This Pilates workout video for the butt and thighs is very effective at toning the lower body and building functional strength and balance throughout the core, hips, and pelvis.
For an example of the difference between exercises that slim legs and those that might build mass, consider lunges. Lunges require you to tax one leg at a time with the majority of your bodyweight. Even for the slightest person, bodyweight is a significant amount of weight for one leg, which can overtime build (strong, athletic, functional) muscles in the lower body. If that doesn’t happen to be one of your goals, these Pilates butt and thigh exercises are a great low resistance way to tone legs and build lean muscle because none of them have you maneuvering any significant amount of bodyweight. Do keep in mind that lean muscle mass is what gives you the advantage of a faster resting metabolism - don't avoid building muscle.
This routine is fantastic because of how comprehensively the exercises work your lower body. By the time you’ve finished the workout video, you will have used multiple approaches to target your glutes, inside and outside thighs, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves.
Another benefit to this Pilates workout video is that the moves engage much more than just the obvious muscle groups. In addition to toning the lower body, you’ll also be using your abdominals, obliques, hip flexors and lower back. Aside from the toning benefits, Pilates also offers the advantage of building a strong foundation, increasing flexibility and overall body awareness.
Do this lower body workout routine up to three or four times a week, taking more time off in between if muscles are still sore.
Do at least 5 minutes of warm up cardio before starting the routine in order to warm up muscles and increase range of motion, and be sure to cool down and stretch once you're done.
Once you are familiar with the video, feel free to turn down the volume of our narration & turn on your own music.
Printable Pilates Workout - 14 Reps each in an ABAB format
Outside Leg Lift (right leg)
Outside Leg Lift (left leg)
Inside Leg Lift (right leg)
Inside Leg Lift (left leg)
Rear Leg Raise + Pulses (left leg)
Rear Leg Raise + Pulses (right leg)