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Squats How to do it: First, set your stance. Your feet should be directly under your hips, arms should stay in the same position from start to finish and weight should be kept on your heels for the entire movement. Stand as tall as you can with your torso as upright as possible, keeping your core tight. Next, lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees – the tops of your thighs should be parallel to the floor or lower. Make sure you don't round your lower back. Pause, then slowly push yourself back to the starting position.
Posted: Monday June 11, 2012, 2:38 PM
By De'on Mallory - (201) Magazine

The stomach and backside are typically problem areas when working out. Ranae Bart, certified personal trainer at Westwood Health & Fitness, demonstrates a few exercises to cut the flab and help condition both the body's core and its cushion.

Click each exercise below for step-by-step details.

Squats
Squats target quadriceps and activate your core, along with just about every other muscle of your lower body, including the glutes, hamstrings and calves. The best thing about this exercise is it can be done anywhere and is great for the body all over.

Kettlebell Swing
This exercise works the hamstrings and glutes. It also works your core, quadriceps and shoulder muscles, making it a great movement for anyone who is short on time.

Plank
Planks improve the ability to stabilize the spine and strengthen the abdominal muscles.

V-Up
The rectus abdominis muscles and the internal and external obliques will benefit from this movement.

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