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The Move: Standing Oblique Strengthener
Chicago-based health and fitness coach Traci D. Mitchell loves this move because it's simple, effective and doesn't require any special equipment (or much floor space).
1. Plant your feet shoulder-width apart.
2. Grab a heavy object, like a gallon of water.
3. Tighten your core and lift the object with both hands, keeping your arms straight out in front of you.
4. While keeping your hips stable, slowly move the object to the left, then to the right (that's one rep).
Reps: Three sets of 20
Bonus: When facing forward between twists, do one squat.

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