Besides country music superstar Carrie Underwood’s impressive power vocals, her perfectly sculpted legs also cause a lot of chatter and a bit of envy. To achieve her strong stems, Carrie puts in the effort and commitment to healthy living though every aspect of her life. While we might not be able to work out with Carrie’s trainer, Erin Oprea, we can certainly nab Carrie and Erin’s expert tips. Check out some tips the pair shared with Glamour Magazine below!
Carrie Underwood’s Ultimate Leg Workout
1) Cherry Pickers
Hold a 10- to 25-pound kettlebell or dumbbell with both hands. Stand with your legs wide and soften your knees. Bend at the hips, keeping your back flat, chest up, and shoulders back as you lower the weight straight down, then reach it back between your legs, controlling the motion. Push through your heels to lift back up to standing, still keeping your back flat, chest up, and shoulders back.
2) Skater Hops
Stand on your right foot with your right knee bent, left leg lifted behind you. Lower your body into a squat, then jump to the left, landing on your left leg and bringing your right foot back behind you (keep it hovering off the ground). Pause in the position, then jump back onto your right foot, bringing your left foot bent behind you. Repeat this movement for one minute.
3) Lateral Lunge
Stand on your left leg, holding a 5- to 15-pound kettlebell or dumbbell in your left hand, and lift your right knee straight up. Lunge directly to your right, keeping your right knee directly above your foot and extending straight down in front of you. For perfect form, extend your booty and keep your left leg straight the entire time. Firmly push off your right foot to return to starting position, then repeat 15 times. Complete 15 reps on each side.
4) Pulsing Sumo Squats
Face a railing, fence, counter, or barre (ideally at hip level) and hold on for support. Spread your legs and lift up as high on your toes as you can. Keeping your arms straight and chest up, lower into a sumo squat (essentially a wide-legged squat), staying on your toes. Keeping your hips at knee level and pulling back with your arms for support, lift up one inch, then lower down one inch, continuing these small pulses 40 times before standing.
5) Stair Squat and Jump
Lower into a squat, extending your hips back, keeping your knees over your toes, and your chest up. Jump onto the first stair, dropping directly back into a squat. Repeat the motion, jumping up onto the next stair and dropping into a squat when you land. When you reach the top, walk down to the bottom. Repeat five times.
Besides focusing on her legs, Carrie Underwood’s fitness routine combines multiple exercises, so she can maximize her results in less time. Carrie Underwood’s workout habits are perfect for those with a tight schedule, most of her workouts consist of 10-15 minute circuits that can be combined if time allows. Even better, you don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment to workout like the superstar. All of this can be done within your own home!
If you’re looking for a super quick workout to incorporate into what you already do, check out “Carrie Underwood’s Three Go-to Workout Moves” below!
Okay, now you have the tools to turn a dream into reality. Happy sweating!
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