ELLE CANADA | THE BEST TIME TO GET A FACIAL IS RIGHT NOW

IF YOU HAVE FACIAL TENSION, HEADACHES, PUFFINESS IN YOUR FACE, SINUS CONGESTION, VISIBLE SIGNS OF AGING OR STRESS SHOWING UP ON YOUR FACE - YOU MAY BENEFIT FROM THE FACE FIX.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: https://www.ellecanada.com/beauty/skincare/the-best-time-to-get-a-facial-is-fall/

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OUR THE[FIX] RECAP DURING TIFF

Every year during TIFF we pop-up so that celebrities can enjoy a quick reprieve from the hustle and bustle of TIFF. All proceeds go to charity and this year we are supporting health programs in Africa through WE charity. 

We partnered with some amazing Canadian brands we know celebrities would love and need - especially during TIFF. This year we are featured Massiel Made’s glow mist, Sade Baron’s balm, MIURA Japanese Iced coffee, The Fix + co. green juice and immunity shots, Hyatt hair jewellery [handcrafted in Calgary], Canadian Ungava gin, our signature tiff candy mix, Fresca sparkling water and the dr. Liza flat. Calgary based Sugar + Flair provided custom gluten-free cookies.

We were thrilled to have so many stop by for a good cause. The green juices from The Fix + co. were hugely popular with celebrities like Ellen Page, London Brown and Imogen Poots. London Brown said he felt fixed after downing an immunity shot. Stars like Jessica Biel, Kristen Stewart, Hugo Weaving and Felicity Jones snagged some the[fix] candy while Gael García Bernal, Priyanka Chopra and Cynthia Erivo opted for the[fix] balm. Wesley Snipes and the cast of Harriet grabbed loved Sade Baron’s awesome balms while Julia Stiles and Kasi Lemmons flocked towards Massiel Made’s glow mist.

Keke Palmer, Kristin Booth, Priyanka Chopra and Cynthia Erivo were given the gift of comfort and style with dr. Liza shoes. Emmanuel Kabongo loved MIURA’s japanese coffee so much that he came back for a case. The stars loved MIURA’s metal straws and rummaged through bags to find the last ones.

Neve Campbell and Cynthia Erivo’s hair stylists loved the beautiful HYATT hair clips while Antonio Banderas l the cast of Hustlers loved their custom cookies from Sugar and Flair. The stars we wowed by the minis of Canadian Ungava gin and took some to enjoy later in the evening. They also grabbed some cans of Fresca to mix. The black cherry was by far the most popular!

Here are just some of the stars that signed our board:

  • Zazie Beetz

  • Jessica Biel

  • Kristin Booth

  • Neve Campbell

  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas

  • Rosario Dawson

  • Jamie Dornan

  • Cynthia Erivo

  • Gael García Bernal

  • Heather Graham

  • Lucas Hedges

  • Charlie Hunnam

  • Michael B. Jordan

  • Keegan-Michael Key

  • Emmanuel Kabongo

  • Nicole Kidman

  • Shia LaBeouf

  • Josh Lucas

  • The Lumineers

  • Matt Murray

  • Ellen Page

  • Imogen Poots

  • Eddie Redmayne

  • Wesley Snipes

  • Kristen Stewart

  • Julia Stiles

  • Hugo Weaving

Stay tuned for the auction for WE Charity!

TORONTO STAR READERS' CHOICE AWARDS | BEST CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC, BEST MASSAGE THERAPY AND BEST FOOT CARE NOMINATIONS

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WE ARE THRILLED TO BE NOMINATED IN 4 CATEGORIES FOR THE TORONTO STARS READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS FOR 2019. WE WOULD SO LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOUR VOTES. YOU CAN VOTE BELOW AND VOTING IS OPEN UNTIL OCT 14, 2019.

BEST CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC - the[fix]

BEST MASSAGE THERAPY - the[fix]

BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST - Michelle Graham

BEST FOOT CARE - Dr. Liza

THANK YOU!!



