These easy leg exercises will reward you with a flat stomach, tight butt, and slim thighs so you can rock any pair of jeans with total confidence
Most women would rather eat nails than try on a bikini under the soul-crushing glare of dressing-room lights. But shopping for jeans can be almost as traumatizing. Unlike slipping into a skimpy two-piece that lets everything hang out, shimmying into a pair of jeans means squeezing everything in. And all too often, one of three culprits keeps you from a perfect fit: muffin top, thick thighs, or a flat butt.
While you can’t solely target your trouble spots (no amount of crunches will instantly or effectively zap your belly fat), the right fitness routine can significantly help reshape your body. The lower body exercises here are meant to build and define your backside, strengthen and flatten your core, and blast fat to slim your legs.
They’re also designed for your busy schedule: Each workout takes only 10 to 15 minutes, and all you need is a pair of dumbbells (try starting with five to 10 pounds and increasing as that becomes too easy). Choose your top priority from the drop-down menu above and complete the workout on its own (or as an add-on before your regular routine), or put all three together into one master total-body workout.