Squats are one of the best ways to tighten up your thighs and butt, but they are one of the most hated exercises. After all, those squats burn when you are doing them, and they leave your legs aching for days.
The good news is that you can work out your thighs, butt, and belly without ever doing a squat. Give this innovative workout just two weeks and you will start seeing a difference.
Not only does this workout skip the squats, but it also only includes five different moves. The No Squats Belly, Butt, and Thighs Workout was designed by fitness expert Ellen Barrett, star of Prevention’s Flat Belly Diet Workout DVDs.
With just five moves done 10x (slow controlled reps for each movement) 4-5 times weekly, you will notice a firmer butt, slimmer thighs, and a tighter belly. Just make sure you add some 30 minutes cardio to your workout routine as well. All you need to do this routine is a wall.
I think it’s a great option for all the busy girls out there or just the type that hate squats…. What are the five different moves? They include the windshield wipers, the wall bridge, the wall scissor, knee press, and toe reaches.
① Wall Bridge
Lie on your back with your butt against the wall and arms at your sides. Bend your knees and plant your feet 3 to 4 feet up the wall. Raise your lower and middle back off floor, keeping your shoulder blades on the ground.
Hold for a deep inhale, then exhale and slowly return to the starting position.
② Windshield Wipers
Lie faceup on the floor with your legs against a wall, the bottoms of your feet facing the ceiling. Slowly lower your left leg down the wall like a clock arm toward 9 o’clock, then return to the starting position.
Repeat with right leg, sweeping toward 3 o’clock. Continue to alternate legs until you’ve completed all of the reps.
③ Toe Reaches
Lie on the floor with your heels pressed against the wall, your legs straight. Reach your right hand toward your left foot, allowing your right shoulder to raise off the floor. Return to the starting position.
Repeat with your left hand and right foot. Continue to alternate until you’ve completed all reps.
④ Wall Scissor
Begin with your butt close to the wall, knees bent, and your feet planted on the wall. Raise your hips up, and place your elbows on the floor and your hands on your hips to support your lower body.
Walk your feet up the wall so that your legs are straight. This is your starting position.
From here, lower your left leg toward your head, keeping both legs straight. Return to the starting position and repeat with your right leg. Continue to alternate until you’ve completed all reps.
⑤ Knee Press
Lie on your back with your butt against the wall, knees bent, and feet planted 3 to 4 feet up the wall. Raise your butt and back off the floor and cross your right ankle over your left knee.
Without moving the rest of your body, pulse your knee toward the wall 20 times. Lower your body, and repeat on your left side.
As you can see, every one of these exercises works your thighs, butt, and belly. Add these exercises to your weekly workout routine and you’ll see results without ever needing to do a squat again.