workin’ your sexy stems from every angle!Your lower body is made up of SO many muscles. Some are bigger and used in everyday life (think walking and standing up). Others are smaller, but still important to help maintain balance and fine movements. Strengthening each one is crucial to build lean muscle, burn maximum calories, and help prevent injuries!
There are 6 main muscles you need to think about when sculpting your lower bod – quadriceps (quads), hamstrings, gluteus maximus (booty), gluteus medius (side booty), inner thigh, and calves. To freshen up on the anatomy of these muscles, we’ve created a little graphic for ya!
Your quads are used for explosive moves like jumps or sprinting, as well as non-explosive exercises like squats.
Hamstrings help bend your knees. You activate them while running or climbing stairs.
Gluteus maximus (booty) and gluteus medius (side booty) both make up your tush and work together to extend your legs behind you. The gluteus medius’ main function is to rotate your legs to the side.
The inner thigh helps pull your leg toward your midline. A real life example would be crossing your legs.
Your calves assist in plantar flexion (aka pointing your foot) in moves like calf raises.
This workout hits each muscle, helping you torch calories faster while sculpting every inch of your legs and booty! We used a mixture of cardio, balance, and toning moves to get the most out of your workout.
Plyo Lunge Jumps
Tones quads, hamstrings, booty, calves, core and raises heart heart!
Begin in a lunge with one foot forward, making sure your knee doesn’t go past your toes. Push off the ground and jump into the air while switching legs so you land on with the opposite foot forward. It’s important to land softly and with bent legs in order to prevent injury.
Complete 31 Reps on EACH LEG! 🙂
Single Leg Deadlift
Sculpts hamstrings and lifts the booty!
Begin holding a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing your body and arms in front. Shift your weight into your left leg and allow for slight bend in the knee. Hinge from the hips and lower the dumbbells down while lifting your right foot behind you. It’s important to maintain a neutral arch in your low back. Slowly return to start.
Complete 31 reps, then switch sides.
Targets side booty!
Stand in the middle of a resistance band and cross the handles at the top. Hold the bands by your hips and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Take one step to the right then immediately step to the left.
Complete 31 steps on each side.
Strengthens inner thigh and sculpts quads… especially that tear drop medial quad!
Begin standing with legs further than shoulder-width apart, feet at a 45-degree angle. Hold a dumbbell with both hands in front of you. Slowly drop down into a squat, making sure your knees don’t go past your toes. Draw your belly button toward your spine to engage your core throughout the move. Return to starting position.
Complete 31 reps.
Defines hamstrings and lifts booty!
Begin standing with a resistance band under one foot, leg lifted off the ground and knee bent. Maintain a slight bend in your standing foot for balance. Kick back and up against the resistance band. Return to start.
Complete 31 reps on each side.
Tones quads and booty!
Begin standing with legs shoulder-width apart. Hold a set of dumbbells by your shoulders. Lower down into a squat, keeping chest high and not arched forward. Lower until legs are parallel to the floor, making sure knees don’t go past your toes. Return to start.
Complete 31 reps.
Sculpts booty and hamstrings!
Lay on your stomach with hands on the ground in front of you and knees bent. Lift your legs up using your booty and keeping your upper body stationary.
Complete 31 reps.
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