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A word from Rachael:

”If you’ve been following me on Instagram, or reading my blog, you know that you girls are my main inspiration & motivation. This is why I recently reached out to some of you to ask about your progress and feedback. These are their stories. Hope you find them as motivating and uplifting as I have.”

In this interview, we chatted with Xiang. She’s 22 years old and she lives in the Netherlands. Here is a summary of her experience & results after completing the 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program.


RACHAEL ATTARD PROGRAM REVIEW BY XIANG

1. WHAT WAS YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE BEFORE YOU STARTED THE 3 STEPS TO LEAN LEGS PROGRAM?

XIANG: Previously, I only worked out about 2-3 times a week. I’ve always felt like working out more frequently than that would stimulate my leg muscles too much and cause them to bulk up. My workouts usually included a running session, (ideally) a swimming session, and one at home pilates session.

Additionally, this routine was one that I could fit into my daily schedule long-term, without feeling like I was spending all my free time working out. I think this routine was enough for me to maintain my weight. But since I mainly did cardio and didn’t really do resistance training except for one at home pilates session, I was never really able to sculpt my muscles.

Once again, I refused to do more weight exercises in fear of building muscle in my thighs and calves. I tried all kinds of workouts in the past, and I would always see muscle growth in my legs where I didn’t want it.

My routine stopped working for me when I gained quite a bit of weight over the course of a year in the United States. I spent a year there studying abroad and it was terribly difficult to maintain a stable weight. At the end of the year, I religiously followed my old workout routine and ate healthy. I was trying really hard to get back where I was before I moved to the US.

However, after about a month, I still felt like I saw little progress. I had lost some body fat, but I still looked ‘out of shape’ and ‘untoned’. I was already eating as clean as I could at that point. And I knew that further restriction would become extremely unhealthy. So, I realised I had to change up my fitness routine and try something new.

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Xiang before starting my 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program

2. WHAT CONVINCED YOU TO TRY OUT 3 STEPS TO LEAN LEGS PROGRAM?

XIANG: I first came across Rachael’s website a little over a year ago. Back then I hesitated because I have always been quite skeptical of workout programs and their ability to provide me results. Like I said, I’ve never committed to a daily workout schedule before because I was convinced they would make me bulk up. At the end of my year abroad in the US, I had nothing left to lose and no reason not to try Rachael’s program. Especially after seeing all the progress photos on Rachael’s Instagram from others that tried the program, I decided I wanted to give it a go myself.

3. HAVE YOU EVER BEFORE TRIED EXERCISING ACCORDING TO YOUR BODY TYPE?

XIANG: I had done body type quizzes previously and I knew that I was a mesomorph body type. I can gain and lose weight quite quickly. However, I never really made an effort to adjust my workouts to my body type. I suppose I didn’t know how to, and where to begin.

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“I started to see significant results after 3 weeks. It was extremely rewarding! I didn’t expect results to show so quickly.

4. WHAT WAS YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE PART OF OUR PROGRAM AND WHY?

XIANG: My favourite part of the program was how easily I could incorporate it into my daily life, without sacrificing too much time. The workouts are only 30-45 minutes long. So I was able to combine the morning walks with the afternoon workouts to save time. Most importantly, despite the adjustments I had made to the program to fit my needs, I was still able to achieve results.

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5. WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THE PROGRAM?

XIANG: It was quite an adjustment to have to walk at least 10,000 steps on a daily basis. I wasn’t used to this much walking and sometimes it was hard to fit in the number of steps I needed. However, Rachael’s program emphasised the importance of walking over anything else, and that was what motivated me to keep going.

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6. WHEN DID YOU FIRST START SEEING RESULTS?

XIANG: I started to see significant results after 3 weeks. It was extremely rewarding! I didn’t expect results to show so quickly.

And the results after 8 weeks on the program were truly baffling to me. I’ve always been heavier on my legs and after years of trying different workouts, I was starting to believe that there was probably no way to lean them out in a healthy way. Seeing my own progress as a result of Rachel’s program was extremely rewarding.

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Xiang noticing results for the first time :)

7. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE 3 STEPS TO LEAN LEGS PROGRAM TO YOUR FRIENDS?

XIANG: I recently purchased Rachael’s Lean Legs Video Course and plan to use both programs in the future on a long-term basis.

So yes, I would definitely recommend Rachael’s Program! From what I’ve seen so far, there are no other programs out there that focus on what Rachael offers to her clients.

Thank you, Xiang! You did an awesome job xx

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.

4 Responses

  1. Hi, I have contacted you 4 times over the last 3 weeks… I was on week 3 of the leg plan & running, twice/three times weekly BUT I have gained inches on my bum & no loss etc anywhere else! What should I now be doing to rectify this! I walk slot as I have a dog well over 20,00 steps a day. Diet is good so what should I do now?

    1. Hey lovely,
      Can you please tell me a bit more about your cardio? Are you walking and running on a flat surface (no incline, no hills)?
      And were you doing your circuit training? How often? And did you use weights for it?
      Also, you say you think your diet is good – were you following Rachael’s meal plan?
      Let me know so I can help you ASAP! xx
      Love,
      Marina

  2. Hello Rachel,
    I have started your 3 steps to lean legs program, however I don’t enjoy running. Would I get the same results if i swapped the running out for high intensity workouts (that don’t use weights or leg bulking exercises) instead?? (I am a mesomorph). Or would you prefer I do the running instead, or some other form of exercise such as swimming or boxing??..
    I was also wondering if I am eating healthy (cutting out sugars, processed foods etc.) 80% of the time and not strictly following your diet plan, if that will matter??
    Thanks so much!!

    1. Hi lovely,
      The best substitute for running is power walking. Walking has proven to be even better than running for slimming down the legs, so you will still get results. :)
      If you’d like to add some variety to your cardio workouts, swimming and boxing are also great options, especially for the upper body and core.
      You don’t have to follow the meal plan perfectly, you will still get results if you eat healthy and follow the workout plan. The healthier you eat the better your results will be, but of course you can modify the meal plan to suit you.
      Wishing you all the best! xx

      Love,
      Diana

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