by Liz Plosser
Get your body into shape with these super-quick toning exercises from Katy Perry’s personal trainer Armando Alarcon. He recommends doing this workout twice a week, plus 30 minutes of cardio on two other days.
1. The Bed Head.
Kneel on the floor, positioning yourself a couple of feet from your bed, facing away from it. One at a time, position your feet on the edge of the bed and balance on your palms with your head almost touching the floor so your legs are straight. Extend your straightened left leg toward the ceiling and flex your foot. Alternate kicking with your left and right feet. Do 15–20 reps with each leg. Do two sets.
2. The Kick-Starter.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and get into side-lunge position by sliding your right leg a few feet to the right while bending your left knee. Slide your right foot back until your feet are hip-width apart and raise your left foot to the side so your knee is bent 90 degrees. Extend your straightened arm toward the ceiling. Repeat 15–20 times, then switch sides. Do two sets on each side.
3. The Booty Squat.
Stand a few feet from the bed. Lift your leg behind you and place your foot on the edge of the bed with your knee bent slightly. Bend your right knee to lower yourself slowly, keeping your back straight. Pause when your right thigh is parallel to the floor. Press back up through your right foot, ending on tiptoe, to standing position. Repeat 15–20 times, then switch sides. Do two sets on each side.
4. The Fly Bird.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart, and your arms straight and extended toward the ceiling. Raise your strengthened left leg a couple feet off the floor in front of you and flex your foot. Pushing through your right heel (and keeping your arms straight), bend over from your waist, swinging your left leg behind you until your back and left leg are parallel to the floor. That’s one rep; do 15–20 without letting your foot touch the floor. Then switch sides. Do two sets on each side.
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