Kick up your leg routine with this variation of a weighted squat. You'll not only work your thighs and buttocks, but you'll get a great shoulder and biceps workout too. Start with light dumbbells because you will be doing a lot of repetitions.
1. Grasp a 3- to 5-pound dumbbell in each hand and stand on your left leg. Bend your right knee, resting the ball of your right foot on the floor slightly in front of you. Bend both arms to a 90-degree angle, with your palms facing you. Raise your right arm up until your right elbow is at shoulder level. Move your left arm down until your left hand is near your left hip.
2. Now bend your left knee and sit back, keep your left heel pressing into the floor. Simultaneously, raise your left arm until your elbow is at shoulder level. Move your right arm down until your hand is near your right hip. Pause, return to the start position and repeat 16 times. Switch legs and repeat on the other side.
Voight is the creator of a line of fitness DVDs, including "Full Body Stretch" and "Ballet BodySculpt."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun