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So who else is trying to get back into the swing of thing post-Thanksgiving feasting? :) I found this thigh workout on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a whirl and I actually loved it! It has a few yoga moves in it that I needed to get used to doing, but it’s a great one for targeting the legs & glutes!
Today’s workout: Thigh Burner
Muscles worked: Thighs, legs, glutes
Courtesy of: Fitness Magazine
Needs: Just your body weight!
Roundhouse Kick + Squat - 10x each side
Stand with feet shoulder width apart and bring your fists up to your chin (ready to punch/defend haha). Pivot 45 degrees to one side and extend your leg out to the side. Do a roundhouse kick (kicking your knee as high as you can with your outer thigh facing the ceiling). Retract your leg and squat down. Do 10 on one leg then 10 on another.
Back Leg Lift Circles - 10x each side
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and, keeping your leg straight, lift one leg behind your body until when you feel a contraction in your glutes. Point your foot and draw a circle clockwise with your back leg 10x. Repeat on the same leg counterclockwise 10x. Then switch legs and repeat.
Chair Sit with Reverse Lunge - 10x each side*
Stand with feet/legs together and squat down into a chair pose (basically like you’re about to sit in a chair). Hold for 5 counts. Step back with one leg into a reverse lunge and really lower into it. Hold for 5 counts. Return to start and complete both moves on the opposite leg. *This one BURNS!!
Wide Plie Squat on Toes - 20x
Stand with feet double wide with your toes and knees facing out. Lift up on to your toes. Staying on your toes, squat down and back up.
Knee lifts with Crescent Kick - 10x each side
Stand at a 45 degree angle with your fists at your chin like in the first move. Raise one knee to your chest and hold for a second. From this position, draw an arc with your foot. Complete 10 on your first leg then move on to 10 on your other leg. Make sure you focus on contracting your abs as you pull your knee in.
Tree to Warrior Pose - 5x each side
Stand with your feet together and bring one foot up to the inside of your other leg (some people can get their full foot up to the inside of their thigh, but if you can’t try to get it to the inside of your calf - either is fine!). Hold for 5 counts. Place your foot down and lunge the leg you lifted behind you, turning your back foot out 45 degrees. Bend your front knee 90 degrees. Extend arms out to sides, shoulder height. Hold for 5 seconds. Return to feet together. Repeat on each leg 5 times.
Curtsy Squat with Side Leg Lift - 10x each side
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Cross one leg behind you in a curtsy and squat then return to starting position. Once you’re standing straight, raise your leg to the side (try not to shift your hips).
REPEAT ENTIRE SET THREE TIMES!
I thought I was going to add this on to another workout but after doing it 3 times my legs were worked enough! Prepping for hopefully a long run tomorrow so I don’t want to go too far.
Have you found any good thigh/leg workouts lately? My legs are self-admittedly my trouble zones and I’m always looking for good ones!
As always, remember, you’ll never regret a workout!