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Full-body succession workout

Designed to faciliate optimal body composition to burn maximum calories, this workout will help you build strength and tone.

The circuit training component targets muscular endurance and improves cardiovascular fitness by working the heart and lungs at a higher rate. It involves performing one set of each exercise with little or no rest in between until all the exercises have been completed.

 “Traditional-style (succession) strength programs are when all sets of the first exercise are performed before progressing to the next exercise,” says trainer Nichelle Laus.

“By adding a succession routine to your current full-body circuit, it will help in maximising your strength and adding lean muscle mass.”

 When choosing your dumbbell weight, err on the heavy side. “Succession programs generally use higher weights than circuit training,” Laus says. “This is key to building metabolically active lean tissue.”

 What you’ll need:

» Workout bench

» 1 set of medium to heavy dumbbells

What you’ll do:

For Day 1 

Start with the Upper Body exercises. Perform one set of each exercise, then move on to the next exercise without rest. At the end of the Lower Body exercises, rest one minute, then repeat for a total of three circuits.

For toning, aim at 12 to 15 reps for each exercise.

For increasing strength and maximising muscular power, aim for 10 to 12 reps for each exercise.

For Day 2 

Start with the Lower Body exercises. Perform one set of each exercise, then move on to the next exercise without rest. At the end of the Upper Body exercises, rest one minute, then repeat for a total of three circuits.

For toning, aim at 12 to 15 reps for each exercise.

For increasing strength and maximising muscular power, aim for 10 to 12 reps for each exercise.

For Day 3 

Start with the Upper or Lower Body exercises. Complete three sets of the first exercise before moving on to the next. Repeat until all the exercises of the Upper and Lower Body exercises have been completed.

For toning, aim at 12 to 15 reps for each exercise, resting 60 seconds in between sets. For increasing strength and maximising muscular power, aim for 10 to 12 reps for each exercise, resting 90 seconds in between sets.

Exercises:

Upper Body

•Shoulder Press

•One-Arm Dumbbell Row

•Alternate Incline Dumbbell Bicep Curl

•Bench Dips

•Decline Push-ups

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5 moves for strong abs

Take your ab workouts to the next level with this 5-move midriff workout by WH&F trainer Nichelle Laus.One of the keys to a great physique is good posture and a toned midsection. Strong abdominal muscles will give you the necessary stamina you need to maintain proper form in your workouts and help you maintain the posture you desire in your daily activities.

This abdominal circuit, when coupled with nutritious food choices, will trim your waistline and define your midsection.For a full-time four or six pack, perform the following five exercises twice a week for four weeks.

Gradually increase the number of repetitions you can complete only when you are able to do so with perfect form.

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Lie flat on your back with your hands behind your head. Keep one leg straight and one leg bent with your ankle to the floor. Hinge at the hips as you raise your torso off the floor. While maintaining a tall posture, shift your weight onto your bent knee and raise yourself from a bottom lunge position to a standing position. Lower yourself back to the floor slowly by reversing the steps. Alternate legs each repetition.

Perform 8 to 12 total reps.

Trainer Tip – as you raise your back off the floor, be sure to hinge at the hip. Avoid rounding your low back.

Photography: Dave LausWords/workout: Nichelle Laus, WH&F trainer // nichellelaus.comModel: Tawny ClarkHair and Makeup: Two Chicks Some Lipstick1. Stability ball plank

 

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4-week full body circuit by Nichelle Laus

Work up a sweat, tone and sculpt with this four-week total body workout by WH&F trainer Nichelle Laus.The workout:The following circuit can be performed three days per week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.On the other days between (Tuesday and Thursday) perform moderate cardio for 20 minutes.Week 1: Perform 2–3 sets of the circuit with 1 minute in between exercises.Week 2: Perform 3–4 sets of the circuit with 1 minute in between exercises.Week 3: Perform 3–4 sets of the circuit with 30 seconds in between exercises.Week 4: Perform 3–4 sets of the circuit with as little time as possible between exercises.1. Dumbbel single arm split squat to pressPerform 8 reps per legAssume a split squat position with your left foot forward. Hold a moderately weighted dumbbell in your right hand. Hold the dumbbell at the height of your right shoulder and brace your core as you descend into the split squat

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Creative exercises to do at your desk

Creative exercises to do at your desk Get moving with these creative desk moves by WH&F trainer Nichelle Laus before the sedentary fallouts kick in.BICEPS CURL – grab a paperweight, a small, filled water bottle, a stapler, or your handbag handle in your hand. While seated or standing, take the object in one hand with your palm facing upwards. Starting with your arms straight at your side, bend the elbow and curl the arm up towards your chest, hold, then lower back down. Repeat.CHEST CHAIR PUSH-UP
 – get into a push-up position and place hands on edge of sturdy chair, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. This is your starting position.

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Split squats with dumbbells

Split squats with dumbbells Targets quads, glutes, and hamstrings.How to1. Position yourself into a staggered stance with the rear foot elevated on a bench and front foot forward.2. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, and let it hang to your sides.3. Lower yourself by flexing your knee and hip.

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Hip thrusts with Medicine Ball

Hip thrusts with Medicine Ball Target your glutes and hamstrings with hip thrusts.How to1. Lie on your back on the floor with your hands at your sides, your knees bent, and your heels on a small medicine ball.2. Tighten your abs and glutes, and thrust your hips upward off the ground towards the ceiling. Hold for a count, then lower yourself three-quarters of the way back to the floor, keeping your abs contracted, and repeat for the recommended number of repetitions.How many sets & reps?Week 1–2 5 sets 20–25 repsWeek 3–4 4 sets 15–18 repsWeek 5–6 3 sets 10–12 repsNEXT: Browse more A-list butt workouts>>Workout from Nichelle Laus (pictured); photo credit: Dave Laus

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Stiff-legged dumbbell deadlifts

Stiff-legged dumbbell deadlifts Target your hamstrings and glutes with stiff-legged dumbbell deadlifts.How to1. Hold a pair of dumbbells at your side.2. Stand straight with your legs shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent.3. Bend forward at the waist while keeping your back straight and lower the dumbbells to over the top of your feet until you feel a stretch on the hamstrings.4. Extend your hips and waist back up to the starting point.5

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