There are lots of aerobic exercise equipment that you can use to help develop your hips and thighs.
You don't have to turn to intimidating exercise machines to help sculpt and define a pair of shapely legs or carve out a curvy butt. There are plenty of simple pieces of equipment lying around an aerobics studio, or available to buy from a store, that will help you to develop your hips and thighs. Whether you're looking for visual results or just to strengthen and stretch, a few key components are all you need to get the job done.
Burn Baby Burn
Exercise can be classified as either aerobic or anaerobic. Aerobic exercise increases your respiration and heart rate, building physical endurance. Anaerobic exercise builds your muscles and physical strength. When you perform aerobic exercise, your muscles will use oxygen to burn fat and carbohydrates for fuel. When you perform anaerobic exercise, your muscles only burn carbohydrates for energy.
Step Up to the Plate
A raised platform or box, such as an aerobic step, can be used for alternate leg push-off exercises and box jumps. A set of simple resistance bands or cables can be used with an exercise partner for standing rows, triceps extensions and standing hip abduction or adduction movements. Cones can be placed on the floor for jumps, lateral shuffles, step routines and any running drills that will make you feel the burn in your thighs.
The Ball's in Your Court
A stability ball can be used to perform reverse extensions, which are ideal for your butt and hips. Other stability ball exercises to consider include the shoulder glute bridge and hamstring curl, which will tone and shape your thighs. Wall squats are performed by resting a stability ball against a wall and using the ball for balance as you perform a squat. This is another excellent equipment-assisted exercise that will help you to develop both your hips and thighs at the same time.
Take Your Medicine
A small weighted ball called a medicine ball can be used to perform an overhead throw to a workout partner, or a lunge to chest pass, which involves throwing the ball to your partner while performing a lunge. You can also use a medicine ball to perform a lunge while pressing the ball over your head. This exercise can be done in a stationary position or while walking a few steps and twisting the ball from side to side as you go.
Raising the Bar
Hand weights and a barbell can be used to add resistance to some simple exercises designed to work your hips and thighs. For example, dumbbells can make a squat more challenging, while adding a weighted or non-weighted barbell to a forward lunge will have the same effect. A barbell can also be used to perform a barbell deadlift, as well as a single or double-arm barbell jammer, which involves lifting the barbell from one end with one or both arms from a squatting position.