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The 5 Best Workout Moves for Beach-Ready Legs


Our friends at Styleite are experts on fashion, styling, and the media darlings who are masters of both.

Unfortunately, fitness falls under none of those categories. And while they can tell you exactly what shoes will trick admirers into thinking your limbs are a few inches longer (nude Manolo Blahnik BB pumps, we’re looking at you), we can’t exactly advise on how to get your legs in shape the hard way.

However, they have scoured the web, picked the experts, done the legwork, and found the five best moves for getting your legs looking like Gisele Bündchen’s on a Brazilian beach in no time. From putting your ballerina skills to the test, to getting crafty with a chair, get ready to feel the burn.

1. Chair Bump Squats for Hips, Glutes, and Quads

Peter Monge, strength and conditioning specialist and owner of NYFitness, told Fitness Magazine about this classic method for sculpting sexy legs with a 15-minute routine (no running required!):

All you need is a sturdy chair. Do three sets of each move. Stand about one foot away from chair with your back facing the seat, knees slightly bent. Squat, keeping knees behind toes, and tap butt onto seat. Squeeze glutes to stand back up. Do 10 reps.

2. Plie Slides for Inner and Outer Thighs

Jessica Smith of Shape explained this thigh-perfecting move:

Start standing with your hands on you hips, heels pressed together and toes rotated out to the sides (about 45 degrees). Step your left foot out (wider than hip-width apart), into a deep “plie”: bend both knees out over your toes, lowering your body straight down to the floor, keeping your back straight and abs in tight. Next, as you rise up out of the plie, slide your left heel back in towards your right, straightening your legs and returning to start position. Repeat 15 times with the left, 15 times with the right. Tip: Make sure your knees stay lined up over your toes on the plie, don’t let them roll in.