best leg exercises for strong, toned legs

Best Leg Exercises for Strong, Toned Legs | Part 1


Legs should be an important part of any workout routine. I will share with you the Best Leg Exercises for Strong, Toned Legs | Part 1

I will explain how I break down the Single Leg Deadlift and offer ways to make the exercise more or less challenging. I hope you enjoy the Best Leg Exercises for Strong, Toned Legs | Part 1!

Form is my first priority, so I always think about how I set up the move first.

  • Stand on a slightly bent single leg, make sure the foot is parallel (not turned out), and find your balance.
  • Your opposite leg is lifted in parallel passe (with a bent knee in front of the hip and toe attached to the opposite knee; creating a triangle shape.)
  • Square off hips and shoulders to the front and engage your core by pulling your lower belly in.
  • I have my elbows pulled back in the picture to prepare for a tricep extension, however, you can do any arm exercise you leg exercises for strong, tones legs

How to perform the Single Leg Deadlift | Best Leg Exercises for Strong, Toned Legs: Part 1

  1. Hinge at the hips as you lower your torso with a flat back, your supporting leg slightly bent, and your weight in your heel.
  2. You will only hinge as far as you can maintain your form and balance.
  3. As you hinge, the leg in passe reaches straight back behind your hip.
  4. Move very slow!
  5. I am extending my arms straibest leg exercises for strong, tones legsght back during the deadlift to add tricep work, however you can do any arm exercise you prefer.
  6. As you return to standing, your back leg returns to parallel passe and your arms return to the starting position as well.

SETS, REPS, & Modifications 

Number of repetitions: 12-15

Number of sets: 3 on each leg (alternate legs)

To make it more challenging:

  • Bring your torso parallel to the floor on the hinge
  • Hold 5-15lb weights in each hand

To make it less challenging:

  • Smaller range of motion on the hinge
  • Hold on to a stable object and don’t hold weights

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