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Legs and Glutes

37 min
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16 exercises
Bodyweight Squats
3 sets
15 reps
Burpees
3 sets
15 reps
Donkey Kicks
3 sets
15 reps
Dumbbell Deadlifts
3 sets
15 reps
Dumbbell Lunges
3 sets
15 reps
Dumbbell Lateral Lunges
3 sets
15 reps
Adductor Knee Raises
3 sets
15 reps
Goblet Squats
3 sets
15 reps
High Box Jumps
3 sets
15 reps
Hip Raises
3 sets
15 reps
Lunge Twists
3 sets
15 reps
Lying Leg Curls
3 sets
15 reps
Plank Jacks
3 sets
15 reps
Lying Side Leg Lifts
3 sets
15 reps
Single Leg Hip Raises
3 sets
15 reps
Sumo Dumbbell Squats
3 sets
15 reps
Legs and Glutes
37 min
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16 exercises
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Bodyweight Squats
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Hamstrings
  1. Stand with your feet hip width apart. Your toes should be pointing straight ahead or only slightly outward.
  2. Cross your arms in front of your body, place your hands behind your head (prisoner squat) or at the sides of your head.
  3.  Keep your weight on your heels and bend your knees while lowering your hips towards the ground as if you are sitting down on a chair.
  4. Keep your back straight at all times.
  5. Continue until you feel a slight stretch in your quadriceps. Pause for a count of one. Do not let your knees extend out beyond the level of your toes.
  6. Return to the start position by pushing down through your heels and extending your hips forward until you are standing straight. Repeat.
Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Hamstrings
    1. Stand with your feet in a wide stance, with your toes slightly pointed outwards – like a sumo wrestler. Hold your hands together in front of your chest.
    2. Keeping your back straight, lower your body towards the ground by bending your knees.
    3. As you reach a fully squatting position (legs are bent at a 90-degree angle), hold the pose for 1 second before driving your feet into the floor and slowly push your body back up to the starting position.
    4. For a bonus, tense your glutes at the top of the movement.

 

 

 

Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps
Secondary:
Calves, Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Stand straight with your feet shoulder width apart and place your hands on your hips. This is the start position.
  2. Step forward with either leg in a long stride. Keep your other foot in place behind you.
  3. Bend your knees as you do this so your body is lowered towards the ground. Keep your back straight throughout the movement.
  4. Continue down until your front knee is just above the ground. (Your front leg should be bent 90 degrees at the knee)
  5. Hold for a count of one.
  6. Push down through your front heel and extend both knees to return to the start position.
  7. Pause then repeat with your other leg. When you have lunged with both legs, that is one repetition.
  8. Repeat.

Try to keep your hands on your hips at all times, using your obliques to keep your balance.

Burpees
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Glutes & Hip Flexors
Secondary:
Chest, Shoulders
  1. Stand straight with your feet shoulder width apart and hands by your sides. This is the start position.
  2. In one smooth motion, squat down and place your hands palms down on the floor in front of your feet.
  3. Lean forward, so your weight is on your hands, at the same time jumping your legs out behind you until they are fully extended. Your body should form a straight line with your weight supported on your toes and the balls of your feet and your arms fully extended. (In a push up position)
  4. Jump your feet out by spreading your legs, so that they are wider than hip width apart, then immediately jump them back together.
  5. Complete 1 full push up.
  6. Jump your feet forward to just behind your hands.
  7. Use an explosive motion to push through your heels and return to the start postion.
  8. Repeat.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Glutes & Hip Flexors
Secondary:
Calves, Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Shoulders
  1. Lie face down on a padded surface. Place your hands beneath your shoulders and make sure your feet are extended straight behind you. Push yourself up into a classical Push-Up position. Keep your hips are slightly elevated. Tighten your core.
  2. Keeping your gaze straight, push off the ground with your feet. Bending your knees, allow your feet to come up near your hands.
  3. Immediately, push off the ground again with your feet, extending your legs straight behind you once again to the starting position.
Donkey Kicks
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Position yourself on all fours on a mat.
  2. Position your hands underneath your shoulders and place your knees under your hips.
  3. Keep your right knee bent at 90 degrees and flex the foot as you lift the knee until it is level with the hip.
  4. Lower the knee without touching the floor and repeat the lift.
  5. Once you’ve completed the reps on the right leg, switch legs.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Lower Back
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Position yourself on all fours with knees underneath the hips and wrists under the shoulders.
  2. Engage your abs and keep your spine neutral, pulling the shoulder blades towards the hips.
  3. Lengthen the left leg until it is straight out and in line with your hips while simultaneously raising and straightening your right arm until it is parallel to the floor. Keep your head and shoulders aligned at all times.
  4. Gently lower your arm and leg back to the starting position and alternate with the other arm and leg.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Lie face down on a flat bench with your hips on the edge of the bench. Fully extend your legs and raise your feet up from the floor so that they are in line with your body .
  2. Place your arms on top of the bench, using them to hold on to the front edge of the bench for stability.
  3. Squeeze your glutes and hamstrings and straighten your legs until they are level with your hips. This is the start position.
  4. Start the exercise by raising you left leg higher than your right leg.
  5. Then lower the left leg as you lift the right leg and so on.
  6. Alternate in this manner  until you have done all repetitions for each leg.

