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The 6-Minute Skinny Jeans Workout

4 Exercises for a Tight & Toned Lower Body

-- By Nicole Nichols, Certified Personal Trainer
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LONG & LEAN LIFTS
Muscles Worked: Outer thighs, hips, obliques, shoulders

Begin lying on your right side, propped up on your right (bent) elbow directly under your shoulder, shoulders stacked, legs stacked and lengthened in line with the torso. Use your left hand (lightly) for balance on the floor in front of you. Externally rotate your top (left) leg (turn it out so that your knee and toes are pointing toward the ceiling instead of forward).

With top leg turned out and toes pointed, lift the leg straight up toward the ceiling as high as you can (pictured). Flex the foot and slowly return the leg back down to the start position to complete one rep. Continue for a total of 20 reps. Switch sides.

Tip: Engage your abs and core and imagine "pulling up" the side of your waist away from the floor. Keep the body stable and still using the core while the leg moves.

TRIPLE TONER
Muscles Worked: Thighs (quads and hamstrings), butt, and core (abs and lower back)

Begin kneeling on a mat with knees hip-distance apart, tops of the feet down on the floor, and arms crossed at the chest with elbows slightly lifted. Relax shoulders away from the ears. Engage the core, pulling belly button toward the spine.

While maintaining a perfectly straight spine, hinge from the knee (not the lower back or hips), deepening the bend in the knee and leaning the body in one unit (from knees to hips to shoulders) toward the heels of the feet (pictured). Slowly hinge from the knee to return to the starting position to complete one rep. Continue for a total of 15 reps.

Tip: Your body should remain in a perfectly straight line from the knee to the hip to the shoulder. Do not bend or flex your back or spine. Only lean back as far as you can without arching the back or "breaking" the straight line of the body.

SCISSOR CRUNCH
Muscles Worked: Abs, inner thighs, outer thighs
Begin lying on your back on a mat, head and neck relaxed, legs lengthened toward the ceiling in line with the hips. Extend your arms up toward the ceiling, stacking one hand on top of the other.

Slowly crunch up, lifting the tips of the shoulder blades off the mat, scissoring legs open and reaching hands between the legs (pictured). Slowly return shoulders to the mat and bring legs back together to complete one rep. Continue for a total of 20 reps.

Tip: Keep your back neutral and imagine your legs are pushing and pulling through resistance as they scissor open and closed.
 
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Member Comments

  • 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
  • ADTRRT
    Exercise 1 killed my hips....they always try to pop out when I do something like that...really limits a pilates workout too! Just wondering when you guys are going to list these on the tracker, or maybe the whole work out with a calories burned factor? - 10/29/2013 6:50:08 PM
  • NEEDS A TRACKER, PLEASE. These aren't listed anywhere on the strength exercise lists or demos. =( - 10/29/2013 10:34:04 AM
  • I'm not sure why but all of the exercises like the side sizzler hurt. Badly. My hips start screaming when I try to turn sideways like that. Ever since my son, those are as no go. :(. - 10/28/2013 1:07:54 AM
  • I find it really difficult to track theses and can't find them with the names listed in the tracker, this is a common problem on these articles, please note the tracker name in the exercise notes or list them at the end and I will be one happy Sparker :) - 10/26/2013 5:35:40 AM
  • A tracker button would be most helpful in each of these challenges to save time. - 10/22/2013 9:44:36 AM
  • Joined the Skinny Jean Workout but am having no luck in viewing what they want me to do. Hopefully this will help me get back to my skinnies. - 10/16/2013 3:33:42 PM
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