Best leg workouts for summer shorts weather

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Everything we could find about getting toned legs now that summer has arrived. As always, we've left it 'til the last minute.

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Where has this hot weather come from? Suddenly it got sunny and we finally peeled away our thermal tights and thick jeans to reveal our legs haven't improved after a long winter of pie-eating hibernation.

In a frantic panic to wear shorts once more - here's all the expert advice we could lay our hands on about having mini skirt ready legs in no time.

Down the gym: Use the calf machine


If you are a gym bunny, a calf toning machine is, unsurprisingly, one of the best ways to tone your calfs. What are the chances?

Lift and lower the weights slowly and with control, aiming for three sets of 10 reps.

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Blake Lively's perfect pins are ready for summer



The secret to Blake Lively's legs


For a simple at-home exercise to tone up your legs, work on the peroneals (the bit on the outer of your shins), stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing away from your body at an angle.

Rise up on your toes as high as possible, like a ballet dancer, and then slowly return to the start. Do 20 reps a day.

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Candice Swanepoel swears by kneeling leg presses



Candice Swanepoel's leg workout revealed


The secret weapon in Candice Swanepoel's exercise armoury? Kneeling leg presses with ankle weights, followed by daily squats.

"You know what's good - if you squat and when you come back up, you squeeze really hard. That works," the Victoria's Secret model told Vogue.

Find out how to do Candice's kneeling leg presses perfectly.

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Jen Selter's leg workout is free



Jen Selter says get walking


In her new fitness column, Instagram fitness star Jen Selter says she supplements her gruelling squat workouts with plenty of walking; making sure she does at least 2.5 miles a day.

Use a fitness tracker to monitor your progress and ensure you get in your steps.

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Target toning isn't enough


Unfortunately you can't just target your thighs and forget the rest of your body.

The best way to tone up your legs is to increase your cardio workouts all over. Running up stairs, cycling and skipping are all great ways to workout out and tone up your legs in the process.

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Millie Mackintosh knows the power of a squat



Perfect Millie Mackintosh's wall squat


Embrace the wall squat for perfectly toned pins and firm bum like Millie Mackintosh. They are worth the pain.

Instructions this way.

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