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Leg Day

33 min
 · 
16 exercises
Barbell Lunges
4 sets
10 reps
Barbell Squats
4 sets
10 reps
Barbell Step-ups
4 sets
10 reps
Stiff Legged Barbell Deadlifts
4 sets
10 reps
Dumbbell Lunges
4 sets
10 reps
Dumbbell Lateral Lunges
4 sets
10 reps
Dumbbell Squat Thrusters
4 sets
10 reps
Goblet Squats
4 sets
10 reps
Standing Dumbbell Calf Raises
4 sets
10 reps
Sumo Dumbbell Squats
4 sets
10 reps
Machine Hack Squats
4 sets
10 reps
Lying Leg Curls
4 sets
10 reps
Leg Press
4 sets
10 reps
Seated Leg Curls
4 sets
10 reps
Seated Calf Raises
4 sets
10 reps
Seated Machine Leg Extensions
4 sets
10 reps
Leg Day
33 min
 · 
16 exercises
Barbell Lunges
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
Get ready
321GO
Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings
  1. Set up a  barbell on a rack  at just below shoulder level.
  2. Step under the bar placing the back of your shoulders under it. Do not rest the bar on your neck.
  3. Grip the the bar using an overhand grip with your elbows bent to90 degrees or slightly more. Less of an angle means your hands are too close together which can cause instability of balance.
  4. Lift the barbell clear of the rack by  pushing with your legs, while straightening your torso.
  5. Step away from the rack.
  6. Step forward with your right leg and squat down through your hips. Keep your back straight  and be careful to maintain your balance. Inhale as you lower yourself.
  7. Continue lowering your body until your left knee is nearly touching the floor.
  8. Return to the start position b pushing through your heel,exhaling as you do so.
  9. Complete all the repetitions for one leg before switching.

This exercise requires a great deal of balance. If you suffer from balance problems, it is best either avoid it, or just use your own body weight while holding on to a steady object. Never perform any exercise with a barbell on your back if you suffer from balance problems. For safety, this exercise is best performed inside a squat rack.

Barbell Squats
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Hamstrings, Lower Back
  1. Set up the barbell on the squat rack so that it is at the same height as your upper chest.
  2. Position your body under the bar, with knees bent so that the bar is resting high on the back of your shoulders.
  3. Grip the bar with your hands comfortably wider than your shoulders.
  4. Slowly straighten your legs to push upwards, lifting the barbell from the rack and take one step forward.
  5. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart.
  6. Bend your knees forward and allow your hips to bend back as if sitting down,
  7. Continue this movement down until your thighs are parallel to the floor or slightly more, making sure your knees are pointing in the same direction as your feet.
  8. Hold for a count of one.
  9. Push up through your heels while straightening your hips and knees, until you are standing in the start position.
  10. Make any adjustments necessary to your stance and grip before continuing on the next repetition.

Do not rest the bar on your neck. Keep your head facing forward at all times. Keep your back straight throughout the entire movement.

Barbell Step-ups
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves
  1. Set up a barbell in a rack at shoulder height.
  2. In front of the rack, place an aerobic or exercise step on the floor.
  3. Position yourself under the barbell so it is resting across your shoulder. Not on your neck.
  4. Stand up straight to lift the barbell from the rack and walk forward to the step.
  5. Place one foot on the step and push down through your heel while straightening your leg to lift yourself up onto the step and place your other foot flat on the step.Hold fora count of one.
  6. Step down with the opposite leg to the one you started the movement with.
  7. Repeat all the repetitions of the set for your chosen lead leg befor changing to the other.

For novices or people with balance problems, this exercise can be performed using only body weight or dumbbells until you are confident and your strength has increased. You can also perform this movement by alternating between legs.

Stiff Legged Barbell Deadlifts
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Hamstrings
Secondary:
Abs, Glutes & Hip Flexors, Lower Back
  1. Place a barbell on the floor and stand facing it with your feet shoulder width apart, toes pointing forward and your knees slightly bent. This is the start position.
  2. As you exhale, bend at the waist keeping your back straight and knees slightly bent until you feel tension in your hamstrings.
  3. Grasp the barbell with an overhand grip. Your arms should be fully extended with your hands spaced shoulder width apart.
  4. Lift the barbell by extending your hips and waist in a smooth action until you have returned to the upright position, inhaling as you do so.
  5. Pause for a count of 1-2.
  6. Return the barbell to the floor or just above it by repeating step two.
  7. Repeat.

This exercise should be avoided by those who suffer from lower back problems. To avoid injury, keep your back and torso straight at all times throughout this movement. This exercise can be performed using dumbbells or a straight bar attached to the low pulley of a cable station.

Dumbbell Lunges
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Hamstrings
  1. Holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Keep your shoulders back. And your back straight.
  3. Take a long stride forward with your right leg. Your right foot should be in a position, that when you bend your right knee, your upper and lower leg form a 90 degree angle.
  4. Slowly bend both your knees, to lower your hips until your left (rear) knee is just above the floor. Hold for a count of one.
  5. Return to the start position by slowly straightening your legs and raising your body back to a standing position.
  6.  Complete all the repetitions for one set full set, then switch legs, or you can alternate between legs for each rep.

Do not let your knee travel past your toes in the down position as this can cause instability and injury.

