Sleeker Thighs in One Month
4 Lower-Body Cardio Sculpters
Burn calories and tone your thighs by making your favorite cardio workouts more leg intensive. "Focus on increasing resistance to work more of the leg muscles," says trainer Keli Roberts. Here are four ways to super-sculpt your thighs while blasting fat.Hill Repeats
Find a hill that takes about 2 minutes to sprint up. Warm up for 10 to 15 minutes, then sprint or speed-walk up 5 to 10 times, walking down slowly to let your heart rate recover. (On the treadmill: Run or walk for 2 minutes at a 9 or 10 percent incline; lower to zero and walk for 3 to 4 minutes.)Extended Climb on a Bike
Either on a Spinning bike or outdoors, pedal in the saddle with moderate to heavy resistance at 60 to 80 rpm for 15 to 20 minutes. Crank up to 80 to 90 rpm for 2 minutes at heavy resistance; recover at an easier resistance for 3 to 4 minutes. Do 5 to 8 times.In-line Skate Intervals
Find a moderately steep hill that takes about 2 minutes to skate up, sprinting as hard as you can. Turn around at the top and carefully skate down. Repeat 5 to 10 times.Stairclimbing Intervals
Warm up for 10 minutes, then go hard for 1 minute, walking 2 steps at a time or running. Recover for 1 minute at an easy pace. Repeat 5 to 10 times.
Originally published in Fitness magazine, July 2005.
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