I’ve got a nice little arsenal of leg day exercises in my pocket. Here are some of my favs. Yes, strength training DOES give you a good calorie burn. This combo of exercises will have your muscles burning and your heart pounding like you’re all up in the club dancing to Vanilla Ice. Shoot for 2-3 sets for a complete leg day routine, then add 5-10 minutes of cardio as an icing on the cake post workout drill.
If you prefer to watch this video in Youtube, click here.
INSTRUCTIONS, PROPER FORM & MODIFICATIONS
For all of these exercises, go through the range of motion slow rather than fast. Time under tension is good for you!
- Deep Squat: Only squat as deep as feels comfortable. Skip the dumbbells if your form suffers.
- Wide Leg Deadlift: The deadlift exercise gets the back of the legs and booty, but with wide legs you can hit the inner thighs as well. Don’t round your back. Keep head in line with the spine. Lower the dumbbells to the knees, or a little further (like I do) if it feels comfortable.
- 1-Legged Split Squat: Go slow and focus on balance. Don’t let your knees go over the toes. Push through your heel on the front leg on the way up. Use a challenging weight, but don’t let your form suffer.
- Reverse lunges: This is a basic leg exercise, but the addition of the medicine ball overhead adds more of a challenge and forces you to engage your abs to stay stable. Don’t forget to push through the heels of the front leg.
…and a big shout out to Jeremy L. Thank you for the badass Power Rangers t-shirt! I feel real super ‘n stuff.