Being a bit ‘chunky’ above the knees is a common concern. While we can’t lengthen legs or change their basic shape, there’s still a lot of scope to tone and trim thighs.
Leg workouts are essential for strength in everyday life, as well as improving performance for competitive sport.
Here are five moves to work those thighs. Remember the top tips:
These will get you warmed up!
For a tougher version, add a jump – here’s the lateral plyo squat as part of the thigh workout.
These are the number one thigh and leg toner. As well as the basic lunge, try the side-tap variation:
Need more? Here are extra variations on the lunge.
Ballet moves aren’t just for ballerinas! This elegant move really works those outer thighs.
It keeps coming up because it keeps delivering – the humble squat is always the go-to exercise! Pay attention to form and as always, keep that core tight.
Still have some energy left? Finish with a tough move.
These five moves are the basis of a thigh-trimming circuit – ask at your local gym for more or search for some suitable classes.
Unfortunately none of these exercises do anything for me and for many people who have knee problems: for many years I prefer to train everything using the right machines in the gym and doing the right exercises - even gym trainers now steal my exercises. I prefer to achieve the right results in minutes rather than do hundreds of lunges, plies, squats. No wonder I keep going to the gym after several decades since I first started training.
Some new exercises to try tonight! I like the ballet moves and the plank/lunge idea!
I think it is a myth that exercise bulks up legs, unless you train like Schwarzenegger. As the article says, you can't change the basic shape but you can tone and tighten the wobbly bits.
Won;t these moves just bulk your legs up instead of making them slimmer? toned is good yes but to actually slim your legs down you need to lose weight as well as doing these exercises. Running is good for your legs too
I wonder if I can use cake as a weight? Seriously - good to read an article that promises the achievable. Even men don't want wobbly legs.
Clare, mu problem is that I think the more squats I do the more cake I can get away with!!
wise advice - I will swop the cake for a few squats. No excuses!!
I am liking the plank and lunge idea. I already do a plank most mornings so will add this lunge in. Anything to help my thighs!