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Lower Body Workout That Won’t Add Bulk

By Rachael Attard, Updated Aug 18, 2020
lower body workout that won't add bulk

I love working my booty and legs, but too many squats and lunges just make my legs bigger. This is a lower body workout that won’t add bulk – it will help you tone up but keep your legs slim!

I use ankle weights and a gliding disc for this workout. I will put links to the equipment that I use at the end of this blog post and I will also give you some alternatives :)

This workout is quick, effective and you can do it at home.

Enjoy! xx



  • Complete each exercise for 30-45 seconds.
  • Do all 5 exercises on one leg (start with your weakest leg if you have one) and then do them on the other leg.
  • Complete 2-3 rounds, and try to have as little rest as possible.


lower body workout that won't add bulk


lower body workout that won't add bulk


lower body workout that won't add bulk

Note – I use gliding discs for this exercise. Also, if you are using ankle weights, you can keep them on for this workout too!


lower body workout that won't add bulk


lower body workout that won't add bulk

I should also mention my 3 Steps To Lean Legs Program which is designed to help you get lean and toned legs.

So if you like this style of training that gives you a toned look without making you bulky, my program might be perfect for you :)


These are the ankle weights that I use. I like the 2 pounds, but you can go heavier if you want an extra challenge!

If you don’t have ankle weights and don’t want to buy them, you can just do all the exercises without them. To purchase these, just click on the image or this link. :)

These are the gliding discs that I use, and I love them because you can use them on hard surfaces, and you can also take off the covers and use them on carpeted surfaces too.

They are quite cheap and light so are a great investment (and good if you travel a lot like me!).

But if you don’t want to buy them, you can use a small towel on hard surfaces, or paper plates on carpeted surfaces.

To purchase these, just click on this link. :)

Love Rachael Xx

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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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5 comments on “Lower Body Workout That Won’t Add Bulk”

    Liane Robinson says:

    Any advice for when one leg is bigger than the other. My left leg (less dominant leg), is actually about 5cm bigger around the thigh. It is muscle mass, not fat.

    M. says:

    When doing the excersises, would it make any difference (and what kind of) if we like squeeze our leg and glute muscles? Also, should excersises be done at a tempo you are doing them in the video, or will maybe a faster tempo be a plus for getting slimmer? Thank you in advance ^^

      Rachael Attard says:

      Hi lovely, if you’re doing the exercises with correct form you should be squeezing the right muscles :) And no I would do them slowly – slower is actually harder and engages the muscles for a longer period of time xx

    Julia says:

    What is the benefit of doing one leg first and then the other? Also, what muscles need to be avoided to prevent bulking? Thank you

      Rachael Attard says:

      Hi Julia, you just work that one leg harder by not giving it rest. But you can always do one exercise on both legs first if you prefer that or if it becomes too much for one leg. The main muscle that women complain about when their legs get too big is their quadriceps so I would avoid overworking that muscle xx