After “how do I get flat abs?” and “how do I get rid of the fat on the back of my arms?” We call them triceps. The next most irritating spot to remove fat from is your thighs! I hear it all the time from my clients, “Why do I have cellulite here?” “Why are my inner thighs so big?”
The truth of the matter is, certain exercises work different areas. Depending on the intensity of those exercises, you can get different results. You’ve probably all heard use “low weight and high reps” to tone your muscles, but that isn’t exactly the whole truth. When looking at Leg work from a woman’s point of view, it is necessary to take into account multiple different things. Typically we want to lose fat, tone the muscle and build some glutes (butt muscles). Not one exercise or repetition structure is going to achieve all those different things, so it is necessary to do different sorts of exercises at different rep ranges. So, I have incorporated some maximum jumping, some single leg resistance work as well as varying the width of the stance during squats. Changing squat width, performing unilateral (one sided) movements or incorporating some weights, is a great way to get a whole rounded program.
My Top 3 Thigh Toning Exercises
- Box Jumps
- Sumo Kettle Bell Squats
- Alternating Lunges
Here’s how to do them:
Box jumps: With feet shoulder width apart, squat in front of a plyo box or step and jump (with both feet) from the ground up onto the top of the box and step down. It’s a pretty simple move but amazing for leg strength and toning up your quads! – 15 reps
Sumo Kettle Bell Squats: . Sumo means wide (standing like a Sumo wrestler) having your legs out further helps to work your inner thighs, as well as your glutes. Keeping upright while holding the kettle bell, simply squat in this position while maintaining correct posture and you will start to feel your inner quads and glutes burn! BUT, make sure that your knees are pointing out too. – 12 reps
And finally, alternating lunges. Standing in neutral position, step forward with one leg and lower down into a lunge (almost hitting the ground with your back knee), then push back to neutral again. Repeat this one movement (back and forth) alternating sides each time. – 20 reps (10 reps each leg) Use dumbbells for a more challenging workout!
So next time you’re in the gym, give these a try!