The MiniSkirt Workout

Shorts have never been shorter. Minis are mini-er. With all the showing, this one-month workout from celebrity trainer Patrick Murphy will shape you up from hip to toe.

Hips and thighs can be stubborn area to tone, but these moves really target them. Plus, they get your heart rate up, so you burn more calories than you do with traditional strength exercises. Follow this circuit in order once; then do the whole set a second time. Try this workout three to four days a week in addition to your regular cardio and you will start seeing results in about a month.

No. 1
Kick/Reverse Lunge – Works thighs and the area just above the knees.
Standing upright, kick up left leg as high as you can; then bring left leg back to standing, and step right leg straight behind in a lunge, bending left knee 90 degrees and reaching fingers to the floor, as shown. Push off left foot and quickly return to standing, placing right foot next to left. Do 15 times, switch sides and repeat.

No. 2
Bridge with Leg Lift – Works butt and fronts and backs of thighs.
Lie on back, knees bent and feet flat on ground hip width apart, close to your butt; rest hands on floor by sides. Press hips up, hold and extend left leg up about 45 degrees so thighs are parallel; bend left knee and lower foot to floor, without lowering hips, then straighten leg again. Do 15 reps slowly, switch legs and repeat.

No. 3
Squat with Calf Raise – Works (and lifts) your butt, sculpts calves.
Stand with feet hip width apart and hands clasped behind head. Lower into a squat as if you were going to sit back in a chair, keeping your chest up and not letting knees go past toes, as shown. Stand back up, and then rise up onto your toes; lower heels and return to start. Do 15 reps.

No. 4
Lateral Lunge with Knee up – Works hard to target outer thighs.
Standing with feet hip width apart, knees soft and hands on hips, lift right knee to chest, then take a big step out to the right side, lowering into a lunge. Quickly push off right foot and return to standing position with knee up. Do 15 times switch legs and repeat.

Single Leg Squat – Works it all, your butt, thighs and calves.
Stand with feet hip width apart, arms by sides, lift left knees toward chest. Lean forward, then bend right knee to slowly lower into squat while keeping your balance (left foot stays hovering off floor). Pause and reach hands toward ground. Return to standing without dropping left foot; do 15 times. Switch legs and repeat.

Courtesy of Glamour Magazine

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