Leg day! My favorite day! I’ve changed up my leg workouts again. I’ve said it before, I always change my workouts every 6 weeks. This keeps my body from getting “used” to a workout and it keeps me from feeling like I’m on repeat. These exercises aren’t too difficult and you can do them at home or in the gym. The first two actually workout your upper body and lower body together!
✴️ Side squats with medicine ball
✴️ Sumo squats with kettle bell raise
✴️ Squat turns
I try to do each one 10-12 times. Depending on the medicine ball I use for side squats, sometimes I can only manage 8-10 with the extra weight.
I’ve heard people complain about never having time for the gym. Or they don’t have the funds for a gym membership. I completely understand! I have been in the same position!
Transitioning from marketing to teaching I quit my job to take classes full time to get my teaching license. I canceled my gym membership to save money till I started working again. But I’m not one to sit around and not workout. I needed to do something. Every day I would take my dog out for a long walk. I hate running but walking I can do! My pup and I would walk for an hour a day. Some people laugh and say walking does nothing for you. But that’s actually incorrect.
In addition to a healthy diet, walking can do so much for you. Here are a few benefits:
✴️ Improves your mood
✴️ Improves circulation
✴️ Helps with weight loss (burns calories)
✴️ Can reduce arthritis pain
✴️ Manages high blood pressure
✴️ Improves balance and coordination
✴️ Reduces stress
✴️ Boosts your immune system
In addition to these, walking gives you time to think! If you’re someone who likes time to themselves every so often, walking is a great break away.
Have a young child? Put them in the stroller. Have older kids? Make them walk down to the park with you. Have them kick a ball or play a game while you walk around the park!
Even just 30 minutes a day can do you more good than nothing at all. Get your body moving! 🏃♀️
I love lunges! They are easy to do at the gym or at home if you’re limited on workout equipment. There are so many different lunge variations too! I rotate these 6 into my leg workouts at different times. There are more variations of lunges and even squat variations that you can mix in. But these are the 6 I’m featuring today. They’re easy and they get your butt, legs and abs working!
1️⃣ Side (lateral) lunges
2️⃣ Crossover lunges (there are so many names for this one)
I woke up SO sore this morning! Since I changed up my workouts I swear I’m sore after every muscle group workout now! It’s one of those good sore feelings, like you know you pushed yourself just the right amount. It is however making me a little slow today. Bending over to pick up Ryder has been a struggle. I spent most of the morning on the floor with him so I wouldn’t have to do much lifting. 😂
Today will be a leg day so I can give my upper body a little rest to recover. Then I’ll hit up the Four Seasons steam room.
Did you know a steam room not only cleanses your skin but helps relax stiff muscles and joints, which aids in the recovery process! During a steam there is an increase in blood flow and circulation. This is due in part by heat causing the blood vessels in the skin to expand. Steam also helps boost your immune system and remove toxins from your body. What I wouldn’t give to have a steam room in my house! 😍
Recently someone asked me why I do bosu squats because everything they read said they are horrible to do and can cause injury. This is semi true. You should NEVER do bosu squats on the ball side. There is not enough stability for your ankle and leg. Performing heavily loaded squats, lunges, hip thrusts, or deadlifts with your feet on the ground is risky enough. Stepping onto an unstable surface while performing big movements like those only increases your risk of injury. When you are on an unstable surface, your body is working to keep its balance and because of that your muscles are “distracted” from the task at hand
Bosu squats on the flat side are ok to do. This is because you have a flat (semi) stable surface. You aren’t fighting to keep your balance as if you would on the ball side. Placing the Bosu with the flat-side up is great for building core strength ( abs/lower back area) and improving overall balance while toning abs
Hope this gave a little more clarity! Happy Friday! 💙
Leg day! Y’all know that’s my favorite day! 💪🏻 I’m starting to change up my workouts this month. I typically change them every 6 weeks. These are 3 exercises from my new leg day workout for the next few weeks!
•Bosu ball squats 4×12
•Side lunges (both sides) 4×10-12
•Cable bar squats 4×12
The bosu squats definitely take some balance. I would try them without a weight first just to get your footing and make sure your comfortable doing them. If it’s too difficult for you to balance with the bosu ball, forget the ball and just do regular squats! Better safe than sorry! 😂
Leg day! My favorite day! Here are a few exercises from my leg day workout! I know there are “real” names for some of these exercise moves but back when I was a gymnast, this is what we called them and it’s just stuck. Call it whatever you need in order to remember the exercise! 😉
These will get your butt and thighs burning. You should feel it in your butt, thighs, back and arms the next day!
•Squat raises (version 1) 4 x 12 w/ 25lb plate
•Cross lunges 4 x 12 w/ 40lb bar
•Teeter Toters (this is what we called them when I was a gymnast) 4 x 10 w/ 20lb KB
Yesterday was leg day. My favorite day! When I tell people that most of them look at me like I’m crazy. 😂 I don’t know why but I’ve always loved leg day.
I typically change up my workout routine every 6 weeks. If I was able to get to the gym more I would probably change it up every 4 weeks. But 6 is good for someone like me who can only get there a couple times a week. When I change my routine, I rotate in and out different exercises and change the sets of weights I do with them. You never want to do the same workout for too long because your body adjusts and gets used to it. When your body adapts to an exercise it will burn fewer calories because it’s not working as hard. Changing up your workout routine “shocks” your body. It has to work harder therefore you will burn more calories and avoid a fitness rut.
These are 3 of my favorite leg day exercises that I have in my leg day workout routine for the next 6 weeks. None of them is to difficult but they will definitely get your butt and thighs burning!