Is your goal to look great in a pair of skinny jeans? Wear a pair of cheeky bikini bottoms without feeling self-conscious? We hate to break it to you, but you’re not going to get there without hard work and eating right.
Just like any other fitness goal, getting great legs means creating a routine and healthy diet and sticking to it. For awesome look-at-me legs, you need to target several different muscles like your calves, quads and glutes.
I’ve highlighted a few of my favorite exercises below. Just a warning, some of these moves left me sore for days after! Just keep reminding yourself, no pain no gain!
Calve Raises: A classic, but a killer. Stand with your toes on a stair and slowly raise yourself up and down.
Bike Sprints: It makes sense, the faster you pedal, the harder your legs work and the better workout you get!
Box Jumps: Try jumping over cardboard boxes. A height of one foot is a good place to start. Do three sets of 25 jumps.
Squats: My trainer had me do squats with the 45 pound bar, which sounds like a lot of weight, but isn’t nearly as hard as it sounds. I kid you not I could barely walk for three days afterwards.
Front Lunges: I like doing lunges not only because I can feel the burn in my quads, but I also grab a pair of weight and do curls as I lunge. Target two muscle groups in one move!
Jump Squats: Keeping the majority of your body weight on the heels, begin to sit down as though sitting on a chair. Go as low as you can, pause, and then jump up into the air. Only allow your knees to bend to a 90 degree angle.
Plie Squats: Stand with your feet twice shoulder-width apart. Turn your toes out to the sides, keeping them aligned with your knees. Squat and hold for two seconds and then push through your heels and return to your starting point.
Plank Kicks: Start from an elbow plank position. Life one leg off the ground and bend your knee so the bottom of your foot faces the ceiling. Press your foot to the ceiling as high as you can without moving your pelvis. Do ten reps then switch legs.
Walks with Resistance Bands: Place a resistance band around the bottom of your calves. Bend your knees and step to the side. Take ten lateral steps and then switch and go the other direction.