Earlier this year I mentioned you would come across more work out posts on the blog. Well, today I’m kicking it off with legs and glutes!
While I taught Pilates and strength training in college, I am in no position to dole out fitness advice. So I teamed up with my personal trainer, Steve, founder of Big Pump Fitness, to give you a series of three workouts. Each workout will be aimed at toning parts of the body that Spring/Summer wardrobes tend to reveal (think abs, arms and long, leans legs). Also, if you get started now, this could be great Coachella prep. Let’s get started!
Progressive lunges: Progress from 1-3 lunges 30 yards. Target area: hamstrings, glutes, quads. (Psst… watch this video if you are wondering what the heck progressive lunges are.)
Lateral step ups: Stand to the side of a step and step up and over either side 15x. target area: hamstrings, quads, hip ab/adductors.
Goblet squats: Hold 15 lbs in your hands and squat like you mean in 15x. Target area: hamstrings, glutes, quads.
Box Jumps: Get back to that step and jump on and off 15x. Target area: hamstrings, glutes, quads, hips, calves. (Here’s a little video of me doing box jumps for ya!)
Split squats: (Photo below) With the step behind you, lunge 15x then switch. Target area: hamstrings, glutes and quads.
Regular crunches 15x
Reverse crunches 15x (see below – basically, do a controlled leg lift with bent knees and focus on keeping your lower spine flat to the floor).
Combination 15x: Regular and reverse at the same time.
Toe touches 15x: Reach for your toes with your legs at 90·
Exchanges 30x: reach for a straight left leg with your right arm and switch.