Spring is right around the corner and although Chiberia doesn’t seem like it will ever be void of snow, now is the time to get your legs shorts-ready. Spring break, weekend getaways and fun in the sun is about to be upon us and there is no better time like the present to get your legs back in to shape! Here are some versatile leg-focused workouts that you can get done at home or in the gym.
-Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
-Start by doing a regular squat, then engage your core and jump up.
-When you land, lower your body back into the squat position to complete one rep.
-Do two to three sets of 10 reps.
-Stand with feet about 4-6 inches wider than your shoulders, with your toes pointed out at 45 degrees.
-Keeping your back straight, descend into a squat position.
-Return to the starting position and repeat for 10 reps.
Side Lunge into Curtsy
-Holding a five to ten pound weight in your left hand, side lunge to the right bringing your left hand to your right foot. Lower your butt as much as possible. Keep your toes pointed forward and your right knee bent to no more than 90 degrees.
-Push off gently with your right foot and come into a curtsy position with your right leg crossing behind your left as you press your weight overhead. Keep your hips square and your curtsy tight. Both feet should be pointed forward. This completes one rep.
-Repeat by stepping immediately into a side lunge from the curtsy.
-Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, toes turned out at 45-degree angles, knees and hips rotated outward, knees aligned with second toes.
-Hold a medicine ball in front of you with both hands, elbows bent and close to sides.
-Bend knees into a plié, keeping knees aligned over ankles and lowering hips only as far as you can without changing pelvis position.
-Keeping pelvis still, rise up onto balls of your feet without rotating ankles.
-Straighten legs, then squeeze buttocks, keeping heels lifted.
-Lower heels to floor, then repeat for 12-15 reps.
What are your favorite leg-sculpting workouts? Leave us a comment and let us know!