I’ve never met a woman that didn’t want long, slender legs. Yet Mother Nature has played a cruel joke on us, hasn’t she? Because I don’t know about you, but if what I’m eating doesn’t go straight to my butt, it definitely parks on my thighs. And if you have the body type where you gain in your thighs first, well, you have it even harder.
But genetics be damned. Whoever told you that you had to be a victim of your pre-disposed body type–well, they’re wrong. Yes, some women have natural ballroom dancer-esque legs, but it’s not the norm. Luckily, there are some leg exercises out there that can slim out your legs and tone them in all the right places.
Get Real Results with These Weightless Leg Workouts
I know lots of girls that shy away from weights for many reasons. They think weights will make them bulkier (which isn’t something we need help with, is it ladies?) Or maybe they are scared to go into the weight room with all those guys. Or perhaps they just don’t own any weights heavy enough to make a difference.
Whatever the case, you don’t need weights to thin out those legs. Here are a few of the best leg workouts for women that don’t require weights. Give them a try!
1. Cardio Curtsy–For legs like a dancer, why not mimic their moves? For this cardio curtsy, all you need is a chair to steady yourself. Stand with feet shoulder width apart, toes pointing out. With one hand on the chair and one to your side, cross the leg opposite the chair behind you. Simultaneously, bring your free arm up and over. Straighten your legs and bring your free elbow and matching knee together. To get the cardio, perform 30 reps non-stop. Take a break and do two more sets. Now, I know this one’s a little difficult to follow by text alone, so here’s a quick video I found that shows you exactly how.
2. Calf Raises–Usually when we talk about toning our legs, we focus on the hips and thighs. However, if you’re looking for that long slender look, you want to make sure that you don’t forget about the lower half of your leg. Calf raises are a pretty easy exercise that you can do anywhere. All you need is good balance, or a wall to hold you steady. Start with your feet hip width and flat on the floor. Sowly raise up onto your tippy toes, pause, and come back down. That’s one rep. Go for 3 sets of 20. Want to make it harder? Stand on the edge of something like a step.
3. The Plié—For thinner thighs, with a concentration on the back of the legs, we turn to the most famous dance move of them all. The Plié. Begin width your feet pointing out and a little wider than your shoulders. Width arms stretched forward, lower into a squat. Don’t forget to tuck your butt in so you do double duty. Make sure you don’t go so low into the squat that it’s uncomfortable on your knees. A good rule of thumb is not to let your knees go in front of your toes. Keep the movement slow and controlled. To increase difficulty, lower into the squat and pulse up and down slightly, without coming out of it completely until the end of the session. Go for a minute and try for 3 sets, resting in between each.
In all leg workouts, make sure you take your time. When you rush, you get sloppy. And not only that, but you don’t activate those muscle fibers in the same manner as when you go through the movements slowly. Good luck–enjoy the burn!