In today’s workout lesson courtesy of our in-house fitness expert, Amanda Lee, we’re sharing five moves for leaner legs. Below, Amanda breaks down quick exercises (the majority of which you can do at home) to tone your lower body. Read on to learn and watch the routine for lean legs.
Bulgarian Split Squat
Single-Leg Glute Bridge
Split Squat Jump
How to: Stand six to eight inches back from a six-inch step (beginners can start with a lower step and work up to 14 inches). Get into an athletic stance with your knees slightly bent and your weight on the balls of your feet. Quickly jump onto the center of the step, then immediately jump back down to start, landing softly on the balls of your feet. That’s one rep.
Recommended sets/reps: 3 sets of 10 reps
The Move: Bulgarian Split Squat
How to: Holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand about two feet in front of a step. Extend your right leg back and place your foot on the step. Bend your knees to lower your body as far as you can (or until your knee hovers right above the ground), keeping your shoulders back and chest up. Pause, then press through your left heel to return to start. That’s one rep.
Recommended sets/reps: 3 sets of 15 reps
How to: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands on your hips or holding a kettlebell in front of your chest. Take a big step back with your right leg, crossing it behind your left. Bend your knees and lower your hips until your left thigh is nearly parallel to the floor. Keep your torso upright and your hips and shoulders as square as possible. Return to start. That’s one rep.
Recommended sets/reps: 3 sets of 15 on each side
The Move: Single-Leg Glute Bridge
How to: Lie on your back with your arms out to the side, knees bent, and feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart. Keeping your thighs aligned, straighten one leg so that your toes point up. Squeeze your glutes to lift your hips evenly off the floor, then lower. That’s one rep.
Recommended sets/reps: 3 sets of 20 reps
The Move: Split Squat Jump
How to: Stand with your feet in a staggered stance, left foot in front of your right, two or three feet apart. Lower your body into a split squat. Quickly jump up and scissor-kick your legs so that you land with your right leg forward. As soon as your feet land, lower your body into a split squat. That’s one rep.
Recommended sets/reps: 3 sets of 10 reps on each side
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