First it is important to note that 90% of humans have cellulite, including me. It is mostly genetic and there is no way to get rid of it completely. Having said that, there are certain exercises you can do to minimize it and certain foods you can avoid to prevent it. And if you’re ever in a time crunch, don’t forget—if you can’t tone it, tan it (using Poosh’s recommended organic foam tanner, of course). Back to the fitness route though. Below, I’m breaking down the five moves to tone everyone’s worst enemy: cellulite.
Single Leg Bridge
Single Leg Deadlift
Banded Clam Trio
Banded Side Step Squat
(Free weights required)
The Move: Single Leg Bridge
How to: Lie on the floor with your feet flat and knees bent. Raise one leg off the ground. Execute the movement by driving through the heel, extending your hip upward and raising your glutes off the ground. Extend as far as possible, pause, and then return to the starting position.
The Move: Single Leg Deadlift
How to: Hold a weight in one hand, hanging to the side. Stand on one leg, on the same side that you hold the kettlebell. Keeping that knee slightly bent, perform a stiff-legged deadlift by bending at the hip, extending your free leg behind you for balance. Continue lowering the kettlebell until you are parallel to the ground, and then return to the upright position. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
The Move: Banded Clam Trio
How to: Place the resistance band around your knees. Lie down on your side with your knees pointed forward and bent at a 90-degree angle. Lift your top knee upward 8-12 inches, keeping your foot in place against the bottom foot. Lower your knee back down to the bottom knee. This completes one repetition.
The Move: Banded Side Step Squat
How to: Place a resistance band just below your knees. Begin standing with feet directly underneath your hips, and squat about halfway down. Take a step sideways to the right as far as you can. To fully activate the muscle, be sure to step onto your heel rather than your toes. Actively resist the pull of the exercise band as you bring your left leg slowly toward your right, returning to the starting position. Step to the right 20-30 times, then reverse directions, stepping to the left 20-30 times. You really want to feel the muscle burn.
How to: Start standing with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Lift your left leg off the ground and step your left foot diagonally behind you, bending both knees to lower your butt toward the floor. Be sure to keep your chest lifted and your spine long. Driving through your right heel, come back to standing. Kick your left foot out to your left side and move directly into the next rep without placing your left foot back on the ground.