This lower body workout is intense. Y'all ready for this? *cue Jock Jams music*
...That may have dated me a little bit, but do you guys remember Jock Jams? Oh my word. It's pure '90s gold.
Anyways, I'm back with another workout today and let me just tell you - y'all are not ready for this! It's brutal, my friends. To be honest, I get this underlying feeling of dread every time I've got a lower body workout on my schedule. While I love the benefits of a workout like this, I know I'm going to have a rough time taking the stairs the next day!
First things first - make sure you've got a solid warm up and cool down plan in place! Your warm up should bring your heart rate up and prepare your muscles for the exercises you're about to do. Leg swings, toe touches, and shallow bodyweight squats and lunges are perfect for your warm up. Save the intense stretching for your cool down.
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About This Workout
I've created a lower body workout that combines a few different variations of squats, deadlifts, and lunges that will have your legs shaking by the end. And if they're not, you need to up your weights, girlfriend! Don't be afraid to lift heavy, as long as you can control the movement through the entire range of motion. And if you need to, don't feel bad about lowering or dropping your weights altogether. Just do the hardest version for you.
What makes this lower body workout a killer is that several moves isolate each leg, which is perfect for you if you're a bit weaker on one side. For the single-legged variations, be sure to start with a different leading leg on the second group. Some moves will challenge your balance, so take your time, use that core, and hang on to something if you need support.
What You'll Need
For this workout, you'll need dumbbells - I use these adjustable weights and love them! Optional equipment includes an exercise mat and resistance loops. Other than that, bring a water bottle, a sweat towel and your A-game because this workout is going to get you allllll hot and bothered.
And as always, make sure you refuel post workout! I always cap off a weightlifting sesh with a simple protein shake and lots of water. Which reminds me - check out this post about my favorite protein brands!
Okay, okay. Enough stalling! Y'all ready for this?