So, I made this leg workout the other day and OH MY GOSH…I need to change the name to “No Stairs this week!”. Get ready…although this workout looks meager it’ll get you!
Before you get started, do a quick cardio workout…Aim for at least 20 minutes. It can be at the gym on the treadmill, bike or elliptical or run outside! Just get moving! I decided to continue my plan of a quick run after work and decided to go for 3 miles prior to completing this quickie.
- 20 Squats: I like to do squats over a bench, chair or even a coffee table. For me it helps to address my positioning so I truly get a low squat. Make sure to keep your shoulders back and stick out that chest! You should feel it in your glutes!! Added bonus: Add 5 pound dumbbells in each hand.
- 25 Dead Lifts: Oh man. Killers. Stand with feet at hip width apart. I like to use 5-8-ish pound dumbbells in each hand. Bend at your hips to bring weights towards your feet. Make sure to keep those shoulders back and bend AT THE HIPS. You should feel this in your hamstrings, not the lower back! If you feel it in your lower back STOP. Re-position. Pull back those shoulders and check those hips!
- 20 Lunges: Start with legs together and step forward with one leg until your leg is parallel to the floor. DON’T LET YOUR KNEE SURPASS YOUR ANKLE! Aim for a 90 degree angle at your knee. By going past 90 you’re putting excess stress on your knees. I like to alternate legs for the count. As always, go for it if you want the challenge and add the dumbbells.
- 60 Mountain climbers: Just a little cherry on top! Get your self into a push up position and then flex one knee and bring forward towards hands. Alternate position…and do that 59 more times Make sure to keep your back straight!
And that’s it! Just enough to get your heart pumping and those legs BURNING. Finish with some good stretching and a huge glass of water! This workout may look innocent, but get ready.