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20 Fitness Blog Posts You Should Read in 2021

By Rachael Attard, Updated Dec 26, 2020

I know that reaching your fitness goals can seem hard and that you may feel overwhelmed with all the info online.

If you’re just staring your fitness journey, you may feel like you don’t know where to start. And if you’ve been into fitness for sometime and still haven’t reached your goals, you may not be sure what should be your next step.

So to make things a bit easier for you, I’m going to share my most popular blog posts that are going to teach you how to get lean and toned in a healthy way without adding unwanted muscle bulk.

Best Advice on How To Get Slim And Toned Legs: How To Get Lean Legs Series

1. How to Get Lean Legs – Why You Need Cardio for Lean Legs

A lot of women now avoid cardio and instead focus solely on doing resistance training (such as lifting heavy weights and doing workouts like squats and lunges).

They are made to believe that this is going to help them slim down their legs, when it’s most likely going to have the opposite effect. Lifting heavy and doing lot os squats and lunges will probably make your legs bigger and not smaller.

In order to slim down your legs, you should focus more on cardio, but not just on any kind of cardio.

To find out what kind of cardio is the BEST if you want lean legs, read the blog post below.

READ MORE: How to Get Lean Legs – Why You Need Cardio for Lean Legs

2. How to Slim Down Calves – Best Tips On How to Slim Down Your Calves (Dos and Don’ts)

I know I have a lot of information on my blog regarding how to get lean legs and slim down your muscular thighs, but I haven’t talked too much about calves.

That is because it is quite a challenging topic. It all comes down to whether your calf size is due to muscle or fat.

I do get a lot of questions about how to make your calves smaller, and especially how to slim calf muscles.

So if you’re wondering how to lose calf fat or how to get rid of the calf muscle, then this blog post is for you.

READ MORE: How to Slim Down Calves – Best Tips On How to Slim Down Your Calves (Dos and Don’ts)

3. How to Slim Muscular Thighs – Get Toned Legs Without Bulk

I know most people go to the gym to build muscle, but many women actually have issues with getting overly muscular legs when they exercise. 

Some girls have even told me that their legs get bigger in size with running, barre, yoga and other exercises that you wouldn’t expect to bulk up your thighs. 

If you want to slim muscular thighs and want to get lean and toned legs without adding muscle bulk and you feel like your thighs keep getting bigger and bigger when you exercise, read the blog post below. :)

READ MORE: How to Slim Muscular Thighs – Get Lean and Toned Legs Without Adding Muscle Bulk

4. How to Lose Inner Thigh Fat – (Which Exercises You Should Do and Which You Should Avoid)

I know that the inner thighs are a problem area for many women (myself included) and a very challenging part to slim down.

It took me a couple of years to figure out the best ways to slim down legs and especially how to get rid of inner thigh fat.

In this blog post, I’ll explain how to lose slim inner thighs and get leaner and what are the most common mistakes you should avoid making when trying to get rid of inner thigh fat.

READ MORE: How to Lose Inner Thigh Fat (PLUS What Not To Do If You Want to Get Rid Of Inner Thigh Fat)

5. How to Get Rid of Saddlebags – Lose Upper Thigh Fat and Tone Your Outer Thighs

Some women are more prone to having saddlebags, either due to muscle atrophy, a hormonal imbalance or genetics.

The good news is that, you can definitely reduce the appearance of saddlebags if you know how to lose outer thigh fat and tone your upper thighs and booty.

If you do the RIGHT workouts and adjust your diet, you can reduce the appearance of saddlebags. Read the blog post below to learn how to get rid of saddlebags once and for all.

READ MORE: How to Get Rid of Saddlebags – Lose Upper Thigh Fat and Tone Your Outer Thighs

6. Why You Need to Know Your Body Type If You Want Slim and Toned Legs

Ever wondered why some girls can eat and train in the same way as you but end up with very different results?

Yes – genetics, hormones and different health issues play a big role. But there is an additional factor that we all seem to forget – your body type.

If you really want to lose stubborn thigh fat, lose bulky leg muscle and get lean and toned legs, you need adjust your diet and workouts to your body type.

In the blog post below, I’ll teach you how to eat and train for your specific body type

READ MORE: Why You Need to Know Your Body Type If You Want To Slim Down Your Legs

7. How to Get Lean Legs – Mesomorph Female Diet and Workout Guidelines

Mesomorph is one of the three female body types (besides ectomorph and endomorph).

Women with a mesomorph body type are naturally athletic. They can lose weight easily but they can also build muscle mass just as quickly.

