Are you self-conscious about your legs?
Do you dread the thought of wearing shorts-let alone a swimsuit?
Maybe you think your calves are too skinny or you hate that your thighs rub together and your buns jiggle when you walk.
Whatever you don’t like about your legs, it isn’t going to fix
itself. So how can you fix it? Include strength training for your lower
body in your regular routine.
To sculpt and tone your legs, try the following five exercises two to
three times a week and see the difference they make. You’ll be showing
off those legs in no time.
#1: The Lunge
Arguably the best leg exercise, the lunge works pretty much every leg
muscle as well as your buttocks. There are many variations to the simple
lunge, but to do the basic lunge, stand up straight and tighten your
Step forward several feet with your right foot, landing heel first.
Bend your right and left leg down until both legs are bent at 90 degrees
(never more) and your left knee is about an inch above the floor. Make
sure your knee doesn’t extend further than your toes. Keep your body
upright and work to keep your balance by not wobbling from side to side.
Lift your body up and bring your hips forward until you’re standing
straight again. Then repeat, lunging forward with your left foot.
#2: The Squat
the second-best full-leg workout is the squat. This powerhouse of an
exercise works your glutes, hips and thighs all in one shot.
Here’s how to do a beginner’s squat. Stand between two chairs (if
needed for balance). Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Keeping your
back straight, chest up, and core tight, squat down like you’re going to
sit in a chair. Bend at the knees until your thighs are parallel to the
floor. Hold this position, and then stand back up. Repeat without
#3: The Mountain Climber
This leg exercise mimics the movement of climbing a steep mountain. The
faster you climb (move your legs) the more of a cardio workout you’ll
get as well.
Get in a push-up position: hands and toes on the floor holding up
your body. Holding in your abs, lift your right foot, bringing your
right knee toward your chest. Tap the floor with your right foot then
extend your leg back to starting position. Then lift your left leg,
bring your left knee up toward your chest and tap the floor. Return to
starting position. Repeat right, left, right, left for 20 repetitions.
#4: The Step-Up
Step-ups are great because they mimic movements you perform on a daily
basis. This exercise works your legs and gets your heart pumping. When
you do this exercise you can hold a dumbbell in each hand to increase
resistance. In addition, you’ll need some sort of step. This could be a
bottom stair, sturdy box, or low stable chair.
Step up with your right foot, and then bring your left foot up. Step
back down so both feet are on the floor. Then repeat, stepping up first with your left foot. Continue doing this 20 times.
#5: The Carving Curtsy
A little more complicated but worth the effort, the carving curtsy works
the abs, buttocks, and legs (including your inner thighs).
To do the carving curtsy, stand up straight with your arms bent and
hands by your chest. Lunge back and to the right with your left leg so
your left foot lands behind your right foot and to the right of your
body. Bend both knees to a 90-degree angle like you’re performing a
Swing your left arm forward and up and your right arm back by your
side. Then stand up straight, lifting your left knee out to the side,
and tap your left knee with your left hand. Do 20 reps on each leg, and
then switch sides.
A solid strength training routine will tone your legs, lift your
buns, strengthen your core, and will result in healthy weight loss.
If you’re ready to begin your body transformation then feel free to reach out to me. Email or call to get started today.