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I adore working on legs. Perhaps its because I personally have A LOT of leg to work with, but I throw these moves into nearly every workout I do. The leg muscles in general are larger and therefore they burn more calories when we strengthen them. They are our own built in calorie burners!
Lets get to know them a bit more intimately today:
Nickname is quads.
Located on the front of the leg.
Nickname is hams.
Located on the back of the leg.
Nickname is glutes.
This is your booty. Your backside. Ill stop there.
Five simple steps to tone your thighs:
1. Eat well.
Period. No workout can compensate for lousy eating. When you eat well, you will allow your body to shed the fat and let the muscles shine through.
Deep lunges are fantastic when toning your quads, hams, and glutes. Step forward, leading with the heel. Step out nice and far, bending front and back knees. Then push off front foot (oof!) and come back to starting position.
Do 15 lunges on your right leg, then 15 on your left. Repeat.
Find a tutoral for lunges here.3. Squats.
Squats are a supreme quad and glute toner. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, toes facing forward, standing tall, chest open, hands on hips or down by your sides. Bend your knees, stick your booty WAAAAAY out, and squat down. Tada!
Do 15-20 squats. Repeat.
Find a tutorial for squats here.4. Step Ups.
Step ups are awesome for strengthening the glutes and quads. They are just what they sound like -- stepping up on an elevated surface. Start at a low level, then work your way up to a dining room chair or piano bench.
Do 15 step ups on your right and left side. Repeat.
Find a tutorial for step ups here.5. Wall Sits.
This is THE move for the quads. Dont skip this one! Lean up against a wall with your feet shoulder width apart. Move your feet slightly in front of you. Sit down.? Keep your back on the wall and scoot your feet out if necessary so your knees stay behind your feet. ?Make a 90 degree angle with the legs. Imagine there is a chair there. Then just sit tight for a while!
Hold the wall sit for 30 seconds - 1 minute. Repeat.
Find a tutorial for wall sits here.
You dont need plastic surgery, new genetics, or expensive toning shoes to tone your lower half. Just be sure you use these five steps consistently and you will be well on your way to toning your thighs.