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Thigh Anxiety

August 25, 20009

Now that I'm slimmer, I find myself staring at my reflection and focusing on specific regions I'd like to tone up. The latest objects of my scrutiny: my thighs. Fortunately, my trainer, Lauren Kern, assured me I wouldn't be stuck in Spanx for the rest of my life. She said that while I can't spot-reduce, or lose fat from one area of my body, I can strengthen the underlying muscles to make it look firmer and more sculpted. So Lauren recommended these three moves that will tone my outer hip muscles (the abductors):

1. Squat with leg lift

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hands on hips. Lower into a squat. Rise up as you raise left leg out to the side. Return to start position and repeat. Do 15 reps, then switch sides to complete set. Do 3 sets.

2. Reverse lunge with knee raise

Stand with feet hip-width apart and hands on hips. Lunge back with right leg until left thigh is parallel to the floor. Rise up, shifting weight to left foot as you bring right leg to hip height in front of you. Return to start position and repeat. Do 15 reps, then switch sides to complete set. Do 3 sets.

3. Side shuffle

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hands on hips. Lower into a squat and stay there as you step right foot to the right and bring left foot toward it to complete 1 rep. Do 15 reps, then switch sides (step to the left) to complete set. Do 5 sets.

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