When it comes to toning our body, the legs are where many seem to hit a brick wall as they are not seeing enough changes to them that will impress them when they work out. There is also the misconception that working out your lower body can lead to bulky muscles that may not be too flattering on women. Well, truth be told, women will not bulk up easily compared to men, so this should be one less thing to worry about. Now there is no excuse for you to not include some muscle-sculpting moves for your thighs in your workout routine. As a matter of fact, these exercises are worth trying out.
Stand straight with your facing towards a chair that is placed at least 2 feet away from you. Place your hands on your hips, then bend your left leg at your back so that the top of your foot is resting on the chair. Shift your weight to your right foot, and as you engage your core, bend your right knee to go into a squat with your right leg at a 90-degree angle. If you want to increase the challenge, after you complete a full squat, do a half squat or go into a 45-degree angle. Do 15 to 20 repetitions before switching legs.
Another thigh workout that will help you tone your inner thighs is the plank jacks. As the name suggests, you will be doing jacks while you are in a plank position. Go into a plank pose where your hands are positioned in front of you and positioned under your shoulders. Make sure that your body is forming a straight line. Keep your core engaged as you jump your legs out to the sides then jump back in. Make sure that your back and your stomach will not sag at this point.
What other muscle-sculpting moves will help you have beautiful looking legs? Well, this side climber is a bit more challenging compared to the rock climber workout. Go into a plank position with your legs together, your back straight, and your arms straight. As you engage your core, jump towards your right to bring your knees close to your right elbow. Your torso should be twisting towards the right at this point. Jump back to your first position then repeat on the other side. This counts as one rep. You will need to do 10 to 15 times to complete a set.
In this workout, you should start by standing straight with your right side near a chair. Your feet should be about hip-width apart. Place your right hand on the backrest of the chair. Raise your body on your toes, while bending your knees to 90 degrees, with your torso leaning back to about 45 degrees. This way, your body will remain straight from your shoulders to your knees. Keep your abs tight. Go back to standing on your toes then repeat 15 to 20 times to complete a set. You will need to do 2 to 3 sets.
Gliding Leg Crossovers
What makes this workout intense is the gliders that accompany your training as they will really target your thigh muscles. Go into a plank position while making sure that you will be able to do a full extension where you won’t be bending your knees or hips. Keep your core engaged, while ensuring that your head is aligned with your spine. Now place each foot on a glider. As you exhale, glide your right foot towards your left, with your hips moving toward the same direction. Go back to your first position and repeat on the other side. This counts as one rep. You will need to do 10 to 15 times.