Celebrate your curves!

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Flaunt your best bits with confidence this Christmas

Whether a bodycon or skater is your little black dress of choice this party season, one thing’s for sure: curves are a girl’s best accessory. Which is why we’ve devised a workout that will help accentuate your bum, chest and legs, as well as those all-important hips to get your silhouette looking sexy, feminine and curvy all at once. Ready to flaunt that figure? You betcha!

Kit you’ll need
Kettlebell
Barbell
2 x dumbbells
Medicine ball

How to do it
Beginner: 3 x 10 reps/20 seconds
Intermediate: 4 x 10 reps/30 seconds
Advanced: 5 x 10 reps/40 seconds

Kettlebell swing
Areas trained: bottom, lower back, thighs

Technique
-Hinge at the hips, drive your bottom out behind you and bend the knees to take hold of a kettlebell in front of you by the handles.
-Drive the bell backwards through the legs, then extend the hips and knees to drive the bell up to shoulder-height.
-As the bell drops back down, hinge at the hips and knees again to repeat in a fluid motion.

Safety tip
Keep a flat back as you lower

Star side-plank

Areas trained: sides, core, hips

Technique
-Form a straight line with your body on its side, resting on one forearm with your feet stacked on top of each other.
-Raise your top leg as high as you can.
-Hold.

Hot tip
A great move for the hips and outside of the thighs

Reverse lunge

Areas trained: legs, bottom

Technique
-Holding a dumbbell in each hand by your sides, take a large step backwards and bend both knees to about 90 degrees with the back knee just above the floor.
-Push back up to the start and repeat on the opposite side. Alternate sides for each rep.

Safety tip
Keep your upper body upright throughout

Bench press

Areas trained: chest, rear upper arms

Technique
-Lie belly up on a bench with feet firmly on the floor, holding a barbell with arms extended above your chest, hands around shoulder-width or wider apart.
-Slowly lower the barbell towards your chest.
-Push back up to the start and repeat.

Safety tip
Keep the barbell moving up and down in a completely straight line above the chest

Weighted glute bridge

Areas trained: bottom, core, rear thighs

Technique
-Sit on the floor with legs bent, feet flat on the floor, upper back against a bench. Rest a barbell across your hips, holding it in place.
-Raise your hips up as high as you can, squeezing your bottom at the top of the move.
-Lower and repeat.

Safety tip: Try not to strain your neck

Russian twist

Areas trained: sides, stomach

Technique
-Sit with feet slightly off the floor and upper body slightly reclined, holding a medicine ball in front of your chest.
-Twist your upper body to bring the ball towards the floor, then twist the other way reversing the movement.
-Repeat fluidly.

Safety tip
Keep the core strong to prevent the lower back from overarching

Lateral lunge

Areas trained: thighs, lower back

Technique
-Start with feet together holding a dumbbell in each hand by your side.
-Take a large step out to the left, bending the left knee while keeping the right straight, at the same time lowering your upper body to bring the dumbbells to meet in front of your shin. Keep your back flat and shoulders back.
-Push off the bent leg to return to the start, repeating on the opposite side for the next rep.

Hot tip
An easy way to target the inner parts of the thighs

Chest fly
Areas trained: chest, shoulders

Technique -Lie belly up on a bench with feet firmly on the floor, holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms extended towards the ceiling above your chest.
-Slowly lower the dumbbells out to the sides until parallel to the ground.
-Raise back up to the start and repeat.

Safety tip
Keep a slight bend in the elbows throughout

Fitness wear to flaunt your figure

Be loud and proud about your tight and toned curves with these kit picks

1. Fabletics Suki Short

These funky shorts will not only reveal your shapely pins, but their snazzy waistband will bring attention to those killer hips, too.

2. Nike Pro Core Indy Tiger Compression bra Sports bras don’t need to be bland to do their job. This one’s supportive, sweat-wicking, comfy and available in three great colourways!

3. Sweaty Betty Zoom Spin Top
As well as being a functional training top, this vest’s clever design pulls in the waist and celebrates the hips. We like!