The Social | These dance moves will help improve your hip mobility

There’s a reason why standing desks have replaced standard ones in some offices. Our technology may be getting smarter, however we’re becoming more sedentary (whether screen time or work settings are to blame for this is a separate discussion). Some sources even claim that prolonged sitting is just as bad for our health as smoking.

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Statistics show that, on average, Canadian adults spend 10 hours of their waking time sitting. This is a growing concern because there’s definitely a downside to sitting down for too long or too much. Here are five negative effects of sedentary behaviour:

Shorter life span

When you sit or lie down, it counts as physical inactivity, which we all know is terrible for our overall health. But research has shown that your one-hour daily sweat sesh doesn’t matter as much as what you do for majority of your day. A 2017 study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that regardless of whether or not you regularly exercise, sitting for uninterrupted, long periods of time increases your risk of an early death from any cause. Other research reveals that decreasing your sitting time by just three hours can add two years to your life.

Higher risk of cardiovascular disease

Heart health is important, so taking steps to prevent cardiovascular disease is always a good idea. But not taking enough literal (foot)steps can be doing some major damage to your health. Studies have shown a link between sedentary behaviour and cardiovascular health. One study in particular says that sitting for a total of more than 10 hours a day increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Higher risk of dementia

Dementia refers to a group of symptoms caused by brain disorders. Symptoms may include memory loss, as well as difficulties with thinking and problem-solving, which can affect one’s ability to do everyday tasks. Research suggests that sedentary behaviour plays as much of a role in increasing the risk of dementia as genetic factors.

Higher risk of Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that can cause serious complications in various parts of the body. A study that involved 794,577 participants was published in the journal Diabetologia revealing that those who regularly sit for long durations double their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Higher risk of disability

We often take advantage of having the ability to perform mundane tasks such as getting out of bed or taking a shower. But regular prolonged sitting can affect our physical abilities in the future. “Each hour spent sitting could raise the risk of having trouble with tasks like dressing and eating regardless of physical activity levels, a study of people aged 60 and older suggests,” the CBC reports.

Lucky for us, there are things we can do to combat the “sitting disease”. In the video above, manual osteopath, Dr. Liza Egbogah, shares some fun stretches you can do to increase hip mobility, which like many parts of the body, is affected when we sit longer than we’re supposed to.

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Please note that as of August 22, 2019 the[fix] no longer accepts Sunlife plan members for insurance submission until further notice. Please note that if you are a Sunlife member you are welcome to come to the[fix] but your claim cannot be be accepted.

The Social | A five-minute yoga routine that will help you feel your best

It sounds too good to be true, but Manual osteopath Liza Egbogah proves it’s possible!

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Spring is here which means it’s time to ditch the layers, shake off the winter blues and get moving. Manual Osteopath Liza Egbogah has a workout routine that will be sure to get you into shape in just five minutes.

It’s all about consistency with this workout and doing it every day. We all know that there are tremendous benefits that go along with a regular exercise routine such as less pain, better overall health, improved mobility and an improved mood, and this routine does just that.

So, how will these poses help?

These five yoga poses are proven to target all major stabilizer muscles in the body that you would typically focus on in the gym, which lead to better posture, improved appearance and less stress on the body. Each of the poses in this session help to increase endorphins which are the natural feel good chemicals in your body. They also help to reduce cortisol levels – which is the hormone associated with stress. Because the routine also helps to improve your posture it means that you will have lasting positive effects on your mood beyond the 5 minute routine. Research has shown that just 30 minutes of good posture can improve your mood while 20 minutes of poor posture is enough to leave you feeling down.

BOW PULLING POSE

HOW-T0

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Inhale, shift your weight onto your right foot, and lift your left heel toward your left buttock as you bend the knee. Press the head of your right thigh bone back, deep into the hip joint, and pull the knee cap up to keep the standing leg straight and strong.

  2. Try to keep your torso relatively upright and reach back with your left hand and grasp the outside of your left foot or ankle so that your finger tips are on the outer part of the ankle.

