Tell me how many of you out there have casually uttered the phrase ‘Eh, I don’t really care if my legs look great in a dress’ among friends? Okay I’ll answer that…NONE! (And if you have, it’s because you already know you have awesome legs – so on behalf of us mere mortals, its whatever…slash we hate you) Aside from loving the endorphins and the break we get from our classes and assignments, the most rewarding part of working out is the added perk of looking great, too. We all know nothing goes better with a sexy dress and nude pumps than a set of killer legs, but what do we do to get them?
When it comes to legs, there are a few tried-and-true options that do the trick! Sprints and short, quick bursts of cardio are a great way to get lean. Of course, toning those leg muscles is important, but if you reduce overall fat content through cardio, it makes muscle definition in your legs that much more noticeable, and that’s definitely a plus! Sprinting will also target the legs as a whole, so while you get the fat-burning benefits of cardio, you’re also working each muscle of the leg, to get that overall toned look. For focusing on the muscles, specific plyometric moves like jump squats or jump lunges will still give you a great cardio workout, but also selectively sculpt leg muscles.
An easy workout that combines these simple moves would be circuit training. Having a few different stations with either plyometrics or sprints will work great. If you have the space in your backyard, or if you head over to the local track, set yourself up for a 30 to 45 minute workout. A great way to tackle the sprints would be to do them before and after the plyometric circuits. For anyone with access to a gym, check out the different options on the cardio machines: a lot of them have pre-programed sprint workouts you can adjust to fit the time you have to work out.
Even as kids, we learned from the little mermaid that legs were way cooler than any other extremity – I mean, who doesn’t want to walk, run and play all day in the sun, right? Well now you can do all of the above with a set of sexy, sleek legs that will even make those chicks from the shaving cream commercial jealous. Who wears short shorts? We do, we do!
Try the sample plyometric-sprint circuit training workout and let us know what you thought! Is it a workout you see yourself doing again? How would you change it to make it work best for you?