Squats are a great workout, but if that’s all you’re doing, you’ll be unable to continue challenging your body and improve your overall fitness. Here, you’ll find three powerfully transformative workouts that are squat-free, and will give you a toned tush and inner thigh!
The Booty Blaster 2.0
If you are serious about a shapely booty, then all you need is a resistance band, a floor mat and a little bit of motivation to crush this exercise! Start by placing your hands in the handles of the resistance band, and get on all fours on your mat. Wrap the resistance band under your left foot, and with your hands firmly on the ground, lift your left leg out behind you (as though you were kicking someone in slow motion behind you). Extend your leg all of the way, without locking your knee, and squeeze your glutes. Slowly, come back to the starting position and do the same movement with your right leg.
The Single Leg Lift
This move is great for the thighs and glutes. Make it part of your daily workout after a walk or run, and you’ll condition your body in no time at all. Start by lying down (face up towards the ceiling) on a mat. Before you do any lifting, you want to make sure that your legs are with correct form. They should be shoulder width apart, and knees bent.
Look up at the ceiling, and take your left leg lifting it from the bent knee position, to straight up towards the ceiling. Make sure your leg is straight (don’t lock your knee, as that can cause injury) and proceed by lifting your glutes and lower back off of the mat (forming a bridge). Squeeze your glutes as much as you can, and hold this position for about 5 seconds, or longer, if you can. Slowly bring your leg back down and repeat with the right leg.
The Circle Motion
This exercise is simple in its movement, but very quickly it becomes challenging—so that anyone of any fitness level will immediately feel the burn. Start by standing up, with both feet firmly planted on the floor. Set your feet so they are about shoulder width apart, and then bring your right leg out to the side (making sure it’s not touching the ground).
With your hands on your hips (and positioning yourself so you are leaning just slightly to the left for balance) make small circles with your right leg in the air. After about ten circles worth, go back to your starting position and do the same with your left leg. You’ll feel the burn and reap the benefits in no time at all!