July 15, 2014 at 5:12 PM ET
Let's face it, shorts and most summer skirts don't hide much. But even if you've slacked off on your workouts up until now, it's still not too late to get your legs and butt in shape before the summer ends. Try these lower body moves three times a week along with your regular cardio workouts for results in three to four weeks!
This move works all your lower body muscles (trust me, you'll feel them working!), but especially your glutes: Stand in front of a sturdy chair or couch. Cross your arms in front of your chest or hold them out straight in front of you for balance. Slowly lower your hips down towards the chair as if you're about to sit down; barely touch it and slowly stand back up. Do not use momentum. Keep your moves controlled. Do three sets of 25 reps.
Another great glute blaster, this exercise also targets hamstrings. Lie on your back, knees bent. Fold your arms over your chest and slowly raise your hips up until your shoulders, hips and knees align (do not arch your back). Pause and squeeze your glutes for five seconds before slowly lowering your hips back down. Do not rest at the bottom! Pause and raise back up and repeat 15 times. If you feel really strong, straighten and lift one of your legs (thighs should be parallel) and then raise and squeeze. Lower yourself on the bent leg keeping that leg raised. This also works your core like crazy. Do 10 on each side.
This tough, one legged squat hits the muscles under the main glute muscle: Stand on one leg with arms out in front of you and slowly lower yourself towards the ground by bending your knee, without bending over. Touch the ground and come back up. Do 10 on each side. Feel the burn!
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