  3. Begin to lift your left foot up, away from the floor, and back, away from your torso and kick it towards the ceiling. Extend the left thigh behind you and parallel to the floor. Stretch your right arm forward, in front of your torso, parallel to the floor.

  4. Stay in the pose for 20 to 30 seconds. Then release the grasp on the foot, place the left foot back onto the floor, and repeat for the same length of time on the other side.

BENEFITS

This move opens up the chest and hips which has been proven to reduce cortisol [stress hormones] levels meaning you’ll feel better and also helps to improve your posture.

 

TRIANGLE POSE

HOW-TO

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, shoulder blades wide and palms down.

  2. Turn your left foot in slightly to the right and your right foot out to the right 90 degrees. Line up the right heel with the left heel. Firm your thighs and turn your right thigh outward, so that the center of the right knee cap is in line with the center of the right ankle.

  3. Extend your torso to the right directly over the right leg, bending from the hip. Rotate the torso to the left, keeping the two sides equally long. Rest your right hand on your shin, ankle, or the floor outside your right foot. Stretch your left arm toward the ceiling, in line with the tops of your shoulders. Turn your head it to the left looking up at your left hand.

  4. Stay in this pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Inhale to come up, strongly pressing the back heel into the floor and reaching the top arm toward the ceiling. Reverse the feet and repeat for the same length of time to the left.

BENEFITS

Triangle pose is so intense that it acts as a cardiovascular workout. It takes work from a large number of muscles and some serious balance to hold this pose which results in a serious calorie burn. You’ll really feel the sweat. You’ll also come out of it feeling better and more aligned.

 

HEAD TO TOE POSE

HOW-TO

  1. Bring your feet together and raise your arms above head. Interlock your fingers and release the pointer fingers [steeple grip]. Step your right leg out about 4 feet towards the right. Turn your right foot out 90 degrees and do same with torso, hips, arms, and head.

  2. Rotate left foot in about 45 degrees to keep hips squared forward. Tuck your chin into your chest while maintaining straightened arms and legs. Round down from the hips until your forehead touches your right knee. If your hamstrings or back is tight you can bend your right leg until your forehead touches the knee.

  3. Keep your arms and left leg straight, and if you need help balancing, separate your hands and place them on the floor. Keep your forehead on the right knee making sure your hips are square to the floor. Try to hold this position for 20-30 seconds.

  4. Repeat on left side by turning once to face forward and then turning again to face left leg

BENEFITS

This pose is great for boosting metabolism and improving your mood. By compressing your thyroid when you bring your head to your knee, you are stimulating it and improving your metabolism. The rush of blood to your head is also great for your mood while the overall stretch helps to create alignment.

 

PLANK POSE

HOW-TO

  1. The plank is one of the best core workouts you can do to improve your posture. Since you are working many of your large stabilizer muscles with this exercise you are also getting a cardiovascular boost.

  2. Start from standing and then bring your hands to the ground in front of you. Inhale and draw your torso forward until the arms are perpendicular to the floor and the shoulders directly over the wrists, torso parallel to the floor.

  3. Press your outer arms inward and firm the bases of your index fingers into the floor. Firm your shoulder blades against your back then spread them away from the spine.

  4. Press your front thighs up toward the ceiling, but resist your tailbone toward the floor as you lengthen it toward the heels. Your back should be flat like a plank board.

BENEFITS

This pose engages your abdominal muscles for a serious burn. Try to stay in the plank for 1 minute.

 

CAT CAMEL

HOW-TO

  1. Kneel down on all fours with your hands directly underneath your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips. Round your upper back while pressing your shoulders forward and looking down. This is your starting or cat position.

  2. Pause, then slightly arch your back while looking up towards the ceiling to a slow count of 5. Return to starting position and repeat 5 times


BENEFITS

Cat camel is a great mobilizing pose that will help reduce stress hormones and increase endorphins which are feel good chemicals in your body. It will also help correct an anterior pelvic tilt posture [where your stomach sticks out] from too much time sitting.


