At Home Leg Workouts to Keep You Hopping

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Some weeks it’s hard to make it to the gym for leg day, but that’s no excuse to let your gams suffer. Doing leg workouts at home can help you keep your lower body strong without having to go out of your way or invest too much time. You may actually find that these workouts give you more of an impact than your regular routine and wish to switch. Whether or not this is the case, these moves can keep you in shape when added to your repertoire.

Stiff Leg Dumbbell Dead Lifts

Begin by holding medium weight dumbbells at your side at arms length, with torso straight, legs shoulder width apart, and knees bent. Keeping your knees straight and back flat, lower the weights over your feet by bending at the waist. Keep moving forward from the waist until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings. Bring your torso back up by extending your hips and waist until you have resumed the starting position.

Calf Raise with Hold

Calf raises are very simple in execution, but work your calves out hard. Calf raises can be done anywhere there is a flat surface, so they are great for shaping while on the go or busy. To begin, stand with feet hip width apart and torso and back straight. Raise up as high as you can over your toes, then drop back down. Repeat this exercise as many times as possible for about 30 seconds, then hold in the top-most position for about 10 seconds.

Box Jumps

Box jumps are easy to injure oneself with, so an experience fitness connoisseur should check your form if you haven’t done these before. To start, stand with feet hip width apart in front of a box that is specifically designed for box jumps. To jump, drop into a quarter squat, swing your arms, and push off of your feet to lift. Land as softly as possible on the balls of your feet on the box. To repeat, step down from the box, as jumping down can easily cause injury.

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