Who wears short shorts?

Barrie Miller demonstrates a warm-up at Women's Fitness Co. in Medford.Julia Moore photos

This exercise routine will help you be proud to pull on those kicky, little shorts with that new midriff-baring number. Don't forget the sunscreen for those mile-high thighs!


Begin this routine with a little warm-up to prepare your body for the workout. Cross your arms over your chest and do a set of 20 easy squats. Gradually build your range of motion as the legs get warmed up.

High knees

1. For 30 seconds, run in place, bringing knees up to the chest as high as you can, pumping arms as quickly as you can. Try to land on the balls of your feet as you run, and switch legs as fast as you can.

Walking lunge

1. Stand upright, feet together, holding two light dumbbells at your sides (palms facing in).

2. Take a controlled step forward with the left leg.

3. Lower hips toward the floor and bend both knees (almost at 90-degree angles). The back knee should come close but never touch the ground. Front knee should be directly over the ankle, and back knee should be pointing down toward the floor.

4. Push off with the right foot and bring it forward to starting position. This completes one repetition.

5. Next, step forward with the right leg and repeat the sequence. Do two sets of 15 repetitions.

Squat jacks

1. Lower into a squat and bring your arms in front of you.

2. Jump your feet together, still holding the squat position, as you swing arms back by your sides, keeping elbows bent.

3. Jump feet out and in as quickly as you can without coming up out of the squat. Maintain proper squat form as you do these jacks — keep knees behind toes and hips behind you as if sitting in a chair. Jump for 30 seconds.

Switch jump lunges

1. Step the left leg back into a lunge and bring arms in front of you.

2. Push off the ground, swinging arms up to the ceiling, and switch legs in the air, landing in a lunge with the left leg forward.

3. Continue switching legs as quickly as you can for 30 seconds. Use your arms to help you jump higher, and be sure to land with good lunge form — keeping knees behind or in line with the toes.

Weighted clam bridge

1. Lie on your right side, propping your body up on your right elbow, with knees bent and legs stacked.

2. Place a dumbbell over the left thigh with the left hand.

3. Lift the right hip up off the floor and turn open the left knee to the ceiling, keeping feet together.

4. Lower the right hip and lightly tap the ground before pressing back up. Keep abdominals braced tightly in during the move and press up from the bottom side (not your arm) during the bridge. Do 15 repetitions on each side.

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