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Sweaty Betty's shorts-ready legs workout

posted on Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 | find under Fitness
As the sun begins to peek out from the clouds, legs-sculpting exercises become a priority in the gym. And here to get your training on track is Lindsey Clayton, new Sweaty Betty Ambassador for the Soho NYC boutique. The Barry's Bootcamp trainer, who garners respect and fear in equal measure, knows how to bring the right kind of burn to your workout. These are the three moves she swears by...

Hop to Reverse Lunge

I love incorporating a burst of cardio into my lower body exercises and this little plyo jump never fails to get my heart rate up!

How to do it:

1. Start in a standing position and jump straight up, pushing off your right leg and bringing your left foot up to knee height.
2. Land on your right foot and push your left leg back into a lunge, making sure your chest stays lifted and your right knee doesn't travel further forward than your toe.
3. From the lunge position, press off your right foot and jump straight back up into position one.  

Repeat 12 times on each leg for 3 sets.

Lindsey wears the Supernova Athlete's Vest and Board Slide Shorts

Ballerina Leg Lifts

I used to be a dancer, so some of my favourite exercises I've adapted from my traditional dance training. This move is amazing for working your hamstrings and glutes, and because its also about stability you'll get a workout for your core too.

How to do it:

1. Start in a standing position, with your right knee lifted to hip level, your toe pointed and and your standing leg slightly bent. Keeping the knee lifted and with control, lower your chest until your back is flat. At the same time, swing your bent leg behind you, keeping the bend at the knee.
2. Keeping you chest lifted and ensuring your knee doesn't go over your toe on your standing leg, tap the ground with your right hand, use your left arm for balance. Slowly lift back to standing and, keeping the knee high, swing the right leg back to the starting position. 

Repeat 12 times on each leg for 3 sets.

Side-Lying Glute Kickback

This move allows you work deep into your glutes, for an even greater burn. The transition into the kick forces you to engage your core, straighten your spine and challenge your balance.

How to do it:

1. Start on your left knee and left hand, with your right leg outstretched to the side and slightly turned out.
2.  Planting your right palm on the ground, fully extend and push your leg as far back behind you as possible while maintain your balance. Contract your glutes to feel more of a burn. 
3.  Push off your right palm while you relax and gently bend your right leg to return to the starting position.

Repeat 30 times on each side for 3 sets.

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