Skinny jeans workout: Tips for a bodacious lower body

By Editors, Women's Health magazine (MCT)
Posted Nov. 19, 2012, at 10:52 a.m.

Slim and tone your lower body and wear your skinny jeans with confidence! It’s the region most of us love to hate — our hips, thighs, and backsides. For a lower body you’ll love, you need to do two things: burn fat, and lift and firm your tush. Women’s Health Magazine’s routine does both. Do these seven moves one after another with no rest in between. Then repeat the circuit so you perform it a total of two times. Do this workout four to six times a week.

SQUAT, LUNGE, CURL

Stand with your arms at your sides and squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Push back up to the starting position. Then take a giant step forward with your left foot and lower your body until your left thigh is parallel to the ground. Push up onto your left leg and immediately curl your right heel toward your glutes. Return to start. That’s one rep. Repeat, stepping forward with your right foot. Continue alternating the sequence for 20 reps.

Tip: For a challenge, add dumbbells

DUMBBELL SUMO SQUAT

Grab a heavy dumbbell and hold one end in each hand at arm’s length in front of your pelvis. Set your feet about twice your shoulder width apart, toes turned out slightly. Lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position. Do 10 to 12 reps.

Tip: Keep your torso as upright as possible with your lower back naturally arched.

STABILITY LUNGE

Stand with your arms at your sides and squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Push back up to the starting position. Then take a giant step forward with your left foot and lower your body until your left thigh is parallel to the ground. Push up onto your left leg and immediately curl your right heel toward your glutes. Return to start. That’s one rep. Repeat, stepping forward with your right foot. Continue alternating the sequence for 20 reps.

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/11/19/health/skinny-jeans-workout-tips-for-a-bodacious-lower-body/ printed on July 29, 2014