Prize Your Thighs

If your thighs need a wake-up call, we’ve got the routine to make them respond. Though it can be a challenge, toning this area will feel so rewarding when you see results—and start shopping for skirts. Sculpting your thighs will help you feel leaner and longer. Do 1 to 3 sets of each exercise, 12 to 15 repetitions per set. If you do this routine faithfully at least twice a week, you should begin to see tighter, shapelier legs in about a month.

1. Essential Squat
Works your butt, front and back of thighs.
(A) Stand tall with your feet hip width apart and your hands clasped together and held up at chest level with your elbows bent. Square your shoulders and lift your chest.
(B) Bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the floor; don't allow your knees to move forward of your toes. Hold a moment at the bottom of the movement and then stand back up to the start, taking care not to lock your knees.

2. Essential Lunge
Works your butt, front and back of thighs.
(A) Stand tall with your feet hip width apart and your hands on your hips. Square your shoulders and lift your chest.
(B) Step forward a stride's length with your right leg. As your foot contacts the floor, bend your knees until your right thigh is parallel to the floor and your left thigh is perpendicular to it. Press off the ball of your foot to stand back up to the start. Alternate left and right lunges.

3. Essential Hydrant

Works your buttocks and back of thighs.
(A) Kneel on your elbows and knees with your elbows directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Tilt your chin towards your chest to align your neck with the rest of your spine.
(B) Keeping your knee bent, lift your right thigh up to hip level. Lower to start. Complete all reps and then repeat with the left leg.

4. Essential Leg Lift
Works your outer thigh.
(A) Lie on your left side with your legs out straight and a few inches forward of your body, your right hip directly stacked on top of your left hip. Rest your head on your outstretched left arm and place your right palm on the floor in front of you for support.
(B) Keeping your toe softly pointed, lift your right leg up until your foot is at hip height. Slowly lower to the start. Complete all reps and repeat with your left leg.

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