We’re not asking you to dust off your mom’s VHS tapes featuring Jane Fonda in a leotard. But, in today’s world where fitness advice is at your fingertips, you really have no excuses for skipping a workout just because you couldn’t make it to the gym.
Case in point: We’re going to walk you through some basics on how to burn fat and build muscle at the same time with a bodyweight leg workout routine you can perform almost anywhere. Best of all? All you need for a great leg workout is your own body!
What Do I Do?
You don’t have to hit the gym to get those lower body parts in shape. Some pretty simple bodyweight exercises that target your quads, glutes, calves and hamstrings can do the trick. You’ll want to try to work them into your regular leg workout, and build up to more reps and sets as you get more comfortable with the motions.
Squats, jump squats, lunges, and jump lunges are some of our favorites. These exercises are super-easy to do and really make you feel the burn! If you want more variety, there are numerous exercises you can throw into the mix for an amazing at-home, anytime bodyweight leg workout.
How Do I do It?
Begin with the basics (mentioned above). Start slowly, stretch, and build yourself up to more advanced movements over time. Your body weight will be enough when you begin. As you gauge your fitness level you can add weights if you’re feeling ambitious.
Don’t be discouraged if you find some of the exercises challenging. You are conditioning your body for better balance and core strength, and it will adjust and adapt with time and repetition. You might need to spend some time on your weak areas, and work through them to be successful. Be aware of your limitations (and your knees). Remember: The purpose of an at-home bodyweight leg workout is to provide you with a solid alternative for those days you just can’t bear the thought of the squat rack (or going any further than your bedroom).
The Benefits of Adding Bodyweight Leg Workout to Your Regimen
Most people dread leg days. But, your legs are half of your body—half!—and these muscles make up some the largest muscle groups in your entire body! This means you will burn more calories and get that metabolism really roasting the calories away–even long after the workout is complete.
Your legs are literally the foundation of your body. Your lower body is so important for many of the physical activities in your life. Think of it this way: Building stronger legs will allow you to do all the things you enjoy…but better than you could do them ever before!