Dumbbell Lateral Lunges
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings
  1. Begin by standing with dumbbells in hand at your sides.
  2. Place your feet hip-width apart.
  3. Take a big step to the right with your right foot, keeping your arms straight.
  4.  Land with your heel followed by the rest of your foot and flex the right knee so that you lower your hip and body until your knee and hip are at a 90 degree angle. Keep your left leg only slightly angled.
  5. Return to the starting position by extending your right hip and knee. Once they are straight, bring your foot back in to a standing tall position.
Dumbbell Squat Thrusters
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps, Shoulders
Secondary:
Abs, Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings, Neck & Upper Traps, Triceps
  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with dumbbells above your shoulders.
  2. Squat down keeping your back flat and your knees over your toes.
  3. Push through your heels to return to standing while pressing the dumbbells overhead with arms fully extended.
  4. Return to starting position and repeat.
Goblet Squats
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings, Shoulders
  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart while holding a light dumbbell to your chest. You should hold the dumbbell by one end between your hands, with the other end extending down your torso. This is the start position.
  2. Squat down keeping your slightly arched and pushing your hips back.
  3. Continue down until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
  4. Hold for a count of one.
  5. Return to the start position.
  6. Repeat.

This exercise can also be performed with a kettlebell.

Standing Dumbbell Calf Raises
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Calves
  1. Place an exercise step or something similar on the floor in front of you. It should be two or three inches high.
  2. Holding a dumbbell in each hand, place your toes and the balls of your feet on the step. Make sure the arches of your feet are not on the step and your heels are on the floor.
  3. Raise your heels as high as possible by pushing through the balls of your feet and toes while extending your ankles. Hold for a count of one.
  4. Return to the starting position by bending your ankles until you feel a stretch in your calves.
  5. Repeat.
Sumo Dumbbell Squats
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Hamstrings
  1. Stand up straight with a tight core and flat back.
  2. Position your feet wider than shoulder-width. Your toes should be facing out diagonally.
  3. Holding a dumbbell with both hands in front of you, look straight ahead and bend at the knees while driving your hips backward. Your knees should be following your toes in a diagonal line.
  4. Complete this wide stance squat by having your thighs come parallel with the ground.
  5. Pause and slowly return to the starting position without locking your knees.
  6. Repeat.
Machine Hack Squats
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Hamstrings
  1. Place your back flat against the back pad of the hack machine and position your shoulders under the shoulder pads.
  2. Place your legs in a shoulder width stance with your toes pointed out slightly.
  3. Grip the side handles of the machine and disengage the safety bars.
  4. Straighten your legs, but do not lock your knees. This is the start position.
  5. Inhale as you slowly lower the weight by bending your knees.
  6. Continue down until the angle between your upper legs and your calves is slightly less than 90-degrees. Your outer knee should be in line with your toes. Do not extend your knees past your toes. Hold for a count of one.
  7. Return to the start position by pushing down through your heels and extending your legs, exhaling as you do so. When you reach the starting position,hold for a count of one.
  8. Repeat
Lying Leg Curls
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Hamstrings
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Lie face down on a leg curl machine and lock your heels under the foot pad. Make sure your legs are fully extended and the foot pads are resting on the back of your ankles.
  2. If the machine is equipped with handles, grip them. If not, grip the front of the pad you are lying on.
  3. Remaining flat on the bench, with no arching of your spine, curl your legs up in a smooth arcing motion by bending your knees until your hamstrings are fully contracted. Hold for a count of one.
  4. Slowly lower your legs to the starting position in a smooth arcing motion.
  5. Repeat

Don't use so much weight for this exercise that you need to swing or jerk the weight up. Doing so can cause injury to your lower back and / or hamstrings. Start with a lower weight until your strength increases.

Leg Press
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Calves, Hamstrings
  1. Sit down on a leg press machine and place your legs on the platform directly in front of you at shoulder width.
  2. Lower the safety bars holding the weighted platform  and press the platform all the way up until your legs are fully extended in front of you bot do NOT lock your knees. Your torso and legs should be at a 90degree angle to each other. This is the start position.
  3. Inhaling, slowly lower the platform until your upper and lower legs form a 90-degree angle. Pause for a count of one,
  4. Return to the starting position by pushing through the heels of your feet, engaging your quadriceps. Exhale as you do so.
  5. Repeat.
  6. After completing the desired number of repetitions, make sure you lock the safety pins of the machine before alighting.

Always check to make sure that when you re-rack the weight the platform is securely locked.

Seated Leg Curls
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Hamstrings
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Adjust the seated leg curl machine to position the footpad just above your heels.
  2. Sit upright and engage your abs as you position your legs in front of you.
  3. Begin to curly your legs back slowly towards you and flex your calf muscles as you do so.
  4. Return to the starting position by extending the legs in front of you again.

Tip: Try not to swing the weight or execute the movement too quickly.

Seated Calf Raises
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Calves
  1. Sitting on a calf raise machine, position your upper thighs under the top pad. The pad should be resting just above your knees.
  2. Place the balls of your feet on the foot plate.
  3. Keeping the balls of you feet in position, lower your heels as far as possible.
  4. Slowly raise your heels as if standing on your toes. Continue as far as possible until you feel a stretch in your lower calves. Hold for a count of one.
  5. Slowly lower your heels back to the starting position and repeat.

If the machine isn't equipped with foot plates, you can use barbell plates placed under the machine to increase your range of motion. Don't

Seated Machine Leg Extensions
4 sets
10 reps
Set 1 of 4
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps
  1. Sit on a leg extension machine and place your  legs under the pad with your feet pointed forward. The pad should rest on your shins just above your feet and you will need to adjust it to suit.
  2. Grip the hand bars (if fitted) firmly. This is the start position.
  3. Using  only your quadriceps, fully extend your legs exhaling as you do so. Hold for a count of one.
  4. Return to the start position in a smooth movement as you inhale,.
  5. The angle at your knee should not go past 90-degrees.
  6. Repeat.

This exercise can be performed one leg at a time.

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