How to get Blake Lively's toned legs with simple exercises

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Wobbly calves will soon be a thing of the past with these fitness tips and tricks...

Blake Lively in Isabel Marant at Hurricane Sandy relief concert

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Show us someone who doesn't want Blake Lively's body and we will show you a liar.

It's the legs you see, they're all long and toned. Sadly, we don't have any tricks for making your legs longer (apart from heels, obvs), however we do have a few tips for toning them.

If you want to get calves of steel for bikini season, here are a few exercises to add to your workout routine...

Train on the calf machine


They may look a little bit scary, but calf machines are one of the easiest ways to strengthen the muscles in your lower legs.

Lift and lower the weights slowly for two to three sets of 10 repetitions for maximum results.

Hop, skip and jump


It's essential to perform cardiovascular exercises to improve your calves. Skipping, stair climbing, cycling and hill running are good examples.

60 to 90 minutes of cardio is also great if you want to shift a few extra pounds. Aim for three sessions, three times a week on alternating days.

Stand on your tip toes


Blake Lively at Gucci Milan Fashion Week MFW SS14

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To work the peroneals (which run down the outer aspect of your shins,) stand with your heels hip-width apart and your toes out at an angle.

Rise up onto your toes as high as possible, hold for a second and slowly return to your starting position. Repeat for 20 repetitions.

Train like an athlete


'Train like an athlete, look like an athlete' with sprint drills which are crucial for activating fast twitch muscle fibres in the legs. The more of these you have, coupled with a low body fat level, the more toned your lower legs will be.

Before sprints, warm up thoroughly with easy exercises for 5-10 minutes. Perform your first sprint at about 60 percent max intensity. Recover for 2 minutes by slowing to a comfortable pace, but keep moving.

This can be an easy jog or a walk, depending on your fitness. Perform your next sprint at about 80 percent max intensity. Recover for 2 minutes.

Perform the remainder of your sprints at 100 percent max intensity or all-out efforts of 30 seconds. You should be pushing yourself to the max for each one.

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