I use both of these exercises with my various clients and on myself! The “sumo squat” (as I call it) can help to work your inner thighs as well as your quads and butt. The dead lift is great for the back of your legs and butt as well.
Wide-Stance Squat (Sumo Squat)
Stand with your feet two to three feet apart, your toes pointing out. Hold a dumbbell vertically with both hands between your legs. Keep your head forward, your back straight and your core engaged. Squat down on a count of two and rise back up on a count of two.
Remember to distribute weight throughout the foot and heel
Trainer Tip: Try adding a calf raise to the end of each squat to maximize your calorie burning!
Hold a pair of dumbbells and stand with feet shoulder-width apart. With a tight core and a flat back, bend through the hips and lower the dumbbells until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings. Bring yourself back to the starting position (source)
Trainer Tip: Try squeezing your glutes (or butt) when you come up. This will activate extra muscle for more definition.
Adding these two great exercises to your routine can give you some great results! If gravity is affecting your backside then dead lifts can help to turn back time. Sumo squats can also keep your inner thighs and butt firm and defined. Remember, that working your legs can help to burn a HUGE amount of calories!
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