Best Leg Exercises

LUNGES

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The best leg exercises are really an exercise that I know you’ve probably done before, they are simple to do, effective and can be done anywhere at any time. What are they? LUNGES!

Yep, lunges are still truly one of the simplest and the best exercise that you can do for your legs.  They are super effective and there are a lot of variations on the theme so that you can mix it up, not get bored and work your legs at different angles.

The first lunge exercise is just the simple step forward and lunge towards the ground with both knees at a 90 degree angle and thigh is parallel to the ground.    The notes below will show you the right and wrong way to do lunges.

A good routine for you to start with is to do the following three types of lunges:

  • Forward Lunge
  • Side Lunge
  • Backward Lunge

Here is an explanation of each type of lunge:

Forward Lunges:  The forward lunges can be done in place (or you can do walking lunges).  You don’t need any weights when you are first starting out.  Just alternate right and left.  If you are in the house, just the desired number of lunges in one direction, turn around then go back.  It’s as simple as that.

Side Lunges:  While standing in place, with feet hip width apart, step out to the right with the right leg.  Bend the left leg and lunge to the side.  Then repeat on the other side.

Backward Lung:  While standing in place, with feet hip width apart, step backwards with the right leg bending the left knee and bringing the right knee towards the ground.  Keep both knees at a 90 degree angle.

Best Leg Exercises Routine:

If this is your first attempt at lunges, then you can start with 3 sets of 8 lunges (4 on each side), and then work up from there.  You can take a short rest in between lunge sets, about a 15 second rest is sufficient.

After a week you can shoot for 3 sets of 16 lunges (8 for each leg).  And then from that you want work up to 3 sets of 24 lunges.  It’s best to do all the walking lunges first, then the side lunges and then the backward lunges so that you can really work the legs.

So the routine would be:

 Week 1:

  •  3 sets of 8 walking lunges
  • 3 sets of 8 side lunges
  • 3 sets of 8 backward lunges

 Week 2:

  • 3 sets of 16 walking lunges
  • 3 sets of 16 side lunges
  • 3 sets of 16 backward lunges

 Week 3:

  • 3 sets of 26 walking lunges
  • 3 sets of 24 side lunges
  • 3 sets of 24 backward lunges

Okay, so now you got great legs on the way… let’s take a look at the best butt exercises next!