Tone it up Tuesday! Warm weather is arriving, and it’s time to turn up the heat on all of your workouts. It’s never too late, or early, to start building your sexy summer looks with model Ray Yang.
New Bikini Series Thigh Workout
The second theme for Le Coq Sportif new bikini project is the sleek and muscular thighs. Model Ray Yang demonstrates best inner and outer thigh exercises with Allure Korea. Watch Video (in Korean)
Even Ray Yang who is known for her perfect fit body once worried about having a thick lower body. “Long time ago, my nickname used to be ‘elephant legs’. When I used to do aerobic exercises to lose weight, I only saw temporary changes and gained it all back later.” Ray Yang who used to have a lot of swelling in her body, therefore, focused on strength building and food dieting. For 6 months, she focused on consistent muscle building exercises and eating healthy food. This made her lose fat and create strong muscles in her body. Since then, she’s been hearing a lot of compliments about her body. That’s why Ray Yang emphasizes that you should at least workout for 3 consecutive months or more to produce a healthy and flexible body.
Importance of lower body workout
If you have a strong lower body, it is easier to maintain good health. Because the lower body consists of greater muscles than any other body parts, increasing the basal metabolic rates (BMR) will make it easier to lose weight.
Muscular exercise VS. Stretching
If you stretch your muscles before and after your workout, the muscles will loosen up and prevent muscle injuries. Your body will become flexible. But always remember, strength training is important to have strong, muscular thighs. Always being consistent with your workout patterns will eventually make your fats disappear and produce more muscles.
Recommended thigh exercise
One workout I would definitely recommend would be the squats. It not only helps with building muscular strength in your thighs and buttocks, but also with the slim thighs and apple hips; it’s like killing one stone with two birds. When you do squats at home, try facing the wall or against the wall for more concentration.
Healthy food diet
Avoiding spicy and other strong-tasting foods is good for maintaining your health. Salty food blocks the blood circulation in your lower body and cause edema in worst cases. Ever since I started to work out on a daily basis, I began eating low salt-diet food.
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4 kinds of resilient lower body workouts:
When you are trying to create a healthy and balanced body, it is important to have strong thighs. Let’s learn more about making ‘honey thighs’ through some lower body workouts explained below.
“The lower body has the most muscles in your body. If you consistently train your lower body, you will become much more healthier.” – Ray Yang, model
Effect: It’s the most effective workout for burning body fat and increasing elasticity. It stimulates your inner thighs, muscular buttocks, and hips for an hip-up effect.
Spread your feet shoulder-width apart, and the feet is facing outward to 30 degrees. The arms should naturally come down next to your thighs.
Stretch your arms forward and sit down until your thighs and knees become horizontal and come back up. Make sure that your knees don’t extend further than your toes. 3 sets of 20.
Effect: Stimulates the inner thighs and hip joint to make it more strong and elastic.
Lock both hands together and place it in front of your chest, while you spread your legs twice the pelvis-width and stand.
While shifting your weight to the left, bend your left leg. At this time, be careful not to let your knees go forward of your toes while you keep the right leg straight. Switch your legs and repeat it in the same way. 3 sets of 20.
Effect: This exercise stimulates the thighs and buttocks area, which ultimately tones up the inner thighs and produce aerobic workout effects.
Spread your legs shoulder-width apart. Put your hands on the waist and extend your right leg behind far behind your left leg.
Sit as if doing a squat with your left knee bent close to 90 degrees. Keep your back straight and remain firm to hold the posture. Then switch over to your right leg and repeat it in the same way. 3 sets of 20.
Effect: Thigh training stimulates the calves and ankles, which makes the lower body become thin and the hips more flexible.
Sit on the floor and bend your knees so that your feet on both sides come near your thighs. The feet needs to face downward on the floor.
Breathe while bending the upper body back and putting your elbows against the floor. Stretch your arms on both sides next to the head and hold each other’s elbows. Maintain this posture for 30 seconds and slowly raise your upper body by grabbing onto your ankles.
Don’t wait until summer to start working out, or else you’ll regret it! Summer is just around the corner, ladies!
Credits: Allure Korea
Editor – Kim Ji Hoo
Photographer – Park Ja Wook, Shim Kyu Bo
Model – Ray Yang
Hair – Shim Soo Hyun
Makeup – Kwak Hye Ryung
Assistant – Jo Suh Jin