When performing this exercise, breathe normally. As your strength increases, you can add ankle weights.

Dumbbell Deadlifts
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Lower Back
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Hamstrings, Quadriceps
  1. Place two dumbbells on the floor.
  2. Stand facing the dumbbells with your feet shoulder width apart.
  3. Bend knees and hips to lower your torso in a squatting movement,keep your back straight.
  4. At the bottom of the squat grip the dumbbells with an overhand grip,keeping your arms fully extended.
  5. Return to an upright position holding the dumbbells with your palms facing towards your body and extending your hips forward. Do not round your back.
  6. Return the dumbbells to the floor in the same manner you picked them up.
  7. Repeat.
Primary muscle group(s):
Lower Back
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Forearms, Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Upper Back & Lower Traps
  1. Place a barbell in a clear space on the floor. (Make sure there are no obstructions in your way.
  2. Stand facing the barbell with your legs about 4-6 inches from the bar.
  3. Place your feet shoulder width apart.Your feet can be pointed straight ahead or turned outwards slightly.
  4. Squat down, keeping your back straight and grip the bar with an overhand grip at shoulder width.
  5. Keep your arms fully extended and stand up with the barbell.
  6. As you lift the barbell, your hips and shoulders should rise together and your back should be straight.
  7. As you reach the top of the lift and are standing straight, rotate your shoulders back slightly until you feel a slight stretch in them.
  8. Lower the barbell back to the floor in the same squatting motion you used to lift it.

This exercise can be very dangerous if performed incorrectly. If you are a novice, only perform this exercise with an experienced trainer's supervision.

Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Holding the handles of the resistance band, step on to the middle. Place your feet at shoulder-width with toes pointing forward. Tighten your core and keep your chest up.
  2. Bend your knees slightly and drive your hips back but NOT lower than your knees. Again, keep the chest up. This is the starting position.
  3. Forcefully contract your glutes, driving them forward. Do not just lean back. Your glutes should be fully contracted. Pause then return to the starting position.
Dumbbell Lunges
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
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.

Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Hamstrings
  1. Stand up straight while holding two dumbbells. Maintain a tight core and flat back as you carefully place your right foot on top of a bench behind you with toes facing down. 
  2. Bend at the front knee as you drop the back knee, maintaining perfect form. Front knee should not go over the toes.
  3. Allow your thigh to come to parallel with the floor.
  4. Pause then slowly return to the starting position without locking out your knee.
  5. Repeat then switch sides once set is complete.
Primary muscle group(s):
Hamstrings, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Calves, Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Place a bench in front of you. Hold a pair of dumbbells and stand facing the bench. Brace your core and keep your gaze straight ahead.
  2. Bring your right knee up and step up on to the bench. Placing all of the effort in your right leg, bring your body up into a standing position on the bench.
  3. Slowly lower yourself to the starting position and switch legs.
Dumbbell Lateral Lunges
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
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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.
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.

Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Hamstrings
  1. Stand up straight while holding two dumbbells. Maintain a tight core and flat back as you carefully place your right foot on top of a bench behind you with toes facing down. 
  2. Bend at the front knee as you drop the back knee, maintaining perfect form. Front knee should not go over the toes.
  3. Allow your thigh to come to parallel with the floor.
  4. Pause then slowly return to the starting position without locking out your knee.
  5. Repeat then switch sides once set is complete.
Primary muscle group(s):
Hamstrings, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Calves, Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Place a bench in front of you. Hold a pair of dumbbells and stand facing the bench. Brace your core and keep your gaze straight ahead.
  2. Bring your right knee up and step up on to the bench. Placing all of the effort in your right leg, bring your body up into a standing position on the bench.
  3. Slowly lower yourself to the starting position and switch legs.
Adductor Knee Raises
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Position yourself on all fours on a mat with your palms flat and shoulder-width apart. Place your knees hip-width apart and bend them at a 90 degree angle.
  2. Try to relax your core so that your back and abs are in a natural position.
  3. Maintain this posture as you raise your right knee and bring it as close to your chest as you can.
  4. Now raise your right thigh out to the side, keeping the hips still.
  5. Kick your raised leg straight back slowly until it is in line with your torso.
  6. Reverse the movement to return to the starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Lie on your right side on top of a yoga mat or other soft surface.
  2. Brace your core and make sure your body is in a straight line. Keep your right hand on the ground and your left hand on your hip.
  3. Slowly lift the left leg into the air, keeping it straight during the exercise.
  4. Slowly lower your left leg. Complete the set then repeat with the other leg.
Goblet Squats
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
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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.

