Winter, spring, summer, fall – it’s always a good time for leaner legs! Just when you think you can put the shorts away and forget about them, out come the jeans that might not slide up as quickly as you’d like. Well, then time to get at it! Let’s create something a little leaner, stronger, and get rid of some of that extra “stuff’ on the outer edge that we don’t like so much!
This workout gives you five great exercises that will tone and tighten your thighs. Combine this five minute routine three days a week with two to three days of cardio a week and clean eating, and you’ll be ready for lean jeans and short shorts in no time!
Plié Leg Lift
A) Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder distance apart and toes turned out. Bend knees and lower torso into a plié while keeping your back straight.
B) Squeeze your glutes and inner thighs and come to standing while lifting one leg out to the side. This works the outer thigh muscles. Then return to your plié and repeat on the other side.
Perform 12 per side – thats 24 total!
A) Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder distance apart, toes turned out, and lift your heels into releve.
B) Bend at the knees lowering torso, keeping your back straight, and abs tight. Squeeze glutes and straighten legs to return to starting position.
Perform 15-20 reps.
A) Start on all fours with one leg extended long on mat.
B) Lift the extended leg up towards the ceiling engaging the hamstrings and glutes, then lower to the floor.
Perform 15 reps and then do 15 reps on the other leg.
Single Leg Hamstring
A) Lie on back with bent knees hip distance apart, and feet flat on mat stacked under the knees. Extend one leg long towards the ceiling.
B) Squeeze glutes and lift hips off the mat into a bridge. Lower and lift the hips then repeat on other side.
Perform 12-15 reps per side.
A) Begin on all fours.
B) Using the outer thigh muscles and glutes lift one knee out and up keeping your knee bent at a 90-degree angle. Lower your leg and repeat.
Perform 12-15 reps on each leg.
Five minutes and you’re done!
5 Minutes To Leaner Legs