Losing weight and getting in shape are always among the top resolutions people make each year, but why wait until Jan. 1 to get started?
There’s no time like the present to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle, and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak makes it easy with simple exercises that can help you redefine your body in 2012.
Pasternak is part of the team of lifestyle experts on ABC’s new show ”The Revolution,” which premieres Jan. 16 and focuses on giving viewers the tools, tips and advice to make changes in their lives.
For Pasternak’s female clients, three common problem areas tend to be the midsection, arms and behind. Follow Pasternak’s tips and video tutorials below to tone these muscle groups and get fit in the new year.
4 Easy Exercises to Get a Great Midsection
Pasternak’s secret to having a great midsection is to train all parts of the abdominal muscles.
“Too many people spend too much time crunching, crunching, crunching, and they neglect the rest of their abs,” Pasternak says. “You want to make sure that you do continue crunching by doing things like a double crunch, which trains the front of the midsection. You also want to train the side of the midsection by doing dumbbell side bends. You want to train the back of the midsection by doing the superman, and seated trunk twists to get the corset muscle to pull your abs in.”
“Try all four of these and you’ll look fantastic 360 degrees,” he says.
How to Get a Great Butt
Getting a great butt is “the biggest request” Pasternak says he hears from female clients.
“The key to a great butt is training all the muscles that go around the butt area, from your hamstrings to your glutes, to even your lower back,” Pasternak says.
Try three moves — the skater lunge, dead lift and mule kick (see video for demo) — to tone and tighten your behind. “Next thing you know, you’ll have a butt you can bounce quarters off of,” he says.
Get Fantastic Arms
Try these three moves, Pasternak says, to tone and tighten your biceps, triceps and the top of the arm, your deltoid muscles.
For more tips from Pasternak, check out ABC’s “The Revolution,” which premieres Monday, Jan. 16. at 2 p.m. ET.