Shorts Season is Here - Tone Up Your Legs!
Sunny days are here! It’s time to bust out the shorts and show off your legs. Get toned and lean-looking legs by trying these five simple exercises from our Personal Trainers.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and place your feet flat on the ground, shoulder-width apart. Draw in your navel and contract your glutes. Slowly push through your heels and lift your pelvis off the floor until your knees, hips and shoulders are in line. Hold the top position for a few seconds and then slowly lower your pelvis back down to the floor.
You’ll see where these ones get their name right after you try it! Begin in a pushup position, with your weight supported by your hands and toes. Flexing the knee and hip, bring one leg until the knee is approximately under the hip. Then, quickly reverse the positions of your legs, extending the bent leg until the leg is straight and supported by the toe, and bringing the other foot up with the hip and knee flexed. Repeat in an alternating fashion for 20-30 seconds.
Walking Lunges with Medicine Ball
Hold a medicine ball straight out in front of you, with your legs shoulder-width apart. Step with your left leg forward into a lunge, keeping your thigh parallel to the floor. With arms straight, twist from your torso over your left leg with the ball. Then step through to a lunge with the right leg and twist right. Feel the burn? You will! Do up to 20 reps of this one.
Side Lunge Butt Kickers
Even with the funny name, you’ll see these exercises work wonders. Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms by sides. Lunge to right with your right leg, keeping toes pointed forward and bending right knee 90 degrees. Hinge forward from hips and touch left hand to floor. Push off your right foot to stand on your left leg as you bend your right knee to bring your foot toward your butt, reaching your left hand behind you to tap right foot. Quickly return to side lunge. Try 20 reps, then switch legs and try 20 more!
Squats are amazing for your legs (and your glutes, too)! Stand on one leg with your feet pointed straight ahead. Squat down by bending your hip and knee. As you squat, reach the opposite hand toward the balance foot. Hold the bottom of the squat for a few seconds, return to the starting position. Try reps of 10-15 and do anywhere from 1-4 sets of these reps, depending on what your body is ready for.