4 exercises for toned thighs & calves
This fun variation of the classic bodybuilder favourite hits the inner legs and can be performed with no equipment (holding a dumbbell or kettlebell is an option). Ballerinas are famous for their strong and shapely legs and this exercise borrows its name from this artistic discipline.
1. Standing upright, move your feet so that you are in the classic 'plie' position – toes pointing out, core tight and stance as wide as you are able to properly and comfortably execute the move (aim for shoulder width).
2. Keeping your pelvis straight and upper body straight (this is not a squat per se, we are not sitting back), lower your body until your thighs are close to or at parallel with the floor. Don't force it but work toward it.
3. I like to stay for a moment to squeeze my glutes before returning to the starting position.
4. If balance is an issue, feel free to hold on to a park bench or even a tree, just ensure there isn't excessive dependency.
B: 3 x 15; A: 15 reps.
Photo credit: Jamie Watling