Tone Your Legs in 15 Minutes (without Squats or Lunges!)


By: , – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
12/6/2013 12:00 AM   :  19 comments   :  84,770 Views

As a trainer, I’m a huge fan of squats and lunges, but I know that joint issues can make these common lower-body exercises pretty painful to do. The good news is that there are plenty of other exercises that can help shape up your lower half!

Whether you need to modify for your knees or simply want to try adding a few new leg moves to your repertoire, join me for this low impact, Pilates-inspired, lower body workout that doesn’t require much space and zero equipment. It's just over 15 minutes, so it's also a great option for when you're short on time! (Oh, and feel free to kick off your shoes to further engage the muscles in your feet and ankles.) Check it out on YouTube, or watch via the embedded video below! 

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About the Author
Jessica Smith is co-author of the Thin in 10 Weight Loss Plan (Sunrise River Press, 2012), and a certified wellcoach, personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Having started her ownfitness journey more than 40 pounds ago, Jessica knows how challenging it can be to lose weight (and keep it off). Recently named one of Sharecare's Top 10 Online Influencers, she loves finding and sharing the latest info on weight loss, fitness, and healthy lifestyle habits. The star of several best-selling exercise DVDs, Jessica has over 13 years of experience in the industry, and holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Fordham University.

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  • 19
    Good one! Works the legs but also trains balance. I felt it! - 7/14/2015   5:01:51 PM
    Thanks Jessica - my arthritis plays havoc with leg exercises and so this is a great alternative - 7/7/2015   4:38:54 PM
  • 17
    Is there a written instruction? I don't have access to the videos in my workout area (at work). Thanks either way. - 2/19/2015   6:01:26 PM
  • 16
    Is there a way I can track this on the fitness tracker so it calculates approximate calories - 5/5/2014   6:35:30 PM
    Wow, what a great workout!!!! I have not been exercising for about a year now :(
    New job took me on the road constantly driving. First day getting back to exercise and needing to be gentle on my knees yet work those legs - this was EXACTLY what I needed. I like it so much I tried her standing abs workout - also great!!! Looking forward to tomorrows workout!!!!! Yay! - 12/14/2013   2:23:19 PM
  • INNIS61
    This is really great. I've been at a hotel for the last 5 days. Most hotel gyms have aerobic machines, free weights and no leg machines. I was just wondering how to work my legs without squats and lunges and this came along. It's wonderful. Reminds me of the leg exercises I used to do in dancing classes long ago. Thanks Jessica Smith. - 12/14/2013   9:34:42 AM
    I have problem watching the video, could you please write down the workout? - 12/10/2013   2:19:38 PM
  • 12
    How are you tracking the calories burned for this one in your fitness tracker? - 12/10/2013   12:46:54 PM
  • 11
    I may have to try this. Running, squats, etc, highly aggravate my knees and hips. - 12/10/2013   11:22:44 AM
  • 10
    I like this! I'm going to check out some of her other workouts. - 12/7/2013   8:38:32 PM
  • 9
    all of Jessica's workouts are good. She always brings new ways to work the muscles. She's become my "go-to" exercise instructor. - 12/6/2013   5:29:52 PM
    I love all Jessica Smith's workouts. - 12/6/2013   5:04:10 PM
    I need this to help with my thigh - 12/6/2013   3:54:10 PM
  • 6
    ouch! these pilates leg workout are no joke, feel the burn! - 12/6/2013   1:42:56 PM
  • 5
    Reminds me of pilates teacher Ellen Barrett, but like her pilates workout on steroids ...

    Be interested to see what she has for arms and upper abs ... - 12/6/2013   10:12:33 AM
  • ALYSSA40
    I'm doing these tonight! - 12/6/2013   9:50:48 AM
  • 3
    I might try this one! Not sure, but I do love Jessica Smith's workouts! I'm a big fan of Pilates for training legs, and this is probably pretty similiar. - 12/6/2013   9:44:16 AM
  • 2
    I just did a couple of Jessica's workouts yesterday! Love them! :) - 12/6/2013   8:40:43 AM
  • 1
    I really enjoy Jessica Smith's workout videos and I will give this one a try. - 12/6/2013   7:59:01 AM

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