I’d really like to talk to whomever decided that ‘skinny jeans’ was an acceptable fashion trend. Um, hello? I mean, what happened to the flowy-tunic-could-possibly-pass-for-maternity-wear fad? That fashion trend was way less pressure. I mean, what happens if it’s ‘that time of the month’ and you’re bloated? How can you pull off skinny jeans? Do you have to use a plier to get that zipper up? *Sigh* Well, I guess, as the saying goes, ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.’ But you CAN do this workout to help get your legs toned, sleek, long, and lean …so wearing skinny jeans ain’t no thang. Take that, oppressively-tight-they-feel-like-sausage-casings skinny jeans.
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.
Circuit 1 – Do 3x Through
A) The “Power Squat” – Begin by standing on your mat. Lower into a squat. As you come up out of the squat, in an explosive motion, jump up with both your feet. As you land, lower into a squat. Repeat 12x.
B) The “Invisible Limbo” – Stand on your mat. Pretend there is limbo bar held at a 90 degree angle to where you are standing. Slowly lower into a squat and step sideways ‘under the limbo bar.’ Return to standing. Then, squat down again and step back the other way ‘under the limbo bar.’ Return to standing. Repeat 12x.
C) The “Box Step” – Begin by standing on your mat. Plant your right foot on the ground, and step out with your left foot to lunge to the left. Return to standing. Keeping your right foot planted, step out in front with your left foot to lunge forward. Return to standing. Keeping your right foot planted, step backwards with your left foot to lunge backwards. Return to standing. Repeat by lunging with your right leg. Repeat, alternating legs, 10x each leg.
D) The “Toe Tapper” – Begin by standing facing the bottom step of a flight of stairs. Bend your left knee and lightly tap your left toes on the bottom step. In an explosive motion, jump to switch legs to lightly tap your right toes on the bottom step. Repeat nonstop, alternating legs, for 30 seconds.
E) The “Ugh, These Are The Worst” – Begin by standing on your mat holding a medicine ball to your chest. Squat down and place the medicine ball on the ground in front of you. Place both hands on the ball, and jump both of your feet behind you. It should look like you are in a position as if you are going to do a push up, except both of your hands are on a medicine ball. Jump both feet back towards the ball so you are in a squat position. Lift the medicine ball up overhead as you stand up and jump up. As you land, lower back into a squat and place the medicine ball on the ground in front of you. Repeat 10x.
F) The “Wall Sit Of Pain” – Begin by standing with your back against a wall. Walk your feet out slightly and slide your back down the wall until your knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. It should look like you are sitting on an invisible chair against the wall. With control, lift your left leg to extend it straight in front of you. Hold for 3 seconds. Return your left foot to the ground, and then extend your right leg in front of you. Hold for 3 seconds. Repeat nonstop, alternating legs, for 30 seconds.
Circuit 3 – Do 2x Through
G) The “Dizzy Legs” – Begin laying on your back on your mat with your arms resting at your sides. Lift your left leg to 90 degrees to the ceiling. Trace large invisible circles with your right toes. Repeat 20x and then switch to counter-clockwise and repeat 20x more. Then, switch legs and repeat the whole exercise again.
H) Repeat the “Dizzy Legs,” except trace small circles with your toes instead of large circles.
I) The “Side Step” – Begin by standing on your mat. Lower into a squat. Staying in a squat the entire time, step from side-to-side nonstop for 30 seconds. Make sure your knees don’t go over your toes.
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