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Karlie Kloss works hard to keep in shape, and we really mean hard.
Although NYC was hit with a mammoth winter snow storm last week, it didn’t stop the VS mode from heading outside to do a workout to tone those hips, glutes and thighs of hers.
The 25-year-old supermodel posted a video on Instagram of her demonstrating skaters on a slideboard smack-bang in the middle of a deserted street covered in a thick layer of snow.
While we shiver just thinking about how cold the weather looks, Kloss makes it look easy AF.
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Emily Samuel, a certified personal trainer at Dogpound (the celeb-favourite gym where Kloss trains), explains to SELF that skaters are the perfect move to warm up and get those hips and thighs burning.
“I try to incorporate lateral movements [like skaters] into every single workout.
“People don’t do as many lateral movements as they should, and your muscles are three-dimensional, so you want to work them from all angles.”
And while skaters target your lower-body, they’re also the perfect move to improve coordination and balance (probably explains how Kloss manages to confidently strut down the catwalk without stacking it).
But you don’t need a slideboard, or any equipment as a matter of fact, to do skaters. NYC-based certified personal trainer and run coach, Natalie Johnston, demonstrates three exercise to SELF that will make you a pro-skater in no time – snow or no snow.
1. Lateral lunge to single leg balance
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes forward.
- Take a big step to the side with your right foot. Keeping your left leg straight, bend your right knee and hinge forward slightly at the hips, pushing your butt back into a lunge. Really sink into the lunge here, engaging your glutes.
- Keep your chest lifted and core tight.
- Push through your right heel to stand up straight and bring your right leg to centre, keeping your knee in front of your body so that you’re balancing on your left leg. Hold here for just a few seconds before stepping back out into another lunge.
- Do 10 lunges on your right leg before switching to your left. Do 10 lunges on your left leg.
2. Lateral Hops
- Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart and bend your knees.
- Tightening your abs, hop side to side, pushing off forcefully with the foot that’s leaving the ground.
- Once you land, pause for 2 seconds, tightening your glutes before hopping to the next leg.
- Begin with smaller hops. Do 10 on each side.
- Once you feel comfortable and stable here, transition to wider hops, adding an extra 18 inches to each hop. Do 10 on each side.
3. Speed skaters
- Stand tall with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart.
- Hop to the right, landing on your right foot and following with your left.
- Take another hop to the right, then take two hops back to the left for 1 rep.
- Continue, alternating sides, for 20 reps.
- Build speed only when you feel completely stable in your landing.