When it comes to exercising, thighs can be easy to forget about. Technically, they move whenever you walk, so it’s not like they’re always just sitting there motionless, but maybe you want more than that. If you lift things (or children) a lot, having strong thighs can definitely help. But you don’t have to dig around in your attic for an old ThighMaster (sorry, Susanne Somers) to get a great workout that tones your thighs. In fact, these thigh toner exercises don’t require any special equipment and are something you can do while you’re watching TV, in case that helps. But if you’ve never specifically tried to work on your thighs before, you may not know where to start. And that’s where we come in. Here are a few easy thigh toners exercises for people at every fitness level.
Thigh Toner Exercises
Feel the Burn
This thigh workout from @2gfitness seems like it’s easy, but trust us, it’s not, once you get all those reps in there.
Thighs + Butts
What’s better than a workout that targets your thighs? One like this that also gives you butt a workout, courtesy of FitnessBlender on YouTube.
If you’ve always wanted to try barre, this workout from @ImaniWalkerPilates gives you a taste, while toning your thighs.
3-Minute Inner Thigh Burn
Short on time? This 3-minute thigh exercise from Lottie Murphy will make you feel accomplished (i.e. sore) without a huge time commitment.
Lower-Impact Thigh Workout
If you don’t want to do an exercise and then not be able to move the next day, this one from @livingbalancedwithlb might be the one for you. If this one’s too easy for you, you have the option of adding resistance bands.
This almost-10-minute routine from Lucy Wyndham-Read mixes ballet moves with some serious thigh exercises. Pro: This video uses a chair and makes us feel like vintage Britney Spears. Con: If you scroll through Wyndham-Read’s list of other books/programs, there’s a lot of focus on dieting and losing fat. Just ignore that and stick with channeling your inner Britney.
At-Home Thigh Toner
Not only does this video by @mela_curves show you a great workout, it has really catchy music, too.
Prenatal Thigh Workout
It goes without saying that you should always consult your obstetrician before you embark on any exercise routine during your pregnancy. If you feel faint, dizzy, or in any discomfort, stop the workout immediately.If you are good to go, this 20-minute specially-designed prenatal thigh and butt exercise works especially on strengthening the pelvic floor, lower back (we see you third-trimester sciatica pain!), and kicking up the heart rate just enough for a little cardio.
Benefits of Leg Workouts
Just looking at these thigh workouts might make you feel tired. Leg days are notoriously tough and oh-so-easy to dread. But there are myriad reasons to prioritize your stems when plotting your weekly exercise agenda. To name a few:
- Leg workouts engage major muscle groups. While leg workouts focus on sculpting your legs, they also inherently put your other muscles to work. Think about it: You can’t exactly do a squat without working your glutes, can you?
- They can boost your metabolism. The more muscles you have, the more calories you burn at rest. And since leg muscles belong to the biggest muscle groups in the body (quads, calves, hamstrings, etc.), it bodes well for your metabolism to train them regularly.
Need a little extra inspo to get in the gym and get your thigh-toning on? Try these motivational quotes to get you hyped up.
“The difference between wanting and achieving is discipline.” — Unknown
“Most people give up right before the big break comes. Don’t let that person be you.” — Michael Boyle
“You have to push past your perceived limits, push past that point you thought was as far as you can go.” — Drew Brees
“Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.” — Khloe Kardashian
“The body achieves what the mind believes.” — Unknown
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