American screen siren and Savages star Blake Lively is famed for not only her acting chops but her long, lean legs. On Wednesday, fitness blog FitSugar shared one fitness move that can help get your legs in Lively shape.
Even though the actress is said to have recently told reporters at a Savages screening that she eats cupcakes and doesn't work out, it's likely that she has put in some effort in the gym. FitSugar writes that for last year's Green Lantern, she worked with celebrity trainer Bobby Strom on circuit training and total-body conditioning.
"I started with Blake the way I start with a lot of women who don't have a big background in conditioning exercise, by having her work with just her own body weight first: pushups against a bench, squats and lunges," Strom told Self magazine. "Once she got the hang of that, we added some resistance bands, then I'd throw a five- or eight-pound dumbbell as her strength started to improve."
To get started, FitSugar shares one surefire move to incorporate into your workout, three to four times a week.
Squat, Abduct and Adduct We Go!
Targets gluteus, legs, abductors, adductors, arms, and core
Step one: Begin by going into a deep squat with hands on waist to help you balance.
Step two: Come up into an arm and leg abduction, standing on your left foot and elevating your right leg. Reach your right arm straight out to the side as you straighten your right leg out to the side and flex your foot, holding your leg as high as you can. Hold for five seconds while engaging your core.
Step 3: Bring your elevated leg down into a lunge, disengaging your core and keeping your left leg straight, foot on the ground, to form a diagonal. You should feel your left leg adducting, or pulling toward the midline of your body. Return to beginning squat position, and repeat 12 to 15 times per side.
Blog Fitfinelines recommends two other classic moves to get Lively legs :
1. Squats with dumbbells: See video below
2. Walking lunge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeoLzGD3j9w