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Sculpting Carnival legs

Published: 
Monday, January 10, 2011
HEALTHY START TO FITNESS
Rachel performs the squat at Chin Leung’s Gym.

Nothing turns some men off, like a woman who has huge breasts and dry, skinny-looking legs. It’s like an ice-cream cone that’s enticing at the top, but the cone itself is decreasingly thin and hollow with no substance. Likewise, I have heard some of my female clients express the fact that it is rather comical to see a man with a huge upper body and thin legs; you immediately begin to conjure up an image of Big Bird on Sesame Street.

Most women seem to like men with strong-looking legs; I guess there is probably a hidden meaning in such a message. Anyway, message or not the fact remains that if you are a woman or a man and you are playing mas  in 2011, then you should want your legs in good condition based on the shape of most carnival costumes. Now, some women are probably thinking—“Nothing is wrong with my legs that a pair of dark stockings can’t fix.” Likewise, if you are a man with carrot-stick legs, you have probably come to the conclusion that your short pants will be down to your knees so you won’t have a problem at carnival time. Big mistake on both counts!

Deception is difficult
If you are a woman, wouldn’t you play mas with more confidence, knowing that inside your stockings are quality, toned legs and there is no deception? Of course, those uncovered legs will only be seen by a gentleman worthy of your magnificence! If you are a man, don’t think you can fool women that easy with a pair of “long” short pants. Women seem to have built-in radar, and whether a man is wearing a track suit pants, jeans or his Sunday best, they can still tell if he has good legs.

Plan of action
Okay, if you are looking for toned legs, which include dynamic quadriceps, sensuous hamstrings and diamond-shaped calves, then you have got to hit the free weights! Running, aerobic dance classes, etc, are great for helping to strip body fat; but if you are looking for awesome leg shape, then resistance training is the way to go.  However, as most of you readers already know, I prefer free weights over machines any day! Keep training.

More info

Free Squat—
If you want great legs, you must squat; it is the king of all leg exercises. The secret to benefiting from squats is ensuring that your form is flawless.

Dead-lifts—Nothing makes your hamstrings pop out like the stiff-legged dead-lift. In my opinion, it is a superior exercise to the leg curl when it comes to hamstring development.

Sprints—This is the icing on the cake; sprints give your legs a truly athletic shape. Try performing intermittent 60-metre sprints in a repetitive manner.

Donkey calf raises—Any good personal trainer can show you how to perform this exercise, which can be done at home. It’s excellent for calf development.

Due to numerous e-mails, next week I will detail the Glycemic Index, in conjunction with exercise.

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