When it comes to exercising, making sure that the leg day is well balanced is very important. The goal behind workouts designed to improve thigh toning and strength goes beyond vanity. Exercising keeps people healthy, strong and helps individuals stay mobile and self-reliant much longer in the long run. Here are five amazing exercises to consider adding to the leg day workout routine:
First Thigh Exercise – the Banded Step-Out Squat
This workout mainly targets the glutes and quads. To do this exercise, set up a resistance band below the knees, Keep the feet hip-width apart with the hands firmly clasped in front of the chest. After taking a large step to one side, squat until the thighs are parallel to the ground and stand back up and to the center. Repeat the motion to the other side to complete a rep. For the best results, do two sets of ten reps.
A classic but effective way to increase thigh strength and toning! Feet shoulder-width apart, start from a squatting position. Keep the torso upright with hands clasped in front. Jump up, straightening the legs, swinging the arms out behind the back. Landing back into a squatting position, one rep is completed. Repeat for four 30-second intervals.
Give the glutes and quads another great workout while also improving balance and single-leg strength. Facing the step bench with hands on the hips, step left foot onto the elevated surface while engaging the core. Press up with the left leg and lift the right leg up to the hip, keeping the knee at a 90-degree angle. Return to the starting position. Continue for 30 seconds, then repeat for four rounds, alternating legs each round.
A great thigh workout for a bit of cardio, boosting lateral strength, and stability. With knees slightly bent, hop to the right, bringing the left leg behind the body and reaching for the right toes with the left leg. Repeat the motion to the other side, keeping your chest up and hips low. Continue for 20 seconds and repeat the set up to 8 times for optimal results.
Bulgarian Split Squat With Dumbbells
A well-rounded thigh exercise, this workout activates the quads, glutes, and hamstrings. It improves stability, leg strength, and helps to minimize muscle imbalances between two legs. Standing two steps in front of a bench or small platform, place the ball of one foot on the platform behind. With a dumbbell in each hand, squat bending the knees, and press back up. Keep the shoulders back and the spine straight. Complete three sets of 8-12 reps for each leg.