Move of the Week: The Pretzel

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The name of it sounds unhealthy, but the Pretzel position helps tighten your obliques, glutes, hamstrings, and outer thighs.

From Fitness magazine, this move is just what I need to try shape up those areas that I have the most trouble in.

  • Sit on the floor with your right leg forward and your left leg behind you, both knees bent 90 degrees.
  • Lean forward, placing your palms on the floor. Keep your hips and shoulders level and facing forward.
  • Lift your leg up and down a few inches, keeping your toes pointed. Try to keep your ankle above your knee. Do 30 reps.
  • Flex your foot and repeat for another 30 reps, pressing your leg behind you.
  • Switch sides. Sitting on the floor with your left leg forward and your right leg behind you.
  • Lean forward, placing your palms on the floor. Now, lift your right leg up and down a few inches keeping your toes pointed. Do 30 reps. Try to keep your ankle above your knee. Be sure to keep your hips and shoulders facing forward.
  • Flex your foot and repeat for another 30 reps pressing your leg behind you. This move targets your obliques, glutes, hamstrings, and your outer thighs.

If you need help visualizing, check out the Fitness website for a video tutorial.

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