• This entry was posted in Fitness on January 19, 2016

  • Home to the largest muscle groups in your body, strength training your legs can give you an unparalleled workout.

    Jogs, sprints, and elliptical sessions are great for your overall health, but nothing fatigues the muscles in your legs like exercises devoted solely to them.

    Stronger legs can help create stronger muscles all over your body, and increase your overall functional strength.

    If you’re longing for stronger legs (and who isn’t?), here are a few tips we recommend.

    1) Use your body. Some of the most effective leg exercises around involve using your own body weight and zero equipment. Do four alternating sets of lunges across the room, and squats, and we guarantee you’ll feel the burn. Here are four great leg exercises that don't require equipment.

    2) Squats are your new best friend. And there are all kinds of squat variations you can try.

    3) Embrace free weights. When it comes to time at the gym, focus on leg exercises using free weights, rather than leg machines. Your gym probably offers one free training session with your membership. If not, pay for a session, or get with a good friend who knows what they’re doing, and ask them to teach you some basic exercises.

    4) Incorporate leg training into your workday. With stand up desks and fun gadgets like the air pad (a disk you can balance on during the workday), it’s never been easier to stay productive and active from 9-5. Stuck sitting down? Here are a few leg and butt exercises you can do at your desk.

    5) Take time off. Your muscles need time to relax, recover, and rebuild. If you’re working your legs every day, you’re setting yourself up for failure, and possibly injury. Try to work your legs 2-3 times a week, and spend the other days focusing on cardio, core, or arm training. And remember to take at least one day off from working out a week. Moderation is key when it comes to your wellness goals.

    6) Foam roll it out. Nothing hurts like soreness in your legs. The day after an intense workout, you might struggle with basic everyday movements like walking up stairs or sitting down in chairs. Have a foam roller handy for your first few weeks of working your legs. It’ll help loosen up your muscles and keep soreness at bay.

    Leg training is notoriously hard for amateurs and pros alike. But the focused leg work is worth the extra effort. These six tips can help put you on the road to a stronger you – with more powerful, leaner, and tougher legs.