Your legs get you everywhere you need to go. They are your foundation in mountain pose, they help you climbs hills in spin class and carry you across the finish line in every race, and every day you face. Which is why it is so important to work these strong muscles from your glutes to your toes. From dead lifts to split squats, your legs deserve functional training to be their best.
Whether you are a man or a woman, sexy legs are where it’s at. To get yours beach ready, try this workout by celebrity trainer Tony Greco:
Celebrity Workout for Strong, Lean Legs
Equipment: Exercise mat, light dumbbells, step, medicine ball.
This lower-body killer workout works in small and large muscle for maximum results. In fact, according to Greco, if you’re dedicated (three times per week combined with a light cardio workout3 other days,) you will begin to see results in as little as three weeks.
Using body weight begin with basic lunges, drop lunges, split lunges, jump split lunges, and drop squats to get the heart rate up and warm the body.
Begin by standing about 3 ft. in front of a bench (your back toward the bench), holding light weights in each hand. And, place your right foot on the bench and insuring your left leg is still straight in alignment with your upper body.
Slowly descend, just like in a regular lunge, remembering to keep your left knee behind your left foot. Finally, hold for 2 seconds before extending your left leg and return to the beginning position.
Complete 8-12 reps.
Begin by standing in front of a step or riser (8-12 inches high) facing forward. And, place your right foot in the middle of step and step up as you balance your body for 1-2 seconds on the right leg. Your left leg should be behind your body to help stabilize your weight as it is shifting. Finally, step down with your left leg first and continue down with your right.
Step up and down on each leg for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Place your right foot on your step at a 90-degree angle and press through your right heel to stand up on the step and tap your left toe on the step then bring it back down. Repeat on the other leg, back and forth for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Do a reverse lunge with your back leg slightly at an angle. Leap to the side and bring the opposite leg behind you, only tapping your toe to the ground. Immediately jump back the other direction and continue alternating, transferring your weight from one leg to the other. Do this for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Did You Know?
- Running will form leg muscles faster and better than any other form of exercise because running uses ALL of the leg muscles.
- Rihanna has her sculpted legs insured for $1,000,000.
- While the average person takes between 6 and 9,000 steps per day, we’re betting that number will increase since the invention of the FitBit. #shootfor10,000
- A Russian woman named Svetlana Pankratova has the world’s longest legs at 51.9 inches. #yowzers
- The yoga pose, ‘legs up the wall’ or Viparita Karan not only relieves tired or cramped legs, but it is also super calming for the nervous system, easing anxiety and stress.
Of course we recommend you follow your workout with a delicious Bodylogix protein shake. After all, protein helps to repair and rebuild our muscle fibres (protein synthesis) after a tough workout.
Be diligent. Summer’s coming.