How to Get Toned Legs by June in 3 Easy Moves
If you’re anything like us, most of the gym is uncharted territory. What’s that scary guillotine-looking thing? Or that terrifying thigh press we almost got stuck in? Great news: You don’t need any fancy machines to get a sculpted bod. We teamed up with Lauren Kleban of LEKfit to bring you three easy leg-toning workouts, just in time for shorts season.
Step 1: Parallel/Turned Out Plié
Stand with your feet parallel and hip-width apart. Bend your knees and lower your body into a plié, with your knees over your toes and pushing your weight back into your heels. Keep your core, glutes and inner thighs engaged while pulling out of your quads. As you lift up from your parallel plié, turn your legs and feet out by rotating from your hips. Slowly lift your heels into a second position plié. Return back to the starting position (parallel plié) and repeat 20 times.
Step 2: Parallel Side Leg Raise
From your parallel plié (step 1), lift up to a standing position and tap your right toes out to the side. Lift and lower your right leg 20 times, then plié and repeat on the left. Engage your core and inner thighs as your stand up tall with your shoulders back.
Step 3: Turned-Out Leg Extension
Rotate your hips and place your right leg behind you in a turned-out plié. Keep your left leg bent with your knee directly above your toes. With heels pushed down into the ground and tailbone tucked, begin to straighten both legs, then extend your right leg out to the side. (You are now facing perpendicular to your original position.) Keep your right leg slightly lifted, point the toes, squeeze the obliques and pull up and out with the left leg. Do 20 reps, and then repeat the whole routine on the left.