It’s Monday, which means its time to get moving! Take just three minutes RIGHT NOW to try this awesome, booty and hip shaping move that is gentle on the knees:
SIDE LYING LEG LIFT SERIES
This is one of my favorite knee-friendly hip and thigh slimmers, the side lying leg lift series. This three part, pilates inspired move targets your hips, thighs and core muscles – all at once!
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Side-Lying Leg Lift Series
1. Double Leg Lift
Start lying on your right side, with your right arm bent under your head for support, your left arm bent and palm pressed on the ground in front of your chest, and both legs extended out straight and stacked (your body should make a straight line from head to toe). Squeeze your heels together and point your toes. Brace your abs in tight to your spine and exhale as you lift both legs off the ground (keeping your heels touching) to hip height (as shown) and then lightly lower back to the floor. That’s one rep. Do 10 reps in total.
2. Parallel Passe Lift
After you’ve completed the double leg lift, bend your top knee, and press the inside edge of your foot against the inner thigh of your bottom leg. Your knee should be facing forward, knee just above the ground. Keeping your legs touching, and your abs tight the whole time, exhale and lift your legs off the ground as high as you can without letting your hips shift (as shown), and then lower the legs back to the ground gently. That’s one rep. Do 10 reps in total.
3. Passe Lift
After you’ve completed the parallel passe lifts, turn your top knee out to the ceiling, keeping your toes pointed and pressed into the inside of your bottom thigh. Without letting your legs separate or hips shift back, lift your legs off the ground (as shown), and then gently lower them back down. That’s one rep. Do 10 reps in total.
Repeat the full series on the other side, and do up to 3 full sets of this move.