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The 6-Minute Skinny Jeans Workout

4 Exercises for a Tight & Toned Lower Body

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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.

Be sure to "Pin" this workout so you can easily find it later!

The Workout
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.

Training Tips
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!
 
Exercise Instructions

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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.
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Member Comments

  • #2 and 3 can be doable. #1 and 4, only if I want to severely injure myself trying them. They are not for anyone with back, knee or hip problems. - 8/26/2014 12:31:58 PM
  • First time I tried this routine and it wasn't too bad although I only did 1 rep to start with.

    I agree with WITCHLINGMOG - this needs a TRACKER added to it. I spent way too long trying to find these exercises under the fitness section without much success! - 8/25/2014 9:12:39 AM
  • If I could even get into the positions for #1 & #4, I'd probably be able to get into jeans. Just trying 'em, I'm more likely to need to get into a chiropractor. That 4th one is going to be tough on back issues. Sorry, not for me. - 8/25/2014 5:02:15 AM
  • I don't wear pants but I thought I would look at these exercises to see if I could do them...SOrry they don't work for me Due to my accident I cant go on my knee or rest on my right arm - 8/25/2014 2:42:10 AM
  • ETHELMERZ
    No thanks, I'll stick to wearing my regular jeans, and not beat myself up doing these, can you chicks really do these for the rest of your lives?? Think about it........... - 5/27/2014 2:23:19 PM
  • Number 3, wow. Felt that big time! - 4/22/2014 10:36:29 PM
  • I thought this was great (but yeah, the scissor crunch should definitely be done in private) - I logged it on the fitness tracker as "Strength Training (bodyweight) exercise" and then the number of minutes it took (7 for me). I don't know that I am correct on this, but it seemed to make sense. I hope that helps! - 12/24/2013 11:03:20 AM
  • VNORR97
    Wow, I love this skinny jean routine:) This is my 20th Day of the work out and I feel each move is getting me closer to my skinny jeans ('-'). Bring it On!!! - 12/13/2013 9:55:17 PM
  • I made it through Skinny Jeans, BUT at age 74 and a tendency toward back and hip problems (3 back surgeries, recent hip problem) found some of the exercises could be painful. The lunges in particular are a problem for me. I would like to see more alternatives as I find in some of the SP videos. Tomorrow I finish the challenge and will see if my skinny jeans fit better! Thanks for the challenge! - 12/8/2013 12:16:33 PM
  • The last one was soo freaking hard!! - 12/6/2013 7:56:44 AM
  • Oh God, no way I am doing the scissor crunch in the middle of a gym full of people! This is an at-home workout! LOL - 12/4/2013 9:45:45 AM
  • CHOOSEYOURHARDD
    I did this just after returning from my strength training class, so I felt them all! I especially loved number 3, that was a new one for me. Keep them coming! - 11/14/2013 11:14:21 AM
  • PORKIE60
    These are great exercises! I must concur with many other people that having these on the tracker would be beneficial. The only exercise that I had to modify was the scissors. I had neck surgery and can't lift my neck and shoulders as instructed; if I do I am in great pain later in the day. - 11/9/2013 10:28:07 AM
  • Boy oh boy. Six lousy minutes, but I can feel my abs and glutes complaining. That first exercise? After 50 crummy seconds my muscles were threatening to cramp up.

    Love how effective this is. I'll try to slowly add repetitions and seconds. - 11/5/2013 10:42:51 PM
  • HOLY COW!! I really feel all of these exercises!! the scissor crunches was challenging for me!!
    - 11/5/2013 11:19:32 AM
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