10 Fat-Torching Leg Exercises for Shapely and Well-Toned Legs
Jump squats are even more effective than regular squats and will help you sculpt your hips and butt really quickly. The only thing that’s changing is the jump added on your squat and the position of your arms.
Start from a squat position, legs open, and feet under the hips. Now give your core a good boost and jump high with your arms extending toward the ceiling. Land on your feet in a squat with your upper body slightly bent in front of you and your arms straight behind you. This position will give a greater boost to your jump.
Do 2-3 sets of 10 jump squats, rest between each set and repeat. Try to focus on your landing. It should be as smooth as possible in order not to injure your knees.
The abduction exercise is a great exercise for making your legs stronger and fit. They are even used in physiotherapy sessions for treating pain in the knees and hips. You have to lie on the mat on one of your sides and keep your body straight while keep both of your feet in a flex pose. Use your lower arm under your head to support it and place your upper arm on the floor in front of you, to help you keep your balance. You would have to life your upper leg as high as you can, then slowly bring it back down.
Perform 2-3 sets of leg lifts with 10 reps in each set, perform leg lifts equally with both legs. You can wear elastic straps or ankle weights so to give additional stress and resistance while performing this exercise.
The Adduction exercise is kind of similar to the side-lying abduction exercise but in this the leg positions are different and the main focus is on the leg which is on the ground. This helps to strengthen your leg muscles, inner thighs and hips.
How to do it
You have to lie on your sides, just like the previous exercise but your legs have to be parallel to the mat and straight. Your bottom arm has to be extended over your head and your head has to rest on the arm for support. Your upper arm has to be in front of you. Your upper leg has to cross over your lower leg and be in front of it and then raise your bottom leg slowly and keep it in a flexed position. The knee should move towards the ceiling from the ground. Perform 3 sets having 10 reps in each set. Workout both legs.
Tip: You can increase the resistance by using additional straps or ankle weights.