Get a Strong Start

Fitness, News and Advice
on January 1, 2009

Put some muscle behind those new year's resolutions with this multipurpose move that tones and tightens your thighs, builds your biceps and whittles your waist.

  1. Loop an elastic resistance band around the leg of a couch or heavy chair, and grab handles in your left hand. Stand with legs hip-distance apart, far enough away from the couch so that there is tension in the band.
  2. Step forward with your left leg and slowly lower into a lunge position. At the same time, bend your left elbow to work your biceps.
  3. Slowly rise and bring your left leg back to starting position, lowering your left arm to your side.
  4. Repeat 15 times; switch sides. Work up to three sets of 15 on each side. For best results, do this exercise 2 to 3 days a week.