I’ve designed the best diet and workout regime for mesomorph women to achieve the look they always wanted!

READ MORE: How to Get Lean Legs – Mesomorph Female Diet and Workout Guidelines

8. How to Get Lean Legs – Endomorph Female Diet and Workout Guidelines

Endomorph is one of the three female body types (next to mesomorph and ectomorph).

Endomorph females women have natural curves that some can only dream of. However, it takes them more time and effort to lean down compared to the other body types.

Endomorph girls need to stick to their own diet and workout regime to achieve best results.

READ MORE: How to Get Lean Legs – Endomorph Female Diet and Workout Guidelines

9. Why Are My Legs Getting Bigger From Running

No one expects to see their legs get bigger from running but it does happen. Running constantly uses the various muscles in your legs, causing them to develop and grow in size.

Your body type also influences whether your leg muscles will bulk up from running or not. This is why it’s important to know your body type, to know which exercises you should reduce or avoid.

Read the blog post below to find out if you should add more running to your routine or if you should skip it and focus on other types of cardio.

READ MORE: Why Are My Legs Getting Bigger From Running

10. Do Squats Make Your Legs Bigger or Smaller

Your PT at the gym will, in most cases, tell you to do squats in order to slim down your legs and squats are included in the majority of fitness programs and routines. Squats will give you a fantastic looking butt, however doing a high volume of them will definitely increase the size of your legs. If your goal is to slim down your legs, then you might want to avoid squats, especially if you are an endomorph or mesomorph body type.

READ MORE: Do Squats Make Your Legs Bigger or Smaller

My Female Guides on How To Get a Lean and Toned Body Without Adding Muscle Bulk

11. The Female Guide on How to Get Lean and Toned Without Getting Bulky

Many personal trainers push women to lift heavy weights in order to slim down, claiming that they cannot get too bulky.

From my own experience, I know this is not true and that women can indeed bulk up for their own liking.

This is why I decided to help women understand the best way to exercise without gaining unwanted muscle.

READ MORE: The Female Guide on How to Get Lean and Toned Without Getting Bulky

12. How to Slim Down a Muscular Upper Body – Advice for Women

Women don’t bulk up in their upper body as easily as they do in their lower body, but it does happen, especially if you lift heavy.

When I say bulking up, I don’t mean getting muscular like a bodybuilder, but enough for you to feel like you’ve gained too much muscle for your own liking.

There are ways to get rid of muscular arms, big shoulders and a wider back so read the blog post below to find out how to do it.

READ MORE: How to Down a Slim Muscular Upper Body – Dos and Don’ts

13. How to Lift Weights Without Getting Bulky

You’re exercising regularly, pushing yourself to your maximum, adding more weight each time for one more round of heavy squats, lunges and/or HIIT.

But, it seems like your legs are just getting bulkier and bigger instead of smaller.

You’re finding it difficult to fit into your skinny jeans and shorts.

What is going on? Why are you getting bigger, instead of slimming down?

First of all – I understand this frustration. A couple of years ago, I was in this exact same situation and struggled with adding too much muscle for my liking.

But, there is a way around it.

This is why I decided to give some advice on how to lift weights without getting bulky – especially in your legs.

READ MORE: How to Lift Weight Without Getting Bulky

14. How to Get a Bigger Butt in a Week (Without Bulking Up Your Quads)

Do you know what’s the best workout if you want a bigger booty?

I know lots of you are going to say squats, but that’s actually not true!

However, there is a way for you to get a bigger butt in just a week and it doesn’t involve squatting.

What you should do is be aware of your body type, target the right muscles (glutes and not your quads) and make sure you are eating correctly.

READ MORE: How to Get a Bigger Butt in a Week (Without Bulking Up Your Quads)

15. What to Do If You’re Skinny Fat (Get Toned Without Getting Too Muscular)

I’m not the biggest fan of the “skinny fat” term, but let me try and explain it so you see what it means.

It might seem impossible to you that someone can be both “skinny” and “fat”.

What “skinny fat” means is that a person will look lean but they won’t actually have a lot of muscle tone.

This happened to me when I did only cardio and avoided ALL resistance training.

To find out how to avoid the “skinny fat” look or how to get more toned without adding unwanted muscle bulk, read the blog post below.

READ MORE: What to Do If You’re Skinny Fat (Get Toned Without Getting Too Muscular)

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16. Victoria’s Secret Diet Plan – Find Out What VS Model Really Eat

A lot of models have such great bodies due to genetics, but they also have to work to maintain it. Because they work all year round, their nutrition needs to be good at all times.

