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Your Top 7 FAQs Answered!

By Rachael Attard, Updated Apr 12, 2019

These are some of the most popular questions I am asked.

Any time I am asked a question several times, I will usually write a blog post on this topic in detail. So chances are, I already have the answers to your question on my blog :)

If you ever want to search for a question on my blog, all you need to do is type your word/phrase into the search bar and any relevant blog posts will come up.

So here are some of the questions!

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MY BODY TYPE IS?

I get asked this one a lot, so I have actually just created a body type calculator that you can use for free! It will tell you your body type and also give you some tips on how to eat / exercise for you body type.

You can use the body type calculator here.

You can also read my blog post explaining the 3 different body types.

WILL JUMP ROPE MAKE MY LEGS BIGGER?

Skipping is great cardio, but doesn’t have the same slimming down legs effect as walking and running. Because of the constant jumping, it can make your calves bigger. And depending on your skipping style, can make your thighs bigger too. It may not make everyone’s legs bigger, but if you gain muscle easily, you might want to avoid skipping.

I get a lot of questions about certain forms of exercise and whether or not they make your legs bigger. So I have written a blog post covering dancing, barre, cycling, rowing, swimming, sprinting, elliptical, step machine, running, yoga, etc. You can read this blog post here.

I HAVE BEEN EXERCISING A LOT AND NOW MY LEGS ARE TOO MUSCULAR. HOW DO I GET RID OF THE MUSCLE?

First of all, I am sorry to hear this happened! But just know that you can slim down your muscle so it’s not forever!

The most important thing to do is STOP whatever exercise was making your legs too muscular. If you continue doing this exercise, your legs will stay the same size or continue to grow. And then add cardio to help them slim down. It will take time to reduce muscle (usually longer than it took to build it) so you must be patient.

Please have a look at this blog post for more information on how to slim down muscular thighs.

I WANT TO GET RID OF FAT (PLUS CELLULITE AND MUSCLE) IN MY INNER THIGH AREA. IS THAT POSSIBLE?

You can’t target an area specifically, but you can certainly do specific exercises to help slim down your legs all over. I often find that when legs slim down, inner thighs seem to be the area that get results the quickest – so you’re in luck!

Please have a look at this blog post on how to slim down inner thighs.

I EAT SO HEALTHY AND EXERCISE A LOT BUT I STILL CAN’T GET RID OF MY SADDLEBAGS / MUFFIN TOP NO MATTER WHAT I DO! WHY IS THIS?

This is usually due to high cortisol levels or a hormone imbalance. I know it sounds like only really unlucky people can have hormone imbalances, or only people with really stressed out jobs get high cortisol. But it’s actually so much more common than you think. And if you’ve tried everything to get rid of your muffin top, I am 99% sure that the issue is hormones.

Please have a read of this blog post for some hormone issues that can be causing it, and have a read of this one about high cortisol.

WHAT IS A GOOD CARDIO ALTERNATIVE TO RUNNING?

There are so many great forms of cardio! But honestly, none of them will slim down your legs like running and walking. So it’s hard to answer this one. I guess the next best form of cardio (for slim legs) would be swimming or the elliptical.

Also, boxing is great cardio and doesn’t tend to bulk (unless there’s lots of burpees and squats in your boxing class). I would consider boxing a mix of both cardio and resistance training.

IS YOUR PROGRAM JUST FOR LEGS?

Whilst my program focuses on slimming down legs (both muscle and fat), the resistance workouts are all full body workouts. So that means it includes upper body and core workouts too. It will help you tone your entire body, but keep a slim look.

It is a complete workout program and you don’t need to any extra exercise. If you want to find out more about my program, click here.

Hope you found this blog post helpful :)

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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25 comments on “Your Top 7 FAQs Answered!”

    Arwen says:

    Hi rachael i was wondering if you used stevia in any of your recipes. i use it a lot and i’ve done some research but i’m not sure if it’s the healthiest sweetener. i was wondering what your thoughts are on it ;)

    Ann says:

    Hi, I’ve tried power walking for slimmer thighs and do see results. However, it is starting to really hurt my hips, even with walking slower and not so long. What is the best cardio alternative? I want to try the elliptical but have heard it makes thighs bigger. I am a mesomorph/endomorph.

      Ana - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hey lovely,

      Are you sure that you are walking on a flat surface?
      I suggest that you try stretching before and after your walking routines. :)

      Here are the links to Rachael’s indoor cardio workouts that you can practice instead of walking.
      Have in mind that they are not as effective and won’t show results as fast, but it’s better to practice these than skip your daily cardio routine. :)

      FREE AT-HOME CARDIO VIDEO

      FREE AT-HOME CARDIO VIDEO (BOXING)

      Love,
      Ana

    Jess says:

    Hey, Rachael. I have purchased your lean legs video course and I want to know whether I should do cardio (walking) every other day (as the resistance workout is on mon,wed,fri) or everyday for best results.

      Sanja - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,

      I believe we just emailed :) But I’ll post the answer again :)

      For the best results, Rachael recommends walking every day :) Aim for a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. You can track your steps in The Health App on the iPhone or download a free app called Argus.

      Please let me know if you have any questions! xx

      Love,
      Sanja