Just because summer is over and your legs aren’t on show 24/7 doesn’t mean you should stop taking care of them. Having legs that are sculpted like a goddess is a year-round occupation and just a little bit of work every week can go a long way. If you are sick of seeing lumps and dimples in the back of your legs and want strong, toned thighs and calves, there’s no better time to get started than now. Fortunately, you can do a great leg workout at any time of the day, anywhere in the world. You don’t need an expensive gym membership or any fancy equipment. All you need is the motivation to get fit and a pair of sneakers.
Are you ready? Let’s go.
You’ll feel this workout in your thighs and your butt. It will burn and you will ache the next day. And, probably, the day after that too. But, it will do wonders for your legs. Start with your feet together, then take a giant step forward and lunge down into your step. The further you step, the harder you’ll work. Then bring the back leg up to meet your forward leg so you are standing with your feet together again. Repeat this exercise and alternate legs each time.
When you first do a burpee you will probably hate it. This exercise works your whole body, but the biggest strain will be on your legs. From standing, you will squat down so your hands are flat on the floor just in front of your feet. You will then jump your legs out behind you, putting you in a plank position. You’re halfway there. Next, jump your feet back into your squat position and jump up so your feet lift off the ground and you end standing upright.
Sumo Squat Calf Raise
Stand with your feet about one meter apart and squat so that your butt is at the same height as your knees. You should already start to feel this working your legs. But, there’s more. Lift both of your heels off the floor so only the balls of your feet are left on the floor. Hold this pose for ten seconds and then lower your heels. If your legs feel shaky while you do this, don’t panic – it’s completely normal. Repeat this as many times as you can.
If you think you’ve got your squat technique down, it’s time to take it to the next level. This workout is a killer but it will leave your legs looking like they belong to a supermodel. Put your feet shoulder width apart, bend your knees and sit your butt back as though you were sitting on a chair. Once you are down in your squat pose, push off with your legs and jump. Keep your knees slightly bent and land back into your squat position.
High Knee Taps
This combines a solid leg work out with a bit of cardio and should get your heart pumping. This is a variation of jogging on the spot and will require you to find a chair or box. The higher the box or chair, the harder you will work. Start jogging on the spot with your knees lifted high in front of you and with each step you take, tap the toe of the raised foot on your box or chair. Try doing this for a minute and see how you feel after that.