How to… Get your thighs fit for a split skirt like Heidi Klum
22:44 GMT, 29 September 2012
Thigh's the limit: Heidi Klum
Supermodel Heidi Klum, right, embraced the trend for thigh-skimming split skirts at the Emmy Awards last week.
Although slightly more forgiving than hot pants, the style still requires ultra-toned upper legs.
This exercise, turning side-kicks, will help you achieve the look.
Before you start, stand on your right leg and turn your right toes out to the right.
Bend your right knee slightly, lifting your foot a little, and transfer your weight on to your right leg.
Lean your torso over to the right side – this will help you counterbalance.
Bend your elbows and lift your hands up, making fists.
Your right hand stays near your face and your left arm straightens so it is parallel to the floor, with the fist pointing left.
Now that you are set up, lift your left leg, bending it at the knee.
Aim to keep your knee in line with your left fist and pointing towards the left side of the room. Bring your left foot as close to your buttocks as possible. This is your start position.
Powerfully kick your left leg towards the side of the room and immediately bring your left foot back towards your buttocks.
Make the movement purposeful rather than flinging your leg to the side and snapping at the knee.
This exercise, turning side-kicks, will help you achieve the look
Pivot on the ball of your foot to make a quarter of a turn clockwise and repeat the side kick with the left leg, still keeping your balance with the left leg off the floor.
Pivot a quarter of a turn clockwise and repeat the side kick until you have made a full circle. Take a break to reset your start position then complete another turn on your right leg.
The turning side-kick exercise is an element of Body Combat classes. virginactive.co.uk