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Fitness

Love Your Legs Workout

Sculpt strong, toned legs and thighs with these exercises that work the muscle fibers you're probably overlooking.
Strong leg muscles Get Strong, Sexy Legs

If you think lower-body strength exercises will bulk you up, you don't know squats, says physiologist Brad Schoenfeld, author of Sculpting Her Body Perfect. "Not only have EMG studies shown that basics like squats, lunges, and calf raises work the leg muscles best, but women don't tend to build big muscles thanks to a lack of testosterone," says Schoenfeld, who created the Love Your Legs workout with that science in mind. But the real magic is in his mix. "This workout is greater than the sum of its parts, because each move is hitting different fibers in the legs that you are probably overlooking," Schoenfeld says. Do the routine three times a week on nonconsecutive days, resting for around 30 seconds between sets. (All you'll need is a chair, a 5-pound dumbbell, and a towel.)

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