Are you looking for a way to strengthen and tone your lower body at home? It is important to work the lower body for balance, and it is a great way to raise the metabolism! Try this simple, effective routine to build muscle in the quads, hamstrings, glutes, inner and outer thighs, and calves.
- Curtsy lunges – start with feet shoulder width apart, keep the right foot straight, step the left foot straight across behind the right foot as far as is comfortable and bend both knees to lower the body toward the ground. Step the left foot back to starting position and repeat on the other side.
- Squat with outer thigh lift – start with feet shoulder width apart, bend knees to lower into a squat until thighs are parallel to the floor, as you push back to starting position lift one leg straight out to the side as high as is comfortable. Repeat on opposite side.
- Inner thigh squat with calf raise – start with feet wider than shoulder width apart, turn feet out to 45 degrees, bend knees to lower into squat until thighs are parallel to floor, push back up to starting position and raise up onto balls of the feet, lower back to start position.
Perform 3 sets of 12-15 repetitions, two times per week to start. To advance this routine hold 8-10lb weights while performing the exercises. Combine this program with an upper body routine, healthy eating, and cardio to see maximum results! For more guidance and to further tone the lower body consider attending a local class like Butts and Guts Yoga at Vareika Yoga in Plainville.