essentrics 5. Leg lifts Keep hips stacked above one another and both knees facing forward.With toes pointed,extend upper leg from your hip socket as far as you can. Now slowly lift this leg up. Do three sets of eight lifts with each leg. Perfect your form: After you've stretched your leg out, you won't be able to lift it very high — and that's a good thing. This move activates all the small muscles in your legs for an overall leaner look.