Smutty Fitness: Charlize’s legs

January 19, 2012 17:42:23 Posted at January 19, 2012 17:42:23
Hayley Posted by Hayley
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I love when women choose the show off their best assets, whether it be their legs, their back, their arms, boobs or ass – we all have at least one part on our bodies that we love, right? Whenever I’m fortunate enough to get out of my Lululemon work clothes and put on something that makes me feel sexy, if it is not my back (see Tuesday’s post to get a back like Claire Danes) that I’m showing off I’m probably accentuating my legs in a short skirt or dress or skinnies and some super high booties. Charlize Theron’s legs looked really sexy on the red carpet on Sunday. I’ve put together this leg workout for you to follow if you’re looking to get legs like hers.  Unfortunately this workout won’t make your legs any longer, but it will definitely give them some shape.  

Start out with cardio that will work your legs.  I’m a big fan of walking on the treadmill at a pretty high incline as it really gets those butt muscles burning.  If you don’t have access to a treadmill try skipping rope for 3-5 minutes and if you don’t have a skipping rope then just pretend you’re holding one and jump on the spot as if you are jumping over a rope.

The exercises in this circuit will go by time, not by repetitions, so start with 30 seconds if you are a beginner and work your way up to 1 minute.  Begin with taking a 15 second rest between each exercise but as you get stronger try to get through the entire circuit without resting. Your legs will be screaming by the end!

Jump Squats – start with your feet together and jump your feet out to the side, landing in a low squat.  Make sure you sit into your heels, you don’t allow your knees to extend over your toes and your knees don’t come into the midline of your body.  Jump your feet back together and stand up tall.  Repeat.

Front kicks – start with your right leg, positioned just slightly behind you.  Keeping your arms up at your shoulders, drive your knee up and then extend your leg leading with your heel. Imagine that you are kicking someone right in the chest.  Bring your leg back down to the floor and then repeat.  Do 30-60 seconds on one leg before doing them on the other.

Stability ball hamstring curls (Lainey’s favourite, ha ha) – lie on your back with a stability ball under your heels (if you don’t have one, go out and buy one, they are a must have for home workouts) and raise your hips off the ground.  You’re then going to bring the ball towards you as your hips lift into the air and your knees bend.  Roll the ball back out again until your legs are straight but don’t lower your hips back to the ground.

Clock Lunges (this is one of my favourite leg exercises) -  Start with your feet together and lunge your right leg forward, then step back together.  Then with your right leg, lunge to side, sitting into your right heel and pushing your butt behind you, and then step back together.  You will then finish with a reverse lunge and step back together (imagine you are lunging to 12, 3, and 6 o’clock). Do 1 leg for 30-60 seconds then the other.

Stability ball side plank – get into a side plank position but to add a bit more of a challenge to this exercise I want you to put the stability ball between your feet and squeeze it tight (one foot will be on the floor and the other will be on top of the stability ball), hold for 30-60 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
If your legs aren’t screaming yet do it all again.

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