Have you been looking for an awesome thigh-slimming workout? Not sure which workout is right for you? Check out the workout video above OR the four lower body workouts below for a lean legs workout.
1. BARRE CLASSES
The ballet-inspired class uses isometric movements at the ballet barre to tone and tighten your trouble spots. It is great for people at all fitness levels and will make your muscles burn and shake their way to the lean dancer’s body you desire. So if you want to see what the hype is all about (or you just want to relive your childhood ballet dreams), check out a local barre class near you. Here are a few barre-inspired moves that you can try at home; just grab a chair!
- Plank Twist on Chair: This move will really target your obliques as well as your thighs. Click here to see step-by-step instructions.
- Standing Fire Hydrant with Training Ball: This move will work your quads, glutes and thighs. Learn how to do it here.
If you are looking for a high intensity, sweat-your-glutes-off workout, Crossfit might be for you. CrossFit combines strength training, explosive plyometrics, speed training, Olympic and power-style weight lifting, kettle bells, body weight exercises, gymnastics and endurance exercise. You will squat, lunge, sprint and deadlift your way to a great set of sculpted legs. Here are a few moves you can try at home!
- One Leg Squat: This move really tests your balance, legs and glute strength. Keep your core tight to see this one through! Here's how to do it.
- Tiptoe Squat: As you can see, there are many different squat variations that can help thin your thighs. Here's how to do the tiptoe squat.
- Burpee: The burpee may be one of the most dreaded moves out there, but it sure gets results! Generally, the more dreaded a move, the more results it will get. Here's how to do a burpee.
Cycling, sometimes known as spinning, is great exercise. It gets you outdoors and will not drain your checking account. Cycling is an awesome low-impact exercise that focuses on your quads, hamstrings and glutes. Another benefit of cycling is that the whole family can enjoy it. Strap on the kids' helmets and find a path near you. Or sign up for a fast-paced cycling class at your local gym!
All you need to run is a good pair of running shoes (which we highly recommend — your legs will thank you for it). Running works every leg muscle from your hamstrings, glutes and quads down to your calves and shins. If you're new to running, try starting out with the walk/run method. There are plenty of free apps for your smartphone that tell you when to walk and when to run. Don’t have a smartphone? Try Runner's World or Active for some awesome online couch to 5K programs. Before you know it, you'll be running three miles without stopping!
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