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Exercise to Tone Your Butt and Thighs

No Equipment Necessary: Balancing Windmill

Squats are essential in your strength-training tool belt if you want to tone your booty and thighs. Here's a variation that will also challenge your sense of balance and strengthen your core.

This is a four-part exercise. To see all the moves and learn the details on doing this exercise keep reading.

  • Stand with feet together. Put weight in your left foot and straighten your right leg out in front of you, bring it parallel with the floor. Extend your arms overhead to help you balance. Draw your navel toward your spine and keep your core muscles engaged.
  • Keeping the right leg lifted, bend the left knee and then straighten the leg. Then lower your right leg and swing it behind you, tipping your torso forward so your arms, spine, and right leg are parallel with the floor. You'll be in a Warrior 3 position. Bend your left knee again and then straighten it.
  • Lift your torso, and swing your right leg forward again. This counts as one rep. Complete three sets of 12 to 15 reps on each side. If you can, do all three sets without letting your lifted leg touch the floor.
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