree angle in your knees. Then, pressing through your heels, use your glutes and hamstrings to bring you back up to standing position once again. Do 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps. This move is great for your posture, as well as it targets your inner thighs and glutes.
2. Rear Lunge to a Front Snap Kick: Begin with your feet side-by-side and standing tall. Reach back your right leg into a lunge position and once you connect that back toe to the ground, press through your left leg drawing your right knee forward and extend it out in kicking motion. Without pausing or stopping in the middle, bring the right leg back into the rear lunge and repeat. Do 10 to 12 reps and repeat on other side. Do 3 sets all together. This move targets hamstrings and glutes, as well as challenging your balance.
3. Single Leg Squat: Hold your weight on your left leg with your right leg slightly tucked up and extended forward. Create stability by engaging your entire left leg and core as well as holding onto a support on your right side. Reach your seat back, getting as close as you can to parallel, while keeping your left heel on the ground the entire time. Hold an erect position in your lower and upper back as you drive through the left heel, lifting your kneecap and squeezing up through your entire leg. Do 10 to 12 reps and then repeat sequence on the right leg. Do 3 sets. Great for glutes.
For more fitness tips and to check out Women’s Health’s picks for the summer’s hottest bodies 2012, head to www.womenshealthmag.com
-- Terri MacLeod
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