Anti-Cellulite Workout

See smoother thighs and butt in 4 weeks with this easy-to-follow routine.
Various studies have shown that exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The key, according to experts, is to combine strength moves with cardio sessions.

Strength training fights those lumpy trouble spots by improving your muscle tone. "Lean muscle also fills out your skin, so saggy cellulite tissue could be transformed into neat, toned, smoother, taut buttocks in a matter of weeks," explains Cherry Maslen, author of Cellulite Solution, while cardio burns calories and revs up your metabolism.

Follow this anti-cellulite routine, three times a week, to see smoother arms, legs and butt in as little as four weeks. You'll need a set of weights and a step. When you finish all the sets, perform 20 to 30 minutes of cardio -- try power walking outside or on a treadmill -- for optimum results.

Side squat

Targets: Glutes and hamstrings

  1. Stand with your feet slightly apart, holding dumbbells on each shoulder, elbows bent.
  2. Step sideways with left foot, lowering into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Straighten legs, pushing off your left foot back to starting position. Alternate sides.

Reps: 20
Sets: 3

Reverse lunge

Targets: Glutes and quads

  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart, dumbbells in each hand, arms at the sides.
  2. Lower into a lunge behind you with your right foot, knees bent at 90 degrees. Hold for 1 count and return to starting position.

Reps: 12 to 15 each leg
Sets: 3

Calf raise

Targets: Calves

  1. Stand on a step with the heels off your feet hanging over the edge.
  2. Slowly lift up onto the balls of your feet. Hold for 1 count then lower feet to starting position.

Reps: 8 to 10
Sets: 3

Tricep overhead extension

Targets: Triceps

  1. Lie on your back, knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Hold a dumbbell with both hands, raising arms above your chest with elbows bent.
  2. Move weight over slightly past your head. Hold for 1 count then bring arms back to starting position.

Reps: 20
Sets: 3

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