The weather’s warming up, and swimsuit season is almost here! Luckily, celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson is here to get our winter bodies ready for the beach with these seriously toning leg exercises. If you haven’t tried the Tracy Anderson Method yet, stick with these leg exercises for a week, and you’ll likely be a devoted follower. Her targeted exercises are designed to quickly whip into shape “trouble zones” most women can’t seem to slim down.
The lower stomach, hips, butt and arms are all areas women typically have trouble tightening. Anderson’s workout movesare deliberately designed to exhaust targeted muscles in order to properly tighten and pull in loose skin. With devoted (and seriously fit) celebrity clients like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Tracee Ellis Ross, it’s obvious her exercise plans really work. They also work quickly.
Anderson focuses on creating exercise moves that balance women’s bodies. Her routines are designed to be done for 10 days straight before moving on to a new sequence. This way, your body continues to build strength and definition without plateauing. “My mission has always been to research, create and share tools that help women create balance in their bodies so they can create balance in their life,” Anderson says.
If you’re willing to push through the pain, you’ll see real results in as little as a week. You’re legs will be burning! But the muscle you gain will be worth it.
According to Anderson, if you can’t seem to tone your upper legs no matter how hard you work out, it’s likely you’re focusing too much on lunges and squats. While classic moves like squats can tone your legs, they focus on large muscle groups like your quads and neglect your smaller muscle groups. Simply toning large muscle groups can actually make your legs look bigger. These five leg exercises target your smaller (and often weaker) muscles forcing them them to join the workout.
The result is long, lean, more balanced upper legs.
For summer-ready legs, do 30 reps of each of the following leg exercises on one side, then repeat the sequence on the other side. For best results, follow up with at least 30 minutes of cardio.
1.) Bridge Hold with Alternating Kicks
1. Sit with knees bent, flat on the floor and palms on the floor on either side of butt.
2. Lift hips and extend arm.
3. Kick right leg out to the side with inner thigh facing up.
4. Lower right foot to the floor then kick left leg up.
5. Return to step 3 and repeat.