I am an exercise video star!

Happy (cold and rainy if you are in DC) Monday! I hope you all aren’t too bummed to be back at work after the holiday.

…Because I know I am! But I mean really, how could I not be bummed when yesterday was spent like this:



I know. I’m totally jealous of me, too. Sigh.

Anyway, back to business!

So last week I got an email from a reader asking for some lateral (side to side) leg movement exercise ideas:


Dear Anne,
I really enjoy your strength exercise posts!  I am looking for something to spice up my gym routine.  I find I do a lot of leg flexion and extension, but I get very little lateral movement in my workouts.  Can you suggest something I can do, maybe that would work in the confined space of the gym (i.e. not running side to side).  I do side leg lifts lying down on my side, but anything else?

So I came up with two great moves, and thought this would be the perfect time for my blog video debut! He he. But in case you want pictures to refer to as well, here is my usual format to kick things off:


#1: Lateral Leg Circles

I learned this move in one of my Pilates classes and I love it. It looks easy, but it isn’t! Give it a try :)


1) Kneel on a mat or soft surface with your left knee. Place your left hand on the ground and your right hand behind your head. Lift your right leg straight out.


2) Slowly, with control, start making small circle movements with your lifted leg. Complete 10 circles going forward, and 10 going backwards.

3) Switch sides and repeat using the other leg!


#2: Lateral Leg Lunge

This is another great lateral move to do in a confined space. It’s a nice twist on the usual squat/lunge.


1) Start standing with your feet about hip distance apart.


2) Lift one leg out and lunge to that side, keeping your other leg straight.


3) Come back to your neutral position (see picture with #1).

4) Repeat on other side.


5) Continue to lunge on alternating sides, doing as many reps as you can!


So are you ready for the instructional video?? :)

I filmed it yesterday down in Tampa. Enjoy! (and please disregard the awkward pause at the beginning while I wait for my mom to give me the “it’s on” thumbs up… yeah, I’m so professional!)


Have a great rest of your day! :)


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    Yayyy! You did great, no worries the beginning wasn’t as awkward as you think. Nice exercises, my mom would literally do the first one every once in a while watching TV! Simple but effective. :)

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    YESS!! :) Thanks for the prompt and awesome response! I will get right on it and report back! :)

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    haha shut up turner, you love it ;) -A

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    Okay, so I am slightly jealous of you at the beach (even though I live close enough to it)! Going back to work today was definitely hard!

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    Love the video! Great job :)

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    You could totally be one of those Reader Fitness Models in Shape. I’m gonna submit you ;)

    I want to watch your video! Stupid work. I’ll be watching tonight at home though! (that came out creepy…haha)

    Lol love it ;) p.s. you started a new blog?!?! YESSSSS. Now we just need to get Ari to! – Anne

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    AHHHHH! I love it!

    booo to the cold and rainy. Cold and cloudy here! no rain yet…I’m waiting. :(

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    I know!! Why is DC’s weather so COLD right now!? Definitely not a nice welcome back to the city…

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    I heard that person “Kris” who emailed Anne is really hott

    Lol, Hi Hunter! ;) – A

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    hehe you are famous!

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