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Hillari's pounds-blasting workout
Designed by personal trainer LaReine Chabut, author of Lose That Baby Fat! (M. Evans and Co.; losethatbabyfat.com)
30 MINUTES OF CARDIO, 3 TIMES A WEEK
Take a quick-pace stroller walk incorporating hills when possible, or try the following routine on an elliptical trainer or treadmill:
5-minute warm-up: no ramp, easy stride.
5-minute mark: Set ramp level to 6 or medium level; maintain a stride in which you're breathing heavily but can carry on a conversation.
15-minute mark: Increase ramp level to 10 or highest level; aim to maintain previous stride.
25-minute mark: Decrease ramp to level 6 or medium level; maintain previous stride.
5-minute cool-down: Decrease ramp to 0 and gradually slow your stride.
20-MINUTE STRENGTH ROUTINE, 2 TIMES A WEEK
• Warm up your muscles for at least 5 to 10 minutes by dancing with your baby, performing jumping jacks with alternating knee lifts, or marching or jogging in place.
• Do the 6 moves in our slideshow--lunges, squats, triceps presses, biceps curls, push-ups, and abdominal crunches on the ball--12 times each, adding a second set as you feel stronger.
• For triceps and biceps moves, use 5- to 10-pound weights, or the heaviest weight you can lift 12 times. (It's OK to struggle on that last rep!)
• If you don't have a stability ball (available at spriproducts.com), sit on the edge of your couch or lie on the floor for crunches.