Tone Your Legs in 7 Days -- Yes, It's Possible!

Your week-long action plan for short-skirt ready legs: Tone them with these easy workouts that exercise your calves, hamstrings, quads, glutes and inner thighs (8 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:05PM

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Tone Your Legs in 7 Days -- Yes, It's Possible!

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Lower Body Toner #1: Chair Pose Hover

The secret to tighter more toned legs doesn’t come in a jar; it comes from creating more lean muscle mass and reducing body fat. Your lower half contains some of the biggest muscle groups in your body, which means you’ll burn more fat and calories when you workout below the belt. Fitness expert and certified personal trainer Jessica Smith developed this lower body focused routine to wear your shorts with confidence all year long. For best results, do this workout four to five non-consecutive days per week, alternating it with 30-60 minutes of your favorite cardio activity. And, to boost its benefits, aim to eliminate 500 excess calories from your daily diet using any of these simple calorie-cutting strategies

How it works: This workout is designed in a circuit format, which means you’ll do exercise back to back, with little to no rest in between, in order to keep your heart rate up and maximize the calorie burning benefits. Do the full circuit 1-3 times though in total, depending on how much time you have. You won’t need any weight (or than just your body weight) to complete the circuit, but you will need access to a sturdy chair for some of the moves.

Lower Body Toner #1:

Chair Pose Hover Muscles worked: thighs, butt, abs, back
Repetitions: 15

Start standing in front of your chair, feet together, and arms by sides. Extend your arms overhead and bend your knees and sit back into your hips until you are lightly touching the top of the seat [as shown]. Hold for one count and then stand up. That’s one rep.

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