exercise tips

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:

If you don’t have access to a gym try these exercises at home:

These are my favorite leg videos:

45+ Awesome Workouts Links

I’ve been putting off posting this for months because I keep finding more awesome workouts! I hope you guys find this helpful and have fun trying out all these great workouts. May you burn lots of calories, sweat buckets, and look hot :)

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Cardio & High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Tone It Up Beach BABE video

BodyRock.tv Hot Body Workout video

BodyRock.tv 4 Minute Workout video

BodyRock.tv Hardest Workout Ever video

BodyRock.tvHard Bodies Getting Harder Workout

BodyRock.tv 6 Minute Workout video

BodyRock.tv Run The World Workout video

BodyRock.tv Hot Attack video

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Jillian Michaels

Ripped in 30

30 Day Shred

6 Week Six-Pack

Yoga Meltdown Level 1 & 2

Banish Fat Boost Metabolism

No More Trouble Zones

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All Over Body Toning

Tone It Up Arms, Abs, and Legs Pyramid video

Tone It Up Bikini Abs & Thighs video (with yoga ball)

Tone It Up Sandcastle Workout video

Tone It Up Bikini Body Workout with Self Magazine!

Tone It Up Bikini Blast Circuit Workout video

Tone It Up Bikini Body Workout with Self Magazine!

Pop Pilates Till The World Ends video

Pop Pilates Summer Slimdown Part 1 & Part 2

Bodyrock.tv I’m Into You Workout video

fitnessloveaffair’s 1000 Rep Workout

fitnessloveaffair’s Full Body Cardio & Strength Workout

fitnessloveaffair’s Burning Body Workout

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Abs

Pop Pilates Flat Abs Challenge video

Pop Pilates 3 Minute Ab Challenge video

Tone It Up Tighten & Tone Your Abs video

Tone It Up Itty Bitty Bikini video

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Legs & Butt

Pop Pilates Slimming Inner Thighs & Calves video

Pop Pilates Inner Thigh Insanity video

Pop Pilates Saddlebag Shaver video

Pop Pilates Standing Pilates for Legs, Butt & Obliques video

Pop Pilates Butt Blaster video

Tone It Up Bikini Beach Bum video

BodyRock.tv Abs Now Workout video (I know it says abs but it works the thighs more)

BodyRock.tv 300 Squats Challenge

skinnyyogagirl’s Legs & Butt Workout

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Yoga

Dashama Sun Salutations video

Dashama Sun Salutations 2 video

Dashama Hip Stretches

Tara Stiles Bend It Like Tara video (my favorite stretching video)

sadienardini 40 minute yoga weight loss videos  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

exercisetv.tv Yoga Fitness Plus 45 minute video

exercisetv.tv Beginner Yoga 20 minute video

exercisetv.tv Yoga Sculpt 30 minute video

exercisetv.tv Yoga Fitness Fusion 45 minute video

Post Running Stretch video from FlexibleWarriorYoga

This workout will work every part of your body and get your heart pumping. It took me 40 minutes but sometimes I can be slow. The time passed quickly though.

Standing one leg toe-touch crunches: Stand with your hands above your head. Bring one foot straight forward up to hip level and bring your hands down to touch your toes (or shins), squeezing your abs. Repeat on alternating legs.

Staggered hands push ups: In a plank place one hand at your eye level, and the other below the middle of your chest, with your fingers pointed slightly in. This is easier than a regular push up so if you are trying to work your way up from a knee-push up try this. Using your core helps.

If you have any questions about the other exercises feel free to message me.

When you’re done with the last exercise get into down dog and work on pushing your heels into the ground to stretch out your calves, you’ll need it after the heel lifts.

dont worry about how far you still have to go, look at how far youve come! :)

I put together this workout with 1000 reps. It took me about 45 minutes to do, but I might have been extra slow this time cause I’m tired and I stopped to refresh tumblr a few times. You can do the push ups on your knees if you can’t do regular push ups or if you get tired. You can also do triceps dips. Literally every part of my legs and butt burned at some point in this workout. Calves, inner thighs, outer thighs, quads, hamstrings, hips, glutes. I’ll go over a few of the moves that might be confusing.

Heel Lifts: Standing straight up with your feet hip width & weights in each hand, lift your heels off the floor, squeezing you calves, glutes, and abs. Slowly lower and repeat.

Elevated Hip Lifts: Lay on your back with your feet on a chair/bed/couch. Squeeze you glutes and thighs and lift your hips up so you are in a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Lower and repeat.

Supermans: Lay on your stomach with your arms out in front of you. As you inhale lift your arms, upper chest, and legs off the floor, so you are balancing on your hips and stomach. Lower down as you exhale. If your arms get tired lower them by your hips but still lift them up.

Laying Inner Thigh Pulses: Lay on your left side, elbow on the floor and hand under your head. Bring your right foot up in front of your hips (knee pointing at the ceiling), hold your ankle with your right hand. Lift your left leg a few inches off the floor and pulse it up and down about 5 inches keeping your foot off the floor.

Kneeling Side Leg Lifts: Kneel on your hands and knees. Lift your left knee and foot out to the side, about the height of your hips, and lower. Repeat 25 times and do the other side.

Hope you all enjoy! Don’t forget to stretch out your legs afterwards.

you need to figure out what works for you. dont worry about anyone else.