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Get a great workout without leaving home

May 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
When time or money gets tight, it's time to tighten up at home. But when it comes to resistance training, whether you're lifting a soap jug, a can or even a weight, it makes little difference to your body. At Crunch Fitness in West Hollywood trainer Bridget Gillespie proved it by putting four fit moms through the paces.

"You take soup cans you've got, I mean even like an iron, a jug of water, anything you can find around your house," said Gillespie.

Start with using dish towels to get the whole body toned by getting into a so-called push up position on hands and toes. Working shoulders and core muscles, Gillespie takes the leg first into the chest, then outside the elbow, then diagonally across to opposite side of the chest.

To make this a cardio option, put towels on both feet. Start slow, alternating legs, then pick up the pace faster.

Next, grab canned goods to tone up. Using two to three pounds with plenty of repetitions burn calories while working legs, glutes, and shoulders with a lunge lateral raise series.

"Tthe more body parts you can work at once the better and the more calories you'll be burning," said Gillespie.

Grab your liquid soap and work your back by doing one arm rows, or water jugs that help compound workouts for a host of body parts, like arms, shoulders, and legs.

"Actually I thought the water jugs were surprisingly heavier than the weights that I usually use here. So, actually I think I got a little bit more of a workout than I usually do," said Ryan Taylor.

Dish towels are also fabulous for doing an ab series that begins with mid range lean backs, to slow directional twists, then finish out to full oblique twists.

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