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etalk | Myofascial Release Facial

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Dr. Liza shared one of our favourite celebrity treatments with etalk’s Chloe Wilde. Using a combination of myofascial release and innovative tools the face fix create a natural face lift, enviable glow, jawline and cheekbone definition, and improved clarity to the skin. The full treatment lasts approximately 60 minutes and primarily consists of a proprietary face massage. Here’s a snippet of the treatment below.

WELL+GOOD | SWEAR TO GOD, THIS FACIAL GAVE ME BETTER POSTURE

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Serving me tea in her airy suite at Chicago’s Four Seasons hotel, Liza Egbogah, BSc, DC, DOMP, a Toronto-based myofascial release expert, floats around in a gauzy white dress that highlights the sort of angelic, fairy godmother glow she bequeaths to the complexions of stars like Yara Shahidi, Sally Hawkins, and Amanda Brugel. It’s not just her otherworldly manners and presentation that warrant the attention—it all started a year into her decade of practice when clients started to report surprising side effects after myofascial release appointments.

“Not only did they feel better, but also looked markedly younger and more refreshed. An actor had come in for back pain, but when he returned to set his co-stars asked if he had work done because he looked like he just took 10 years off,” she shares. Though the promise of a fountain-of-youth facial surely caught my attention, I’ve come to discuss rumors that her aforementioned treatment is actually helping clients to sit straighter, stand taller, and reverse the dreaded “cashew” shape that spending hours slouched over a keyboard can create. “Posture is greatly affected by receptors in the joints and muscles in your upper neck region,” explains the facialist who’s gained a reputation for her magic fingers and signature Face Lift Facial. Here’s what to know about the posture-enhancing facial, and how to replicate the sit-straighter results at home.

Want to give this treatment a try? Book a myofascial release visit with Dr. Liza

Introducing the dr. Liza bootie

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The dr. Liza bootie is the most comfortable ankle boot you will ever own. With all the signature elements of the dr. Liza sneaker pump and expert Brazilian craftsmanship, you will not want to take these off. The generous toe box and ankle opening mean that whether your feet and/or ankles are wide or narrow these will be a perfect fit. The rubber sole means that you can wear this beautiful ankle boot all year while the beautiful silhouette make it great for running around, an evening out or even a black tie event.

Dr. Liza designed these booties for everyone. Whether you have arthritis, ‘horrible feet’, plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammer toes, large ankles, wide feet, narrow feet etc, you’ll be able to wear these comfortably. In fact you may never want to wear another pair of shoes again.

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the[fix] pop-up during TIFF 2018 - a recap

Thank you to dr. Liza shoes, Alicia Nikole, Absolut Lime, Shiseido, Station Cold Brew coffee and The Fix + Co. for sponsoring the[fix] pop-up during this years Toronto International Film Festival. This year all proceeds will be going to help settle Nigerian refugees in Toronto. The pop-up was a huge hit and most of the stars visiting Toronto during the first 5 days of TIFF stopped by to sign our charity board and many took home some swag.

Monica Belluci was so in love with Alicia’s Nikole’s jade roller that she even asked if she could buy one. Of course we were honoured to gift it to her. All the makeup artists and stylists went crazy for the jade roller and Kit Harrington’s makeup artist used the roller on him right before his photoshoot with Getty. Thandie Newton, Abbie Cornish, Julia Roberts, Elle Fanning, Christian Slater, Issa Rae, Matthias Schoneaerts, Billy Howle, the TIFF rising stars, Sara Paxton, Yara Shahidi, Dev Patel, Jason Issacs and Selma Hayek were just some of the celebs that took home the coveted Jade roller and Shiseido’s new eye definer.

Station Cold Brew coffee was a big hit with actors like Billy Howle returning for the cold brew that they enjoyed last year. The TIFF rising stars enjoyed the assortment of flavours while Divine Brown was a huge fan of the Mocha. 

The stars were thrilled to get a healthy boost that was actually delicious thanks to The Fix + Co. Christian Slater, Sara Paxton, London Brown, Michael K Williams were just a few of the stars that enjoyed a boost of vitamins during the busy festival. 

