Resistance training is the King of exercise modalities in terms of manipulating the shape and contour of your body. If you want to lose thigh fat and get toned legs you have to do a significant amount of resistance training.
Now if you simply want to have smaller legs and don’t care about whether or not they look toned, then you can do a massive amount of cardio and restrict your caloric intake.
But if you want sexy, sculpted and toned legs you have to do a substantial amount of resistance training.
Actually, you do not have to do a substantial amount but you do have to focus on short but intense workouts a couple times per week.
In fact, you can get by with two 45 min. workouts per week but you really have to push yourself.
Now the tricky thing about resistance training is that every woman will have to start with a different type of modality.
So here are four different types of resistance training that you could potentially implement:
– Bodybuilding type routines: most bodybuilding routines only focus on one muscle group per workout. And if you have never exercised before this will probably be your best bet. Exercising one muscle group per workout is extremely safe and will allow you to become proficient in terms of proper resistance training technique.
– Circuit training: circuit training is more involved than bodybuilding training because you are going to do a large amount of exercises in sequence which target your larger muscle groups. Doing this burns more calories and activates more muscle mass per workout.
– Lower repetition training: lower repetition training with heavier weights should only be done once you become extremely well-versed in terms of proper weightlifting technique. The biggest benefit from lower repetition training is an increase in calorie burning long after you finish your workout.
– Higher repetition training: higher repetition training will not burn as many calories after the workout, but it may burn more calories during the workout. It is a great way to increase the strength of your connective tissue – joints and ligaments – and it also is a great type of training for beginners.
Whatever type of resistance training you decide to implement just make sure to always stay safe and gradually increase the complexity and intensity of your workouts.