Ditch The Squats And Try Something New!

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We all want amazing legs, but after a pretty sedentary life it can be pretty hard to get what we’re looking for!

Even worse is that the routine for leg day can get repetitive and boring.

But fear not! We’ve put together this list of leg exercises to keep things interesting and challenging so you can rest assured that you are definitely working your muscles.

Tired of the same old squats and lunges in your leg workout? We totally get it.

The next time you want to tone your lower half, try these 7 challenging moves. Your skinny jeans will thank you.

PISTOL SQUAT

Pistol squat
  1. Stand holding your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level, parallel to the floor. Raise your right leg off the floor, and hold it there.
  2. Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can.
  3. Pause, then push your body back to the starting position.

DUMBBELL SPLIT JUMP

Dumbbell Split Jump
    1. Hold a pair of dumbbells at arm’s length next to your sides, palms facing each other.
    2. Stand in a staggered stance, your left foot in front of your right.
    3. From a standing position, lower your body into a split squat.
    4. Quickly switch directions and jump with enough force to propel both feet off the floor.
    5. Repeat, alternating back and forth with each repetition.

FARMER’S WALK ON TOES

Farmer's Walk on Toes

REVERSE DUMBBELL BOX LUNGE WITH FORWARD REACH

Reverse Dumbbell Box Lunge with Forward Reach

SINGLE-ARM KETTLEBELL SWING

Single-Arm Kettlebell Swing
  1. Grab a kettlebell with an overhand grip and hold it in front of your waist at arm’s length. (You can also do the exercise two handed, holding the kettlebell with both hands.)
  2. Bend at your hips and knees and lower your torso until it forms a 45-degree angle to the floor.
  3. Swing the kettlebell between your legs.
  4. Keeping your arm straight, thrust your hips forward, straighten your knees, and swing the kettlebell up to chest level as you rise to standing position.
  5. Now squat back down as you swing the kettlebell between your legs again.
  6. Swing the weight back and forth forcefully.

MARCHING HIP RAISE WITH FEET ON A SWISS BALL

Marching Hip Raise with Feet on a Swiss Ball

GOBLET SQUAT

Hold a dumbbell vertically next to your chest, with both hands cupping the dumbbell head. (Imagine that it’s a heavy goblet.) (A) Brace your abs, and lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. (B) Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position.

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