Meet Carrie Underwood’s Trainer and Try Her Super-Charged Lunge Exercise

09/29/2014 at 03:16 PM ET

Erin Oprea
Zach Harrison

As a former U.S. Marine, Erin Oprea is dedicated to fitness. Now a Nashville-based personal trainer with clients like Carrie Underwood, she uses her expertise to help those with busy lives stay fit. Visit her site Oprea Personal Fitness or follow her on Twitter @OpreaFitness. Then come back to PEOPLE.com every Monday to master a new workout move.

I love the sun and refuse to believe the summer is over. Which means that I’m happy we’ve continued to have warm weather here in Nashville. I’ll continue to wear my short-shorts for every last ray!

And shorts (or skirts) mean you have to keep those legs toned. This variation on a traditional lunge will both give you a leg workout and help stabilize your core by making you balance.

Add this super-charged lunge into your workout this week.

Erin Oprea
Zach Harrison (2)

Lunge, Kick & Hold

1. Stand on your right leg and lunge back on your left making sure you drop your back knee straight down.

2. Return to the standing position on your right leg while extending your left leg straight out, hold it up for 2 seconds and push through you left heel while flexing your quad.

3. Repeat 12 to 15 times then switch legs. Try and do it 3 rounds.

I love the burning feeling that comes during the leg extension hold. Not only will you tone your legs, but you’ll also get an added core workout from balancing on one leg while holding the kicking position. On top of toning my legs I get an added core workout from one-legged balancing while holding that squeeze in the kicking position.

[Editor’s note: We’re so excited to welcome Erin to the ranks as a PEOPLE.com blogger. Come back every Monday for an easy exercise that you can master every Monday. And if you have trouble spots you need help with, let us and Erin know in the comments.]

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LISA on

I would love to see arm exercises.

kristinlappenbrink on

Lisa, Erin will definitely be sharing arm workouts. But you can start here: How to Get Carrie Underwood’s Super-Toned Arms (Yes, Even While Pregnant!)

Kate on

I need help with motivation! I am the mother of four boys and I have a million reason why I “can’t” work out!! When I was in my late ’20’s and early 30’s, I used to get up at 5:30am and workout for an hour. Now I’m in my late 40’s with a four and 6 year old and I need to work out but I just don’t……

Alejandra on

Hi! I used yo be really skinny as a kid and since my teen years I begun to practice tennis, I don’t know why but my legs are huge since then (the rest of my body is lean) even though I quitted tennis almost 10 years ago, I tried to keep active so I jog, And I even try to do some focalization on my legs to thin them but it seems nothings makes them leaner. This move could help me?

Guest on

Lunges hurt my knees. Jillian Michael’s 30 day Shred killed my knees.

tracy on

I need more core/belly reduction exercises, at 53 I can’t seem to get it down and tightened up.

EC on

I second Alejandra’s comment, I would actually like to learn how to make my calves leaner…I’m happy they are strong and muscular but it’s very annoying to always need wide calf boots!

Tess on

I also do the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. My knees are lousy so I just modify where and when I can. It”s a great workout though!

Guesty on

“And shorts (or skirts) mean you have to keep those legs toned.”

No, it doesn’t. You don’t have to have one kind of “acceptable” legs to wear shorts and skirts. It’s fine to workout and exercise, but don’t shame women who don’t have (and never will) have legs like Carrie Underwood. Let them have their own legs!

Stacy on

I would love to some simple yet effective oblique and ab workouts!

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