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4 Exercises That Will Tone Your Legs

It’s leg day! Well, for me most days are leg days. I usually don’t go to the gym without doing at least one leg exercise. Legs are so important! They support your whole body weight and carry you around all day long. They contain some of the largest muscles in the human body. Don’t neglect them! I thought I would share a few of my favorite leg lifts. This is a simple routine that I use for strengthening, toning and building muscle. Do this 2-3 times a week and you will definitely see results. The key is to increase the amount of weight used every few weeks or increase the number of reps. It’s important to listen to your body and recognize how much is too much. Don’t strain yourself. Experiment with the weight to find the amount that gives you a good burn but does not cause injury. Start with the lowest weight possible, try a few reps and if this seems too easy add some more weight. Do this until you find the perfect amount. Also, don’t forget to stretch before and after! Stretching before warms up the muscles and prepares them to lift thus preventing injuries. Stretching afterwards will alleviate some of the soreness you are going to feel the next day. Enjoy!

Note, there are how-to videos linked to each exercise.

Goblet Squats

I typically do 3 sets of 10-15, depending on the weight. This works on the quads, hamstrings, and glutes. It also works your core as well.

Dumbbell Lunges: Front, Back, and Side

I do 3 types of lunges: front, side and back. I usually do 1 set of each doing 10-16 reps. Lunges are great because they work nearly every major muscle in your legs.

Butt Lifts/Bridge

I aim for 3 sets of 10-15. This targets those butt muscles and even works the lower back and abs as well.

Single Leg Deadlifts

Make sure you review the linked video on how to properly do this one. It’s easy to have the wrong form with deadlifts and you can really hurt your back. I do 2 sets of 10-15 each leg. This exercise works your glutes and hamstrings.

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