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Ladies, tone up to look sexy in a bikini!

Part II: Guys, score a surfer's body this summer!

May 6, 2008
Ladies, do you want a bikini body to show off on the beach or by the pool this summer? Here's an exercise routine that will have you sizzling in your swimwear!

First things first -- get the flab off!

Your shapely body can only be seen when you burn off all the fat lying over the muscles. This is more than half the job done!

You can walk, jog, cycle, swim or attend an aerobics class to achieve this. Exercise 4-5 days a week for about 45 minutes non-stop to see good results. Remember to include a 7-minute warm-up to prevent injuries to the muscles and joints.

Tighten and tone!

While you are shaking off the fat, you need to start shaping up your muscles so that your body appears taut and beautiful! Strength training exercises listed below will get you into shape. These exercises work several muscles at a time, reducing the amount of time you need to spend on your workout!

Do these four days a week.

Platypus Walk

The Platypus Walk shapes your thighs, lower leg muscles and back.

Assume a wide squat position. Your feet should be wide apart, toes and knees turned out to the side. Make sure your knees and ankles are in a straight line. Go down till your knees are almost at a 90 degree angle. Place your hands behind your head. Hold your abdominal muscles in tight and make sure your back doesn't arch or curve inward. Now holding this position, begin to walk forward 8 steps and then backwards 8 steps. Repeat this 4 times.

Brinda Sapat is head of the Group Exercise Department at Gold's Gym, Napean Sea Road, Mumbai. Certified with Training Zone & Progressive Fitness (USA), she has been a fitness instructor for over a decade.

Text: Brinda Sapat
Illustrations: Uttam Ghosh
Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images
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