Most Effective Exercises for Slim Legs

3. Kneeling Roundhouse Kick:


kneeling-roundhouse-kick

How to do it:

  • Start kneeling on all fours (on carpet or a mat) with your arms extended under your shoulders and knees bent under your hips.
  • Lift your left knee off the floor, bending your left heel in closer to your body.
  • Next, lift left knee (keeping it bent) straight out to the side of your body, trying to bring it up to hip height.
  • From here, extend your leg straight out, pointing your toe, shin and shoelaces facing forward.
  • Bend knee back in and lower it down, almost to the floor (but not touching).
  • Repeat 15 times on the left, 15 times on the right.

4. Hip Extension and Cross:

hip-extension-and-cross

How to do it:

  • Start kneeling and bend both elbows down to the floor below your shoulders, hands clasped. Extend your left leg up and behind your body, pointing your toes as the leg extends.
  • Next, bend your left knee and draw your left leg in, lightly tapping the back of your right knee with your left kneecap.
  • Extend left leg back out and repeat 15 times total, then switch legs and repeat (if you want to really feel the burn, try doing two sets of this exercise before moving onto the next move).

5. Single Leg Dead Lifts:

single-leg-dead-lifts

How to do it:

  • This can be done with a dumbbell or kettle-bell.
  • Take the weight in your right hand and lift your left leg slightly off the floor.
  • Lean forward by hinging at the hips and lowering the weight towards the floor.
  • As a counterbalance, extend your right leg behind you through the movement so you achieve a kind of pendulum movement.
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