Leg Exercises

Leg Exercises

Hello gorgeous 🙂

If you want to build some sexy definition in your legs, and avoid building bulk, then this leg workout is for you!

I created this workout with the 10 best leg exercises for women.  When done together, in the same workout, they’ll train every single muscle in your legs.

I specifically chose these leg exercises because they’ll maximize your calorie burn and help you avoid building bigger legs.

Ready to sculpt sexy legs?  Let’s do this!

THE LEG EXERCISES

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INNER THIGH PULSES

Lying on your side, straighten your bottom leg with your toe pointed. Cross your upper leg over the bottom and plant your foot flat on the floor. Lift your bottom leg up as far as you can off the floor. This is your starting position. Quickly lower it back down to the floor.  This counts as one rep.  Pulse your toe up and down, quickly racking up reps until you feel the burn. Once you feel the burn do 5 more to complete one set.   Your torso should stay still while you do this exercise. Use your arms to keep your torso steady.

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FIRE HYDRANT

Start in an all-fours position with your wrists and knee stacked under your shoulders and hips. Your back should be parallel to the ground, not arched or bowed downward. Keeping your hips square to the floor, raise one knee up and out to the side, until your inner thigh is parallel to the ground. Hold for a count and return to the start position to complete one rep.  Do as many as you can until you feel the burn. Once you feel the burn do 5 more, then stop.  Complete the same number of reps with both legs to complete one set.

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DEADLIFTS

Stand holding dumbbells or a barbell using an overhand grip. Your feet should be slightly narrower than shoulder width apart. This is your start position. Bend at the waist lowering your chest towards the floor, while keeping your back neutral. Keep your legs straight but not locked. Your butt will naturally go backward. Don’t arch or round your back. Exhale and lift your chest as you return back to the start position. That completes one rep. Do the prescribed number of reps to complete one set.

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LUNGE

Hold a pair of dumbbells at arm’s length next to your sides, palms facing your body. Stand with a split stance with one leg in front and the other behind you. This is your start position. Lower your body down until your front knee is at a 90-degree angle. Do not let your knee extend past your toes. Exhale and push back up into the start position to complete one rep.

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SQUAT

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, while holding a dumbbell in each hand. Keep your arms down by your sides with palms facing your body. Keep your back neutral. Don’t arch your back and stick your butt out. Inhale and lower your butt back and down as if sitting back into an invisible chair. Lower as far as you can or until thighs are parallel to the floor. Your knees should not extend past your toes and you should keep your upper body upright. Hold for a count and exhale as you push back up to the starting position. That completes one rep. Do the prescribed number of reps to complete one set.

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LEG LIFT PULSE

Stand tall. Lift one leg back until it’s about a foot off the floor. This is your start position. Make sure your hips remain square to the front. With your leg raised, lift it upward as far as you can. Quickly lower back down to the start position without touching your foot to the floor, and quickly pulse back up then down. Keep your leg as straight as you can with your hips facing forward. Keep motion small & controlled. Pulse your toe up and down, quickly racking up reps until you feel the burn. Once you feel the burn do 5 more. Do the same number of reps with both legs to complete one set. You can hold on to a chair for balance if you need to.

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HAMSTRING BALL TUCKS

Lie with your back on the floor with your feet supported on a stability ball. Lift your hips up off the floor. This is your start position. Inhale and use your legs to roll the ball back towards your butt until your feet are flat on the ball. Keep your core tight. Exhale and reverse the movement rolling the ball back to the starting position to complete one rep. Do as many as you can until you feel the burn. Once you feel the burn do 5 more to complete one set.

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SIDE LEG LIFT

Stand up straight with your feet together and knees slightly bent. Flex one foot and exhale as you lift that leg as far up to the side as you can, keeping your back as straight and upright as possible. Hold for one count and inhale as you lower your leg back down to the start position. Lift your leg up and down, quickly racking up reps until you feel the burn. Once you feel the burn do 5 more. Do the same number of reps with both legs to complete one set.

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PLIE SQUAT

Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart with toes turned out, holding a dumbbell down in front of you. This is your start position. Keeping your abs in tight and upper body upright, lower your butt down, pushing your weight into your heels. Hold for a count then squeeze your glutes and slowly press back up to the start position to complete one rep.

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DONKEY KICK

Start on all fours, with your hands stacked directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. This is your start position. Keep your right knee bent at a 90-degree angle and slowly raise your leg up behind you until the front of your quadricep is parallel to the floor. Pulse your flexed foot toward the ceiling by squeezing your glutes. Your back should remain perfectly still in a neutral spine with your hips square to the floor. The motion should be small and controlled with the muscle doing the work and not momentum. Reverse the movement and return just short of the start position to complete one rep. Without letting your leg touch the floor kick your heel back up. Do as many as you can until you feel the burn. Once you feel the burn do 5 more then stop. Complete the same number of reps with both legs to complete one set.

How to do this leg workout

For the exercises that don’t use dumbbells, do as many reps as you can until you feel the burn. Once you feel the burn do 5 more, to complete one set.

For exercises with dumbbells, do 20 reps to complete one set. Be sure to use a weight so that you can do all 20 reps with proper form.

Try to move quickly from one exercise to the next until you complete one full round of all of the leg exercises.

You’ll need to do 2 full sets of each exercise to complete your workout.

This leg workout requires only a set of dumbbells and a stability ball so you can easily do it at home or the gym.  If you don’t have any equipment, that’s ok!  Perform all exercises with body weight instead… and skip the hamstring ball tucks and do a bridge instead.

For the best results, do this workout at least 2 times a week.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you felt the burn.

Lots of love.

Your Coach and Biggest Cheerleader

xxoo

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1Comment
  • Serena Schnore
    Posted at 20:40h, 21 September Reply

    Love this Christina!!! Great job 😉

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