If you're a "Dancing With the Stars" fan, you know that the pros who spend their days rehearsing their moves and their nights boogying in front of millions have to be in super shape to do the job. "Professional dancers are known for their barely-there costumes," Cheryl Burke, one of the show's resident dancers, recently told Self.com. "Since a lot of dance movements begin and end with the legs, there is a lot of attention drawn to them. The more sculpted and toned the better!"
Looking to get your own killer stems? Look no further than the Cheryl's personal leg workout, which includes three moves the dancer does every day. "Start by doing ten minutes and, each day, add time to your routine to build stamina and endurance," says Burke. "You'll have shapely legs in no time!"
Check out the pics and instructions below and you'll be on your way to a lovely lower body … and maybe even ready to hit the dance floor.
Stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart. Lift up onto the balls of your feet, keeping your upper body and hips still. Twist the heel of your right foot out (top) and then back in and repeat with the left foot (bottom) so that you are twisting your lower body on the balls of your feet. You will feel this exercise work your inner thighs. Repeat 15 to 20 times for 20 seconds each time, keeping up a moderate pace.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. With hands on your hips, kick your right leg forward, to the side, and then backward. Repeat with the left leg. Repeat the entire sequence 15 to 20 times, gradually increasing your speed. You will feel this from your foot to your hamstring.
Stand in the standard ballroom pose (arm position shown above). Bend your knees slightly and jump, spreading legs to land in a pseudo squat position. Jump up again and kick the right leg forward. Repeat with the left leg. You will feel this in your inner and outer thighs. Repeat 15 to 20 times.
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