Recent progress… I’m using workout clothing to help motivate myself!
This pic is post-work out, taking a moment to admire my leg progress. Next steps: HIIT cardio to get my thighs back to where they were before!
Love my new shoes - and my leg progress!
Yikes, gotta get back to this again!
1. Leg Lifters, 10 Reps each side
2. One Leg Supermans, 15 Reps each side
3. Doggy Leg Lifts, 15 Reps each side
4. One Leg Around The Worlds, 15 Reps each side
Get Your Best Legs
First know that you can’t reduce fat in just one place. Your body takes a little bit of fat from everywhere, more or less in some places due to your genetics. Doing a ton of leg exercises isn’t necessarily going to make all that fat disappear, at least not by itself. We do these exercises to shape and tone the muscles so your legs have a great shape. If you aren’t eating healthy and doing cardio those sexy muscles are going to be hidden no matter how many squats you do. Gaining muscle helps, it increases the metabolism thus burning more calories, but you have to work the rest of your body and have a clean diet too.
Try to do one video or pick five exercises and do 3 sets of 8-12 reps (or until you feel the burn) about 3-4 days a week. Do cardio 3-5 days a week too, it can be running, biking, swimming, Zumba, kickboxing, whatever gets your heart pounding and sweat dripping. You can combine strength workouts and cardio into the same day if you want. Make sure to eat protein after your workouts, it helps build muscle!
These are, in my opinion, the best thigh and leg exercises and videos. I’ve included links to instructions for most of the exercises and a variety that you can do at home or at the gym. If you workout at home try to get some 8-10 lbs dumbbells, or get a backpack/duffel bag and fill it with heavy books to challenge yourself.
If you have access to a gym try these machines & equipment:
- the leg/hamstring curl machine
- the leg press machine
- the leg abductor/adductor machines
- squats with a barbell and/or dumbbells
- barbell deadlifts
- lunges with dumbbells
- bulgarian split squat
If you don’t have access to a gym try these exercises at home:
- wall squats
- jump squats
- bridge/hip lifts (try them with your feet on a chair/bed)
- hip lifts on a balance ball (you’ll get an almost instant burn!)
- leg lifts
- inner thigh lifts
- the fire hydrant
- sumo squats
These are my favorite leg videos:
haaa this is weird, it’s my pic. anyways here are some great leg workouts!
Jump rope and lower body circuit workout!
These are all workouts I’ve been hoarding for a while that help tone your legs/thighs. Personally, my favorite way to get toned legs are through pilates. It’s no joke! Also, walking a lot helps a ton.
Any video links are Youtube, and any other links are .PSD’s and printable. good luck!
POP Pilates (FAVORITE):
I’ll keep adding to the list, so bookmark this!
The muscles you use when you squat with proper form.
These are awesome for working the inner thigh…which is a trouble area for most! Do 20 reps on each leg every day, and you’ll see great improvement in no time!!
been doing these everyday
I just did 20 shower squats! Did you do them? :) Remember to do them slowly and don’t let your knees move past your toes!
So you’re a girl, you take long showers. I bet you just stand there when you’re washing your hair. Why not squat to pass the time? This is a great excuse to tone your glutes & quads during everyday activities.
I do 15 squats while I’m rinsing the shampoo out of my hair, then another 10 squats while I let the conditioner soak into my hair (I highly recommend doing this! It makes my hair feel lovely).
DISCLAIMER: I highly discourage you from doing jumping jacks, high knees, and crunches in the shower, unless you’re really adventurous! Be careful not to slip :)
I think big, athletic thighs are sexy. My whole life, I never desired stick straight legs. I always wanted muscular, powerful legs. Like the ones this woman has.