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.
Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps
Secondary:
Calves, Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings, Lower Back
  1. With your feet shoulder-width apart, stand with dumbbells as your sides with your palms facing each other.
  2. Keeping your back straight and facing forward, squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
  3. Pause for one second.
  4. Pushing up from your heels, raise back up to starting position and repeat.
High Box Jumps
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves
  1. Stand in front of a sturdy bench, box or other flat non slip surface that’s high enough that you must use that you have to use a lot of effort in order to jump up on top of it.
  2. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
  3. Bend your knees as if crouching or performing a squat.
  4. In an explosive movement, push through your feet to jump up onto the landing area.
  5. Make a soft landing by bending your knees as your feet touch down.You should land on both feet simultaneously.
  6. Step down and repeat.

If you have difficulty landing in a balanced way, the platform may be too high. A variation for advanced athletes is to jump down backwards from the box. Only try this once you have mastered the basic form.

Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Hamstrings
  1. Stand with your feet hip width apart. Your toes should be pointing straight ahead or only slightly outward.
  2. Cross your arms in front of your body, place your hands behind your head or at the sides of your head.
  3. Keep your weight on your heels and bend your knees while lowering your hips towards the ground as if you are sitting down on a chair.
  4. Keep your back straight at all times.
  5. Continue until you feel a slight stretch in your quadriceps. Do not let your knees extend out beyond the level of your toes.
  6. Pause for a count of one.
  7. In an explosive movement, drive down through your heels pushing yourself up of the floor with your quads.
  8. At the same time extend our arms out above you.
  9. Land with your knees slightly bent to absorb the impact.
  10. Repeat
Primary muscle group(s):
Calves, Hamstrings, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Begin standing tall with a tight core. Your chest will be up and your gaze will be straight ahead. Bend at the knees and drive your hips back as you lower yourself into a squat position.
  2. Launch yourself up while simultaneously twisting to the other side. Your body will perform a 180 degree turn in midair.
  3. Land with bent knees and immediately go right into another jump squat, turning to the starting position. Repeat this alternating pattern.
Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Hamstrings
  1. Begin by standing tall with a straight back and tight core. Slightly bend the knees and push the hips back. Bring the hands up and keep the chest up. Feet should be shoulder-width apart.
  2. Jump and launch yourself forward. Swing your arms back and use the momentum.
  3. Land in a squat position. Knees are bent and hips are back. Return to starting position and repeat.
Hip Raises
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings
Secondary:
Abs, Lower Back
  1. Lie on an exercise mat with your knees bent so that your feet are flat on the floor. Keep your back straight.
  2. Place your hands out to your sides palms flat for stability.
  3. Raise your glutes off the floor by extending your hips upward while pushing down through you heels.
  4. Continue until your back, hips and thighs are in a straight line. Hold for a count of one.
  5. Return to the start position by lowering your hips back to the floor.
  6. Pause then repeat.
Lunge Twists
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Obliques, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Hamstrings
  1. Stand upright with a tight core and flat back. Extend arms to chest level in front of you while holding the weight.
  2. Step forward with one leg. Front thigh should be parallel with the floor. Drop the back knee.
  3. Rotate the torso towards the leg that stepped out while keeping arms extended. Push back up to the starting position.

This exercise can be performed with a dumbbell or a plate weight.

Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Hamstrings, Shoulders
  1. Keeping your back upright, take one step forward (around 1.5x a normal forward step).  
  2. Lower your body into the lunge until the forward leg reaches a 90-degree angle bend.
  3. As you lunge, strike forward with your opposite hand to a punch. Your back knee should only just hover from the floor.
  4. Push upwards through the front leg and drive your body back to the starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Hamstrings, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Calves, Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Standing with a braced core and flat back, bring your hands together at chest height. Position your feet to be at hip-width.
  2. Beginning with the right foot, step backward and across your left foot. Simultaneously, bend the left knee and drop it towards the ground.
  3. Stop when the front right knee is parallel with the ground. Push off the ground with your right foot and return to the starting position.
Lying Leg Curls
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
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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.

