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In this variation on traditional side-lying leg lifts, the top leg acts as resistance when lifting the bottom leg, says Nicole Nichols, editor and fitness expert for SparkPeople.com. You'll work the inner thighs of both legs while also targeting the outer thighs and obliques, she adds.
To do it: Lie on one side with body in a straight line, bottom arm extended to support head and neck, legs stacked with knees and toes pointing directly forward. Place top hand on floor in front of chest for light support, pull belly in tight, and squeeze inner thighs together.
Keeping legs glued together, slowly lift them off of the mat, hinging from the hip (lift only as high as possible while keeping legs together, hips stationary, and knees and toes pointing directly forward). Hold for 1 to 2 seconds, then slowly lower to hovering above floor (don't touch it!) and repeat. Do 1 to 2 sets of 15 to 20 reps on each side.
16 top fitness experts share their go-to move for slim, sculpted hips and thighs
16 top fitness experts share their go-to move for slim, sculpted hips and thighs.