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Leg Day: 3 Crucial Exercises To Tighten Those Legs

January 17, 2017

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We all know how difficult it is to tighten those tricky leg zones that always require a little extra work to tone.

After a lot of research (read: trial and error), we’ve finally come up with a leg workout combo that will help you shape those thighs up and make you feel confident in your favorite skinny jeans.

Let’s get crackin’!

1. Second Position Plies

You can’t go wrong with ballet moves. Second position plies sculpts both the inner thighs and the gluteus minimus (the side of your butt), making this exercise a must.

HOW TO DO IT: Stand with feet a bit wider than shoulder-width apart, and turn your toes out slightly. Lower your body down by bending your knees until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Put your arms over your head, but keep the shoulders down and back. Pause, then slowly push yourself back up to the starting position. Do as many rounds as you can.

2. Side Plank

This one is great for both your legs and your waistline, and it is perhaps the only exercise that covers both areas in such a way.

HOW TO DO IT: Lie on your right side with your knees straight and prop your upper body up on your right elbow and forearm. Now raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Try to hold this position for about 30 seconds, then repeat with your left side. Do as many rounds as you can.

3. Single-Leg Deadlift

Single-leg deadlift will do wonders to your glutes, but it will also activate your entire core. (You’ll need a pair of dumbbells for this one).

HOW TO DO IT: Grab the dumbbells, stand on your right foot, then lift your left foot behind you and bend your knee so your left lower leg is parallel to the floor. Bend forward at your hips, and lower your body slowly but go as far as you can. Pause, then push your body back to the starting position.

Make sure you think about using your glutes to push your hips forward instead of lifting from your back (that’s the trick here).

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