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The Julianne Hough-Inspired Leg Workout

Yes, she can get down on the dance floor, but Julianne Hough also gets down in the gym and has the long lean legs to show for it. Here, Nike Master trainer and Barry's Bootcamp instructor Rebecca Kennedy demos the Julianne Hough-inspired leg workout you can do with a set of dumbbells to sculpt a toned lower half. (Next up, steal The Workout Julianne Hough Swears By straight from her trainer!)

Set 1

Pivot Squat

Start with dumbbells on shoulders in a high-rack position. With feet parallel, perform a squat. Then pivot on heels to perform another squat with feet turned out. Be sure to keep abs tight as you squat down as low as you can.

Perform AMRAP for 40 seconds.

Drop Squat

Begin with feet together with hands reaching in front of you. As you jump feet out with toes facing out to come into a wide squat, touch fingertips to the floor, then quickly jump back up to bring feet together.

Perform AMRAP for 20 seconds.

Repeat drill three times before moving on to the second set, then rest for 1 minute.

Set 2

Reverse Lunge to Front High Kick

Take dumbbells either down by your sides or up on shoulders. Step one foot back to come into a reverse lunge. Bring the same foot forward to perform a high kick, and then immediately bring it back to the reverse lunge position.

Perform AMRAP for 20 seconds on each side for a total of 40 seconds.

Scissor Jump/Split Jump Combo

Perform four quick scissor splits, then perform one split jump on each side, staying nice and low as you tap the floor.

Set 3


Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, with your dumbbells in front of your thighs, palms facing in. Hinge forward from your hips, reaching the dumbbells towards your feet, until your torso is almost parallel with the floor. Squeeze your glutes as you come back up to standing position.

Perform AMRAP for 40 seconds

Broad Jump and Shuffle Back

Use your hamstrings and glutes to jump forward as far as you can, and then quickly shuffle back in four quick steps.

Perform AMRAP for 40 seconds

Set 4

Skater Lunge

With weights in front of chest and feet wide, shift your weight from right to left as you stay in a low lunge position.

2 Foot-1 Foot Leap

Begin with feet together, and jump to one side landing on one foot. Jump back, landing with two feet together.

Perform AMRAP 20 seconds on each side.


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