Make 2012 the Year of Hot Gams
If one of your New Year's resolutions was to get into better shape (and look hotter in your skinny jeans), we've got a quick thigh exercise from Cindy Sites, founder of barre-based class, The Figure Method. Requiring only something stable to hold on to and so easy you can do it in your living room, you'll be left grasping for excuses to skip this one.
Her reverse leg lift works the back of the bod, helping to get shapely calves, strong hamstrings, and seriously cute glutes. You'll know you're doing it correctly if you feel a contraction all the way from ankle to bum. Excited? See Cindy's instructions below.
Stand next to your point of balance, holding on with your right hand. Bend your left knee slightly and raise the right leg in a challenging range of motion, toes pointed, 20 times. Then, un-point the toes, flex the foot, and do 20 more reps. Switch positions, putting your left hand on the barre/point of balance, bend your right knee slightly, and repeat the leg lift with the left leg.
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