Stronger, fitter legs come with a number of advantages including increased coordination, agility, strength for everyday tasks such as lifting heavy objects, weight loss and of course, they look good. If you’re looking to develop your thighs and hips then you’re in the right place; we will show you four exercise moves to give your legs and tush a firm push in the right direction. Read on to learn more about these effective shaping exercises:
Single leg squats
Stand with your feet together and your arms by your side, and shift your weight on to the right foot. Recline your left foot on a surface behind you, such as a chair or table, then lower your body until your butt is parallel with your knees and return to starting position. This is an excellent move for building strength and definition in your thighs in particular.
To execute this move, you should stand next to a wall, resting your palm on it for balance. Keeping both legs fully straightened, extend your outer leg to the side till it forms a 45 degree angle with your torso. The key to performing this exercise with proper technique is making sure you never have to move your upper body or lean back in order to fully extend your leg. This exercise is very effective for working the glutes (butt) and hip muscles.
Double –leg lift
The double leg leglift is a good move for working all the muscles in the thigh area, but with the iliopsoas muscle of the hip. To perform this exercise, lie on your back, hands straightened out by your sides and your feet together. Keeping both legs fully stretched out in front of you; lift both legs in the air till they form a 90 degree angle with your pelvis and then reverse the motion. Always keep in mind that the motion should be executed slowly.
Stand with your feet together and hold a dumbbell down at your sides with your palms facing in towards your thighs. Take a big step forward with your right leg, and plant your right foot and slowly lower your knee towards the floor. Keep your back straight and your right knee inclined at a 90 degree angle, and then return to starting position to the starting position and repeat with your left leg.