6 Easy Exercises to Get Your Legs Looking Amazing for Bikini Season
“THUNDER THIGHS NO MORE”
If you’ve already lost motivation for your New Year’s resolution to get in shape, consider swimwear season your incentive to tone those thighs and glutes. One way to find your fitspiration is by forgetting those outdated squats and lunges and learning the livelier modified versions instead. So, if you’re ready for sexy, bikini-ready legs do a few reps of these fun exercises.
Chair squats are a simple, effective way to get your thighs, glutes, and abs looking and feeling stronger. Simply stand in front of a chair, feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, and bend your knees as if to sit down. Stop before your bottom touches the chair, hold for a breath, and then stand back up. Remember to keep your weight in your heels and knees above or behind your toes.
Get your cardio and strength training in one with power squats, the ultimate butt toner. Start in a standing position with legs a little wider than shoulder-width apart. Squat as if doing the chair squat, but instead of holding for a breath, jump up through the balls of your feet and extend your arms and legs fully. Land softly and sink back into the squat position with knees bent. Try to do as many reps within 60 seconds.
Tip Toe Squats
The tip toe squat is an efficient move as it works your glutes, calves, quads, and inner thighs in one motion. Begin by standing with feet wider than hip-width apart and toes turned out to the sides. Keep your hands on your hips as you raise up onto your toes. Squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Remember to always keep your chest and shoulders back. To finish the rep, pop yourself into the starting position.
No need to break out those dusty rollerblades for this exercise. Simply cross your right leg behind your left leg, bending your left knee into a half-squat position and extending your left arm out to the side with right arm across your hips. Now leap to the right and bring your left leg behind you, only tapping your toe to the ground. Immediately jump back the other direction and continue alternating for 60 seconds.
Cross Over Lunge
Similar to the skater lunge, but with a deeper and wider range of motion, the cross over lunge will get your legs burning. Standing, step out and cross your lead foot in front of your back foot, almost like a curtsy. Pause in the lunge and then push yourself back to starting position. Make sure your knee stays behind your toes to avoid injury. Repeat with alternating legs for 20 reps.
Reverse Lunge with Front Kick
If you’ve ever thought about taking a kickboxing class, you’ll enjoy this high-intensity move that works your glutes, quads, and hamstrings. Standing with abs tight, step your right foot back and lower into a reverse lunge. After shifting your weight into the left foot, push off your right foot and kick it up in front of you. Repeat on the other side, trying to raise your leg as high as possible while staying in balance.
As always, talk with your doctor before starting any new exercise or diet regimen.