Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea: Master This Simple Plank Move for Toned Arms and Abs

01/22/2015 at 10:00 AM ET

Erin Oprea
Zach Harrison Photography

As a former U.S. Marine, Erin Oprea is dedicated to fitness. Now a Nashville-based personal trainer with clients like Carrie Underwood, she uses her expertise to help those with busy lives stay fit. Visit her site or follow her on Twitter @erinoprea. Then come back to PEOPLE.com every Thursday to master a new workout move.

Mixing isometric exercises with weight training is part of why training makes me happy: I love combining the best of different worlds to create strong bodies in myself and all of my clients.

Holding a plank while performing front raises is a perfect example of this and it creates a very challenging position that everyone should strive to complete.

Plank Front Raises

Erin Oprea
Zach Harrison Photography

1. Grab a light dumb bell and get yourself into a plank on your hands with the weight resting right near you.

2. Making sure to engage your core very tightly and keeping your feet a little wider than your usual plank form, grab the dumb bell with your right hand.

Erin Oprea
Zach Harrison Photography

3. Extend your right arm straight ahead while maintaining your hips square to the ground.

4. Return to the starting position and repeat 8-12 times before switching arms for more fun!

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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