At age 71, Tina Turner's long, lean legs still turn heads.
This is one granny with gams that show no signs of sagging. But what about the rest of us?
Maybe we can't all have Tina Turner legs, but there is a lot we can do to make sure our legs look good at any age. A few lunges, a couple of hamstring curls plus maybe some calf raises and there's no telling how far your legs will take you.
We asked June Captain, a fitness trainer at Fort Worth's Downtown YMCA, to demo her favorite ways to build stronger legs.
The good news: You'll be stronger and see some definition after about a month if you do these exercises consistently, Captain said. To get really defined legs -- the kind you see on tennis courts and running trails -- will take longer and you'll need to diet if you expect to get the look of an athlete.
But if your goal is to have legs worth noticing, these classic moves will work just fine for you and they can be done just as well in your living room as in the gym. Do them at least twice a week, more often if you have the time, for optimal results. Do 10 to 12 reps of two to three sets and you'll be ready to show off your legs in no time.
1. Stand with your feet in a straddle position.
2. Slowly lower your body into a lunge. Make sure your knee is above your ankle, keeping it at a 90-degree angle. Do not lean forward. Do not position your knee in front of your ankle. Raise back up to the original position.
1. Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Make sure the natural curvature remains in the lower back, spine and neck. Engage your abs.
2. Slowly bend your knees as if you are lowering to sit in a chair. As you lower, push your hips back. Your knees should not extend past your toes. As your thighs become parallel to the floor, pause and then return to the starting position.
Lying hamstring curl
1. Lie on the floor, with the back of your calves resting against an exercise ball. Lift your bottom off the floor by lifting your hips toward the ceiling.
2. Pull the ball in with your feet. Push the ball back out. Return to the starting position.
Get on all fours on the floor. Bend one leg and lift toward the ceiling to engage the glute. Keep everything else flat.
1. Stand tall with your abdominals pulled in. Rest your hands against a wall or a sturdy object for balance.
2. Raise your heels a few inches off the floor. Hold the position for a moment, then lower your heels down.
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