I decided to do a blog series about all the different fitness programs you lovelies ask me about. :)
The main reason why I decided to do it is because I sometimes see women trying to combine my program with an additional program.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it is bad to try other workout plans if you want. However, doing them at the same time as my program will probably affect your results.
But even if you don’t follow any of my programs and your goal is to get leaner legs, I think you’ll find this blog series useful. :)
CHLOE TING’S 30 DAY LEAN THIGH CHALLENGE REVIEW
One of the most common programs I see women doing is Chloe Ting’s 30 Day Lean Thigh Challenge. I want to a quick review of her program, and answer some of the most common questions I receive about it. :)
WHAT IS CHLOE’S WORKOUT CHALLENGE?
Chloe has a 30-day workout challenge that is meant to help you slim down and tone your legs without bulking them up (yay!).
In this challenge, you are supposed to:
- Workout for 30 to 70 minutes a day.
- Exercise almost every day for 30 days.
- Do five active rest days. On rest days, you have the option to do a shorter workout or to take a break from working out altogether.
Every day, you are supposed to go through a series of 3-6 workout videos. The workout videos cycle through the 30 days, so you only end up doing 6 different videos overall.
The videos cover your entire body, and the focus is on a mixture of bodyweight resistance training and moderate-intensity cardio. Her plan also includes stretching.
Here are my thoughts on the six workout videos that are in her program:
CHLOE’S SIX WORKOUTS FROM THE LEAN THIGH CHALLENGE
WORKOUT 1: Thigh Workout for Losing Fat | Slim Inner Thigh Workout (No Jumping)
This workout routine is great for Ectomorphs who want to build muscle tone. Mesomorphs and Endomorphs will also enjoy this workout video if they don’t mind building some more thigh muscles! But if you are a Mesomorph or Endomorph who wants to get leaner thighs, this workout may add some unwanted bulkiness.
The workout does include lunges and plie squats, and 2 out 3 female body types will notice that their calves and thighs get bigger from those moves. If you want to avoid making these muscles larger, it is best to avoid doing this workout video too often.
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WORKOUT 2: Burn Belly Fat & Thigh Fat Workout | Fat Burning Workout
If you don’t have access to a treadmill or you can’t go outside, this is a pretty good at-home cardio alternatives. But, as I always say, nothing will target your inner thigh fat like power walking. :)
WORKOUT 3: Outer/Inner Thigh Workout (10 Mins Thigh Workout to Get LEAN LEGS IN 30 DAYS | NOT BULKY THIGHS)
This is an inner and outer thigh workout that should help you tone your thighs without getting too bulked up. Most of the exercises in this video will not give you bulky legs.
But there are a few plie squats and lunges that will make some girls’ thighs bigger instead of smaller. If you want to make sure you won’t get bulky legs, you can always skip these moves or replace them with something else. :)
WORKOUT 4: Slim legs workout – Thigh fat burning workout (No jumping)
This workout was designed to help you tone your thighs while also burning fat. Sounds like a win-win! However, this workout is actually mostly a resistance training workout, not a cardio workout. Resistance training is better for burning carbs, not fat. :)
If you want to burn fat, you need to do low-to-moderate cardio workouts. And what’s my favorite cardio workout for burning fat and slimming down thighs? You guessed it! Power walking. :)
WORKOUT 5: 10 Minute Ab Workout
I LOVE this workout. It’s quick, efficient, and you can do it anywhere! This was a perfect ab workout to include in the program.
WORKOUT 6: Plank Challenge
Phew, this is a hard workout. Thankfully, Chloe shows beginners how to modify the moves. I always appreciate it when trainers do that!
Despite the name, this is actually a full-body workout. It doesn’t just focus on your core. In the program, Chloe always combines this full-body workout with specific leg and ab resistance workout videos. That’s a lot of resistance training in one day!
Instead of combining this workout with more resistance exercises, I would suggest doing it with a cardio workout. You don’t need to train your legs when you do a full-body workout, especially if you want to avoid burnout or bulking up your legs. :)
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I’m thankful that Chloe includes this stretching video in her program. Stretching is really important!
One common question I get is if stretching will help make your legs leaner. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t an essential part of your workout routine. I suggest you try stretching before and after your workout to avoid muscle soreness and to prevent injuries.
I can understand why women like this challenge. It is clear, promises amazing results, and has a mixture of resistance and moderate-intensity cardio exercises.
I am a big fan of doing both resistance training workouts and cardio workouts, and I like that both are included in this program. Resistance training is essential if you want to burn more calories and also tone your muscles!
I personally like to include more low-to-moderate-intensity cardio workouts but I like that Chloe includes some cardio workouts in the fat-burning zone. But remember, one of the best ways to burn fat is by power walking, which is why I emphasize it so much. :)
Also, if you tend to build muscle fast and bulk up easily and you prefer a more lean look, this might be too much resistance training in one program. You don’t need to do resistance training every day, and doing lots of thigh workouts will lead to bigger thighs, not smaller ones!
If you are a complete beginner, this program might be a little intense for you. Chloe is very athletic (and has an amazing body to prove it!), and her program isn’t for the faint of heart and most beginners will struggle with it. Luckily, if you’re new to working out, Chloe recommends that you do low-impact modifications when you need to. :)
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ARE CHLOE TING WORKOUTS EFFECTIVE?
Chloe talks about the effectiveness of her program on her website. :)
She’s clear that everybody is going to have different results, and she doesn’t claim that her program alone will reduce the size of your thighs. She offers no guarantees. Instead, she says the program was designed to be a low impact way to avoid bulking up your thighs. She says you shouldn’t do high-intensity workouts while doing this challenge.
Chloe emphasizes that, in order to have good results, you need to also eat a healthy, clean diet alongside her program. She says that you should get rid of all the junk food in your house and commit to a meal plan in order to stay focused.
This makes sense, and I agree that eating healthy is really important! You will never be able to fix a bad diet in the gym. You need to make sure you’re eating well too! :)
Chloe also recognizes that her program isn’t going to fit everybody which is fair and I appreciate her honesty.
And another thing I like is that she gives tips on how to track progress properly!
She suggests not using the scale to monitor your progress. Instead, progress pics are the way to go. I 100% agree. Progress pictures are a much more reliable way of tracking your progress!
SHOULD YOU COMBINE CHLOE TING’S PROGRAM WITH MY PROGRAM?
No, you shouldn’t combine our programs, and that’s not because Chloe’s program is bad! If you want to try Chloe’s program on its own, that’s ok. But combining it with my program will most likely lead to overtraining. Overtraining can cause a lot of problems, including:
- Constant muscle soreness
- Bulky muscles
- Feeling overly tired
The more you train your legs, the bigger your thighs will become! If you want slim legs, you need to find a balance between fat-burning cardio (like power walking!) and just enough resistance training to tone your legs. My program has a good balance of both these things.
You don’t need to add more workouts to my program to make it more intense. My original program will work your full body with the right amount of strength training and cardio. And it has a full meal plan so you don’t have to worry about your diet :)
As always, thanks for all the amazing questions that inspired this article. I loved learning more about Chloe’s program. Chloe’s super sweet, and she has made some awesome workout videos!
Let me know in the comments if there are any other programs you want me to review. :)
Love Rachael xx
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