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Build a Better Body: Better Legs

Updated on June 18, 2007

STEP 3: Better Legs - focusing on exercises designed to give you great, toned legs.

Take a few tips from the women who have some of the most beautiful legs in the world: dancers. For really defined, shapely legs, you have to work your lower body muscles (the hips, buttocks, and thighs) from every angle with strong, concentrated moves.

The rond de jambe, back raise, and passé do just that. They focus on those lower body muscle groups by reshaping your hips, defining your buns and thighs, and fighting cellulite. Strengthening the inside and outside of your thighs, as well as the front and back, will make you quicker on the tennis court. And you'll walk with more grace and ease.

Rond de Jambe

Stand straight with your legs together, toes pointing out to the sides. Place your right hand on a chair back for support, and your left arm out for balance. Shift your weight to your right foot, and lift your left foot, pointing your toes and sweeping your leg out in front of you.

Back Raise

Stand straight with your feet pointing out to the sides. Place your left hand on a chair back for support, and your right arm in front of you for balance. Bend your right leg so your knee is pointing out to the side and your foot is by your left knee (or calf if that's too difficult).

Passé

Stand straight with your legs together, toes pointing out to the sides. Place your left hand on a chair back for support, and your right arm out for balance. Bend your right leg so your knee is pointing to the side and your foot is by your left knee (or calf if that's too difficult).

Remember to move to, try to avoid sitting all day in the office, take every oppuritunity you can to move around, hand delivery a note rather than send an email, take the stairs instead of the elevator, part further away and force yourself to walk move, do anything you can to keep yourself moving- it is key for great legs!

With Step 3: Better Legs going and your better legs in the works it is time to move onto Step 4 (A Better Core!)

AND REMEMBER: There are very few unrealistic goals; only goals with unrealistic deadlines. So keep laying those bricks, every day, one at a time, and do not become discouraged (and remember, all major construction project have some set backs, you need to work through them and push on!) Eventually, you will build yourself a palace.

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