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.

Plank Jacks
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Glutes & Hip Flexors
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Get into a push­up position with hands under shoulders and body straight from head to toes.
  2. Engage your core and bend your elbows, keeping them in towards the body.
  3. Lower your body towards the floor.
  4. Straighten your arms and quickly jump the feet forward to outside of the hands.
  5. Jump back to starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Lie on a mat and position yourself in a plank position. Place your elbows on the floor beneath your shoulders. Your toes should touch the floor and your torso should be lifted in a straight line.
  2. Engage your core muscles and lift one foot off the floor. Keep the rest of your body as still as you can. Your heel should lift until it is in line with your buttocks.
  3. Slowly lower the leg to the starting position and repeat with the other leg.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
  1. Get into a face down position on the floor supporting your upper body on your forearms. Your elbows should be bent at 90 degrees.
  2. Extend your legs straight out behind you, supporting them on your toes and balls of your feet.
  3. Keep your body in a straight line by tightening your abdominal and oblique muscles.
  4. Hold for as long as possible.

For extra balance training and core strengthening, you can lift one arm or leg.

Lying Side Leg Lifts
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Lie on your right side on top of a yoga mat or other soft surface.
  2. Brace your core and make sure your body is in a straight line. Keep your right hand on the ground and your left hand on your hip.
  3. Slowly lift the left leg into the air, keeping it straight during the exercise.
  4. Slowly lower your left leg. Complete the set then repeat with the other leg.
Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Hamstrings
  1. Place your feet at shoulder width apart while keeping your chest up and your abdominals braced.
  2. Bend at the knees and drive your hips back as if you’re sitting in a chair. Continue to lower your body until your upper legs are parallel to the floor.
  3. Then drive your hips forward and push through your quads and glutes  to return to a standing position.
  4. Just as you reach the standing position, lift your chosen leg out to the side; it should be straight.
  5. Lower your leg back so that you return to the starting position and repeat for the other side!
Single Leg Hip Raises
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors
Secondary:
Abs, Hamstrings, Quadriceps
  1. Lie on an exercise mat with your knees bent so that your feet are flat on the floor.
  2. Raise one leg off the floor and bend your knee up towards your chest. Yhis is the start position.
  3. Perform the exercise by pushing down through your other heel and pushing your hips up, raising your glutes off the mat. Continue until your hips are in a straight line with your torso. Hold for a count of one.
  4. Return to the start position by lowering your hip to the floor.
  5. Complete all the repetitions for one set before changing legs.
Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings
Secondary:
Abs, Lower Back
  1. Lie on an exercise mat with your knees bent so that your feet are flat on the floor. Keep your back straight.
  2. Place your hands out to your sides palms flat for stability.
  3. Raise your glutes off the floor by extending your hips upward while pushing down through you heels.
  4. Continue until your back, hips and thighs are in a straight line. Hold for a count of one.
  5. Return to the start position by lowering your hips back to the floor.
  6. Pause then repeat.
Sumo Dumbbell Squats
3 sets
15 reps
Set 1 of 3
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.
Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings
  1. Set a barbell on a rack at your shoulder height.
  2. Step under the bar and rest the back of your shoulders against the bar. Do not put the bar on your neck.
  3. Hold on to the bar using an overhand grip so that your palms are facing forward.
  4. Lift the barbell off the rack by pushing up with your legs while straightening your torso.
  5. Step away from the rack and position your legs in a wider than shoulder width position and with your toes slightly pointed out.
  6. Keep your head up and look straight ahead at all times, as looking down will put you off balance.
  7. Ensure your back is straight. This is the start position.
  8. As you inhale, slowly lower the bar by bending your knees while keeping a straight posture with your head up.
  9. Continue down until the angle between you upper legs and calves is slightly less than 90-degrees . As a guide, the front of your knees should be in line with your toes. Do not allow your knees to extend out beyond your toes.
  10. Hold for a count of one.
  11. As you exhale, raise the bar back to the start position, by pushing through your heels as you straighten your legs.
  12. Pause for a count of one.
  13. Repeat.

This is an exercise which carries some risk. If you have back issues, substitute this exercise for the dumbbell squat or leg press instead. Never slouch your back forward as this can cause back injury. This exercise is best performed inside a squat rack for safety purposes.

Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps
Secondary:
Calves, Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings, Lower Back
  1. With your feet shoulder-width apart, stand with dumbbells as your sides with your palms facing each other.
  2. Keeping your back straight and facing forward, squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
  3. Pause for one second.
  4. Pushing up from your heels, raise back up to starting position and repeat.
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.

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