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I’ve been involved in dance, basketball, and volleyball since I could walk. I danced in college and I played volleyball at a different college.

And let’s face it… that was 6 years ago. I no longer need to “bulk up” with heavy weights or focus my energy on specific things like speed.

I workout today, because I enjoy being healthy and fit and taking care of what God gave me.

Today’s post is focused on a few leg workout routines that I actually see results from. I do these 3x a week. Feel free to put workout clothes on, and join me. I’m wearing this top and similar leggings.

(just make sure to remove your jewelry and drink a glass of water before starting…)

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Once I’m nice and stretched, I begin each “leg workout day” with a basic jump rope routine to get my heart rate going! I jump for 5 minutes straight.

If you are just starting out – I suggest jumping 40 times, resting for a minute, jumping 60 times, resting for a minute, jumping 40 times, and resting for the last time.

Don’t focus on how high you jump, but on finding and keeping a consistent rhythm. Try not to throw your back and shoulders into the jump. It should be as simple as a small, circular motion with your wrists.

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Now that my blood is pumping, I begin sumo squatting for 3 minutes (with a 10 second break after each minute).

Make sure your feet are in a wide stance (helps with toning the inner things), your toes are turned out, your knees are directly over your toes, your chest is back, and your abs are tight.

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Come down slowly until your upper legs are parallel to the floor (inhale) and drive back up through your heels (exhale), squeeze your glutes each time you squat.

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I like to do a variation for each minute. Here’s one example.

Shift all of your weight onto one leg (bend and lift the other leg to your chest)

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and then come down into a side or front lunge.

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Now, take a breather with calf raises.

I do 4 reps of 25. My feet are planted firmly, weight distributed evenly, hands by my side, shoulders back, and eyes straight ahead.

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Raise up onto the balls of your feet and squeeze your calves for 3 seconds. Now lower yourself back down slowly. (you can hold dumbbells for a more challenging workout).

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These were three easy but rewarding steps to a more fit 2017!

My other favorite leg workouts are below for easy pinning:

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top: Under Armour | leggings: sold out, Similar | shoes: old, Similar | jump rope: Everlast

photography: Bryan Grayson

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4 comments

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Great work out tips and super cute clothes! Keep up the good work!
Sarah

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Thank you!! It was soooo cold outside when I was doing this haha. Have a good day!

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These leg work-out tips looks awesome and very easy too. I will make sure I try them out this weekend. Nice out-fit.

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They are super easy once you get the hang of it! Have fun trying them, Debra!

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