Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Strong Legs

Everyone wants to spend more time outside during the spring and summer. Gradually, we start to take our indoor exercising outside. Whether you are running, playing tennis, or simply going for long walks, having strong legs can improve your performance. And of course, it's always nice for the legs to look good in shorts! Here's a routine that will help you increase your leg strength.

Squats (20 reps)
Plie Squats with Calf Raise (20 reps)
Single Leg Squats (2 sets of 15 reps each side)
Alternating Forward/Side/Reverse Lunges (5 times through each side)
Single Leg Dead Lifts (2 sets of 15 reps each side)
Lateral Jumps balancing touching cones (2 sets of 20 reps)
Prone One Leg Hip Extension (2 sets of 15 reps each side)
Side Lying Leg Lifts-neutral position and internal hip rotation (2 sets of 15 reps each side)
Bridges (2 sets of 30 reps)
Bridges with Legs together (2 sets of 15 reps)

These exercises can be done without weights to start. As they become easier, start to use weights for the squats, lunges, and dead lifts.

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