Leggings season has arrived, so it’s time to get off your ass and put in the work to make it look good. Everyone knows leggings can be more revealing than a bikini, so what are you waiting for? These five moves will literally give your butt a lift and make you look toned AF in your leggings this season.
Do each move for one minute, then repeat the whole circuit as many times as you’d like. We suggest four rounds if you want to see real progress. You might not be able to walk tomorrow, but you’ll thank us when your butt looks unreal. Let’s get started.
The Classic Squat
Squats might seem classic and overdone, but that’s because THEY WORK. Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, and then sit back to a squat, bringing your fists close to your chin. Make sure to keep your weight in your heels and don’t let your knees go past your toes. If you don’t have a dumbbell, you can just squat up and down in an air squat. If you have access to a weight, hold it at your chest while squatting for the extra challenge.
This move tones your ass while getting your heart rate up and testing your balance. Stand with your feet together and your hands on your hips. Then lunge forward with your right leg. Jump up, switch legs in midair, and land with your left leg in a forward lunge. Keep alternating sides and try not to stop for the full minute. You’ll literally start feeling the burn within seconds.
This one might feel ridiculous, but trust us—it works. Start in an “all-fours” position, with your knees and hands on the ground. Lift your right knee from your abs to the sky, with your leg bent or straight. Do reps in full range of motion for thirty seconds, then pulse the leg upward for the next thirty. Remember to do this on both legs. If you half-ass this, you’ll literally have half an ass.
This is the one you probably need a weight to do effectively. If you don’t have one, use any heavy item you have. I’ve literally seen this done with a textbook. Start in a standing position with a dumbbell in each hand, or a single weight held with both hands. Make sure your back is straight, and bend over by flexing your hips, slowly pushing your butt as far back as you can. When your hips can’t go back anymore, slowly stand back up into your beginning position. Repeat as many times as you can in the minute—this one isn’t about speed, so take your time and keep good form.
Stand with your feet and knees together. Take a large step with your right foot to the right side and lunge toward the floor. Make sure your right knee doesn’t extend past your toes and keep your left leg relatively straight. Remember that this move is only effective if you sit your butt all the way back, as if you’re sitting into a chair. The lower you can get, the better. Go up and down on one side for thirty seconds, then switch to the other leg and do the same. You’ll def feel this one tomorrow, so remember to stretch when you’re done.