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Workout of the Week: 3 Lower Body Exercises {to Show Off Those Short Shorts}

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Who Wears Short-Shorts?!

It’s that time of year again.  The sun is shining, the air is getting warmer, and it’s FINALLY time to take off our bulky winter coats and replace it with bathing suits, shorts and sundresses.  Oh no!  You’re not ready for the strip down.  What can you do to prepare?

short shorts hoboken girl

^Tick tock – it’s almost time for 4th of July, let alone MDW!

Many exercises target the major muscle groups in your legs to help make them strong and sexy for the upcoming summer season. But here at IronPlate, we like to get the most bang for our buck: compound movements for lower body will help to develop the quads, hamstrings and glutes all in one shot.  Try this lower body trifecta for a perfecta booty this coming summer {with HG’s editor Jen as our fitness model this week}!

Back Squats

This is a squat with deep range of motion will help to develop your quads {front of your thighs} but also work your glutes {booty!} in a serious way.  Try varied foot positioning each set to hit the muscles a little bit differently each time {narrow stance, medium / toes out, sumo style}.

Back Squat 1

Back Squat 2

Stiff-Legged Deadlift

A stiff-legged deadlift is a major booty builder when done properly.  All glute, hamstring, and posterior chain firing here {booty/back of the legs}, and single-handedly the best exercise to get a great butt.  Make sure to start light, work on form first, then go for it. Sometimes it’s good to have someone spot you behind.

Deadlift 1

Deadlift 2

Alt Reverse Lunge with a Glute Extension

This is another excellent booty builder, this variation on a reverse lunge adds in an extra glute kickback to make that summer butt work {and lift} just a little bit harder.

Rev Lunge 1

Rev Lunge 2

Those are just a few of the many great lower body exercises to get you summer-ready. Make sure that you do 3 sets of 12-15 reps, and if you need to decrease the weight as you go through each set, that’s fine. Do what feels good!

What are some of your favorite lower body exercises?

PS: 39 days til MDW!

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Kristin Reisinger, MS RD CSSD, is the founder and owner of IronPlate Studios, elite and private fitness and nutrition studios located in Hoboken, NJ and Jersey City, NJ. A Personal Trainer for over 17 years and Registered Dietitian for 10 years with a background in obstacle course competitions and NPC Figure competitions, Kristin has helped hundreds of people in the tri-state area lose weight in a healthy way and achieve a physique and athleticism that they never thought possible. Frequently quoted in Women’s Health, Today’s Dietitian, Real Simple, Oxygen magazine, Men’s Health Online, Good Housekeeping Online and JC Downtown magazine, Kristin also hold’s a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She is an avid yogi, snowboarder and surfer, and lives locally with her MMA-loving daughter, Sophia.

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