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Tips for Toning

Posted: Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

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Liz and Clary Hilliard’s one-hour Myers Park fitness classes, which combine Pilates and resistance training, are a favorite those not afraid to sweat for results—including a few local celebrities. And these days fitness fanatics can get their fix at home with the new Hilliard Studio Method Total Body Sculpt video, perfect for the workout without going out. We checked in with the mother-daughter duo to get tips on how to get fit now—and stay that way all year long.

“To achieve your best body, mind and spirit, you need to support yourself and to do that you need others you can rely on. Exercising with friends keeps you motivated and is so much more fun.” - Liz

“While you’re running errands or at work, remember your strong core and maintain an upright posture. The stronger your spine is, the healthier and younger you’ll look.” - Clary

“Try not to over-exercise. To stay in great shape, all you need is an intense, satisfying work-out for one hour a day. Cardio is nice, but extension and resistance are key. Don’t worry about resistance creating bulky muscles; bulk results from your diet. Resistance exercises build lean muscle that increase your metabolism and get rid of belly fat.” - Liz

“Muscle confusion is the name of the game. Make sure you’re always doing different postures because they keep your work-out productive and your mind young.” - Clary

“Never make a New Year resolution you won’t enjoy. You’ll stick with a work-out when you do exercise you love.” - Liz

“On days when you don’t have time to go to a class, you only need one or two minutes to work your whole body. Go in to plank. Add 30 push-ups if you have time. Both of these plank variations strengthen your core, work your legs, energize your arms and target the bra bubble on your sides and back.” -Clary

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