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Valslide Exercises

3 Ways to Glide Into Those Skinny Jeans

Grab your gliders and slide your way into those skinny jeans — literally! Using the Valslide or any of these alternatives, you can work your legs and core in a fun, effective way. The idea is rather simple: placing your hands or feet on two smooth pads, you can slide around in any direction — the key being control. It's a great tool if you prefer using your body weight rather than free weights or if you like to exercise from home. Here are three basic moves you can do anywhere using a pair of gliders. Ready, set, go!

Mountain Climbers

Similar to running in place, this moves quickly helps you break a sweat while toning your legs. Here's how:

  • With the gliders under your feet, start in a basic, straight-arm plank position.
  • Then, as if you were actually running, draw one foot into you, followed by your other foot. Quickly continue running or "climbing" in place for one minute.
  • Complete three sets.

Side Lunge

This exercise is similar to your average side lunge, but the challenge is heightened when done on a slippery surface. Engaging your core and practicing control will help to improve your balance, too! Here's how:

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  • Stand with your feet a few inches apart, with your right foot on the glider. Make a fist with one hand, and cup your other hand over it. Keep your hands in front of your chest throughout the exercise to help you stay balanced.
  • Put weight into your left leg, and as you slowly bend your left knee and squat down, slide your right foot out to the side. Then, as you slowly straighten your leg, slide the right foot back in. Most of your weight remains in the leg that's not moving.
  • Complete three sets of 10 reps on each side. To change up this exercise, you can also slide your foot diagonally behind you.

Pike

Combing a plank with a hip lift, this move will target your core without having to do a single crunch. Here's how:

  • With your feet on the gliders, start in Downward Dog.
  • Similar to if you were on a slide board, extend (or slide) your legs out into a plank position.
  • Keeping the focus on your core, use your abs to pull your way back into a pike.
  • Complete three sets of 20.
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