All-Over Toning Exercises: Plié Squat and Relevé Combo

Posted by Samantha Rentz on September 30th 2012
  • Sam keeps her clients looking lean and leggy with this series of Pilates-inspired post-walk sculptors. “They target the butt, hips, thighs, shoulders, and upper back while working your core,” she says. Tack these moves onto the end of any walk, aiming for three times a week.
  • Plié Squat and Relevé Combo

Targets: Butt, inner thighs, and hamstrings

  • Stand with feet together, toes turned out slightly, arms by sides.
  • Step left foot out to side so that feet are wider than shoulder-width apart and toes are turned out. Lower into a plié squat, bringing arms out to sides at about chest level.
  • Standing Saw

Targets: Back, abs, obliques, inner thighs, and hamstrings

  • Stand tall with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, arms extended out to sides at shoulder level.
  • Keeping lower body still, rotate torso to right, twisting head and arms with trunk.
  • Sumo Side Crunch

Targets: Abs, obliques, butt, and inner thighs

  • Stand with feet wider than shoulder-width apart, toes turned out 45 degrees.
  • Bring hands to touch behind head, elbows bent out to sides, and lower into a sumo squat.
  • Love Handle Leg Lift

Targets: Butt and hips

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms reaching forward at shoulder level, palms facing each other.
  • Lift right leg behind you as high as possible, toes pointed, leaning torso forward slightly to counterbalance.
  • Lower right leg toward floor without touching and repeat lift. Make it harder: Do 10 pulses at the top of each lift.
  • Do 10 reps. Switch legs and repeat. Do 2 sets.
  • Leg Circle

Targets: Shoulders, butt, and inner and outer thighs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms out to side at shoulder level.
  • Lift right leg forward a few inches off floor, toes turned out, to get into start position.


  • Essential Upper-Body Shapers: Snow Angel

  • Grab a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells and do two to three sets of each of these upper-body exercises twice a week to go from flab to fab.
  • Snow Angel

Targets: Back and shoulders

  • Holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, and hinge forward 45 degrees at hips so dumbbells hover in front of knees, palms facing in.
  • Three-Legged Crab

Targets: Triceps, abs, and butt

  • Sit on floor with knees bent and feet flat, palms planted beside hips, fingers pointing toward feet.
  • Press through palms to straighten arms and raise hips off floor, balancing body between hands and feet.
  • Lift left foot off floor and extend leg in front of you.
  • Curl and Press

Targets: Upper back, shoulders, biceps, and legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms by sides, palms facing in.
  • Lunge forward with right leg, knee bent about 90 degrees, left leg extended directly behind you.
  • Bend right elbow and bring dumbbell near right shoulder, palm facing left.
  • Fly Trap

Targets: Chest, abs, butt, inner thighs, and hamstrings

  • Holding a dumbbell in right hand, lie face up on floor with right knee bent, foot flat, and left leg on floor and extended out to side at a 45-degree angle so inner thigh faces up.
  • Bring extended right arm out to side at shoulder level, palm facing up; left arm remains by side, palm down; this is start position.

2 Responses to “All-Over Toning Exercises: Plié Squat and Relevé Combo”

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