This one’s exactly like the name: A hairpin keeps your hair in place, and this move keeps your seat muscles in place — no bulging, jiggling, or unattractive spread when you sit down. Go for the lifted butt and perky style! We’ll take a closer look at the hairpin seat exercise to explain the positioning and give you essential alignment tips.
Gluteus maximus (your butt!), medius, and minimus; abductors
1) Lie down on the left side of your body and extend your left arm under your head (in the workouts, we’ll do both sides). Swing your legs straight in front of you to make a capital letter L. Keep your toes pointed.
2) Keeping your hips stacked, press your right palm into the floor in front of your navel to engage your obliques.
3) Separate your inner thighs and lift the top right leg so it’s in line with your hip.
4) Lower and lift your right leg in small, controlled movements, about 2 or 3 inches. As you lift your leg, make sure that you keep your hips and shoulders stacked on top of each other — there’s no wiggle room here!
Stay focused on the big picture: If you can get through this, life is easy!
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