One of the biggest requests I hear from women is that they want toned legs. Often they are doing hours of cardio or fitness classes but not getting the results they want. While cardio is wonderful for boosting endorphins and burning calories—and is a key component to overall fitness—resistance-based training is what's crucial to building muscle and strength.
The best way to achieve a long, lean, athletic look is through a combination of resistance training, cardiovascular exercise, and nutrition. You don't have to train for hours and hours, but you do need to have all three working together to maximize your fitness level and well-being and give you results that you can not only feel but see. And when you see your body changing in positive ways, that increases your confidence level and keeps you motivated in the gym—and beyond.
Here are five of my favorite lower-body exercises included in The Model Trainer Method that can be performed even at home with minimal equipment.