6 Exercises to Get Your Legs Toned Up for Summer!

Being a personal trainer, I get a lot of requests from clients that want to tone up their legs in the summer. Summer brings warm weather and less coverage on your legs. Whether it is to the gym, on a run, or to a BBQ, this workout will tone up your legs so you can rock those shorts or the summer dress anywhere that you go! 

I used to really despise leg workouts because they were hard, they made me sweat a lot, and it got uncomfortable really fast. Now, leg workouts are still hard, uncomfortable and I sweat a lot, but the pay off is so great! Leg workouts make you sweat a lot because it is such a big muscle group. Building muscle in your lower body also helps you burn more calories & fat in the long run. Muscle increases your resting metabolic rate, so the more muscle you have, the more calories your burn when you are just hanging out. Awesome right?! 99f1eece7af6da5b275854b4f8177cdb

Besides the awesome calorie burn and muscle building, these exercises will also tone up all areas of your legs giving you more confidence to rock all those cute summer clothes you have in your closet! IMG_6026

6 Exercises for Toned Summer Legs

This leg workout can be done using weights, either dumbbells or a bar. It can also be done with zero equipment using just your body weight. Both will build muscle, just works in different ways. 

The workout consists of 6 exercises, done in 3 sets. 
Do 15 reps of each exercise in the set. Repeat each set 3 times. Example:
do 15 squats. then 15 curtsey lunges. repeat 2 more times. then move on to the next set of exercises.

set 1: Squat // Curtsey Lunge

squat – keep weight in your heels, keep knees behind toes. back straight.IMG_6448.PNG

curtsey lunge – like a regular lunge, but step back at an angle, keeping weight in your heelIMG_6442

set 2: Sumo Squat // Lateral Lunge

sumo squat – take a wide stance, turn toes out. keep knees behind toes & back straightIMG_6439

lateral lunge – start with feet together, step out to the side and push hips back, as if you were going to sit in a chair. keep knee behind toe and opposite leg straight. IMG_6440

set 3: Glute Bridge // Walking Lunges

glute bridge – lay flat on back, bend knees and place heels as close to your butt as possible. Raise your hips up & squeeze your booty. Lower and repeat. IMG_6441

walking lunges – start with feet together, step out into a lunge, keeping knee behind your toe. Step back together, and step forward with the opposite foot.IMG_6449

Do this workout 2 times a week and you should start to see results within a month. Get sweaty!!! 

If you have questions about workouts, eating/nutrition or anything else, don’t hesitate to contact me. If you are interested in getting a personalized and in depth workout plan tailored to you, schedule a free 15 minute call with me! 

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