I posted this article here last year, but after recently publishing it on The Daily Hiit website, it received so much attention, that I wanted to repost it…
If, like me, your problem areas are your legs and butt, then you’ve probably spent ages looking for the best exercises to work those areas.
If you want a butt that makes people stop and stare in awe, and super toned legs, then look no further.
Here is a list of my top 5 exercises to burn fat and gain muscle in your legs and butt:
5. Butt raises
This move seriously works your glutes (your butt) and boy do you feel it. If you don’t have anything to raise your feet onto then you can just place them on the floor to simplify this. Don’t think that because you are lying on your back that this is going to be easy though, you definitely feel it working.
This is great for if you want to tone your legs all round and lift your butt. Don’t get carried away and do this too fast though, you will feel it more if you go at a steady pace. You could even do this move while watching TV if you need something to take your mind off the pain of working out.
3. Inner thigh lifts
These target my main problem area; the inner thighs. It may feel very strange to start with as it isn’t an area that often gets isolated in workouts, but stick with it and you will see results. It’s an odd feeling but it’s definitely worth it.
Lunges are one of the best known leg and butt exercises, and rightly so. They tighten up your legs, and also work your abs because you have to use your core to balance. They are quite a simple move to perform, even for beginners, but don’t underestimate the power of lunges.
Ask almost anyone who regularly works out what they think of squats and they will probably say it’s a love/hate relationship. People hate them because they hurt…I can’t hide it, they’re hard work. But people also love them because they get results. They’re my number one because no leg workout would be complete without squats.
Although this video only demonstrates going down to a parallel squat, you will reap even more benefits if you are able to go lower into a full squat. If you do choose to do this it’s important that you maintain good form all the time though, don’t push yourself to go all the way down if it causes you to lose form.
Remember to always warm up before, and cool down after a workout, and most importantly remember that these moves alone will not tone you up. A healthy lifestyle is the most important thing for fat loss.
Don’t be afraid to add a little weight to these moves once you’re used to them, it will improve your results. Obviously take it at your own pace though.
Burning fat and gaining muscle takes time, be patient and work hard and you will see results.