When’s the last time you hit legs or had to weight for a leg press machine to open up at your gym? It’s probably been a while in both cases. Today I want to touch on a couple of solid ways to amp up the strength and lean msucle mass in your legs.
There are plenty of leg building exercises out there that can help to increase the strength in your lower body. Since you’re going to find that this is one of the largest groups of muscles you have, you will need to concentrate some of your efforts on this area to help improve your overall body strength. Keep in mind that the exercises you can choose from do go beyond the basic squat which is the most common of the leg building exercises done.
One of the top choices you will have for your workout routine will be the dumbbell lunge. This helps to quickly tone the muscles in the legs. For this, you will place one leg in front of you and then lowering your back leg so that the knee almost touches the ground.
If you want a mixture of cardio exercise with the benefits of leg building exercises, then you should consider sprints. This exercise can be effectively done on a treadmill or in an outdoor location that will allow you to workout freely.
Note: I prefer to sprint on grass or dirt rather than concrete.
Build the momentum in your body by pumping your arms back and forth and running with your knees being raised high. A sprint should be done in a 30 second block, followed by a minute of walking or jogging and then an additional 30 second block of sprinting. You can repeat this process for up to 30 minutes or until you experience a significant level of muscle fatigue.
Another of the leg building exercises that should be addressed is jump squats. Professional athletes in Football, Baseball and even Basketball will use this form of fitness. While doing these exercises, you do need to ensure that you aren’t lowering your body too far as it can result in injury and strain on your knees. Instead, you are using the calves, glutes and hips to help power your body.
Note: Jump squats can be effectively incorporated into a routine with or without weights.
While these are targeted exercise routines that can be done when you’re focusing your efforts on leg building exercises, you may want to also incorporate some basic routines into your full body workouts. This will include simple things like leg extensions, standing calf raises and a set of seated calf raises.
What you’ll find is that there are plenty of options when it comes to leg building exercises that you can choose from. It’s important that you consider each exercise and determine if it will give you the muscle building benefits that you’re looking for.
To you fitness,
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