Sculpt a gravity-defying butt and jiggle-free thighs worthy of the shortest shorts in 5 moves
Shed saddlebags and inner-thigh bulge with this super-effective workout. It combines cardio with lower-body moves to keep your heart rate elevated while you develop strong, metabolically active lower-body muscles. Start stocking up on mini skirts, short shorts, and teeny bikinis now so you're ready to show off your hard work in a few weeks.
How it works: Three or four nonconsecutive days a week, do each exercise back to back with no rest. Repeat the entire circuit up to 3 times total.
Total Time: up to 30 minutes
1. Bottoms Up
Lie facedown on a mat with legs extended hip-width apart and toes pointed, elbows bent and hands stacked under chin. Lift legs up in line with hips, squeezing glutes.
Bend knees and curl heels in toward body (knees may open slightly wider as legs bend). Extend legs and lower to starting position.
2. Side Plank Side Kick
Come to a side elbow plank with left elbow bent under shoulder, hips and heels stacked, and knees bent about 90 degrees slightly in front of body. Place right hand behind head (or on the floor for more support.
Lift left hip off the floor as right leg extends out to side of hip, flexing foot and pushing out through right heel. Return to starting position.
20 per side
3. Sliding Sumo Squat Reach
Stand with feet wider than hips, knees and toes turned out slightly. Lower into a deep squat, pushing hips back and reaching fingertips to the floor, and keeping spine naturally straight, chest lifted, and eyes focused front.
Extend legs as right heel slides into right, reaching both arms overhead. Continue, alternating sides each rep.
4. Side Lunge to Rear Lunge Touchdown
Stand with feet together, arms by sides. Take a wide step out to the right, lowering into a side lunge by bending right knee (left leg remains extended), pushing hips back and reaching left hand to the floor just in front of right toes.
Quickly push off of right foot and return to start position to complete 1 rep. Immediately lower into a low rear lunge, stepping right leg back, bending both knees about 90 degrees, and touching right fingertips to the floor. Continue, alternating each rep.
20 per side
5. Plié Squat Jump
Stand with feet together, arms by sides. Sit back into hips, lowering into a narrow squat position with hands at hips.
Immediately jump straight up, landing in a deep plié squat position with legs open wide to the sides with knees and toes slightly turned out, hips under shoulders. (Make it easier by swinging arms during jump or harder by keeping hands at hips.) Repeat jump, this time landing in narrow squat position. Continue, alternating jumps each rep.