Join Ashley Marriott for an exercise that strengthens your lower body, targeting your inner and outer thighs, and butt, which gives you toned and sculpted legs.
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Hey, I’m Ashley Marriott from Santa Cruz, California and we, that means you, are going to be doing some leg lifts. So stand up and let’s do this together. It’s such a great exercise for your lower body, all the major muscle groups are getting targeted. I just want you to be comfortable. You know if you need a chair or to hold on to a wall for support, that gives you more confidence. Feel free, grab one and come back and do this with me. Leg lifts are a great place to start. I mean they’re not the most challenging exercise as you become more and more kind of advanced. If you feel good just standing on one leg and you don’t think you need the extra help for balance, then go ahead, start in this nice neutral position, weight in the heels, round it to the floor, belly button in, tuck it in, yes, good. Hands on the hips and I want you to take your right toe out right in front of you, Good. Right here is the balance challenge. Now we’re going to lift that right leg up for two counts and down. Let’s go, working the quads, one, two, that’s it, down. I know you fell there at the top. [Demonstration] Now exhale at the top. [Demonstration] Are we thinking about the abs? That’s working too, good. Two more down this right leg. [Demonstration] This is all it is, a leg lift, one, two and you’re done. Great. You’re going to do that on the other side and then we’re going to change over to a side leg lift. So this is a little bt more exciting. We’re going to actually touch ourselves, yes. Hand on right here, outer thigh. This is such a great way to train yourself, resisting against your own palm. [Demonstration] Again balance challenge is on this supporting leg and then exhale at the top. [Demonstration] Feeling your glut and outer thigh. [Demonstration] One more down the right leg. [Demonstration] But you always want to go back to basics, look at form and really focus even when you’re doing something as simple as lifting your leg up and placing it back down. Think about everything that’s working in order to do that and appreciate exercise. Good, we’re going right in the rear, leg lifts and this exercise is my favorite. You can do it shopping in the store or at the counter, your board, you just take it up and back. [Demonstration] Squeeze your gluts, very portable, sure people might look at you but you’re working your gluts. [Demonstration] And if this is getting easy, you’re just going to have two-pound weights and it’s going to make it much more challenging. Last two, down slow, one, two, butts lifted already, last one. [Demonstration] And shake it out, good. Just make sure you balance to the other side, move it to the left and do as many as you can until you’re tired. See you next time on Studio for Fitness.