Everybody tends to think that perfectly toned
legs take months of hardcore exercising. Good news, folks – all you actually need is to
know your leg shape, do 3 exercises specifically catered to it, and you’re all set! So let’s
get right into it… There are four main leg shapes: bow-legged,
knock-kneed, false curvature, and normal. To figure out which one of them is yours,
stand straight with your feet together, and look in the mirror to see where your legs
touch. Don’t forget to pay attention to your thighs, knees, calves, and ankles. Bow-legged shape
If you notice your knees bending slightly outward, you probably have a bow-legged shape.
The main goal for this leg type is to pull the knees closer by strengthening the muscles
and then stretch the muscles to pull the knees out. Thankfully, these 3 simple exercises
can do the trick! Pistol squats
Pistol squats are basically one-leg squats. These guys give a great workout to tons of
your leg muscles, including your hamstrings, gluteus maximus, calves, and the insides of
your thighs. So to perform a pistol squat, stand straight
and lift your right leg up. From this position lower down, squatting on your left leg, and
come back up. Repeat the same thing 10 times for each leg.
The key to this exercise is to engage your core, while keeping your knees soft. It’s
okay if you need to use a wall or a chair for some balance – with time you’ll build
enough strength to do pistol squats on your own. Figure 4 stretch
This exercise is kinda crazy but it’s unbelievably effective for a bow-legged shape. It mainly
targets your hip’s internal rotators, improving the flexibility of your hip muscles.
To start the exercise, lay on your back and place your right ankle on top of your left
knee. Now bring the legs up and grab your left leg right below the knee. Hold this pose
for about 30 seconds, return to the initial position, and repeat the same thing for the
other leg. Don’t forget to breathe correctly – inhale
deeply through your nose, pause for a moment, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Toe touching
Toe touching is really quick and easy – you can do it anywhere, anytime, no special equipment
necessary. It mainly focuses on stretching your hamstrings and outer thighs.
So begin by standing straight and placing your feet a bit apart. Bend down and try to
reach your toes, keeping your knees together and straight. Freeze for a sec and come back
up. Do the same thing 10 more times, and your workout is over!
If you need help keeping your knees together, roll up the towel and hold it with your knees.
And on the contrary, if the exercise feels way too easy, make sure to elevate your heels
a little bit. Knock-kneed shape
When you stand still, are your thighs close to each other but your shins don’t touch at
all? Then you have knock-kneed legs or, as they are often called X-shaped legs. This
leg shape means that you have weak muscles on the outside of your hips and thighs but
very tight ones on the inside. And we’re gonna work on that! Side lunges
This is one of the most popular leg exercises, and it’s perfect for knock-kneed legs. Side
lunges target your inner and outer thighs as well as your hips, making your legs nice
and slim. Stand straight and place your hands on your
hips. Then take a big step to your right, bending your right leg, while keeping your
left leg straight. Return to the initial position and do the same thing for your left leg. Make
sure to do at least 10 side lunges for each leg.
You can also use dumbbells to make the exercise even more challenging and effective. Lying hip abduction
Knock-kneed leg shape basically suggests that you lack hip strength, and the lying hip abduction
exercise takes care of it. It makes your outer thighs and hips work, balancing everything
out. It’s pretty easy to do as well – just lay
on your side, raise your top leg up, hold it like this for a sec, and lower it back
down. Repeat the same thing 10 times for each leg, and that’s it!
Keep in mind that both of your legs should be either perfectly straight or only slightly
bent. Side step-ups
Here’s another exercise to get the outer thighs made of steel! Moreover, this type
of step-up can effortlessly improve your balance and protect your lower back.
Stand near a bench (you can use a chair if you’re doing this exercise at home), place
your right foot on it, and lift up your body, placing your second foot on the bench or chair
as well. Then go right back to the initial position. As always, 10 times for each side
should be your minimum. Make sure to keep a steady breathing pattern
throughout the exercise, by the way. Inhale when in a starting position and exhale as
you go up on the bench. False curvature
If your knees touch but your lower legs actually go outward and look way too skinny, you’re
probably in the false curvature group. To correct this you just have to increase the
muscle bulk in your lower legs, and these 3 exercises can help you do just that! Heel raises
Heel raises are the easiest exercise you can think of – just stand straight and raise up
on your tip-toes at least 10 times. This simple movement significantly increases your calf
strength, gradually changing your leg shape. If you have trouble keeping balance, you can
hold a chair or stand next to a wall. Walking or running stairs
Walking, and especially running stairs is a great cardio workout. It makes your glutes,
calves, and hamstrings way stronger, toning up your legs. So next time you have a work
break, just walk a flight of stairs to really make your muscles work! Deep knee bends
The biggest advantage of this exercise is that it causes your muscles to contract. This
process boosts your blood flow and doubles your results, while also preventing strains.
To perform it you have to place your feet shoulder-width apart and squat as low as you
can, keeping your feet flat on the floor. Make sure to do about 10 deep knee bends every
single day. If the exercise feels too easy, try to elevate
your heels slightly or add dumbbells to your workout. Normal shape
And finally, if your legs touch each other at the upper thighs, knees, calves, and ankles
and have only one tiny gap from the ankles all the way up to the middle of the calves,
you fall into the last leg shape category. Nobody bothered to create a proper name for
it, so it’s just considered to be normal. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t
make your legs look even more fabulous! So I have 3 cool exercises for you too… Squats
Squats are probably the most effective leg exercise ever created! They cover multiple
crucial muscle groups, including hamstrings, calves, abs, and glutes.
Your starting position for this one should be standing up with your feet shoulder-width
apart. Now squat down, keeping your back straight. Stay in this position for a couple of seconds
and come back up. If you wanna get to your final goal faster,
use weights and repeat this exercise at least 10 times every single day. One week in and
you’ll see your legs transforming! Glute bridge
Glute bridges mainly work on your abs (cool!), your hamstrings (even better), and your glutes
(obviously). So to get all these muscles working, lay flat
on the floor and bend your knees so that your feet are directly under your knees. Then lift
your hips up, hold this pose for 2-3 seconds, and return back to the initial position.
For the best results, pay attention to your breathing pattern (inhale in the starting
position and exhale as you raise your hips) and squeeze your glutes each time you perform
a bridge. Walking lunges
This precious exercise doesn’t just target a couple of muscle groups like most exercises
do – it works your entire leg! Your thigh muscles count as well, so it’s basically the
most symmetrical leg toning you can get. To do a walking lunge, stand straight, keeping
your feet together. From here take a big step forward and lower your body into a lunge.
Push your back foot up and step next to your front foot. Do 10 walking lunges forward,
then turn around and do 10 more back to your starting point.
The only thing you have to remember is to keep your knees at a 90-degree angle. And there you go! If you do all the exercises
from your leg shape group regularly, it won’t be long ‘till you see the first positive
results. Good luck! And how do you keep your legs in shape? Let
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