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The 6-Minute Skinny Jeans Workout

4 Exercises for a Tight & Toned Lower Body

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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

  • Had fun doing this workout! I love short amounts of total time and out of the ordinary movements for "same ol' muscles"! I did enough other stuff today that I'm not tracking this workout-trying to train myself to be SATISFIED just KNOWING I did something good for me :) - 7/26/2015 7:41:36 PM
  • ETHELMERZ
    Just buy some comfortable leggings, these funny looking jeans won't keep you happy the rest of your life, anyway. - 6/23/2015 7:33:09 AM
  • Annoying that you can't save this to favourites and also, it would really help if the model were doing what was described in the instructions. instead, when this talks about lifting the left arm, that's the one pictured in the floor - unnecessarily confusing! - 6/22/2015 11:05:40 AM
  • Great workout! But, can you PLEASE name your exercises what their true name is so we can find them on the spark fitness tracker?? I'm struggling to get these on my tracker! Please and thank you! :) - 5/6/2015 10:47:56 PM
  • This is a GREAT workout! It was a bit of a challenge because I'm so out of shape, but I know it will get easier. I am going to add this to my toning exercises. - 5/5/2015 10:26:32 AM
  • The first time I did this, yes, it as difficult. But each time it got easier and now it's pretty easy. I will add these to my favorites. - 4/1/2015 9:18:39 PM
  • great workout I love it!!!I can really feel it and I think it will strenthen my muscles so much. I truly didn't have much problem with my knees as I do lunges. - 1/7/2015 11:49:10 PM
  • #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

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