I absolutely love this move. I’m serious, it’s my favorite.

The first time I did these, I was so sore. And it’s not because I didn’t do jumping exercises or work my legs. It’s because I had been neglecting hip dominant strength.

A lot of emphasis gets put on squats and lunges in exercise programs and sometimes the hamstrings are forgotten. But leg curls alone won’t cut it. Your hamstrings have two movement functions- knee flexion and hip extension.

Single leg deadlift jumps work the upper part of your hamstrings, where your leg connects with your butt. I think a lot of women are self conscious of this area and although this move alone won’t make any fat there go away, it will build muscle on the upper part of your hamstring.

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I’ve noticed that with working leg muscles, my cellulite diminishes. Whether that’s from burning fat that I did have there or building muscle that tightens the area is to be debated. But it works. So, more motivation to hit those legs!

How to:

  • Keep your standing leg straight with knee slightly bent
  • Hinge forward at the hips, keeping your back straight and chest forward
  • Use your hamstrings and glutes on your standing leg to pull yourself back up to standing and jump up
  • Repeat!

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How to:

  • Keep your standing leg straight with knee slightly bent
  • Hinge forward at the hips, keeping your back straight and chest forward
  • Use your hamstrings and glutes on your standing leg to pull yourself back up to standing and jump up
  • Repeat!

Notes:

  • Keep your back straight. You’re hinging at the hips, not rounding your back

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