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The Best Exercises To Sculpt Your Legs, Straight From A Ballerina

The lean, sculpted legs of ballerinas are beyond enviable, but for those of us who can’t dedicate hours to the craft (or are just really clumsy), graceful stems can seem out of reach. That’s where these leg toning exercises come in. We tapped former professional ballerina Mary Helen Bowers, the founder of Ballet Beautiful—a cult-favorite workout studio in New York City with celeb devotees—to break down the best moves for your legs. (She also trained Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan.)

These ballet-inspired moves target your inner and outer thighs to reap maximum benefits, creating lean muscle without adding bulk. “Toning the outer thighs keeps the legs long and lean and the butt lifted and toned,” explains Bowers. Inner thigh exercises, she adds, are crucial to a dancer’s daily training. “I look at inner thigh exercises like brushing my teeth—a little every day is a must for me!”

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