Issa Rae, Gillian Jacobs, Yara + Keri Shahidi, Cynthia Erivo, Kristin Booth, Divine Brown and Sara Paxton were some of the beautiful actresses who fell in love with the dr. Liza pump. The chilli red, nude and blush pink were definitely the favourites and some actually changed right into their new comfortable heels for the rest of the day.


What seemed to be the biggest hit this year was the candy. Dev Patel returned several times to enjoy treats from the signature candy bar while Elle Fanning snuck in some candies and double bubble. The kids [big and little] of the fest were beyond ecstatic to receive an entire glass water bottle full of candy. The ever so sweet Matthias Schoenaerts returned several times to the candy bar before we finally handed him an entire bottle of candy.


Dr. Liza was on hand offering her signature myofascial release treatments. Actor Matt Murray took his shirt off to benefit fully from the treatment while Abbie Cornish got fixed in a gorgeous floral gown. Some of the A-listers booked their appointments in the comfort of their hotel suites to indulge in a full hour treatment. 

The absolut lime was a welcome surprise in the gift bag for many of the actors that said they would enjoy it later. Quincy Jones, Issa Rae, Cindy Sampson, Matt Murray, Emmanuel Kabongo, Jason Issacs and Dev Patel were some of the stars that took home the[fix] gift bag with absolut lime.

Here is a list of some of  the stars who stopped by:


Nicole Kidman

Olivia Munn

Keegan-Michael Key

Issa Rae

Jason Issacs

Chris Pine

Billy Howle

Monica Bellucci

Drew Scott

Matt Bomer

Maggie Gyllenhal

Chris Fulton

Geena Davis

Quincy Jones

Sara Paxton

Courtney B Vance

Kit Harrington

Cara DeLevingne

Yara Shahidi

Patrick Adams

Stephan James

Thandie Newton

Elizabeth Olsen

Steve Yeun

Elizabeth Debicki

Susan Sarandon

Mahershala Ali

Jesse Eisenberg

Sebastian Stan

Jasan Sudeikis

Michael Shannon

Lee Pace

Salma Hayek

Jamie Dornan

Brian Tyre Henry

Joel Edgerton

Mamoudou Athie

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Damson Idris

London Brown

Bradley Cooper

Christina Hendricks

the[fix] pop-up clinic during TIFF

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the[fix] is a celebrity favourite with an enviable roster of A-listers benefitting from some fixing. As such, it was only fitting that the[fix] would offer their own take on the gifting lounge where stars not only got some curated swag, but also get to indulge in some much needed care for the mind and body during the busy hustle and bustle of TIFF. Following the success of the inaugural the[fix] luxury treat in 2017, the[fix] returns with a pop-up where media and select stars are invited to relax, get fixed, raid the candy bar, enjoy a drink and take home some coveted swag.

Guests of the[fix] luxury retreat will be invited to select high heels from dr. Liza shoes’ comfortably stylish collection and take home a bag filled with a glass water bottle filled with candy, shiseido’s energy eye definer, celebrity make-up artist Alicia Nikole’s jade roller, the[fix] relax balm, station cold brew coffee, absolut lime and more.

While in the lounge, female guests can pick out a pair of the shockingly comfortable dr. Liza shoes to complement their personal style followed by a quick fix massage from the manual therapy experts at the[fix]. Celebrity makeup artist Alicia Nikole will be onsite offering a quick de-puffing face treatment that can be done over makeup.  Next, guests are invited to sign a charity board with all proceeds going to help Nigerian refugees. One of Toronto's top photographers will be on-site to capture the experience.

Follow along on Instagram by using the hashtag #thefixtiff

5 Exercises For A Natural Butt Lift

Sitting at a desk all day, or too much sitting in general, can lead to a flatter backside.

It's true!

While you're sitting, your glute muscles aren't working at all, and over time, they become weaker and elongated. In turn, the body "turns off" the glutes and begins relying on stronger muscles nearby, like those in your lower back and surrounding your knees, to pick up the slack. The bad news is that extra the extra stress on these body parts makes them more susceptible to injury especially in the knees and back. 