Victoria’s Secret models are always in the spotlight and everyone wants to know what’s their diet really like, which is why I compiled their most popular meals and 6 rules which they all stick to.

READ MORE: Victoria’s Secret Diet Plan – What Victoria’s Secret Models Really Eat

17. Victoria’s Secret Workout Plan – Train Like VS Angel

Victoria’s Secret models undergo rigorous diet and workout regimes. I’ve talked about both their diet and workout and even tested what works on me and what doesn’t.

In this post I compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions such as how long they exercise, what their favourite exercises are, if they lift weights or do cardio, etc.

Also, their ab, legs and arms workouts included in this blog post (+ tips how to great your own workouts).

READ MORE: Victoria’s Secret Workout Plan – Train Like a Victoria’s Secret Model

18. Free Lean Legs Workout (Day 1 from my eBook)

Working out and seeing your legs get bigger and bigger can be disappointing.

It’s difficult to figure out the right balance on your own. I used to under-eat and over-exercise and then over-eat and do wrong exercises.

After a lot of testing, I designed the best diet and workout program to get a lean and slim body in a healthy and balanced way.

Try this FREE workout from my 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program!

READ MORE: Free Lean Legs Workout (Day 1 from my eBook)

19. Full Body HIIT Workout That Won’t Add Bulk

I get a lot of questions about HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and specifically how to do HIIT workouts without the fear of getting bulky.

If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram, you know I am a big fan of HIIT for losing weight (my favourite one is interval running).

However, most traditional HIIT workouts you can find online include lots of jumping, squats and lunges and instead of helping you to slim down, they will most likely cause your legs to bulk up.

I design my HIIT workout specifically for women who enjoy HIIT and don’t want to bulk up.

Try my full body HIIT workout that’s going to help you burn TONS of calories without getting your legs bigger.

READ MORE: Full Body HIIT Workout That Won’t Add Bulk

+ LEARN HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR IDEAL CALORIE INTAKE (FREE CALORIES AND MACROS CALCULATOR INCLUDED)

20. How to calculate your ideal daily calorie intake

It is extremely important that you eat the right amount of calories for your body.

Eating too much will make you gain weight and eating too little will stop your weight loss progress and cause all kinds of health problems.

Use my FREE calorie and macros calculator to find out what’s the best diet for your specific body type and goals.

READ MORE: How to calculate your ideal daily calorie intake

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Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

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4 comments on “20 Fitness Blog Posts You Should Read in 2021”

    Klara says:

    Hi!
    I love your blog!
    I want to lose a couple of pounds and get a lean and toned body, but I reeeally hate running… Can I walk/ power walk instead and combine it with resistance training or will I get less results if I don’t run?
    Also, for how long should I walk to get maximum results?

    Hugs, Klara

      Len - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,

      Thanks for reaching out! <3

      If you plan to exclude running from your routine, feel free to replace it with more power walks. Just double up on the time invested. For example, a 20-min run should be substituted with a 40-min power walk :) I recommend that you power walk 5-6x a week and aim for at least 10,000 steps a day. Make sure to do it on a flat surface because any uphill walking will engage your quads a lot and can cause unwanted bulkiness.

      I hope it helps. If you have more questions, you can email us at info@rachaelattard.com

      Love,
      Len

    Kenney says:

    Wonderful rachael,i’ve red most of them but I still check them time to time when I’m a bit unclear (saved it all in my browser page!) My goal is to get lean so I’m one your biggest fans! I’m nineteen,mesomorph. Team rachael,tell me more about the lean legs programs; there are more than one right? And pls is there any how-to-purchase any of these programs especially for those not using the same currency (as USD) ? Thanks so much rachael, I ❤️ everything you’re doing!

      Sanja - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,

      I’m so glad that you’re enjoying Rachael’s blogs <3

      There are 3 products, I'll tell you a bit about each one:

      The 3 Steps To Lean Legs Program is an 8-week plan designed to help you get lean and toned without bulking.

      It will help you slim down your legs, but will also help you slim and tone your upper body and core too (the workouts are full body). It includes meal plans (vegan and regular), recipe eBooks, and resistance exercises in the form of short demonstration videos and photos.

      The Lean Legs Video Course is the resistance workouts from the eBook, but in full length follow at-home workout videos.

      The third option is the Premium Package which is a bundle of both products :)

      All three are a one-time purchase which means you get lifetime access without any type of subscription.

      The prices are in USD, but you can purchase it from any country using any currency. And you can also pay with any type of credit or debit card, or Paypal

      I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any questions! xx

      Love,
      Sanja