Sculpt Your Glutes and Thighs in Five
Shape up your lower body and shake up your routine by adding these moves to your leg workout. These challenging movements will target your glutes and thighs, giving you a sculpted, lean look!
Sumo Squat with Calf Raise - Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart with your toes slightly turned out. Perform a deep squat, lifting your heels off the ground. Count to two then lower your heels and return to a standing position. Ready to feel the burn? Hold a weighted ball or Kettlebell at your chest while performing the exercise. Perform for one minute.
Skaters - Tone your thighs with this plyometric exercise. Start with a small squat, jump sideways to the left, landing on your left leg. Without touching the floor, bring your right leg behind you to your left ankle. Reverse direction by jumping to the right and following through with your left foot behind your right ankle. Perform this move for one minute.
Curtsey Lunge - Start with your feet hip-width apart, arms at your side or resting on your hips. Cross your right leg behind your left and rest your toe on the floor about two feet behind you. Keep your right heel up while performing a squat. Do not let your left knee extend past your toes. Return to the start and repeat on the other side. Alternate sides for one minute.
Squat with Leg Lifts – Work your legs and hips with this variation on the classic squat. Start by performing a standard squat. While returning to standing position raise your right leg to the side. Keep your upper body straight and do not bend your knee. Repeat on the opposite leg. Perform for one minute.
Pilates Swimming – Lie flat on your stomach with arms stretched out in front and legs stretched behind you. Engage your core muscles and raise your head and chest off the mat slightly. Lift your right arm and your left leg off of the mat. Switch your arms and legs; lifting your left arm and right leg off the mat. Continue switching to your own rhythm. Perform for 30 seconds.
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