We all live such busy lives these days, it can often be a struggle to find the time to take care of ourselves and get that much needed exercise. If you are trying to plan a wedding on top of it all, it can get even crazier, we know! Luckily, the gals from Seattle’s SassyFit are back with another round of fitness tips and tricks, this time focusing on getting our legs and bums into amazing shape for the summer wedding and honeymoon season!
SassyFit co-owner, Bri Cooper, has created a workout that uses just three simple but powerful leg and glut exercises to tone up your quads, hamstrings, bum, and calf muscles. You use maximal effort for these exercises; thus burning more calories in less time. The exercises combine a variety of movements, so to reduce the risk of injury it’s important to start with light weights and slow, controlled movements. Once you feel comfortable, increase your dumbbell weight and speed. Ready? Let’s give those legs a workout…
Scissor Lunges: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands at your side. Lunge forward with your left foot and lower yourself until your right knee almost touches the floor. Explosively push up and scissor your legs in midair, landing with your right leg forward. When you land, drop down, explode up, and scissor again. That’s one rep.
Sassy Tip: Land as lightly and quietly as possible and use your arms for momentum.
Squat Jump: Set your feet in a squatting base, with your hands behind your head, at your hips, or at your sides. Squat so your thighs are parallel to the ground and then drive up and jump as high as possible, making sure to consciously push as hard as you can through your ankles, knees, and hips. Upon landing, attempt to absorb the load of the jump by landing on the front half of your feet and then sinking back onto your heels as the hips descend into the next squat.
Sassy Tip: Keep shoulders back and down from your ears, and keep your spine straight.
Side Lunge with Bicep Curl: Stand tall and straight, with your arms in a curled position, dumbbells gripped in both hands. Lunge laterally to the left side with your left foot, so that your left thigh is parallel to the ground, your left knee directly over your left ankle. Once in a lunge position, lower you arms from the bicep curl. Press into your left foot and explode back to standing while performing the bicep curl again, but instead of standing on two legs, try balancing on one.
Sassy Tip: look straight ahead, keep shoulders back and down, and dont bend over as you lunge to the side.
Thanks so much for the exercises ladies, these moves are sure to get us feeling fit and healthy in no time! Look out bikinis, here we come!