If you call your legs a trouble spot, as many women do, this list of exercises for the best legs is just what you’re looking for. Start with one set of 12 repetitions two or three times each week. When the moves start to feel too easy, add a set. Make sure you take a day of rest between your leg workouts to give your newly fabulous muscles a chance to repair and recover. In just a few weeks, these exercises for the best legs will give you a look you’ll be excited to show off.
Squats aren’t just for sumo wrestlers and power bodybuilders. You can do squats right at home without any equipment and they are one of the easiest exercises for the best legs ever. To do a squat, stand with your feet about 12 inches apart and rest your arms loosely at your sides. Slowly sit down and back as if you’re sitting down in your favorite chair until your knees reach a 90-degree angle. Hold the squat for a couple of seconds, and then stand back up to finish one repetition. I love to do squats while I watch television and wait for dinner to cook.
2. Calf Raises
To get those ballerina calves you crave, add calf raises to your routine. Stand on a step or small stool with your heels hanging off the edge. Slowly raise your body onto the balls of your feet and hold it for a few seconds. Return to the starting position to finish one calf raise. You can also do this move standing on a flat surface if it’s easier for you. The shower is a great place to fit in a few reps.
They might be the stuff of your high school gym nightmares, but lunges are highly effective for toning and defining your legs. Stand with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Step forward with one foot, lowering your body until your knees reach a 90-degree angle. Hold for a second or two, then stand back up and repeat the move with your other leg. Fit in a set of lunges while you wait for your flat iron to heat up or while you wait for the kids to find their shoes in the morning.
If you can climb stairs, you can create your best legs ever. Stand at the bottom of a flight of stairs with your feet together. Don’t worry if you don’t have a set of stairs handy. Just use a low step stool. Lift one foot, which will be your leading foot, and step up on the stair or stool, bringing your other foot up next to it. Step back and off the stool with your leading foot first, followed by the other one. Alternate your leading foot to give both legs an equal workout.
They might sound scary, but deadlifts aren’t hard to do and they work your upper and lower legs at the same time. Place a barbell on the floor and stand behind it with your feet a couple of inches apart. Start with a pound load that lets you finish 12 deadlifts without compromising your form. Squat down and grasp the bar, keeping your back neutral. Slowly stand back to your original position. Hinge your hips and bend your knees as you lower the barbell back to the ground. There – you just finished one deadlift!
6. Mountain Climbers
Mountain climbers are intense, but your leg muscles will thank you because the move will tone and define them, leaving them looking fantastic in a matter of weeks. To do the move, start on your hands and knees. Stretch your legs out behind you, resting your body on your toes. Bring one knee at a time up toward your chest, much like you would while climbing a mountain. Do this at a fast pace for the most benefits. Hey – you’re burning calories and building fabulous looking legs at the same time!
7. Hamstrings Curls
To do this move, which strengthens and defines your upper legs, firmly secure a resistance band under a strong piece of furniture or have a friend hold it for you. Secure the other end around your ankle. Stand with your feet hip width apart and slowly bend your knee, bringing your foot up and back. Return to the starting position and finish your set. Repeat the move on the other leg.
There you have it. A list of moves for your legs that you’re bound to enjoy. Try them all, and then pick your favorites. Mix and match them at each of your workouts. What will you wear when you get your legs into fantastic shape?