Back in the 1990s, Suzanne Somers introduced American consumers to the Thighmaster. The simple gadget shaped in an "S" with a hinge in the middle was designed to tone thighs using resistance. Now thigh toners are available under many different brand names, and still offer the same results done the same way, by simply pressing the ends together with your knees for thigh toning, arms for bicep toning, or ankle to buttocks for hamstring toning.
Lie on your back on a mat, with your knees bent and feet on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
Place the thigh toner between your knees with the hinge toward your head and the "S" ends fit snuggly against each knee.
Squeeze your knees together, exhaling as you press. Hold for two counts and inhale as you release, keeping the thigh toner firmly between your knees. Try to do 12 to 24 repetitions, eventually working up to 50 reps.
Using a chair, sit with your back straight and feet flat on floor, about shoulder-width apart.
Place the thigh toner against your thighs just above the knees, holding the "S" curved ends in your hands and the hinge facing the floor. A variation of this exercise it to place the toner against your calves, just below your knees.
Squeeze your knees together, exhaling as you press. Hold for two counts. Inhale as you release. Twelve to 24 reps equals one set.
For a more challenging exercise, place your feet on a stool while sitting. Place the toner against your thighs just above your knees and hold the "S" ends in your hands.
Squeeze your knees together, exhaling as you press for two counts and inhaling as you release. Do 12 to 24 reps, eventually working up to 50 reps.
Sit in a chair, back straight, feet on the floor, knees together.
Place the hinge of the toner against your chest and hold the "S" ends in your hands.
With elbows down, press the ends together and release. Do 12 to 24 reps
With elbows up, press the ends together and release to work the muscles on the sides of your chest.
Sitting or standing, place one side of the "S" end of the toner against your side, with the hinge facing your underarm. Holding the other "S" end with your hand, press downward and release. Do 12 reps and repeat on the other side.
Keep your knees straight when using the thigh toner. Press the thigh toner together slowly and smoothly, then release as slowly as you can, to get the full benefit of the resistance training. Do not hold your breath.
Do not use a thigh toner if you have knee problems of any kind.