We have all seen it before; the long, lean, tan legs that look great in jeans, skirts or swim suits no matter what. Have you ever asked yourself, "What do they do to get those legs?"
Well the answer may be some good genetics, I can guarantee that that is not the only reason they look so good.
In order to develop a tight lower body figure, you need to make sure you are training the right way. Many people go into the gym and hop on the treadmill because, well, it's working my legs right? Not quite. This method of training is not going to build much lean muscle and can also set you up for injury due to muscular imbalances.
Many women avoid strength training altogether because they do not want to look bulky or manly. This transformation will not happen because women lack the high levels of testosterone and other growth hormones that stimulate serious muscle hypertrophy (size).
Strength training for women is very beneficial because it adds lean muscle tissue which gives us a nice toned looking figure, and it also elevates your resting metabolism which burns calories when you are not working out. This helps to keep you in shape and any training that you do will just cause the metabolism to soar through the roof.
When it comes to training your legs and lower body, here are the five best exercises.
1. Squats- back squats, front squats, overhead squats, box squats, single leg squats
2. Lunges- multi directional lunges, walking lunges, bench lunges
3. Step Ups- lateral, forward, with dumbbells or barbells
4. Dead lifts- traditional barbell, sumo, dumbbell, single leg dead lifts
5. Glute/Ham Raises- glute ham bench or Nordic hamstrings with a partner
These five exercises should be implemented into your training program today. Pick two of the five and perform anywhere from 3-5 sets depending on your training level. These movements will kick your butt into shape, literally, and will also burn a very high level of calories because of their complex nature.
Not only will you leave your training session feeling great, you will continue to burn those calories for up to 48 hours post workout.