As much as I love summer, by the time early autumn rolls around
I’m ready to pack away my sundresses and sandals and pull my fall
sweaters and boots out of the back of my closet—it feels like having a whole
new wardrobe! But there’s always that moment before I slip on a pair
of jeans for the first time in several months that I wonder: Will they
still fit? Sound familiar? Well, if last season’s skinny jeans are feeling a
little too skinny for you, this firming formula can make them a perfect
fit again—and fast. Designed by Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise
science at Auburn Montgomery University in Alabama, these four easy, at-home toners are
scientifically proven to help resize your thighs and
butt in just two weeks. You’ll thank me when you don’t have to buy new
jeans—the old ones still fit!
The plan: All you need is a pair of 5-pound weights and a
chair to do these super sculptors. Do three sets of 18 reps of each move in
quick succession (research also links high reps to faster results), starting
with your weaker side (left, for most of us). Repeat on the opposite side,
three times per week on alternate days.
Works thighs, hamstrings, butt, shoulders, chest, abs
Start in a lunge with left foot forward, a weight in each
hand at right hip. Bring weights to left shoulder, right arm parallel to floor,
left arm bent at side (as shown). Push off right foot to stand, bringing it to
meet left foot as you swing weights back to right hip. Return to start. Do
three sets of 18 reps.
Works hips, shoulders, abs, butt
Stand with feet hip-width apart, a weight in each hand,
right elbow bent with weight at right shoulder, left arm extended to ceiling to
start. Raise left knee, leg turned out, toe pointed, as you pull left elbow
down to meet left knee (as shown). Return to start. Do three sets of 18 reps.
Works butt, back, thighs, hamstrings
Stand next to chair, holding back with left hand, a weight
in right hand at side; extend right leg behind you and bend forward. Keep chest
up, but don’t arch back. Bend left knee, lowering weight toward floor (as
shown), then straighten left knee for one rep. Do three sets of 18 reps.
Works butt, hamstrings
Stand next to chair, holding back with right hand and a
weight in left hand at side for balance; bend left knee, lifting foot behind
you to start. Squeeze butt and press left foot back slightly, keeping knee bent
and foot flexed (as shown), for one rep. Return to start. Do three sets of 18