Lose the Saddlebags

Studio 5 Health & Fitness Contributor, Melanie Douglass, answers a common viewer question.

Tightening a trouble-zone, or a stubborn part of your body always comes back to one key step: persistence! If you are eating clean, working out regularly (two essential components), and putting in the time and effort toning that troublesome spot – then results will come. Be persistent and always set a goal to work a little harder than you did the day before. Often times, people quit when results were just around the corner.

Here are my favorite exercises to sculpt great glutes and thighs:

1) Resisted Side Step

a. Get a resistance tube. Hold one handle in each hand and stand in the middle the tube with your feet shoulder width apart. Keep your toes forward. Take a big step to the right, then a big step to the left. Find a steady pace, keep your toes forward and enjoy the burn!

2) Pendulum Swing

a. Bend forward and rest your hands on a chair or step, then hop side to side popping your legs straight out to the side, keeping your feet flexed and toes forward. Go fast, pop your legs up to about hip level and really squeeze your glutes and other thighs.