Sculpt all over in six moves
These multitasking toners leave no body part unfirmed—in only 15 minutes flat. Without resting between moves, do the indicated reps for each exercise, designed by fitness expert Sue Fleming, author of Fashionably Buff (Random House). Repeat the series. You’ll need a set of 5-, 8- or 10-pound weights, depending on your strength, and a stability ball (select a size that lets you sit with knees bent at a 90-degree angle). Try this tune-up three times a week for the tight, trimmed physique you seek.
Stand with feet hip-width apart, a weight in each hand. Raise bent right leg behind you. Lean torso forward, left knee soft, reaching weights toward foot (as shown). Return to standing. Do 12 reps. Switch sides; repeat.
Balancing is a challenge in this precarious pose. Move in slow motion, with abs and butt tight, staring at a fixed point ahead.
- WORKS SHOULDERS, BACK, ABS, BUTT, HIPS, HAMSTRINGS
Start in raised push-up position, feet resting on ball (as shown). Bend knees and roll ball toward chest with feet (B). Return to start. Do a full push-up to complete one rep. Do 12 reps.
Push-ups got you down? Good form makes them feel easier: Keep wrists directly below shoulders, head in line with spine and abs tight.
- WORKS TRICEPS, CHEST, BACK, ABS, BUTT, THIGHS
Stand holding ball with both hands, arms extended. Lunge forward with right leg; twist torso to left (as shown), right, center. Return to standing. Repeat on left for one rep. Continue alternating sides. Do 12 reps.
Give your bust a boost: Concentrate on squeezing the ball between your palms to perk up pecs.
- WORKS SHOULDERS, BICEPS, BUTT, THIGHS, HAMSTRINGS
Lie faceup with arms and legs extended like an X, a weight in each hand. Contract abs and reach left arm toward right ankle, lifting leg and shoulder (as shown). Return to start. Repeat on opposite side for one rep. Do 12 reps.
Neck check: Maintain space between chin and chest to avoid unnecessary strain.
- WORKS SHOULDERS, ABS, LEGS
Lie faceup with calves resting on ball, hips lifted, arms at sides. Keeping hips raised, dig heels into ball and roll it toward butt, bending knees (as shown). Return to start. Do 12 reps.
Don’t cheat your tush out of maximum toning! Keep your hips lifted throughout.
- WORKS BUTT, HAMSTRINGS
Stand with feet together, a weight in both hands at chest, elbows bent. Quickly jump and spread legs, reaching weight overhead (as shown). Return to start. Do 25 reps.
Catch air, but go easy on your knees, please. Land softly on the balls of your feet with joints relaxed.
- WORKS SHOULDERS, ARMS, ABS, BUTT, THIGHS
Watch the Workout Video: http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2008/12/get-fit-in-15-minutes-video