August 3, 2004

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Get Motivated Special: A stick-with-it workout for quick results

The key to staying committed to getting in shape is creating an exercise habit. Here's a perfect program to make that happen.

By Tracy Teare

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Was "getting in better shape" atop your list of New Year's resolutions again this season? Then we've got the workout to keep you on the fitness fast track. The exclusive eight-week program, designed by Michelle and Phil Dozois of Breakthru Fitness Studio in Pasadena, Calif., is loaded with the key ingredients for creating an exercise habit. Easy-to-follow moves eliminate the intimidation factor and set you up for workout success. Quick results keep you coming back. After four weeks, when your body and mind are ready to up the ante, you'll progress to more challenging variations on the moves you've been doing; by keeping boredom at bay and fostering progress, you'll see more tone and definition and feel more energetic. Consider this your New Year's secret for staying on track. In just eight weeks, your body and mind will practically crave the feeling that exercise can give you and it's something you'll want to stick with for good.

The get-on-track plan of attack

How it works This program provides a solid foundation of strength, balance and flexibility. Phase I's machine-based strength moves help you learn proper form and allow you to lift more weight sooner for rapid results. Phase II's strength moves require more balance, coordination and concentration for an added challenge. The balance and stretch exercises train your muscles to work in concert and aid in injury prevention, so your new exercise streak won't wane.

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Tracy Teare is a Shape contributing editor.

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