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Are you ready to tone your thighs, hamstrings, and glutes? You know you are!
I have been doing this exercise inspired by Cindy Crawford since 1993. Cindy had a workout video and a few exercises from it were featured in a magazine. I started doing these two exercises featured in the magazine article in ‘93 and have been doing them ever since. This exercise is a good warm-up exercise and it also tones some problem areas.
Are you ready? Here we go!
Start by standing upright with your feet hip distance apart, toes pointing forward. I like to put my hands on my hips, but you could also leave your arms by your sides.
Now, slowly bend your knees, sinking into a sitting position. You’ll feel like you are really sticking out your bootie. Note that my knees are not bent to 90 degrees. I see people at the gym sinking into a much lower sitting position, but I don’t because of fear of knee irritation.
I like to do three sets of ten repetitions of this exercise alternating with the following version.
For the next version, stand straight with you legs a little more than hip distance apart with your toes turned out.
Slowly sink to a squat.
Think about pushing your hips forward as you slowly lower down. You’ll feel a nice tightening sensation in your inner thighs.
Hold this position for a few seconds and you’ll get a nice burn in your quads and glutes. I find that I can bend my knees to an almost 90 degree position with no strain on my knee joint. Be careful to protect your knees!
My normal routine for these two exercises is to do a set of ten with my knees forward followed by a set of ten with my toes turned out. I do a total of three sets. I’ve found that these exercises are good for general toning and are also good as a warm-up. I do them before tennis or running from time to time to get the blood flowing to my muscles. I also do this exercise at the gym to alternate between an upper body and a lower body exercise.
If you try this exercise, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Next week we’ll do one of my favorite ab exercises. I hope you’ll join me!
I’m sharing with Jen’s Weekend Wrap-Up party.