Looking for a quick workout to tone every part of your thighs and booty while getting your heart rate going? Then you’re going to love this workout! I combine this with my other ab and arms workout for a full total body routine. Do each move for one full minute and run through the routine as many times as you would like. See the video for demonstrations of each move or read the descriptions below. Again, this routine is not for everyone, it’s just what I do. Check first with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine and, as always, stop if you feel dizzy or pain. Enjoy!
Jumps from Ballet First to Second Position
Start with your feet together and then angle toes out 45 degrees, keeping heels touching or close together. Bend knees slightly and then jump out to second position, which is like a plié squat, legs apart with toes turned out. Make this one fluid motion, jumping in and out and try to stay low.
Start with feet shoulder width apart or a bit wider (whatever is most comfortable for you; everyone is a little different). Lower down, remembering to push your hips and booty back, push your weight into your heels and always engage your core. Aim to get your thighs parallel to the floor and remember to keep your knees over your ankles. As you stand up, lift one leg backwards and extend your opposite arm forward creating a diagonal line. Pause for a beat at the top of this move to really work the tush and then slowly lower your arms and legs, lowering into your squat again. Keep switching sides with each repetition.
Oh, the beloved burpee! These are evil but they work every part of your body and really get that heart pumping. There are many variations to this move but here is the standard description. Start from a standing position, bend your knees and lower down towards the floor, placing your hands in front of your feet. Jump your feet backwards so that you are in plank position and then jump your feet back towards your hands and either jump or stand up.
Reverse Lunge with a Kick
Start with feet together, core engaged, and step your right foot back lowering into a reverse lunge position. I aim to get my knee an inch or two from the floor but only do what is comfortable for you. Keep your weight in your standing leg heel and as you come out of the reverse lunge position, kick your right leg out in front of you again, focusing on engaging your core. This should be one fluid motion. Complete one minute on one leg and then switch to the other.
This plyometric move is one of my favorites! I learned this move years ago from a workout DVD and have been incorporating it into my workouts ever since! Jump into a wide squat while raising your arms to the side. Make sure to push your hips and booty back and engage your core. This one will leave you breathless!