Our sedentary lifestyles mean more women are losing the definition between their thighs and their butt than ever before. They call it the ‘thut’ and it’s when the muscles on the back of a woman’s legs are undeveloped, leading the butt and thigh to appear as a single piece of anatomy. It just makes it look like your bum has dropped down into your leg and you lose that lift that a toned butt should have. 
 

So how can we save our butts from going flat? We need to learn to activate, or “wake up” your glute muscles, as well as stretch and release tight muscles that attach to the glutes through fascia and contribute to the flattening of your butt. 

 

There are exercises that actually help to build muscles in your glutes. 

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STANDING CLAM

Stand straight with your feet together. Engage your core muscles and bend forward so that you are almost parallel to the floor. Keeping your knees together bend your right knee to about 45 degrees. Lift the right leg  knee out until it is the same level as your hip, keeping the knee bent.  Lower to start position. Repeat this movement for 30 seconds, switch legs and perform movement on opposite leg for another 30 seconds.

 

WHAT IT DOES:
This is one of the best exercises your can do to strengthen your gluteus medius muscles which will help to round out your butt while working to also treat/prevent hip, back and knee pain.

 

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SUMO SQUAT

Start with your feet in a wide stance, toes pointed out as far as is comfortable. Keeping your back and spine in a neutral position, and torso upright, tighten your core. Bend the knees outwards so they remain over your ankles, and sit down with your butt into a squat position. Hold for 5 seconds and slowly come up to a count of 5. 

 

WHAT IT DOES:
The wider stance works to take the majority of the effort of squatting from your quadriceps and shift it into the glutes working your gluteus maximus which is the largest of the glute muscles. It also helps to open up your hips, which is helpful in activating your glutes and preventing back pain. Plus, as a bonus, it doesn't put too much stress on your lower back. 

 

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BRIDGE WITH BUTT LIFT

Lie flat on the floor on your back with your hands by your sides and your knees bent. Make sure your feet are flat on the ground and placed about hip width apart. Take one of your legs and straighten it so that your toes are pointing up towards the ceiling


Push through your heel, lift your hips off the floor while keeping your back straight. Breathe out as you perform this part of the motion and hold at the top for a second. Slowly bring your butt back down to the floor to complete the rep. Repeat

 

WHAT IT DOES: 
This exercise is a powerhouse for lifting the butt by strengthening the glutes while also targeting your obliques to give you a more defined waist line and stronger core. This will help to create lines between the waist and the glutes giving your butt better definition.

 

DOWNWARD DOG WITH LEG LIFT

Start from a standing position and walk your hands out in front of you so that your hands are slightly forward of your shoulders. Spread your palms and turn your toes under.


Exhale and lift your knees away from the floor. At first keep the knees slightly bent and the heels lifted away from the floor.  Then with an exhalation, push your top thighs back and stretch your heels onto or down toward the floor. Straighten your knees but be sure not to lock them. Inhale and lift your right leg up. Exhale and bring your foot to the floor.


WHAT IT DOES:
The downward dog position provides a great stretch for you hamstrings helping to minimize the appearance of the ‘thut’ [where the thigh and butt look continuous]. At the same time you are targeting your glute max in the lifted leg and glute med in the leg on the ground resulting in a rounded and lifted butt.

 

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EXTENDED HAND TO BIG TOE POSE

While standing, bring your leg up so that your thigh is parallel to the ground and your knee is bent to 90 degrees. Grab your big toe with your 2nd and 3rd fingers and your thumb. When you feel that you have your balance, kick your leg out to the side so that your leg is straight. The standing leg and the leg in front of you should both be straight and your hips should point forward. Bring your leg out to the side so that the inner thigh is facing the front of the room and try to bring your leg as high to the side as possible so that it is parallel to your body. Hold for 15-20 seconds and repeat on the other leg.

 

WHAT IT DOES:
This exercise strengthens the legs while seriously working the glutes. By doing this exercise you will not only build up your glute med muscles that give a crucial in creating lift but also stretching to help minimize the appearance of the ‘thut’.