Are You Ready for Skinny White Jeans?

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This is my go-to exercise for shaping the hips and thighs. The 4-part plie
is the ultimate multi-tasker for toning the inner and outer thighs, firming the glutes and flattening the belly. And there’s more: the beauty of it is that you can do it at the kitchen counter while you’re waiting for your coffee in the morning, your microwave at lunch or your pasta water at dinner.

As you’ll see in the video, there are 4-parts to the plie:
•10 full range of motion
•10 pulses up and down
•10 pelvic tilts
•10 pulses pushing the knees back, holding the pelvic tilt.

When you do each part correctly, you can literally feel all your muscles tightening up. Do two or three of them every other day and the next time you go to zip us those skinny white jeans, they should slip right on.


  • Joan Pagano has specialized in strength training for women since 1988 – training, teaching, and writing books on the subject, including Strength Training Exercises for Women (DK, 2014). When the health benefits of strength training started making headlines in the 1990s, and in particular how weight training could protect the bones and prevent osteoporosis, it was a natural segue for her. At that time, Joan was developing and delivering fitness training guidelines for osteoporosis to national audiences of exercise professionals. Currently Joan is recognized by the industry as a leading authority on exercise program design for osteoporosis. She is certified as an Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is on the Ambassadors Leadership Council for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Visit Joan at:

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