Step 1: Stand with the band secured under your feet, standing hip-width distance apart. Grasp an end of the band in each hand and gather up the excess until the band is taut. Have a slight bend in the knees, tuck the pelvis in and brace the abs. Click here to go through as many as nine hip flexor stretches before you start!


Step 2: Lift one leg out to the side, no more than 10 inches off the ground. Keep the band tight. Exhale as you push out, inhale as you bring it in. The lift should be as slow or slower than the release. Your hands should stay in the same place the entire movement.

Modification: Limit your range of motion, or bring your hands lower to loosen the band.


Step 3: Return to your starting position. For multiple reps, you can simply tap the side of the foot back to the ground instead of putting weight on it again. Doing this will also fire up the opposite glute and quad. Click here for 10 move that target your inner and outer thighs.

Modification: Use a chair for balance; hold the band in your hand and grasp the chair simultaneously. Avoid tying the band to anything that isn't securely anchored. Check out a 25-minute chair workout here.

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