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Look Sexy in Shorts: The Workout

  • Karen Pearson

    Beginner: Plie Squat

    Targets: Abs, glutes, hamstrings, and quads

    • Stand with feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart, toes pointed out about 45 degrees.
    • Squat, keeping abs engaged, hands on hips and knees aligned with ankles.
    • Squeeze glutes to stand up. Do 15 reps.
     
  • Karen Pearson

    Beginner: Donkey Kick

    Targets: Glutes

    • Get on all fours on mat (hands under shoulders, knees under hips).
    • Keeping right knee bent 90 degrees, flex right foot and lift knee to hip level.
    • Lower knee without touching floor; lift again. Do 15 reps.
    • Switch legs; repeat.
  • Karen Pearson

    Beginner: Curtsy Lunge

    Targets: Glutes, hamstrings, and quads

    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, hands on hips.
    • Lunge back with left leg, crossing left foot behind right; bend both knees 90 degrees, keeping right knee directly above right ankle.
    • Return to start.
    • Switch legs; repeat. Do 20 reps, alternating sides.
     
  • Karen Pearson

    Intermediate: Tiptoe Plie Squat

    Targets: Glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves

    • Stand with feet more than shoulder-width apart, toes pointed out 45 degrees.
    • Lift heels off floor and squat, keeping knees above ankles.
    • Squeeze glutes to stand up; lower heels. Do 15 reps.
  • Karen Pearson

    Intermediate: Donkey Kick Crossover

    Targets: Glutes, quads

    • Start on all fours (hands under shoulders, knees under hips).
    • Keeping right knee bent, flex right foot and lift knee to hip level.
    • Lower right knee to outside of left knee, then diagonally lift it back to hip level.
    • Do 15 reps; switch legs. Repeat.
     
  • Karen Pearson

    Intermediate: Curtsy Lunge with Lift

    Targets: Glutes, hamstrings, and quads

    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, hands on hips.
    • Lunge back with left leg, crossing left foot behind right; bend both knees 90 degrees.
    • Push off with left foot to bring left bent knee to hip level in front of you.
    • Hold for 2 counts; return to curtsy lunge.
    • Do 15 reps. Switch legs and repeat.
  • Karen Pearson

    Advanced: Plie Squat with Frog Jump

    Targets: Glutes, hamstrings, and quads

    • Stand with feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart, toes pointed out 45 degrees.
    • Squat, keeping knees above ankles.
    • Stand up. Do 15 reps.
    • Then do 15 more reps, jumping between squats.
     
  • Karen Pearson

    Advanced: Donkey Side Kick

    Targets: Abs, glutes, and quads

      Start on all fours (hands under shoulders, knees under hips).
    • Keeping right knee bent 90 degrees, lift right knee out to side at hip level.
    • Straighten right leg, point toes, then lower foot to floor.
    • Lift leg back to hip height. Bend knee and return to start.
    • Do 15 reps. Switch legs; repeat.
  • Karen Pearson

    Curtsy Lunge with Roundhouse

    Targets: Glutes, hamstrings, and quads

    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, fists in front of chest.
    • Lunge back with left leg, crossing left foot behind right; bend both knees 90 degrees.
    • Push into right foot as you lift left leg, kicking it in an arc out to the left side.
    • Return to curtsy lunge.
    • Do 15 reps; switch legs and repeat.
     
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