Fitness / 24.02.2015

Fitness hack: 5 moves to hone pear-shaped thighs

By Anita Bean
There's no excuse not to tone those thighs with this easy exercise plan


Curvy pear shapes are common among us Brits. If your thighs are your problem area try these five simple moves.

For each exercise, perform one set (beginner: 2 x 8 reps each move; intermediate: 3 x 10 reps each move; advanced: 4 x 10 reps each move), then take 20-30 seconds rest and move on to the next exercise.

1. Lunges

Stand feet shoulder-width apart. Step left foot back into a squat, right thigh parallel to the floor, body kept erect; hold for a second. Push through left leg back to standing. Repeat on right foot.

2. Plié squats

Stand feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, toes and knees pointing out. Hold a dumbbell in both hands, arms hanging straight down in front of you. Squat down slowly, thighs parallel to the floor, back straight. Return to starting position.

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3. Step-ups

Stand up straight in front of a low bench or step. Step up with one leg then the other. Return to starting position. Repeat for reps with the right leg leading, then the left leg leading.

4. Leg lift

Lie on right side; extend left leg forwards to a 45 degree angle with right leg, toes touching the floor. Lift left leg off the floor until level with hips, then back down. Do reps then change sides.

5. Split squat

Step left foot forward, right foot back, heel off floor. Bend left knee 90 degrees; push up through left heel back to start position. Do reps; switch legs. Add weights for a tougher workout. Goodbye, problem thighs!

Fitness hack: 5 moves to hone pear-shaped thighs
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A targeted and easy fitness plan to trim and sculpt those thighs, whatever your natural shape
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