At-Home Leg Exercises

Want to get your legs in shape in your own home? Check out these exercises. Do them whenever and bank on the benefits!
At-Home Leg Exercises

Last update: 27 February, 2020

Some of us simply don’t have the time or money to get fit at a gym. If that’s you, we recommend working out at home. In our post today, we want to show you the best leg exercises to do at home. Read them over and try your favorite ones!

Getting a good leg workout is possible with the right exercises. While most leg exercises rely on your own body weight, others might include equipment such as dumbbells or resistance bands.

You don’t need an especially big area to work out your legs. As with any workout, we recommend stretching your muscles and warming up before getting started.

The best home leg exercises

One of the biggest perks of at-home fitness is saving yourself the gym fee or wasting your time looking for the right gym. Below, we’ll show you the best leg exercises you can do at home:

1. Squats

The first exercise on our at-home exercise list is the classic squat. Squats are as simple as they come and they’re basic because they tone your muscles efficiently. The best part about squats is that there are plenty of variations with or without additional equipment.

To get started, stand up with your feet separated at the width of your hips. Keep your back straight and bend your knees. When your knees are bent, hold that position as if you were sitting in an invisible chair.

Stay in the squat as long as you can. After, return to the starting position. Day by day, you’ll be able to hold that position for longer and longer periods!

2. At home leg exercises: calf raises

Calf raises are great for focusing on your calf muscles. Get started by standing in front of a step. Shift your weight to one foot and lift your other leg to maintain your balance.

After, begin pushing off the floor, rising and falling. Complete one set of 15 repetitions and repeat with your other leg.

3. The bridge

The bridge is another simple exercise you can do to tone your legs and glutes. To get started, lie down on your back and rest your arms at your side.

Bend your knees and plant your feet on the floor. After, slowly lift your pelvis until you make a sort of bridge position with your body. Then, hold the position for a couple of seconds and after, slowly bring your body back down and into the starting position.

4. Burpees, a great at home leg workout most people forget about

If you’re looking for an exercise to work out your legs and help you slim down at the same time, burpees will do the trick. Start by standing with your feet a shoulder’s width apart. Bend your knees and bend over slightly to set your hands down onto the floor in front of you.

After, shift your weight onto your hands, move your feet backward and jump into a plank position. Jump back into the first position and form a squat.

From the squatting position, jump upwards and stretch your arms towards the ceiling. Touch down from the starting position. We recommend a set of 15 repetitions.

The list of at-home leg exercises is endless. The ones on our list today are great for your legs and overall body as well. But remember to set up your routine with the exercises you feel comfortable doing. Work your way up gradually. So, what are you waiting for?

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