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Shorts season is around the corner, which means your legs are about to see the light of day whether you like it or not. Now is the right time to start sculpting to reveal strong and toned legs on the beach.
Try completing three sets of each of these exercises a few times per week to see results by the time Memorial Day roles around. Combine this workout with a low carb, high protein diet to melt away the fat while gaining lean leg muscle without the bulk.
1) One Legged Bridge
Lie on your back with one foot planted on the ground. Raise the other leg into the air. Lift your hips by contracting your core and pressing your foot into the floor. Release and return your hips to the floor. Repeat with both sides. This exercise works your core, glutes, and hamstrings.
2) Kickboxing Side Kick
Stand straight with your hands in fists bent at the elbow. Open your hips and pivot your torso to the side while lifting your leg, being sure to keep it bent. Forcefully kick your leg out by straightening your leg. Retract your leg to the bent position and lower it to standing position as you return your torso to vertical position. Repeat with both sides. This is a high intensity cardio move that will sculpt your hips.
3) Side Leg Lift On Stability Ball
Lie sideways over a stability ball and brace yourself with your arm on the floor. Rise your top leg by squeezing your hips, then slowly return the leg back to the floor. Repeat with both sides. This exercise targets your outer hips.
4) Squat With Medicine Ball
Stand with your feet a little bit wider than hip width apart and hold a medicine ball at chest height. Bend at your knees and hips into squat position while continuing to hold the medicine ball to your chest. Raise to starting position and repeat. This exercise strengthens your quads, glutes, hamstrings, calves, and core.
5) Pterodactyl Lunge
This exercise is also known as the curtsy lunge. It works the outside of the glute muscles, the quads, and the stability muscles of the hip. To begin, stand straight with your feet hip width apart. As you lift your arms straight to shoulder height, cross one leg behind the other and lunge to the opposite side in a curtsy-like movement. Make sure to bend the front leg at the knee as you curtsy with your crossed over back leg.
What are your favorite leg exercises?
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