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Today was the first day of the year that I finally broke out my shorts from the back of my closet! It was a brief moment of leg-freedom bliss, and then I immediately thought of the motivational saying “summer bodies are earned in the winter” when I spotted cellulite at the back of my legs. Let’s be real, almost everyone has cellulite; 90 percent of women have it at some point in their lives. And unfortunately, I didn’t do as much running as I had wanted to this winter, so I shouldn’t have been the least bit surprised.

If you’re in the same boat, with only a few weeks left to get those summer legs in order, try this quick workout that only requires a set of stairs. Each move should be completed in a circuit, so start with the warm up, move down the list and repeat. Make sure you do each workout for five rounds and continue to incorporate this workout into your weekly routine. The more you move your legs now, the less your legs will move on their own later!

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Warm Up

Spend three to five minutes doing a slow jog up and down the stairs. This will help get your heart rate up and your body ready to workout.

Jump Squats

Start at the bottom of your selected staircase and keep both feet shoulder-length apart and planted on the ground. Use the power in your lower body to propel yourself forward to attack the step in front of you by following through with a squat motion. This move focuses on your hips and buttocks to help crush cellulite and increase the power in your legs.

Scissor Kicks

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but if you haven’t followed Massy Arias on Instagram yet, you need to! This Latina gives me serious ab envy, and always shares motivational and inspiring workout moves that look so easy! Try the scissor kicks in the first part of her video, and don’t forget to shake those legs out afterward with a fun dance move.

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Squat Push-Up

This move requires serious stamina and coordination! Start with a standing push-up, allowing your body to fall into the arm movement, and finish with a squat onto the next step. It’s a total body workout that will increase strength in your upper and lower body.

Kick Backs

You’ll look as graceful as a ballerina as you step up using one leg and swing back the other for an extended leg stretch. This move increases flexibility in your hips and quads and helps lift and tighten the glutes.

When you start to notice a difference and want to show off your toned legs, tag @heyvivala and #LaBuenaVida in your photos!

Michelle Rivas is a Founding Creator and wellness blogger. When she's not writing for, you can find her at