Best Leg Lift Exercise for Toning, Slimming and Sculpting

- by Joey Atlas, Author of Amazon Bestseller – ‘Fatness to Fitness’

A common question I get from many women is, “What’s the best leg lift exercise for toning and slimming my legs?”

What made me think about writing this article is actually not the question but an experience I had during my own lower body workout a few days ago.

I happened to be at the local YMCA and I was finishing up my leg workout off to the side on a mat in some open floor space. About 30 feet from me were two other women doing some of their own leg lift exercises.

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Toning Leg Lift Exercise

I got up to get a quick drink at the water fountain and a woman who had been watching my whole leg workout while she was on the treadmill came over to me and said, “I was watching your whole workout and what surprises me is that you didn’t use any weights or leg machines and your legs and butt look amazing.”

I thanked her and briefly explained a bit of my ‘leg exercise’ philosophy. She then commented on the noticeable difference between how I was doing my leg lift exercises on the mat as compared to the 2 women who were also doing leg lift exercises on the floor. She asked me for some insight on this.

I explained, “Most people haven’t learned that leg exercise tempo, form, sequence and grouping are just as important as the actual exercises. Then you introduce ‘micro-varying’ to your leg exercise program and you really make things happen. You were watching me do all of these things. These were the differences you were seeing between me and the 2 women over there doing their own versions of leg lift exercises.”

So in answering the question, “What’s the best leg lift exercise for toning and slimming my legs?”…

There is no single best leg lift exercise – but rather how you perform the leg exercise in regards to exercise tempo, form, sequence and what other leg exercises you are grouping it with. Beyond that – you want to consider ‘micro-varying’ your leg exercises for long term progression.

This is where the best results are achieved and that is really what we are after. The best results – and not actually ‘the best leg lift exercise’.

These are the principles that have made The Ultimate Leg, Butt, Hip and Thigh Makeover so popular among so many types of women. The program teaches the exact ways to perform each exercise with all the elements I mention above.

Women who use the ULBHTM for their leg, butt, hip and thigh areas get results. Women who kind of just go through the motions without regard to leg exercise tempo, form, sequence and grouping (like the 2 women at the YMCA) – get no results or very limited results.

Are you getting the results you want?

Or are you getting no results?

Let me know – leave a ‘comment’ below…

Your trainer,

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1 of the Best Leg Exercises for a Woman – Toning, Slimming or Building Sexy Legs

- by Joey Atlas

What is the ideal leg exercise for you? Is it one that reduces and slims big, fat, flabby legs? Is it one that tones, firms and gets rid of cellulite? Or is it one that builds up and sculpts a pair of skinny and un-sexy ‘chicken legs’ into a pair of shapely and curvy ‘eye-catchers’?

Here’s a leg exercise for women that can do each of those things – BUT we have to vary the number of sets, repetitions and maybe one other thing – depending on your specific ‘trouble spots’ and lower body problem areas.


Best Leg Exercise for Women

The greatest thing about this leg exercise is that you can do it anywhere, anytime – without any exercise equipment or weights. You don’t even need the fancy exercise step I’m using. You can use the first step (or first 2 steps) on a staircase if you have stairs in your house. You can use a simple utility step that you might have in your garage (9 – 12 inches high is perfect for starters).

You can also use a heavy duty plastic step that you use to get to the top shelves of your pantry, cupboards or laundry room shelves. You can find these at any department or hardware store – just ask to see the ‘heavy duty’ utility steps. Rubbermaid and Sterilite are just a couple of brands – but not the only ones.

OK – now here are the leg exercise instructions:

First you’ll need a staircase or a utility step like I described earlier or like the one in the leg exercise photo above.

You may have one you can use in your garage or a closet – just make sure it is sturdy.

If using a staircase – stand on the first (for beginners) or second step with both feet. If using a utility step – try to use one that is about 8 – 12 inches high & stand on it with both feet. This is one of the simplest yet most effective leg exercises for women.

Place your hands on your hips or hold them out in front of you for easier balance, or out to the side. If using a staircase feel free to hold on to the rail. SLOWLY, step down with your left foot & LIGHTLY touch the floor with your toes & the ball of the foot (keep your heel off the ground).

Then bring your left foot back up & lightly touch the step and repeat this 10 times with the left foot.

Take a 10 second rest and then do the right leg.

IMPORTANT – The leg that stays on the step is the one doing the most work & you should feel a nice ‘warm feeling’ or ‘burn’ as some people describe it, in that leg.

This means you are doing the exercise right.

If it is too easy – you may be moving too fast – the key is to move slowly to ‘use the leg muscles properly’.

Or the step may be too low – try a higher step to increase the intensity of this leg toning exercise.

Try to build up to 3 sets of 15 reps (per leg) with 10 – 15 seconds rest between sets. If you haven’t been exercising your legs, or are a beginner – you can do this 2 or 3 times each week.

If you have been exercising you may want to add it into your current leg exercise program.

As all of my lower body exercises – even though we call this a ‘leg exercise’ – it naturally also works the butt, hips and thighs. If you like what this exercise does for your legs – then you can believe that the complete Ultimate Leg, Butt, Hip and Thigh Makeover will work wonders for you.

In the full program – I outline the repetitions, sets and progression plans that coordinate with your specific goals. So you are not guessing if you are doing the right program for your specific problems and goals.

I also present the food and nutrition principles you should be following depending on your needs and goals. No crazy diets – just time tested and proven tactics that can be followed with the rights foods from your local grocery store.

Let me know how you do with the exercise above.

Your trainer,

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