Workouts

Legs workout

Target your calves and thighs with these six simple leg exercises.

Legs workout

Target your legs
Want to strengthen all the muscles of your legs? Here’s how to get started.

Before you start:

Warm up
It’s important to warm-up before you get into your exercises. Get your blood pumping with a brisk walk before you start.

Reps
Start out easy with eight to 10 repetitions of each exercise, and gradually increase to 12 or create a circuit of all six exercises by doing them one after another in single sets for up to one minute each. Repeat the circuit up to three times and do it two to four times a week for best results.

 

Get started:


1. Step lunges

Works: Calf and thigh muscles.
Equipment: A step or stair.
How-to: Keep your back straight as you take a big step forward onto the step. Make sure your whole foot is on the step and it’s pointing straight ahead. Lunge down, keeping your front knee above your ankle and your back knee hovering just above the floor.  Push up through your front heel to return to the starting position. Alternate legs after each rep. 
Step lunges


2. Inner thigh lift

Works: Inner thigh muscles.
Equipment: A mat or towel.
How-to: Lie on your side with your bottom leg extended straight, and your top knee bent and resting on the floor in front of you. Support your upper body on your forearm. Flex the foot of the extended leg and lift the leg a few inches off the floor. Hold before you slowly lower the leg back down, but avoid resting on the floor in between each lift.
Inner thigh lift


3. Outer thigh lift

Works: Outer thigh muscles.
Equipment: A mat or towel.
How-to: Lie on your side with your bottom knee bent at a 90-degree angle and your top leg extended straight. Support your upper body on your forearm. Flex the foot of the extended leg and lift the leg off the ground to hip height. Hold before you slowly lower the leg back down, but avoid resting on the floor in between each lift.
Outer thigh lift


4. Narrow squats

Works: Bottom and legs.
How-to: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and parallel. Bend your knees as if you were about to sit back into a chair, aiming to bring your thighs parallel to the ground and extend your arms straight in front of you. Keep your knees above your feet and your weight evenly distributed through your heels for stability. Squeeze your bottom and push through your heels as you straighten back up, arms returning by your side. Repeat.
Narrow squats


5. Calf raises

Works: Calf muscles.
Equipment: Hand weights.
How-to: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and feet flat on the floor. Hold the weights by your sides. Lift and lower your heels, keeping the movements slow and controlled.
Calf raises


6. Wide squats

Works: Bottom and thighs.
Equipment: A weighted bar or broomstick.
How-to: Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart. Hold a bar across your shoulders. Bend your knees as if sitting back into a chair, coming down towards a 90-degree angle at the knees. Keep your heels pressed into the floor, chest open and knees behind your toes. Squeeze your bottom and push through the heels to return to the starting position. Repeat.
Wide squats