This is my final blog post in the how to get skinny legs series. This post will provide a summary of all the main points that you need to know to get those lean and toned legs.
First of all, you will need to know your body type as this will determine the type of workout and nutrition program you should follow. To find out what body type you are, check out my previous blog post here. I also have specific nutrition and workout guidelines tailored to each body type here: ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph. Have a read of these guidelines to find out how to get skinny legs for your body type.
Unfortunately, if you want skinny legs, you can’t avoid cardio. The best type of cardio to get skinny legs is actually low to moderate intensity cardio such as power walking and light jogging. This is because it uses fat as one of the main fuel sources, whereas HIIT and weight training use mostly glycogen (carbohydrates).
Also, it is very beneficial to do power walking first thing in the morning or after your HIIT or weights session. After doing weights / HIIT, your body is depleted of glycogen and will turn to fat for energy. Power walking after your HIIT and weights sessions is a must! Even if it’s just a light walk for 20 minutes. Find out more about cardio for lean legs here.
If you want toned legs, you will need to do some form of resistance training. If you just want purely skinny legs with no definition, then you may not want to do resistance training. But I highly recommend it! Read my blog post here for tips on how to do weights without getting bulky.
If you do your HIIT right, it will help strip fat from your legs very quickly. However, most people do HIIT like this: 30 seconds sprint as fast as you can, 30-60 seconds rest and repeat for 10-15 minutes. This is great but uses mostly glycogen as a fuel source, not fat, and can contribute to bulking.
By modifying your HIIT so that you are running at a slower speed (but still faster than normal) for a longer period of time, you will burn more fat. For example, it is better to run at a medium fast pace for 2 minutes, with a 60 second rest and repeat this 5-10 times (depending on fitness level) as this will burn more fat. To find out more about this type of HIIT, read my previous blog post here.
If you exercise right, you will definitely notice changes in your legs, particularly with cardio. However, you will see even greater results if you are eating right. Depending on your body type, you may need a low carbohydrate, balanced or high carbohydrate diet. Have a look at the nutrition guidelines for each body type to find out more (ectomorph, mesomorph, endomorph). Also, I have a few good blog posts on diet to help you get started:
If you read through these nutrition blog posts, you will hopefully have a good idea on the amount and type of foods you should be eating to get the best results.
Just in case you have missed any of the blog posts in the how to get skinny legs series, here they are:
To find out more about my lean legs workout and nutrition program, click here xx