5 moves for legs like giselle

Any girl that’s ever desired to have long, slender lower limbs, say I. Yep. Me too. As a model for the past 8 years, it’s been my job to keep my body in good shape. Now as a PT, it’s my job to do it for others – you included. Want my favourite moves for legs 11? Read on.

Warm up – walking lunges

Step forward with your right leg around half a meter or so from the foot being left stationary behind, then lower your upper body down, while keeping the torso upright and maintaining balance. Repeat with left leg.

Repeat 20 times on each leg.

Move 1: Squat jumps

 

Start with feet shoulder width apart, lowering into squat position and exploding straight up in the air, and back down to the start squat position in one smooth movement. Careful to ensure your knees to do not reach past your toes upon landing.

Repeat for 45 seconds, rest for 15 seconds.

Move 2: Weighted* sumo squat with isometric hold

Start with feet wider than shoulders, toes pointed out like a ballerina. Holding a weight in front of your nipple line, chest puffed forward and shoulder blades flat on the back, lower down with your tailbone going straight towards the ground (rather than backwards).

Hold for 45 seconds, resting for 30 seconds.

Move 3: Jump rope

No major explanation required here – just go as fast as you can, landing on the ball of your feet. If you slip up (you probably will), just laugh it off.

Repeat for 45 seconds, rest for 15 seconds.

Move 4: Weighted* backwards lunges

Standing with your feet hip width apart and holding dumbbells by your side(8kg each or more), send your left leg back about half a meter; lowering your body down by flexing your knees, whilst keeping torso upright. Lower down until you are about 2cm above the ground, hold for 2 seconds, then return to start position. Repeat with other leg.

Repeat 8-12 times on each leg; then rest for 30 seconds

Move 5: Chair pose

You’ve probably done this in yoga; and it’s one of my favourites – looks so easy, but actually challenging! Placing your feet side by side, torso upright, lower down your body by sending your booty back (yes, like a squat). Shoot your arms in front of you like you were diving into a pool of water and hold the position. To make it more challenging, lift one heel off the ground; or even better, lift an entire foot.

Hold for 45 seconds (on each leg if you are doing single leg version); then rest for 15 seconds.

And now repeat moves 1-5 as many times as your workout (and legs) allow! I personally will usually do this around 5 times over if I’m doing a solid legs session; or perhaps only once or twice if I’m doing a fully body workout session.

Cool down - walking lunges

Step forward with your right leg around half a meter or so from the foot being left stationary behind, then lower your upper body down, while keeping the torso upright and maintaining balance. Repeat with left leg.

Repeat 10 times on each leg.

Cool down – stretching

Complete a yoga inspired stretch session to help your legs recover. My favourite moves following a leg sess are downward dog, pigeon and lizard.

And finally… finish with 1 minute meditation session and connect with how your body feels! It might feel wiped out, energised or a strange combination of the two. Whatever it is, feel it, embrace it, and appreciate how wonderful it is to have the capacity to move your body as you can.

*The weight should be heavy enough that after 6 or 7 reps, you are battling to complete the set. Too light and you’ll breeze through it, too heavy and you will only get to one or two reps.

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Photography Chris Lew
Outfit : Lurv
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