Who doesn’t want a pair of perfectly formed and shapely legs?Toned legs are an easy way to look fabulous, without seemingly trying. The perfect pair of legs requires a low body fat percentage (you need cardio and diet for that) and muscle for shape. The bad news is, to get a pair of perfect pins you do have to put in the work. The good news is; it’s worth it!
These 4 leg exercises will tone, sculpt, and strengthen your legs, while burning calories and boosting your metabolism. You get a little bit of cardio, some strength training, and each of these workouts will make you feel the burn! From a 5-minute routine done on your tiptoes to an advanced leg workout that’s not for the faint of heart, these exercises will take your leg workouts to the next level.
- Basic Squats
How to do it: Stand with your feet shoulder apart. Take a deep breath in and start pushing your buttocks back as if you are trying to sit on a chair. Squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Breathe out and return to the starting position.
Helps burn fat around your glutes and thighs and helps to strengthen your core.
2. Jump Squats
How to do it: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and keep your back straight. Breathe in and lower yourself into a squat position until your thighs are parallel to the floor. If you can squat a little below parallel, that’s great! Jump up, using the power of your whole feet to give you a lift. Try to leap as high as possible, fully straightening out your legs. When your feet touch the floor again return to the squat position.
Tones the calves, glutes, hamstrings, core, and quadriceps.
3. Floor Leg Raises
How to do it: Kneel and place your hands on the floor under your shoulders. Bend your right leg and raise it to the ceiling as high as you can. Lower it back down to the starting position. If it gets too easy, you can use ankle weights to add resistance.
Targets your lower abs and increases flexibility, agility and strength of the hip flexors.
4. Butt Kicks
How to do it: Stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart and face forward. Now start kicking your feet up until the heel touches the glutes and pump your arms at the same time. Repeat as required.
Strengthens your legs and helps prevent injuries. Butt kicks are a great cardiovascular move that warms up your body and keeps your heart rate up while burning calories.
Legs are composed of many muscles and to add mass to them you need to use a lot of volume, different angles, and a variety of leg exercises to stimulate all the muscles of the legs.Make sure these exercises are performed with proper form. A bad form will not allow your leg muscles to contract fully and it will lead to sticking legs or injury. When training for leg strength, you must make sure you keep your leg workouts simple and focus less on the number of leg exercises and more on the quality of the ones you perform.