Kate Middleton’s fans were amazed by her toned legs as she wore white shorts to an engagement last week. This is how she trains her muscles – and she also wears stylish shorts every time
Last weekend saw the Duchess of Cambridge participate in one friendly boat race alongside the UK team at SailGP in Plymouth and whilst we were impressed by their sporting ability it wasn’t just their sailing skills that got royal fans talking.
LOOK: Duchess Kate looks effortless in chic shorts ahead of the sailing adventure
Ahead of the sailing, the Duchess performed complete in a nautical look tailored white shortswith fans on social media to share their admiration for her toned legs, which looked muscular and lean.
WATCH: Duchess Kate enjoys victory with the British SailGP team
“Nice legs, like a top model!” One wrote, while another commented, “If we didn’t know who she is it would be easy to think that she’s either an A-list star or a supermodel.”
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This isn’t the first time Duchess Kate has wowed fans in shorts – she’s also rocked her legless dresses on several other royal occasions and looks incredible every time. Read on to see the Duchess of Cambridge’s best short film moments.
Duchess Kate wowed in these tailored white shorts ahead of her boat race in July 2022
The Duchess of Cambridge wore khaki shorts for a sailing engagement in the Bahamas in June 2022
Duchess Kate added a hat and sweater to her ensemble as it started to rain
Duchess Kate, the sportswoman, wore this outfit as she set sail from Cowes in 2019
Duchess Kate already wore these yellow hot pants in a roller disco in London in 2008
So how does Duchess Kate get her legs to look so toned?
The Queen has been known to incorporate a mix of cardio and strength training into her lifestyle. From running to weightlifting, biking to rowing, yoga to HIIT, the sporty Duchess’s workout routine is certainly not for the faint of heart.
Duchess Kate is known to like to run along Mike Tindallwho is married Prince Williams cousin zarawho described Kate as an “engine” and claimed his dream rugby team would include the 40-year-old king on a wing “because she loves to run, she can run all day!”
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Running definitely plays a key role in Duchess Kate’s slender limbs.
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“Regardless of body shape and size, runners tend to have strong legs because they’re constantly working the big muscles in their body,” says David Wiener, who works with fitness app Freeletics.
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2. Strength training
Anyone interested in fitness knows that strength training is key to progress – and the Duchess certainly doesn’t skip leg day at the gym!
It’s well documented that the Duchess even loves tennis go to court with Emma Radacanu last year, and while the sport may seem like an arm workout, it also trains your legs.
Duchess Kate likes to play tennis
“A lot of people think that tennis simply relies on your arms and wrists. In reality, the movements and actions in tennis require your entire body. Even actions that seem simple at first, like hitting a ball, require your whole body is in sync,” says Tim Benjamin of audio fitness app WithU, which offers tennis-inspired workouts.
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Tim compares tennis to HIIT because of the short, sharp movements used to move around the tennis court. “They’re a great way to improve cardiovascular and pulmonary capacity.”
Duchess Kate and Prince William have been pictured enjoying the great outdoors and hiking their dogs on many occasions, and while hiking may not get your heart rate up like other activities Duchess Kate loves, it’s key to leg toning.
“One of the most important (but underrated) exercises for getting toned legs is walking,” confirms David. “Walking has so many different mental and physical health benefits and is incredibly important if you want toned legs.
Hiking is a great leg workout
“I always recommend if you can walk somewhere then go! Swapping the 10-minute drive for a 20-minute walk can really make the difference not only in leading a healthier lifestyle, but in getting amazingly toned legs.”
The mother of three has been spotted cycling several times – a training key for taut legs.
The Duchess cycles to maintain her strong legs
“Cycling is another great exercise that helps tone your legs because as you pedal, you work your quadriceps, which helps strengthen and tone your legs,” explains David. “You’ll also work the hamstrings and calf muscles, giving you a real full-leg workout.”
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