Long gone are the days when women try to hide their curves and starve themselves to get rid of what they were naturally blessed with. When Ashley Graham graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as the first ‘plus-size’ model it was evident that times have changed. Additionally with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Demi Lovato encouraging women to love the body they were given, having a curvy figure is now a desirable attribute.
So how can you enhance and embrace your natural curves? There are several ways to work with what you have to achieve your own voluptuous bod. Below are a few moves you can start incorporating into your workout regime.
Sumo Squat with Arm Pulses: Achieve sculpted arms while working your lower body. Standing with your feet in squat position slightly wider than hip width, have your toes point outward at an angle. Lower your body into a squat position making sure your knees do not surpass your toes. While performing this action extend your arms over your head and perform a pull down action simultaneously as you squat. Stop just at shoulder level maintaining proper form with your arms.
Do this for 8 reps for 3 sets.
Resistance Band Kickbacks: Want a round ample bottom? Start by adding kickbacks with a resistance bands to your workout routine. While on all fours loop your resistance band around your right foot keeping the ends secure in your hands. Kick your leg back going no higher than hip height with a firm grip on the bands at the same time. Repeat for 3 sets of 8, switch and mimic the same action on the other side.
V Position: Similar to a plie in ballet stand with the heels of your feet touching. Your toes are pointed outward with one hand on a chair or ballet bar for support. Slowly lower your body while keeping your heels pressed together. Hold for 30 seconds, for an additional challenge begin pulsing for 10-15 seconds once you have gone as low as you can go. Repeat this action for 3 sets. This move targets your hips, glutes and thighs.
Thigh Master: Utilizing steps outside or in your home stand on one step keeping the other leg dangling. Place your hands on your hips, alternate by extending the dangling leg to the side for 3-5 pulses. For the second move, you want slightly bend the standing leg lowering the dangling leg to the lower step and tap. The completion of both moves completes one rep. Perform for 30-60 seconds on each side.