Bikini Prep/Body Sculpt Challenge: Workout 4: Tight and Toned Lower Body

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Hi Everyone!

This was workout #4 of my Bikini Competition Prep/Body Sculpting Challenge Workout series. For this workout I used my barbell and dumbbells. When choosing an appropriate amount of weight you want to select an amount that challenges you. You should be able to complete 10-15 reps of each exercise with good form. 

Building muscle is one of the best, and most efficient ways to improve your metabolism and your overall athleticism. For every 3 lbs of muscle your body burns approximately 120 extra calories per day, even when you are at rest. 120 calories is close to what you burn by running 1.5 miles. 

Last year I posted this picture: 
5 pounds of fat VS 5 pounds of muscle. 

This demonstrates the difference in density between muscle and fat. Both weigh 5 pounds, but that 5 pounds will look radically different in your body. Don’t fear building muscle! Don’t get mad if the scale doesn’t move as much as you want! If you’re losing inches, but not weight this is why. This is what you want for a rocking metabolism, and some fabulous functional strength. 

Don’t be afraid to pick an amount of weight to use during your workouts that will challenge you. 

Here are some ideas:

I have an Olympic size barbell (45 lbs) and I added 30 lbs to it for a total of 75 lbs. I also used 2 20 lb dumbbells. 

I hope you all enjoy the workout! I followed this one up with 4 mile repeats at varied paces. I am sticking with the challenge


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10-15 Reps Per Exercise
This can be repeated 1-3X. 

1. Deep Squat
2. Romanian Deadlift
3. Lunge Lift (right)
4. Lunge Lift (left)
5. Plie Squat
6. Warrior Deadlift (right)
7. Warrior Deadlift (left)
8. Good Morning
9. Wide Stance Front Squat
10. Chair Squat
11. Deadlift

4 thoughts on “Bikini Prep/Body Sculpt Challenge: Workout 4: Tight and Toned Lower Body

  1. Anonymous

    Hi! I’m spanish so I’m sorry for the “english”. I love your blog!! Your workouts are amazing and very entertainings!! I just started with workout 1 of body sculpt challenge.I can’t wait to see the results!!
    Thank you so much!!
    Melisa Vigil

  2. camila

    Melissa I’ve got a question and hope you can help me, well the thing is I love pilates but it gives you lean muscle and I want to be able to build a little bit of muscle and not have that “skinny” look, do you think I should continue doing pilates in addition to your workout or that it “cancels” it? I really hope I explained myself so that you can answer me. Thanks in advance

  3. Hey Melissa,
    I am still with you but I am taking a rest day. My legs are crying for some reason and I feel a little overworked with the extra cardio. I believe it’s because I went straight into bikini challenge from the 30 day challenge.
    Question for you, do you take rest days , if do how many, or do you just listen to your body?
    Second, during bikini prep are your routines more “leg heavy”?
    Thanks for all you do. I aam loving these challenges!

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