Shorts season is in full swing and this has us wanting our legs in tip top shape. Instead of reaching for your capris or Bermuda shorts, spend ten minutes on your legs each day and you’ll be ready for those daisy dukes in no time!
We love workouts that are simple and that you can do from anywhere, so this leg blaster is no exception. Try to do each exercise for a full minute. If you have to rest that’s ok, take a five second break and start again. We snuck in some push-ups because let’s be honest, tank tops usually accompany shorts.
We hope your stride is a little stronger, your smile just a little bigger and that you’re ready for all the fun in the sun that short’s weather brings.
Start in plank position, lean back so your booty is over your heels with arms extended forward then thrust forward squeezing your glutes together at the top of the movement. Repeat!
Keep heels glued together and balance on your toes with heels lifted. Bend over so hands are touching the ground, if you can’t reach the ground use a yoga block, hand weights or even your heels if you’re doing this in your bedroom. Then simply squat down and back up with legs straight, always keeping on your tip-toes and keeping your heels locked together. Tell yourself you have the winning lottery ticket between your heels and you cannot let go!
In and Out Squat Hops
This move is simple but extremely effective. Start in a regular squat position, knees over ankles chest lifted high and eyes facing forward. Hop up and when you land, land with feet pointed outwards in a sumo squat, hop up and land in regular squat position alternating between regular squats and sumo squats. You will definitely start to feel the burn in your inner thighs.
Start on your knees with arms straight up in the air. Stand up starting with the right leg, use your glutes to help you stand. Keep your core tight and shoulders and chest lifted with arms straight in the arm. Then go back to your knees. Now stand up with your left leg first alternating between right and left. For an added challenge hold weights. The key to this exercise is to stand up from your glutes, don’t lean forward and put pressure on your back.
Balance on one leg, knee can be slightly bent but try to keep as straight as possible, arms should be stretched outward and parallel to the floor and each other. Make sure to rotate the hip on the side of the lifted leg down to the floor. Keep neck relaxed and gaze to the ground and slightly forward. Hold for a full minute then switch legs and hold on the opposite side. It’s ok if you fall out of the pose, just get back in it.
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