Our legs contain the largest muscle groups in the body but are neglected in many peoples workouts, there are many benefits to adding leg exercises into your workouts.
- Improved athleticism
- Reduce risk of injury
- More calories burnt
- Improved balance
- Faster and longer runs
- Increased metabolism
- Relieve lower back pain
Going to the gym every single day to perform just one workout can be at times impossible or not that appealing.
Nevertheless, there is no need to head to the gym every day as you can easily use your own body weight and achieve the same goal.
Listed below are 5 of the best bodyweight exercises for stronger legs, that can be performed easily from anywhere including at home or the gym.
a) Squat Tuck Jump Combo
The combination of both the squat and tuck jump can be both challenging as well as an energetic exercise.
- Stand with the legs apart
- Squat as low as you can
- Explode from the bottom of the squat with power bringing the knees to the chest
b) Deep Side Lunges
This type of exercise enables you to work on flexibility as well as improve leg strength.
- Start standing with legs slightly wider than shoulder width apart
- Shift your body weight to one leg bending the knee until it reaches a 90-degree angle and the other leg is straight
- Return to centre and switch sides.
If you are having a hard time balancing, it’s advised to hold on to a stable surface for support. In addition, it’s important to keep the torso upright and core tight the whole time.
c) Squat Jumps
When it comes to squat jumps they not only get the heart racing but also build leg strength which is an added bonus.
This type of exercise tends to be more challenging as it adds a plyometric element to regular body weight squats.
- Start with your feet width at shoulder width apart
- Lower the body in a squat position having the thighs parallel to the ground
- Jump up as energetically as possible and then land in a squat position, do this repeatedly
To avoid injuries it’s important to focus on landing softly, you don’t want to be landing back to the ground with excessive force.
d) Long Jumps
Long jumps tend to leave you exhausted and the legs feeling like they’ve been running all night. This exercise helps build strong legs and core strength.
- Squat down to a ninety-degree angle
- Jump forward as far as possible and repeat this immediately for the best results
e) Jump Lunges
Jump lunges tend to help improve balance and coordination. In addition, leg strength also improves as a result of this type of exercise which can be done anywhere.
- Starting with one leg bent at a ninety-degree angle, lower to a lunge position having the other leg bent behind you
- Jump up energetically with the back leg, switch positions while still in the air then land on the opposite leg facing forward
In conclusion, legs exercises not only engage the legs but the core and the vascular system, there are plenty more leg exercises that you can apply to your workouts that are just as effective like a weighted squat, dead lift, clean and press.