So you want to know how to get thinner thighs or skinny legs? Here’s the thing: You can’t spot-reduce fat or target-tone certain areas of your body. That’s just not how weight loss works. You can, however, develop the muscles in your legs to appear more firm, “toned,” and, most importantly, to feel strong and capable. As a result, you may score the appearance of thinner thighs. (Don’t believe it? Check out these body transformations from lifting weights.)
This circuit of thigh-slimming exercises created by trainer and fitness expert Jessica Smith will help strengthen your whole lower body—especially your quads, hamstrings, abductors, and adductors (or the front, back, outside, and inside of your thighs, respectively).
Equipment needed: None. You can do all these moves with just your bodyweight. Want to boost your burn? Try adding a set of 5- to 10-pound dumbbells (free weights have tons of benefits!) to some of the strength moves for an added challenge.
Side Lunge to Crossover Tap
Target your upper legs from every angle with this thigh-slimming exercise designed to hit your inner thighs, quads, hamstrings, and glutes.
Stand with your feet together, arms down by your sides.
Take a wide step to the side with your left foot (your right leg should stay extended), and bend your left knee, pushing your hips behind you.
Keep your back flat, eyes looking straight ahead, and reach both arms on either side of your left foot, touching the ground with your fingertips.