'I get asked two things regularly in consultations. "How do I lose belly fat?" and "how do I tone my legs?"
We already know you can't spot reduce body fat from specific areas of the body like the stomach. But it is entirely possible to tone any part of the body you like.
What is toning?
Toning is a marketing buzzword you see everywhere to draw the female eye to fitness posts. It is the antithesis of the male targeted buzzwords such as ripped and jacked. The toned look needs two things to happen to be achieved, fat loss and building muscle.
Building muscle makes you think of oversized steroid-using bodybuilders, but every toned person is also building muscle, although not at the same rate. Bodybuilders have muscle building as a priority and will eat with that in mind. Lifting weights will not make you HUGE like a bodybuilder. There are many other factors at play and specific types of training and nutrition required to achieve these rare and extreme physiques and most people that actually have an aim to be like that can't actually do it.
Building muscle for toning in Edinburgh.
If you are starting from absolute 0 and need to start building muscle in the legs walking around Edinburgh and taking the stairs wherever possible will help a lot. It will also help with weight loss which is the second thing needed to tone.
If you already walk a lot, my next suggestion will take your toning up a notch. Cycling.
Currently, less than £2 per ride you can take a bike from the centre of the city to the beach, whether its Portabello or Crammond you can get there by bike and get a great workout for your legs and burn a hell of a lot of calories. If you know anyone who cycles regularly you will have noticed their legs will have great definition.
Next up is Yoga, Its great for toning the whole body but there is a real focus on the legs in almost every movement. There are yoga studios right across Edinburgh and if you look on ClassPass there are some great deals for introductory session packs and if you go onto the specific yoga studio a lot of them do unlimited months for first time customers. Make sure you go to the more dynamic classes for quicker toning.
I know of several people that use these offers all the time and never stay at the same studio, essentially having unlimited yoga, all the time, on the cheap.
The quickest and most efficient way to tone the legs in Edinburgh is use a Personal Trainer, there are loads across the city but obviously I am biased. Here at Grady B PT I bill myself as a weight loss and toning expert, nothing else, I eat, sleep and breath weight loss and toning.
Things like the Bulgarian split squat which has been around since humans have been lifting weights are one of the most underused and badly coached exercises that if done correctly, get results extremely quickly.