Multitasking Move: Side Lunge to Leg Lift

I love strength training moves that work different areas of the body at once, and if you feel the same, this multitasking move has your name on it. It'll strengthen your quads, tone your outer thighs and bum, and work your upper body and back. Not only that, but this dynamic move will also get your heart rate up.


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  • Hold a five- to 10-pound medicine ball in both hands. If you don't have one, use a kettlebell or five-pound dumbbells.
  • Come into the starting position by standing with your legs wide. Lunge to the right, bending your right knee with your back flat, and hold the medicine ball in front of your right shin.
  • As you inhale, push off your right foot and come to stand, balancing on your left foot. At the same time, lift your arms overhead as you kick your right leg out to the side, engaging your outer thigh. Arch your torso slightly to the right to feel a nice stretch on the left side of your body.
  • Then slowly lower your right foot down, coming back to the starting position.
  • Do two sets of 12 to 15 reps on this side, and then switch and do two sets with the left knee bent.

Do you own a medicine ball? If not, this exercise might be the reason to get one.

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