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Today’s Workout: Leg extension will tighten and tone your back side

Today’s Workout: Leg extension will tighten and tone your back side
18 May
6:15

There are squats and lunges, even jumps and kicks, to work your legs and lower body. But every so often, there are small (or not so small) areas that need attention.

Our move today is a pulsing leg extension. You will only need a yoga mat for comfort.

This move will focus on your glutes and hamstrings, but will also tone your core.

Begin this move on your hands and knees. Hold your chest tall, pressing your naval toward the ceiling, to engage your abdomen. Your hands should align under your shoulders and knees under the hips. Lift one leg and extend it straight back, level with your torso, foot flexed.

Begin to lift and lower the extended leg just by a couple inches. Keep the movement short and quick. Continue for either a set amount of time, 30 seconds, or a count of 25 pulses per set. Switch to the other leg and repeat.

Keep this pulsing movement going for at least three sets on each side.

This exercise is focused on the rear end, so it’s great to add into any lower body routine.

— Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, in Lakeland, Florida, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.com.

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