Looking for some targeted-toning exercises to shape up your lower body? Look no further!|
This short and efficient workout features bodyweight exercises that target the muscle groups of the lower body (legs, butt, hips) and midsection (abs and obliques), which is why we call it the Skinny Jeans Workout! Each multi-tasking move works several muscles at once, so you can get more done in less time.
Try this workout up to four times per week (with rest days in between), or follow along with our 30-day Skinny Jeans Workout Plan for optimal results.
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Perform each exercise in order for the number of reps indicated. Limit rest between exercises as much as possible. Do the full circuit once, or repeat the exercises in order up to three more times.
If following this workout several days per week, try switching up the order of the exercises each day for optimal variety. Also switch up which side you start with on exercises that take part on each side of the body. As you progress and the number of reps listed no longer feels as challenging, increase reps by doing each exercise for a full minute (instead of counting reps).
Although no exercise can target fat loss in any particular body area, muscle-strengthening moves like these can build lean muscle; when combined with a calorie-controlled diet and some fat-burning cardio (start with 20-30 minutes per day, 3 days per week), you'll see and feel the results so your jeans fit better and you feel more confident!
Muscles Worked: Outer thighs, hips, butt, abs, obliques, shoulders
Begin kneeling on mat or carpet with right knee (bent) directly under the hip, left leg extended (foot on floor), right hand on the floor (arm straight) directly underneath the shoulder, and left arm extended toward the ceiling. Relax shoulders away from ears and square hips and shoulders directly forward, keeping weight equally balanced between right knee and right hand.
Engage through the core for balance and slowly lift the left leg up toward hip level (pictured), keeping left toes and knees pointing directly forward. Slowly return leg to start position to complete one rep. Continue for a total of 15 repetitions. Switch sides.
Tip: Actively squeeze the gluteal of the kneeling leg as if pushing your hip forward for optimal results.
Article created on: 9/16/2013
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