Take 15 Minutes Out Of Your Day for Great Butt and Thighs
Lower-Body Blast Workout
Behind DefinerWhat you'll need: a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells
How it works: This workout is a circuit; perform the moves in order and then repeat the circuit to complete three sets total.
Targets: Shoulders, back, abs, butt, quads, and hamstrings
-- Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms by sides.
-- Lunge back with right leg, bending both knees 90 degrees and lifting arms to shoulder level in front of you, palms down.
Roundhouse ComboTargets: Arms, abs, obliques, butt, outer thighs, and inner thighs
-- Stand with left foot staggered in front of right, elbows bent by sides, fists in front of chest.
-- Step right foot toward left foot, then bring bent left knee out to side and up to hip height as you lean torso to right. Kick left leg.
Arabesque KickbackTargets: Triceps, abs, butt, and hamstrings
-- Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand by hips, elbows bent; extend right leg slightly behind you, toes on floor, hinging forward slightly from hips.
Jump ShotTargets: Shoulders, abs, butt, outer thighs, and inner thighs
-- Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, arms by sides.
-- Squat, bending elbows by sides; bring hands in front of chest.
-- Quickly shuffle to right twice and then back to left twice.
Inner-Thigh Rotate and ReachTargets: Shoulders, triceps, abs, butt, and inner thighs
-- Stand with feet together, a dumbbell in each hand, elbows bent by sides so forearms are at waist level in front of you, palms up. Raise left leg, toes pointed out to left; this is start position.
-- Pulsing left leg up and down and keeping elbows at sides, rotate forearms out to sides.
Workout contributor by Jeanette Jenkins; Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2011.