/ January 1970

Self Magazine – Moves of The Month

Cook Up a Hot Body

by Kathy Kaehler

What if sculpting a to-die-for derriere and slim thighs was as convenient as going to the kitchen for some munchies? The next time you’re headed to the fridge, swing by your kitchen counter for a workout first. I got the idea when I went to Richard Giorla’s CARDIO BARRE® class in Studio City, California. Try to keep perfect posture, and make small movements. You might just forget to nosh!

BENT-KNEE LIFT: (works outer thighs) Start facing the counter with both hands resting on the edge. Bend right leg and raise to the side so knee faces out and thigh and calf are parallel to floor. Keep hips steady as you raise thigh slightly (about 2 inches), then lower to parallel level. Do 50 reps at a fast pace, then switch sides and repeat. Do two sets.

PLIÉ SQUAT: (works arms, inner thighs, butt, quads) Stand beside counter (far enough away so you knees won’t hit), feet shoulder-width apart, toes turned out. Place left hand on counter and raise right arm to shoulder level. Lower into semisquat while raising right arm up and over to left, then quickly raise your body straight up and lower right arm. Do three sets of 10 reps on each side.

TOTAL-BODY STRETCH: (for arms, shoulders, chest, stomach, hips, thighs) Stand facing away from counter with heels close to its base. Grip the edge underhand and lean forward (grip inside the sink for more control). Let your body form a natural arch from head to toe. Hold as long as possible, then return to start. Do three reps.