As much as we wish we could zap our trouble spots into oblivion, it's not really possible to target one specific body part and see immediate results. However, it is possible to tailor your workout to build more lean muscle in certain spots. This workout will help build muscle (and burn fat) in your thighs, booty, core and back, so get ready to singe some serious fat!
How it works: Do 8-10 reps of each exercise. Rest for 20-30 seconds, then repeat the set for a total of 3 sets. Then move on to the next exercise. Good luck!
1. Weighted Point Plié Side Bend: Slim the thighs as you drop into a deep plié and work the calves by adding a relevé or rolling onto the ball of your foot. Turn on the obliques to whittle the waistline as you bend side to side. Check it out here.
2. Side Lunge and Press: Work the outer glutes (the butt-shaping muscles) and fire up your inner thighs as you move in and out of the side lunge. Grab some weights for an overhead press to tone the shoulders as you shift to the other side. Here are more details.
3. Bear Crawl: Looks can be deceiving with this exercise. Make sure the knees are under the hips and your butt is not piking up – the back is flat. The thighs, back, lower abs and shoulders will all be on deck for this animal-inspired toning move! Click here for more info.
4. Kettlebell Figure 8: How low can you go? Step into a wide squat stance and drop the hips back and down so you isolate the butt and thigh muscles. Hold that squat! The chest is lifted as you rotate the kettlebell through the legs, drawing strength from the upper back and shoulders. Here’s more info.
5. Right and Left Lying Leg Lift: Shape the booty and thighs with a simple lift. The lift is controlled by the glutes and the obliques. With each lift, you’ll feel the waistline cinch a little more. Cinch it here.
6. Elevated Shoulder Taps: Intensify your plank with a balancing act that will shape your shoulders and upper back! Walk the feet onto a steady elevated surface and hold the plank. When you feel ready, tap the shoulder with the opposite hand while keeping the hips square to the floor. It’s harder than it sounds and it’s super effective. Here’s more info.
7. Kettlebell Turkish Get Ups: It’s a little complicated at first, but once you get it down, this move will become one of your favorites. The key is to look up at the kettlebell the entire time. You work the shoulders, core, glutes, thighs and hamstrings. Holy soreness.
8. Squat with Twist: We’ve taken a traditional squat and added a twisting element so you can work your glutes and core at the same time! Give this squat variation a try next time you’re doing a quick workout. Click here to see the details on the move.
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