6 Thigh Exercises for Thighs Like a Dancer

These are my favorite 6 thigh exercises for thighs that are toned and lean. If you want 6 thigh exercises for thighs like a dancer this is it!

These are my favorite 6 thigh exercises for thighs that are toned and lean. If you want 6 thigh exercises for thighs like a dancer this is it! ohsweetbasil.com

{All photos taken by the talented Luke Isley. Please check out the amazing dancers on his site. I’m blown away by them} And now onto 6 thigh exercises.

We are a fan of trying to be healthy and strong and since starting at Cardio Barre with these lovely trainers above I have noticed that these 6 moves for thighs like a dancer do work and change your legs and glutes completely. I’ve never been so toned and tight and I can’t wait to get it back!

These are my favorite 6 thigh exercises for thighs that are toned and lean. If you want 6 thigh exercises for thighs like a dancer this is it! ohsweetbasil.com

It’s always best to start with a light warm up. you could do a 5 or 1o minute jog, jumping jacks, or just dance to some music. Please consult a dr before doing any of these moves and remember two things:

1~Keeping your bellybutton pulled into your spine will help to strengthen your abs while working out

2~ Don’t worry about height and not being able to do all the reps as much as doing the move the best you can and start with lower reps, pushing as hard as you can until you can move up to all the reps. You’ll get better with time.

Most of us don’t have a barre at home, so whether you do this at the gym with a barre or in your home at the counter top you can still get great results. 

6 Thigh Exercises

Perform this short thigh series 3-6 times a week for beautifully shaped thighs.

These are my favorite 6 thigh exercises for thighs that are toned and lean. If you want 6 thigh exercises for thighs like a dancer this is it! ohsweetbasil.com

1. Straight Leg Extension: 32 reps each side

Place your hands on the counter top or hold onto the barre and while keeping your arms and legs straight, bend over at the waist for a flat back. Lift your left leg straight behind you, toes pointed and belly button to spine. Lift and lower the leg a few inches (do not take your toes to touch the floor, this is a small movement) making sure that you are using your thighs and glutes and not your back to lift. Do 32 reps on each side.

2. Angled Leg Extension : 32 reps each side

Extend your leg out, level with your back, but pointed at the corner of the room so it’s at an angle. Point your toes and pull the bellybutton into your spine. Lift and lower the leg only a few inches for a total of 32 reps (up and down is one rep) on each side.

3. Touch Down Toe Lift: 32 reps each side

 Extend the leg directly behind you and level with your back. Point your toes and pull the belly button to spine then slowly lower the leg until the toe touches the floor and lift back up. 32 reps on each side.

 These are my favorite 6 thigh exercises for thighs that are toned and lean. If you want 6 thigh exercises for thighs like a dancer this is it! ohsweetbasil.com

 4. Leg Lifts: 32 reps each side

Sit on the mat, leaning back onto your right forearm with your left knee bent, up on your toes next to your bum. Extend the right leg out, point the toe and lift and lower the leg for 32 reps. Repeat on the other side.

These are my favorite 6 thigh exercises for thighs that are toned and lean. If you want 6 thigh exercises for thighs like a dancer this is it! ohsweetbasil.com

5. Flex Foot Leg Lift: 32 reps each side

Sit up tall with your legs straight out in front of you. Stretch your arms toward your toes and then fall over to the floor on the right side so you are bent in half. Flex both feet and lift the top leg up and down for 32 reps then repeat on the other side. Want to really work that outer thigh? Angle your toes down to the ground and lift and lower with food still flexed.

These are my favorite 6 thigh exercises for thighs that are toned and lean. If you want 6 thigh exercises for thighs like a dancer this is it! ohsweetbasil.com

6. Bent Knee Crossover: 32 reps

Bent knee and up on your toes for this one. Cross the other leg back and forth over the shin bone engaging and

working the inner thigh. Pretend like you are playing the violin with your legs. Make sure your toes are pointed and do 32 reps on each side.

More Workouts From Home

 

Ab Workout

No matter what is going on in life everyone can spare ten minutes for a quick ab workout. I especially love this one. 

ab workout on ohsweetbasil.com that's kicking my abs into shape!

Glutes Workout

It’s time to get that booty lifted and tight and this is the way I’m going to do it for the next 3 months. 

I've been doing these 5 moves to tone the booty and I cannot believe how much they work! I've never been so tone! ohsweetbasil.com

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Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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20 comments on “6 Thigh Exercises for Thighs Like a Dancer”

  1. I am so thankful I found your blog! 
    I have picked out next weeks menu with 5 different recipes and can’t wait to try them! Tonight I made the Tex-Mex tenders with garlicky avocado dipping sauce…delicious.
    Thank you!

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  3. I love your site! Thankfully someone pinned this to Pinterest or I never would have found it. I’ve always loved ballet style workouts, but never thought I would actually be able to do them (no dance experience) and even better, I’m able to do them at home! The pictures and detailed instructions are very clear and so helpful. My brother and dad are always telling me I need to start going to the gym with them, but I knew I wouldn’t stick with working out unless it was doing something I enjoyed; this is that! Thanks so much:) You’ve made me one happy girl!

  4. Just found your site and enjoying the content. Look forward to more visits.

  5. Thank you for some inspirational workouts. It really got my abs burning. One question regarding the barre exercise which is new to me: In the second picture the lady has her leg lifted quite high, how is this reflected in the 3 barre exercises?
    As I read it the starting point for the 2 first exercises are a lifted leg level with the back and small movements up and down and for the third exercise you bring the leg down from back level. What am I missing?

    • Hi Elisabeth, so you start at back level and then for leg lifts you lift the leg above back level and back down to level, but she’s so flexible when she lifts her leg it’s quite high. That’s not what most people look like. When you touch the floor and bring the leg back up most people can only lift as high as their back, but you should aim to lift higher and higher so you are always using your glute and thigh to achieve maximum results. You’ll be surprised how quickly you start to keep the leg really straight and lift it higher. Good luck and please come back with any questions!

      • Thank you for your swift reply.
        I used to do pilates and was very flexible. I’m looking forward to getting into this new routine and gain some flexibility back. Looking at the picture just now I realize that I did this exercise wrong as I was trying to keep my pelvis lateral instead of twisting into a more vertical position like she does here. This should also make it a lot easier to lift higher.
        It was tough to get through this many reps, but I’m sure it’ll pay off.
        Again: thank you 🙂

  6. Great recipes and a great workout! I did ballet barre a couple of times and loved it but classes are SO expensive. Thanks for this workout I can do right at home!

  7. I LOVE this!!! Getting to the gym is so hard right now with a toddler and breastfed newborn so I am relying on home workouts more and more.

  8. LOVE this! Thank you for posting it! I’ve been wanting to do some moves to tone those exact areas. Thanks for the info and inspiration! I really do love that you teach moderation and healthy living. It’s the only way to go!

  9. Don’t be afraid to post more fitness pieces! It is so refreshing to find a blog that seems to incorporate both fitness and nutrition in a very level-headed moderate way. Not falling into crazy diets, cleanses, 1 week boot camps, etc. I think what we need more and more of are examples moderation, consistency, and inspiration – and that is what you seem to be doing here. Keep up the good work!

    • Kristen, thank you sooooo much! I’ve been back and forth about posting more about fitness and how I try to stay balanced in all areas of life but I wasn’t sure how it would be received. Thank you for your sweet comment!!

  10. LOVE me some cardio barre!!! beautiful ladies!! (and love oh, sweet basil creations!)