Your lower body is home to some of your biggest and most powerful muscles (hello, glutes and quads!), so shoring them up is key. That’s why today’s strength-building leg workout puts an emphasis on the muscles from the waist down, using exercises such as lateral lunges and squat pulses. With the squat pulse in particular, which you’ll find more challenging than a typical body-weight squat, you’re increasing the amount of time your muscles—including your glutes, quads, and core—spend under tension or are engaged.
You’ll also find yourself hitting the floor for a bit of core work too, with mountain climbers, an oldie but goodie, as well as Russian twists. The former is a dynamic abs exercise. When doing mountain climbers, concentrate on keeping your core tight and your back flat. As for the Russian twist, the secret to doing this move correctly lies in trying not to curl your shoulders forward as you twist.
Do each move below for your selected period of time and rest. At the end of all the moves, rest for 60 seconds. That’s one circuit. Do the entire circuit three to five times.
- Option 1: 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off
- Option 2: 40 seconds on, 20 seconds off
- Option 3: 50 seconds on, 10 seconds off
Bonus: Quick Finish
Do each move for 30 seconds each, back-to-back, no rest. Repeat for two minutes.
- Russian Twist
- Mountain Climber