My Favorite Butt, Thigh, and Leg Toning Exercises

Today I want to share with you some of my favorite lower body toning exercises.  I think legs are the best muscle groups to work because they have the biggest muscles in the body and therefore burn the most fat calories when worked.  Click here to check out a previous post on butt and thigh exercises. If you want another butt and thigh toning video here is one more I recently did!  I just found another butt and thigh video I did, this one has 60,000 views on youtube!

Alecia is helping demonstrate the exercises today.  I will also have her back on the blog soon to share her story and advice for moms, especially those who are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant.  Alecia, not only got her pre-baby back quicker than anyone I know, but within 6 months is in by far the best shape of her life!

Check out the video:

A pet peeve of mine is runners who think their legs are strong because they run… I have usually seen the opposite, runners who run a lot but don’t strength train, have some of the weakest legs because they aren’t use to doing any weight bearing exercises past about a 30 bend in the knee.  To make the legs stronger and glutes stronger you need to have weight bearing exercises up to 90 degrees of knee flexion.

Here are the exercises:

Side lunges

Single leg deadlift

Squats with weights at shoulders

Single leg hip raises on medicine ball

Squat jumps

Single leg squats

What are some of your favorite lowerbody exercises?


  1. I love the part where you say “she was already pregnant when I met her.” haha. Thanks for clearing that up for all of us.

  2. Alecia-
    I haven’t seen you in months…you were still pregnant. You look really strong and make those exercises look easy. I still struggle with that last hamstring exercise. I remember a physical therapist telling me to do a bridge (feet on the ground–not even a med ball, and then push up into a straight line from my head to my knees). Her one comment was “wow”, and it wasn’t good…
    Hope to work out with you again soon, you are in inspiration!

    • Nancy,

      The single or double leg version hip raise on the ground is excellent to start with, single leg on the ball is one of the toughest variations of it!

      Thanks for sharing,

  3. LOL!!

  4. Great job Alecia! You make all the exercises look so easy and I know how hard they are! Another of my favorite lower body exercises is the bulgarian squat. The ones with the bicep curl on FMFL DVD #6 are really challenging but worth every minute of it. I can really feel it in my thighs & butt the next day. 🙂

  5. Thanks Nancy! The hip raises are one of the most challenging for me too. I’ll be at the outdoor Saturday boot camps so hope to see you there…can’t wait to get back outside!!!

  6. incredible Alecia! you look great! I just had our 10th baby Aleiyah on January 31, 2010 and am 45 years old and am working on the second FMFL DVD–can’t wait to do the DVD featuring you!

    Have a great day!


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