For most of us who try to lose weight, there is always a struggle with certain parts of the body. The stubborn fat from these sites just don’t seem to respond well despite our repeated efforts! The lower body is the least responsive site! The arms, upper back and forearms seem to respond very quickly to weight training, but the abdomen and thighs are generally unresponsive. To bring in some significant changes to the aesthetic profile of the lower body, we need to be smart about our choice of exercises and selection of loads. So here are some exercises that not only tighten but tone the thighs too! Add the below sequence into your training routine to replace fat with muscle!
Barbell back squat complex: No, this is not your regular back squat exercise. In this particular variation, you have to pair back squats with an aerobic exercise like rowing or skipping. This keeps UR heart rate elevated and as you progress forward in the set, it gets harder and harder. Keep in mind to choose an exercise to pair with the squat that doesn’t interfere with the quality of the upcoming sets.
Choose a weight that you can maintain for all sets. The load should be moderate enough to be able to perform 8-12 reps without compromising on the quality. Perform 4 sets of back squats for 8-12 repetitions each, paired with 30-45 seconds of an aerobic activity, followed by a minute of rest before the next set. This variation will attack the fat tissues of UR lower body and help you lose the fat.
Stair climbing intervals: Looking for a killer variation for your leg muscles? Try stair climbing for intervals at the end of UR workout. After finishing your weight training routine, adopt this variation to accelerate the rate of fat loss of UR lower body muscles. Unlike running, this variation is much harder on the cardiovascular system and the inclined terrain helps strengthen the muscles and joints of your lower body. Perform one-minute intervals with 45 seconds break between sets for six rounds and that should be it. However, those with knee pain should be careful while performing this exercise.
Looking for a killer variation for your leg muscles? Try stair climbing for intervals at the end of UR workout.
Sled push: The sled push is a modifiable exercise which is regularly used by fitness enthusiasts’ pre or post-workout. It is great for conditioning the body for different sports or long-distance running, and some runners even use it to recover after an injury. It involves engaging UR glutes, hips, back, hamstrings, calves, core, triceps, and shoulders all at once that is why it is referred to as an all-out high intensity exercise, whether you load the sled with heavy weights or not. This is what makes it a great full-body exercise for those willing to challenge their fitness.