8 Best Exercises for Saddle Bags

3. Step-Ups:

step-ups

How to do it:

  • Find a step or a bench that, when you place your foot squarely on it, your knee is at a 90-degree angle or larger.
  • Step up 20 times leading with the right foot, then the left, bringing both feet completely onto the bench.
  • To return to the starting position, lead with the right foot to step down to the floor, then the left, until ending with both feet on the ground.
  • Switch legs and start stepping with the left foot for 20 steps.

4. Single-Leg Hip Raise:

single-leg-hip-raise

How to do it:

  • Begin on the floor, on your back, with your right knee bent and left leg resting straight on the floor. Keeping your left leg straight, raise it up to a 45-degree angle so that it is in line with your right thigh.
  • Allow your arms to relax on the floor out from your sides. Brace your core muscles, press your right heel into the floor, and raise your hips up.
  • Your hips should end at the height that is a straight line from your shoulders through your hips, thighs, and foot.
  • Pause for two seconds, then lower back to the floor. That’s one rep. Repeat this movement for a total of 15 reps.
  • Then, switch sides and complete all reps on the other leg. Continue alternating legs for a total of three sets, with no rest in between sets.

5. Plank Booty Leg Lifts:

plank-booty-leg-lifts

How to do it:

  • Lie on your belly on an exercise ball, and walk your hands out so the ball is underneath your shins.
  • Your hands should be underneath your shoulders.
  • Draw your navel toward your spine to engage your abs, which will help keep your spine straight and your body stabilized.
  • Lift your left leg up into the air, and then slowly lower it back toward the ball, but don’t let it touch.
  • This counts as one repetition. Keep your pelvis level throughout your reps.
  • Complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps with the left leg, and then repeat with the right.
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