5 Great Leg Exercises You Should Be Doing

5 Great Leg Exercises You Should Be Doing

– Next in our series of ‘5 Great Exercises You Should Be Doing’ were focusing on legs, as we all should know by now is that we should never skip leg day!

Barbell Deadlift

Keeping the back as straight as possible with a bend your knees, bend forward and grasp the bar using a shoulder width overhand grip. Now start the lift by pushing with your legs and getting your torso so that you are in the upright position. In the upright position, stick your chest out and contract the back by bringing the shoulder blades back.

Now lower back down in a smooth controlled movement, when the plates on the barbell touch the floor you should be back in the original starting position. Then repeat.

5 Great Leg Exercises You Should Be Doing Barbell Deadlift My Gym Fitness Blog
Barbell Deadlift

The barbell deadlift and the barbell squat are the kings of muscle building exercises, just as with the chest press. The great thing about these two exercises is that not only do they allow you to smash you legs but also work your entire body and core too so that they provide a great all body conditioning exercise as well.

Barbell Squat

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Barbell Squat

Leg Press

Great for the calves as well as glutes (your bum) and your hamstrings the leg press is the perfect compound exercise to do.

Sit down on the press machine with feet shoulder width apart, and knees tucked in front of you. If you new to this exercise then start off with a lower weight until you’re comfortable with what you are doing.

Push the foot plate up so that your legs are fully extended but paying close attention not to lock your legs. Use mainly the heel of your feet to push but always keeping your whole foot firmly on the plate at all times.

Now return to the start position slowly and controlled then repeat.

5 Great Leg Exercises You Should Be Doing Leg Press My Gym Fitness Blog
Leg Press

Standing Calf Raise

Standing calf raise is a pretty simple but effective exercises targeting the calf. You can do this with a calf press machine, dumbbells in each hand or using a barbell.

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To do the exercise hold the barbell as you would if you were doing a squat, with the barbell resting across the top of your back along the should blades with a wide grip and palms-facing-out.

Standing on a step, position yourself so that your heels over hang the edge. Now lower your heel slightly so that you are dipping the back part of your foot below the edge of the step, now raise your heels so that your holding the weight on the front portion of your foot.


Walking Lunge

Stand upright with dumbbells in your hands hanging by your sides, this is the starting position.

While keeping your torso upright put one foot forward as if you were taking a decent stride, lowering your body and bending your knee while keeping your other foot stationary. Your bending knee should not move over your toes. Now pushing with the heel of your foot return to the start position and repeat with the other leg. Repeat until you have done your desired number of reps for each leg.

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