Well, the first cold snap of the season has hit and it left me pulling out my heavier clothing in a hurry. I was rummaging through my winter boxes pulling out wool hats, big, oversized cozy sweaters, and my favorite, leather leggings. Everyone always talks about getting into shape for your skinny jeans but I tend to prefer the feeling of tight, buttery leather when the temps drop. So, in honor of my favorite fall/winter staple, here are a few workouts that will target the butt, legs and overall core to get your booty ready for the weather and the leather.
The Bosu ball is one of my favorite pieces of equipment to help tone up the lower body. I love it because when I use it to train specific areas, I’m actually firing up my core through stabilization and training multiple areas at once. It’s a great way to connect your whole body to your training exercises. I find that the adidas Energy Boost 2.0 ESM shoe is ideal for these exercises. The shoe which offers a lot of support for explosive moments also has techfitTM to stretch with you when your trying to stabilize. Here we go:
Bosu Bridge This is similar to a bridge in yoga but you have your feet placed on the stabilizer rather than the mat/floor. The extra stabilization forces your thighs and butt to kick into gear and work harder to lift your hips off the floor. I do 3 x 10 here. 3 sets of 10 reps.
Killer Core Series This is more of a whole body workout rather than just specific to the legs but you have to really engage your core for the explosive movements and stabilization so you’ll feel an all over toning, especially in the tummy. Leather can be less forgiving and not stretch as easily so I like to keep my core strong and lean. I chose the Powerluxe Ruffle Tank for this because it hugs your core and will follow your moves rather than creep up and move around.
Start standing up with the BOSU upside-down
Jump down into a squat position and grab the ball on the handles.
Step back into a high plank
Stabilize your core and do a pushup on the ball
Jump back into a squat
Then pick up the ball and squat lift over your head
This is a tough one and may take a few rounds to really nail. I try to do 3 sets of these but it’s definitely something to build up to. Here's the GIF so you can see the sequence in motion.
Hope you add these to your workouts and remember that when you feel healthy it will show on the outside. It’s not about being perfect or looking perfect but rather feeling great and confident to rock these leather leggings whatever your size or shape. It’s all about progress, not perfection!