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Shape Your Legs With This Ballerina Workout

Your Lean-Leg Plan

Warm up with 10 jumping jacks. Next, do the recommended reps of each move in the order below, performing 10 jumping jacks between each exercise. Repeat the entire series. Crank out this workout at least twice a week. To increase the intensity, hold a dumbbell on each hip while you do the first three moves. (Skip the weights, or wear ankle weights, for the fourth exercise.)

  • 1. First-Position Demi-Plié
    • Stand with heels together and toes turned out, hands on hips.
    • Keeping shoulders aligned over hips, squeeze your glutes as you bend knees slightly.
    • Straighten legs to starting position; repeat. Do 25 reps.
  • 2. Second-Position Demi-Plié
    • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and toes turned out, hands on hips.
    • Keeping shoulders aligned over hips, bend knees until they’re over your toes.
    • Lift heels, straighten your legs; then lower heels and repeat. Do 25 reps.
  • 3. Relevé
    • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and toes turned out, hands on hips.
    • Lift heels so you’re standing on the balls of your feet.
    • Keeping heels lifted and shoulders aligned over hips, bend knees until they’re over your toes.
    • Pulse thighs 10 times.
  • 4. Side Lunge to Lift
    • Stand with feet parallel and slightly more than shoulder-width apart, hands on hips.
    • Bend right knee, so you’re lunging with right leg. Push off right heel and raise right leg straight out to the side.
    • Place right foot on floor to return to starting position; repeat.
    • Do 10 reps; then repeat on opposite side.