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Love Your Lower Body

Sculpt a gravity-defying butt and sexy legs, hips, and thighs with these five easy exercises.

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Karen Pearson
Karen Pearson
Karen Pearson
Single-Leg Raise
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Pendulum Lift

What you'll need: A step and a pair of 5-pound dumbbells.

  • Stand with right foot on step and left foot hanging off back, holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms by sides, palms facing back.
  • Keeping right leg slightly bent, hinge forward from hips while lifting left leg behind you until body is almost parallel to floor and hands hang below shoulders.
  • Return to start. Do 15 reps.
  • Switch legs; repeat.

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One-and-a-Half Squat

Targets: Butt, quads, and hamstrings

  • Stand on step with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms by sides, palms facing in.
  • Squat until thighs are near parallel to floor, keeping knees behind toes and back straight.
  • Rise halfway; hold for 2 seconds. Lower into full squat.
  • Return to start. Do 15 reps.

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Knee Pump

Targets: Hips, butt, and hamstrings

  • Stand on step with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, elbows bent, palms facing in.
  • Lean upper body forward slightly and lunge straight back to floor with right leg (don't bend knee).
  • Keep bent left knee behind toes.
  • Lift right leg, bringing right knee and left hand up toward chest. Lunge right leg back; lower left arm.
  • Do 15 reps. Switch legs; repeat.

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Standing Seesaw

Targets: Shoulders, abs, hips, and outer thighs

  • Stand on step with right foot, left foot hanging off side, holding a dumbbell in right hand by side, left hand on hip.
  • Keeping abs engaged and back straight, slowly lift left leg straight out to side as high as you can while raising right arm straight out at shoulder level, palm down.
  • Return to start. Do 15 reps; switch sides and repeat.

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Single-Leg Raise

Targets: Calves

  • Stand on step with right foot in center, left forefoot on edge (heel hanging off, but not below step level), holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms by sides, palms facing in.
  • Balancing on ball of left foot, lift right foot a few inches in front of you. Raise left heel as high as you can, then lower, keeping right leg straight and lifted throughout.
  • Do 15 reps; switch legs and repeat.

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