A hand full of Pennies can equal toned legs at LA FitnessIf you are looking for an exercise that tightens, tones and strengthens your legs, all while increasing your body’s ability to perform functional movements, then Penny Pickers are perfect for you. This exercise doesn’t require weights in order to leave your legs feeling worked and fatigued, and since it mimics the proper way to pick something up off the ground it is the ultimate functional movement. You will work your thighs (quads and hamstring muscles), as well as your calves and butt (glute muscles).

Here are the steps and some helpful tips to properly perform Penny Pickers.

  1. From a standing position take a small step forward; the same as you would if you were casually walking along.
  2. Before taking another step, bend at the knees while reaching down as if you were going to pick up a penny off of the ground.
  3. Be sure to use a slow and controlled movement.
  4. After you touch the ground, stand back up, step forward with the other foot and repeat.
  • Tip: Make sure you do not bend at the waist.
  • Tip: Make sure to keep your shoulders upright while maintaining good posture
  • Tip: Make sure you reach to the side of your forward foot.
  • Tip: Do not sit or rest your bum (glutes) on your back foot.
  • Tip: Actually place pennies on the ground to truly mimic and practice this functional movement.

How many penny pickers should you do?

–  Do as many as you can until they become difficult and you feel your legs fatigue. Then rest for 60 to 90 seconds and do them again for 3 to 5 sets.

Plus…When you see a penny, pick it up! Then all day you will have good luck. 🙂

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