What is the best exercise to lean and tone your legs? You might be thinking the answer is squats. And while squats do target your lower body, they tend to grow the muscles in your legs and not slim them down.

If your goal is to have lean legs, then you should avoid exercises such as squats and lunges.

It’s also important that you keep in mind that not all workouts work the same for everybody. First of all, you will need to know your body type as this will determine the type of workout and nutrition routine you should follow. To find out what body type you are, you can go do our body type quiz here.

Some body types build muscles easily (endomorphs and mesomorphs), so you need to be careful what kind of exercises you are doing. If you notice that a certain type of exercise is bulking your legs, then stop doing it immediatelly!

All of the exercises that we share here are great because they work for all body types and they won’t grow your leg muscles! Feel free to use them and get those lean and toned legs you are looking for. :)

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How to Combine these Exercises:

You can do them all in one circuit, or pick a few to add to your workout. If you notice that a workout in your routine is bulking your legs, replace it with one of these.

Try These Top Exercises for Lean and Toned Legs



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All of the workouts we post on our Instagram are designed to get you lean and toned, so feel free to try any of them out in your routine. We post a new one each week so there’s a lot of options!

We also have two programs which will target your legs to get them lean and toned. Lean Legs Program 1 is perfect if you are just starting out, and Lean Legs Program 2 is great for those who are more advanced and looking for a tougher workout!

Love Rachael 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.

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