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Exercises For Saddlebags | Side-Lying Leg Lifts

Floor Work: Side Saddle Leg Lifts

Step right down and take a shot at these moves for your rear with an exercise that works the entire booty. These simple leg lifts are sure to tone your buns to show off more than just your backside; this move targets the saddlebags, that troublesome area on the outside of your upper quads.

Start on your side with your legs extended, flexing both feet. Place your top hand on the ground in front of your abs and your supporting arm under your head. Make sure your bottom leg stays extended for the whole duration of the series.

Keeping the energy reaching out through your flexed heels, lift your top leg up about six to eight inches from the floor. From here, make tiny pulses upward 20 times. Holding your leg at the highest point of your lift, draw one-inch circles with your heel for 20 reps.

One more variation to learn after the break.
Keeping your top leg lifted, bend and straighten your knee. Do this 20 times while not letting your thigh lower as you press through the heel to lengthen your top leg to the straightened position. For an even greater burn, finish this series with lifts in a bigger range of motion, taking the foot all of the way toward the ceiling and back down, 10-20 times.

Photographed at Pop Physique in San Francisco, CA

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