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For quads of steel, the old standbys still work wonders

Posted by Heather J.

To build strong, firm quads and glutes (butt), the basics still produce some of the best results. Take the lunge for example. Stand with a dumbbell in each hand, feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Step forward with one foot. Slowly lower the whole body downward in a controlled movement for a count of four. Both knees bend as the body lowers. Go no farther than 90 degrees with the knee joint. Slowly work up to lowering yourself so that your front thigh is parallel to the ground, being sure that your front knee does not reach out past your toes (this increases the risk of a knee injury). Return to standing, starting position without locking the knee. Do 10-12 repetitions, then alternate legs. Use slow, controlled movements. Begin with one set, then work up to two to three sets.
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Heather, you seem to be an expert on a lot of the lower body exercises. Do you know anything regarding whether or not circulation in this area will help eliminate cellulite? I feel like mine has started to dissapate (spelled wrong. How DO you spell that word??) now that I've started exercising but I don't feel like it's just cause I'm burning fat. What are your thoughts?
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