If you're looking to lose weight and tone up your legs, we've got 11 fantastic leg workout options that you can do at home, or of course, in the gym.
Yes, it is possible to love the way your legs look! Let's take a look at the 11 best leg exercise options.
1) Forward leg lift - Works the upper leg
To do it: Start with putting your back against a chair, ballet barre, banister, kitchen counter or stairway. Anywhere you can find balance. Extend one of your legs and lower and lift while pointing your toes. Do it 20 times. Switch legs.
2) Single-Arm Kettlebell Swing - Works thighs with some upper body also
To do it: Grab one kettlebell and grip it using an overhand stance. Put in front at arm’s length in the middle of your waist. Bend your knees and hips until you form a 45 degree position to the floor. Keeping your arm straight and thrusting your hips, swing the kettlebell. Straighten your knees and swing the ball up to your chest area as you go up in a standing position. Repeat 20 times.
You can also do the exercise two handed, holding the kettlebell with both hands. Find out more here
3) Barbell Back Squat With Calf Raise - Tone those thighs and calf muscles!
To do it: Put the high bar behind your neck on your traps while putting your thumbs on the gripping bar. Your must be put at a shoulder width. Squat until you hit the bottom, push your knees out till you are standing and raise your feet’s balls while contracting your calves. Return to your original position and repeat 20 times.
4) Lateral Lunge Slide - Great for inner and outer thighs, hamstrings and calf muscles!
To do it: Put your feet together as you stand, arm stretched in front of your chest. Put your right foot’s ball on a towel, plate or a disc. Begin sliding your left foot to the side as you sit on your right leg. Keep both heels on the floor, back straight chest up and toes facing forward. The leg that is moving should be extended fully and stationary leg’s thigh should be to the ground parallel with the knee at the exercises’ end.
5) Leg rolls - Great whole-leg exercise
To do it: Lie on your left side and place your other arm on the floor to help you balance and support yourself. Raise your left leg at hip level. Pretend that your leg is inside a barrel. Use your toes and trace it. Do 60 and switch legs.
6) Stiff-Legged Dead Lift - lower back and hamstrings
To do it: Stand with knees slightly bent and shoulder and feet width apart. Hold at least a 5lb dumbbell or more depending on what you can carry. Put it in a position in front of your thighs. Shoulders back, heads up, push hips back as you inhale. Your weight should be on your heels. Lower the upper body as you slide the dumbbells down your thighs. Slowly go back to your original position. Do 20 times.
7) Glute Bridge - buttocks
To do it: Lie and put your back on a mat. Bend your knee and put your feet flat on the floor. Gently pull your core and keep your abdominals engage. Lift your hip towards the ceiling while pressing your heels for stability. Return to your original position. Repeat 40-60 times.
8) Rotation lunge - Fantastic for thighs & abdominals!
To do it: Start with your hip feet width apart and stretch your arms. Put one foot in a lunge position and bend both knees. Rotate your torso and arms over the lead leg. Stand up and rotate back to the neutral position. Do the same thing on the opposite leg. Do 20 times.
9) Snowboarder’s Jump - Upper legs
To do it: Put your legs hip width apart, lower your seat, back straight and touch the ground using one arm. Jump 180 degrees and land on the opposite side. Repeat and jump again. Do 20 times.
10) Kickoff with Cardio - all-over fat burning!
To do it: Your body needs cardio exercise on a daily basis to help you get leaner legs. Aim for at least 20 minutes of exercise and get your legs and heart pumping. Good options are cycling, walking and running that will require your legs to work hard. Exercises such as kickboxing, skating and dancing will help you burn fat.
11) Sumo Squat - Upper leg toning exercise
To do it: Hold a big dumbbell with both hands. Step your feet around a double hip width apart. Turn your toes in between 40 and 85 degrees. Keep your spine neutral and drop your hips. Lower till your upper thighs are in a parallel position. Squeeze your glutes while extending your legs while returning to the neutral position.
There you have it, 11 fantastic exercises for strengthening and toning your legs. What's left to do now? Well, it's time to get moving and try some of these for yourself!