Hi Ladies, happy Monday! As we all know, we're only a short 4+ weeks to summer (AH!). This is obviously very exciting, but also a bit daunting for those of us who are trying to get in better shape prior to that looming date. This week we're going to concentrate on some sure-fire go-to exercises to tone certain areas of your body. We're going to cover upper-body exercises, abs, cardio, and full body exercises later this week but today it's all about your legs and rear end!
As some of you may have seen on our Instagram I am participating in Self Magazines 6 Weeks to Summer challenge. This has proved to be a huge motivator and it really is kicking my butt some days. They've built in different cardio workouts (classic and HIIT) as well as targeted body exercises. Some of the below come directly from this challenge and others are workouts I've used in the past and continue to love.
6 Exercises for your Legs and Butt
1. Leg Beats
This is a new one to me, from my 6 weeks to summer challenge and I really like it. It's "easy" but still works those inner thighs! Start on your side, move the top leg to the back and tap your toe, tap your toe on your other foot, tap your toe in front. 2 sets of 10 reps each (back, center and front counts as one rep).
2. Ceiling Stomps
Another one I really love. Start in a plank type position on your knees and kick one leg up to the ceiling. 2 sets of 10 reps, each leg.
3. Side Lunges
Just like with a normal lunge, you'll start standing shoulder width apart and then instead of lunging forward, you'll lunge straight to the side. 2 sets of 10 reps, each leg.
4. Glute Bridge
Another one that is great for that butt! Start with your hands at the small of your back, back flat on the floor and legs bent with feet shoulder width apart. Then lift your lower half off the ground as high as you can and lower again. 2 sets of 10 reps each, up and back down is one set.
5. Inner thigh lifts
For this one you want to start on your side (dang I look angry in those pictures, sorry!) with your legs together, then lift the top leg up and return to legs closed. 2 sets of 10 reps, each leg.
So there you have it, my go-to workout from home leg and butt exercises. It's quick and easy but you'll definitely be feeling some of these the next day!