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Though I normally seethe silently at the sight of a brand-new mommy with a slammin’ post-baby body, I can’t hate on Amber Owens. She got back into great shape when her daughter was still teeny-weeny, and she earned her physique.Here, the Atlanta-based trainer, fitness instructor and mother of an almost-two-year-old shares her tips on addressing two tough trouble spots: armpit squish and back fat.
I arrived at Workout Anytime, a gym in a Buckhead strip mall, near Frank Ski's Restaurant and Lounge, at 3:14 this morning. A normal-ish kind of person works out as late as midnight and as early as 5:30 a.m., I figured, having done so a few times myself. But who works out in the vampirish hours between?
“I’d highly recommend the shrimp pita,” the waiter says. “It’s under 500 calories.”I see it on the sepia-toned menu, along with the minuscule mahi mahi wrap and the five-ounce portions of beef tenderloin and tuna. Next to each item is a series of numbers that, according to a handy decoder, lists not just the price but also the amount of carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, sodium, and gluten in the dish.
I'm cutting coupons now, but it wasn't always so. I grew up in a midtown neighborhood with wide streets and big houses, and I learned to play tennis and squash (like tennis but with smaller racquets and larger bank accounts) at a country club around the corner where two previous generations of my dad's family did the same.
The list of workouts I've tried is long and weird. Here's the thing, though: this particular routine has involved a four-foot long rubber pipe with handgrips called a "viper." I swore I'd never workout with objects that have silly names. But my girlfriend dared me.