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Leg Exercises

Why should I train legs?

No matter what your goals are, there are many health benefits when it comes to training legs. This includes:

  • Improving functional strength: helping you do daily activities at ease such as walking, sitting down and standing back up.
  • Improving muscle building efforts: Some of our leg muscles are the largest in our body, meaning that working on these large muscle groups will allow you to effectively build more muscle mass and increase strength.
  • Symmetry: Although having a symmetrical balanced physique is more of an aesthetic concern, it is also important to recognise that combining lower body training with upper body will carry over to your results and performance in the gym.

So whether you're new to working out or a fitness pro, leg exercises are a staple to include in your exercise routine. Tone your lower body with the leg exercises below, ranging from squats, deadlifts, lunges and glute bridges.

Click on any of the exercises below for video demonstrations and a step-by-step guide on how to perform the leg exercise so you can add them into your gym routine.

 

Squat

Squat your way to stronger and toned legs.

Main muscles worked:

  • Quadriceps
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • Calves
 See all squat variations
Deadlift

Fire up your training with some deadlifts.

Main muscle worked:

  • Quadriceps
  • Hamstrings
  • Glutes
  • Back
 See all deadlift variations
Lunge

Take your fitness a step forward with lunges.

Main muscle worked:

  • Quadriceps
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • Calves
 See all lunge variations
Glute bridge

Develop strong glutes with the glute bridge.

Main muscles worked:

  • Glutes
  • Hanstrings
  • Erector spinae
  • Abs
 See all glute bridge variations

There are many reasons to train your lower body, particularly your legs and lower back. Lower body is training is pivotal for increased strength, muscle growth, and can help to improve your mood through exercise. Also, having an equally proportioned body looks good and is beneficial for overall health.

Kyle Vidal
Personal Trainer, Nuneaton
Kyle Vidal

   

If you’re not sure whether a work out is suitable for you, please consult your doctor before you start it. If you're unsure of how to perform any of the above exercises, please ask help from a PT at your gym.