Women’s Health Fitness Star: Sumo-Style Squat Twist + Reverse Plank


Kathie Lee & Hoda: The Next Fitness Star

Women’s Health‘s Michele Promaulayko brought five women on Kathie Lee & Hoda, who were finalists in their “Next Fitness Star” competition. All five women came on to show off their signature fitness moves. Whoever was crowned the winner would be set up to star in at least six fitness DVDs, so there was a lot on the line for this particular competition.

Michele started the “Next Fitness Star” program because, for the last few years, there have been just a few names that have dominated the fitness field, and they wanted to throw someone new into the mix.


Kathie Lee & Hoda: Sumo-Style Squat With Twist

The Next Fitness Star: Sumo-Style Squat With Twist + Reverse Planks

Women’s Health’s Next Fitness Star won it with her Sumo-Style Squat with Twist move.

Each of the five finalists showed off one move from their fitness repertoire that was their signature exercise move. First up was Stacie, a 40-year-old mother of two from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her move was a sumo-style squat with a twist, a total body move that falls under her specialty: functional full-body training.

What Stacie said she loved about the move was that it worked your seat, legs, and core. The move can be modified as well. You can pick up a dumbbell, for example, and hold it out in front of you as you squat and twist.


Kathie Lee & Hoda: Squat-To-Lunge Motion

31-year-old Tara from Aurora, Colorado, had a story to share with Kathie Lee & Hoda. She was obese for most of her life, but lost 92 pounds and is now a model of fitness. Her move was a squat-to-lunge motion that hit just about every part of the leg. To really get the calories burning, she added in a jump.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: Reverse Plank

Next up was Jam, a 26-year-old New York City resident that had found a way to mix up a classic move: the plank. The reverse plank hits the back of your legs and the back of your arms while holding it, along with quite a few core muscles.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: Plie Squat

Kim was a 30-year-old pilates instructor from Los Angeles that had a Pilates-Fusion move called the plie squat. You go down into a squat, hold your arms straight over your head, and twist to the sides to stretch your body and work your core.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: V-Up Exercise Move

31-year-old MC was a financial analyst in Houston that grew tired of crunching numbers, and opted to crunch her stomach, instead. Her modified V-Up has you sitting down on the ground and leaning back while thrusting your legs out until they are right in front of you.

In the end, it was Stacie Clark that walked away with the crown, winning the DVD features, a feature in Women’s Health magazine, and, of course, a crown to go with it all.


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