11.14.2011

skinny jean workout







With this chilly weather, it's time to bust out the skinny jeans, but I don't want to be busting out of them. Why, oh why do the best items of clothing require the most time at the gym? It's all worth it when you don't have to shimmy into them and you can tuck them into your favorite boots.

Women's Health provided this easy workout. Do this circuit two times, four to six times a week. So stay warm out there, and stay fit!



SQUAT, LUNGE, CURL
Stand with your arms at your sides and squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground (a).Push back up to the starting position. Then take a giant step forward with your left foot and lower your body until your left thigh is parallel to the ground (b). Push up onto your left leg and immediately curl your right heel toward your glutes (c). Return to start. That’s one rep. Repeat, stepping forward with your right foot. Continue alternating the sequence for 20 reps.
Tip: For a challenge, add dumbbells

DUMBBELL SUMO SQUAT
Grab a heavy dumbbell and hold one end in each hand at arm’s length in front of your pelvis. Set your feet about twice your shoulder width apart, toes turned out slightly 
(a). Lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees (b). Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position. Do 10 to 12 reps.
Tip: Keep your torso as upright as possible with your lower back naturally arched.
STABILITY LUNGE
Stand with your arms at your sides and squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground 
(a).Push back up to the starting position. Then take a giant step forward with your left foot and lower your body until your left thigh is parallel to the ground (b). Push up onto your left leg and immediately curl your right heel toward your glutes (c). Return to start. That’s one rep. Repeat, stepping forward with your right foot. Continue alternating the sequence for 20 reps.




[images courtesy of Women's Health]

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