Everyone knows that diamonds are a girl’s best friend…But what’s a girl’s worst enemy? In my opinion, it’s cellulite. It’s like an unwanted house guest…once it appears, it’s hard to get rid of. I’ve created this workout to help sculpt and tone your legs, which in turn, help to reduce the appearance of cellulite on your body. Take that, cellulite!
Know Before You Go
Do a 10-minute warm up before your workout. Walk or jog around your block or in place in your living room, or dance around to 3 of your favorite songs. If you have access to a treadmill, walk at a slow speed (I recommend 3.5 mph) and at a high incline (8.5-9.0). Drink water between each circuit to stay hydrated, and stretch for 10 minutes after the workout.
It’s OK if this workout is challenging for you… if you keep this up just 2x per week, in a month or so this will likely be easy peazy.
-free weights (8 lb, 10 lb), medicine ball, balance ball
Circuit 1 – Do 3x Through
A) The “Happy Feet” – Lay on your back on the mat with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle so that your feet are off of the floor. Quickly lower your left foot to touch your toes to the mat. As you return your left leg to starting position, lower your right foot to touch your toes to the mat. Repeat, alternating feet, as fast as you can continuously for 1 minute.
B) The “Get Up & Get Down”- Start by standing with one leg forward and one leg back. Hold a 10 lb weight in each hand by your sides. Squat down. (Back Straight! Try not to let your front knee go over your toe! Stick your ass and chest out!) Return to standing. Repeat, with your feet planted the whole time, 10x.
C) The “Twist and Shout” – Begin by standing with your legs shoulder-width apart. Hold a medicine ball at waist height. Lower into a squat and twist your torso to the right. Return to starting position. Lower into a squat and twist your torso to the left. Repeat 10x each side, alternating sides.
Circuit 2 – Do 3x Through
D) The “This Is How I Lean” – Begin by standing with knees slightly bent holding an 8 lb weight in your right hand with your arms resting in front of your thighs. With control, bend your left knee and extend your left leg behind you so that you are only standing on your right leg. Slowly bend at your waist and continue to lean forward until you are almost parallel to the ground. Extend your right arm (holding the weight) in front of you. With control, hinge at your waist to return to standing on your right leg. (Your left leg should still be off of the ground.) Repeat 10x, and then switch legs (and weight in your left hand) and repeat 10x more.
E) The “Starting Line” – Start in a position as if you were going to do a push up (with your body off the ground except for your hands and toes). Plant your arms, fully extended, and plant your left leg. Bring your right knee towards your chest with your right foot on the floor below your chest. Now, simultaneously jump your legs (arms are planted!) to bring your right leg back to starting position and your left leg forward towards your chest. Go as fast as you can, continuously, while alternating bringing each leg forward towards your chest. Repeat x 20.
F) The “See Saw” – Place a balance ball next to the arm of your couch, or next to any furniture that you can hold onto (and that will not move). Rest your hips on the balance ball and hold onto the furniture in front of you with a firm grip. Keeping your abs and butt tight, lift both legs off of the ground behind you until your entire body is parallel to the ground. With control, lift both legs as high as you can behind you, and then lower them slowly until your body is again parallel to the ground. Repeat 12x
Circuit 3 – Do 2x Through
G) The “Lower Leg Lift” – Begin by laying on your side on your mat with your left leg resting on your right leg. Bend your left knee and place your left foot on the mat in front of your right leg. You can hold onto your left ankle to help keep it secure on the ground. With control, lift your right leg as high as you can off of the ground and slowly lower it to just above the ground. Repeat 12x, and then flip over and repeat 12x with your other leg.
H) The Karate Kick” – Begin by standing with both feet on your mat. Lower into a squat. As you come up out of the squat, lift your right leg (fully extended) out to the right as high as you can. With control, return your right leg so that you are in standing position. Lower into a squat. As you come up out of the squat, lift your left leg (fully extended) out to the left as high as you can. With control, return your left leg so that you are in standing position. Repeat 12x.
I) The “Going In Circles” – Begin by laying on your back on your mat with your arms resting by your sides. Lift your right leg until it is perpendicular to the floor. With control, ‘trace’ invisible large circles in the air in a clockwise with your right leg. Repeat 10x, and then repeat 10x more in a counter-clockwise direction. Switch legs and repeat the entire exercise.
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