Bye-Bye Saddlebags Routine

We are ALL about rocking curves, but sometimes the body goes a little overboard and gives us a bit more than we ordered in the thigh department (we’ve all been there!). But before you decide to pull out the baggy shirts and sweatpants, take a shot at this workout routine that just may be the solution to your saddlebag dilemma.

1. Standing Fire Hydrant with Medicine Ball: You’ll need a sturdy chair and a soft ball for this move. Do it for 30 seconds, switch legs and perform the movement on the opposite leg for another 30 seconds.Step 1: Stand straight directly behind a sturdy chair and place your fingertips lightly on the chair back with abs in tight. Place a soft ball in the crook of your knee.

Step 2: Lift left knee up and out until it is the same level as your hip, keeping knee bent, foot flexed and a tight “grip” on the ball. Lower to start position. Repeat this movement for 30 seconds, switch legs and perform movement on opposite leg for another 30 seconds

skinny mom standing fire hydrant exercise

2. Crossover Step-Up: Grab your dumbbells and get to work! Repeat the move as many times as you can for 30 seconds and then switch, so you’re stepping up and crossing over with your other leg for another 30 seconds.

Step 1: Start with your feet hip-width apart, holding dumbbells in each hand, and stand with your left side next to the step. Cross your right leg over your left leg and place it on the step.

Step 2: Press your right foot into the step and push your body up until both legs are straight. Lower your body back down to starting position.

Step 3:  Repeat the same sequence as many times as you can for 30 seconds, then switch and begin stepping up and crossing over with your left leg for another 30 seconds.

crossover step up

3. Resistance Band Clamshell: Wrap your resistance band around your thighs and prepare for the burn!

Step 1: Begin by lying on your side on the ground. Have the band wrapped around your thighs. Support your head on your bottom arm. Flex the hips to 45 degrees and the knees to approximately 90 degrees, with your right leg directly on top of your left. This will be your starting position.

Step 2: Initiate the exercise by abducting your top leg, pushing your knee away from the midline of your body. Maintain contact between your feet throughout the movement. Pause at the top of the motion, and then return to the starting position.

rb clam shell

4. Resistance Band Kickback Pulse: This move requires strength and stamina from your glutes in order to get all the way through! For a less intensity, ditch the resistance band.

Step 1: Stand tall and turn to your side.

Step 2: Kick left leg back and lift it so it is parallel with the floor. Make sure your hips remain square facing the wall.

Step 3: With your leg raised, lift it upward and pulse back and forth for 30 seconds. Keep it as straight as you can. Keep motion small & controlled. Repeat with your right leg for 30 seconds.

resistance band kickback pulse

5. Side Lunge Row: Grab a pair of dumbbells and get to work! You’ll feel this move all over your body. Do the move as many times as you can for 60 seconds.

Step 1: Begin standing with feet shoulder-width apart with a slight bend in your knees, palms facing down on the tops of your thighs, grasping a dumbbell in each hand.

Step 2: Next, step your left leg into a side lunge, while simultaneously pulling your hands up your body until your elbows are even with your shoulders.

Step 3: Lower your arms and return to your starting position. That’s one rep. Perform all your reps, then, switch sides and repeat.

side lunge row

6. Weighted Leg Circles: You’ll feel this move in your oblique abs and hamstrings. To decrease the intensity a little bit, ditch the ankle weights. Do the exercise for 30 seconds on each leg.

Step 1: Place an ankle weight on each ankle. Lie on your right side and prop yourself up on your right forearm, shoulder directly over your elbow. Stack your legs on top of each other.

Step 2: Lift your left leg and draw large forward circles. Switch sides and perform exercise on other leg

skinny mom weighted leg circles

Step 1: Begin by standing with feet a little closer than shoulder width apart. Securely loop resistance band around both feet.

Step 2: Drop your butt back into a squat form, focusing the weight in the heels, keeping the abs pulled in tight and the chest up

Step 3:  Side step quickly in a controlled motion back and forth as many times as possible in 60 seconds

skinny mom squat step with resistance band

Step 1: Kneel and lean left hip against a stability ball, right arm bent on top of it, forearm resting on the ball

Step 2: Place your right hand on your hip and extend your right leg out to side as high as you can. Hold for 1 count, then lower. That’s one rep. Perform all your reps, then, switch sides and repeat.

side leg lift on stability ball

9. Saddlebag Sizzler: This is the move our CEO and founder Brooke Griffin is doing in the video above. You’ll really feel the burn in your glutes and your thighs after about 10 seconds of this! Perform the move on each leg for 30 seconds each.

Step 1: Lie on your side on a mat/floor with your legs lengthened straight away from your body or tucked in (as shown). Stack your feet in neutral position. Your lower arm can be bent and placed under your head for support or propped up under your shoulder (as shown). Your hips and shoulders should be stacked up and aligned vertically to the floor. Gently raise the upper leg off the lower leg. Keep the knee straight and the foot in a neutral position. Do not allow the hips to roll forward or back. Both knees should be “looking” straight ahead. Continue raising the leg until the hips begin to tilt, the waist collapses into the floor or until your feel tension develop in your low back or oblique muscles.

Step 2: Exhale and crunch the knee into the chest. Inhale and return the leg to your starting position in a slow, controlled manner. After completing your set, roll over and repeat with the opposite leg.

saddlebag sizzler

Before you settle for those saddlebags, try incorporating these nine exercises into your lower body routine. Of course, don’t forget to include cardio workouts and a healthy diet, as those are also an important part of the process. If you stick with it and stay the course, you’ll be able to ditch the sweats and flaunt those super low-rise jeans!

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