The Best Exercises to Tone Your Legs

Do you wear pants in the summer to hide your legs? Haven't worn a dress in years? You've come to the right place. By the end of this post, you'll have a full leg workout to help you tone your legs to your liking!

Creating toned legs may take time and patience but can be done with some diligent training!

Similarly to what we mentioned in our "Bat Wing" article, toning the legs is a result of two main things:

1. Less body fat

2. More lean muscle mass

Very basically, the more body fat you have, the larger all of your body will be. While we all hold fat in different spots and are able to reduce it differently, there is no special selection when it comes to where your body holds fat or where it loses it first.

When we hold extra fat, lose fat, or have no muscle tone, our limbs may look flabby and ripply. In order to combat this, we must build some lean muscle mass in that space to fill it out and create the toned look you desire.

While there are a ton of exercises you can do to create muscle tone in your legs, some will give you the biggest bang for your buck!


1. Squat

The squat is one of the most fundamental movements and is a total powerhouse when it comes to what it can do for your body. The squat hits both your legs and core (and shoulders/arms if you're holding weights!)

To perform a squat, spread your feet just slightly over hip width apart. Draw in your core

(think about pulling your belly button towards your spine), and push your butt back and down as if you were going to sit down. Get as low as you can with good form and then come back up, keeping your weight in your heels through the entire movement.

2. Reverse Lunge

Begin the lunge with your feet together, arms by your sides.

Keeping your right foot planted

on the floor, take a wide step backwards with your left foot. Bend at both knees, trying to get your left knee close to the floor and keeping your right knee behind the toe. Try to form a 90* angle with your front leg.

Return to the starting position to complete one repetition.

3. Side Lunge