Junk in the trunk = good. Junk under the taillights = bad. Nobody wants saddlebags – droopy, side butt flab that never really has a spot in your cute undies (or granny panties if you’re over 30) or jeans. KIDDING I don’t wear granny panties. I save those for post-baby (you know if you’ve been there). Mmmk moving on. Here is the best workout to say see ya to saddlebags.
These movements target the saddlebag problem areas in ways traditional squats or butt-blasting moves don’t. Once you focus your efforts on the bottom corner of your tush and start feeling that burn, you’ll know what I mean! Just remember, spot training on one part of the body just doesn’t work. Sorry to say. But incorporating these moves into a regular cardio and strength-training regiment, you can start seeing overall tone and improve the look and feel of you lower bottom. Maybe even give it the perk you’ve always wanted!
Standing Leg Lifts
To start, stand with your feel shoulder-width apart and lift your right leg out to the side just one or two inches off the floor and slightly behind your left leg, bringing your hands to prayer in front of your chest. Bend your supporting leg slightly and keep that bend the entire time. Next, lift the right leg up to your highest point, keeping your hips stacked directly under your shoulders (do not stick your butt out). Do 12-15 repetitions on the right leg, then the same on the left.
Step your right leg behind your left and turn your left foot out slightly, hands in prayer in front of your chest. Bend both knees to execute a curtsey lunge and lean to your left, imagining you left elbow trying to touch your left thigh (but keep your chest up). Straighten your legs and come back to the original position. Do 12-15 repetitions on the left, then 12-15 on the right.
Come down to an all-fours position on your knees, wrists directly under your shoulders. Roll your hips forward (towards your belly button) to eliminate any sway in your lower back. Next, bring your right leg off the floor slightly, then lift it up and out to the side, keeping your hips squared to the floor. Do 12-15 repetitions (lifts) on the right, then 12-15 on the left.
Outer Leg Lifts
Stay in the all-fours position and extend your right leg out to a right diagonal towards the back of the room. Check that your hips are rolled forward to eliminate the sway in your lower back and hips are square to the floor. Next, lift your leg off the floor to your highest position, then gently tap your toe back on the ground. Do 12-15 repetitions (lifts) on the right, then 12-15 on the left.
Lie on your right side, using your right forearm for support and placing your left palm in front of your waist. Bend both knees, making sure your knees and hips are in line. Keeping your toes together, lift your left knee up as high as you can, then drop your knee back down to meet the right. Next, extend your left leg back behind your body as you squeeze the right corner of your tush. Bring your leg back to the original position and do 12-15 repetitions (knee up, down, extend, back in) with your left leg, then flip to lie on the other side of your body and to 12-15 with your right leg.
Repeat this entire series at least 3 times throughout. Once you have completed it, try the stretch below.
Lie flat on your back and cross your right leg over your left. Bend you knees and take hold of your shins or ankles. Lift your tailbone off the ground and try to bring your heels in towards your shoulders. Switch and stretch the other side.
For the best results, do this daily and embrace that burn! Then say see ya to saddlebags forever!