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24, River North, sales
To tone up before her summer wedding
MONDAY One-mile walk to and from Ogilvie and later another mile to the el to meet friends for dinner. At night: 20 minutes of Pilates while watching TV
WEDNESDAY Brisk hour walk
THURSDAY Ten squats while brushing teeth
FRIDAY Ten squats while drying hair
SATURDAY Pilates tape for 45 min.; walk one mile shopping. Climb four flights of steep stairs to a party.
SUNDAY Another mile walked shopping
PER WEEK Three hours, 19 minutes
THE EXPERT Jaime’s workout is too light, says Thomas. To torch more calories while she walks, she should practice intervals: Alternate 30 seconds each at regular, fast, and slow paces. After Pilates, she could finish with a few minutes of bicep curls.
34, Edgewater, marketing manager
To lose 50 pounds
MONDAY Ten-minute walk to el; evening gym workout consists of a 2.5-mile jog on the treadmill, plus weight training on chest, arms, and abs.
TUESDAY 50-minute walk at lunch
THURSDAY Ten-minute walk to el; repeat Monday’s gym routine.
FRIDAY Repeat gym routine.
SATURDAY Five-mile jog on the treadmill—too tired from the week for more
SUNDAY Repeat gym routine.
PER WEEK Six hours, 10 minutes
THE EXPERT Michael should change up his gym routine to avoid a plateau, Thomas says. Try a metabolism-boosting cardio circuit: Run a half mile; then switch to weight-bearing exercises concentrating on two areas of his body, like a set of chest presses and fast squats. After the next half mile, do ab work and lunges. Repeat.
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